Yun Young Na
- Project Manager: Ingram & Associates, Inc
General Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie
Acoustics and Audio: SIA Acoustics
- Theater and Video Consulting: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
- LEED Consultant: Green Building Services
- Security: Guidepost Solutions LLC
Façade Consultant: Maurya McClintock Façade Consulting
Plumbing Engineering: WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF (Formerly WSP Flack + Kurtz)
Mechanical Engineer: WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF (Formerly WSP Flack + Kurtz)
Electrical: WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF (Formerly WSP Flack + Kurtz)
Lighting: WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF (Formerly WSP Flack + Kurtz)
Structural Engineer: Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc
Civil Engineer: KCA Engineers, Inc.
Landscape Design: Monica Viarengo Landscape Design
Interiors: Mark Cavagnero Associates
The SFJAZZ Center is the first freestanding venue in the United States designed specifically for the performance, appreciation and enjoyment of jazz. The transparent, three-story Center comprises the Robert N. Miner auditorium, Joe Henderson Lab, rehearsal spaces, digital learning lab, café, box office, and administrative offices. The Center, which opened in January 2013, provides SFJAZZ with its first permanent home in the organization’s 30-year history and establishes a hub of music, culture, and community.
The 35,000-square-foot Center unites SFJAZZ’s multi-faceted mission to showcase world-class jazz artists, nurture young musicians, and promote jazz education and experimentation. Located on the edge of San Francisco’s Civic Center performing arts district, the Center joins a constellation of established cultural institutions; the glass and concrete structure establishes a contemporary and dynamic counterpoint to these venerable neighbors, embodying the vibrancy of jazz and actively engaging its urban surroundings. A transparent glass façade wraps the ground lobby, café and ensemble room to reveal the excitement within. The all-glass, acoustically isolated, multipurpose ensemble room—the Joe Henderson Lab—puts artists within feet of passersby on Franklin Street.
On the upper two stories, a rhythmic façade of opaque and clear glass and street-facing balconies underscore the Center’s civic spirit. While the public spaces open to the city, the Robert N. Miner auditorium is intimate and focused. This flexible, state-of-the-art room accommodates audiences from 350 to 700, and provides a range of experiences including views from behind the stage. A reconfigurable stage supports a wide variety of acts while raked seating establishes an intimacy that makes the audience itself part of the performance.
Underpinning all of the spatial and visual design priorities is the most important goal: to create performance spaces with the highest quality acoustics throughout.