Laborer’s Union Hall – Local 261

New Laborer’s Union Hall Re-Energizes Neighborhood in the Heart of Mission District.
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San Francisco
July 2008
10 months
Patri Merker Architects
Laborer’s International Local 261

Project Summary

The Laborer’s Union Hall is a contemporary building, which Nibbi built on a vacant city lot for Laborers’ International Local 261. The facility has transformed the look and feel of this working-class block in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Characterized by a curved roof and metal siding and brick veneer, the new 1-story, 10,000 SF Laborers’ Building, designed by Patri Merker Architects, adds an accessible vibe to an urban neighborhood. It is surrounded by a lively collection of buildings including a 121-year-old church, a photo shop, old Victorians, auto shops, taquerias, and industrial buildings.

The building includes colorful, light-filled offices for Local 261 representatives, as well as administrative cubicles and restrooms with showers. The building’s focal point — a large, light-filled meeting and hiring hall with a vaulted ceiling and three large interior doors that can be lifted to expand the space and an exposed and stained concrete floor — is used for hiring Local 261 construction trade workers and for holding union meetings. Adjacent to the building is a surface parking lot with approximately 24 spaces.