A new contemporary building, which Nibbi built on a vacant city lot for Laborers’ International Local 261, has transformed the look and feel of this working-class block in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Characterized by a curved roof, metal siding and brick veneer, the new 1-story, 10,000 square-foot Laborers’ Building, designed by Patri Merker Architects, adds an urban yet accessible vibe to a lively neighborhood that is surrounded by a 121-year-old church, a photo shop, old Victorians, auto shops, taquerias and industrial buildings.
The new 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 holding union meetings. Adjacent to the new building there is also has a surface parking lot with approximately 24 spaces.