Clients and staff appreciate the Foundation’s new LEED Gold certified building, which provides free medical services in an atmosphere that has abundant fresh air and natural daylight. For nearly sixty years, the St. Anthony Foundation has been providing very low-income people in the working-class neighborhood of San Francisco’s Tenderloin with free job training, hot meals and medical services. In the new Social Services Building, the Foundation is able to provide these services while maximizes its clients’ wellbeing and minimizing its impact on the environment.
The new 47,169 square-foot, steel-frame building at 150 Golden Gate Ave. houses temporary food service and dining facilities with a seating capacity of 200, a free medical/dental clinic, social services, vocational training (including classrooms and computer labs) and administrative and support space. It is a 5-story structure and the first green social services building in San Francisco. The site’s previous building was demolished prior to construction of the new building. The demolition was particularly challenging because of the old building’s proximity to three adjacent buildings.
The project is LEED® Gold Certified. Some sustainable building elements include:
- Natural light
- A “cool roof”
- Energy-efficient lighting and an evaporative cooling system
- Regionally harvested and manufactured wood doors
- Low-flow water fixtures that reduce water usage by 37 percent
- Walls painted with warmly colored and low-VOC paints
- Abundant fresh air. The improved air quality in the building is important for neighborhood clients and patients, for whom asthma is a common illness.