St. Peter’s Place

Building a Just and Equitable Community for All.
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San Francisco, CA
March 2011
13 months
Herman and Coliver Architects
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center

Project Summary

St. Peter’s Place is built on property owned by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  The property was the former location of the church sanctuary which had irreparably damages due to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.  After 20 years of lying vacant, the congregation along with the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center decided to preserve and enhance the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of Bernal Heights and surrounding communities.  As a result, St. Peter’s Place was built.

St. Peter’s Place is an affordable housing development consisting of a 4-story wood-frame building with a basement consisting of 20 apartment units of affordable rental housing for low-income adults with developmental disabilities.  St. Peter’s Place features studios, 1 and 2-bedroom residential rental units with an on-site manager’s office, and community/service space with a kitchen.  The entire building is ADA accessible, with cork flooring and a nanawall sliding door with accessibility to the back balcony.  This project is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 811, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing, the California Multifamily Housing Program and Supportive Housing and Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.

St. Peter’s Place achieved LEED® for Homes Platinum. It also earned the highest GreenPoint rating ever for a multi-family project in the North Bay (and in Northern Calif.).  Some sustainable building elements include:

  • An Urban Infill Development that utilizes existing infrastructure and reduces disturbance of undeveloped land
  • Landscape utilizes native and drought tolerant species with high efficiency irrigation systems
  • Dwellings feature innovative passive ventilation with individually controlled hydronic heating systems
  • Solar thermal on roof reduces energy use and pollution
  • Building Energy Performance exceeds T-24 CEC by over 55%
  • Low VOC Paints and Sealants used on all  Interior Walls and Ceilings
  • Over 75% of flooring is Environmentally Preferable, including Bamboo and Cork
  • Permeable paving assists this development to percolate over 90% of non-roof rain water
  • Over one dozen Durability Measures were incorporated into the design and construction of this project
  • Very High Density development of 100 units/acre reduces overall impact by new construction
  • Energy Star labeled refrigerators in all units
  • Extensive framing and finish lumber consists of FSC certified material