The relationship between Nibbi Brothers and the Archdiocese of San Francisco is one that spans nearly 40 years. The Archdiocese knew Nibbi had the background and experience to complete the new St. Stephen’s Parish Center and Gymnasium project on time and within budget. But it also knew the company would be able to complete the project with minimal disruption to the occupied school campus. Coordination was very crucial as the bus drop off was directly in front of construction activities. To ensure students’ safety while satisfying their curiosity about the project, Nibbi created a plywood wall barrier between the bus drop off area and the construction. The barrier then was painted by local artists and round vision holes were framed into the wood so the students could see the project being built.
The new building is a cast-in-place slab on grade, towering shotcrete walls, and a post-tensioned concrete deck, all augmented with metal and structural steel framing, topped out by large pre-fabricated steel roof trusses. The building is a 2-story, 20,000 square-foot, multi-use parish center that houses a CYO-regulation gymnasium on the upper level and a large social center on the lower level. Designed by Robert Hayes Architects of Sausalito, the structure’s architecture reflects the California Mission style with its low-sloping red tile roof and white-washed surfaces. A large, arched window system highlights the front of the building, providing maximum daylighting. The upper level of the project consists of a lobby, refreshment area, restrooms, offices and gymnasium. The gymnasium consists of a hardwood basketball court, striped for both volleyball and cross court basketball, and complemented by motorized back boards and wireless scoreboards. The gym’s retractable bleachers seat more than 100 people. The lower level consists of an art room, restrooms, full-service commercial kitchen, an additional refreshment area, and a large assembly room, which holds up to 500 people. The assembly room contains a large stage, theater lighting, audio equipment, and plenty of storage for tables and chairs, making it ideal for community functions.