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Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera
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Merit Award with Historic Preservation Commendation

Interior Architecture

The fourth floor of the War Memorial Veterans Building is the new home of the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera. The center consolidates most of San Francisco Opera’s operations into a single site and provides two performance venues—all while celebrating the splendor of the historic Beaux Arts building.

The jury found that an already technically challenging project was complicated with additional hurdles—like rigging and light—and that the design team tackled these commendably. What was inserted throughout the site was sensitive to the existing space. The understated color and finish palate lend a feeling of dignity and refined elegance; the resultant performance space is exquisite.


Architect
Mark Cavagnero Associates
Client
San Francisco Opera
Owner's Representative
D.R. Young Associates
General Contractor
WEBCOR Builders
Structural Design/Build Subcontractor
Tipping Structural Engineers
Mechanical Design/Build Subcontractor
AIRCO Mechanical
Electrical Design/Build Subcontractor
Decker Electric
Plumbing Design/Build Subcontractor
Pribuss Engineering
Telecommunications
TEECOM
Historic Preservation Consultant
Carey & Co., Inc.
Architectural Lighting / Daylighting Consultant
Arup
Acoustic Consultant
Arup
Theater Consultant
Arup
Green Building Consultant
Thornton Tomasetti
Specifications
Emily Borland Specifications
Code Consultant
Arup
Glazing Consultant
Maurya McClintock Façade Consulting
Signage Consultant
Kate Keating Associates
Security Consultant
Guidepost Solutions LLC
Photography
Tim Griffith Photography
Competition
Design Awards 2017