Children’s Day School Case Study

The adaptive reuse of a former church into a middle school for Children’s Day School is a remarkable example of architectural grafting. The renovation successfully blends modern design with historic character, seamlessly integrating the school into the urban fabric and preserving the school’s mission of community-based learning.

Project Data

Project Information

Project Name: CDS Dolores Park
Project Location: San Francisco, CA
Owner/Client: Children’s Day School
Type of Business/Use: School (grades 5-8)
Date of Completion: May 2015


Design Team

Architect: Jensen Architects
Mark Jensen, Laura Messier (project leads)
Anthony Diaz, Andrew Ballard, Frank Merritt, Ellen Fuson (project team)

Structural: Tipping-Mar
MEP: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Historical: Christopher VerPlanck
Geotechnical: Rollo & Ridley
Surveyor: Martin M. Ron Associates
Civil: Sandis
Waterproofing: Gale Associates
Theatrical: Shalleck Collaborative
Acoustical: Acoustic Arts & Engineering
AV/Security: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Photographer: Cesar Rubio


Construction Data

Contractor: Plant Construction

Suppliers: One Work Place (furniture)
Priority Graphics (signage)
C.R. Laurence (glazed entry doors)
Vistawall (aluminum curtain wall system)
Royalite (skylights)
Sarnafil (waterproofing)
Big Ass Fans (ceiling fans)
Stepstone, Bison (roof paver/pedestal system)
Bison (roof planters)
Mission Bell (casework)
Axis, Cooper, Aion LED, Halo, Corelite, Birchwood, Lumiere, Portfolio, Cooper Sure-Lites, Lithonia (lighting)
Armstrong, Ecophon (acoustic ceilings)
Kone (elevator)
Republic Storage Systems (lockers)
Modernfold (operable partitions)
Bradley (restroom partitions)
Mechoshade (shades and curtain)
Steelcraft, Adams Rite (doors)

Major Materials: Ground shotcrete; Historic painted wood ceilings; Historic wood wainscot; Historic red rubbed face brick; Historic common red brick; Historic stained glass; Textured plaster; Rift sawn red oak; Ceramic tile; Rubber flooring; Carpet tiles

Size/Floor Area: 17,380 sq.ft. (+2,220 sq.ft. Roof Deck)