David Baker Architects

CHP Training Center


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The computer training area awaits its computers.

 

The CHP Training Center is a project that DBA undertook within Public Architecture's 1% Program, which connects nonprofit organizations in need of design assistance with architecture firms willing to donate their time on a pro bono basis.

 

The Community Housing Partnership Training Center is a 2,800-sf space that will provide a permanent, centralized home for the wide range of employment-skills classes and support services that CHP has been providing in community spaces throughout their housing developments.

Previous to the opening of this center, CHP training programs took place in community rooms that lacked the technology necessary to teach computer skills, which are often critical in entry-level jobs. The new center provides permanent dedicated classroom and consultation spaces and supports instruction, mentoring, and training that will help clients become self-sufficient and obtain stable employment.

 

CHP uses this flexible space for trainings, classes, board meetings, and more.

 

 

DBA served as project coordinator, working with CHP and major donors to curate and organize the space functionally. The strategy involved limiting built infrastructure and using furnishings to guide the circulation and provide defined yet flexible structure for the various uses. Donor One King's Lane provided much of the furniture and accessories.

DBA resolved acoustic issues that arose from adapting a commercial space on a busy street into a classroom setting.

As the center's offerings will grow and change as its programs evolve, the interior can be adapted accordingly. The center is anticipated to be used by more than 300 formerly homeless clients this year, and will increase the number of people who receive employment training by 400% over the next five years. 

Two privacy pods provide separate spaces for quiet conversation or high-concentration tasks.

 

 

"Daring Greatly" at the start. Image: Yes Duffy

The large-scale mural incorporates the Community Housing Partnership logo.

ART PROGRAM

 

DBA oversaw the graphics program, creating a large-scale wood and paint mixed-media mural and working with San Francisco-based Sterling Graphics to create a custom environmental art suite based on inspirational quotations selected by Community Housing Partnership, with photographs by Ben Lueck.

GRAND OPENING

The CHP Training Center celebrated its grand opening in July 2014 and completed its first week of onsite programs in August 2014. Lonzel Brown—who graduated from CHP training programs previous to the new center—spoke at the grand opening of his experience with CHP's support and educational opportunities.

 

 

“To me, responsible people work hard for a living, go to school, and build something for themselves. And, that’s what I’m doing!” —Lonzel Brown, CHP graduate

District 5 Supervisor London Breed spoke at the center's grand opening celebration: "I would love to duplicate centers like this all over the city." Image: Raquel Picon

One of the bright break-out spaces in use during the grand opening celebration. Image: Raquel Picon

The Donor Wall thanks both the corporate and many individual contributors to the Center.

Donor wall detail.

 

Please click here to make a donation to the Training Center and toward Community Housing Partnership's mission to reduce homelessness through education and self-sufficiency.

The breakout area can serve as a waiting room or an area for small meetings.

Two privacy pods provide separate spaces for quiet conversation or high-concentration tasks.

The computer training area awaits its computers.

CHP uses this flexible space for trainings, classes, board meetings, and more.

A vision for the new training center. Image: David Baker Architects

"Daring Greatly" at the start. Image: Yes Duffy

Kitty Coutts, co-owner of Sterling Graphics, and DBA's Brit Epperson during the installation of the "Daring Greatly" mural.

The large-scale mural incorporates the Community Housing Partnership logo.

A dynamic window graphic adds both privacy and visual interest.

The inspiration for the "Daring Greatly" mural, which appears in full as part of a suite of motivational pieces.

District 5 Supervisor London Breed spoke at the center's grand opening celebration: "I would love to duplicate centers like this all over the city." Image: Raquel Picon

Supervisor London Breed and City Administrator Naomi Kelly spoke at the center's grand opening in July.

One of the bright break-out spaces in use during the grand opening celebration. Image: Raquel Picon

The Donor Wall thanks both the corporate and many individual contributors to the Center.

Donor wall detail.

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project details

Category

DBA_Inside, DBA_Lab

​Location

San Francisco, California

Developer

Community Housing Partnership

Interior Architecture

David Baker Architects
Brit Epperson, Associate AIA, LEED Homes AP, IIDA, CID
Sarah Lueck
Carolina Barnes

Graphics

Sterling Graphics

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project data
CHP Training Center 1401
 
San Francisco, California
Under Construction
scope
Interior Architecture
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E)
Art Selection  
program
Training Center