David Baker Architects

Dr. George W. Davis Senior Building


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The two residential bars are linked with the free-form circulation volume. Image: Bruce Damonte

 

The Dr. George W. Davis Senior Building features a private residential wing with amenities and social services for low-income senior residents. The residences are connected to a comprehensive public community center offering a gathering space and extensive programs for seniors from the larger community.

In addition to the services and structured programs—ranging from exercise classes to game nights to cooking demonstrations—the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center also serves as central meeting place where neighboring seniors can relax, catch up with their community, play pool, and drink coffee.

The 121 one- and two-bedroom affordable rental apartments for low-income seniors, including a placement program for seniors leaving incarceration. The residences have a private common room, event kitchen, fitness center, and an upcoming beauty salon, as well as a dedicated staff providing social services. Informal lounges and laundry rooms are sited on each floor, and there are shared decks overlooking the courtyard at the second and fourth levels. The building received more than 4,000 applications for its 121 units, highlighting the need for affordable senior housing in the area. 

The new homes and neighborhood-serving senior community center round out a quartet of buildings creating a diverse urban community along San Francisco's rapidly developing Third Street Corridor. Integrating senior housing into a mixed-use micro-neighborhood adds a multi-generational aspect and prevents seniors from living in isolation. 
 
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Entry to the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Residence. Image: Bruce Damonte

Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center entry. Image: Bruce Damonte

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The welcoming entry of the senior center. Image: Bruce Damonte

Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center

 

This center headed by the incredible Cathy Davis, provides services to the Bayview senior community at large as well as the residents above.

One of the popular features of the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center is the pool table. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Unique Boutique sells items hand made by clients and residents. Image: Bruce Damonte

An art class at the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center. Image: Bruce Damonte

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View of the courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

SF Food Bank distribution in the solarium bordering the courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Ira Watkins uses his living room as his painting studio. Image: Bruce Damonte

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Level-two floor plan. Image: David Baker Architects

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Ground-level plan with landscape design by Miller Company Landscape Architects. Image: David Baker Architects


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Dr. George Davis Senior Center was also featured in the "New Old" exhibition at the Pratt Design Museum. 

 

Learn more about the fine folks at the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Building in this mini-documentary by the Rebus Project.

Home: The Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center and Residence from David Baker Architects on Vimeo.

The two residential bars are linked with the free-form circulation volume. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

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Image: Bruce Damonte

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View of the courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

View of the courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Ira Watkins uses his living room as his painting studio. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

The welcoming entry of the senior center. Image: Bruce Damonte

One of the popular features of the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center is the pool table. Image: Bruce Damonte

One of the popular features of the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center is the pool table. Image: Bruce Damonte

An art class at the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center. Image: Bruce Damonte

The Unique Boutique sells items hand made by clients and residents. Image: Bruce Damonte

SF Food Bank distribution in the solarium bordering the courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Entry to the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Residence. Image: Bruce Damonte

Entry to the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Residence. Image: Bruce Damonte

Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center entry. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

The freeform connector bridge contains shared spaces and vertical circulation. Image: David Baker Architects

Corner view. Image: David Baker Architects

North view with entry. Image: David Baker Architects

Courtyard view of the garden and African-inspired curved entry. Image: David Baker Architects

North elevation. Image: David Baker Architects

East elevation. Image: David Baker Architects

South elevation. Image: David Baker Architects

West elevation. Image: David Baker Architects

The Dr. George Davis Senior Building (Lot 42)plan as it related to the upcoming adjacent market-rate housing at Third and Carroll (Lot 41). Image: David Baker Architects

Carroll Street landscape improvements. Image: Miller Company Landscape Architects

Diagram: Site analysis. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Accents. Image: David Baker Architects

Diagram: Accents. Image: David Baker Architects

Level-five floor plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Level-three floor plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Level-two floor plan. Image: David Baker Architects

Ground-level plan with landscape design by Miller Company Landscape Architects. Image: David Baker Architects

Basement plan. Image: David Baker Architects

The high-profile line-up turning the first dirt at the ground-breaking celebration included California Senator Mark Leno, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

DPW were on hand to start construction off right.

2014.06.25 Basement excavation in progress.

2015.01.29 The curvy "connector"—a bridge between the private residences and the public community center—takes shape.

2015.05.08 DBA staff touring the construction site.

2015.05.08 A view of the courtyard, almost topped out.

2015.07.07 The Dr. George W. Davis Senior Building framed and being sheathed.

awards

AIACC Residential Design Award of Merit
AIA California Council

project details

Category

Affordable Housing, All Projects, LEED, Senior Housing

​Location

San Francisco, California

Developer

McCormack Baron Salazar

Interior Architecture

Gelfand Partners Architects

Associate Architect

MWA Architects

Landscape Architect

Miller Company Landscape Architects

Contractor

Nibbi Brothers General Contractors

Civil Engineer

Sandis

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project data
Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center and Residence 20903
San Francisco, California
Completed July 2016
number of units
1 bedroom 117
2 bedroom  4
total 121
commercial
senior center sf 14,967
density ratios
project sf 154,398
site sf 83,017
acres 1.91
total bedrooms 125
bedrooms/acre 65
units/acre 61
parking
total 57
spaces/unit .5
type garage + drop-off
bicycle parking 34
construction type
5 floors VA over IA
certification
LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Platinum