Bernal Dwellings Apartments in San Francisco is an existing 17 building, 160 unit affordable public housing complex that underwent a large scale renovation through the MOH-RAD Phase 4 program. Studio 144 & Studio Perez were hired for the FF&E portion of the contract for the community spaces of the development.
Developer for Renovation: McCormick Baron Salazar
Contractor: Nibbi Brothers Construction
The color scheme for the Multipurpose Room in the Resident Services space is an idea about bringing the outside in, and having ‘grassy areas’ by the door that are highlighted with the green accent wall paint and the green flooring that feathers into the more neutral grey tone. The mirrored wall we designed below was specifically for the dance / exercise classes that meet in this room. The custom Mecho shade cover for it was put in to provide an alternative to the mirrors for other groups like the seniors who may be eating there or the youth who may be studying there to be able to cover them when desired. The Mecho shade cover also functions as the projector screen for movie night or presentations.
This activity room with its lovely natural daylight we ended up centered in a yellow color scheme. The bright yellow LVT flooring picks up the same color theme with the baseboards and the accent wall color. The cabinets were painted in another accent color from the color scheme, the deep ‘Turkish Tile’ blue.
Part of this project was having an active community engagement which centered around Resident Council bringing specific programs and needs to us as various groups use the resident services and community room spaces. This area shown below will become a specific activity area focused on the sewing group / classes that are a highlight for the residents at Bernal Dwellings. Installation of the first order of furniture has arrived in March of 2021. Dan and I designed the interior finishes as well as the furniture package for these spaces.
One of the sustainability features I would like to highlight is the use of the SmartOcean task chairs. These chairs are made from recycled ocean fishing nets through a company called Bureo. Each chair uses approximately 2 lbs of recycled nets plastics. I found these chairs through one of my Living Futures Institute classes on the LPC while working on my LFA Accreditation.