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Campus Unification Timeline

Posted April 18, 2019, 8:32 AM Updated February 18, 2020, 4:17 PM

Studio Gang's design for CCA's new "double ground" campus expansion in San Francisco.

CCA is unifying into a single campus in San Francisco. Building on 112 years of “learning-through-making,” the unified campus will be a living and learning laboratory, a model of sustainable design and operation and a catalyst for creativity and change-making in San Francisco’s burgeoning art and design district. It will provide on-campus housing for nearly half its student body, easing pressure on area housing stock.

November 5, 2019: CCA Board of Trustees unanimously approves resolution to move forward toward starting construction in spring 2020

Summer 2019: 184 Hooper restroom renovations to make all gender bathrooms with additional fixtures and privacy features; expected completion by July 1, 2019

February 2019: 188 Hooper Residence groundbreaking ceremony

November 2018: ECB/Emerald designs for Oakland redevelopment filed with city and launched

August 2018: Blattner Hall student housing opens with 220 beds

June 2018: Studios for CCA's MFA Fine Arts Program Move to Dogpatch

January 2018: 80 Carolina Office renovations, meeting spaces and Faculty Hub open; 188 Hooper grad studios come down

August 2017: ECB/EF selected by CCA to envision future of Oakland campus that honors the college's art legacy

May 22, 2017: CCA breaks ground on new student housing in SF (75 Arkansas/Blattner Hall)

Spring 2017: New Nave Pod and Presentation Space renovation

November 2016: Studio Gang selected as architect for unified/expanded campus

October 2016: CCA Hubbell Street Galleries open in SF

March 2016: CCA finalizes an extension of its strategic "Dream Big" plan - Campus Unification initiative announced

August 2015: Panoramic student housing opens with 200 beds

April 2014: Long-range strategic campus planning work begins

2013: Institutional Master Plan filed with the City of San Francisco; 2016 and 2018 updates

2012: Art & Design Educational Special Use District created

2011: 2.4 acre parcel (formerly Greyhound Bus Station) acquired behind the primary academic building at 1111 Eighth Street

2010: Student Housing Legislation passed in San Francisco

Future Plans

Fall 2020: 188 Hooper Residence student housing and dining hall opens with 500 beds

Spring 2020: New campus expansion (Double Ground behind Nave) breaks ground


  • 1111 Eighth Street renovation begins: A series of renovations will transform and improve the existing building to work in concert with the plan for the expanded/unified campus. Scope includes improved fresh air and thermal comfort in classrooms with new mechanical systems; conversion of the board room into two classrooms to help meet growing demand for classroom space; creation of “phone booths” — two rooms that allow people to make phone calls and have private conversations.
  • New campus expansion opens in SF