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Update on Campus Planning

Posted August 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Updated November 7, 2019, 11:08 AM

Students in front of Macky Hall

Campus Unification
After a three-year planning process and an international search, award-winning firm Studio Gang was selected to design the expanded, re-imagined San Francisco campus. The team, led by principal Jeanne Gang, has been hard at work the last few months during the “discovery phase” of the project. The project team visited CCA several times this spring; toured both campuses; met with faculty, trustees, students, and staff; and organized a sustainability workshop that convened members of the CCA community and experts from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Atelier Ten.

Jeanne Gang and the team will be back in San Francisco April 20–21. Plans call for more engagement with students, alumni, faculty, trustees, and the deans.

Looking ahead, Studio Gang will present the results of its discovery phase to CCA’s Board of Trustees in early June. CCA expects to have a master plan for the SF campus by the end of the calendar year, which will be shared broadly. The overarching goal is to bring together all the academic programs—including all the Oakland-based programs—on the new SF campus by academic year 2021–22.

Follow the process on the campus planning blog.

Oakland Campus
The future of the Oakland campus remains a top priority. With input from alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees, the college has partnered with Equity Community Builders/Emerald Fund to identify a range of options that celebrate CCA’s legacy and truly benefit the community. Options could include partnerships with mission-aligned organizations—coupled with alternative uses such as housing—and other uses that honor the arts and historic aspects of CCA’s Oakland campus. We anticipate a collaborative process, wherein CCA will guide, structure, and approve future uses. This first, exploratory stage of the project will take place over the summer months. Options will be presented to the CCA Board of Trustees in the fall and then shared with the community for further input.

Equity Community Builders (ECB) has a strong track record of working with local cultural, educational, and nonprofit institutions, including the American Conservatory Theater, the David Brower Center, The Bay School, Cavallo Point, San Francisco LGBT Center, and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. ECB also has extensive experience with the preservation and adaptive re-uses of historic structures. For a list of projects, visit the ECB website. Emerald Fund has been one of the leading residential developers in the Bay Area over the past 39 years. During that time, Emerald has developed many award-winning, transit-oriented projects in San Francisco and Oakland. For a list of projects, visit the website.

Work begins at 75 Arkansas

New Student Housing in San Francisco
An important step in our campus unification plan is to provide affordable student housing in San Francisco. A new student residence is underway at 75 Arkansas Street—just two blocks from the campus. The facility will feature three stories of apartment-style housing over ground-floor retail space. The plan is for students to occupy the building in fall 2018. Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA), winners of the 2017 AIA Architectural Firm Award and the firm that designed CCA’s main SF campus building, is designing the project.

The college is grateful to longtime CCA trustee Simon Blattner, who owns the property and is developing it for CCA students. As in the past, no tuition dollars will be used for campus building/expansion efforts.

Questions or concerns about campus planning?

We appreciate your interest and support as we move forward with these exciting plans for CCA’s future. For more information, visit the blog or email