Renovation/Restoration Award of Merit: The Strand
Owner American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)
Lead Design Firm and Structural Engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Contractor Plant Construction Co. LLP
Civil Engineer BKF
MEP Engineers AR&B; Decker Electric; Pribuss Engineering
Construction Manager Equity Community Builders Specialty
Abandoned for 10 years and overtaken by squatters, the century-old movie theater was transformed into a multifunctional space for San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. The team retrofitted all elements while retaining more than 80% of the original structure. Crews installed shoring from within the structure for seismic upgrades due to the tight site and to avoid disturbing subway tubes and BART rail lines. For punch-list efficiency, BIM360, a cloud-based iPad application, allowed the architect to walk the building, mark issues, attach a photo and deliver the photo to the contractor. Also cloud-based, PlanGrid continually archived and updated drawing packages, sketches and documents. The $20-million theater—completed in May—is helping rejuvenate the surrounding Market Street area.