UC San Francisco The Tidelands Student Housing

San Francisco, California

Built within the Dog Patch neighborhood of San Francisco, the University of California, San Francisco, needed affordable housing for their students. The two buildings consist of 595 units, nearly doubling the previous amount of available student housing.

The buildings were constructed with Infinite Facade and GFRC. Clark Pacific’s Infinite Facade product is a complete building envelope system that is prefabricated offsite. Infinite Facade is designed and tested to meet and exceed Title 24 building requirements.

Utilizing Infinite Facade combined with Clark Pacific’s Target Value Design methodology, the university had total design flexibility and shaved six months off the project’s design schedule.

The Tidelands is UCSF’s most sustainable housing community. The design team explored their options that would positively affect energy systems, cost, and performance while focusing on the thermal comfort of residents. Architect Kieran Timberlake conducted a facade sun exposure analysis to determine the impact of solar heat gain. As a result, billows and horizontal and vertical sunshades were built directly into the Clark Pacific panels on the sun-facing elevations and flat panels on the others.

Additional Resources:

UC San Francisco “The Tidelands” Case Study


Certified LEED Gold


Facts and Figures

State: California

City: San Francisco

Building Type: Education

Square Feet: 331,000

Year Completed: 2019

Job Number: 571



UCSF Facilities Design


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