With a vision of incorporating 21st century teaching methods and technology, Bellarmine-Jefferson High School teamed with CSDA to renovate and modernize 1,850 SF of existing library spaces into high performance, flexible learning spaces for their High School community.

A 21st century collaboration space and student union was designed for breakout learning and multi-discipline collaboration for before, during and after-school. The library was reimagined with flexible work areas to accommodate small and large collaboration groups and a technology hub called the “thought spot” was added as a Central gathering space for more intimate project presentations and collaborations. Learning nooks were added at the periphery of the space to allow for small groups of up to four to gather and work while oversized seating benches were installed along the exterior windows to allow for individual learning opportunities in the diffused sunlight.

21st Century Key Features
• Library
• Flexible work areas
• Collaborative spaces
• Soft and Flexible Seating
• Lighting and Color Student Display Space
• Flexibility, Adaptability, and Variety


Following the Board’s approval of the Master Plan in 2009, CSDA was retained to design new facilities to achieve LEED Silver equivalency. The new facilities designed and recently constructed include: an admissions/alumni center, multi-use auditorium, and multi-use, regulation-sized baseball and soccer fields.

The Hanna Boys Center project involved CSDA working with the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


CSDA completed the initial implementation phase of the design, as outlined in the school’s comprehensive Master Plan, which included the modernization of 28 classrooms and four science labs, the addition of two environmental classroom labs and the seismic retrofit of a gymnasium. The modernized classrooms are energy-efficient and designed to be flexible and to accommodate various teaching styles. The upgrades include new teaching walls, LCD projectors, wireless/smart box technology, and moveable furniture.

Future phased construction will include a new athletic center, student center, cafeteria, chapel, counseling center and administration building, and renovations/additions to existing buildings. The campus and buildings are being designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification.

Sustainable design strategies were explored with the client in a series of “eco-charettes,” based on the LEED checklist. This process entailed detailed strategies for conservation, energy efficiency, and the incorporation of active and passive systems in the design.


Beginning with the development of a master plan in 1993, Carondolet High School (800 students) campus and building improvements have been designed and constructed in seven phases. Improvements include reconfiguring a cafeteria to provide spaces for campus ministry-student activities, art classroom, yearbook, student store, bookroom and offices; expanding a gymnasium (7,600sf); renovating the library/computer center (6,200sf), science wing, and faculty room; adding a parking garage (22,600sf) with rooftop tennis courts; modernizing 18 classrooms to include state-of-the-art technology/media capabilities; and constructing a new cafeteria/multi-use building (16,000sf). The final phase includes a new gymnasium and aquatic center.


Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club was founded in 1917 and has been in its current location adjacent to the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul on Washington Square since 1960. The club provides recreation, arts and tutorial programs to over 1,000 children every year.

The project involved the complete modernization of the existing two story (14,000 square foot) building and the addition of a new (7,500 square foot) third story. The modernization included the renovation of the existing gymnasium, exercise court, tutorial classroom, children’s lounge, staff office and restrooms. The new third story addition includes spaces for a martial arts dojo/dance studio, computer classroom/learning center, arts and crafts studio, music/drama room, office space and a conference room. The existing building was structurally upgraded to meet current seismic code standards. New ramps and elevator make the building completely accessible.

The project was sustainably designed (LEED Silver) incorporating the replacement of the existing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing system with new energy efficient systems. Also included are energy efficient lighting systems, skylights and complete upgrade of the buildings envelope, exterior skim and fenestration.