Bruce Damonte

City College of San Francisco Multi-Use Building

Interface Engineering collaborated with the college and the design team to utilize the building form and architecture as the predominant source to meet cooling demands for City College’s new academic multi-use facility.

San Francisco, California

Pfau Long Architecture / VBN Architects

Building Size:

102,000 sf

Project Cost:

$47 million




  • Award of Merit, ENR California, 2011
  • Technology Award: 1st Place for Institutional Buildings, ASHRAE Golden Gate Chapter, 2012
  • Technology Award: Honorable Mention for New Education Facilities, ASHRAE, 2013


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The City College design team explored several iterations of the building envelope, floor plan and roof layout to naturally ventilate and passively cool the entire building. Advanced engineering tools were employed by Interface’s team to determine the design’s viability and to assist in modifying the building envelope to make the system successful. The team delivered this energy efficient facility at no additional cost when compared to a standard building with traditional HVAC systems. The building, which houses classrooms, administrative offices, specialized laboratories, computer lab, study spaces, childcare/family center, meeting rooms, café, and other spaces for student development, has been operational since August 2010 and is outperforming client and design team expectations.

Bruce Damonte
Bruce Damonte

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Hayes Freedom High School

Camas, Washington

Community and Student Services Center at Chabot Community College

Hayward, California