Bill Sorro Community

Architect: Kennerly Architecture & Planning

Owner: Mercy Housing California

Location: San Francisco, California

Category: Multifamily Housing (category three)

The Bill Sorro Community reanimates a tough abandoned corner in San Francisco’s Sixth Street Lodging-House Historic District, with 67 apartments for low-income families and developmentally disabled adults, including restaurant and retail spaces. The project involved partnerships with the community to reflect on the historic and unique qualities of the neighborhood, and the mission of Bill Sorro, an endeared community leader. The building’s design resonates with the neighborhood’s distinctive character, enhances its’ vibrant mix of uses, and preserves affordability. With a GreenPoint Rating of 127 points, the building provides energy efficiency, air-quality, storm-water management, and grey-water re-use. These sustainability strategies were integral in the design goal to provide a healthier environment to live and work, and reduce ongoing costs to make funds available for other uses. Residential amenities include private balconies, a roof garden, laundry rooms, day-lit corridors, indoor bike room, landscaped courtyard, and flexible spaces for offices, exercise and gatherings.

Additional information

Contractor: James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp  

Construction Manager: Regent Construction Management

Surveyor: Martin M. Ron Associates, Inc.

Green Point Rater: Thornton Tomasetti

Geotechnical: Treadwell & Rollo, Langan Geotechnical

Structural Engineer: DCI + SDE

Plumbing Engineer: DPC Consulting Engineers, Inc.

MEP Engineer: Ajmani & Pamidi Inc., MHC Engineers Inc.

Commissioning Engineer: Sherrill Engineering, Inc.

Landscape Architect: Cliff Lowe Associates

Civil Engineer: Luk and Associates

Acoustical Engineer Site: Mei Wu

Acoustics Acoustical Engineer Building: Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc.

Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Waterproofing: Steelhead Engineers, Inc.

Specification: William Buchholz

Specifications Consultant Title-24: Guttmann & Blaevoet


Simon Ha, AIA (Jury Chair), Steinberg Hart, Los Angeles, California

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, FAIA, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York, New York

Hans Butzer, AIA, Butzer Architects and Urbanism, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mary Cerrone, AIA, Mary Cerrone Architects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Image credits

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Sixth Street, East Facade: Continuous retail frontage, varied heights and masonry volumes resonate with the context and express the program within.

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