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Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects designs Edwin M. Lee Apartments, a model for healthy living and resilience in San Francisco, California

Project name:
Edwin M. Lee Apartments
Architecture firm:
Prime Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. Associate Architect: Saida + Sullivan Design Partners
San Francisco, California, USA
Bruce Damonte
Principal architect:
Richard Stacy, FAIA – Principal in Charge
Design team:
Ledday Maytum Stacy Architects Team: Richard Stacy, FAIA – Principal in Charge. Gregg Novicoff, AIA, LEED AP – Associate Principal. Edward Kopelson, AIA, LEED AP – Project Manager. Gwen Fuertes, AIA, LED AP BD+C – Project Architect. Saida + Sullivan Design Partners Team: Koji Saida, AIA – Principal. Mimi Sullivan, AIA – Principal. Jeremy Gagon, Job Captain.
Built area:
124,000 ft²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Building Maintenance: Access Systems & Solutions. Waterproofing Consultant: Steelhead Engineers. Corrosion: JDH Corrosion. GreenPoint Rater: Association for Energy. Fire Protection: Pacific-Allied Fire Protection
Civil engineer:
Luk & Associates
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: Tommy Siu & Associates. Electrical Engineer: E Design C. Acoustic Consultant: Papadimos Group
GLS Landscape Architecture
Nibbi Brothers
Tools used:
Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), Swords to Plowshares
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A model for healthy living and resilience, the Edwin M. Lee Apartments is the first building in San Francisco to combine supportive housing for both unhoused veterans and low-income families. This collaboration—Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, Swords to Plowshares, and Chinatown Community Development Center—supports an integrated, equitable, and sustainable community in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

This 124,000-square-foot affordable housing development provides 62 apartments for formerly homeless veterans and 57 apartments for low-income families with ground-floor services for families, veterans, neighbors, and the greater community. Balancing civic scale with a feeling of home, the building enables sustainable lifestyles for its residents, prioritizing access to views and daylight, along with showcasing alternative energy generation and connections to nearby public transportation. The project frames a generous internal garden courtyard that balances a range of areas for retrospection, interaction and play.

With a GreenPoints Rated Platinum certification, the project includes abundant photovoltaic and solar hot water panels to reduce operating costs and provide sustainable energy. The photovoltaic renewable energy system is proudly on display to the public and an integral feature in the overall building’s civic design. The design’s material and assembly selections incorporate biophilic design principles; durable material selections and well-considered detailing are intended to reduce long-term operating and maintenance costs.

Dedicated to the late mayor of San Francisco, the Edwin M. Lee Apartments is an enduring tribute to his goal to end homelessness for veterans.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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