The Strand

The American Conservatory Theater, The Strand, has been restored by SOM Architects. The abandoned cinema is transformed into a live theater venue. The result is amazing and SOM was honored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as a 2016 recipient of the Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in interior architecture. Selected from roughly 500 submissions and among the 18 recipients in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design categories, The Strand will be honored at the AIA 2016 National Convention in Philadelphia.

American Conservatory Theaters (A.C.T.) is a non-profit theater company and the venue is used for anything from sports events to classic conserts.
The space of this versatile venue incorporates an intimate 285-seat proscenium theater, educational facilities, a 120-seat black box theater and rehearsal space, and a public lobby and cafe.

                    Read article in the may edition of ArchitectMagazine here 

Project Credits
Project: The Strand, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco
Client/Owner: American Conservatory Theater
Architect/Structural Engineer/Environmental Graphics/Interior Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, San Francisco . Michael Duncan, FAIA (design director); Gene Schnair, FAIA (managing partner); Mark Sarkisian (structural and seismic engineering partner); Maurice Hamilton, (senior technical designer); Gayle Tsern Strang, AIA (project manager); Neville Mathias (senior structural engineer); Aaron Jensen, AIA (senior design architect); Lonny Israel (graphic design studio lead)
General Contractor: Plant Construction Co.
Development/Project Manager and Financing Consultant: Equity Community Builders
Historic Certification/Preservation: Page & Turnbull
Theater Consultation: The Shalleck Collaborative
Lighting Design: PritchardPeck Lighting
Acoustics, Security, Telecom: Charles M. Salter Associates
Civil Engineering: BKF Engineers
M/E/P Design, Code Analysis, Life/Fire Safety: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Mechanical Design Build Engineers: Anderson Rowe & Buckley
Electrical Design/Build Engineers: Decker Electric Co.
Plumbing: Pribuss Engineering
LEED: Rick Unvarsky Consulting Services
Size: 20,000 square feet
Cost: $16 million

*Four®Design has primarily supplied with Four®Cast Four chairs in Anthracite and White via HighTower Group

Content credentials & sources:, SOM Design, A.C.T. San Francisco, AIA.