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SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ CENTER | SAN FRANCISCO, CA

At the heart of the San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood and the city’s Civic Center Performing Arts District, the luminous SFJAZZ Center is the country’s first stand-alone building designed for jazz. Adjacent to Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco Symphony, Opera, Ballet, Asian Art Museum, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the SFJAZZ Center entices residents and tourists to experience its unique musical trends through its innovative , transparent and inviting design.

As the West Coast’s biggest jazz presenter, SFJAZZ Center serves about 200,000 fans and students every year. The dream for such a center started with the inception of the SFJAZZ festival more than 30 years ago. Visionaries sought to one day give jazz music a permanent home rather than just a once-a-year festival. Through ambitious planning and dedicated fundraising, the vision became reality with a grand opening in January 2013—two years after groundbreaking on the project.

The 35,000-square-foot, $32 million facility is dedicated to jazz performance and education. The Robert N. Miner Auditorium was acoustically and visually designed to enhance musical connection between artists and audiences. With a flexible seating design, the auditorium can accommodate from 350 to 700 seats. In addition to the main auditorium, the center includes a 90-seat lab, rehearsal space and three practice rooms, two bars, an all-day café, and administrative space for up to 50 people.

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The award-winning architectural firm of Mark Cavagnero Associates designed the SFJAZZ Center. Through detailed planning, the flexible-seating auditorium bears the seismic load for the facility allowing the perimeter to be enclosed with a glass curtainwall allowing greater visibility from passersby.

To enhance the artistic effects throughout the center, SFJAZZ commissioned three murals from renowned artists Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet. Using hand-made, hand-painted ceramic tiles, each mural has storylines and jazz history, creating stunning pieces of San Francisco history.

Following the artistic and musical model, it is no surprise the restroom tile design harkens to a piano keys across the tile floor utilizing Crossville’s Retro Active and Color Blox series. In accordance with the LEED standards, Retro Active and Color Blox contain a minimum of 4% pre-consumer recycled content and are Green Squared certified through the Tile Council of North America for proven standards of sustainability.

Crossville’s Retro Active is ideal for minimalist design schemes in commercial spaces. It has all the performance attributes of Porcelain Stone with the aesthetics and the versatility to make it a design favorite. Color Blox tile is produced with Crossville’s renowned Cross-Sheen® (UPS) finish for extra protection from dirt and stains and almost effortless cleaning.

Through the SFJAZZ Center, jazz in San Francisco is not a once a year festival but has developed into a permanent institution in the musical culture. As The Wall Street Journal echoed, “This building sounds the right note.”