Workspace design for inspiring college access program

San Francisco, California

Desired Services
Building & Space Identification,Interior Design & Brand Integration,Facilities Renovation

Project Description

Summer Search is relocating within San Francisco and also moving part of its program team to Oakland. We pieced together our current office without much foresight for growth or the variety of ways our teams use the space and are feeling the constraints. We are seeing the relocations as a way to start fresh, re-strategize, and design spaces that support and inspire our work.

As a result of the Bay Area's skyrocketing rental rates, we have less money in our budget to dedicate to design and construction, and are hoping to be paired with a designer who connects with our mission in order to help us achieve our workspace vision.

We want our space to reflect our values and to showcase our students. Our staff are a fun, hardworking bunch, and we want to celebrate our success everyday by working in an office that reminds us why we do this challenging, but rewarding work.

San Francisco office space:
-San Francisco projected headcount = 39
-Primarily HQ staff (administrative, fundraising, program leadership, senior management) with flexible space for mentors and students
-Looking for mix of open floor plan and few offices with meeting rooms and multi-purpose meeting spaces
-In proposal phase with potential landlords

Oakland office space:
-Oakland projected headcount = 32
-Primarily program staff including mentors, college advisers, alumni support (office serves about 300 students in the Bay Area)
-Students visit office frequently and this space will inspire and reflect back the amazing journey our students embark on
-Mostly open floor plan with variety of small huddle rooms and multi-purpose meeting space for student workshops
-Space not yet identified

If you have any questions about Summer Search or our project, please feel free to contact me. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with such generous firms.

Timing of project will depend on lease terms. It could start as early as November 2015, and as late as January, 2016.


Perkins + Will and our architect, David Bradshaw, were amazing partners to have on this project. They took the time to understand our program, our students and staff, and needs. From design conception, to the revision process, to the little details that have made our space feel beautiful, we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. David patiently guided us through the process of designing the space and acted as our advocate in negotiations with the building's own architect. We are forever grateful for Perkins + Will's generosity.