08 JUNE 2018 : AWARDS

Gould Evans Honored at the First Annual San Francisco Design Week Awards

Boys & Girls Club project recognized for excellence in Altruistic Architecture

San Francisco, CA – June 08, 2018 – Nationally recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans is pleased to announce that its Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga Community Clubhouse project has been honored as part of the first annual San Francisco Design Week Awards. The project was recognized as the winner in the Altruistic category based on its inclusiveness of those typically underrepresented in the design community, its flexibility and pragmatic visual appeal, and its potential to serve as a community asset for decades.

The new clubhouse is designed to reflect and serve its rural Napa County location, where many families work long hours in the region’s wine industry. The design intention was to create a safe place for kids to study and socialize, and a positive center of activity in the community. The single-story building consists of two wings organized around an interior “Gamesroom” with a gymnasium behind it. The high vaulted ceiling and clerestory windows of the Gamesroom makes you feel like you’ve entered into an outdoor courtyard, yet the warmth of the exposed wood structure has the intimacy of a family room. The Gamesroom has physical and visual transparency to a variety of adjacent spaces – including a STEM Lab, Art Lab, Learning Center Kitchen and Dining area – enabling kids to transition seamlessly between homework, recreational activities and snack time. The restrooms and gymnasium can be fully separated from the clubhouse via an overhead rolling door, a creative adjacency which allows the BGC to open the gym to the community after-hours.

“We’re thrilled that this project is the recipient of one of the first San Francisco Design Week Awards, and we’re proud of the positive impact it’s already making in the community,” said Douglas Thornley, Principal with Gould Evans. “It’s been an honor to realize the Boys & Girls Club vision by creating an accessible resource for local youth—regardless of their economic means—that creatively and constructively structures their time after school.”

SFDW Design Awards is an international design competition seeking to encourage thought leadership by supporting designers whose works can contribute towards a positive future for society. The Design Awards celebrates and recognizes exemplary work in all fields of design, including architecture, interior design, industrial design, communication design, and user experience design.

“We are extremely excited to launch the first San Francisco Design Week Design Awards this year,” says SFDW Director Dawn Zidonis. “The quality of the many entries we received was exceptional in terms of how they exceeded our expectations of our theme, ‘Innovation Meets Social Responsibility’. Congratulations to this year’s outstanding and diverse winners.”

Eighteen winning projects were selected by a jury comprised of distinguished professionals, who reviewed submissions from an exceptionally competitive pool of applicants from all over the world, including Italy, China, USA, United Emirates and Japan. The SFDW Design Awards esteemed jury included:

  • JD Beltran, designer, artist, filmmaker, writer, educator and public art administrator

  • Diane Dorrans Saeks, influencer, author, editor and teacher

  • Rob Duncan, partner, Mucho

  • Trevor Hubbard, founder, Butchershop

  • Barry Katz, CCA, IDEO Fellow, Stanford University,

  • Dominique Price, director at M Moser Associates

  • August de los Reyes, VP of Product Design, Pinterest

Each winning project displayed the characteristics of impact, singularity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, ease of use, visual appeal and feasibility. The winners’ entries are displayed prominently in a SFDW Design Awards Exhibition at Pier 27, San Francisco, from June 7 - 8, 2018 and featured permanently at

San Francisco Design Week (SFDW) is the premier gathering of the world’s most active design community. The week-long community event spans the entire Bay Area from Silicon Valley to the city of San Francisco, featuring world-renowned designers, entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders with more than 60 studio tours and 200 events. Gould Evans will be hosting a SFDW panel discussion focused on using design to improve learning spaces and the educational experience on June 11th.

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