Bruce Damonte

Hive 50 Honors

For bringing renewed vitality to San Francisco’s Sixth Street Lodginghouse Historic District with units for low-income families and developmentally disabled adults.

What You Need To Know

The nine-story building’s design balances with the neighborhood’s character, enhances its mix of uses, and preserves affordability. With a GreenPoint Rating of 127 points, the building provides energy efficiency, air quality, stormwater management, and graywater reuse. These sustainability strategies were integral in the design goal to provide a healthier environment to live and work, and reduce ongoing costs to make funds available for other uses. Residential amenities include private balconies, a roof garden, laundry rooms, day-lit corridors, an indoor bike room, a landscaped courtyard, and flexible spaces for offices, exercise, and gatherings.

Who’s Involved

Mercy Housing California commissioned Kennerly Architecture & Planning, where the project team included: Owen Kennerly, principal, AIA; Brian Stryzek, associate, AIA; Sarina Bowen Kennerly, principal, AIA; and Parvathy Nair.

Time Stamp

Completed in 2017, the Bill Sorro Community has won a host of local and national design, architecture, and urban planning awards, including the 2019 AIA Housing Awards.