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Architects
TEF Design. Lead architect.- Andrew Wolfram, AIA.
Design team
Project Manager.- Paul Cooper, AIA. Project Designer.- Justin Blinn, AIA.
Collaborators
Landscape architecture.- Creo Landscape.
Civil engineering.- BFK Engineers.
Structural engineering.- Rutherford, Chekene.
MEP engineering.- MHC Engineers, Inc.
Lighting.- Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design.
Utility consultant/owner’s representative.- Urb-in.
Sustainability consultant.- Thornton Thomasetti.
Client
PG&E.
General Contractors
Plant Construction Company, LP.
Dates
2019.
Manufacturers
Exterior Cladding.- Basalite Concrete Products. Nvelope. Vaproshield. Kreysler & Associates. Cambridge Architectural. Roofing.- Johns Manville.Kemper System. Doors.- Stiles Custom Metal. Cornell Iron. The Smith Company. Hardware.- Schlage. LCN. Von Duprin. Interior Finishes.- Benjamin Moore. Crossville, Heath Ceramics. Lighting.- Lithonia, ALW. Ecosense, Luminii, iLight, Bega, Hydrel, Cree. Acuity Controls. ETC. Conveyance.- Pflow Industries. Mechanical.- Greenheck. Panasonic. Plumbing.- Weil. Chronomite. Kohler. Sloan. Zurn. Watts. Energy.- Sun Light & Power. GSky.
Location
538 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA.
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Douglas Tom. TEF Design

TEF Design is an architecture and interior design firm located in San Francisco and founded by Douglas Tom in 1997.

Their staff of over 30 is distinguished by the convergence of “large firm” experience delivered through the culture and care of a small practice. They combine these skills with a deep commitment to craftsmanship, value, and responsibility to create memorable places where people come together to share ideas and build community.
 
Douglas Tom's first job out of architecture school was a year-long stint as a VISTA volunteer in the underserved Pico Union neighbourhood of central Los Angeles.  Working with other volunteers on projects that made a real difference in people’s lives had a strong impact on him, igniting a passion for socially-relevant work, particularly in educating young people.

A true collaborator, his deep connection to serving the community has shaped TEF’s culture and portfolio and informs our work with educational, non-profit, and community clients including the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, the Child Abuse Prevention Center, Crissy Field Environmental Education Center, and the Presidio Institute.  

He has led several non-profit educational organizations to bring innovative learning opportunities to disadvantaged young people through nationally-acclaimed programs, including the establishment of the award-winning Build SF program of the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco, which connects public high school students with real world experience through mentors in the design and construction industry. He was a founding board member of Envision Schools and a board member of the San Francisco Education Fund.  

With more than four decades of experience, his steadfast belief in architecture’s role as a mechanism for social agency continues to drive his practice whether breathing new life into an historic public library or crafting a first-of-its-kind clinic in the Bayview serving children and families experiencing trauma.
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