Proj Overview


The precast concrete panels from Clark Pacific gave the university a complete building envelope system prefabricated off-site, tested in accordance with ASTM International and American Architectural Manufacturers Association requirements for air, water, and vapor penetration, that meets or exceeds Title 24 building code requirements for every climate zone in California.

The eclectic nature of the Dogpatch neighborhood lends itself to GFRC and precast concrete. The area is quite unique, and while UCSF’s primary campus is institutional, these apartments had to blend in with the rich history of the region.

Read more about this project in the Fall 2019 issue of Ascent.


Lighter than architectural precast concrete, the GFRC easily shapes the swell and the desired different aesthetic. The billow effect carries the precast concrete away from the frame, which creates a wide joint at the edge of the building. To transform a flat panel into the billows effect, Clark Pacific turned to its computer numerical control machine to create fiberglass molds.


Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Award2021 Award Winner
Project Team




Tipping Structural Engineers


Skanska USA Building


University of California San Francisco

Precast Concrete Producer

Clark Pacific

Precast Concrete Erector

Clark Pacific

Photo Credit

Clark Pacific

Key Project Attributes

  • Project team wanted to avoid scaffolding in the already very congested are of the project and wanted to find a façade system that could be installed quickly
  • Glass-fiber-reinforced-concrete was selected to meet both installation and budget criteria.
  • Precast concrete producer provided GFRC panels with the windows fully glazed, preinsulated and the ventilation louvers attached.

Project/Precast Scope

  • 174,275 gross sq ft of glass-fiber-reinforced concrete
  • 390,000 sq ft project in total
  • Almost 600 total units