Proj Overview


The striking new building at San Francisco State University is the new hub of the urban campus community for those who want to exercise as well as socialize. The 118,700-ft2 facility features fitness and weight areas, courts, three studios, a sauna, two pools, and a large multiuse space that can host team activities as well as student events.

Located on a prominent intersection off Lake Merced Boulevard, the Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC) serves as a signature facility and campus gateway. The shape of the building reflects the triangular site, and the three main modules (natatorium, gym, and courts) of the structure reach out in different directions.

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


With evolving computer numerical control technology and complex 3-D modeling, more creativity is being expressed through precast concrete and GFRC.


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Project Team


WRNS Studio


Forell/Elsesser Engineers


CW Driver Builders


San Francisco State University

Precast Concrete Producer

Willis Construction

Key Project Attributes

  • Façade features glass-fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels that are crisp and modern, reflecting both the university culture and diverse activity within.
  • Project features panels that are 12 ft wide and up to 30 ft tall.
  • Panels had to handle out-of-plane bending for wind loads. GFRC frames are more flexible and can handle the rotation and movement of an earthquake.

Project/Precast Scope

  • GFRC panels
  • Vertical fluting form shape
  • Light sandblasted finish
  • Precast concrete totals 33,600 sq ft
  • 131 individual panels