For our weekly Lunch and Learn session, Tom Sargent visited our San Francisco office and presented on his innovative community-oriented development work in the Bay Area. Tom is the Founding Principal of Equity Community Builders (http://ecbsf.com) and the driving force behind such projects as Cavallo Pont - The Lodge at the Golden Gate, where two-dozen historic buildings at Fort Baker have been turned into a beautifully expansive retreat and conference center. He’s also the lead on a 30,000 square-foot conversion of See’s Candy factory into artist live-work space. Another of his projects is the Thoreau Center for Sustainability at the Presidio: twelve environmentally friendly buildings on a former military base-turned national park.
Tom said that like Architecture for Humanity, he’s pursuing ‘cool design in new ways.’ He tries to stay directly involved with people in the communities where he works. Tom’s specialty is urban infill development, affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and green building. He said one lesson learned while working on the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is that if you ‘create something with life, people will come.’
Read the full notes for this Lunch and Learn: