SFJAZZ, the San Francisco-based organization supporting jazz music in the Bay Area, has found a new $65 million home in the Civic Center performing arts district. The three-story, 35,000-square-foot venue, designed by local architects Mark Cavagnero Associates—winner of the 2011 AIA California Firm of the Year award—features flexible seating arrangements in its main auditorium that allow its capacity to expand from 350 to 700. In addition to the primary stage, the LEED Certified SFJAZZ Center has a smaller, 80-seat multi-purpose ensemble room, as well as ground level public amenities that include a café, a box office, and a small retail shop. Ample glazing on the exterior provides daylighting to the public spaces, as well as a visual connection to its surroundings, in the first stand-alone venue specifically designed for jazz performances.
Founder of SFJAZZ Randall Kline has expressed joy at finding a permanent, dedicated building for the organization. “After 30 years of presenting music in a variety of rented venues throughout the Bay, it is with great joy we announce our first season in our new home, the SFJAZZ Center,” Kline said in a statement. SFJAZZ commissioned three jazz-centric murals to be installed in the green room and upstairs lobby of the center. With concerts slated through June 2013, the center hopes to bolster interest in the city’s already vibrant jazz scene by offering educational programs for audiences of all ages.