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University of San Francisco

Completed:.2013 / LEED Gold Certified

City: San Francisco

Size: 55,000 SF

John Lo Schiavo, S.J., Center for Science and Innovation


Challenge - The Lo Schiavo Center for Science and Innovation (LCSI) provides an enhanced teaching environment and knits the campus core together.  Since the University had not built a new science building in forty years, they built a significant building which is both sensitive to the campus community and represents the culture of Jesuit education.

John understands how new buildings can contribute to campus-making and support the University's broader mission.  John recognized the characteristics and opportunities of the LCSI site that is adjacent to existing major campus pathways which connect science education with day-to-day campus life.  John McGuire, as Practice Leader for Science & Education at NBBJ, oversaw the construction effort confirming the new building would accommodate existing conditions, address stakeholder and community concerns, and meet or exceed client expectations.

Selected Publications


USF’s science center’s new digs go sleekly underground

John King, January 2014

San Francisco Business Times

USF opening $54 million science and innovation center

Ron Leuty, September 26, 2013


USF’s $60 Million Science Center Increases Their Self-Esteem

Andy J. Wang, September 2009

San Francisco Business Times

University of San Francisco to break ground on $60M science center

Ron Leuty, June 2008

Informal social space next to labs and lower level garden
LCSI in context with steeples beyond

Project with NBBJ

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