CCA's Back Lot is a multipurpose outdoor studio for recreation, making, and learning.

All members of the CCA community are encouraged to explore, create, and enjoy the back lot.

Here you will also find the Welding Studio, the Materials Reuse Center, the Cement and Plaster Studio, and the Backlot FARM

Areas within the Back Lot can be reserved by CCA staff and faculty for events or classes by submitting a reservation request via EMS. To do an installation or a project on the backlot, please submit a Backlot Project Request form.

Backlot Hours

For the Fall 2016 class term, August 29--December 16, 2016:

General Hours:

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

During general hours, access the backlot through the doors at the back of the Nave. A Public Safety Officer will be on duty to check CCA IDs and visitor stickers upon reentry to the Main Building.

Extended Studio Access Hours:

Monday 5 - 10 pm

Tuesday 7 - 10 pm

Wednesday 5 - 10 pm

Thursday 5 - 10 pm

Saturday 12 - 5pm

Sunday 12 - 5pm

During extended studio access hours, CCA students, staff, and faculty with current ID canaccess the backlot by ringing the bell at the pedestrian gate in the fence on Irwin Street, near the backlot Welding Studio. Here is a map.

Welding Studio

The San Francisco Welding Studio moved from the Courtyard of the Hooper building to the Backlot in January of 2016. It is equipped for MIG welding, TIG welding, oxy-acetylene welding, cutting and brazing, plasma cutting, and spot welding. For information or to arrange an orientation, please contact

Material Reuse Center

At the Materials Reuse Center, you can leave, take, and reuse all sorts of materials and items -- anything that's safe and is reusable:

  • woods
  • plastic & foams
  • metals
  • electronics
  • books & paper
  • odds & ends

Reduce waste, bring unwanted and unused materials to the center, take what you need and reuse! Materials and items in the MRC are available to all in the CCA community.

Be safe: don’t leave glass, items with metal fasteners sticking out, or unmarked/unknown liquids or paints. When leaving items, neatly place them
on the shelves or in the bins.

If you or your organization are interested in making a large donation to the Materials Reuse Center, please contact us at

Cement and Plaster Studio

The Cement and Plaster Studio is a designated work area for working with wet casting materials. There is a storage shed where students may keep any clearly-labelled project materials, a number of work tables, mixing equipment, and a water reclamation unit that allows wastewater from these studio processes to be reclaimed for landscaping use. Personal protective gear and power tools are available from the Backlot tool checkout service.