CCA Secures Land in San Francisco for Future Growth

Property in San Francisco is adjacent to the CCA campus [photo: Jim Norrena]

California College of the Arts (CCA) has purchased from Greyhound Lines, Inc. a two-and-a-half-acre (approximately 102,000 square feet) vacant lot in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco. The property, formerly a bus maintenance facility, abuts CCA’s main San Francisco campus building at 1111 Eighth Street and is bordered by 7th, Hooper, and Irwin Streets. The purchase price was $8.4 million.

CCA’s Board of Trustees spearheaded the effort to acquire the property and provided the financing for the purchase. CCA Board Chair F. Noel Perry stated, “This is a wonderful example of board stewardship. We now have an opportunity to truly ‘dream big’—the theme of our current Strategic Plan—and lead the way in delivering the best arts education for the 21st century. CCA has been a tremendous success story in the last 15 years, with enrollment increasing by 75 percent and demand for our programs continuing to grow. Acquiring this property opens up a world of possibilities for us and cements our presence in San Francisco.”

There are not yet immediate plans for developing the property. CCA President Stephen Beal commented, “There are a number of ideas for temporary uses of the lot. Development for long-term use is several years away, however, and will involve extensive research, planning, community involvement, and a major fundraising effort.

For now, we are looking forward to creating a process to gather input from the CCA community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors—as well as from the broader Bay Area arts and education community. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our Board of Trustees for their foresight and generosity in acquiring this strategic piece of property for the college.”

CCA in San Francisco

CCA established a permanent campus in San Francisco in 1996 to accommodate significant growth in its design and architecture programs. Currently the San Francisco campus comprises nearly 250,000 square feet in the blocks between the Design Center and Mission Bay.

In the past 15 years CCA’s enrollment has grown tremendously, due in part to the addition of six new graduate and six new undergraduate programs, including groundbreaking programs such as the MBA in Design Strategy, Animation, Community Arts, and, beginning in fall 2011, Interaction Design.

San Francisco facilities include the Graduate Center, Timken Lecture Hall, the Logan Galleries of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, other exhibition spaces, and studios and classrooms for a wide range of architecture, design, and fine arts programs. The college also operates a four-acre campus in the Rockridge area of Oakland, which is home to the undergraduate programs in art, residence halls, the Oliver Art Center, and the Center for Art and Public Life.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 21 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, CCA currently enrolls 1,850 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl. For more information about CCA, visit