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Project Lead or Principal
Roslyn Cole – Aidlin Darling Design
Lead Architect, Engineer, or Designer Address
Tory Green – Aidlin Darling Design
Melinda Sullivan – San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department
Aidlin Darling Design
Dan Eilbeck – Wiss, Janney, Elstern Associates (WJE)
Jeff Blaevoet – Guttmann & Blaevoet
Eric Swanson – BKF Engineers
Green Building Consultant
Abenda Darden – Thorton Tomasetti
Scott Cataffa – Conger Moss Guillard (CMG) Landscape Architecture
Historic Preservation Consultant
Nancy Goldenberg – TreanorHL
Thomas Schindler – Salter Inc.
Steve Winkel – The Preview Group
Wiss, Janney, Elstern Associates (WJE)
Theater and A/V Consultant
Mike McMackin – Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Janet Nolan – JS Nolan + Associates
Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse
Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse is a winner for the 2021 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.
About Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse
Built in 1901 as the home of San Francisco’s first electric railway, the Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse is one of the last physical reminders of the system. In 2009, an effort began to adaptively reuse the building as a community cultural and education center. Finished in 2020, the transformation of the Powerhouse into a 300-person event and performance space completes the first phase. The adaptive reuse of the Powerhouse highlights layers of history while deftly inserting new program elements into the historic shell. Due to the building’s decay and lack of seismic stability, every surface was touched in the rehabilitation. In adapting the Powerhouse as an arts event space, elements were introduced in a manner that respected the existing structure. Throughout the space, the interplay of new and old enlivens the reading of each, creating a revitalized historic building that serves the community while honoring its past.