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Garfield Elementary School Modernization

Project overview

Vanir provided construction management services to San Francisco Unified School District for the modernization of Garfield Elementary School, a four-story K-5 campus located on Telegraph Hill near Coit Tower. The project included:

  • Demolition and hazardous material abatement (performed under a separate contract)
  • Construction of 18 classrooms, a multipurpose room, a media center, offices, stairways and corridors
  • Remodeling of all restrooms, a warming kitchen and janitorial spaces
  • New roofing, interior/exterior doors, windows, skylights and finishes
  • New power, data, lighting, plumbing and mechanical systems, including replacement of 12 rooftop HVAC units
  • ADA accessibility and fire/life safety upgrades
  • Voluntary seismic upgrades/structural upgrades

Overcoming challenges

The project experienced delays from supply chain issues, as well as an extensive change order negotiation that included a claim for extended general conditions due to design inefficiencies and delays. Vanir received a $600,000 change order for extended general conditions. After analyzing the revised baseline schedule and performing a detailed review of the incurred costs, Vanir facilitated a negotiation between the District and the general contractor for $200,000. This resulted in significant cost savings to the District and ultimately avoided litigation.

San Francisco, California
San Francisco Unified School District

Levy Design Partners


EF Brett and Company, Inc.

Square Footage
33,446 SF
Construction Cost
$14.6 Million
Start Date
Completion Date