San Francisco Unified School District

Program overview

San Francisco Unified School District has relied on Vanir as a project/ construction manager to support its bond programs for the past 20 years. As the seventh largest district in the state, each of these programs has included more than 100 projects.

Our services go so far as moving entire schools and working nights and weekends to minimize the disruption of classroom activities. We kick off each project by providing design management services—working with architects, engineers, school staff, and District stakeholders to focus on developing solid construction documents. With strong communication throughout the construction and closeout phases, we ensure that our client and the community are highly satisfied.

Vanir is currently providing services for 13 modernization and seismic retrofit projects, including a variety of 100-year-old buildings located in small lots in the heart of China Town. The challenge is working on tight, occupied school sites in densely populated urban neighborhoods. Our solution is close coordination with faculty, staff, neighbors, and parent groups.

Vanir onsite team delivers success

” Vanir met our expectations by completing all 46 of their projects to date on schedule…one of the keys to Vanir’s success was, and continues to be, their onsite personnel…who understand the technical aspects of design and construction yet have an effective ability to effectively communicate…”

Maureen Shelton, Director of Construction, Bond Programs, SFUSD


San Francisco, California


San Francisco Unified School District

Design Team




Construction Cost

Program Budget1995: $110 million
2003: $368 million
2006: $450 million
2011: $531 million
2016: $744 million




Peabody Elementary School, San Francisco Unified School District, 2015 WCCC Distinguished Project, New Buildings