Design-Build Team of SVA Architects and JH Fitzmaurice Complete Nationally Recognized Housing in Daly City, CA

Jefferson Union High School District teachers and staff benefit from Measure J

OAKLAND, CA., August 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The design-build team of SVA Architects and JH Fitzmaurice recently joined Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) in Daly City, California for the district’s centennial celebration and the grand opening of 705 Serramonte, an affordable housing community specifically for district faculty and staff. Help bring housing equity to the area, JUHSD is the first K-12 school district to pass a bond exclusively to build an affordable housing community for teachers and staff. The $75 million project received $33 million in bond funds provided by the passage of Measure J in June 2018. The pioneering development unites the two strengths of SVA in partnering with educational institutions and designing affordable housing communities.

Coinciding with the centennial of JUHSD, the development team and the district celebrated the completion of the housing community on May 13, 2022 with an inauguration ceremony. Throughout the summer, staff traveled to the community in preparation for the fall semester, which began this week on Tuesday August 92022.

The 705 Serramonte community consists of 122 apartments, with 59 one-bedroom units, 56 two-bedroom units and 7 three-bedroom units. Homes range from 560 to 1,174 square feet, with rental rates set at 50% of the market rate at the time of occupancy. Homes feature vinyl plank floors, stainless steel appliances, and generous windows with abundant light. Community areas include a community lounge, fitness center, and landscaped central courtyard with children’s play structures, barbecue area, and ample seating.

Nathan HerreroAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal at SVA Architects, says, “SVA’s vision was to design homes and community spaces that resemble a market-rate luxury development. Together with the district, we wanted to honor the critical work of educators by providing comfortable spaces that feel like a haven at the end of the day.”

Mohammad HakimiAIA, President and CEO of JH Fitzmaurice, Inc., said, “We were privileged to be part of this innovative project with Jefferson Union High School District and SVA Architects. Many districts across the country are already looking to JUHSD as a model for this type of educator housing in their own communities. »

Drawing on the distinct expertise of its founders, SVA Architects has a strong portfolio of educational and affordable housing projects. The management of the firm’s educational projects is Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects. Under his leadership, SVA designed the award-winning educational center, Grid Neutral, CHPS Verified Leader School La Escuelita in Oakland. Leading the design of affordable communities is Ernesto M. Vasquez, FAIA, CEO of SVA Architects. One of the company’s signature affordable projects is Celadon at 9th & Broadway in San Diegowhich achieved LEED Gold and was awarded the ULI Global Award for Excellence 2016. A natural complement based on SVA’s curriculum vitae, 705 Serramonte uniquely unites the expertise of both SVA founders.

About JH Fitzmaurice, Inc.

Founded in 1922, JH Fitzmaurice, Inc. (JHF) has completed many projects in the Bay Area, with its headquarters in the same location in the City of Oakland for 100 years. JHF’s primary focus over the past 40 years has been to partner with nonprofit housing developers in the construction of affordable housing projects, including: housing for teachers and professors; multi-family housing; retirement home; housing for veterans; and special needs and homeless housing. The mission and philosophy of JHF is to continue to partner with non-profit organizations to help solve the current need and demand for affordable housing. For more information, visit

About SVA Architects, Inc.

Founded in 2003, SVA Architects has become one of the most innovative and respected design and planning organizations in the country. The award-winning firm specializes in urban planning, architecture and interior design for public, private and mixed-use projects. Among the company’s portfolio are civic, educational, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. SVA Architects values ​​institutional and public environments as the foundation of a community and the backdrop in which we live, learn, work, worship and play. The company is headquartered in santa ana with offices at Oakland, San Diego, Davis, and Honolulu. For more information, visit

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