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Project Updates · 12.12.2023

XL Construction tops out new 72,000-square-foot Student Success Center at City College of San Francisco

All-electric, LEED Silver, and net-zero building exemplifies XL’s strength in design-build leadership and sustainable project delivery.

MILPITAS, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2023) – XL Construction (XL), a leading Northern California builder, today celebrated the topping out of the new Student Success Center on the campus of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in San Francisco, California. XL is the contractor for the two-story, 72,000-square-foot student resource hub, which is expected to open in early 2025.

Working with noted San Francisco-based architecture firm Gensler as a progressive design-build team, the facility will be a prominent campus focal point on CCSF’s Ocean Campus. More than 30 student groups, previously distanced on campus, will be consolidated using an integrated service model, sharing common areas while having their own office space.

“Topping off the Student Success Center gives us a chance to reflect on the exceptional work done to-date by the entire project team to bring about CCSF’s vision for a new state-of-the-art center that serves students in our community,”

said Richard Walker, CEO of XL.

“We are proud to be part of a team that is improving students’ access to much needed support, enriching their experience and enhancing their opportunity for advancement.”

The center’s design connects two angled rectangles using a central double-height thoroughfare, which is the building’s main entrance. This prominent atrium entry, the Welcome Center, will provide direction to important student resources within the structure. In addition to its unique programmatic vision, the building is designed to be all-electric, LEED Silver, and net-zero ready, with a terracotta panel and glass façade.

The building’s steel frame was erected in ten working days, starting on Nov. 22 and finishing on Dec. 6, except for the last beam, installed during the topping out ceremony with key members of the project team and university representatives.


About City College of San Francisco

For more than 80 years, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has been the region’s premier public, two-year community college. The college is now one of the first in the nation to offer free tuition, providing San Franciscans with the opportunity to access an exceptional college education. Since its founding in 1935, City College has evolved into a multicultural, multi-campus community college that is one of the largest in the country. CCSF offers more than 250 degrees and certificates and features an award-winning athletics program.

About XL Construction

XL Construction is a leading general contractor whose mission is to “build to improve lives.” Based in Milpitas, California, with dedicated offices in Oakland and Sacramento, XL Construction partners with today’s leaders in education, life sciences, advanced technology, commercial, civic, and healthcare sectors to create places that better their communities. Consistently ranked among the top general contractors in Northern California, XL Construction was named ENR California’s “2020 Contractor of the Year” and consistently ranks in the top 5 on the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work”.

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