Clovis, California


The original Clovis Memorial District conference center, which had been incrementally added to over the years, housed a number of meeting rooms, but lacked a central entry, or gathering space. The renovation of the conference center provided an opportunity to expand the facilities and correct the building’s deficiencies, while giving the organization a much-needed identity to support its commemoration of veterans within the Clovis area.

The newly expanded 20,200-square-foot center houses a 350-seat auditorium, offices, and meeting rooms that are situated around the lobby entrance. The lobby is used as both exhibition space for veteran’s artifacts, and as a pre-event space. An interior courtyard and adjacent corridor link the new addition to the existing building.

The addition is sensitive to the scale of the existing building and its neighbors, while housing the larger program elements within. Limestone wraps the exterior of the auditorium, which has a civic and monumental presence that relates to the brick buildings of the old town center. The auditorium’s entrance facade features a large glazed opening that reduces the building’s mass while allowing filtered light inside.

Light is a key element that unifies the design throughout. The glazed entrance to the north and the glass-enclosed courtyard to the south suffuse the central lobby with light. A ribbon of glazing along the limestone wall of the auditorium allows light to wash down the stone, exposing the details of the texture. Together, the plaza, lobby, and courtyard provide an entry sequence and public presence that were lacking in the previous facility.



Clovis Memorial District


Mark Cavagnero Associates
1045 Sansome Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA  94111
P: 415.398.6944
F: 415.398.6943

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Mark Cavagnero FAIA, Principal in Charge of Design
Roslyn Cole AIA, Project Director
Joseph Gabriel, RA, Co-Project Manager
Andreas Mede, RA, Co-Project Manager
Jim Koentopp, RA, Construction Architect
Design Team Members – Laura Blake, RA, Brandon Joo, Goetz Frank, John Fung, Ian Young, Viral Vithalani, RA

Interior designer

Mark Cavagnero Associates


Landscape: Quadriga, Santa Rosa, CA

Lighting: Auerbach Glasow, San Francisco, CA

Acoustical: Charles M. Salter Associates, San Francisco, CA

Civil: Yamabe & Horn Engineering, Inc., Fresno, CA

Structural: Murphy Burr Curry, San Francisco, CA

Mech/Elec/Plum: Flack + Kurtz Inc., San Francisco, CA

Audio Visual: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, San Francisco, CA

Cost Consulting: Davis Langdon, San Francisco, CA

General contractor

Zumwalt Construction, Fresno, CA


Photographs © 2007, David Wakely

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Structural system

Type V

Exterior cladding

Masonry: Limestone-Indiana Limestone Co.

Metal/glass curtainwall:     Vistawall storefront

EIFS, ACM, or other: Integral color exterior plaster


Built-up roofing: John Manville built-up Bitumious roofing


Aluminum: Vistawall


Skylights: Kaneer


Entrances: Vistawall

Wood doors: Eggers

Sliding doors: Vistawall


Locksets: Schlage


Closers: Pemko

Exit devices: Von Durpin

Pulls: Elmes

Aluminum door hardware: Adam Rite Mfg

Interior finishes

Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong

Suspension grid: Armstrong

Paneling: 9 Wood acoustic wall panels

Floor and wall tile: Daltile restrooms

Resilient flooring:
Carpet: Custom color/style by Manning Commercial in ballroom, Bentley Prince Street elsewhere


Interior ambient lighting: Gotham

Downlights: Lightolier

Exterior: Bega

Theater light:
Ambient: Peerless

Theatrical: ETC/Altman

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