Brentwood Library steel

The steel erection has commenced on our Brentwood Library project, scheduled to be topped out mid next week.  The project has a unique sequence in that the steel is being placed onto temporary concrete “erection pads” and once in place, grade beams and footings will be poured after which the cross-laminated timber decking panels will be installed.  Stay tuned for updates.

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West L Renovation

Construction is moving along at our renovation on West L in Benicia.  The project focuses on a refresh to the curb appeal including a new entry stair, decks and railings, new landscaping, new stucco finish, and replacement of the windows and doors.  The interior renovation updates the entry, opens up the kitchen and re-configures the living room.  The project is on track to finish this summer, updates to follow.

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June Blood Drive

It’s been a while but we’re back at it.  We are sponsoring another blood drive at the Benicia Farmer’s Market on June 22nd.  See below flyer for info, participants receive a free giants T-shirt, hope to see you there!

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Lucy Evans reopens!

We’ve been working on the Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center renovation project since 2015 and it’s finally complete!  After navigating through Community meetings, Palo Alto design review, multiple preservation agencies and bay jurisdictions, and yet another bird nesting season, we’re proud to announce the Center is open again to receive it’s annual 130 classes and 80,000 visitors.  The project included completely refinishing the dilapidated exterior woodwork including re-siding, renovating the exterior decks and railings, adding bird nesting locations for the local swallows, and renovating the interior to include a much-needed ADA restroom upgrade.  In appropriate fashion, the center reopened to the public over earth day weekend.  Stay tuned, more photos to come.

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1+ update

We’ve finally done our yearly check in on our 1+ pro-bono participation and last year our billable hours donated were approximately 8% of our overall.  We’ve been blessed to meet and work with some great non-profits, and last year saw projects for ROOT Division and NCTC complete construction.  This year we are currently working with Safehouse for the Arts and Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco and United Roots in Oakland.  Looking forward to what the new year has to bring, stay tuned for project specific updates!

             

                                      

 

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Lazear Charter Academy

After many months of discussion, we have finally kicked off a new school project, Lazear Charter Academy in the Fruitvale district in Oakland.  Working with one of our favorite clients, Education for Change, and partnering with an Architecture firm we’ve always admired, Pfau Long Architecture, we are excited to get started.  The project aims to expand and develop the school’s existing site at 29th Avenue, which consists mostly of modular classroom buildings, with a new 2-story school building.  The effort will start with a programming effort and Community outreach to be completed early next.  Stay tuned for updates!

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Regent Street a Raisin’

A project we’ve been working on since 2014 is starting to see significant progress.  We visited Parker Thomas and his 100+ year old Victorian in Alameda this week to check in on that progress.  His residential project includes a full basement remodel including seismic upgrade as well as a full attic remodel, including raising the existing roof 3 feet to allow for 3 new bedrooms and 2 baths.  Given the historic nature of the project, it was a challenge to get planning approval for the modification in addition to going through the amnesty process for previous non-permitted constructions.  The roof framing and sheathing is almost complete, interior framing to follow.  The next step will be to move the Thomas family who are occupying the house during construction, to the recently completed basement  so the construction team can finish the attic floor and add the new communicating stair.

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