AAJ Presents: Alameda County Crime Lab

An AIASF/AAJ Presentation

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94588
Free for AIA members/$10 non-members.
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1.5 CES LUs

Join the Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) for its first event in 2015! A special panel, including Alan Kawasaki, AIA, will present the County Crime Lab project at Peralta Oaks in Oakland, a recently completed project. Following this, Judy Melinek, M.D., an Alameda County Coroner, will read from her new book, Working Stiff.


  • 5:00-5:15 Reception, Chapter business and introductions
  • 5:15-5:45 Architectural slide presentation about the project by Jim Kachik with Dave Arntz and Alan Kawasaki
  • 5:45-6:15 Reading and presentation by Dr. Melinek and T.J. Mitchell
  • 6:15-6:30 Q&A
  • 6:30-7:00 Book sale and signing


Alan Kawasaki, AIA has over 30 years of experience in architectural design, construction and management. Alan brings an understanding of the budget and logistical challenges faced by operators and stakeholders. Alan’s design approach is to enhance the quality of the users environment by holistically integrating architecture with sustainable building systems. The formation of Shah Kawasaki Architects in 1999 has allowed Alan to focus on public sector design. Alan utilizes a hands-on approach in serving the needs of his clients, and takes pride in achieving creative designs that are valued by their communities

James Kachik leads the award-winning Technical Services Department (TSD) of the County of Alameda General Services Agency (GSA) and its staff of 45. Licensed in California in 1974, he was in the private sector for 23 years before joining the County in 1997, and is responsible for Capital Projects, Energy, Sustainability, Environmental and Property Salvage programs. GSA/TSD has delivered multiple projects of many types using both traditional Design/Bid/Build and Design/Build. Recent projects range in cost from the $682 million Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement project to the Country’s first LEED® Gold Juvenile Justice facility ($135 M); a new Courthouse, the LEED platinum REACH Ashland Youth Center, and smaller projects under $3 million.

Judy Melinek, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard University. She trained at UCLA in medicine and pathology, graduating in 1996. Her training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York is the subject of her memoir, Working Stiff, which she co-wrote with her husband. Currently, Dr. Melinek is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, and works as a forensic pathologist for the Alameda County Coroner’s Office..

Arntz Builders, Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been serving clients in Northern California area since 1943. Remaining true to our Philosophy of Experience, Quality and Integrity we are proactive in finding solutions for our clients that best achieve their goals. Arntz Builders felt that this was a unique opportunity to provide new life to a building with “good bones” and consolidate essential services into a central state of the art facility that can better serve its community. It was rewarding to fulfill the needs of these three departments and employ both local businesses and labor in the process. We wish to extend thanks to both the county staff and design team for working with us, we couldn’t have done it without the dedication of the entire project teams.

  • Project Manager: Kyle French
  • Superintendent: Steve Kubik
  • Assistant Project Manager: Adrianne Lewis
  • OCIP Safety Coordinator: Bob Arntz
  • Senior PM: Dave Arntz

Rona G. Rothenberg, FAIA has worked in project management “from the inside out,” within institutions as the owners’ architect in government and industry for the past 28 of her 41 years in professional service. She has served in management and project management for Stanford, Kaiser, AllianzAG/Fireman’s Fund North American Corporate Real Estate and most recently spent the past 13 years as a senior staff and founding member of the historic California State Court building program for the Judicial Council of California including 57 courthouses statewide, from which she retired in 2014. She is currently the capital program manager for the County of Alameda, responsible for projects in the County’s 200 facilities including health care, corrections, County administrative, library, community center, fire station and related work, including the $150 Million East County Hall of Justice, a collaborative project with the State and the Court, and Camp Sweeney, a $60 Million restorative probation project funded by the County and the State.

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