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YAF Firm Tour: Gyroscope Inc.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
6-7:30pm
Free and open to all Young Architects
Location: 283 Fourth Street #201, Oakland
RSVP to events@aiaeb.org.

Join the Young Architects Forum for a firm tour, drinks and light food and a round-table discussion at Gyroscope Inc. in downtown Oakland.

Gyroscope is an award-winning studio of creative designers who work closely with their clients to create innovative learning environments. They offer strategic planning, exhibit and graphic design, public art, and architectural services for museums, libraries, visitor centers and other cultural institutions.

Building an Exterior Wall (With Wood): SFF

SFF Round Table Discussion (Highly Interactive)

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Noon-1:30pm
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Host:  Gregory True, AIA

Gregory True, AIA has built and designed a lot of walls during his decades as a licensed contractor and architect.  He admires building projects that meld design ideas, structure, materials, and an efficient building process to achieve their goals.  He is curious to know what his colleagues, with an interest in this topic, have to share.

Evolving building code & energy requirements demand more from the building envelope.   Wood frame exterior walls not only provide structure, but must provide the multiple barriers that protect from water and air infiltration, provide thermal comfort and prevent the deterioration that occurs when moisture is absorbed into the wall.  Some projects require fire protection. Many experts have differing opinions on what products, strategies and details work best.   It’s likely that on any given project, the designer, code enforcement agency, the contractor and tradesmen all would have input on the best way to meet that project’s requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a broader perspective on trusted strategies and products for water and air barriers, including housewrap, integrated air & water barriers, rainscreens and structural sheathing with air and water barriers.
  2. Learn how your peer’s thinking about thermal barriers has evolved with respect to fiberglass batts,  continuous Insulation and closed or open cell polyurethane products.
  3. Learn about innovative wall sections that have enabled unique project solutions
  4. Learn via highly interactive conversation, the range of knowledge your peers possess and where that leaves you relative to your standard of care.

2018 Design Awards: Exceptional Residential

The AIA East Bay Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards is a unique design awards program  established to recognize the best in the Bay Area housing design. ExRes 2018 emphasizes the important impact excellent design has on everyday living and our communities. Criteria to be used by the jury include quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. Click here to register.

Project Eligibility

  • Projects must have been completed since January 1, 2011.
  • AIA East Bay members may submit projects located anywhere.
  • Non-Members may submit residential projects located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma Counties.

Project Types

Residential projects of all types are encouraged, including:

  • Remodels/Additions/Renovations
  • Interiors
  • New Construction
  • Small Budgets (under $30,000)
  • Affordable/Senior/Market-rate Multi-family
  • Student Housing

Click here to view the full submission guidelines.
Click here to register.

 

2018 Design Awards Reception and Presentation
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6pm
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland
Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 1, 2018

 

Jurors
Brian Johnsen, AIA
Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Milwaukee

Luke Ogrydziak, AIA
Ogrydziak/Prillinger
San Francisco

Paulett Taggart, FAIA
Paulett Taggart Architects
San Francisco

 

Brian Johnsen, AIA
Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Milwaukee

Brian Johnsen, AIA, is a founding partner of Johnsen Schmaling Architects, a design and research studio whose work has garnered critical acclaim for its conceptual clarity, formal discipline, astute detailing, and an unequivocal commitment to architectural innovation and environmental sustainability. Widely recognized as leading voices in contemporary American architecture, Johnsen and his partner Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEEP AP, received an Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York and were featured in Architectural Record’s Vanguard issue as one of ten “exceptional global architecture firms to watch.”  Residential Architect selected Johnsen Schmaling for the Top Firm Award, praising the “stoic brilliance” permeating its work, and Architectural Digest named the office one of “Ten Rising Stars in American Architecture.”

 

Luke Ogrydziak, AIA
Ogrydziak/Prillinger
San Francisco

Luke Ogrydziak, AIA is a principal of OPA, an idea-driven architectural studio committed to finding design solutions that both expand the discipline and resonate within their particular context. Shaping and choreographing spatial experiences through the consideration of movement and formal logic results in work that is distinctive for its conceptual clarity and physical presence.  OPA has been internationally published and exhibited for both built projects and research work. Luke Ogrydziak received BA and M. Arch degrees from Princeton University and has taught at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Paulett Taggart, FAIA
Paulett Taggart Architects
San Francisco

The work of architect Paulett Taggart Architects is based on the premise that excellence in design enriches the lives of the people who live in, work in, and make use of their buildings and enhances the public realm. Whether the project at hand is multifamily housing, a community facility, or a private residence, Paulett Taggart Architects focuses on making enduring, sustainable, contemporary architecture that is particular to its place. The quality of the firm’s work has been recognized by dozens of awards and by Paulett’s elevation to AIA Fellow in 2007.

 

 

 

Sponsors
Many thanks to the following sponsors who make this program possible.

CSI East Bay

Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Windows and Doors

The GRUBB Co.

Ideate, Inc.

Moen

Pacific Coast Building Products

Vectorworks

Lean Construction in Design: AIA East Bay / LCI Joint Program

The 5th Annual AIA East Bay / LCI Joint Program is sponsored by Jacobs Engineering Group

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
5:00-7:30pm
Free and open to all. Click here to register for food & beverage counts.

Join LCI and AIA East Bay for a panel presentation on lean construction and impacts on design. They’ll provide an introduction to lean construction concepts, lean tools architects can use during design and present examples of large and small projects that use lean processes.

Panelists:
James Pease – Regional Manager, Sutter Health is a Regional Manager for Project Delivery for the Greater Sacramento Area at Sutter Health Facility and Property Services. He focuses on the delivery of complex capital projects using Lean and Integrated Project Delivery.

Patricia Tillman – Lean Project Manager, UCSF is a Senior Lean Manager for UCSF. She is an Architect with a Master’s degree and PhD in Construction Management. She has worked with the implementation and evaluation of lean methods for design and construction for more than 17 years.

Engel Ching, AIA – Project Architect, HGA is the lead project architect for the Sutter Van Ness and Geary MOB project, currently embedded with an integrated team of designers and contractors employing Lean to expedite the delivery of this 150,000 SF TI project.

Jill Bergman AIA – Principal, HDR is a Principal at HDR, and a leader in healthcare facility design. She is the Sutter Expedited Project Delivery Program, Command Center leader. She believes architectural design is a team sport; that hospitals are small magical cities; a short, well run meeting is a thing of beauty.

August 2018 ArchNews

The August ArchNews is available now. Click on the links below to read each article.

Firm Profile: Studio Bergtraun, AIA, Architects
Project Profile: Capitol Villas By BKBC Architects
Green: March for the Climate – Meeting the Paris Agreement Climate Goals
Upcoming Changes to the ARE
Member News – August 2018

 

Studio Bergtraun, AIA, Architects: Firm Profile

Established in 1988, Studio Bergtraun, AIA, Architects, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer!

Palo Alto Lutheran Church Narthex addition to 1960’s Mid-Century Modern church creating a community “glue” to encourage its members to socialize and draw closer to each other in the new space.

Based in Emeryville, this six person office has designed over the years an array of projects varying from single family residences and multi-family residential complexes to neighborhood commercial, religious architecture, an urban farm and  a few Boy Scout Camps.
Alex Bergtraun, principal of the firm, a graduate of Cal Poly, SLO, completed his 5th year of the school with a Rotarian Scholarship in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Upon his return to the US, Alex worked the next four years for noted Peninsula architect Goody Steinberg, FAIA.  This important phase of Alex’s career transitioned when he then returned to Europe and worked for the next three years in an architectural studio in Milan, Italy.  This extensive work experience and study in Italy and Denmark along with travel through Asia and Europe have provided a rich design background for the studio.

The studio is located in a vibrant hub of activity in Emeryville  which has helped to continue the studio’s goal of inclusively working together with local artists and artisans on all projects integrally as they are designed. After having rented the Doyle Street studio space for over two decades, the firm bought the building complex and has incorporated a gallery space as part of its overall studio so that it can further promote the arts showing art by the firm’s members as well as hosting gallery openings of local community artists and artisans.

Each environment designed by the studio, residential, commercial and institutional, is responsive to the client’s program and budget, respectful of the surrounds in which they are sited, and attentive to the creative, functional and eco-friendly use of materials.  Every project attempts to create in various California climate zones, from Sea Ranch and Eureka to Tahoe  and both sides of the Bay Area, indoor-outdoor flow as an integral part of each design.

The firm has also done a series of pro bono projects giving back to the community including:

-Design and construction of the Solano Avenue Parklet

-Design and construction of a 60 foot long grape arbor and seating area at Urban Adamah farm in West Berkeley, where the firm is also designing all of the other buildings for this Urban Farming community campus, including a communal kitchen and an EcoLodge.

-Design workshops for the local Boy Scout Council High Sierra and local camps

It is the studio’s belief that architecture can be a beautiful framework enhancing the lives of those who live and work within and around it and the studio is committed to being a part of the rich exploration of Bay Area architecture.

Alpine Meadows new home perched on 23 degree granite ledge above community creek using materials reminiscent of old nearby Truckee train barns.

Upcoming Changes to the ARE

Upcoming ARE Fee Increase

As a reminder, the cost of each ARE 5.0 division will increase from $210 to $235 on October 1, 2018. The total cost of the six-division exam ($1,410) will still be less than ARE 4.0’s total fees.

Candidates can purchase seat credits for an ARE 5.0 division at the $210 price until September 30. Purchase your seat credits in advance of the fee increase if you plan to test within the next twelve months and save $25 per division.

New AIA Contract Documents & Building Codes

Also starting on October 1, ARE 5.0 will reference the newest version of the AIA Contract Documents and the 2015 International Building Code—which you can download for free online.

The ARE will continue to address the standard agreements previously identified. Candidates should expect to see additional questions related to the following contracts:

  • A133-2009: Owner-Construction Manager as Constructor Agreement
  • A195-2008: Owner-Contractor Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery
  • A295-2008: General Conditions of the Contract for Integrated Project Delivery
  • B195-2008: Owner-Architect Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery

Member News – August 2018

Firms Featured

Lowney Architecture featured in East Bay Express for their work on a new structure that will host a restaurant in Oakland.
Click here to read the full story.

Rendering provided by Studio KDA.

Awards and Recognition

Napa Design Partners Wins 2018 Public Works Project of the Year Award.
Click here to read the press release.

Photo by Alten Construction.

Capitol Villas By BKBC Architects: Project Profile

Downtown Fremont will soon get its first dose of what’s been sprouting up in commercial districts throughout the Bay Area – a true mixed-use development designed by BKBC Architects, Inc. Located on an approximately one-acre site across the street from City Hall on the corner of Capitol Avenue & Hastings Street, this 95,000 sf building truly represents the city’s vision for “Capitol Corridor” – a new downtown for the City of Fremont.

“Capitol Villas” is a five-story building with 14,000 sf of ground floor commercial space with both covered and uncovered parking. Residential condos are on four levels above with 44 luxury units in a variety of sizes from 800 sf 1-bedroom + 1 ½ bath units to 1,200 sf  2 bedroom + 2 ½ bath units and 1,600 sf 3 bedroom +3 ½ bath units. A full basement level contains 54 parking spaces, all of which are equipped for plug-in electric vehicles. Several amenities are provided for residents including a large multipurpose room with a living/exercise/sports facility on grade level, a rooftop terrace with lush landscaping, and multiple seating areas with space for BBQ and informal gathering for the residents.

Designed in a California Vernacular Architectural style, it distinguishes itself from other buildings in the City by its vivid colors and interplay of the shadows on the street facades with fenestration of balconies. The corner element is designed as a ‘Beacon’ in layers of different materials and tone on tone color. The commercial space on grade level is carried out in more contemporary hues and is articulated by a frame of larger format stone tiles and metal awnings over the storefronts.

The residential entry is placed on the main street but in a corner to give it some privacy. It is emphasized by a change in height, a cornice element, and different color and material. A second entry is provided for the residential units from the back with loading and parking in close proximity. The residential levels are darker in color to highlight the balcony elements and accents of composite siding create vertical bands of contrast.

Principal Designer & Architect: Sanjiv Bhandari, AIA, FIIA
Project Manager & Designer: Courtney Fogal, LEED AP

Owner & Developer: Kontech USA, Inc., Pleasanton, CA
Civil Engineer: DeBolt Civil Engineering, Danville, CA
Structural Engineer: Harris & Sloan Consulting Engineers Inc., Sacramento, CA
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: Engineering Network, Lafayette, CA
Electrical Engineer: Zeiger Engineers Inc., Oakland, CA
Landscape Architects: ANLA Associates Inc., San Jose, CA

March for the Climate – Meeting the Paris Agreement Climate Goals

Cate Leger, Principal, Leger Wanaselja Architecture

Environmental organizations around the country are organizing a massive march in San Francisco September 8.

Meeting the Paris climate goals requires a lot of changes—including many changes to buildings.  Even as the ink dried on the Paris Agreement, analysts were telling us that the international commitments were nowhere near enough to keep global warming to under 1.5 or even 2 degrees Celsius.  But it was a start.  And even as Trump and his cohort walk us back nationally from these commitments, we in California and many others around the world are leaning in.

In September,  leaders pushing forward on meeting the Paris climate goals will be gathering in California for the Global Climate Action Summit  to share new commitments and challenge each other to go farther.  The Summit includes many excellent and ambitious challenges, several quite relevant to architects:

  • Net Zero Carbon Building Challenge,
  • The 30X30 Forests, Food and Land Challenge,
  • Green & Healthy Streets (“Fossil Fuel Free Streets”) Declaration, and
  • Advancing Towards Zero Waste Challenge

To support this agenda and to encourage our leaders to go further still, environmental organizations around the country are organizing a massive march in San Francisco September 8.

As architects, we have good reason to join this march.  Our everyday work is critical to solving the climate crisis.  But even as we understand what we must do–i.e. design all electric, low carbon footprint buildings, powered by renewables, and supporting zero emission vehicles–we find our efforts hampered by state level regulations.  The new 2019 Title 24 Building Standards, while improved, still include assumptions favoring gas.  In addition, energy efficiency rebates are still not available when switching fuels. See AIAEB 2-18 Newsletter for details.

At a larger scale, all of this work at designing the best Zero Carbon Buildings is inconsequential if it is not met at the same time with a comprehensive climate strategy that includes reducing fossil fuel production.  In an LA Times Op Ed, Bill McKibben argues that managing the supply side of fossil fuels works to lower greenhouse gas emissions and it is necessary to accelerate reductions enough to meet the Paris climate goals.  As a start, Governor Brown to could say no to new fossil fuel permits and take the state level equivalent stance to President Obama’s denial of the Keystone XL Pipeline.   He could go a step further and create a plan to phase out all oil and gas production in the state.

The national AIA has taken a public position in support of the Paris Climate Agreement.  Let’s ask our leaders to make our Zero Carbon Buildings more meaningful and march on September 8.