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Berkeley Lighting: Small Firm Forum Tour

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests. Space is limited.
Location: Berkeley Lighting Company, 1623 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

This event is sold out, click here to be added to the waitlist.

Join the Small Firm Forum for a presentation at Berkeley Lighting. Learn about: smart switches, setting lighting scenes, and controlling them on smart devices from anywhere in the world. Lighting types (LED, fluorescent, incandescent) and dimmer compatibility. New Title 24 lighting criteria for residential indoor and outdoor lighting. LED color temperatures and CRI (Color Rendering Index). LED undercabinet lighting, 12V vs. 120V differences and installation requirements.  Recessed lighting photometrics, lumen output, coverage/spread, and color temperatures. 

Lunch provided by Berkeley Lighting.

Learning Objectives:

After the program with Berkeley Lighting the participants will…

  1. Be knowledgeable of specifying lighting controls with smart switches.
  2. Be knowledgeable of various dimmer types and dimmer compatibility requirements for various luminaires (LED, Fluorescent, Incandescent).
  3. Be knowledgeable of new Title 24 residential lighting requirements for both indoor and outdoor lighting..
  4. Gain an overview of some LED applications such as 12V and 120V undercabinet lighting, and recessed lighting photometrics/spread. Also, gain an overview of LED characteristics such as color temperature, color rendering index, and lumen output.

RFP: Bay Area Community Land Trust

Bay Area Community Land Trust

PO Box 2652

Berkeley, CA  94702






1638 Stuart Street

Berkeley, California

February 5, 2018


This Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued for Architectural preconstruction and construction services by Bay Area Community Land Trust (BACLT) for the 1638 Stuart Street project in Berkeley, California.

The RFP includes the following:

  1. This Introduction
  2. Description of Development
  3. Architectural Services Requested
  4. Proposal Content Required
  5. Method of Proposal Evaluation


Date:        Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Time:       4:00 PM


Mail:         PO Box 2652, Berkeley, CA  94702

In person:  Office at University & San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA  94702 (call first)


Questions about this RFP should be directed to:

Rick Lewis

Tel: (510) 545-3258


A pre-solicitation meeting regarding this opportunity is scheduled for:

Date:            Thursday, February 15, 2018

Time:           2:00 pm

Place:           1638 Stuart Street

Berkeley, CA  94703

Attendance at the pre-solicitation meeting is Mandatory. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

There is mold in some of the units.  If you prefer not to enter these units, we will have extensive photographs of the interior to view.


Sponsor.  The sponsor of the project is the Bay Area Community Land Trust (BACLT), a nonprofit organization formed in 2006 and dedicated to preserving affordable housing and providing affordable ownership opportunities in Berkeley and the East Bay.  BACLT currently owns three properties, with twenty units of affordable housing.

Project Financing. The project has secured City predevelopment funding, and the sponsor expects to receive additional City and private funding.

The Development.   BACLT has partnered with the McGee Avenue Baptist Church, the owner of 1638 Stuart Street (the “Development”) in Berkeley, California.  The property has two buildings, a two-story building with 6 units and a one-story building with two units.  The site is approximately 5,400 sq. ft., with total building gross square footage of approximately 4,100 sq. ft.  There are currently eight units, with an average size of 500 sq. ft.  The buildings have been poorly modified, resulting in a recorded designation of 3 studios and 5 one bedroom apartments.  We anticipate reconfiguring the space to form 1 studio, 6 one-bedroom and one two-bedroom unit.  We will further need to secure all permits and approvals to allow construction.

Contract Terms and Conditions. The Sponsor anticipates entering into a contract with the Architect that will include two phases: the Predevelopment Phase, as described more fully below, that will last through the development of a CNA, and a Construction Phase, which will involve full design and construction contract administration services for the development.  Services to be provided include architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing renovation design.  Terms and conditions for the architectural services will be per a slightly modified AIA Document B181, “Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Housing Services”.

The Architect shall provide professional liability insurance with limits not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence.

Schedule.  BACLT is interested in pursuing the development with all due diligence.  The current schedule anticipates the following milestones:

Design Development                                              March-May, 2018

CNA Development                                                 June, 2018

Develop Final Plans and bidding documents               July-August, 2018

Contractor Selection phase                                     September-October, 2018

Construction Start                                                 November, 2018

Architect will be expected to submit a schedule based on time needed to perform above tasks



Please note, this proposal should include two phases of work, a Predevelopment Phase and a Construction Phase.  If construction funds cannot be secured for the Construction Phase, it is possible that the contract will not continue to the Construction Phase.

  1. Phase one, the selected Architect will be expected to provide services that include:
  2. Program. Gain familiarity with Sponsor’s requirements, design goals and challenges including any governmental conditions of approval for the Project.
  3. Prepare “As Built” drawings for project. No plans exist for the two buildings. This set of plans should include a site plan, floor plans and elevations, as needed for to prepare design drawings and construction documents.
  4. Determine if any variances are needed. We do not anticipate the need of any variances, however, we will expect the Architect to investigate and confirm that none are needed.
  5. Develop Preliminary Set of Plans. Prepare plans, including floor plans and exterior elevations, sufficient to complete a CNA.  Floor plans will require reconfiguration of some of the units.  Detailed interior elevations should not be necessary for this purpose.  We do anticipate designing one unit to be fully accessible.
  6. Prepare a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA). To determine the total cost of renovations, and apply for construction funding, a CNA will need to be prepared, based on reconfigured units. Architect may provide cost estimates for the CNA or may engage a cost estimator.
  7. Design Meetings. Attend development meetings and advise Sponsor as issues arise.


  1. Phase Two, the selected Architect will be expected to provide services that include:
  2. Design Meetings. Attend development meetings and advise Sponsor as issues arise.
  3. Develop Full Set of Plans. Complete drawings with all details necessary for building permits and construction bidding.
  4. Building Permits. Assist in securing timely building permits for renovation of the Development.  Participate in pre-permit application meetings with Berkeley Planning Department, Department of Planning & Development, Department of Public Works and Fire Department, as needed.
  5. Assist with the RFP Process to Hire Contractor. Full set of specifications and bidding documents must be prepared for review by contractors in the bidding process.  Architect will be expected to attend a site meeting for potential contractors and to assist in responding to questions raised by bidders.  Architect will also be expected to assist with the review of the bids and help select the general contractor for the development.
  6. Perform Contract Administration During Construction Phase. Provide full monitoring services during construction, including weekly site meetings with contractor and project manager, and monthly draw meetings that will also include funders’ representatives.  Review and approve change orders and all other aspects through close out of construction.


Interested Architects who believe that they are qualified to provide design services and to manage the construction phase of the Development within the guidelines identified, should submit the following items:

  1. Brief introduction statement. Please provide a brief introduction to your firm that summarizes the qualifications and interest of your firm in the development. What factors do you feel distinguish your firm as the best Architect for this Development?

    Maximum Score for Intro Statement: 5 points

  1. Description of Firm’s qualifications and capacity. Please submit evidence of your firms qualifications and capacity.  Describe your experience in renovation of small residential properties, designing a disabled accessible unit, and your experience in receiving approvals from and the Berkeley Department of Planning & Development.

Maximum score for Firm or Team’s Qualifications: 25 points

  1. Resumes. Please identify and provide resumes for the key individuals who would be assigned to this project if your firm is selected. Please note: if selected, the individuals proposed for this project should not change without the approval of the Sponsors.                                                      Maximum score for Resumes: 20 points
  2. Workload and Management. Please describe your current workload and your ability to manage the proposed development if your firm/team is selected. Describe the division of responsibilities between the key individuals for which resumes were provided, and explain process by which your firm plans to manage this project.

Maximum score for Workload & Management: 15 points

  1. References. Please provide the following information for no more than five (5) projects that you deem most similar to the 1638 Stuart Street development.
  2. Project name and general description (include date completed or phase of development).
  3. Contact person (name, address, phone and fax numbers) – Project Owner
  4. Contact person (name, address, phone and fax numbers) – General Contractor
  5. Initial construction cost; final construction cost. If appropriate, please describe any issues that resulted in significant change orders.

Maximum score for References:  25 points

  1. Fee Proposal. Submit a proposal for architectural services including conceptual planning through construction administration.  Fee proposals should be absolute values with a breakdown of the fees for each phase of architectural services.  Firms should not limit their response to percentages of the construction cost.  Please note that the rehabilitation hard cost of $900,000 is an estimate and that the Architect fee should not increase if the rehabilitation hard cost increases unless the Architect’s scope has also increased.                                                Maximum score for Fee Proposal: 25 points
  2. Experience working with Minority, Women & Local Business Enterprises. Please describe any experience you have with engaging M/W/LBE consultants on working projects with you. (Note: It is NOT necessary to identify proposed consultants.)
    Maximum score for M/W/LBE consultants:  10 points


Maximum Total Score for Qualifications Statement:  125 POINTS

Other Support Material.  Please feel free to provide any additional support material (letters of reference, photos of completed projects, pre-printed brochures, etc.) that you believe will help us assess your qualifications and match of the Development.

If your firm is asked for an interview, additional information may be requested.

Three (3) copies of all proposal contents will be required.



The evaluation/selection process is expected to proceed as follows:

  1. RFP released……………………………………………………… February 5 2018
  2. Pre-bid meeting at 1368 Stuart Street………………………….. February 15, 2018
  3. RFP response deadline………………………………………….. February 28, 2018
  4. Interviews (if needed)…………………………………… week of March 5-9, 2018
  5. Selection announced……………………………………… week of March 12, 2018

Thank you for your interest in assisting Bay Area Community Land Trust in developing quality, affordable, housing for lower income families in Berkeley.

Getting to Zero: The AIA 2030 Commitment and Other Strategies

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Free and open to all.

AIA East Bay COTE members Alice Sung, AIA (Greenbank Associates) and Larry Strain, FAIA (Siegel and Strain Architects) present: Getting to Zero: The AIA 2030 Commitment and Other Strategies. Some of us have heard about Architecture 2030 and/or the AIA’s partner program, the 2030 Commitment, but how many of us are walking our talk about getting to zero energy or carbon, and reporting on performance with every project?  Whether you are already a signatory firm (it’s free!) but struggle with fulfilling your AIA 2030 Commitment, OR want to learn more about the topic and real world approaches to getting to zero energy and zero carbon, this evening meeting is for you. Come learn about the AIA 2030 Commitment and other strategies to get us to zero carbon, including: the value of embedded carbon, materials selection (2030 Palette) , district-scale approaches, and de-carbonization /electrification of our EXISTING buildings.  Share your thoughts, join in in the discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what Architecture 2030 and the AIA 2030 Commitment programs are.
  2. Understand what it means to “sign-on,” and learn best practices for reporting performance towards zero carbon.
  3. Learn a variety of approaches within architectural practice, to get to a zero carbon built environment.
  4. Better walk your “sustainable design” talk.

Rebuild Green Expo

Friday, February 23, 2018
Location: Santa Rosa Veterans Hall, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
Free for the North Bay Fire Communities.

Rebuild Green EXPO is a FREE Event for the North Bay Fire Communities. Join hundreds of green building professionals at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall on February 23 for education, information, and networking focused on resilient, affordable, community-centered “green” rebuilding options. You need not have lost a home to learn more about resilient green building options. We encourage all developers, builders, designers, construction workers, and architects — as well as all homeowners — to attend.


Education and Community Meetings: 10-6pm

Public Green Building EXPO: 2-7pm

2018 AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture

Thirty-Fourth Annual AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture:  Sharon Johnston, FAIA and Mark Lee, Johnston Marklee, Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 -Save the Date!
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Cost: Free, Open to All, Seating is Limited
1.5 CES LUs

Reception and Dinner
Time: 5pm
Location: The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Contact: 510/464-3600
Interested in sponsorship? Click here to register.
All dinner attendees enjoy reserved lecture seating. 

Sharon Johnston, FAIA and Mark Lee are the founding partners of the architecture firm Johnston Marklee. They have taught at major universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Technical University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich. They have held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto.

Since its establishment in 1998 in Los Angeles, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 30 major awards and numerous publications. Johnston and Lee were named the 2016 USA Oliver Fellows for Architecture & Design by the United States Artists. A book on the work of the firm, entitled House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House, was published by Birkhauser in 2016. This followed a monograph on the firm’s work, published in 2014 by 2G.

Projects undertaken by Johnston Marklee are diverse in scale and type, spanning seven countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Current projects include the renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which opened in September 2017, the new UCLA Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City, California, and the Menil Drawing Institute, on the campus of the Menil Collection, complete in 2018.

The firm’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Architecture Museum of TU Munich.

Johnston Marklee are the Artistic Directors for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Lecture Dinner

Each year we ask East Bay firms to help underwrite the expense of bringing in a renowned architect to Cal. Through the firms’ generosity we are able to present international architects such as Andrea Leers, Fuhimiko Maki, Craig Dykers and Merrill Elam without charging for the lecture. One benefit of sponsorship is attendance at the lecture dinner. The traditional wine reception and dinner precedes Johnston and Lee’s lecture. Dinner guests have reserved seats at the lecture hall–a must for this popular lecture series!

Interested in sponsorship? Click here to register. 

2018 Sponsors include

Alexander Jermyn Architecture

Byrens Kim Design Works

Choi & Robles

Craiker Architects

Devi Dutta Architecture

ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Glass Associates, Inc.

Haviland Associates Architects

Interactive Resources


Swatt Miers Architects

Taylor Design

Urban Field Studio

Tolbert Design Architects

Young Architects Forum: Happy Hour

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Location: Drake’s Dealership, 2325 Broadway, Oakland

Meet up with the Young Architects Forum for drinks at this no-host event. Drakes has indoor and outside seating, serves food and drinks and is located four blocks from 19th Street BART in downtown Oakland.

About the Young Architects Forum:

Have you been licensed in the past ten years? Are you getting more responsibilities within your firm? Who is your peer group that you share best practices and knowledge with? If you don’t have one, or want another one, come have a beer or glass of wine (and other refreshments) with other Bay Area Young Architects.

Lean Happy Hour

A Structured, Agenda-Less Conversation About Your Lean Journey

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
$55 LCI/AIA Member / $75 Non-member
$30 Academics / Free Owners & Students
Click here to register.

Join us for a Lean Happy Hour to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required. Based on our conversation with you, you’ll help us provide more relevant topics for our monthly presentations.

Participants from cross functional roles as designers, constructors, owners, trades partners, and associations propose discussion topics around any subject about which they want to learn – THERE ARE NO IRRELEVANT DISCUSSION TOPICS! Each proposer takes 15 to 30 seconds to pitch their topic, written on a sticky note, to the group. Once all topics have been pitched, voting begins to establish a priority for discussing the topics. Topics are then ordered from highest to lowest votes and examined accordingly. Participants will receive 8 minutes of time to discuss the topic. After 8 minutes there will be a ‘thumbs up/ thumbs down’ to decide whether or not the discussion should continue. Thumbs up equals 4 more minutes on the clock. This happens until it is agreed that the topic has been discussed to satisfaction. Takeaways are considered and then the topic with the next largest number of votes is addressed.

Come as you are and be ready to learn.

The Presenters:

  • Steve Yots is Director of Construction Operations with Boldt Company.
  • Dave Hagan is Director of Process Development with Boldt Company.
  • Matthew Boersma is Senior Project Manager with Boldt Company.
  • Ariana Alvear is Senior Project Engineer with Boldt Company.

CEI PACE Center, A Design for Aging Tour

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Free and open to all. Space is limited.
Location: CEI PACE Center, 1850 Fairway Drive, San Leandro
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LU

The NorCal Design for Aging Committee tours the Center for Elders’ Independence, the premier provider of The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The San Leandro center was designed by Kava Massih Architects.

Center for Elders’ Independence
has been serving seniors since 1992. They are a premier provider of PACE, which is the nation’s only integrated acute and long-term care program for low income frail seniors. Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) provides high quality, affordable, integrated health care services, which promote autonomy and quality of life for seniors, while keeping them in the community and living at home. CEI provides transportation from participants homes to the Center.

CEI selected a 15,660 square feet existing commercial office building in San Leandro for this unique senior adult day activity center and clinic. We worked with a steering committee on the architectural programming to insure the design respected participant’s dignity while providing enough stimulus and activities.

The orientation of the building takes advantage of natural daylight and large windows provide views of the outdoors. The dining, lounge and activity spaces are oriented to views of the courtyard. Nature elements are incorporated are the interior design for improved health and well-being of both participants and staff.

The design is inviting and comfortable, encouraging participant’s engagement socially and through activities. The center provides a large lounge and multiple activity rooms plus a large dining and a serving kitchen. Also included are spaces for rehabilitation services and support.The clinic is set up for four providers with six exam rooms and is accessible from the outside through an internal passageway. The clinic was designed to OSHPD 3 requirements.

Acoustical Design for Residential Projects

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
BYO Lunch (brown-bag lunch)


The impact of sound and noise on human well-being is well documented, and yet acoustical design is often ignored by both design schools and design practitioners, unless the code requires it is addressed. Residential renovation and new construction projects both offer opportunities to address acoustics and greatly improve user experience. This presentation will offer guidance to both greater understanding of the acoustical issues and design solutions.

About the Presenter:

Nick Krause of Krause Acoustics is a Berkeley trained engineer and has provided acoustical design consulting to California building owners, developers, and architects for over 20 years, primarily for residential and mixed use projects.  His studies report on environmental noise assessment, room acoustics treatments, machinery noise reduction, and other sound-related issues.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the impact of sound on building users, the field of acoustical design, and current codes impacting residential projects.
  2. Learn to identify potential sources of sound in a given residential project, and to identify the “treatment” areas (exterior, interior, room), along with gaining an understanding of the tangible impacts of addressing acoustics in design.
  1. Gain an understanding of the construction elements and assemblies that can be modified to address acoustical issues.
  2. Learn about the project management impacts of addressing acoustical issues, including integration with other work, working with an acoustical consultant, impact on project sequencing, and construction cost.

Designing for Occupant Comfort: Acoustics and Energy Performance in Multi-Family and Mixed-Use Buildings

A Woodworks Program

Thursday, March 8, 2018
$30. Lunch provided by Woodworks.
Click here to register.


Occupant comfort may not be an expressed design objective in the California Building Code, but it’s crucial to the success of a project. This workshop will provide practical information for designing wood-frame multi-family and mixed-use buildings to avoid common comfort-related pitfalls. Discussion will cover design, detailing and installation of high-performing, acoustically-rated assemblies, building envelope and energy efficiency requirements per Title 24, and methods for going beyond energy codes—such as implementation of Passive House techniques. Attendees can expect to gain a better understanding of the most common occupant complaints, and how to avoid them through proper building design.

About the Presenters:

Randy D. Waldeck, PE, CSDA Design Group is an expert in architectural, environmental, aviation, and mechanical equipment noise and vibration control, and a leading authority on the mitigation of aircraft noise intrusion into residential structures. An acoustical consultant for over 16 years, he has consulted on more than 500 projects nationwide, including transportation projects, medical facilities, industrial use facilities, federal buildings, educational facilities, offices, condominiums, single-family homes, mixed-use projects, hotels and resorts, and restaurants.

Colin Shane, P.E., M.Eng., P.Eng.RDH Building Science Inc. is a Principal at the San Francisco Bay Area office of RDH Building Science Inc., an engineering consulting firm dedicated to building science and building enclosure engineering. Colin’s experience includes design of all components of the building enclosure, including walls, glazing systems, balconies and roofs in climate zones across North America.

Eric Catania, M.Eng., BEMP, CPHD, RDH Building Science Inc. As an Energy Analyst at RDH Building Science, Eric Catania’s primary responsibilities include building energy modeling, Passive House consulting, building science research, and sustainability-related work. He has more than 10 years of energy modeling experience, on projects that include hospitals, offices, laboratories, residential buildings, and recreational facilities.