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Design Tour: Meyer Sound Laboratories

Thursday, April 13, 2017
2:30-4:30pm

Location: Meyer Sound Laboratories, 2832 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
$5 AIA members and employees of chapter member firms /$10 guests
Space is limited; Click here to register.

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Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Meyer Sound Laboratories, a sound presentation in the award-winning Pearson Theater and for light refreshments following the tour.

We will do a walk-through of the “Luna and Mercury” spaces where we will learn about the design of Meyer Sound’s LIBRA panels.  We’ll then walk to Saturn, an assembly area (design/build by Levitch Associates), to learn about the  manufacture of Meyer’s key components.  In the Pearson Theatre, designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, we’ll learn about constellation technology – which has major applications for architecture – as well as how the theater was designed and built.

About Meyer Sound:

In 1979, John and Helen Meyer established Meyer Sound to create and support high-quality products for sound reinforcement and recording, designed to meet the real challenges faced by audio practitioners. Today, the company’s history shows a track record of more than 30 years of innovation, quality, performance and support.

Emerging Professionals Firm Tour: Shah Kawasaki Architects

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:30pm
Location: 570 10th St., #201, Oakland

Open to all, space is limited.
RSVP required to events@aiaeb.org.

Come join the AIA East Bay Emerging Professionals Committee for our first Firm Tour of the year at Shah Kawasaki Architects. There will be a brief presentation by SKA, a tour of their office space and then ample time for networking. Light refreshments will be provided. A social hangout will follow at a local bar for those who are interested.

About the Firm:

Shah Kawasaki Architects (SKA) is a public sector practice specializing in managing complex projects within limited budgets. Since its inception in 1999, the Oakland-based firm has utilized a hands-on, collaborative and tailored approach in order to deliver a full range of architectural, planning, and interior design services. Throughout its 18 years in business, SKA’s primary focus and source of pride resides in the design, renovation, and restoration of civic and commercial facilities. Led by Alan Kawasaki, AIA and Philip Luo, AIA with a staff of 13 personnel, Shah Kawasaki Architects is passionate about providing quality services that enhance the user experience and thoroughly and thoughtfully satisfy the needs and wishes of the client.

Design Tour: Berkeley Art Museum

This tour is sold out; please email events@aiaeb.org to be added to the waitlist.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
5:45-7pm
$5 Members / $10 Non-members. Museum ticket is extra.

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Join us for a guided tour of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), led by Director Larry Rinder. Museum ticket is extra; we recommend arriving before 5:45 if you want time to check out the current exhibits.

Totaling 83,000 square feet, the new BAM/PFA combines serene spaces for viewing art and film with public areas that will inspire you with their fresh, imaginative design. Forward-looking and versatile, the project integrates a repurposed building—the former UC Berkeley printing plant, at the corner of Oxford and Center Streets—with a dramatic new structure.

Tour: Blu Homes Factory & Model Village

SOLD OUT

Thursday, February 16, 2017
9-11am
1245 Nimitz Ave., Vallejo, CA 94592
$5 Members & Employees of Chapter Member Firms/$10 Guests

This tour is sold out. Please request a spot on the wait list by contacting events@aiaeb.org.

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Blu Homes makes modern, green, prefab houses right here in the East Bay, but not for long. This is your last chance to see assembly-line home building before they move out of state! 

During World War II the historic building that houses Blu Homes was used to manufacture submarines. Much of Mare Island was abandoned and in disrepair – including the old factory – until Blu Homes rehabilitated it to turn into their home-producing factory. The space contains several unique features which are still used today, such as cranes from 1939.

After the tour of the working factory we’ll move on to the Model Village to explore the end products.

Design Tour: Kapor Center for Social Impact

SOLD OUT

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
5-6:30pm
Location: 2148 Broadway, Oakland

$5 Members / $10 Non-members
This tour is sold out. Please email events@aiaeb.org to be placed on a wait list.

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For its new headquarters, The Kapor Center commissioned Fougeron Architecture to transform an existing 1920s-era office building in downtown Oakland into innovative workspace. The Kapor Center for Social Impact works to improve access to opportunity, participation and influence in the United States for historically underrepresented communities through investments in information technology and partnerships with nonprofits.

The design is modern and harmonious, blending high-tech and humanism. Open spaces encourage collaboration and camaraderie, as well as flexibility. The clean interiors cater to informal social spaces that invite the interaction of staff, partners and visitors. Efficiency is paramount in the design, creating operational spaces that use human and technological resources sensibly, economically but imaginatively.The LEED Gold building had to express the center’s vision for a connected, open, and democratic world, which is why the unified aim of the Kapor ethos is echoed through a circular volume at the heart of the structure.

The bottom floor of the Center is a 4,000-foot dining experience from Chef Octavio Diaz, bringing traditional cooking, culture and energy of Oaxaca, Mexico to Oakland. Join fellow tour-goers for a no-host cocktail and discussion after the tour!

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Learn at least two strategies for transforming a 1920’s-era building into a modern workspace.
  2. Gain an understanding of how the circular volume of the structure represents Kapor Center’s vision and how it is carried throughout the building.
  3. Learn at least three ways the building achieves LEED Gold Standard.
  4. See how to incorporate environmental efficiency principals into design, while maintaining lots of light and energy.

Design Tour: FLEXLAB and Chu Hall

Pictured is a state-of-the-art Genetech Building, which FLEXLAB helped make energy efficient.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
4pm
Cost: $5 Members / $10 Guests
Location: Tour will meet at the Blue Shuttle stop at 3:45 (Shattuck and Addison near BART). Shuttle information can be found here.
Click here to register.

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Join us for a design tour of the latest in Berkeley Lab’s long line of game-changing energy efficiency innovations. The Department of Energy’s FLEXLAB at Berkeley Lab is the most flexible, comprehensive and advanced building efficiency simulator in the world, and is unleashing the full potential of improved energy efficiency in buildings. FLEXLAB lets users test energy-efficient building systems individually or as an integrated system, under real-world conditions.

The lab contains a 64-ft-dia turntable, complete with its unique cable management system, for the world’s first revolving rent-a-lab for full-scale green-building-systems performance tests. The 1,610 square foot turntable test bed rotates 270 degrees. The lazy-Susan building tracks the sun from the southeast to the northeast, and will provide scientists with a facility in which to run full-scale, dynamic, mock-ups to measure and compare energy use of various building components, such as HVAC and window systems. FLEXLAB test beds can monitor and assess HVAC, lighting, windows, building envelope, control systems, and plug loads, in any combination. Users can test alternatives, perform cost-benefit analyses, and ensure a building will be as efficient as possible — before construction or retrofitting even begins.

Following the tour of FLEXLAB, we will tour Chu Hall, a solar energy research facility designed by SmithGroupJJR.

There will be a shuttle available to tour-goers that picks up in downtown Berkeley (Shattuck and Addison near BART). Tour-goers must be on time as the group will shuttle together to the lab. Shuttle information can be found here.

Hard-Hat Tour: The Orchards

Saturday, November 5, 2016
10am
$5 Members / $10 Nonmembers
Location: 2800 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek

Click here to register.

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The Orchards is a neighborhood retail center located on a 25-acre site in Walnut Creek. Two hundred thousand square feet of retail and restaurants are interspersed among mature oak and black walnut trees in a park-like setting. The “modern agrarian”-styled center includes a fitness club, several restaurants, 7 acres of new community-oriented open space, parkland, gathering spaces and children’s play areas.

Additionally, 20% of the site will be developed into senior housing to serve the aging population of the city. The 200-unit project, which Lowney Architecture is co-designing with HKIT, features a pool, fitness/spa room, offices, kitchen and dining room and a memory care center.

Eric Price, senior project manager and Doug Schneider, senior project designer, will be leading the tour.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Learn the components of three different types of projects: retail facilities, housing and open space.
  2. Be able to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities in master-planning a 25-acre site.
  3. Gain an understanding of the design team and project team coordination needed for a project of this scale.
  4. Learn at least three strategies for reducing the environmental impacts in areas including landscape approach, parking and traffic approach and systems.

Home Tours 2016

2016 AIA East Bay Home Tours

Saturday, October 15, 2016
10am-4:30pm
$50 / $60 day-of (if available)
Click here for tickets

Home Tours Headquarters: Bica Coffeehouse, 5701 College Avenue, Oakland

AIA Members and allied friends: Interested in being a docent? Click here to sign up.

Featuring Houses By:

Debbas Architecture
Lindy Small Architecture
Medium Plenty
Sogno Design Group
Swatt I Miers

Each year the AIA East Bay Home Tours feature a diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects. We choose from a wide range of project sizes and types which have included finely-detailed in-law units, exuberant historic renovations and stunning modern masterpieces.

Through the AIA East Bay Home Tours, we offer the community an opportunity to experience the impact of collaboration between homeowners and AIA architects, by being inside the houses themselves and talking with the architects who designed them.

The 2016 Houses:

Swatt Miers Architects
Orinda

Exterior

Sogno Design Group
Berkeley

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Medium Plenty
Piedmont

Lindy Small Architecture
Oakland, CA

Exterior

Debbas Architecture
Berkeley

 

Sponsors:
Premier Sponsor

Home Tours premier sponsor

Media Sponsor

media sponsor

Industry Sponsors

industry sponsors  industry sponsors3 industry sponsors4

Questions? Please contact Sidney Sweeney, executive director at 510/464-3600 or sidney@aiaeb.org.

Hard-Hat Tour: Chow Oakland

Saturday, September 24, 2016
10-11:30am
Location: 3770 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
Open to all. Attendees must bring their own hard-hat.
Click here to register.

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Join us for a hard-hat tour of the newest location of the Chow franchise by Lowney Architecture.

Chow Oakland is a project with a  hybridized program – part food market, part restaurant and café and part commercial bakery. Chow gets its energy from the intersection of these disparate programs. Blurring the line between interior and exterior, Chow brings customers and shoppers outside and brings plant life and landscape to the inside. Additionally, the building involves the renovation of a long-vacant concrete and steel building. Wherever possible, the existing structure will be exposed, adding more interest to the experience of the project.

Design Tour: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
4:30-6pm
Location: 2530 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
Click here to register.

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Join AIA East Bay for a tour of COTE Top Ten Winner, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, this project was conceived by the College of Engineering as an interdisciplinary hub for students and teachers from across the university who work at the intersection of design and technology.

Founded on the conviction that design can help address some of society’s most pressing challenges, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, is devoted to introducing sustainable design innovation at the center of engineering education and university life. It is designed as both a collaborative, project-based educational space and a symbol to the region of the University’s commitment to sustainable innovation.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will…

  1.  See demonstrations of collaboration in built form; a campus-wide design competition for wall and ceiling finish panels.
  2. Learn about designing educational spaces for both flexibility and performance.
  3. See how to incorporate architectural expressions of green principles for all to see and experience.
  4. Learn how to design and build an institutional building in two years; Learn a delivery method with fast-track scheduling and select design-build trades.