Friday, October 20, 2017
$5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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Join us for a tour of University Village, a mix-use project featuring a senior housing development designed by HKIT and a retail center including Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store designed by Lowney Architecture. This tour is co-led by Lowney Architecture, HKIT, Jeff Bond from the City of Albany and Kevin Hufferd from UC Berkeley.
Renovations include two new single-story buildings including a grocery building for Sprouts with a gross floor area of 28,684 sf and a retail building with a gross floor area of 4,700 sf. The grocery building is a cold shell and the retail building is a warm shell including HVAC. Site improvements include replacement of a section of Monroe St., a new public plaza, parking servicing the retail buildings, creek bank enhancements and a new creek side trail. A new single story multi-tenant retail building with a gross floor area of 11,700 sf, the building is also designed as a warm shell including rooftop HVAC for all tenants.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Nonmembers.
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3.5 CES LUs
Join the Regional Urban Design Forum for a BART tour of transit-oriented development in three East Bay neighborhoods. We’ll be learning about successes, lessons learned, and challenges facing all TOD. We will tour transit oriented developments at three BART stations: MacArthur, San Leandro and Fruitvale.
Our intent is to explore existing, current and future developments, looking at the elements of development that were successful, lessons learned and partnerships that evolved. Invited speakers include architects, developers, city leaders and BART directors and staff. The tour will be limited to 20 people.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Free and open to all. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 360 17th St., #200, Oakland
Emerging Professionals are invited to Lowney Architecture to tour the firm, discuss recent projects and network over light food and beverage.
Lowney Architecture, based in Oakland, CA, was founded by Ken Lowney in 2003 and has quickly grown into one of the area’s leading practices, actively engaged in improving the city through its projects and other civic engagements. Project expertise includes grocery stores, retail, multi-family housing, high-rises, restaurants, offices, renovation, parking structures and master planning.
Lowney has won acclaim for its vertical grocery store and prefabricated modular multifamily housing designs, including the Golden Nugget Award and AIA. The firm has consistently been ranked by The San Francisco Business Times as one of top 100 fastest growing business in Bay Area, and is currently expanding into a second office in Hawaii.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Location: MN Builders, 2400 Union Street, Oakland
$5 AIA members / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs
Join us for a tour of this popular, Oakland-based custom cabinetry/millwork company, where we’ll take a shop tour through the CNC machinery and discuss interrelation between designer and builder.
Mueller Nicholls Builders is a leader in the cabinet and construction industries. They specialize in mid-sized to large comprehensive remodels, with turn-key solutions: everything from design assistance and permit expediting – to complete construction and installation capabilities. At MN Builders, they develop relationships with architects, designers, and other consultants; with staff; with clients; and with sub-trade contractors.
By the end of the program, attendees will:
- Be able to state what a computer-controlled table saw is, and how it is operated.
- Be able to state what a large edge bander is, and how it works.
- Be able to state what a computer numeric control machine is, and how it operates.
- Be able to describe the overall process for building custom-designed cabinetry.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Sorry, this tour is sold out.
Sharon Simpson and her late husband Barclay, founder of Simpson Strong-Tie, have created a unique and extraordinary garden at their Orinda home. As committed supporters of the arts, they have collected an impressive selection of sculptures from internationally renowned as well as local artists. Over the years, the garden and the art have evolved together, resulting in a magical environment. Join us for a special tour of this private garden.
On a one acre site with multiple elevation changes, there is no shortage of “oh my” moments. Upon entering, the artistic tone is set by a playful abstract metal gate leading to the lower garden with its boxwood spheres and gently arching pergola. This part of the garden has a more formal structure, organized as rooms of color, with plants and sculptures creating the partitions. Meandering to the upper garden you pass weathered steel-clad walls, shade-loving perennials and, of course, more wonderful sculptures. The upper garden is a stone and steel terraced hillside abundantly planted in a mesmerizing palette of textures, colors and shapes. Viewed from the kitchen and adjoining deck, this garden is an ever-changing source of beauty and tranquility throughout the year.
For the past 18 years David Manlove, owner of Indian Rock Landscapes, has been involved in the design and renovation of the Simpson garden. As a licensed landscape and building contractor for over 26 years, his design/build firm has participated in all aspects of renovating and maintaining the landscape. Whether working with plants, stone, water or wood, there is always an eye on detail and preserving the artistic integrity of the garden’s legacy.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 SOLD OUT
Location: Meyer Sound Laboratories, 2832 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
$5 AIA members and employees of chapter member firms /$10 guests
This tour is sold out. Please email email@example.com to be placed on the waitlist.
1.5 CES LUs
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.
This tour is sold out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
A Small Firm Forum Tour
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Location: 644 40th Street, Oakland
Free and open to all.
1.5 CES LUs
This month, we will tour the MacArthur Annex Project and discuss how shipping containers operate as a building material. The project tour will focus on the various challenges encountered with the use of containers from design, to permitting, to construction.
The project is mixed use, and acts as an open architectural framework for a local community of creative entrepreneurs and makers. The occupants range from artists and craftsmen to professionals and small businesses. Included in the mix are a local coffee shop and a new beer garden.
The conception of the project began with the notion of using the shipping container as the basic module for development. This is in part because shipping containers are ubiquitous in the Bay Area, and Oakland in particular due to proximity to the port. The studio has a history of working with conditions and materials that have gone neglected or been discarded. The containers presented a perfect opportunity.
About the Presenter:
Matt Baran, AIA founded Baran Studio Architecture in 2010 at the peak of the Great Recession. Prior to that, he worked on concepts for architectural robots that shifted their form and location to adapt to various contexts which became the beginning of Baran Studio. Currently the studio extends those efforts, working closely with staff and clients to further explore architecture that is closely adapted to various contexts.
After completing this program, attendees will…
- Learn conceptual design opportunities in using shipping containers as a building material.
- Be able to identify the programmatic opportunities and constraints unique to shipping container construction.
- Identify the planning, zoning and building code issues associated with the use of shipping containers as building material.
- Be introduced to the construction and cost concerns regarding the use of shipping containers.