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YAF Firm Tour: Gyroscope Inc.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Free and open to all Young Architects
Location: 283 Fourth Street #201, Oakland

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.

1700 Webster: Hardhat Tour

Friday, June 8, 2018
$5 AIA Members / $10 Nonmembers
Location: 1700 Webster, Oakland 

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The tour will meet at the Field Office, located at 1714 Franklin Avenue, Oakland. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.

Notable for being the first high-rise building to break ground in Oakland since 2008, 1700 Webster is a new twenty-three-story residential tower with 206 apartment units and three levels of above grade parking, designed by Perkins + Will Architects. The building features a fifth story elevated plaza deck with fitness center, lounge areas, hardscaping, planters and a dog run. The partially enclosed roof top includes a lounge with kitchen and a pool. The building exterior is a mix of glazed window wall, architectural precast panels and glass and aluminum curtain wall. Suffolk’s team performed extensive preconstruction services for the project, including a complete 5D estimating process.

Size: 288,000 square feet
Start: January 2017
Completion: December 2018


Hard Hat Tour: Las Positas Multidisciplinary Academic Building

Friday, May 11, 2018
3000 Campus Hill Dr, Livermore, CA 94551, USA
Cost: $5 AIA Members/$10 Guests   Click here to register

1.5 CES LUs

Mark Shoeman, AIA of HMC Architects, will lead a special hard hat tour of the multidisciplinary academic building at Las Positas College in Livermore. The 43,000sf, $14.5M classroom building is envisioned to redefine classroom buildings on college campuses, and to create much-needed student-centric spaces at Las Positas College.

Organized on two floors around student gathering spaces and sticky spaces are 12 classrooms, 6 labs, and a 100-seat lecture hall. All the public spaces are organized about a central, flexible student space and glass administrative spaces. The building is designed with a LEED Platinum target, with LED lighting, 15 KVa of photovoltaic panels, battery storage system, daylight lighting controls, and rainwater gardens.

About the speaker:

Mark Schoeman, AIA is a talented designer with more than 30 years of experience in all phases of programming, design, and construction documentation for university and college projects. He is passionate about exploring the boundaries of a design problem while seeing creative solutions to client problems, and his work has received numerous awards. Mark was the Principal Designer for Las Positas College Multi-Disciplinary Academic Building 100.

Mills College: Design Tour

Friday, May 18, 2018
$5 Members / $10 Nonmembers
Location: 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

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1.5 CES LUs

Campus architect Karen Fiene, FAIA leads a tour of her favorite designs on the Mills College campus, including historic and ground-breaking buildings. This tour will meet at the front of Mills Hall, at the center of campus.

Mills College, founded in 1852 sits on 135 acres and has a lake and three creeks running through the property. We have about 1 million square feet in 64 buildings, the oldest dating to 1871. Julia Morgan did one of her first projects here, the iconic El Campanil bell tower from 1904. We have four other Julia Morgan buildings including the Margaret Carnegie Library, Alumnae Hall Student Union, Kapiolani Cottage and Alderwood Hall. In 2006 the college embarked on the largest facilities upgrades undertaking in half a century. This work included new student housing, the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building addition, restoration of the Littlefield Concert Hall and construction of the Lokey Graduate School of Business designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Lisser Hall, a dramatic performing arts theater designed by Willis Polk in 1901, is being full renovated to bring the building up to seismic and ADA codes. It will be nearing completion at the end of June.


YAF Tour: Moscone Convention Center Expansion

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Location: San Francisco, Exact meeting location to be announced to registrants
Cost: $3 AIA members; $5 guests, registration required. Note: this tour is open only to licensed young architects. Space is limited
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1.5 CEs LUs

Daniel Zweig, AIA, of SOM, leads a tour of Phases 2 & 3 of the Moscone Convention Center Expansion. The completed expansion will result in approximately 525,000 square feet of new and repurposed space. Phase 3, currently under construction, extends the Phase 2 conference halls and providing two bridge connections to Moscone North over Howard Street.

Swan’s Market: Design Tour

Saturday, April 7, 2018
$5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Pyatok leads this design tour of Swan’s Market, an ambitious mix-use project comprised of a fresh food market hall, restaurants, street-oriented retail, 20 co-housing units, 18 affordable rental units, live/work spaces and commcerical office space.

Swan’s Market is a nationally recognized model for the re-purposing of a historic structure as a mixed-use & mixed income urban village. A major East Bay shopping destination for over 60 years, Swan’s encompassed an entire city block in the Old Oakland neighborhood. The non-profit East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) rescued this historic structure from imminent demolition through creative financing and an ambitious mixed use program that included a fresh food market hall, restaurants, street-oriented retail, 20 co-housing units and common house, 18 affordable rental units, live/work space, commercial office space and a central shared courtyard. PYATOK worked closely with EBALDC, and future cohousing residents to fit the complex program within the shell of the existing structure, preserving over 75% of the original exterior. Portions of the roof were removed to bring sunlight into the interior of the block and to create public and private outdoor spaces that link the diverse uses into a vibrant, unique urban community.

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.

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
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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.

Design Tour: Chow Oakland

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Location: 3770 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Lowney’s Tony Valadez leads this design 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.

University Village: Mixed-Use Tour

Friday, October 20, 2017
$5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
Click here to register. Space is limited.

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.