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2017 Design Awards: Call for Entries

The AIA East Bay Design Awards program recognizes design excellence in architecture, residential architecture, interior architecture, restoration/renovation, and urban design. Criteria to be used by the jury include quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.

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2017 Design Award Guidelines


  • Projects must be designed and submitted by an architect.
  • Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2010.
  • AIA East Bay members may submit projects from anywhere.
  • Non-member architects may submit projects located in the chapter’s four counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano.

Project Types

Projects of all types will be viewed, including, but not limited to:

  • Commercial, office, and mixed-use
  • Industrial, laboratories, and hospitals
  • Transportation and parking structures
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries, schools, and other institutions
  • Historic preservation, adaptive reuse, renovation and restoration
  • Single & multi-residential, dormitories, affordable & temporary housing

Registration per project: $200 AIA Members / $300 Non-members
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Registration AND Submittal Deadline: Noon, Monday, October 30, 2017 -extended deadline!
Awards Reception & Presentation: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Please note, all submittals will be made via Dropbox. Please attend the pre-submittal meeting (9/27) if you have not used Dropbox and have technical questions. Missed the meeting? See Frequently Asked Questions, below.

The 2017 Design Awards jurors:

Karen Fiene, FAIA, LEED AP
Mills College
Oakland, California

Karen Fiene leads campus design and environmental stewardship for Mills College, a private women’s college in East Oakland. Mills’ mission to provide education for young women to become future leaders in a complex global economy compliments Karen’s interest in the design of places that foster creative learning. Since joining the campus in 2006, she has overseen the largest expansion in the College’s history and has engaged high profile design firms with a commitment to sustainability and design excellence. Karen was co-designer of the first LEED platinum building in Oakland, one of two LEED projects on the campus. As co-chair of the Sustainability Committee, she is leading efforts to meet the net zero goals of the President’s Climate Commitment and Campus Climate Action Plan. Karen was instrumental in receiving a Getty Heritage Grant and was a collaborator on the resulting publication; Celebrating the Cultural Landscape Heritage of Mills College, 2008. Current projects include the renovation of Lisser Hall, a 116 year-old performing arts theater designed by Willis Polk.

Formerly with EHDD, Karen gained diverse experience with academic and exhibit related projects with zoos, museums and aquariums. Karen served as President of EHDD for the last three of her 13 years there leading the firm through a critical transition period. She founded Karen Fiene Architects in 1999 focusing on the design and planning of dynamic learning environments prior to joining Mills College.


Craig Steely, AIA
Craig Steely Architecture
San Francisco, California

Craig Steely is a California and Hawaii based architect whose buildings have been described as true and unique hybrids of these two environments.  They embrace the realities of the environment and our connection/separation to it over the subjugation of it, all the while focusing on developing a singular architecture rooted in its context.  Active projects include work on the Big Island of Hawaii, as well as several along the coast of California—from Sea Ranch to San Francisco to Big Sur.

He received his architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has lectured at the University of Hawaii, University of California at Berkeley, Cal Poly and at many conferences including the Monterey Design Conference.  His work has been awarded recognition by the American Institute of Architects and published widely in books and periodicals. In 2009 he was selected as an “Emerging Talent” by the AIA California Council. His office was chosen top firm in the 2013 Residential Architect Magazine leadership awards.


Marc L’Italien, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
San Francisco, California

Marc is a Principal with HGA in San Francisco, where he leads the Arts/Community/Education practice. He is an innovative thinker with a creative voice in the design of major public projects. Many of his projects have broken new ground in high-performance design. Marc has been involved in higher education, museum, science center, aquarium, and zoological park projects. He has deep a passion for—and expertise in—the symbiotic relationships between landscape, architecture, and exhibits.

Prior to joining HGA, he led the design of the new Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco, which is a LEED Platinum Certified adaptive reuse project, expected to become the largest net zero energy museum in the United States. Other noteworthy accomplishments include the headquarters for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, CA, a Certified Net Zero Energy Building with the International Living Future Institute; Valparaiso University’s Arts and Sciences Building, which is adjacent to his award-winning 2004 Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources in Indiana; and Factor 10 House, an affordable case-study house completed for the City of Chicago’s Departments of Housing and the Environment. The Exploratorium, Packard Foundation and Factor 10 House projects are all AIA COTE Top Ten Awards recipients.

Marc is currently leading the design of the Westwood Hills Nature Center outside Minneapolis and working with SWA on a Campus Master Plan for SF State University in San Francisco. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Yale University.


  1. Can I submit an un-built project? No, all entries must be completed since January 1, 2010.
  2. Does the person submitting need to be an architect? Yes, the person submitting the project must be licensed in California.
  3. What are the categories and how many are awarded in each category? Each entry is judged based on its own merit, and not in a group. The portion of the award submission that asks for a category is so that the jury understands what they are about to see (eg. interior renovation, historic preservation, affordable housing, etc.)
  4. What is the Performance Data Worksheet (PDW) and is it mandatory? It is the sustainability portion of the submission. The only mandatory form is the photo release form; it is to your benefit to complete all portions of the submission fully.
  5. In the California-based projects PDW there is a section 8 that show a variety of building types and T24 compliant and Exemplar EUI’s. What do you want the applicants to do with that section? It is for information so people can understand what their EUI should be for project types. Can also be the baseline for assessing where they stand on AIA 2030 challenge; it is purely informational.
  6. Where do I get all the forms? They will be emailed to you once you register, as will your entry number.


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2015 East Bay Design Award Winner: East Oakland Sports, ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Photo Credit: David Wakely Photography

2016 Design Awards Reception and Presentation

The registration deadline for the 2016 AIA East Bay Residential Design Awards has passed.

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Awards Reception & Presentation: 6pm, October 20, 2016
Location: Gensler Oakland, 2101 Webster St #2000, Oakland, CA 94612

Reception Tickets
$25 AIA member / $35 Non-member


Project Eligibility:

  • Projects must have been completed since September 1, 2009
  • AIA East Bay members may submit projects located anywhere
  • Non-member architects may submit projects located in the following Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma
  • Applicant need not be a registered architect or AIA member, but must be responsible for design of project.

Project Types:

  • Residential projects of all types are encouraged, including:
  • Remodels/Additions/Renovations
  • Interiors
  • New Construction
  • Small Budgets (under $30,000)
  • Affordable/Senior/Marketrate Multi-family
  • Student Housing, etc.




Ray Calabro, FAIA
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, FAIA
San Francisco


Kulapat Yantrasast
wHY Architecture
Culver City


Sade Borghei
San Francisco



Borden Lighting

Ideate, Inc


Associated Building Supply

Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Windows and Doors


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2016 Design Awards Jury Announced

AIA East Bay and Design Awards Chair Janet Tam, AIA, are pleased to announce the jury for the 2016 Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Design Awards.

Ray Calabro, FAIA
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, FAIA
San Francisco

Kulapat Yantrasast
wHY Architecture
Culver City

Mark your calendars and save the date!

Awards Jury and Presentation: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Submittal Deadline: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Awards Pre-submittal Meeting: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (for those who have submittal questions)
Registration Opens: Monday, August 1, 2016

Please note, all submittals will be made via Dropbox. Please attend the pre-submittal meeting if you have not used Dropbox and have technical questions.

2015 Design Awards

The AIA East Bay Design Awards program recognizes design excellence in architecture, residential architecture, interior architecture, restoration/renovation, and urban design. Criteria to be used by the jury include quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.

On Thursday, October 1, 2015 the jury reviewed more than 70 projects, selecting the following 12 for exceptional design excellence.

Citation Awards:


HALL Winery, St Helena
Signum Architecture

Photographer: Adrian Gregoretti and Tubay Yabut
General Contractor: Frank Borges Jr. Construction and
Hathaway Dinwiddie





Digital Fabrication Lab, UC Berkeley, Wurster Hall Addition
Mark Cavagnero Associates

Photographer: Tim Griffith Photography
Contractor: Vila Construction





Willow Houses, Oakland
Baran Studio Architecture

Photographer: Peter Lyons
Contractor: Szilagy Construction



Gensler Oakland, Oakland
Gensler Oakland

Photographer: Jasper Sanidad Photography
Contractor: Turner Construction Company





Energy Biosciences Building, University of California, Berkeley

Photographer: Bruce Damonte Photography
& Skyhawk Photography




West Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley
Harley Ellis Devereaux

Photographer: Kyle Jeffers
Contractor: West Bay Builders




Merit Awards:


Chu Hall (Solar Energy Research Center), LBNL, Berkeley

Photographer: Bruce Damonte
Contractor: McCarthy





East Oakland Sports Center, Oakland
ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Photographer: David Wakely Photography
Contractor: Turner Construction





Maximino Martinez Commons, UC Berkeley
EHDD & Behnisch Architekten

Photographer: Russell Abraham
Contractor: Vance Brown





Martis House, Truckee
Faulkner Architects

Photographer: Joe Fletcher
Contractor: Jim Morrison Construction





Honor Awards:


Lakeside Senior Housing
David Baker Architects

Photographers: Bruce Damonte, Brian Haux, David Baker Architects
Contractors: James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp.




US Coast Guard TRACEN Waste Water Treatment Facility, Petaluma
Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

Photographer: Billy Hustace Photography
Contractor: CDM Smith




2015 Jury:

E.B. Min, AIAE.B. Min, AIA
Min | Day
San Francisco, CA

EB is the San Francisco-based principal of Min | Day.  A graduate of Brown University with dual concentrations in Art History and Studio Art, EB received her Master of Architecture from U.C. Berkeley.  E.B.’s early experience in the landscape architecture design-build office of Topher Delaney and Andrea Cochran instilled an interest in the integration of landscape and building. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley and is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. E.B. has served on the boards of both the AIASF and the AIACC. During her tenure on the AIASF board, EB helped in the formation of the Missing 32% project to address issues of design equity. Recently she has been involved in expanding the practice into furniture design with the formation of MOD furniture, a design off-shoot of Min | Day.  Min | Day has received numerous awards including being featured in Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard, 2010, the AIACC’s 2007 Emerging Talent Award and Residential Architect’s 2010’s Rising Star.

Allison Williams, FAIAAllison Williams, FAIA
San Francisco, CA

In a career spanning more than 30 years in corporate practice, Allison Williams, FAIA has designed significant large-scale projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally and internationally. The breadth of Ms. Williams’ work spans civic, corporate and cultural facilities, places for research and education, mixed-use and high density developments. Prior to joining AECOM, Allison led architecture studios for both Perkins Will and SOM, where projects have included the highly acclaimed international terminal at San Francisco International Airport; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computational Research Facility; August Wilson Center for African American Culture (Pittsburgh, PA); and CREATE at the National University of Singapore.A Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Allison earned her master of architecture and bachelor of arts in the practice of art degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, and was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1997. She is a current member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee for Harvard’s Board of Overseers and the Harvard Design Magazine Practitioners Advisory Board.

Brett BabaBrett Baba, AIA
Graham Baba Architects
Seattle, WA

A Washington native, Brett Baba has practiced architecture for 35 years in Seattle, Yakima  and Connecticut.    He has worked in a number of firms including Ralph Anderson and Olson Sundberg (later Olson Kundig) in Seattle and the Knipper Dunn Partnership in Yakima, Washington.

Brett earned a BA and Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and is active in supporting and participating in the school’s mission.   Significant projects in Brett’s early career include the Frye Art Museum, the Mission Hill Winery, and residences around the US, including the Martha’s Vineyard house where President Obama vacationed in 2013.

Joining Jim Graham, a friend & colleague from Olson Sundberg, the two started Graham Baba Architects in 2006.    The firm has grown to 22 people since then and has garnered much positive attention for its innovative and appealing approaches to adaptive reuse & residential work, restaurants, public markets and other hospitality projects and developments related to art and community-building.

2015 Design Award Sponsors:

American Building Supply, Inc.

Ideate, Inc

Associated Building Supply

Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Lumber

Eric F. Anderson, Inc.


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The Design Process

An AIA East Bay Monthly Program

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
5:30pm, wine and cheese reception to follow.
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

$16 for AIA members and employees of East Bay Chapter Member Firms; $21 for non-members

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1.5 CES LUs

The process of design can be equally invigorating and frustrating and every architect develops their own, unique way of creating order out of chaos and striving for innovation.

If you’re an architect, work with architects or are considering hiring one in the future, hearing first-hand about the means and methods different architects use to navigate this process can be invaluable.

Join AIA East Bay for an evening with 2014 Exceptional Residential Design Award winners, including Andrew Lee, AIA, Alexander Jermyn, AIA and Cary Bernstein, AIA who will share the design process that led to their award-winning projects.

Design Tour: Laney College Field House

Laney College Field House and Athletic Fields, Architect: Gould Evans
Thursday, March 20, 2014
4:45-6:15 PM
Near the corner of E. 8th & 5th Street  (There is a parking lot on the corner of E. 8th & 5th St. beside the field)
Cost: $5 AIA Members, $10 Guests
1.5 CES LU’s

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All are invited to join AIA East Bay for a tour of the design-award winning Laney College Field House and Athletic Fields, designed by Gould Evans. This project was awarded a 2013 AIA East Bay Design Award citation.

The flagship of the Peralta Community College District, Laney College stretches across 60 acres in downtown Oakland. The remote location of the athletic fields required student athletes to dress at the main campus, and then walk several blocks to the fields. To attract student athletes with the talent to star at Laney—and then continue their careers at major colleges across the nation—improved facilities with adjacent state-of-the-art training and dressing rooms were essential. The new 18,000 sf Field House, carefully sited adjacent to the football field and the new baseball diamond, anchors all of Laney College’s athletic resources. The building has become a powerful recruiting tool. The linear massing and continuous, sloping roof convey a feeling of motion expressive of athletic prowess. A dramatic double-height lobby features a “Wall of Fame,” and a balcony adjacent to the Director’s office offers views of athletic activities in all directions. We do not believe it’s a coincidence that the Laney College baseball team won its first division championship the year they inaugurated their new Field House and baseball diamond.

Tour Leaders:

Douglas Thornley, AIA
Principal, Gould Evans
Role on Team: Principal in Charge

Aaron Thornton
Senior Associate, Gould Evans
Role on Team: Project Designer

Amber Evans
Senior Associate, Gould Evans
Role on Team: Job Captain/Designer

John Beam
Athletic Director & Offensive Coordinator, Laney College Eagles
Role on Team: Owner’s Representative

Learning Objectives:

• At the end of this tour attendees will be able to state three ways the design build delivery were beneficial to the resulting project.

• At the end of this tour attendees will be able to state at least three sustainability goals for the field house and how they were met.

• At the end of this tour attendees will be able state at least three of five sustainability goals for the Athletic fields and how they were met.

• At the end of this tour attendees will be able to identify design features developed with the goal of using the facilities as an athletic recruiting tool.

View from Football Stadium 0096 (LCAF)b

Call for Entries: Berkeley Design Advocates Awards

Berkeley Design Advocates is pleased to announce its 10th Biennial Design Awards Program for acknowledgement of excellence in urban planning and architecture, innovative and creative design solutions, and preservation of historic strictures and places. BDA is a membership organization of architects, landscape architects, planners, builders and design professionals established in 1973 to promote excellence in the built environment of Berkeley.

The BDA Design Awards Committee and jury will nominate candidate projects, and will also consider applications submitted from design professionals, owners, and builders for building projects, renovation and restoration works, and urban design plans completed within the period from October 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012. Projects that exemplify the best in architecture, landscape architecture, preservation and planning will be selected by the jury.

To submit a project to be considered for an award, please send your project information with an application fee of $50 (Fifty Dollars), including up to six jpg format digital images no later than January 31, 2013, to Berkeley Design Advocates, P.O. Box 7233, Berkeley, CA 94707, or to, in MS Word format for text. (The application fee provides a year’s membership to BDA.   BDA Members will receive a membership renewal for 2013.) Click here for the application form.

Award recipients will be notified by March 7, 2013.  The Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 6:30-8PM in Berkeley at a venue to be determined.

ExRes 2012

AIA East  Bay announces its 2012 Design Awards, which focuses solely on residential projects in the nine Bay Area counties. We are pleased to present the 2012 Jury: John Carney, FAIA; Mary Griffin, FAIA; and Peter Pfau, FAIA.

Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards is a unique design awards program. It was established to recognize the best in the Bay Area housing design. ExRes 2012 emphasizes the important impact excellent design has on everyday living.

Residential projects located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma Counties.  Projects must have been completed since September 1, 2005.

Applicant need not be a registered architect nor an AIA member, but must be responsible for the design of the project. All significant contributors to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission.

Awards Reception and Presentation:
6:00pm, Friday, July 13, 2012
AIA East Bay
1405 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612

$20 AIA East Bay Members/$30 Non-members
Includes a dinner reception, presentation by the jury of their own work, and the awards announcement.
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Please note: winning projects will not be announced prior to the Awards Presentation. We strongly encourage all entrants to attend the Awards Reception and Presentation.

2012 Jury

John Carney FAIA

John Carney, FAIA
Carney Logan Burke Architects
Jackson, WY

John Carney, FAIA is committed to expanding the design vocabulary of the mountain west while remaining grounded in tradition and local context. His reinterpretation of vernacular architecture synthesizes modernist and classical principles within a regional aesthetic. The firm’s range of projects includes private residences the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts Theatre and Music Pavilion, and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park.


Mary Griffin FAIAMary Griffin, FAIA
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
San Francisco, CA

Mary Griffin is owner and principal of the award-winning firm Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects in San Francisco. Principal since 1986, she has served as juror for numerous architectural design competitions, including the AIA National Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, the AIA Honor Awards, the AIA LA Design Awards, and the Sunset Western Home Awards. Her firm’s work focuses on site-specific residential and small-scale institutional architecture, and has won over sixty awards, most consistently over the last two decades.

Peter Pfau FAIAPeter Pfau, FAIA
Pfau Long Architecture
San Francisco, CA

Peter W. Pfau, FAIA is a modernist who balances conceptual rigor with a love for building.  Peter established a passion for design and construction through training in the fine arts and working as a woodworker, carpenter and contractor.  Pfau Long Architecture award-winning projects including single family and multi-unit housing, educational facilities, exposition and museum spaces, and places of worship.  Evident in the firm’s work is an underlying commitment to thoughtful design, environmental stewardship, building craft and details, and an appeal to the emotional and experiential encounter of the user.

AIA East Bay thanks the following sponsors for their support of ExRes, design excellence and the architectural community.

American Soil & Stone
Associated Building Supply
Dealey Renton & Associates
Ideate, Inc
IOA Insurance
Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors
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Tour: CalShakes

Saturday, June 9
$5 AIA East Bay Members/$10 Non-members
Space is limited, click here to register.

California Shakespeare Theater (CalShakes)
Orinda, CA
Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Photographer: Bruce Damonte Photography

The new Sharon Simpson Center supports the artists, artisans and patrons of the California Shakespeare Theater.  Phase One of a two-phase project, the Sharon Simpson Center was based on environmental stewardship, inspired by the landscape and influenced by the innovative theater productions, marrying site, program and architecture.

The design challenge of the new building was to add onto a beloved amphitheater and maintain the wild beauty of the site.  The Sharon Simpson Center aspires to achieve two overarching design goals: to preserve what’s incredible about the Siesta Valley while simultaneously transforming the way people experience it.  The design solution removed 18 years of temporary trailers, various site structures and paths that detracted from the primary mission- a theater in nature.  To reduce its impact on the patron experience the design solution utilizes the opportunities of the sloping site, and allows for tucking the theater’s technical functions and shops under the building.  A reshaped sloping meadow for picnicking, community plaza and Sharon Simpson Center synthesize the design into one single site and architectural move: a new work, positioned as secondary to the primary experience of theater en plein air.

Jury Comments:  The challenge was to capture the outdoor theater experience without overdoing it. The programming for this upgrade certainly accomplished that, creating a friendly, fun environment.

Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will be able to state the client’s two design goals and how the architect met them.

2. Attendees will be able to identify three key elements of the programming.

3. Attendees will be able to identify three sustainable or green features.

4. Attendees will be able to discuss how the site play an integral part in the design solution.

Tour: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, April 21
$5 AIA members; $10 non-members. Please register in advance as there is a space limit.

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
Architect: Mark Cavagnero Associates
Photographer: Tim Griffith

Recipient of an  Honor Award in the 2011 AIA East Bay Design Awards

Located in a neighborhood known as the Iron Triangle, the historically-significant Winters Building is a former 1920’s dance hall and has been transformed into a new urban center for music and dance. The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts is a nationally-recognized training and production center, dedicated to the underserved youth of the community.

The project includes a complete new structure and build out of systems within the historic shell. At the exterior, a new glass storefront wraps the first floor façade with large, rhythmically-arranged openings intended to express the interior vitality of the center, while at the same time complementing the historic exterior façade of the upper stories. Designed for maximum flexibility for educational, performance, and administrative needs, the program includes classroom/performance spaces; a 200-seat auditorium with raked seating and a flat floor venue with flexible platform seating; and classrooms, practice studios, and offices.

Client statement: The primary objectives of the renovation project are grounded in East Bay Center’s core values of affecting endemic local violence, improving the scholastic performance of our youth, increasing their self-esteem, and nurturing parental, family and civic involvement in their education. As part of the City of Richmond’s urban redevelopment effort, the renovated facility will serve as leverage for $200 million of redevelopment projects in the chronically depressed downtown area of the city and at the same time benefit the larger community of Contra Costa County and the East Bay region.

Jury Comments: Gutsy. This could have been so easily messed up. This shows a tour-de-force ability to take on the circumstances and have such an elegant result. We applaud the architect for the building’s grace. Like how it harkens back to the tough, industrial local shipbuilding history.

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