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Simpson Garden Design Tour

Saturday, June 3, 2017
11am-12:30pm

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.

Design Tour: Meyer Sound Laboratories

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

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 events@aiaeb.org 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.

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.

1 CES LUs

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.

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.

1.5 CES LU

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.

Hard-Hat Tour: The Orchards

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

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1.5 CES LUs

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.

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.
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1.5 CES LUs

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
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1.5 CES LUs

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.

Design Tour: Chris French Metal

Saturday, September 17, 2016
10-11:30am
Location: 2500 Union Street, Oakland, CA 
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

You’ve seen Chris French Metal’s work in home tours projects and design award winners and now here’s your chance to get an inside look at the studio where it’s all created. CFM is a premier metal working shop that specializes in highly-crafted architectural metal with experience in both traditional and contemporary fabrication technologies.

This tour will focus on fabrication techniques, materials, equipment, opportunities and challenges of working with metal.  We will experience first-hand what is involved in the detailing and execution of high-end architectural metal work.

CFM is a full-service shop offering consultation, design, shop drawings, fabrication, finish work and custom patina as well as delivery and installation. They facilitate extensive coordination with architects, engineers, designers and other building trades.

Learning Objectives:

Forthcoming.

 

Photo cred: Mariko Reed

Design Tour: City Slicker Farms & Park

Saturday, July 16, 2016
10am
Location: Meet at the Patio at Peralta and Helen Streets, Oakland, CA 94607
Cost:$5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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Enjoy a summer morning in the heart of the East Bay! Join us at City Slicker Urban Farms & Park to learn about how an industrial site was transformed into a neighborhood gathering place through the efforts of many, including tour leaders Lowney Architects.

Since their grassroots beginnings in 2001, City Slicker Farms has been in the vanguard of the 21st-century urban farming and food justice movement, offering skills training, community building and a commitment to social, economic and racial justice in the heart of the city.

Besides the farm, the project features community gathering space, space for nutrition demos, an orchard, playground and raised community garden beds for 28 families. Site-built structures include the main building which houses an office and restrooms, covered and open-air farm stands and a demonstration zone. The chicken coops and front gate result from student-involved design. The coop, designed and built by CCA students, is an innovative approach to a traditional simple building.

The mission of City Slicker Farms is to empower West Oakland community members to meet the immediate and basic need for healthy fresh food, free of chemicals, for themselves and their families by creating high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens.

Tour of StopWaste’s LEED Platinum Building

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a Small Firm Forum Excursion

Thursday, March 3, 2016
4-5:30pm
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Brown bag lunch (BYO Lunch)
Location: 1537 Webster Street, Oakland

Host: Maggie Maiers, AIA
Tour Guide: Wes Sullens

1.5 CES LUs

StopWaste will open their LEED Platinum office building for a complete tour lead by Wes Sullen, Manager of Green Building Policy and Advocacy. Originally built in 1927, StopWaste’s building was purchased and fully renovated in 2007 with the help of architect Thomas Towey. When completed, it surpassed the initial goal of LEED Silver. Highlights of this tour will include learning about StopWaste’s mission, witnessing specific green building and Bay Friendly Lanscaping practices, hearing about the challenges of renovating a circa 1920’s structure and learning how the real use energy numbers relate to the designed numbers.

The Small Firm Forum will meet at the chapter office and at 12:15, walk together to the StopWaste Office in Downtown Oakland. There is no lunch planned at the tour destination, but the chapter office will be open all morning until departure if you wish to eat before.

About the Presenter:

Wes Sullens is the Manager of Technical Policy and Advocacy for the Northern California local government agency StopWaste. Wes works on regional energy and green building codes and standards advocacy, recycling and materials management program and standards and green building legislation.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this presentation, attendees will…

  1. List at least three elements which led to the building exceeding California’s building energy efficiency code by 40 percent.
  2. List at least three green building materials used in the LEED building that resulted in a healthier workplace.
  3. Be able to compare the energy and resource use and healthy building practices design goal to nine years of actual use.
  4. Identify elements of the Bay-friendly, environmental landscaping.