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Project Profile: Levitch Associates, Inc.

Warm Modern Remodel + Addition
Text provided by Levitch Associates, Inc.

Albany homeowners wanted a modern design, open plan and additional space for family and guests at their two-bedroom, 1 Bath, 1,053 SF home on a 30’ wide lot. At the same time, they wanted to respect their neighborhood of mostly one and two-story bungalows. A 3,600 SF lot meant a vertical addition was the most feasible solution.

At the main level, Levitch Associates, Inc. created an open plan and completely remodeled the entire floor. Removing an accessory structure made way for a back deck, accessible through the dining nook and family room. Since the deck faces west, they designed a pergola for shade. Now with an easy flow inside to the outdoors, there’s plenty of room for everyday living and entertaining.

The owners asked for a stair to the new second-story that would have a minimal footprint while bringing light into the home. Levitch met their request with a staircase lit by a skylight and windows and accented by a dramatic light fixture and teal walls. The upper level has laundry, three bedrooms and two bathrooms including a master suite.

During construction Levitch took the house down to the floor structure, so it’s essentially a new 2,000 SF home. Given the scope of the remodel there were some challenges:

  • It was more complicated to leave a section of foundation intact than to replace all of it, which would have added to the cost; in hindsight we could have completely demolished the home.
  • There was, however, a nonconforming setback on one side so leaving one corner allowed us to maintain about 1’ of width in footprint.
  • Fire sprinklers were required.

Despite the challenges, a consistent theme of colors, textures and materials such as wood, metal and glass inside and out creates a modern aesthetic that is warm and livable for their client’s new home.

Architect: Maurice Levitch, AIA
Structural Engineer: Aghazarian Consulting Engineers, Inc.
General Contractor: Levitch Associates, Inc.
Railings: Carrillo’s Ironworks
Cabinets: Ecohome Improvement
Cabinet Installer: Semolina Design
Painting: Aurora Painting and Decorating
Flooring: Amber Flooring Inc.
Wallcovering: Bay Area Toile, designed by Matt Ritchie and Jorma Taccone
Wallcovering Installation: James Hauge
Fire Sprinklers: Thorpe Design Inc.
Photographer: Treve Johnson Photography, Inc.

Eunice Street Remodel: Project Profile

Real Estate Agents Matt Vance and Peter Ashbaugh discovered a rare mid-century modern home in North Berkeley and recognized its potential.  The house had been designed by architect Elwood Hanson and offered a well-organized floor plan with vaulted views from the living room. Matt and Peter hoped to re-invigorate the minimally touched house and reached out to Eisenmann Architecture.

The original 1964 kitchen was centrally located but enclosed by four windowless interior walls.  A single skylight provided the only natural light in the landlocked space. Furthermore, a bulky elevator had been added separating the living and dining rooms.  The priority was to better integrate the public spaces while honoring the intent of the original architect.

Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room proved difficult because the slender 2×6 roof sandwich could not accommodate a vertical upturned beam.  This was resolved by installing a sideways LVL, creating a seamless ceiling between the kitchen and dining Room.  By eliminating the elevator it was possible to see from one end of the house to the other.  Glass accordion doors to the back yard and a large kitchen skylight further improved the quality of light.

Matt and Peter were willing to be bold with black painted cabinets, white-oak accents, and quartz countertops, all selected for dramatic contrast.  Eisenmann Architecture also developed design solutions to mitigate existing structural oddities.  The dining room dry-bar conceals the bulkhead of the Basement Stairs, and a floating shelf named the “Infinity Loop” provides playful storage that engages with a wall jaunt.

In the bathrooms, skylights were added to improve daylight and wall-hung fixtures were chosen to maximize space perception.  The master bathroom has the mirror integrated with hexagonal tile and wrapping the corner to visually enlarge the space.  Floating walnut shelves overlap the mirror for storage and interest.

Project article :  EUNICE STREET REMODEL
Photographer: MARK COMPTON

Mariani Lodge, Rebuilding in Yolo County: Project Profile

The Mariani’s Napa County home was one of thousands destroyed in the early morning hours of Oct 9, 2017, as the Atlas Fire consumed +50,000 acres. Once the fires were contained, they looked at the charred remains of their family home and decided to rebuild on a farm they owned in Yolo County in order to be closer to family.

They worked with Brendan Kelly, Amie MacPhee, and Kerry Morgan of Cultivate Studio, an Architecture and Landscape practice with offices in San Francisco and Green Valley, to come up with a site plan and the first structures. Together, they transformed this site bordering Putah Creek into a welcoming and functional place for multiple generations. The Lodge structure is meant to recall the simple agricultural form of a barn that allows for large scale entertainment while providing a lot of shade and cross ventilation during hot summer days. The roof is standing seam metal, the siding is board and batten, and the floors are bluestone.

In rethinking their lives after such a devastating loss, the Mariani’s went back to “first principles” instead of just trying to rebuild a home that was meant for an earlier time in their lives. Since they now are able to spend more time traveling the most important part of rebuilding was to provide a place in which to to return that could fit their large family and recall their long tradition of living in and around working agricultural landscapes. With bedrooms and other private spaces being handled elsewhere on the property, this building is already hosting bbqs and relaxing pool parties. Scheduled to be complete in late September, it’s already starting to feel like home.

Construction started in February with Tim Senior General Contractors and Mozzafari Engineering handling the Structural design. Cultivate LLC performed all the site planning, architecture, and landscape duties.

Mariani Lodge – South Elevation (Brendan Kelly, AIA)

Capitol Villas By BKBC Architects: Project Profile

Downtown Fremont will soon get its first dose of what’s been sprouting up in commercial districts throughout the Bay Area – a true mixed-use development designed by BKBC Architects, Inc. Located on an approximately one-acre site across the street from City Hall on the corner of Capitol Avenue & Hastings Street, this 95,000 sf building truly represents the city’s vision for “Capitol Corridor” – a new downtown for the City of Fremont.

“Capitol Villas” is a five-story building with 14,000 sf of ground floor commercial space with both covered and uncovered parking. Residential condos are on four levels above with 44 luxury units in a variety of sizes from 800 sf 1-bedroom + 1 ½ bath units to 1,200 sf  2 bedroom + 2 ½ bath units and 1,600 sf 3 bedroom +3 ½ bath units. A full basement level contains 54 parking spaces, all of which are equipped for plug-in electric vehicles. Several amenities are provided for residents including a large multipurpose room with a living/exercise/sports facility on grade level, a rooftop terrace with lush landscaping, and multiple seating areas with space for BBQ and informal gathering for the residents.

Designed in a California Vernacular Architectural style, it distinguishes itself from other buildings in the City by its vivid colors and interplay of the shadows on the street facades with fenestration of balconies. The corner element is designed as a ‘Beacon’ in layers of different materials and tone on tone color. The commercial space on grade level is carried out in more contemporary hues and is articulated by a frame of larger format stone tiles and metal awnings over the storefronts.

The residential entry is placed on the main street but in a corner to give it some privacy. It is emphasized by a change in height, a cornice element, and different color and material. A second entry is provided for the residential units from the back with loading and parking in close proximity. The residential levels are darker in color to highlight the balcony elements and accents of composite siding create vertical bands of contrast.

Principal Designer & Architect: Sanjiv Bhandari, AIA, FIIA
Project Manager & Designer: Courtney Fogal, LEED AP

Owner & Developer: Kontech USA, Inc., Pleasanton, CA
Civil Engineer: DeBolt Civil Engineering, Danville, CA
Structural Engineer: Harris & Sloan Consulting Engineers Inc., Sacramento, CA
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: Engineering Network, Lafayette, CA
Electrical Engineer: Zeiger Engineers Inc., Oakland, CA
Landscape Architects: ANLA Associates Inc., San Jose, CA

JumpstartMD Medical Clinic: Project Profile

JumpstartMD, Northern California’s leading medically supervised weight-loss and wellness practice, opened its flagship center at One Embarcadero, San Francisco’s premier office and retail space and brought on Hilliard Architects to design the project. JumpstartMD helps members reshape their lives and achieve their personal health and weight loss goals, with a proven program based on eating real fresh food, individual biometrics, leading-edge research and physician supervision.

“JumpstartMD has helped more than 70,000 patients in the bay area” said Philippe Sanchez, President and CEO. “We are thrilled to bring our personalized approach to weight-loss and wellness to One Embarcadero in San Francisco and help many more lead happier, healthier lives.”

Philippe Sanchez, President and CEO and Dr. Sean Bourke, MD led the design by requesting a warm and inviting clinic opening onto a living room/waiting area. Exam rooms were designed with semi-translucent interior walls and sliding doors to allow for member privacy while allowing natural daylight to penetrate the entire suite, creating a welcoming yet private environment, encouraging members in their weight loss journey.

The medical clinic has been well received with patient numbers substantially ahead of all projections.

The Project Team:
Architect: Hilliard Architects
Mike Hilliard, AIA, Project Principal
Joanna Zumalt-McGarry, Healthcare Planner
Justin Chitood, Project Manager
Katie Wilson, Project Designer
Lauren Kawakami, Interior Designer

Contractor & MEP Design-Build:
Andrew Pearl, Project Manager
Kazumi Komar, Estimator
Kevin Rodgers, Superintendent

Steve Fisch Photography

1960s Rancher Remodel: Project Profile

This remodel project was an upgrade to a 1960’s rancher in Orinda, designed by Kattenburg Architects. The goal was to replace the small, enclosed original kitchen and nook area and enlarge the space to open onto the reconceived living and dining rooms, creating a great room.  Both the former living and dining room spaces were separated from the kitchen by a long bearing wall that ran the length of the house. Decorative painted wood columns were used to reduce the overall length of the span left when the bearing wall was removed. Both the dining and living room were also flipped and separated from each other by removing the massive 1960’s brick fireplace in what is now the center of the great room.

The remodel project included moving windows and doors to create symmetry and order in the new spaces. Kattenburg Architects raised the kitchen ceiling from 8’ to 9,’ added skylights, a large pantry, a new spacious laundry room and eliminated a maze of small chopped-up spaces. We provided direct access to the garage that no longer required a circuitous passage through the former laundry room. Work also included opening up the home’s stairway to the lower floor with a new wood balustrade and a strategically placed window above it.

The owners found an excellent contractor (JEO Construction) and did a superb job of selecting great finishes such as the granite, monochromatic paint color theme and the exquisite washed-grey wood flooring. Most of the appliances were panelized with matching wood cabinet fronts. LED lighting was used in all recessed can lighting. LED tape lighting was used to light the glass display cabinets between columns, and above the header moldings on the living and dining room side of the great room. A semi-open TV lounge was added in the area behind the fireplace wall in the living room.

Photographer: Indivar Savanathan
Structural Design: Bluestone Engineering,
Energy Consultant: Farber Energy Design
General Contractor: JEO Construction

San Benito High School Visual Arts and Performing Arts: Project Profile

The design and construction of the new San Benito High School Visual Arts and Performing Arts (VAPA) building started with a school district’s interest in receiving a turn-key project through a design-build project delivery.  Based on the design criteria, Byrens Kim Design Works, in collaboration with Jeff Luchetti Modular Construction pursued the project with intent of delivering a high performing, contemporary classroom building in the historic context of the city of Hollister.  The design concept during the project pursuit was carefully coordinated between the building and the design team to deliver a value-added project from the inception.

The concept arose from a review of the historic high school building located at the site.  Various design elements, including a new tower, arched elements and materials, were carefully considered to work within the project parameter.

The scope elements included six classrooms, a ceramics studio, art studios and a dance studio.  Implementing contemporary technology and sustainable building strategies into historic context proved to be a challenge.

The building was design to utilize a single loaded corridor which provided maximum daylight and natural ventilation. High windows were incorporated to provide optimal lighting for classrooms and studios.   The mechanical system was decentralized to promote individual control and reduce energy-use waste.  Building materials, including the tiled roof and polymer modified cement plaster were utilized to provide minimum maintenance while keeping with the context of the site.

The project was completed within two years from design-build proposal to construction completion.  Success of the project is attributed to the collaboration of the client, the building and the design team.

Design-Build Architect:  Byrens Kim Design Works
Contractor: JL Modular
Structural: Structural Design Group
Mech/Plumbing: TEP Engineering, Inc.
Electrical: Brokaw Design
Energy: Guttmann & Blaevoet
Photographer: JL Modular

Siprosa School Nairobi: Project Profile

The award-winning Siprosa School Nairobi designed by Sidell Pakravan, provides global progressive education in spaces that negotiate between classrooms, flexible spaces, and outdoor learning environments. These spaces are distributed through a collection of stacked and shifted voids that are wrapped by a terra cotta screen that connects diverse spaces, buffers the school from the city and addresses the setting’s environmental needs.

Responding to the curriculum developed by the school’s founder and Golestan Co-lab, an education non profit focused on experiential learning, Sidell Pakravan has created a series of varied spaces that create awareness of nature, material and community.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Size: 14,000 sf
Client: Siprosa School, Mary Otieno
Curriculum Development: Golestan Co-Lab, Berkeley
Project Team: Rudabeh Pakravan, Kristen Sidell, Pablo Hernandez, Julia Klineberg

Canyon Road Bridge House, Santa Fe: Project Profile

Negotiating a rolling wooded site overlaid with both historic review and terrain management constraints, a portion of this house, designed by Arkin Tilt Architects, bridges a minor dry arroyo to locate the main volume amongst the piñons, with the best views of downtown Santa Fe. Metaphorically, the home bridges past and present: traditional construction with high performance building systems, and modern spaces with richly textured materials.

The covered entry sequence takes one through a courtyard flanked by the guest ‘casita’ and rec room that connects to the courtyard via a glazed garage door, and draws you to the main entry past a single, natural cedar ‘portal’ column. An outdoor ‘kiva’ fireplace anchors an outdoor living space contained within the courtyard.

The dining room employs wood and cable stay trusses to span the arroyo, providing a light, windowed frame for viewing the wildlife-filled site. In contrast, the living room is firmly anchored to the land with plastered ICF walls, concrete floors and a custom rammed earth masonry heater fireplace mass. The girl’s “wing” a half level up visually connects to the living room with a bench in the rammed earth wall.

The rammed earth adds beauty as well as thermal mass on the interior, increasing the home’s passive solar performance. Radiant heating is featured in the floor slabs, and in the bench and banquette concrete tops at the dining bridge. Deeply weathred salvaged wood accents the interior core, and locally harvested spruce featured at most ceilings.

The project is projected to achieve LEED Platinum level certification, employing many energy and resource conserving features, plus a photovoltaic array that provides nearly all of the home’s electrical needs on an annually averaged basis.

Arkin Tilt Architects – David Arkin AIA, Anni Tilt AIA, Devin Kinney

Prull Custom Builders, Contractor

Design with Nature, Landscape Architect

Verdant Structural Engineers

Steve Onstad & Dee Bangert, LEED Consultant

Kate Russell, Photographer

Valley Health Center Downtown San Jose: Project Profile

Situated at a transit gateway to downtown San Jose, the Valley Health Center designed by Ratcliff connects three vicinities that have lacked medical services.  The 62,000 s.f. facility, raised on the grounds of the old San Jose Medical Center, serves a young, multi-ethnic population with a high dependence on public healthcare.  A wide range of outpatient services are offered, including family medicine, pediatrics, ob/gyn, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology and behavioral health.  An urgent care clinic is also featured that is open for extended hours seven days a week. The LEED Gold certified facility acknowledges the unique heritage and setting of downtown San Jose and pays tribute to the surrounding architecture.  The center features rhythmic placement of colored glass fins and integrated sunshade screens with use of multi-color glass panels throughout.

The building envelope allows in natural light but keeps out heat and solar exposure in the warm climate.  Visitors encounter natural light, wood paneling, clear wayfinding, and an LED star ceiling.  Large, sunny waiting rooms on upper levels afford views, and waiting room walls are treated for noise reduction.

Many clients will rely on public transit, and the facility is located at a transit gateway to downtown, served by a major bus corridor and future BART station.  Additional elements include:

  • Community connectivity – pedestrian-friendly open spaces;
  • Cool roof and reflective site paving;
  • Water efficient plumbing fixtures;
  • Minimized irrigation of landscaping; reclaimed water use;
  • High performance building envelope with solar control to minimize heat loss / gain
  • Abundant daylight and views in public areas
  • Thermal comfort with healthy, energy-efficient ventilation system for indoor spaces;
  • Reduced indoor air pollution with non-toxic building materials and furniture;
  • Use of sustainably harvested wood;
  • High percentage of recycled construction waste;
  • A PG&E Savings by Design rebate of $150,000 that exceeds California Title 24 standards.

Project Team

Architect: Ratcliff
Photographer: David Wakely
General Contractor: FLINT
Construction Manager: URS Corporation
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Mechanical Engineer: Mazzetti (MEP)
Electrical Engineer: Mazzetti (MEP)
Plumbing Engineer: Mazzetti (MEP)
Civil Engineer: Brian Kangas Foulk (BKF)
Geotechnical Engineer: Sandis
Landscape Consultant: MPA Design
Telecom Consultant: Mazzetti
Acoustic Consultant: Charles Salter & Associates
Cost Consultant: Cumming
Environmental Consultant:  Terracon
Waterproofing Consultant: SGH
Signage Consultant: Kate Keating
Security Consultant: Guidepost Solutions
Elevator Consultant: Syska Hennessey
Hardware Consultant: Stanley Spec Center Services