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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

Lafayette Backyard: Project Profile

The owner of this Lafayette property wanted to demolish the existing backyard structures and completely redesign the yard. They wanted to include a new garage, outdoor kitchen, lounge, patio, swimming pool with a waterfall, cabaña and fireplace covered with a mechanical, louvered trellis. They wanted the new work to complement their existing craftsman style house, while remaining a calm and clean-lined design.

Since this was a landscape-heavy project, I brought in Joseph Huettl, the landscape architect, and collaborated with him to establish the site layout and detailing.

Each structure had different levels of detailing. The garage was a stripped-down version of the existing hip-roofed house and the fireplace/kitchen/lounge trellis and cabaña had flat roofs, which were expressed with modernist detailing. The buildings were laid out so the outdoor fireplace and lounge were adjacent to the house. The garage was placed further from the house, and the pool and cabaña were furthest. This created a pattern of alternating traditional and modern structures in a comfortable progression away from the house.

A major problem arose when we found that since the garage required a double-width car access, it pushed the kitchen/lounge structure to the center of the house, blocking the view of the yard. We solved this by allowing a 10ft. wide driveway to pass the house and garage to a motor court which accessed the garage from the rear. This freed the space between the house and garage for the kitchen/lounge area, allowing views of the pool from the house.

We stained he wood structures to match the existing house colors. The wall which screens the motor court behind the garage and carries the fountain, was built of stone to match the house, and the patios were rendered in limestone matching existing paving. This unified the project into strong visual continuum.

Andre Ptaszynski, AIA, Architect
Joseph Huettl, Landscape Architect
Asha Engineers, Structural Engineer
Midas Construction, Builder
Envision Landscape Studio, Landscape Construction
Riviera Pools, Pool Construction
Joseph Huettl, Photography

Glimmer by Variable Projects: Project Profile

Glimmer is a dynamic installation for San Francisco’s Market Street that invites passersby to enter, touch, and interact with a plush thicket of colorful suspended filaments. These strands, consisting of colored paracord suspended from a simple steel and wire mesh canopy, are cut at varying lengths to form a single volume reminiscent of an architectural vault. The structure’s colorful softness provides a welcome diversion from the everyday pedestrian experience—an immersive, tactile oasis of brightness within the urban landscape.

The installation reinterprets the typology of a masonry vault—typically heavy, solid, and static—and recasts it as a light, porous, and highly dynamic structure. Glimmer dematerializes a familiar symbol of structure, stability and fixity into a kaleidoscopic, indeterminate environment of fibrous material that is constantly in flux. Its mirage-like quality—disappearing, then reappearing, as it indexes the changing sunlight and local airflows along Market Street—generates multiple readings at multiple scales for passersby. From afar, the hanging cords coalesce into the form of a solid vault; yet this figure is constantly shifting as it reacts to the airflow of its surrounding environment. As visitors approach the installation, they are encouraged to enter and inhabit the structure’s soft “poché,” and to touch and interact with the soft hanging cords.

Glimmer was commissioned for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a design competition jointly sponsored by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and San Francisco Planning Department that challenged artist and architects to reimagine public infrastructure along the city’s primary urban thoroughfare. For four days in October 2016, Glimmer was installed on Market Street in San Francisco’s Financial District, where thousands of pedestrians interacted with the bright, colorful, and dynamic addition to the streetscape. The structure attracted people of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, and dispositions to depart from their conventional day-to-day sidewalk routine and engage in a moment of light playfulness that is not commonly seen in the urban realm.

Project Credits:
Client: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts / San Francisco Planning Department
Design: Adam Marcus, Frederico Leite Gonçalves, Sean Gentry
Steel Fabrication: Nicholson Design & Fabrication
Fabrication & Assembly Team: Adam Marcus, Sean Gentry, Mark Nicholson, Gabriel Ascanio, Rajah Bose, Jenny Gonzalez, De Huynh, Jonathan Joong, Eva Lai, Mrnalini Mills-Raghavan, Skye Pan, Ernesto Preciado-Canez, Nicolas Cilloniz Tanji, Joaquin Tobar Martinez, Dustin Tisdale
Photography: Joseph Chang, Adam Marcus
Thanks to: CCA Digital Craft Lab, Tristan Randall / Autodesk

The Backhouse: Project Profile

Barbara K. Westover, AIA, Architect had a client who desired to remodel their existing Piedmont “Backhouse” into a functional second unit. It was a Sisyphean endeavor but with a good ending.


There were many obstacles. The existing structure put the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) well over acceptable limit, encroached 6” onto the neighboring property, was resting on the sewer line and over a cleanout manhole and had a negative reception from one neighbor.

The client requirements included a full kitchen, comfortably sized bathroom, washer/dryer, dining area, king sized private bedroom, social area with a large screen TV and lots of storage. We accomplished all requirements, but downsized the bed from a king to a queen.

We were permitted with conditions: build on the existing footprint, re-use the existing materials, remove the encroachment, create access for the manhole and comply with codes.

The 380sf backhouse has a central spine that supports a crown of windows – Gambrel forms at the ends to be contextual with the house style and vertical clerestory windows longitudinally. With a top height over 15’ the windows direct light into the space all day.

The kitchen is a one-person domain with a full sized refrigerator, small electric oven, dishwasher drawer, and a two-burner cooktop. A cookie tray can be washed flat in the sink and the counter extends flush into the bay window. To make the social space more unified, the door to the bathroom is set into a patterned wall with a touch latch spring opener.

Storage is generous throughout the space. A podium for the queen sized bed provides extra storage along with the loft, accessible with an attic stair in the bedroom ceiling, and above the seating in the social space. Lighting throughout the space includes Solatubes, fluorescent cove lighting, down lights and task lights. The heater is located in an accessible space under the house.

The project works like functional art, but creating it was more like ship building. The clients, however, were pleased and enthusiastic with the final product.

Megan Carter, CB Design: Project Profile

Lagom – a Swedish word with no exact translation in English – is a term that you might recall from the Goldilocks story as “not too much, not too little, but just right.” This word is the perfect way to describe this single family renovation and addition to a 1948 suburban, ranch-style home.  The transformation took a modest 1100 sq. ft. home into a light-filled retreat with a wall of glass facing the park-like greenery of the backyard.

The completed Roberta Avenue project created a family friendly residence with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.  An open living/dining/kitchen area acts as the central gathering space and separates the master suite from the other two bedrooms.  The resulting 2081 sq. ft. residence still maintains a compact and efficient footprint while providing adequate room for a growing family.

Maintaining a similar massing to the rest of the neighborhood was an important consideration at the refreshed street-facing facade.  At the rear yard, the contemporary cedar wrapped box master suite is juxtaposed with a simple gable roof addition that integrates with the existing house.  The project incorporated several special features including a translucent wall, concealed open pantry, and indoor/outdoor connection with window walls at the front porch, rear dining wall and master bedroom.  At the exterior, the contemporary landscape includes some playful components including a grass-covered mound with a tunnel and vertical herb planter screens.  The centrally located kitchen, finished with marine grade plywood, plastic laminate fronts, white Corian countertops and locally sourced accent tiles, acts as the gathering place for family dinners and parties alike.

The materials are both economical and durable for a family with young children.  A similar palette is used at the kid’s bathroom and master bathroom. The house’s refreshed design is emblematic of modern California living.  The result is a daylight filled interior that connects seamlessly to a private outdoor living space filled with drought-tolerant vegetation.

Architect: Megan Carter, CB Design

Contractor MK Construction

Landscape Design/Build: Envision Landscape Studio

Photographer: Eric Rorer

Staging: Visual Jill

Mexpo International: Project Profile

Project By: Lawrence Rugg  Architecture

Mexpo International is a company that provides supplies for the medical industry and is located in Union City. They recently purchased a 28,000 square foot tilt-up concrete structure that had been a supply depot for the trucking industry, which included 2,000 square feet of office space on the ground floor and a mezzanine at one end of the building.

The location was ideal for Mexpo since it was located near I-880 and had sufficient square footage for their warehouse and shipping/receiving needs, however, the building’s office space was dark, cramped, and uninviting and the exterior and grounds needed refurbishing.  Mexpo also planned to have their clients and business partners visit their facility and wanted to have a facility that provided a progressive image.  The result was a commitment to completely retroffiting and expanding the office area to receive visitors and to provide a productive and attractive workplace for their employees.

The existing mezzanine was removed to create a 25-foot, floor-to-roof open space for the reception, open office, and break areas that runs from the front to the back of the structure. Skylights were added to the roof, existing mezzanine windows were retained, and new windows were added at the front and back of the space.  A small, open mezzanine was added near the back that houses an employee conference room above and an I.T. room below.  This mezzanine also divides the open office from the break room at the rear, which opens onto a new back patio for employees.  At the front, a seven-foot-high partition screens the open office from the reception area, private offices, a conference room for visitors and new restrooms.  The entire exterior was painted, landscaped, a new screen for the building transformer was added and the parking area was resurfaced and restriped.

Project Profile: Eviva Mission Bay

Eviva Mission Bay, designed by LDA Architects, Inc. offered imposing challenges that were developed into unique design opportunities. The property is situated between established, industrial buildings, with a railroad yard and a freeway ramp to the north and a budding residential neighborhood to the south. It is an odd-shaped lot that presses tightly against the curve of the off-ramp. This created a few challenges for any units along the north side – the quality of life for the residents of those units is important to protect. Light, air and views became paramount concerns in the design of those units. Environmental issues created by the traffic noise and air quality compound the burden.

The design team wanted to shield those units from the challenges imposed by the freeway, yet pay homage to the industrial history of the neighborhood. To accomplish this, LDA proposed a corrugated steel skin to buffer the noise and to offer the impression of a protective barrier – using Corten steel of highway guard rails and the siding of choice for heavy, industrial buildings. This skin floats above the parking level, curving in response to the sweeping arc of the off-ramp and wrapping around the east to present this materiality to the descending traffic.

Balcony rails appear to “peel away” from the exterior metal, for added texture while offering protection to the shallow balconies behind them. Clad in a perforated version of the corrugated siding, they match the long, random panels that cover the numerous exhaust vents that are now invisible behind these masks. Wide, shallow windows channel interior views towards the distant San Francisco skyline, and in sync with the peeling balconies and long, perforated vents, reduce the frenetic pace of the freeway.

Along Berry Street, the scale of the neighborhood changes, as does the façade. This is the residential side of the site. This south facing side is much more open, bright and playful. A seemingly random assortment of bays, balconies and recesses are apparent among the grid that dominates the pattern down to a pedestrian level. The street level contains private stoops with bright, unique colored doors that define the personal space of these garden units. The skin is embellished with glass bars that are inset to refract light and promote interest to passing pedestrians. Windows along this south side face the sidewalk to create a connection between residents and their passing neighbors.

The interior courtyard at the podium level adjoins the open space at the neighboring development, creating a larger area of light and air. A fitness room sits below a living roof, clad in the corrugated metal of the north side, while colorful patterns replicate the look and feel of the streetscape, allowing for a conjoining of the two languages at the garden.