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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.

John Lewis Architectural Glass Studio Tour

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Location: John Lewis Studio, 10229 Pearmain Street, Oakland
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1.5 CES LUs

Join the Small Firm Forum for an inspiring tour and large-scale demonstration at John Lewis Architectural Glass Studios. The studio has created a diverse collection of cast glass sculptures, decorative vessels, and one of a kind tables, benches, and pedestals.

John Lewis Glass has been producing the finest architectural cast glass since 1969 when John Lewis opened his studio in Oakland, California. Since then, the studio has created a diverse collection of cast glass sculptures, art glass bowls, decorative vessels, and one-of-a-kind tables, benches, and pedestals. Today, the studio continues to push the envelope at executing the vision of architects, landscape architects, and designers worldwide.

John Lewis Glass collaborates on site-specific architectural projects and special commissions, incorporating its hand-crafted cast glass into immense and unique sculptural and functional designs in a variety of environments. JLG also works with interior and landscape designers to execute unique furniture and functional cast glass designs that add distinction and value to projects. From a pool-side bench to flights of glass stair treads to custom-coated countertops, the applications for cast glass are endless. Limited-edition art glass pieces can also be commissioned as originally designed or custom tailored to harmonize with specific installations.

About the Studio:

John Lewis Glass has been producing the finest architectural cast glass since 1969 when John Lewis opened his studio in Oakland, California. Since then, the studio has created a diverse collection of cast glass sculptures, art glass bowls, decorative vessels, and one-of-a-kind tables and benches.

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. See how cast glass is made and how it can be used creatively in their own projects.
  2. Learn about the many potential applications of cast glass.
  3. Learn about the strength, durability, and functionality of cast glass.
  4. Be able to list advantages of cast glass over other cast materials.

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.

Design Tour: Guide Dogs for The Blind Student Residence

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Meeting Point: Guide Dogs for the Blind Residence (in front of the residence), 350 Los Ranchitos Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903. Parking is available all around the building. Please note this is a walking tour and attendees should be comfortable walking or standing for the duration of the tour. Attendees are welcome to bring walkers/chairs/canes.

Price: $5 AIA members and Employees of Chapter Member Firms / $10 Non-Members
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**Space is limited, register now to be sure of reserving a spot**

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1.5 CES LUs

Architect: Studio Bondy Architecture
Photograper: Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography

AIA East Bay and AIA San Francisco invite members and the public to join us as Project Architect Ted Arleo and Laura Rambin, AIA lead a tour of Studio Bondy’s new Guide Dogs for the Blind Student Residence in San Rafael.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is dedicated to providing people who are visually impaired with the opportunity to experience what a powerful partnership with a guide dog can mean—not only to their mobility, but to their quality of life. Every aspect of the built environment was considered part of the learning experience for students and their dogs — from dining to outdoor dog runs and dog relieving areas — and aims to reflect the students’ everyday environment so that the instruction they receive with their guide dog will transfer to real-world application.

The new Student Residence we’ll be touring serves as the primary living quarters for students while enrolled in a formal two week in-residence training program with their guide dogs. The facility includes guest suites, classrooms, dining room and kitchen, fitness room with spa, student lounge, and assembly room, as well as space for staff and volunteers. The project was designed to meet the City of San Rafael green building ordinance, which at that time was LEED Silver.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Residence, Studio Bondy Architect, Ken Gutmaker Photographer

Photo: Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography


We will also tour the kennel complex which includes the puppy kennel, training kennels, training equipment, the kennel kitchen, and the vet clinic.

Cathedral of Christ the Light Tour: A Case Study Brought to Life

2014-06-16 13.33.11 (1)Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA

Sold Out

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 3 CES LUs


Presented by Woodworks

Architecturally stunning, the Cathedral of Christ the Light features a space-frame structure comprised of a glulam and steel-rod skeleton veiled with a glass skin. Twenty-six, 110-foot glulam Douglas-fir ribs curve to the roof to form the framework for the sanctuary superstructure. A total of 724 closely spaced glulam “louver” members interconnect and provide lateral bracing for inner rib members. Through the use of advanced seismic techniques, including base isolation, the structure has been designed to withstand a 1,000-year earthquake. This combined workshop and tour will give participants an in-depth understanding of the design, coordination, fabrication and construction of this unique project. The project architect, engineer, general contractor and timber-frame subcontractor will walk attendees through both the design process and the building itself, addressing topics such as acoustics, functionality and innovative detailing. A panel discussion with the speakers will help the audience understand how custom fabricated timber elements can be successfully used in a project.

Please click here to view the full itinerary.

About the Presenters:

David M. Diamond, AIA
Senior Technical Designer for Cathedral of Christ the Light
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP,

Eric Long, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, M. ASCE
Senior Structural Engineer
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP,

Paul Gilham, P.E,, S.E.
Vice President and Chief Engineer
Western Wood Structures, Inc

Todd Mercer, LEED AP
Project Director for the Cathedral of Christ the Light
Webcor Builders

Learning Objectives:

1. Discover how large timber elements can be incorporated into an exposed structural system to achieve acoustic requirements and striking appeal.
2. Consider how preconceptions about wood and fire can be overcome by applying fire engineering principles with the use of timber elements, even in the design of large assemply spaces.
3. Understand the wood structural system used to accommodate the extreme seismic condition.
4. Discuss the process associated with the Cathedral of Christ the Light project, highlighting topics such as building functionality, fabrication, community impact, permit approvals, inspection and budgeting.


Net Zero Energy Center Tour A Success

By Joel Carico, AIA

On Friday, August 15, 2014, the Net Zero Energy Center hosted a design tour and reception for AIA East Bay and guests. Galen Grant, AIA of FCGA and Center Executive Director Byron Benton jointly explained the story behind the project and the design process. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions and there were many.

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This was a more mixed group than usual with only about half the attendees being AIA members, and the others members of the public, contractors, USGBC and Build it Green Members. Having such a mixed group had a positive effect on the tour in a way I can’t quite define. At the end of the tour, which was a full 90 minutes, we were encouraged to stay for a wonderful reception hosted by the Center. Everyone stayed for quite a while and there was a lot of pleasant conversation. We were happy to have the extra time with Galen Grant, AIA who delved deeper into the design process of the project—and we grilled him heavily! All in all, it was time well spent.

Wine and Learn – Chateau Montelena Historic Preservation Tour

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
3:00PM – 6:30PM

Chateau Montelena Winery, 1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515
Cost: $20 AIA Members; $30 Non-AIA Members; $15 Emerging Professionals
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Join AIA Redwood Empire and AIA East Bay for a tour, wine and food pairing reception and AIA CES presentation at the famous Chateau Montelena Winery, subject of the Bottle Shock movie. At the event, you and your colleagues will enjoy a lively discussion about the challenges and successes of the recently completed Seismic Rehabilitation of the historic Winery Cellar. The design team received a 2013 Preservation Design Award for outstanding achievement in the field of Historic Preservation from the California Preservation Foundation.

Tour and Presentation by:

Alissa McNair, AIA, Architect, Patrick Mervin + Associates

David Cooper, Lead Structural Engineer, ZFA Structural Engineers

Naomi Miroglio, AIA Historic Architect and Consultant, Architectural Resources Group

Mark Davis, President, Wright Contracting Inc.

Cameron Parry, Winemaker, Chateau Montelena


Design Tour: Park Alameda

Join us for a Tour and Lunch at The Park Alameda

Friday, June 14, 2013
11:30am – 1:00pm
2428 Central Avenue, Alameda

Cost: AIA Members $10, Non Members $15 includes lunch. Please RSVP by noon, Thursday, June 13.

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1.5 CES LUs

Anne Phillips, AIA and project manager Laura Allen, AIA lead a lunchtime design tour of the newly redesigned Park Alameda designed by Anne Phillips Architecture

The Park Alameda project transformed an infamously blighted and crime ridden 1970’s motel, located in downtown Alameda, into 62 units of affordable workforce housing.

The project included a radical redesign of the facade, complete renovation of the living units, and the addition of two new buildings and a courtyard where a deteriorated parking lot was once located. The project achieved a high green point rating through an overhaul of the MEP systems, cool roofs, a rooftop solar thermal system, sun shades, low flow plumbing fixtures, and energy efficient lighting.

The metal sun shades, guardrails, sculptural metal bays and polycarbonite siding at the exterior stair break up the massing of the monolithic building volume and enliven streetscape. Vibrant colors and materials transform this project into a new downtown landmark.

Learning objectives:
Attendees will be able to

  • identify three key points of how to effectively renovate a blighted motel into affordable housing to encourage neighborhood stabilization;
  • state three ways to integrate sustainable, renewable building materials into lower-cost projects;
  • name three to five ways the project achieved a high Green Point rating;
  • identify design elements that connect the building to its surrounding community.

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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.

Design For Aging: Merritt Crossing Tour

Design For Aging Regional Committee Meeting (all are welcome!)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
No rsvps–just go!

Merritt Crossing Tour
609 Oak Street at Sixth Street
Oakland, CA

Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Located at the edge of Oakland’s Chinatown, this new high-density development will provide 70 apartments for low income seniors. Amenities include on-site social services, non-profit offices, a community room and a garden courtyard. The innovation design features rainscreen cladding, high performance insulation, vegetated wall panels, filtered ventilation and solar water/photovoltaic panels. The project is expected to achieve a Platinum level under the LEED for Homes Midrise Pilot Program as well as GreenPoints, Energy Star and Bay Friendly certification.

Currently under construction, completion is anticipated to be June 2012.

Owner:  Affordable Housing Associates, Berkeley, CA


No rsvps–just go!