Project Profile – Public Market complex in Emeryville
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Project Information and description
OWNER: City Center Realty Partners, LLC, 170 Grant Ave. 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA
TENANT: Callisto Media, The Public Market, 6005 Shellmound Street, Emeryville, CA
CONTRACTOR: Plant Construction Company, LP, 300 Newhall Street, San Francisco, CA
ARCHITECT: Banducci Associates Architects, Inc., 7011 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA
INTERIOR DESIGN: Banducci Associates Architects, Inc., 7011 Koll Center Parkway, Pleasanton, CA
PHOTOGRAPHY: Scott Hargis Photo, 155 Filbert Street, Suite 254, Oakland, CA
The project is located at the Public Market complex in Emeryville, a 270,000 square foot mixed use development that features retail, office and an artisan food hall. This office renovation of a two-story, 17,350 square foot space was a complete transformation of the existing build-out. The space was completed gutted and repurposed, from a dated athletic club to modern offices for a book publishing and communication services company. The central staircase was retained, creating a visual and physical connection between the two floors, which were left mostly open with glass walled meeting rooms on the perimeter. Both floors have exposed brick walls and the first level features an open kitchen/break area that also serves as a central gathering space. The ceiling was opened up exposing the new mechanical ducts, existing roof structure, insulation and pendant light fixtures.
The plan was left open to promote collaborative work flow process required by the client’s business operations. Large, medium and small conference rooms surround the open work space to provide quiet work and meeting spaces when required. The conference rooms are enclosed with frameless glass limiting the visual obstructions and further enforcing the open plan concept. Light floor material in the conference rooms distinguish them from the rest of the work spaces and allow the perimeter to feel light and open. Natural light flows abundantly into the second floor through banks of skylights and exposed wood trusses and fills the open office space, reducing the need for electric lighting and promoting a healthy work environment. The ceiling was painted white to bounce natural light deep into the space and onto the work surfaces.
The material palette consists of polished concrete floors, linear carpet tiles and wood laminate cabinetry. A pop of orange punches up the visual presence of the solid walls and creates anchored backdrops for users. This can be seen in the break area where new white and wood casework is surrounded by vibrant orange walls.