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Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, California by EHDD

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Article source: EHDD

Marin Country Day School’s Strategic Plan aspires to make ecological literacy an integral part of its curriculum, and to reinforce the students’ sense of connection with nature on their very special site. Throughout the design process we worked to develop synergies between the physical campus and the school’s educational program that would allow students to creatively tackle real, local issues using all the tools at their disposal. The students participated in the design process, researched options, documented the construction, monitored results, and taught their parents about the buildings once they were complete.

Image Courtesy © Michael David Rose 

  • Architects: EHDD
  • Project: Marin Country Day School Learning Resource Center and Courtyard
  • Location: Corte Madera, California, USA
  • Photography: Josh Partee, Cesar Rubio & Michael David Rose
  • Project Owner: Marin Country Day School
  • Project Completion Date: March, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Education – K-12 School
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 33,740 square feet
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $12,520,279.00

Charles David Keeling Apartments in La Jolla, California by KieranTimberlake

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Article source: KieranTimberlake

The Charles David Keeling Apartments are located on the southwestern edge of the UC San Diego campus overlooking the coastal cliffs of La Jolla. Named for the scientist whose research first alerted the world to the possibility of the human impact on global atmospheric carbon, the apartments employ a suite of tactics to address Southern California’s pressing environmental challenges of stormwater management, water scarcity, and carbon emissions.

Image courtesy KieranTimberlake 

  • Architects: KieranTimberlake
  • Project: Charles David Keeling Apartments
  • Location: 10280 North Torrey Pines Road, Suite 470, La Jolla, California, USA
  • Project Owner: University of California San Diego
  • Project Completion Date: August, 2011
  • Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
  • Project Type: Education – College/University (campus-level)
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 147,000 square feet
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $46,000,000
  • Software used: Revit, 3DStudio Max, Grasshopper, and a variety of analysis tools

355 11th Street The Matarozzi/Pelsinger Multi-Use Building in San Francisco, California by Aidlin Darling Design

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Article source: Aidlin Darling Design

355 Eleventh is a LEED-NC Gold adaptive reuse of a historic and previously derelict turn-of-the-century industrial building. The owner’s intention was to adapt the existing warehouse located in the industrial SOMA area of San Francisco into a multi-tenant office building. In evaluating the building and its relationship to the site and the neighborhood, the architects advocated for the inclusion of a restaurant within the building to bring a more public use to the area.

Image courtesy Aidlin Darling Design 

  • Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
  • Project: 355 11th Street: The Matarozzi/Pelsinger Multi-Use Building
  • Location: 355 11th Street, San Francisco, California 94103, USA
  • Project Owner: Matarozzi/Pelsinger Builders
  • Project Completion Date: August, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type:
    Food Service Restaurant/Cafeteria
    Mixed – Use
    Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 14,000 square feet

J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California by ZGF Architects

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Article source: ZGF Architects

With completion of the new J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla, later this year, San Diegans will have more reason to be proud of its reputation for being the nation’s leader in high-tech science and innovation and home of more Nobel Prize winning scientists than any other city.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (www.mccarthy.com), one of the nation’s premiere research laboratory builders, this week topped off the last concrete pour for the three-story, 45,000-square-foot laboratory facility, located on a 1.75-acre scenic coastal site at 4120 Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, Calif., within the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. Zimmer GunsulFrasca Architects (ZGF) is the architect.

McCarthy Tops Out Concrete Construction for J. Craig Venter Institute on UCSD Campus : Image Courtesy © Steve Whalen 

  • Architects: ZGF Architects
  • Project: J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla
  • Location: La Jolla, California, USA
  • Photography: Steve Whalen
  • Project Built: McCarthy Building Companies

The Barry Berkus Malibu Beach House in California

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Article source: MariSol Malibu

One of the last residential homes in the legendary career of architectural genius Barry Berkus is a spectacular Malibu beach house located in MariSol, the award-winning 80-acre, 17 estate luxury Malibu real estate community. The Spanish Estate is a brand new contemporary, Spanish-style, fully furnished, single-story masterpiece elevated on a 102 ft blufftop with 130 ft of oceanfront over one of the best surf beaches in Malibu, County Line Beach.

Image Courtesy MariSol Malibu

  • Architect: Barry Berkus
  • Project Leader: MariSol Malibu
  • Project: The Barry Berkus Malibu Beach House
  • Location: Malibu, California

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Fenix in San Rafael, California

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group

Beyond the traditional amenities of fine dining, exotic libations, and live music, the Fenix introduces a template for a new form of creative and social interaction — on site and online.  Conceived by Laura van Galen, a visionary Bay Area CEO, the new 150-seat super club has been designed to share live performances by talented indigenous and celebrated world-renowned artists with a local, national and eventually international audience on location and over the web at www.livestream.com/fenixlive.

Image Courtesy © John Merkl 

  • Acoustical consultants: WSDG
  • Project: FENIX – MARIN COUNTY’S NEW MECA OF DREAMS AND STREAMS
  • Location: San Rafael, California, USA
  • Photography: John Merkl

The Gold Line Bridge in Arcadia, California by Andrew Leicester

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Article source: Andrew Leicester 

As the largest, single public art/transit infrastructure project in California, we believe the Gold Line Bridge would be a very unique and special entry for coverage. The Gold Line Bridge has set many precedents. The Construction Authority wanted the art to lead the engineering, so an artist was hired before the architect and contractor. In 2010, the Construction Authority put out a national call and selected Andrew Leicester, an award-winning public artist from Minnesota.

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority : Image Courtesy Andrew Leicester 

  • Artist: Andrew Leicester
  • Project: The Gold Line Bridge
  • Location: San Gabriel Valley, California
  • Date: Completed December 15, 2012
  • Dimensions: 584-linear feet (115 feet between the centerlines of the two signature baskets)
  • Materials: Concrete with steel reinforcement (the project required 6,500 cubic yards of concrete and 1.3 million pounds of steel)
  • Art Concept Advisor: Andrew Leicester
  • Architect/Designer: AECOM
  • Contractor: Skanska USA Civil West
  • Commissioner/Owner: The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
  • Software used: 
    • Microstation V8i 3D for architectural design
    • For structural calculations:
      • SAP2000
      • VBridge
      • VBent
      • XTRACT
      • LPile
    • For structural calculations:
      • WinBDS
      • BrgABUT
    • For Hydrology/Hydraulics
      • LA County TC_Calculator
      • Bentley Flowmaster
    • For Alignment Design
      • InRoads

Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center in Acradia, California by McCarthy Building Companies

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Article source: McCarthy Building Companies

A 60-year old wish for the community of Arcadia has finally come true with the opening of Arcadia Unified School District’s new $20 million Performing Arts Center. It was the District’s intent to build an auditorium in 1952 when the high school was originally constructed, but there was no funding.  Due to the passage of Bond Measure I in 2006, the District finally had a chance to fulfill this community’s enduring dream.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have realized the dream of providing our students, faculty and community members with a world class performing arts venue that will become a home for the arts in Arcadia,” said AUSD Superintendent Dr. Joel Shawn. “All aspects of the arts are an essential component of a rigorous education for our students and a healthy, vibrant community.”

Arcadia High School’s new $20 million Performing Arts Center. Built by McCarthy Building Companies, the steel frame structure features a modern glass, smooth plaster and brick exterior : Image Courtesy © RMA Photography 

  • General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
  • Architect: LPA
  • Project: Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center
  • Location: Acradia, California, USA
  • Photography: RMA Photography
  • Rendering Credit: LPA of Irvine, California

Plateau Residence in California, United States by Michael Hennessey Architecture

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Article source: Michael Hennessey Architecture

This 5-acre parcel is defined by a challenging topography along with an abundance of native oak trees. The client for this single-family residence requested a direct connection between the interior spaces and the surrounding landscape. The resultant strategy was to place all of the living/sleeping/working areas into a single main level to maximize the immediate relationship to the land. The massing of the building is seen as a respectful addition to the existing topography.

Image Courtesy Michael Hennessey Architecture

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La Valentina Station in Sacramento, California by David Baker + Partners Architects

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Article source: David Baker + Partners Architects

For more than two decades, a high-crime light-rail station stopping at a toxic empty lot; now, a sustainable affordable family housing development and new gateway to downtown.

La Valentina Station brings 63-units of affordable rental housing for families to a previously desolate city site. The development bolsters the local sewer, electrical and storm-water infrastructure and brings compact, transit-oriented homes to the neglected area.

The entry plaza in the evening. Image: Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: David Baker + Partners Architects
  • Project: La Valentina Station
  • Location: Sacramento, California, USA
  • Developer: Domus Development
  • Landscape Architect: Garth Ruffner Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Consultant: Fletcher Studio
  • Contractor: Brown Construction
  • Software used: Revit

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