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Pleasant Hill Senior Center

Pleasant Hill Senior Center

This 22,000 s.f. project represents our ongoing involvement with designing projects for the aging population. The project includes a pre-function lobby, main assembly room for 400 people, dining hall, commercial and catering kitchen facilities, dance studio, lounge, crafts, classrooms, and administrative spaces. Site work includes changes over the entire 17 acre park to gray water irrigation, aquatic center modifications, installation of new bocce ball courts and a creative statement to green design in the form of a pedestrian entry arcade serpentined with a central bio-swale.

Erewhon Venice

Erewhon Venice

HKA served as the architect of record with assistance from the design architect, Electric Bowery with the renovation of an existing 10,400 square foot brick and wood bow truss building that formerly was a retail clothing store into an organic grocery store for Erewhon Market in their new location in Venice California. The grocery store included sales floor area, food prep and kitchen area, storage and grocery support areas. The project included coordination of the refrigeration system, kitchen equipment coordination along with the mechanical and electrical systems for the new store and structural modifications with the new foundation slab and roof framing modifications.

California Grand Exterior

California Grand Exterior

Located in Pacheco, CA, the California Grand Casino has been a landmark destination for gaming in the region since 1979. Due to its growing popularity, on July 30, 2009, the casino relocated and expanded into an existing 18,000 square foot building. The exterior has been improved to have a more contemporary appearance, which has greatly enhanced the quality of the neighborhood.

California Grand Interior

California Grand Interior

The interior spaces were designed with amenities such as a new upscale gaming area, a lobby with a lavish bar, and a restaurant, all of which included custom wood detailing and decorative lighting. Careful attention was given to the character of the spaces created to allow for more intimate gaming experiences, instead of the large scale and impersonal experiences found in many of the bigger casinos.

Patten University Chapel

Patten University Chapel

We serve as the campus architect for this urban university campus in Oakland, CA. Over the last 15 years we have been responsible for the master planning of the campus, design for their Student Activity Center, men’s and women’s dormitory buildings, prayer chapel, laboratory classrooms, music building renovations, administrative building renovations and many others. Projects currently in the early design stage include their new learning center/library and student union building.

Pleasant Hill Teen Center

Pleasant Hill Teen Center

We are providing this much needed amenity to replace the extremely modest existing facility. The new Center contains a main lounge area, game room, meeting room, snack shack which will serve the Center as well as pool patrons and the general park population, new park toilets and maintenance vehicle and equipment storage.

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT FRONT

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT FRONT

"Designing an attractive building does not have to be expensive it just requires some thought". Really the approach to this design was to use cost saving measures as a tool to enhance the building and not take away from it.

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT

Utilizing the unfinished exposed roof trusses as a design statement to incorporating the duct work running through the openings in the trusses and light fixtures hung from the bottom chords of the trusses to enhance the overall feel of the space.

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT MAIN ROOM

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT MAIN ROOM

We tried to incorporate as many natural textures as possible. For structural reasons we had to use concrete to construct the walls that were facing the street sides. We could have used CMU but this would have looked too unnatural so we opted to use the rough sawn wood forms for the concrete walls so that some of that wood texture would telegraph to the surface of the concrete to give it some interest. Ultimately, we were very happy with the end result.

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT INTERIOR

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT INTERIOR

In the end, for this particular specialty development it was more cost effective to leave the ceiling unfinished but also gave the space a very simplistic, modern, and industrial feel.

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT INTERIOR MAIN ROOM

GREAT CHINA RESTAURANT INTERIOR …

Everything was kind of a "kill two birds with one stone" type of approach. For example, the wood that was used for the exterior and some of the interior siding were sourced from re-purposed wood (old olive brining barrels). It was more affordable to use this type of wood, not to mention very "green" to use recycled wood. Furthermore, the quality of the wood was much better since it was old growth wood and the grains were much tighter.