News and Press

January 22, 2015

BAR Welcomes Architect Tom Nelson

San Francisco, CA – A LEED Fellow and founding board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the USGBC, Tom is committed to designing buildings which harness natural systems and minimize their impact on the environment. “In my work at colleges and universities, this commitment has been a major factor in helping me to create an architectural aesthetic that is bio-climatically responsive while creating humane space that is authentic in its context.”

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January 01, 2015

BAR becomes official signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment

San Francisco, CA – BAR is pleased to announce that we are official signatories to the AIA 2030 Commitment, a national initiative that provides firms with the framework to report building design performance, while working to achieve carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.

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October 23, 2014

BAR Welcomes Bradley Sugarman

Bradley has developed his design expertise in hospitality and multifamily environments by blending his passion for living an urban lifestyle with his approach to modern architectural design; simple, relevant and sustainable. Having the opportunity to plan and design over 15 projects throughout the Bay Area has helped establish his urban sensibility.

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August 18, 2014

BAR-designed Schroeder Hall to debut at Green Music Center

Rohnert Park, CA – When it debuts this weekend, Sonoma State University’s new Schroeder Hall, a short walk from the Green Music Center’s renowned concert venue, is set to offer the campus and community something different. The 250-seat recital hall, across the lawn seating area behind the 1,400-seat Weill Hall, will provide a more intimate space for live music by both local and guest artists as well as a place for students to learn, rehearse and perform.

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August 15, 2014

Upscale, luxury apartments coming to downtown Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA – 17th Place, a $6.7 million complex, will occupy 1.34 acres in downtown Bakersfield. "17th Place will soon be considered the touchstone for luxury urban living in Bakersfield," the developer's press release reads. "17th Place will fill a need for renters who seek the excitement and convenience of living in an upscale urban setting." The complex will comprise two-story living spaces over tandem parking garages -- one vehicle behind the other. Every unit gets a private garage and a front stoop; every unit has two bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms, and all but six will be 1,160 square feet. The other six are corner units, 1,250 square feet each. Interior appointments -- appliances and some finishes -- are still being determined, but the project's designer, Daniel Cater of BAR Architects in San Francisco, said the goal is a modern atmosphere."I'm excited, too, for the potential of this part of downtown really threading together," said Cater, a Bakersfield native who has known the Smiths for years. "There's sort of the west side and the east side of downtown, and I think the central part has not been in the forefront. This provides a great linkage for residents. The 15-minute walk radius for this site is amazing."

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July 23, 2014

Mixing Art & Life at 1645 Pacific Avenue

San Francisco, CA – 1645 Pacific Avenue is designed with an aesthetic and a desire for "artistic" living. The street front, which incorporates an historic structure already on the site, is a lively composition of sculptural elements, bays, traditional windows, and wrought iron. As expected, the interiors are just as well considered and edited.

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July 18, 2014

BAR-designed faculty housing part of residential growth at Stanford

Palo Alto, CA – Stanford University anticipates starting construction in the fourth quarter on a 17-acre residential project that will add housing for Stanford faculty. It’s the first housing ever built in the Stanford-owned research park, a 700-acre, 10-million-square-foot commercial juggernaut. “It has a slightly different mission,” said David Israel, a principal with BAR Architects in San Francisco, who is working on the design of one piece of the project. “It’s a reflection of the university, of their commitment to the faculty, and will help them recruit and retain.”

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July 17, 2014

38 Dolores featured for its impressive outdoor space

San Francisco, CA – Outdoor amenities at newly built condo and rental buildings in San Francisco have become a big deal. Roof decks with spots to grill and gather are practically standard-issue, while some properties have installed outdoor pools and cabanas. CurbedSF pulled together a list of 10 of the buildings with the best outdoor spaces around the city, from the butterfly garden at 38 Dolores to the saline lap pool at NEMA.

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June 26, 2014

BAR received top honors at PCBC 51st Annual Gold Nugget Awards Ceremony

San Francisco, CA – Architects, Interior Designers, Contractors, Developers, and a host of industry insiders gathered to applaud the best of the best in architectural design at the PCBC 51st Annual Gold Nugget Awards Ceremony. Three BAR-design projects came away with top honors. 38 Dolores earned two Grand Awards: Attached Residential Project of the Year, and Best Multifamily Housing Project over 60 du/acre. Earning Awards of Merit were 636 El Camino Real for Best Affordable Project – 30 to 60 du/acre, and 2130 Post for Best Renovated or Restored Project.

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June 15, 2014

Space and Flow - BAR featured in July issue of Wines & Vines

Paso Robles, CA – Principal Jeff Goodwin was interviewed for the July issue of Wines & Vines, in the article, "Space and Flow", about how successful winery design leads to efficient wine making. BAR-designed Law Winery in Paso Robles, CA, was featured as well, highlighting their gravity-flow production.

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June 01, 2014

Two BAR projects earn high marks from USGBC

Two BAR projects recently received high marks from the USGBC. The UC Davis Segundo Services Center, in Davis, CA, earned LEED Platinum certification. The mixed-use, multifamily community 38 Dolores, with 81 residential units and a 30,000 sf Whole Foods Market, was awarded LEED Gold certification.

May 19, 2014

BAR Wins 4 Awards of Merit at the 2014 Gold Nugget Awards

San Francisco, CA – BAR Architects is the winner of four Awards of Merit for the 2014 Gold Nugget Awards. These awards draw entries throughout the United States and internationally and honors architectural design and planning excellence. BAR's winning projects are: 2130 Post St. in the Renovated Project category, 636 El Camino in the Affordable Project 30 to 60 du/acre category, 38 Dolores St. in the Multifamily Housing category and 38 Dolores St. in the Residential Project of the Year category. Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards will be announced on June 26 as a feature highlight of PCBC®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field.

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April 30, 2014

BAR Architects is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm for 2014

April, 2014 – BAR Architects is listed as a Top 500 Firm in the Engineering News-Record 2014 Top 500 Firm list. This list ranks the largest 500 architectural firms and is ranked by architectural revenue data.

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March 28, 2014

38 Dolores is a 2014 SF Business Times Finalist

San Francisco, CA – 38 Dolores St., the 81-unit mixed-use development of BAR Architects and The Prado Group, Inc., is a San Francisco Business Times Real Estate Deal of the Year finalist for 2014. This award honors the boldest and most creative real estate deals done in the Bay Area for the year of 2014. The Prado Group, Inc.and BAR Architects worked with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and 42 other stakeholder groups to ensure that 38 Dolores met the communities needs. 38 Dolores is a finalist for the Market-rate/Residential/San Francisco category

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March 19, 2014

Ground breaks on BAR Architects' $70M Apartment Building

Long Beach, CA – Friday, March 21, Anderson Pacific LLC will break ground on The Current tower, a 17-story, 232-unit property and first tower to be buillt in the two-tower Shoreline Gateway project. Designed by BAR Architects, this mixed-use property will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, penthouses and retail on the ground floor. A catalyst in the resurging Long Beach real estate market, The Current is the first ground-up high-rise apartment building built in Long Beach since the recession and is targeting young professionals as residents. This project is expected to be LEED-Gold certified prior completion.

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March 04, 2014

Six Story Folsom Street Development Rendered, Dubbed 99 Rausch

San Francisco, CA – The Local Development Group has officially filed their application to raze the former Bay Lighting & Design building and adjacent parking lot on the northeast corner of Folsom and Rausch and construct a mixed-use development with 112 residential units, 5,600 square feet of ground floor retail, and 100 parking stalls on the West SoMa site. While currently known as the 1140 Folsom Street project, the development which is being designed by BAR Architects will be dubbed 99 Rausch.

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February 17, 2014

Work to begin on Gunbarrel Center in March

Boulder, CO – More than a decade in planning, the BAR-designed Gunbarrel Center mixed-use development is slated to break ground by the end of March. Situated on about 9.3 acres at the southwest corner of Gunpark Drive and Lookout Road, Gunbarrel Center will include 251 market-rate apartments and about 29,000 square feet of commercial space spread out among 14 three-story buildings to the east of Gunbarrel's King Soopers grocery store.

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January 15, 2014

BAR-designed Dolores Heights Residence in San Francisco featured in February issue of Architectural Digest

On a slender hilside lot in San Francisco, celebrated antiques dealer Ed Hardy builds a Spanish-inspired house whose lush terraces and gracious rooms offer respite from urban bustle. For inspriation, Hardy and Richard Beard of BAR Architects turned to the 1920s mansions of George Washington Smith. To read more and view the stunning photos, pick up your copy of the latest issue of Architectural Digest, now on newstands, or click on the link below to go to Architectural Digest online.

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January 10, 2014

38 Dolores a stylish but subdued addition to Upper Market

The recently completed 38 Dolores continues to recieve notice, including an article by San Francisco Chronicle architectural critic John King, "This one commands notice because of the prominence of the block-long site, at the crest where Dolores Street's march of palm trees concludes and Market begins its long descent to the Ferry Building. With no shortage of design cues to choose from, Prado Group and BAR Architects chose a contemporary look and then adapted it to the existing contexts on each side."

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November 14, 2013

38 Dolores Grand Opening Celebration

San Francisco, CA – Some of San Francisco's top architects and developers welcomed VIPs, apartment-hunters, politicians, and press to the ribbon-cutting and celebration of one of the city's newest addresses—38 Dolores in the red-hot Castro/Mission districts. Noted attendees included members of the developer firm The Prado Group, the BAR Architects team, Supervisor Scott Weiner and former Supervisor Bevan Dufty. Guests enjoyed music by DJ Dylan Mahoney while enjoying food catered by the building's own Whole Foods Market, and viewing the gorgeous SF views from balconies of model units.

See event photos and read about the opening at 7x7 SF
November 11, 2013

Team Sand Gogh wins Silver at this year's Leap Sandcastle contest

San Francisco, CA – The sun was shining on Ocean Beach when teams started digging at this year's Leap Sandcastle Building Contest. The Sand Gogh team from Redding Elementary won silver with their sandcastle commemorating San Francisco landmarks. Sand Gogh teamed with professionals from BAR Architects, Blach Construction, KPFF Consulting Engineers and Project Frog. Leap provides arts education programs to more than 30 schools and 7,000 students across the San Francisco Bay Area. The sandcastle contest is Leap’s primary fundraiser.

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November 08, 2013

38 Dolores: An Extra Sensory Experience

San Francisco, CA – 7x7 SF featured newly opened 38 Dolores, the BAR-designed multifamily community in SF's Upper Market area at Dolores and Market streets. As they note, "Offering the ultimate experience of urban living with the combination of awesome amenities plus central location, 38 Dolores is pretty much everybody's dream address."

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November 02, 2013

BAR-designed 38 Dolores adds to upscale housing in SF's Upper Market area

San Francisco, CA – 38 Dolores, the new 81-unit apartment community at Market and Dolores, which offers an herb garden, butterfly habitat, on-site car sharing and a Whole Foods Market on the first floor, is "the place for your urban lifestyle," according to its calling card. Dan Safier, founder and president of developer The Prado Group, weighs in on the recent housing additions to the Upper Market area.

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October 24, 2013

BAR designs four new retail buildings at Stanford Shopping Center

Palo Alto, CA – Stanford Shopping Center is adding four new retail buildings without changing its total footprint. Mall operator Simon Properties is working with BAR Architects of San Francisco on the design, The Guzzardo Partnership on the landscape, Holmes Culley on the engineering and Lighting Design Alliance on lighting fixtures. In addition to the new shop space, the refresh also includes a major update of the center's aesthetics, including facade improvements to existing shop buildings and a new landscaping plan.

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October 14, 2013

BAR is Changing San Francisco Neighborhoods

San Francisco, CA - BAR 's newest urban infill project 38 Dolores / 2001 Market Street was featured in San Francisco Magazine's article "Cranespotting" which highlights the 50 groundbreaking, zeitgeist-revealing projects that are reshaping San Francisco right now. The 81-unit, mixed use project was listed is the featurette "Cranespotting: Nabe Changers" as one of the 18 apartment buildings in San Francisco that are indelibly altering their neighborhoods.

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October 04, 2013

San Francisco Business Times asks three questions of BAR

San Francisco, CA - J.K. Dineen, a real estate reporter with the San Francisco Business Times, sat down with BAR Architects Principal Chris Haegglund to talk about 55 Laguna and other projects the firm has going on in San Francisco.

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October 02, 2013

Alta Laguna multiamily project featured in San Francisco Business Times

San Francisco, CA - Wood Partners has started demolition of the non-historic structures on the 5.8-acre development at 55 Laguna St., a $150 million project, designed by BAR Architects, that will total 330 market-rate rental apartments.

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September 16, 2013

Story of A Store: AEO Times Square

New York, NY – At 30,000 square feet, the American Eagle Outfitters Times Square store is the largest in their fleet—and more than 40,000 customers walk through its doors every week. In July, they debuted a newly redesigned layout of the flagship store, designed in conjunction with BAR Architects. AEO spoke with their Director of International Brand Presentation to learn more about what goes into redesigning a store and the inspiration behind the new look of the Times Square store.

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September 14, 2013

BAR-designed projects included in Unbuilt San Francisco: Ambition and Imagination exhibition

Curated by John King, San Francisco urban design critic, and Waverly Lowell, Curator, CED Environmental Design Archives, this five-venue exhibition showcased architectural visions for the region that never came to be.

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September 10, 2013

BAR Architects named one of top 50 US architectual firms

San Francisco, CA - BAR Architects were honored by ARCHITECT Magainze by being ranked #47 in their annual ranking of US architectural firms. Now in its fifth year, the Architect 50 is a qualitative look at how firms stack up across a broad range of categories, from business to sustainability to design. BAR came in at #47 overall, with a ranking of #14 in Business/Revenue, and #43 for Sustainability.

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August 21, 2013

38 Dolores Sneak Peek Offers Up Kitchen, Bathroom Design

San Francisco, CA - 38 Dolores (the residential address of the BAR-designed 2001 Market Street project) is gearing up for its debut on the rental market, and a few photos have come out of the interiors. Mostly focusing on the kitchen and bathroom, the photos show us that the kitchen's outfitted with Studio Becker cabinets and hardwood flooring.

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May 28, 2013

BAR's website earns Best in Class status

New York, NY - Interactive Media Awards has bestowed BAR's website with top honors – the Best in Class Award – in the category of Architecture/Interior Design, with an overall score of 497 out of 500 possible points.

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May 23, 2013

The Art of BAR Architecture

Hong Kong, China - Two of BAR's projects – the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, and the Sonoma State University Green Music Center – have been featured in two beautiful architecutral books recently published by Design Vision International Publishing of Hong Kong, China.

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March 22, 2013

636 El Camino garners recognition while collecting two back-to-back awards

San Francisco, CA - 636 El Camino, the new 109-unit workforce housing development in South San Francisco, received impressive accolades at awards ceremonies two nights in a row, from the San Francisco Business Times to Sustainable San Mateo County.

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March 21, 2013

BAR named as designer of one of Home & Architectural Trends' Top 50 Homes

New Zealand - Home & Architectural Trends announced the Trends Top 50 American Homes, and BAR has been selected as the designer of one of thier top projects for our design of Cloudy Meadow Ranch in Paso Robles, CA.

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March 08, 2013

EcoBuilding Pulse features Principal Susan McComb's thoughts on how Eco-Charrettes build trust

San Francisco, CA - Susan walks us through the process and value of bringing stakeholders to the "Green Building" table from the get-go, through BAR's work with the University of California, Davis, on the new Student Community Center.

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February 15, 2013

Sonoma State University's Green Music Center featured in SF Chronicle article

San Francisco, CA - John King, The San Francisco Chronicle's urban design critic, featured BAR-designed Green Music Center in his online SFGate article about three new Bay Area music halls.

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February 01, 2013

BAR Architects welcomes Senior Designer William Duncanson

William joins BAR with over 15 years of experience in architectural design with a specific focus in mixed-use, multifamily and affordable housing. A LEED Accredited Professional, he also possesses extensive experience working successfully with numerous San Francisco city agencies and communities to create high-quality infill housing. His hire supports BAR’s continued commitment to creating quality livable and sustainable communities.

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January 12, 2013

BAR's Design featured on Remodelista website

Palo Alto, CA - BAR Architects' design and use of concrete in a custom residence in Palo Alto, CA, has been featured on as one of five great uses of concrete (and concrete-like materials) from members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory.

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January 11, 2013

CommunicationArts picks FINE Design's refresh of BAR's website as its Webpick of the week

BAR's site had been up for almost seven years; it was time for a refresh that carried the same impact and allure as the original site that FINE Design created for us. Our new site is a work of art and a fitting evolution of the previous version.

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