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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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December 15, 2014

BAR-designed Law Winery featured in the Central Coast Edition of Vino Magazine

Paso Robles, CA – BAR's latest built winery, Law Winery, is featured in the Vino article, "Modern Elegance – Law Estate Wines Tasting Room: Clean, Elegant and 80 Percent Glass," by Hayley Thomas.

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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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September 15, 2014

BAR founder Bob Arrigoni is featured alumni at University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts

San Francisco, CA – The story of BAR Architects' history, founded in 1966 as Backen Arrigoni and Ross, is rich and interesting. One of the founders, Robert Arrigoni, his career and the story of BAR's history are highlighted in "100 Alumni Stories" at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts website.

Read about BAR's history and Bob's career at the U of O's Alumni page.
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.

See the ENR Top 500 list here
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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