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January 13, 2021

1645 Pacific Featured in SF Weekly

"BAR Architects-designed 1645 Pacific emulates Art Nouveau architecture, with its soft, flowing façade, intricate ironwork and prominent stucco ornaments." Read SF Weekly's full roundup on New 'Neighborhood Characters.'

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December 09, 2020

Boulders Residences Featured in Mountainside Northstar Resort Community Magazine

BAR Principal Jeff Goodwin explains the creative process and design intent behind Northstar Lake Tahoe's Boulders Residences.

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November 22, 2020

BAR's Mason on Mariposa Featured in SF Chronicle

Despite 2020's many roadblocks, including setbacks in architecture and construction, this year also saw many great designs and projects. Thanks to SF Chronicle's John King for featuring Mason on Mariposa as a "first-rate" project.

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November 01, 2020

Headlands Coastal Lodge Awarded with Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award

Excited to see the work of BAR’s Tim Hepworth, Sheyna Ochs and Alexa d’Argence awarded with a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award and making the top 10 Resorts in the Midwest and West with a score of 99.18. ⠀ Perched above the Pacific Ocean, the Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa is designed to maximize the Oregon Coast’s experiences - hiking, biking, surfing and kayaking. Crafted in the spirit of true luxury, the Native American-inspired concept offers a combination of local coastal materials and ancient traditional detailing with a modern, authentic, active “Oregon style.” ⠀ (Individual project experience completed by Tim Hepworth as Studio Design Director with EDG, with Sheyna Ochs and Alexa d’Argence.)

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October 23, 2020

BAR Interiors Makes SFBT Top 25 Largest Bay Area Interior Design Firms

BAR Interiors has been included as one of 25 San Francisco Business Times Largest Bay Area Interior Design Firms. The list includes firms with offices in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo.

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October 04, 2020

Montage Residences Healdsburg Featured in SF Chronicle

Coming soon, Ohana Realty’s residential resort development combines a luxury resort with single family living and features unique designs of five custom homes by BAR Architects for 15 sites.

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September 11, 2020

Montage Healdsburg Resort Hotel Development Featured in SF Business Times

Sited in Sonoma County wine country, Montage Residences Healdsburg - developed by Ohana Real Estate Investors - combines a luxury resort with single family living. The development features unique designs of five custom homes by BAR Architects for 15 sites. BAR also created concept designs for 26 additional custom home sites. Phase one of the development is in full swing, with the anticipated hotel opening in late 2020.

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September 01, 2020

BAR Named in ENR 2020 Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms

BAR is proud to provide sustainable design services and to again be included in ENR's Top 100 Green Building Design Firms.

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August 24, 2020

BAR Architects Featured on Noteworthy Architecture Firms List

The firm was included in the Wiki video, "8 Noteworthy Architecture Firms."

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August 20, 2020

Downtown San Mateo Affordable Housing Receives Unanimous Approval

MidPen Housing's Downtown San Mateo Affordable Housing project, designed by BAR Architects, received unanimous approval and warm praise at this week's San Mateo City Council meeting. The transit-oriented project will bring much-needed housing to families and public employees, including teachers.

August 05, 2020

Two BAR Projects, 2600 Telegraph and CityWalk Master Plan, Receive Approvals

BAR Architects is proud to announce that two of our projects, 2600 Telegraph and CityWalk Master Plan, have both received approvals. 2600 Telegraph will be a new mixed-use development in the heart of Oakland’s Art District, including residential lobby, leasing, and commercial space along with resident amenities and courtyard that overlook the vibrant art events that take place on the street below. CityWalk Master Plan spans 135 acres and will bring up to 4,500 new residential units to San Ramon, creating a vibrant downtown including a hotel, retail and an amphitheater. Congratulations to our clients at Junction Properties and Sunset Development, and to all our teammates for helping to move these projects forward.

July 08, 2020

Boulders Residences Featured as Real Cedar's Project of the Week

BAR Architects' design of the 19 Boulders Residences in Northstar Lake Tahoe blends large overhangs and simple roof forms of snow-country tradition with large walls of glass and durable, long-lasting materials. Each of the four unit types to provide contemporary living spaces that highlight the incredible beauty of the region and blur the distinction between inside and out.

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June 01, 2020

BAR Architects featured in ENR California's Top Design Firms 2020

ENR California's annual list of Top Design Firms ranks the largest U.S.-based design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. BAR Architects is proud to be featured again in this year's list, ranking #67 overall, #21 in Green Projects, #25 in Architecture.

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May 15, 2020

Orion at Brooklyn Basin Featured in SF Business Times Real Estate Deals of the Year

BAR Architects' design of Orion at Brooklyn Basin has been featured in San Francisco Business Times' 2019 Real Estate Deals of the Year. The parcel is part of Oakland's largest residential development in the city's history.

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February 20, 2020

BAR Architects Named One of Best Residential Firms in SF

BAR Architects has been included on SF Architects' list of Best Residential Architects and Designers in San Francisco.

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February 04, 2020

BAR Interiors' Work Featured in Ojai Valley Inn Magazine

BAR Director of Interiors Tim Hepworth was recently interviewed about BAR Interiors' work on the Ojai Valley Inn Wallace Neff Estate Rooms.

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December 30, 2019

BAR Architects Projects Featured on San Francisco Business Times Decade of Change List

BAR Architects projects claimed two of the ten spots on the San Francisco Business Times' "Decade of Change" list. Read about mixed-use projects Bay Meadows and Brooklyn Basin on slides five and six.

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December 17, 2019

BAR Architects-Designed 1645 Pacific Featured on SF Chronicle's Decade's Best Buildings

"As an antidote to the infill norm — stocky boxes that wrap their product in a cookie-cutter modern skin — I present 1645 Pacific," writes San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King.

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November 14, 2019

South San Francisco Approves BAR Architects-Designed Master Plan

The city of South San Francisco has approved a BAR Architects-designed plan to build 800 transit-oriented units of housing. The project consists of three buildings, including 158 affordable units, a large child care center and a market hall.

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November 14, 2019

Palm Desert City Council Unanimously Approves BAR-Designed DSRT Surf Resort

DSRT Surf Resort, a BAR Architects-designed wave pool and surf resort, received unanimous approval from the Palm Desert City Council. DSRT Surf will be the first of its kind in North America.

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October 23, 2019

BAR Architects LA Has Expanded and Moved!

As our BAR LA team is growing, so is our office space! Our new Los Angeles address is 315 W 9th Street, Suite 500 Los Angeles, CA 90015, and the office can be reached at 213.349.0163. Contact BAR LA Director, Zach Prowda, at for more.

October 18, 2019

BAR Architects-Designed Bishop Ranch Master Plan Featured in SF Business Times

Following the completion of City Center Bishop Ranch, a 300,000 sf lifestyle center in San Ramon, BAR Architects and Sunset Development Co. are partnering again for a new San Ramon project: the Bishop Ranch master plan. Dubbed City Walk, the plan includes a 170,000 sf retail and office space addition, a 169-room hotel, an outdoor theater and 4,500 units of new housing. According to Alex Mehran Jr. of Sunset Development Co., the vision of City Walk is to "provide an entire lifestyle that includes activities on the weekends."

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September 10, 2019

BAR Architects-Designed Law Winery & Trinchero Napa Valley Featured in New Book

Law Winery and Trinchero Napa Valley, both designed by BAR Architects, have been featured in "The New Architecture of Wine," by Heather Sandy Hebert. The book explores 25 California wineries and includes stories, photography and illustrations.

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September 06, 2019

BAR Architects Master Plan Receives Approval From SF Planning Commission

A proposed Laurel Heights redevelopment project has received approval from the San Francisco Planning Commission. The BAR-designed project, which is being developed by Prado Group with SKS Partners, will include retail and 744 units of housing.

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August 15, 2019

BAR Architects-Designed Alma Station Office Building Opens in Menlo Park

The 25,000 square foot Class A office building, designed by BAR Architects, includes retail space and underground parking.

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August 13, 2019

Highly Sustainable BAR Architects-Designed Office Building Opens in Menlo Park

Alma Station, a Class A office building designed by BAR Architects, has opened in Menlo Park. The highly-sustainable building meets Net Zero Energy targets.

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July 08, 2019

DSRT Surf Resort Featured in Surfer Today

Learn about BAR Architects' DSRT Surf Resort in Surfer Today.

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July 08, 2019

BAR-Designed DSRT Surf Resort Featured in SURFER Magazine

The BAR-designed wave pool and resort project is planned to open in 2021.

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July 05, 2019

BAR Architects' Palm Desert Surf Resort Featured in Surfline

DSRT Surf Resort, a wave pool and resort being designed by BAR Architects, has been featured in Surfline.

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July 03, 2019

BAR Architects' Work on Alameda NAS Moves Forward

BAR Architects' work on the Alameda NAS master plan and design of Parcel 11 continues to move forward.

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July 01, 2019

BAR-Designed Law Winery Featured in Capture Magazine

The BAR Architects-designed winery, located in Paso Robles, "reinforc[es] the owners' desire for a clean and contemporary style."

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May 22, 2019

BAR Architects-Designed Yotel Featured in Boutique Design Magazine

Designed by BAR Architects, the historic rehabilitation, micro hotel project is the first of its kind on the West Coast.

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May 09, 2019

Phase II of BAR-Designed Community Development Breaks Ground at Hercules Bayfront

The BAR-designed, 368,293 sf Grand is the second of two apartment communities to break ground as part of the Hercules Bayfront development project.

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March 26, 2019

BAR Architects Chosen for UCLA Nimoy Theater Renovation

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture along with its performing arts presenting program, The Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), announces the selection of BAR Architects of San Francisco for the renovation of the Crest Theatre on Westwood Boulevard. A landmark venue dating back to the 1940s, the Crest will be transformed into the UCLA Nimoy Theater, a new off-campus performing arts space that will be operated and managed by CAP UCLA. Under the leadership of Kristy Edmunds, CAP UCLA’s executive and artistic director, the Nimoy Theater will collaborate with campus arts organizations as well as local and national cultural and community partners to develop year-round programming.

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March 25, 2019

BAR Architects-Designed Tahoe Mountain Home Featured in Capture Magazine

The 7,500 sf BAR Architects-designed home, located in Martis Camp, has been featured in Capture Magazine's Spring 2019 issue.

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March 07, 2019

BAR-Designed Yotel SF Featured in Hotel Business

Micro hotel chain Yotel has opened its doors to its first West Coast location. Read more about this BAR-designed historic rehabilitation project via Hotel Business.

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February 21, 2019

Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Collaboration with BAR Architects' City Center Bishop Ranch Featured in The Registry

New stores have opened their doors at City Center Bishop Ranch, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with BAR Architects. The lifestyle center has continued to add new retailers since its opening in November.

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February 01, 2019

Yotel, Designed by BAR Architects, Opens its Doors in San Francisco

YOTEL, a streamlined, micro-hotel experience founded in London, has opened the doors to its first West Coast location. Located n the heart of San Francisco on Market Street, YOTEL offers "everything you need and nothing you don't," providing only the high quality essentials. BAR Architects is proud to have served as the architect on record for this unique historic rehabilitation project, as well as the interior designer and FF&E for cabins interiors. Read more about YOTEL on the San Francisco Chronicle.

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January 22, 2019

BAR Architects & Renzo Piano Building Workshop Collaboration Highlighted on KTVU

San Ramon's recently opened City Center Bishop Ranch brings new life to the East Bay city, featuring Vietnamese restaurant The Slanted Door, luxury gym Equinox, a Fieldwork Brewing taproom, and more. The project was a design collaboration by Italian architect Renzo Piano and BAR Architects.

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January 16, 2019

BAR Principal David Israel, ULI SF TAP Advise Napa Oxbow District

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is an international organization focused on urban land and community development. An extension of the organization, the ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP), partners with clients such as public agencies to offer strategic advice and implement efficient developmental change. This past summer, BAR Principal and ULI SF TAP member David Israel, along with the rest of the panel, headed to Wine Country to conduct a report for the Napa Oxbow District. Suggestions from their study ranged from increasing signage to maximizing the district's connection to nature and the arts.

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January 14, 2019

BAR Principal David Israel & Rest of ULI SF TAP Release Napa Oxbow District Study

BAR Principal David Israel and the rest of the ULI SF TAP recently released findings from their advising study of the Napa Oxbow District. Read more about their suggestions on the Napa Valley Register.

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January 09, 2019

BAR Architects-designed West Elm Hotel & Residences Breaks Ground in Oakland

West Elm, the popular home decor retailer, is embarking on a new project and diving into the hospitality industry. Their new multi-city hotel and residences project recently broke ground in Oakland, the first of the locations to do so. The hotel, designed by BAR Architects, is expected to open in 2021.

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January 03, 2019

BAR Architects x Renzo Piano Building Workshop Collaboration, City Center Bishop Ranch, Featured on ICSC

Recently-opened City Center Bishop Ranch has brought new, "unconventional" retail and entertainment to the East Bay, including an Equinox Gym, The Lot Luxury Cinema, and San Francisco-based eatery The Slanted Door.

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December 09, 2018

City Center Bishop Ranch Featured in San Francisco Chronicle

City Center Bishop Ranch, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with BAR Architects, opened to the public early November. The 300,000 square foot lifestyle center is conceived around the Piazza—a modern reflection on the traditional town square. John King, urban design critic for The San Francisco Chronicle, writes "...the architecture has integrity. It doesn’t rely on skin-deep decorations. People will take notice, even if they’re not sure why."

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November 12, 2018

BAR Architects Designing New Fountaingrove Clubhouse Following Tubbs Fire Destruction

The strength and selfless charity demonstrated by California communities in the face of recent firestorm devastation around the state reminds us all that true character is revealed by our response to difficult circumstances. These recent catastrophes have forged countless stories of courage and compassion, each serving as beacons of hope and inspiration. Included in this is The Fountaingrove Club, a 30-year-old Santa Rosa establishment located directly in the path of the Tubbs Fire of 2017—the second most destructive wildfire in California history. The fire destroyed almost all of the structures on the Fountaingrove property, as well as hundreds of homes in the surrounding residential communities. But, due to the tireless efforts of the club’s CFO, Board of Directors and strong member commitment, the club is well on its way to recovery. BAR Architects is honored to serve as the architect for the Fountaingrove rebuilding, helping this committed group to re-envision the property’s master plan and design a new clubhouse that builds community and fosters inclusiveness. Jeff Goodwin, BAR's Principal-in-Charge, along with all of us at BAR, are proud to be part of a team that continually proves that optimism and perseverance can conquer even the greatest obstacles. Read more about the plan with this article from North Bay Business Journal.

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November 10, 2018

City Center Bishop Ranch, Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Collaboration with BAR Architects, Featured in San Francisco Chronicle

"It’s the culmination of Bishop Ranch owner Sunset Development’s efforts to bring elements of the city to the suburbs. Unlike a traditional enclosed suburban mall with acres of ground-level parking, City Center has separate entrances to retailers that are reminiscent of an urban street, arranged around a central courtyard."

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November 09, 2018

City Center Bishop Ranch, Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Collaboration With BAR Architects, Opens to the Public

City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, California is officially open to the public. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with BAR Architects, the 300,000 square foot lifestyle center is a reinvention of the suburban shopping center.

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November 01, 2018

BAR Architects Featured in Wines & Vines

Eric Kuhn, Architect at BAR Architects, was recently featured in Wines & Vines' article on the renovation and installation of winery flooring.

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November 01, 2018

BAR Architects Working With MidPen Housing to Create Affordable Housing in Downtown San Mateo

David Israel, Patricia Centeno and Bradley Sugarman participated in an energetic San Mateo community meeting for MidPen Housing's Affordable Housing project which BAR is designing. This much needed project will provide 164 affordable apartments at two downtown San Mateo sites, offering opportunities for San Mateo employees to live near their work and to easily access public transportation.

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October 22, 2018

BAR Architects-designed Law Winery wins the 2018 AIA California Central Coast Award of Citation

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San Luis Obispo, CA – BAR Architects-designed Law Winery in Paso Robles, California was presented with an award for excellence in design at the 2018 AIA California Central Coast (AIACCC) Design Awards. AIACCC is the San Luis Obispo County chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a national organization for architects and architectural professionals founded in 1857.

September 05, 2018

BAR Architects-designed Law Winery featured in Corriere Della Sera's WINERIES Issue

Milan, Italy - The BAR Architects-designed Law Winery in Paso Robles was featured in the new WINERIES special issue by Corriere della Sera, one of Italy's oldest and most widely read newspapers. As part of their 30-issue series dedicated to architecture typologies, the special feature focuses on Cellars, Production Areas and Tasting Rooms.

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September 04, 2018

Two BAR-designed projects featured in Curbed's "10 San Francisco apartment buildings with luxe amenities"

San Francisco, CA – Luxury apartments in San Francisco are continuing to change the skyline, and feature amenities that rival four-star hotels. In their new list of SF's best-amenitized apartment buildings, Curbed ranked the BAR Architects-designed 38 Dolores and Alchemy by Alta as two of the best among "the city's newest and most-sought after apartment buildings."

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June 29, 2018

BAR Architects ranked in SFBT's 2018 List of Top Bay Area Architecture Firms

BAR Architects was ranked again in San Francisco Business Times' 2018 list of the top 50 Bay Area Architecture Firms. The annual list ranks architecture firms based on total architecture-only revenue within the Bay Area.

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June 28, 2018

BAR Architects-designed Annadel Apartments wins 2018 Award of Merit for Best Multifamily Housing Community

San Francisco, CA – The BAR Architects-designed Annadel Apartments in Sonoma, CA won the 2018 Award of Merit for Best Multifamily Housing Community (15-30 du/acre category) at PCBC's annual Gold Nugget Awards.

Developed by The Wolff Company, Annadel offers a mix of 270 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units across 11 acres. Designed to honor the community's agricultural roots, the complex is surrounded by valley oaks, and offers a network of landscaped Paseos and luxe amenities, including a community wine bar.

Known as the “Academy Awards” of the building industry, PCBC's Gold Nugget Awards are presented annually to the top innovators in design, planning and development. The competition is open to builders, developers, architects, and land planners with communities and projects across the United States and internationally. Winners were announced on June 28, 2018 at PCBC's marquee event in San Francisco.

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June 25, 2018

BAR Architects ranked in Architectural Record's Top 300 List of US Architecture Firms

Each year, Architectural Record's Top 300 List ranks the largest U.S.-based architectural firms by revenue.

BAR Architects is proud to be featured again on this year's list. Recent BAR projects include the newly-completed 99 Rausch, a mixed-used luxury condominium development in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood; the groundbreaking of Alameda Point Site A, the BAR-master planned redevelopment of Alameda's 68-acre former naval air base, and two newly announced affordable housing projects, including San Francisco's Francis Scott Key Annex Teacher Housing.

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June 06, 2018

BAR Architects featured in ENR California's Top Design Firms 2018

ENR California's annual list of Top Design Firms ranks the largest U.S.-based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue.

BAR Architects is proud to be featured again in this year's list, with recent projects including the newly-completed 99 Rausch, a mixed-used luxury condominium development in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood; two newly announced affordable housing projects, including San Francisco's Francis Scott Key Annex Teacher Housing; and the recent groundbreaking of Alameda Point Site A, the BAR-master planned redevelopment of Alameda's 68-acre former naval air base.

See the full 2018 Rankings on ENRCalifornia
May 24, 2018

Groundbreaking of Alameda Point Site A Signals Start of Alameda's Development Boom

After 20 years of planning, redevelopment is underway at Alameda Point Site A. Developers and city officials broke ground Wednesday, starting off the first phase of the $1B mixed-use transit-oriented waterfront development. The development is the first major public-private development at Alameda Point since the Naval Air Station closed in 1997.

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May 03, 2018

S.F. developers win bid to build 800 homes in South San Francisco

Four well-known developers faced off to develop a 6-acre housing site in South San Francisco near the city’s BART station. On Wednesday night, after a three-hour meeting, the city council picked San Francisco-based AGI and KASA Partners as its winning team, with AGI Avant Inc., Kwan Henmi Architects, BAR Architects, GLS Landscape/Architecture, RHAA Landscape Architects, and Bridge Housing.

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April 18, 2018

BAR-Designed Chestnut Square Senior Housing Breaks Ground in the Heart of Livermore

On Wednesday April 18th, Livermore Mayor John Marchand will join other city leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of the BAR-designed Chestnut Square – an affordable rental apartment community being developed by MidPen Housing in the heart of Livermore. The ceremony begins at 11:00 am at 1651 Chestnut Street in Livermore.

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April 18, 2018

BAR Architects partners with MidPen to build affordable housing in downtown San Mateo

Councilmembers weighed the track records of three developers before moving forward with MidPen Housing on plans to build 164 residential units and more than 500 parking spaces on two redevelopment sites in downtown San Mateo.

BAR Architects is working with the Foster City-based nonprofit to design the development, which will replace publicly-available surface parking lots and a non profit-managed resource center with affordable housing units designated for residents between 80 and 120% of area median income (AMI).

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April 10, 2018

BAR-Designed 99 Rausch in SFBT's "What You Need To Know in Real Estate"

The BAR Architects-designed 99 Rausch was featured in San Francisco Business Times' April 10th, "What You Need To Know in Real Estate," a round-up of local news items, musings from notable figures, insights from other publications and must-reads from the SFBT newsroom.

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April 10, 2018

MidPen chosen as developer of City's first teacher housing project

BAR Architects has partnered with MidPen Housing to design San Francisco's first housing complex for educators, which is expected to open its doors in the Outer Sunset neighborhood in 2022.

The development is a partnership between the City, the San Francisco Unified School District and the district's educators union, United Educators of San Francisco, and aims to address a mounting housing and affordability crisis among the City's teachers and paraeducators. Preliminary plans for the project include over 100 apartments at the SFUSD-owned Francis Scott Key Annex at 1351 42nd Ave. The site is currently used for a temporary community space and park known as Playland at 43rd Avenue.

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March 22, 2018

Multiple recently completed BAR Projects win SFBT's Real Estate Deal of the Year

Congratulations to our clients, staff and all team members on winning Real Estate Deal of the Year for multiple projects that BAR Architects recently completed! BAR is excited to congratulate Wilson Meany on their award for Bay Meadows' Quimby & The Russell in San Mateo, and Equity Residential for the BAR Architects-designed One Henry Adams in San Francisco. Both multifamily projects won Best Residential Deal in this year's Market-Rate category.

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March 08, 2018

BAR-designed Sacramento Railyards featured in The Architect's Newspaper

Antonio Pacheco lists reasons mass timber can help California build it's way out of the housing crisis in his March 8th article, with the BAR-designed Sacramento Railyards project for Katerra as a prominent example. As President of Katerra Craig Curtis describes, "California’s housing crisis is exactly the type of problem we are trying to solve – everyone deserves to live in a well-designed home delivered at an affordable price point.”

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March 06, 2018

BAR's Mark Kelly to host the Onsite Water Reuse session at the 15th Annual Water Conservation Showcase

Do you want to learn more about water conservation? See how water utilities, product developers, research institutions and leaders in the building industry are addressing our greatest water challenges at this year's WCS 2018. The Water Conservation Showcase is the largest event held at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center each year and will include dozens of exhibitors, eight educational sessions and hundreds of participants. Join PG&E, EBMUD, SFPUC, USGBC, and AIA SF for a full day of learning, fun, and interactive workshops. Registration is free!

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February 15, 2018

City Center Bishop Ranch featured in Curbed's "Malls and the future of American retail"

Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with BAR Architects, the 300,000 sf City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon aims to bring more than just shopping to San Ramon.

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February 12, 2018

City Center Bishop Ranch, Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with BAR Architects, Adds More Tenants

Sunset Development’s City Center Bishop Ranch has added several tenants to the under-construction 300K sf shopping center in San Ramon.

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February 07, 2018

City Center Bishop Ranch Announces Lifestyle And Dining Tenants

City Center Bishop Ranch is announcing new shopping, dining and lifestyle choices to the 300,000-square-foot specialty project’s diverse mix of tenants. They join the center’s entertainment anchor, THE LOT, a luxury cinema and dining destination, which will open with the rest of the center in fall 2018.

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January 24, 2018

Drone Video: See the new Brooklyn Basin project on Oakland’s waterfront

Drone footage from The East Bay Times offers a glimpse into construction at the BAR-designed Brooklyn Basin development in Oakland. The new 64-acre project near Interstate 880 and Fifth Avenue will bring 3,000 residences, parks, restored wetlands, a marina and 200,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. Brooklyn Basin covers 64 acres along the Oakland Estuary south of Jack London Square.

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January 24, 2018

Ohana Real Estate Investors Announces Start of Vertical Construction on Montage Healdsburg Hotel

Ohana Real Estate Investors has announced the start of vertical construction in spring 2018 on Montage Healdsburg, a 258-acre resort in the heart of California's wine country. A collection of full-ownership residences, designed by BAR Architects, is also planned for a later phase of development. The real estate offerings, which will include single-family built homes as well as custom homesites, will be available exclusively through Ohana Realty.

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January 09, 2018

BAR Architects featured in Washington Post's "We have the tiger by the tail"

BAR Architects' Robert Hunter, Chief Financial and Operations Officer, was recently featured in Dell EMC's coverage of why mid-market organizations are turning to IT partners to stay competitive.

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December 12, 2017

Robb Report: Live Among Granite Boulders in This Idyllic Lake Tahoe Community

The Robb Report featured the new BAR-designed residences, 'Boulders at Mountainside,' the newest addition to the exquisite outdoor community of Mountainside at Northstar. The $60 million development will be composed of 19 impeccable residences, all nestled into the striking granite boulders of Northern California.

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November 15, 2017

BAR-designed Pinnacles on Telo featured in "Surf resorts with five-star élan"

The BAR-designed Pinnacles on Telo, a boutique water sports oriented destination in Indonesia was featured recently in How To Spend It's breakdown of five start surf resorts.

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November 09, 2017

BAR Architects named to Architect Magazine's 2017 list of the Top 50 Architecture Firms

BAR Architects is excited to be named to Architect Magazine's list of the overall Top 50 Architecture Firms nationwide, as well as #2 on their list of the Top 50 Firms in Business.

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October 04, 2017

BAR-designed Law Winery featured in Curbed's "12 High-Design Wineries Across the U.S."

The BAR Architects-designed Law Winery in Paso Robles was featured in Curbed's "12 High-Design Wineries Across the U.S."

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October 02, 2017

BAR-designed Law Winery featured in Dwell's "5 Modern Wineries on the West Coast"

A weekend away at a vineyard doesn't just have to be about the wine tasting—rather, it should be an opportunity to escape to a beautiful destination that's complete with some impressive modern architecture. So, whether you're a fan of a full-bodied pinot noir, a zesty chardonnay, or just great design, these modern wineries on the West Coast will soon be on your "go-to" list.

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September 29, 2017

Gonzaga Blesses, Dedicates BAR-designed Della Strada Jesuit Community

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University leaders and community members gathered Thursday to formally dedicate and bless the Della Strada Jesuit Community, a new home and spiritual haven for the Jesuits of Spokane. It is located at the northwest corner of Boone Avenue and Astor Street and has been made possible by a leadership gift from Tim and Mary Barnard of Bozeman, Montana.

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September 20, 2017

After Much Community Input, A Colorado Development Takes Off

Before winning the 2017 MFE Award for Garden-Style Walk-Up: Grand, the site of the BAR-designed Gunbarrel Center was the source of much animosity in the local community. The site had seen several development plans come and go in the years before The Wolff Co. purchased the lot.

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July 08, 2017

SF's 9-Year Drought of New Hotels Finally Ends

San Francisco is in the midst of a mini-wave of five hotel openings. In contrast to the convention-oriented behemoths that opened in the 1980s and 1990s, the new hotels are smaller and focused on tapping into the neighborhood vibrancy that makes the city so popular with tech workers, rather than Moscone Convention Center business.

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June 23, 2017

BAR Architects Featured in San Francisco Business Times' Top 50 Bay Area Architecture Firms

BAR Architects was ranked #12 in San Francisco Business Times' 2017 list of the top 50 Bay Area Architecture Firms. The Business Times' ranked firms according to local architecture revenue in 2016.

SFBT's 2017 List of the Top 50 Bay Area Architecture Firms
June 16, 2017

BAR Principal David Israel Discusses How Cities Can Attract and Retain the Creative Class

In UrbanLand's June ULI Member Outlook, BAR Architects Principal David Israel and a panel of ULI experts discuss what creative professionals look for in cities, how municipalities and developers can create environments that are likely to draw creative individuals and industries, how to address housing affordability challenges in these areas, and other trends.

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June 13, 2017

Mountainside at Northstar Breaks Ground on New Residential Development

“When we first saw the site, we were stunned by its beauty. The natural rock outcropping blends perfectly with a seemingly endless sea of trees,” said Jeff Goodwin, principal of BAR Architects. “The architecture is meant to showcase this landscape without upstaging it or the spectacular views of the Carson Range beyond. It is presented through a contemporary lens, something that is unique to Mountainside here in the Tahoe area. We conceptualized everything with the Boulders resident in mind, someone who is looking for understated, natural elegance and appreciates an adventurous spirit.”

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June 08, 2017

BAR Expands into Southern California with Opening of Los Angeles Office

Los Angeles, CA — Following the firm’s 50th anniversary year, Chris Haegglund, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and CEO, has announced the opening of BAR Architects’ Los Angeles office, located in the Fine Arts Building at 811 W. 7th Street. The new Los Angeles office will support the firm’s continued presence in Southern California, with day-to-day support for clients, partners and projects in the Los Angeles area. “Proximity to our Southern California clients and partners, and the architectural diversity of the area, have always made Los Angeles the logical next step for our firm,” said Chris Haegglund. “BAR operates across a variety of market sectors throughout California. The Los Angeles office increases our access to a broad geographic base, and provides the local day-to-day support we need to meet the demand we’ve seen from Southern California. This is a decision we’ve anticipated for a long time, and we look forward to blending the culture of BAR Architects with the vibrancy and diversity of Los Angeles.”

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June 07, 2017

Retailer turned hotelier West Elm plans Oakland hotel with Signature Development Group

Signature Development Group plans to bring a hotel to Oakland’s thriving Uptown neighborhood. The developer teamed up with West Elm, a home goods retailer that has branched into operating hotels, and Jordan Real Estate Investments to open a 160-room hotel in a new $90 million development. The site, at 2401 Broadway, will also include 70 apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail.

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June 07, 2017

West Elm Hotels & Signature Development Announce Hotel Development in Oakland

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–Today West Elm announced Oakland, California as the newest location for its West Elm HOTELS portfolio. With a shared focus on designing to impact, West Elm HOTELS is teaming up with Signature Development Group and Jordan Real Estate Investments (along with Next Motors) to develop the hotel expected to open in 2020. Signature Development’s extensive experience with residential and commercial projects throughout the Bay Area complement West Elm’s consumer and marketing expertise to bring a unique hospitality experience to Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood.

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June 05, 2017

Twenty-Five Extraordinary Developments From Around the World Are Finalists for the Urban Land Institute's Global Awards for Excellence

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2017) — Twenty-five extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017 Global Awards for Excellence, which is widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs. This year’s finalists include three located in Asia, two in Europe, and 20 in North America. A group of winners chosen from the finalists will be announced in October at the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles. The 20 North American finalists include the BAR Architects-designed Santana Row, a 42-acre mixed use residential, office, shopping, dining, and entertainment district in San Jose, California.

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May 30, 2017

BAR Architects Promotes Five Staff Members to Senior Associates

San Francisco, CA — BAR Architects has promoted five of its staff members to Senior Associates, announced Chris Haegglund, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and CEO of the firm. New Senior Associates include Benjamin Schaefer, Lisa Majchrzak, Matthew Winkelstein, Michele Fazio and Stephen Hegedus.

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May 30, 2017

BAR Architects Promotes Four Staff Members to Associates

San Francisco, CA — BAR Architects has promoted four of its staff members to Associates, announced Chris Haegglund, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and CEO of the firm. The new Associates include Solomon Berg, Mia Bhimani, Enrique Herrera and Jestin Wolin.

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May 15, 2017

BAR Featured in ENR's 2017 List of the Top 500 Design Firms

BAR Architects is proud to be included in ENR's recently released list of the Top 500 U.S. Design Firms! The list is ranked according to revenue for design services performed in 2016... See the whole list on the ENR site:

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April 12, 2017

Congratulations to BAR's New Associate Principals!

San Francisco, CA — Following the firm’s 50th anniversary year, Chris Haegglund, Principal and CEO has announced the promotion of four to Associate Principal at BAR Architects. The new Associate Principals include Tom Nelson, LEED Fellow & LEED AP, Patricia Centeno, LEED AP, Mark Kelly, AIA, LEED AP, and William Duncanson, LEED AP. Each Associate Principal brings a unique perspective and background to this new role, combining strength in design, sustainability, project management, and demonstrated technical expertise in BAR’s diverse market sectors. We see this as an important step in the continuing evolution of BAR, and ensuring the next 50 years are as successful as the last 50!

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April 06, 2017

BAR's "Epic Makeover" of Auto Centrum Building Featured In SFWeekly

San Francisco, CA. — With a real estate market as tough as nails, creative entrepreneurs in San Francisco are taking on a common architectural challenge- transforming former auto body shops and car garages. From a Japanese spa with old brick walls, to a new brewery, to BAR's transformation of the Volvo Centrum building for Steel Arc Properties, SF Weekly explores how new businesses are giving empty auto shops new lives, and revitalizing dead blocks across the city.

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April 04, 2017

BAR Architects' Design Plans for 3512 16th St. featured on Hoodline

San Francisco, CA — BAR Architects' design plans for Steel Arc Properties renovation of the former 16th Street Volvo Repair Shop were recently featured on hoodline. The 1915 building, which is marked by the city as a "historic resource," was quickly sold to Steel Arc Properties for $4.6 million, with plans to transform the space into a into a mix of small business offices, workshops, and one market-rate residential unit. Preliminary design plans for the new structure have now been released, showing the developer's intention to add two stories on top of the original building. 12 units of housing and three commercial spaces are now planned for the site. BAR Architects have proposed a ground-floor layout with a 3,300-square-foot restaurant/commercial space, another 2,000-square-foot commercial space, a 262-square-foot medical office, and one two-bedroom unit. The newly proposed upper stories of the building would be dedicated to housing. The second floor is set to include 6 one-bedroom units and 1 three-bedroom unit, while the third floor would have 2 two-bedroom units and 2 three-bedroom units. Each of the third-floor units would also have a private rooftop deck.

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March 11, 2017

One Henry Adams Brings Residents to SF's Design District

San Francisco, CA - The new apartment complex at 1 Henry Adams St. occupies the last open parcel on the puny traffic circle that serves as the hub of the wheel of the city’s Design District. It’s across the street from the 1915 brick Denim Carrageen and Hayden Building at 2 Henry Adams St., which is one of two buildings that make up the 600,000-square-foot San Francisco Design Center. Since it opened in November, developer Equity Residential has leased 102 of the 241 units at One Henry Adams. It has also rented out all of the 9,000 square feet of retail space. In addition to a 3,600-square-foot outpost of the Grove restaurant, announced last year, Equity just completed an agreement with Kash Feng, owner of numerous local sushi outlets, including the nearby Omakase restaurant.

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March 03, 2017

Exclusive: First Homes To Break Ground In Brooklyn Basin, Oakland's New Waterfront Neighborhood

Oakland, CA – The first phase of the $1.5 billion Brooklyn Basin mega project, a new waterfront neighborhood in Oakland, will break ground next month — a major milestone for a development that has been in the making for close to two decades. Signature Development Group, with a construction loan from UBS, plans to kick off the first phase of the 64-acre development with a $100 million-plus, 241-unit apartment building designed by BAR Architects.

Exclusive: First homes to break ground in Brooklyn Basin, Oakland's new waterfront neighborhood
March 03, 2017

Oakland’s Massive Brooklyn Basin Development Set to Break Ground in April

Oakland, CA – After securing a financing agreement with Swiss banking giant UBS, Oakland-based Signature Development Group will finally break ground on a $1.5 billion, 65-acre project that when finished will feature 3,100 units, 32 acres of open parks and trails, a 200-boat slip marina and a retail destination that is looking to transform an old, industrial part of Oakland into a vibrant and new neighborhood. The first project, Terrace Apartments, is set to break ground in April 2017. The development is a 241-unit apartment project that Signature and UBS will embark on with an expected completion date of late 2018 or early 2019. San Francisco’s BAR Architects designed the structure and worked in conjunction with Bruce Jett Associates as the landscape architects and BKF Engineers.

Oakland’s Massive Brooklyn Basin Development Set to Break Ground in April
March 03, 2017

Is Wood a Safe Material for Apartment Complexes?

California Buildings News – Using wood in building projects has a number of attributes, chiefly that it is less costly at a time when California badly needs multifamily housing that is economical to construct, and a renewable resource that causes less impact on the environment to produce than other materials. BAR Senior Associate Stephen Hegedus, who recently attended a Woodworks event in San Francisco said, "At BAR, our larger multifamily projects are often of Type III (wood) construction. The intent of Type III is to contain the spread of fire within a building's envelope, which is required by the code to be of non-combustible materials and allows the use of fire-retardant-treated wood framing for the exterior walls." "With urban populations growing, Type III wood over a Type I concrete podium cost effectively gives rise to larger infill mid-rise developments. This allows density to be maximized, in many ways right up to the property lines, to meet market demand with the economical use of wood."

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February 14, 2017

Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square Eyed For 144-room AC Hotel By Marriott

Santa Rosa, CA – The Railroad Square area of downtown Santa Rosa could be getting a five-story, 144-room European-modern hotel, under a plan from a Dallas-based developer. A 62-space parking lot bounded by Highway 101, Fourth, Fifth and Davis streets would be transformed into an AC Hotels by Marriott location, with a ground-floor restaurant and retail space, based on a proposal from Bedford Lodging. Santa Rosa-based Jean Kapolchok & Associate is handling entitlements. BAR Architects of San Francisco designed the project.

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January 01, 2017

Wines & Vines: A Conversation with Jeff Goodwin

The barrel room at Law Estate, designed by Jeff Goodwin and BAR Architects

Napa, CA – Not long after receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1986 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Goodwin joined BAR Architects in San Francisco. He left for a time, but when he returned to BAR in the mid-1990s, the firm was working on a couple of winery projects. He naturally fell into what would become his expertise— designing wineries, clubhouses and hospitality facilities. “I enjoy the people in the wine industry,” Goodwin says. “They’re good clients.”

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