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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.

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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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August 26, 2016

BAR's Bay Meadows project listed in SFBT's 25 Largest Peninsula Construction Projects

San Mateo, CA – BAR's mixed-use project at Bay Meadows, Russell and Rendezvous Town Square, was named to the 25 Largest Peninsula Construction Projects by the San Francisco Business Times. The development, expected to be completed in early 2017, includes 228 homes with office, retail and a 15-acre park. Developer is Wilson Meany.

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July 26, 2016

BAR designed retrofit for nitrate film projection is underway at Hollywood's Historic Egyptian Theatre

Hollywood, CA – Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre will soon have the capability to screen “rare and fragile” 35mm nitrate film prints thanks to a film preservation project undertaken by The Film Foundation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with the American Cinematheque. The new nitrate-safe projection booth at the Egyptian, designed by BAR Architects, has begun construction, with the retrofit scheduled for completion in fall of 2016.

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June 28, 2016

How a Winery Gets Designed – Trinchero Winery featured in VinePair article

Napa, CA – It only takes one drive through Napa to see why the region is known for its beauty: between patches of grapevines, mansions and castles rise and glittering fountains welcome visitors into lush gardens and tasting rooms. But there’s more than Beaux-Arts flare to these massive facades, which double as functioning wineries. Mixing utility and the “Wine country Experience” isn’t easy, as reported by Laura Burgess, while strolling the new winery and visitors center at Trinchero Napa Valley–a 6-year, multimillion dollar project. Wandering the expansive property with the family that created Sutter Home White Zinfandel and now makes wine under 20 labels, it’s clear the job of combining practicality and beauty in wine country is an art form not unlike winemaking–it takes a lot of creative cooperation between winemakers, wine sellers, and their environment.

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May 25, 2016

Trinchero Napa Valley opens tasting room, Phase 3 of BAR-designed winery

Napa Valley, CA – Trinchero Napa Valley will open its new public tasting room at 3070 St. Helena Highway in June. Family members recently gathered in the new hospitality center to celebrate the end of a building phase that has stretched more than 12 years. The new public tasting room is in its final stages of completion and is expected to be fully operational next month. It follows the elegant architectural style of the hospitality center with the interiors created by local designer Erin Martin. The San Francisco–based architectural firm of BAR Architects partnered with the Trinchero family for all three phases of the building project.

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May 16, 2016

BAR Architect's design for a new Menlo Park office building is taking shape

Menlo Park, CA – BAR Architect's design for a new Menlo Park office building, steps from the downtown Caltrain station, was featured in the San Francisco Business Times. The design by BAR rises three stories and features traditional and modern architectural elements, several outdoor decks, two levels of underground parking and a striking glass level on the top floor. There’s also a public plaza with “coffee pavilion.”

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May 11, 2016

Habitat for Humanity proposes affordable condos, designed by BAR, in Redwood City

Redwood City, CA – A small, 5,000-square-foot empty lot in downtown Redwood City has grabbed the attention of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, which is now in the process of drafting plans for a six-story, 20-unit, affordable condominium building. BAR Architects of San Francisco is the project designer. The global non-profit housing organization said the project is its first mid-rise development and also the first time it is working with a general contractor, J.H. Fitzmaurice of Oakland, according to Smitha Seshadri, Habitat’s vice president of real estate. Traditionally, all of Habitat’s construction has been built by in-house staff and/or with volunteers, though this project may provide some volunteer opportunities, such as painting and other non-technical work. “Because it is six stories and on a small lot, it’s not altogether practical to use volunteer labor exclusively,” said Habitat Project Manager Justin Albright.

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May 04, 2016

First building in Oakland's huge Brooklyn Basin project to start construction

Oakland, CA – BAR is designing the first building to start construction in Oakland's new Brooklyn Basin community at Oakland's southern waterfront. Plans have been filed with the city, a major step for a project that has taken over a decade to approve and finance. The first building calls for 241 rental units, bounded by 8th Avenue, Brooklyn Way and 9th Avenue, and will be the first project to start construction on the multi-phase site. Design approval is expected in a few months and the project is consistent with the Brooklyn Basin project specifications, which was approved in 2010.

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May 01, 2016

BAR Architects promotes four staff members to Senior Associates and four to Associates

San Francisco, CA – BAR Architects has promoted eight of its staff members, announced Chris Haegglund, AIA, LEED AP, principal of the firm. Patricia Centeno, Tom Nelson, Zach Prowda, and Bradley Sugarman have been named Senior Associates, and Mirba Estrellas, Stephen Hegedus, Greg Hildebrand, and Ben Wakelin have been named Associates.

April 01, 2016

CityLine's green roof featured in the April 2016 issue of SBC Magazine

Seattle, WA – BAR's design for the living green roof at CityLine, The Wolff Company's multifamily community in Seattle, was a featured example in SBC Magazine's article "Getting the Garden off the Ground" in their April 2016 issue.

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March 15, 2016

Alameda Point Parcell 11 Wins Planning Board Approval

Alameda, CA – A building predicted to become an iconic fixture on Alameda's waterfront has won approval from city officials, a milestone in the effort to redevelop Alameda Point following the U.S. Navy's departure nearly 20 years ago. The building, designed by BAR Architects, would be near what the Navy called the Seaplane Lagoon, and will have 221 residential units above ground-floor shops and border a future waterfront park.Planned in an art moderne style to reflect nearby former aircraft hangars and other historic buildings, the structure will offer residents views of San Francisco Bay and be within walking distance of a new ferry terminal that city officials hope will be built.

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March 09, 2016

BAR-designed faculty housing for Stanford University under construction

Palo Alto, CA – Faced with skyrocketing housing costs in the region, the university has started construction on University Terrace, a 180-unit residential project for faculty that is expected to open early next year. David Israel, a principal at BAR Architects, which worked on the design, said that the university will not only subsidize this housing to attract the best and brightest, but has also been thoughtful about the quality of the project.

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February 18, 2016

2254 Market receives unanimous SF Planning Commission approval

San Francisco, CA – 2254 Market, a new mixed-use project in the Upper Market area of San Francisco, was approved 4-0 by the Planning Commission on Feb. 11. “I think the site is one of the more challenging sites I’ve seen in a long time,” said Commissioner Kathrin Moore. “It has not only two frontages with a through lot, but it actually has five irregular sites, which is monumental for any architect to even approach with a diagram.” Moore added that she appreciated the balance between preserving the historic building and designing the new residential units, which will include 12 percent at below-market-rate as part of The City’s inclusionary requirement. “I think it creates a really interesting space,” Moore said. Commissioner Rich Hillis noted that the project complements the Market and Octavia Area Plan, which calls for mixed-use residential and commercial development in transit-served locations. “This is what we expected and encouraged to see [in developing the plan] — a pretty underutilized parcel becoming additional housing, affordable housing and retail for that neighborhood,” Hillis said.

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February 15, 2016

Downtown Long Beach apartments The Current near completion

Long Beach, CA – The Current, a new apartment tower billed as the first development of its kind to be built in downtown Long Beach since the Great Recession, is on pace to open in April, according to developers. Developers AndersonPacific, LLC, Ledcor Properties and Qualico Developments Inc. have nearly completed work on the $70 million first phase of The Current, which is a 17-story, 223-unit apartment tower designed by BAR Architects, near the crossing of Ocean Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue. The project’s second phase, a 35-story condominium tower, is still in the planning stages as downtown Long Beach appears to be attracting a new wave of residential developments.

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February 09, 2016

Alchemy by Alta, designed by BAR, opens in Hayes Valley

San Francisco, CA – After more than a decade, a 330-unit apartment complex that was built on a former UC Berkeley Extension site in Hayes Valley has begun leasing. The $117 million project, built by developer Wood Partners and called “Alchemy by Alta,” offers 280 market-rate units and 50 below-market-rate units designed by BAR architecture with Build Group as the contractor.

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February 01, 2016

Senior Associate Tom Nelson authors article, "Daylighting Comes Full Circle", for American School & University

San Francisco, CA – Tom writes, "Daylighting is recognized not only for the beneficial effects it may have on academic performance, but also for its role in improving environmental sustainability and reducing operations costs, especially when combines with passive ventilation to reduce lighting and cooling loads. Today, daylighting is once again a fundamental design practice. Strategies to optimize daylighting include the use of system integration, natural ventilation, top lighting, light shelves and solar chimneys." Click below to view PDF of full American School & University article.

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October 23, 2015

BAR receives Special Recognition Award in Net Zero Energy Competition sponsored by AIA California Council and PG&E

San Francisco, CA – The joint effort between BAR and Integral Group, Inc. garnered the Special Recognition Award in the Architecture at Zero competition sponsored by AIA California Council and PG&E. The results were announced at a ceremony at Mission Bay on Friday, October 23rd.

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September 28, 2015

UC Davis Student Community Center selected winner of the 2015 Livable Buildings Award from the Center for the Built Environment

Berkeley, CA – BAR's project meets the highest standards for providing healthy and productive indoor environments, and represents best practices for sustainability and overall design. The winning project, along with the other award finalist, ranked among the top scorers in CBE's Occupant Indoor Environmental Quality Survey. The survey, used to study occupant satisfaction with the quality of the indoor environment, has been implemented in over 650 buildings around the globe.

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September 21, 2015

38 Dolores featured in Urban Land article about Water Management

San Francisco, CA – One of the innovative water management strategies in California is water reuse. San Francisco’s new 38 Dolores multifamily project, designed by BAR Architects, includes a landscaped terrace with raised planter beds of native, drought-resistant plants. Water that hits this level flows through beddings and is captured by a subsurface drainage system and reused for irrigating the overall site.

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August 13, 2015

New Starmont Tasting Room featured by the Napa Valley Register

Napa, CA – Starmont Winery & Vineyards has created its first tasting room and inaugurated a wine club, too. Starmont’s new tasting room was built in an existing courtyard next to the winery’s modern production facility in the eastern part of the Carneros region on Stanly Lane. The courtyard also blocks some of the notorious Carneros winds to allow comfortable seating outside. The new tasting room was designed by San Francisco-based BAR Architects, who also designed the original production building completed in 2006.

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August 07, 2015

Global Lighting highlights BAR Architects in their first Global Trends Design Dossier

San Francisco, CA – For almost 50 years, San Francisco-based BAR Architects have been creating spaces that are not only breathtakingly gorgeous (Take a gander at the photos in the images for confirmation. Breathtaking, right?), but also resonate at a deeper level, somehow embracing the landscape and the individual at the same time. “That is what we do here at BAR Architects,” they note. “We create places that inspire and that stand the test of time while meeting each of our client’s specific needs in unique ways.”

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August 02, 2015

ArchDaily profiles Law Estate Winery in their Selected Projects feature

Paso Robles, CA – The winery design reflects the winemaking characteristics that distinguish Law Winery from the many other producers in the Paso Robles region – minimal manipulation and intervention, showcasing the natural characteristics of each varietal and the specific terroir in which they were grown. The building responds directly to the natural materials of the site, the hillside topography and climatic influences of sun and wind. The resulting design is contextually modern and expressive of the various uses contained within the winery.

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July 31, 2015

Law Winery in Paso Robles a featured project in Dezeen magazine

Paso Robles, CA – San Francisco-based BAR Architects has completed a California winery designed to match the colours and textures of its natural surroundings, nestled into a hilly California landscape. Jeff Goodwin, firm principal, said the facility's design takes its cue from farming villages. "The design, inspired by traditional agrarian compounds of the western United States, enables each element of the wine-making process to be expressed as a simple, distinct and function-driven building form," he explained. "The property's slopes and topography were thoroughly studied to optimise the solar exposure, capture views and respond to local wind patterns," he added.

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July 28, 2015

BAR-designed Law Winery featured by DesignBoom

Paso Robles, CA – With a growing portfolio of winery programs, BAR Architects completed their latest project for Law Winery, established on a 55-acre site near Paso Robles in California. The hilltop estate has a 360-degree panoramic view of the combination of coastal and country landscape. Allowing the landscape speak for itself, the scheme is based on a straightforward floor plan with multiple floors which accommodate the small-lot production and experimentation of the huge variety of wine produced.

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July 27, 2015

BAR to design multifamily development in Cathedral Hill area of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA – Build Inc. just filed a proposal to construct a new 14-story, 120-unit apartment building at 830 Eddy St., the latest of several projects with at least 100 units proposed or just built in the area around Van Ness Avenue between Civic Center and Washington Street. BAR Architects was tapped to design the Van Ness corridor project. San Francisco-based developer Build Inc. wants to keep pumping the waves of housing hitting the Van Ness corridor in anticipation of new public transit upgrades and the construction of a major hospital.

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July 24, 2015

BAR's newest winery tasting room featured on

Napa, CA – The outdoor wine-sipping at Starmont Winery and Vineyards. It’s an old grape pioneer’s estate that’s now a bright and airy tasting-room-with-a-patio situation, and it’s open this very moment on the edge of Highway 29. You’ll make this your first stop on your way into Napa. You’ll take a look around and realize that it’s not a typical tasting room. It’s a place that was specifically engineered to put you in a daylong stranglehold of wine-related delights. Just... you’ll want to stay awhile, is all.

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May 13, 2015

Law Estate Winery Featured in Contract Magazine for Capturing a Modern and Sustainable Approach to Winemaking

This 55 acre site located off of Peachy Canyon Road in Paso Robles, CA features a simple floor plan that will accommodate up to 10,000 cases of wine at full build-out. The unique design reflects the winemaking characteristics that distinguish the winery from many other producers in the region. Sustainable design features include gravity flow winemaking, rainwater harvesting, natural daylighitng, green roofing, xeriscaping, and subterranean storage.

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