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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.

See the full list of projects at SFBT article
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.

Read more at the Center for the Built Environment
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 UrbanDaddy.com

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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March 04, 2015

BAR's Tahoe Mountain Home Awarded Outstanding Home for Tahoe Quarterly's 2015 Mountain Home Awards

Truckee, CA – BAR's recent design of a custom home in North Lake Tahoe has been awarded Outstanding Home of the Year for the 2015 Mountain Home Awards. Situated on a steep East facing mountain side, the residence has been recognized for its contemporary interpretation of a traditional Tahoe cabin. The 7,580 sq. ft. custom home is constructed of three gable structures that inspire a sense of natural beauty by bringing the panoramic views of the Carson Range inside the residence. The architecture brings together simple traditional mountain building forms with large openings and contemporary detailing.

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January 22, 2015

BAR Welcomes Architect Tom Nelson

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

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January 01, 2015

BAR becomes official signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment

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

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December 15, 2014

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

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

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October 23, 2014

BAR Welcomes Bradley Sugarman

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

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September 15, 2014

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

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

Read about BAR's history and Bob's career at the U of O's Alumni page.
August 18, 2014

BAR-designed Schroeder Hall to debut at Green Music Center

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

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August 15, 2014

Upscale, luxury apartments coming to downtown Bakersfield

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

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July 23, 2014

Mixing Art & Life at 1645 Pacific Avenue

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

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July 18, 2014

BAR-designed faculty housing part of residential growth at Stanford

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

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July 17, 2014

38 Dolores featured for its impressive outdoor space

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

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June 26, 2014

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

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

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June 15, 2014

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

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

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June 01, 2014

Two BAR projects earn high marks from USGBC

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

May 19, 2014

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

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

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April 30, 2014

BAR Architects is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm for 2014

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

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March 28, 2014

38 Dolores is a 2014 SF Business Times Finalist

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

San Francisco Business Times Article
March 19, 2014

Ground breaks on BAR Architects' $70M Apartment Building

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

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March 04, 2014

Six Story Folsom Street Development Rendered, Dubbed 99 Rausch

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

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February 17, 2014

Work to begin on Gunbarrel Center in March

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

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January 15, 2014

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

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

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January 10, 2014

38 Dolores a stylish but subdued addition to Upper Market

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

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November 14, 2013

38 Dolores Grand Opening Celebration

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

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

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

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

Photo galleries, winners and more at SFBay
November 08, 2013

38 Dolores: An Extra Sensory Experience

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

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November 02, 2013

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

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

Read the full story at SFGate.com
October 24, 2013

BAR designs four new retail buildings at Stanford Shopping Center

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

Read the Silicon Valley Business Journal article.
October 14, 2013

BAR is Changing San Francisco Neighborhoods

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

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October 04, 2013

San Francisco Business Times asks three questions of BAR

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

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October 02, 2013

Alta Laguna multiamily project featured in San Francisco Business Times

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

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September 16, 2013

Story of A Store: AEO Times Square

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

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September 14, 2013

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

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

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September 10, 2013

BAR Architects named one of top 50 US architectual firms

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

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August 21, 2013

38 Dolores Sneak Peek Offers Up Kitchen, Bathroom Design

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

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May 28, 2013

BAR's website earns Best in Class status

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

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May 23, 2013

The Art of BAR Architecture

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

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March 22, 2013

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

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

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March 21, 2013

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

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

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March 08, 2013

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

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

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February 15, 2013

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

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

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February 01, 2013

BAR Architects welcomes Senior Designer William Duncanson

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

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January 12, 2013

BAR's Design featured on Remodelista website

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

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January 11, 2013

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

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

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November 05, 2012

BAR Architects' senior housing project featured in the AIA's Design for Aging Review publications

San Francisco, CA - The American Institute of Architects has selected BAR Architects' senior housing project, Showa Kinen Koen, to be featured in their bi-annual publication, Design for Aging Review 11.

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September 01, 2012

Home & Architectural TRENDS Magazine features Cloudy Meadow Ranch residence in Southern California

Paso Robles, CA - Graceful echo: This contemporary ranch-style residence captures the spirit of an earlier brick house built on the same site.

September 01, 2012

Residential Architecture for Senior Citizens highlights three senior communities from BAR Architects

Salenstein, Switzerland - Three of BAR Architects' senior communities – located in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan – have been featured in Residential Architecture for Senior Citizens, the new offering from Swiss-based Braun Publishing.

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August 08, 2012

Soda Canyon Residence featured in China's premiere Residence magazine

Napa Valley, CA - Napa Valley Hilltop Residence, Soda Canyon, has been featured in Shanghai-based Residence magazine.

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May 01, 2012

Rebuilding issue of FORM Magazine features BAR Architects' work on Children's Academy in Haiti

San Francisco, CA - Hands-on in Haiti: How BAR Architects took a proactive approach to pro bono work.

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July 01, 2011

Off-the-Grid School Collaboration in Haiti published in Urban Land Magazine

San Francisco, CA - Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, a unique collaboration developed between BAR Architects and Architecture for Humanity in response to the disaster.

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June 01, 2011

BAR Architects' work in rebuilding school in Haiti featured in Contract Magazine

San Francisco, CA - Raising the BAR: BAR Architects donete time and partner with Architecture for Humanity to design Haitian school.

April 26, 2011

Haitian Children to Benefit from New, Sustainable Community School

San Francisco, CA - Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, a unique collaboration developed between BAR Architects and Architecture for Humanity in response to the disaster.

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January 02, 2011

Soda Canyon Residence featured in Architectural Digest

Napa Valley, CA - BAR Architects and the Wiseman Group collaborate on a hilltop home in Napa wine country.

March 12, 2010

BAR Architects names new Associates of the firm

San Francisco, CA - Today BAR Architects proudly announces the appointment of Shaowen Chou, Patricia Centeno, and Glenn Wood as Associates of the firm.

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March 01, 2010

American Eagle Times Square featured in DDi Magazine

New York,NY - BAR Architects has been featured in DDi Magazine, a premier resource for retail and store design.

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January 28, 2010

BAR Principal elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Washinton D.C. - Richard Beard,AIA;Principal at BAR Architects has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

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December 03, 2009

40 Years in the making; The Place Itself

In 2009, we proudly released our first Monograph: " The Place Itself."

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October 08, 2009

BAR Architects inducted into Builder's Magazine Hall of Fame

Washington D.C.- BAR Architects was inducted into Builder Magazine's William S. Marvin Hall of Fame at an award ceremony and banquet held in the nation's capitol.

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June 22, 2009

BAR Architects Announces Firm-Wide Sustainable Design Initiative

BAR Architects announced a firm-wide goal to design all projects to meet as a minimum standard the standards required for LEED Silver certification or equivalent sustainability criteria.

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March 03, 2009

BAR Architects Increases Green Business Practices

San Francisco, CA – February 3, 2009 -- San Francisco-based architectural firm, BAR Architects was recently declared a Certified Green Business by the City of San Francisco after three years of applications, inspections, interviews and enhanced regulations.

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May 22, 2008

BAR Architects' Principal Interviewed by Multi-Housing News Online

San Francisco, CA -- Principal Chris Haegglund, AIA was interviewed by online news editor Anuradha Kher, for Multi-Housing News Online.

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March 15, 2008

Stonebrook Court Featured in California Home and Design

San Francisco, CA -- Showcasing its spectacular transformation, the renovation of Stonebrook Court, in Los Altos, CA was featured in the February issue of California Home and Design.

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March 13, 2008

BAR Architects Wins Design Competition for International Senior Housing Project

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Selected from a group of international architects, BAR Architects was awarded the commission to design the Sun City Palace Tachikawa-–known locally as Sun City Palace Showa Kinen Koen for its adjacency to a famous regional park-—for HealthCare Japan, the premier developer of Japanese luxury senior residential facilities.

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January 17, 2008

BAR Architects Elevates New Principals of the Firm

San Francisco, CA -- BAR Architects announced today that the Associate Principals have been elevated to full partners in the firm.

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October 07, 2007

Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation Opens in Culpeper, Virginia

San Francisco, CA -- The Library of Congress has opened the doors to its newest facility, the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.

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October 01, 2007

Pebble Beach Residence Featured in Architectural Digest's October 2007 Architecture Issue

San Francisco, CA -- Taking its place among the most beautiful and architecturally elegant projects in the world, the Pebble Beach Residence, designed by BAR Architects is one of the most recent projects garnering industry accolades for the 40 year-old San Francisco design firm.

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September 12, 2007

Takarazuka Selected for AIA Publication, Design for Aging Review 9

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Receiving Special Recognition, Sun City Takarazuka was selected for the AIA publication, Design for Aging Review (DFAR) Nine.

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June 16, 2007

Burwell Residence Featured in Western Interiors and Design

San Francisco, CA -- The Burwell Residence, a custom home designed by Richard Beard, AIA, a partner at BAR Architects was featured in the June/July issue of Western Interiors & Design.

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May 15, 2007

BAR Architects Names New Associates of the Firm

San Francisco, CA -- Today BAR Architects announced the promotion of architects Debra Lehtone and Lisa Victor to Senior Associates of the firm.

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April 15, 2007

Rancho Mineiro Featured in April 2007 California Home and Design

San Francisco, CA -- Rancho Mineiro, a BAR Architects' designed custom home, was featured in the April issue of California Home and Design highlighting the best of wine-country living.

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July 17, 2006

BAR Architects Wins Regional and National Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--BAR Architects was recently honored with both local and national awards.

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May 15, 2006

BAR Architects Featured in Dream Porches and Sunrooms

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- BAR Architects is pleased to announce that the firm's work is featured in the book Dream Porches and Sunrooms.

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May 11, 2006

Paula Krugmeier, AIA, Speaker at ULI Spring Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Paula Krugmeier, AIA, Principal with BAR Architects served as a panel speaker at ULI's 2006 Spring Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

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March 08, 2006

Sun City Takarazuka in San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--"There's nothing about it that says either "retirement" or "institutional," remarks San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Susan Fornoff discussing Sun City Takarazuka's recent merit award from the International Interior Design Association.

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March 07, 2006

Builder Magazine Award of Merit for Woodmark

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--The Woodmark, a housing development in Palo Alto, CA for Summerhill Homes, was awarded Builder Magazine's Award of Merit.

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September 26, 2005

Website Named "Site of the Week" by Design Interact

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--BAR Architects' new website, launched on July 28th, was named "Site of the Week" by Communication Arts' Design Interact web magazine.

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June 01, 2005

David Israel to Speak at ULI's Real Estate Workshop

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- David Israel, AIA will be a featured speaker at this years' ULI Real Estate School.

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June 01, 2005

Woodmark at University Park and Victoria Green Receive Recognition at PCBC Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- BAR Architects is pleased to announce that Woodmark at University Park (BAR Architects, Design Architect/MBH Architects, Architect of Record) and Victoria Green were recently awarded Gold Nugget Awards at this year's PCBC Conference.

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May 01, 2005

Paula Krugmeier to be Panelist at PCBC/ULI Multifamily Trends Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--BAR Architects' Paula Krugmeier will serve as a panelist at this year's PCBC/ULI Multifamily Trends Conference.

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March 28, 2005

BAR Architects Moves to New Offices in San Francisco's SoMa Neighborhood

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--BAR Architects, an 80-person architecture and interior design firm in San Francisco, has moved from its former offices at 1660 Bush Street to 543 Howard Street in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

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November 29, 2004

50 Percent of Technical Staff Become LEED Accredited

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--BAR Architects, an 80-person architectural firm in San Francisco, Calif., is proud to announce the recent LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation of over 50 percent of the firm's technical staff.

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June 03, 2004

Hospitality & Restaurant Design Features BAR Architects

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--BAR Architects announces the publication of the firm's select hospitality projects -- the Sundance Institute, Robert Mondavi - ToKalon Winery, Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club and Seven Restaurant -- in the book Hospitality & Restaurant Design No. 3.

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May 11, 2004

Santana Row, Avalon Towers on the Peninsula, Paseo Plaza and Kobe Towers in Urban Spaces No. 3

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Urban Spaces No.3, the third book in a series that illustrates the shaping the of the world's public spaces, features several of BAR Architects' recent mixed-use projects.

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March 21, 2004

BAR Architects Featured in Wine Country: Architectures and Interiors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--BAR Architects' Viansa Winery, Burwell Residence, Staglin Family Estate and Mumm Napa Winery are four of the eighteen featured projects in the new book, Wine Country: Architecture and Interiors.

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March 01, 2004

BAR Architects' Tech Building and Guest Facilities at Skywalker Ranch in Architectural Digest

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Enamored with history and inspired by the Victorian architecture of his childhood in Modesto, CA, George Lucas discusses the architecture of Skywalker Ranch in the March edition of Architectural Digest.

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November 18, 2003

BAR Designs Largest Urban Senior Housing Project in the World

BAR Architects announces they have completed the preliminary design of the largest, urban housing project for seniors in the world.

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September 15, 2003

Multi-Family News Names BAR Architects Industry Leader in Multifamily Housing

Multi-Family News recently named BAR Architects to "The 21 Club: The Industry's Leading Design Firms".

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September 09, 2003

Builder Magazine Awards BAR Architects' Santana Row Project of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Builder Magazine awarded its highest honor, Project of the Year, to BAR Architect's Santana Row.

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December 10, 2002

Aspen Institute and Sundance Institute Featured in Hip Hotels Ski

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Hip Hotels, the popular and stylish book series that features the best in hotel design throughout the world, recently featured the Aspen Institute and the Sundance Institute in Hip Hotels Ski.

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November 20, 2002

AR Architects Featured in Educational Environments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--BAR Architects is pleased to announce the firm's work featured in the book Educational Environments.

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November 07, 2002

Santana Row Grand Opening

Santana Row is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that blends a distinctive mix of living, shopping and dining experiences.

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April 01, 2002

Polo Phoenix Store Published in "Stores of the Year No. 12"

Visual Reference Publications recently published the Polo Store in Phoenix, Arizona in its book, "Stores of the Year, No. 12."

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April 01, 2002

Polo Sport Design Earns Merit Award

The Institute of Store Planners in collaboration with Visual Merchandising and Store Design Magazine recently awarded BAR Architects with a Merit Award for Polo Sport in SoHo, New York.

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April 01, 2002

Scripps College Wins Excellence in Design Award

The City of Claremont Architectural Commission recently awarded BAR Architects an Excellence in Design Award for the design of a new residence hall at Scripps College.

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June 15, 2001

AIACC Awards BAR "Architecture Firm of the Year 2000"

BAR recognized for its mentorship program.

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June 01, 2001

BAR Architects Appoints New Associate Principals

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--BAR Architects announces the appointment of six new associate principals: Jeff Goodwin, AIA, Chris Haegglund, AIA, Mark Koester, AIA, Susan McComb, AIA, Gary Schilling, AIA and Earl Wilson, AIA.

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