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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.

The firm's new office space is located in the first green office building in San Francisco to be registered with the United States Green Building Council. Designed by BAR, the tenant Improvements to the 18,500-gsf office space is planned to receive LEED Silver certification.

Designed to accommodate the firm's 80 employees with room to grow, the open floor plan, connected by a dramatic central staircase, provides a balance of generous layout space for staff, private offices, conference rooms and staff amenities. A simple lobby with classic modern furnishings and light fixtures and floor to ceiling windows, along the Howard Street facade, creates a lively indoor-outdoor experience for both visitors of the office and passing pedestrians.

Built in 1924 as a dairy warehouse, many of the building's original materials including the reinforced-concrete structure, heavy-timber framing and wood-sash windows were restored and reused. These renewable materials preserve the building's unique character and also eliminate many of the toxins found in typical office building construction.

BAR's office design reflects the firm's sustainable beliefs with the use of dual circulated fluorescent lighting which allows multi-level lighting controls; reclaimed walnut floor and stairs with non-toxic wax finish; low VOC carpet with recycled content and abundant day lighting. In addition, the central staircase and reception walls were built from reclaimed wood from one of BAR's recent restoration projects. During the interior remodel, 75 percent of construction waste was recycled.