An adaptive re-use of the Alameda Landmark Del Monte Cannery, this mixed-use project will contain neighborhood serving retail, 309 live-work and residential units. Located between Buena Vista and Clement Avenues across from the Alaska Basin, the existing building, originally built in 1927 for the California Packing Company, is currently used as a general purpose warehouse. The structure is approximately 1,000 feet long by 240 feet deep. Character defining features include a pedimented clinker brick façade, large openings with overhead doors, multi-lite industrial sash windows and a linear loading dock running the length of the north and south façades.
After many unsuccessful development plans to repurpose the existing structure by other developers, the Tim Lewis Communities asked BAR Architects to study a re-use alternative focused on multifamily housing. BAR developed a strategy that involved considered removal of the existing roof to create interior circulation and light courts and insert residential units within the perimeter of the existing façade. Multi-level residential and live-work units take advantage of the existing brick walls, existing industrial sash windows and exposed heavy timber framing to create a unique living experience. Traditional “flat” style units are located in an area in the center where the existing roof structure is removed and replaced with a vertical addition. This addition is set back a minimum of 60 feet and up to 250 feet from the historic base. The project will provide a public pedestrian paseo linking the residential neighborhood at the south to the Alaska Basin to the north.
Sustainable materials are proposed, such as Resysta for guardrails and metal to replace canopies above the loading dock areas. The multi-level units have openings on two sides to enable cross ventilation. The project will provide parking for 185 bikes and a “bike kitchen” for repair.