Lowney Architecture

Grocery

Another Successful Tour

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Lowney Architect Tony Valadez led a hard hat tour of Lowney's Chow Oakland on Saturday, September 24th. Participants learned about this unique project which includes a hybridized program: part food market, part restaurant, part café, and part commercial bakery, and which intentionally blurs the line between interior and exterior. The project is an adaptive re-use of and addition to an existing building with (almost) every type of construction represented: masonry, cast in place concrete, original wood and sheathing, new dimensional and engineered lumber, and existing and new steel. Construction is slated to be done in January 2017.

Chow Oakland Tour on Saturday, 9/24

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AIA East Bay will be hosting a tour of Chow Oakland, our project currently under construction on Piedmont Avenue. Lowney’s Tony Valadez will lead the hard-hat tour, offering insights and a preview of this exciting new project before it opens to the public – part food market, part restaurant and café and part commercial bakery. More information and a link to register can be found here

Architects Reign as Grocery Kings

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Publication: San Francisco Business Times
By Richard Procter
Photo: Spencer A Brown

For Ken Lowney, 2012 was “the year of hell.”

He had to buy out his business partner and his longtime girlfriend died.

His firm, Lowney Architecture, had been bringing in around $1.3 million in revenue annually since he founded it in 2003. After a grueling 2012 and 20 years as an architect, Lowney had to decide: Either double down on his gig specializing in designing grocery stores and pre-fab housing, or do something else, like real estate development.

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