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Now Presenting: New Parking

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Yesterday, Neil Gray from the City of Oakland came to our office to present the recently adopted revisions to the City of Oakland's off-street parking requirements. The Bay Area development community, including real estate agents, developers, brokers, and funders, gathered at our office to hear the presentation and ask questions about the new revisions.

A summary of these changes can be found on the City of Oakland's website, or by following this link.

We plan to host more events like this at our office in the future. You can find information about upcoming events on our Facebook page or here on our website.

 

Never too Old for a Field Trip

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This past Thursday, Lowney Architecture ventured out of the office and over to SFMOMA for some full-scale design inspiration. We took a guided tour of the Mario Botta building and Snøhetta addition, stopping in to appreciate the art exhibits along the way.

 

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In the same trip, we stopped at Panoramic's office to experience the first of many MicroPAD units we have worked with Panoramic in designing, where we then answered the question, "How many architects does it take to fill an SRO unit?" (Answer: At least 18)


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Afterward, we were treated to a beautiful dinner at Hakkasan, a Cantonese restaurant in the heart of San Francisco. (Highly recommend it!)


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Images courtesy of our very own Nick Gomez.

Happy Halloween from the Lowney Team!

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It may look like any ordinary day at Lowney, but a few of us definitely forgot to shave this morning. Happy Halloween! May it be full of plaid shirts and scruffy beards. 

Exclusive: Huge Oakland Tower Plan Combines Housing, Office, and Retail

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Publication: San Francisco Business Times
By Roland Li
Renderings: Jesse Duclos

The proposal is one of the largest among over a dozen highrise plans recently approved and proposed in Oakland. It would be the only one to combine residential and office space. No towers have yet started construction, but Lennar Multifamily's 1640 Broadway and Gerding Edlen's 1700 Webster St. have filed for building permits.

“We envision a vibrant mixed-use project along a major transit corridor that hits the trifecta of what Oakland needs right now,” said Ronnie Turner, a spokesman for Pinnacle Development Group and project consultant, in a statement. “Housing, office, and retail.”

In June, a pre-application was filed for a smaller 15-story tower at 1261 Harrison St., but the new, larger proposal will combine the adjacent parcel and span the northern half of an entire block. 

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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

Tour of the Orchards Just Days Before Grand Opening

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On September 8th, the Urban Land Institute hosted a project walkthrough and discussion just days prior to the Grand Opening of the Safeway at the Orchards. The design team, including Lowney Architecture, Jett Landscape Design, Miller Starr Regalia Legal and Terramar Retail Centers led two dozen participants through a two-hour tour of the new retail center. Thanks to Steven Lawton, Chair of the ULI Programs Committee for this informative opportunity.

 

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Trivia Night at Lowney Architecture Supports ARE Candidates

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Lowney Architecture hosted the inaugural AIA East Bay ARE-prep Trivia Night at its downtown Oakland office on Tuesday, August 30th. Four teams of candidates tested their SPD, PPP, and CDS knowledge in five rounds of friendly competition with emcee Mark Donahue, Design Director, and "Vanna" Winston Win, Project Manager from Lowney. Winston serves as the AIA East Bay 2016 Vice President and 2017 President-Elect and hopes to plan more events like this in the future.

Stay tuned for our next Trivia Night event!

Lowney Architecture to Host AIA East Bay Trivia Night

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You are invited to the AIA East Bay's Trivia Night, hosted at the office of Lowney Architecture, in Oakland, CA.

Who: Anyone who is studying--or thinking of studying--for their Architect Registration Examinations, specifically SPD, PPP, and CDS. Or anyone who has already taken the exams and wishes to brush up on their knowledge of the field. We won't discriminate.

What: Trivia Night! Questions will include content from the SPD, PPP, and CDS exams. Come show off your knowledge of effective environmental design, space programming, and architecture best practices. 

Where: Lowney Architecture's brand new office, located at:

360 Seventeenth Street
Suite 200
Oakland, California

When: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Why: Because competition is an effective learning tool.

How much: *$15 before 8/25, $20 after 8/25.

*The registration cost includes dinner. There will be prizes for the winning team.

 

You can follow this link to register online.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Sincerely,

Lowney Architecture

Kwik Way Plans Receive Broad Community Support

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Publication: San Francisco Chronicle
By Rachel Swan
Photo: Michael Short

After years of scrapped plans and benign neglect, Oakland’s moldering Kwik Way Drive-In is on the brink of demolition.

The midcentury diner, which over the last decade has intermittently shuttered and reopened on Lake Park Avenue, may soon be replaced by a five-story housing and retail development that will stand as tall as the nearby Grand Lake Theater. Though the project is still in its early stages, it appears to have near-unanimous support from a neighborhood where residents have quibbled for 12 years over what to do with the site.

“This site has been pretty controversial in the past,” said Councilman Abel Guillen, who represents the Lake Merritt district. “But you fast-forward to now, and we’re in this housing crunch, and this (property) is way underutilized.”

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