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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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Ken Lowney and Creative Development Partners vie for Kaiser Convention Center Project

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

The Henry J. Kaiser Con­ven­tion Cen­ter — a crum­bling, or­na­mented build­ing that once hosted Grate­ful Dead con­certs and housed vic­tims of the Span­ish flu — has long been a piece of lost his­tory in Oak­land.

Now it’s be­come a po­lit­i­cal bat­tle­front.

“If you don’t have roots here, you don’t un­der­stand why that build­ing is so im­por­tant,” said Ran­dolph Belle, vice pres­i­dent of Creative Devel­op­ment Part­ners, a group that’s vy­ing for rights to ren­o­vate and re­open the Kaiser cen­ter prop­erty. Belle, who is 47 and grew up in San Fran­cisco, rat­tled off all the mem­o­ries he had of Kaiser cen­ter events be­fore the build­ing

shut­tered in 2005: Christ­mas pageants, bas­ket­ball games, an MC Ham­mer con­cert in 1987 that he de­scribed as “epic.”

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Plank wins Real Estate Deals of the Year 2014 (Restaurant)

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Publication: San Francisco Business Times

Winner, Restaurant: Plank
Oakland has seen dozens of restaurants open in recent years, but it’s never had anything like Plank. The project is nearly 50,000 square feet and it’s a lot more than a restaurant. There are two bowling alleys, a game arcade, a big beer garden and a space for corporate events. Operator Trifecta Management Group’s timing was perfect, opening right into the upswing at Jack London Square.

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Lowney Architecture Stays Profitable by Design, Lands ‘Best Year Ever’

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

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