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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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Lowney Architecture Welcomes New Leadership

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Publication: Seattle Post

Elisabeth Sporer to work with founder Ken Lowney on forging a sustainable future for the firm Oakland, CA (PRWEB) December 22, 2014 Lowney Architecture – one of the top 100 fastest-growing private companies in the San Francisco Bay Area as...

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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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