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March 26, 2016

This is a quintessential CAW project: restoring the best of a design that had integrity but needed some tough love. Intervening emphatically and confidently with the elegant lobby addition, that harnesses a programmatic need for more space and restrooms to create a beautiful sense of entry. Solving the intricate technical challenges that all theaters entail. Stretching a thin project budget so that no one would ever suspect money was scarce.

On opening day, we were treated to live theatrical, dance, and musical performances, as well as tours led by the students who will be using this new 450-seat theater and performing arts center. The joy and enthusiasm on the student’s faces at the opening were palpable—they were just so excited to be turned loose in this building!

This is what we do, and why we do it, and we are deeply proud of this project.

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March 11, 2016

Thanks to Caroline, Monique, Gaston, Mary, Jilian, & Kelsey for volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos this week! They had fun throwing moldy cans around, sorting, labeling, and generally getting stuff done. Join them next time!

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February 29, 2016

This project is a bit of a game-changer for CAW, as it’s our first adaptive reuse of a non-theater space into a full, state-of-the-art modern theater, and to our knowledge, the first “Art Gym” in the world! And we’re giving an absolutely beautiful Bakewell and Brown building another 100 years of life.

Congrats to Team Roble!

Read the Stanford News article.

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September 24, 2015

The California Preservation Foundation‘s Design Awards Gala is a little over a week away, where CAW will be receiving awards for the Anna Head Alumnae Hall Renovation at UC Berkeley and for the Environmental Volunteers’ EcoCenter in Palo Alto. The event will be held in The Julia Morgan Ballroom located in the historic Merchants’ Exchange Building in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District. It promises to be a memorable event, celebrating a total of 16 winning projects that represent California’s diverse culture and history in the built environment.

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September 16, 2015

Last Thursday and Friday, the firm spent some amazing quality time together visiting the (almost) complete Merrill College renovation, hanging out in the new Plaza Building, flying a drone, kicking soccer balls, strategizing, eating, walking on the beach, telling campfire stories, and setting some pretty big goals for ourselves. Good times had by all!

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June 18, 2015

Buh-bye, locker room.

Posted by CAW Architects, Inc. on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Buh-bye, locker room.

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June 18, 2015

Old Chem is officially hollow……all 76,000 SF of it!

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March 27, 2015

On Monday morning, Andrew Hill High School held an opening celebration for their new Science & Art Building, an 18,000-SF replacement of the original Building 100. The new building features six visual arts classrooms, two science labs, and three general education classrooms. A brightly daylit central circulation corridor with clerestory windows also serves as an informal learning space, art gallery, and event venue.

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February 25, 2015

We are very pleased to announce that this afternoon our Central Commissary at Foster Elementary (The Foster Center) received an Award of Excellence in the “Project In Design” category of the 2015 C.A.S.H./AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Awards Program, the first of many State awards that we expect this important project to receive.

When completed, the facility will combine three distinct programs: a 30,000 square foot central kitchen, an education center, and a 1.5-acre urban farm, all on one site creating a singular, integrated experience for the students of Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland community. Not only will the Center produce nearly 50,000 meals each day, but it will offer a rich tableau of educational programs (developed in conjunction with the Center for Ecoliteracy) within the classrooms and the urban farm tailored towards all grade levels emphasizing STEM learning, farming, environmental science, and a range of career-based educational programs. This project will help to support the District’s goal to transform their nutritional services program and create a district-wide culture that connects food, culture, health, wellness, and education.

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February 18, 2015

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