simpson center for girls

LEED Silver major renovation & seismic retrofit of an existing 5-story, 34,000 GSF historic office building for a non-profit organization serving girls at risk.

Existing historic details were preserved including the terra cotta facade and ground floor fluted molding and column capitals. We removed layers of 1960s and 1980s era renovations to restore daylight and views throughout, and introduced modern materials and colors throughout with a playfulness befitting girls inc.'s energetic staff and mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. 

Partners in Preservation Award for Rehabilitation, Oakland Heritage Alliance, 2014

Illuminating Engineering Society Bay Area Section Award for Lighting Design, 2014

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location: Oakland, CA

status: completed, July 2013

role: project manager

with Anne Phillips Architecture

photography © 2013, David Wakely