Client work

SF Chronicle article highlights our recenct Oakland project

The Oakland based co-working space we finished renovations on in June is highlighted in this weeks SF Chronicle, the Sunday addition.
A project that we completed in early summer of this year, The Port Workspace is three floors of awesome co-working.

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Working closely with our client, as we always to, we renovated this empty shopping mall in the heart of Oakland into a vibrant co-working space.
The project is open now. You can see more on The Port Workspace Broadway location on our projects page.

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Forgotten Fridays, War Room Drawing Table

Sometimes, as it happens, we are hired to create designs and even physical pieces that, for one reason or another, never come fully to life.
These designs tend to get filed away, sometimes brought out again, but mostly just logged and stored in their client folder, rarely to be looked at again.

Our 'Forgotten Fridays' series is a place for us to showcase and celebrate the most interesting forgotten designs; parts of which may someday again breath life!

This table design was part of a larger office renovation project, turning an existing building into the main headquarters for a company in Southern CA. We did all the architectural designs and the interior design to revitalize the building and make the new space inviting, comfortable and practical for the company. As part of this renovation, we designed all the furniture for the interior as well. We typically design the interior finishes and furniture for our renovation projects, and often we build large amounts of the furniture that goes into the final building.

Here is one design from that renovation project that got cut out early on.

A large drawing / meeting / 'war room' table
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With storage underneath for large format drawings as well as smaller storage for pens & such.
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We did eventually design and build a similar table for the same client but in a different location that can be seen here, on our projects page.
But this table with its cool floating top did not come to life. Perhaps it will one day!

Happy Forgotten Friday!

The Asbury Discovery Center is now open!

We could not be more pleased with the opening of the Asbury Discovery Center this summer, a project we have been working on since last year. It all came out beautifully, filled with moving gears, secret doors and hidden treasures. Not to mention reptiles!

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The Asbury Discovery Center is the latest addition to the Hattiesburg, MS Children's Zoo. And we were given the task of designing it, and fabricating many of the components.

The main attraction in the front of the building is a large grassy area for Galapagos Tortoises to roam, complete with a small building for them to retreat inside to.

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The front of that small building welcomes visitors with an interactive gear wall. It all spins!

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Inside the Tortoise House is designed to look like an engine room, complete with electrically turning piston.

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The walkways are lined with rotating fans overhead, decorative arches and window and door frames.

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The window and door frames peek into all kinds of animal enclosures, like this cute critter

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And this enormous window that looks into the reptile enclosure

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Finally, when you get into the main education room, there is even more to see, and even more to interact with!

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A gear wall at the end of the room is a delight for all the children.

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And small doors down at the base of the cabinets are waiting to be discovered.

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See more about this project on our Asbury Discovery Center project page.

The Interval at Long Now - Opens this weekend!

The library, bar, museum, and cafe we designed for The Long Now will be opening this weekend to the public!
What a great weekend to check it out.
The museum and café is open daily from 10 AM-5 PM. Bar hours run 5 PM - 12 AM.
2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Building A, 415-561-6582

With the opening of the renovated space, now named The Interval, comes lots of great press.

From the NewYorkTimes, an article in their Sunday Magazine Food section.

From Zagat, a web article about the drinking and ceribral delights The Interval has to offer

From Urbandaddy, a lovely pictorial walk through of the new space

And finally, a wonderful write up on Laughing Squid about the progress of the space and what it has to offer.

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Gears and more gears!

We have been working steadily on the design and fabrication for the interior & exterior building of the Tortoise exhibit area for the Hattiesbug Zoo in MS. The latest completed pieces are the interactive gears going all around the complex.

This larger interactive gear piece goes on the outside wall of the main tortoise house, for kids and adults to play with.

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See a video of this piece in action...

Made of polypro, exterior grade woods and stainless steel hardware, this piece is made to survive the Mississippi weather and children alike.
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Smaller gears are in a cluster next to it, as a sign hangs above, as shown in this early drawing.

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The 'gear cluster' final designs look like this:

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Below is a photo of a 'gear cluster' completed, made of polypro, exterior grade woods and stainless steel.
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See a video of the gears in action...

The interior of the main presentation room will look like this, with another interactive gear wall under the flat screens in the back.

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Here is the final design for the interior interactive gear wall
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And here is the final fabrication of that piece getting its last bits put in place at our shop
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Steering wheels in three sections of the interactive wall allow for the spinning of the gears
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See a video of this interactive gear wall...

Next up we are working on this small building pictured below, which will be the holding pen and watering hole for the Tortoises.
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Very soon, that building will look like this!
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In production for the Hattiesburg Zoo

We are in full production right now for a project that finished design phase last fall. Our design of the Galapagos Tortoise enclosure and adjoining "Discovery" Area for the Hattiesburg Zoo in Mississippi is coming to life!

Here Joel, from the BWC fabrication shop, puts together the final pieces for the exterior interactive gear wall.
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For scale, BWC Designer Be stands next to the main attraction of the exterior interactive gear wall. The whole thing will be painted and then final assembly and rotation testing will take place before it is shipped out.
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More gears for an interior interactive wall that will be in the main event space.
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This rendering of the exterior hallways of the zoo building shows the design for the window frames and arches that span the walkway.
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Here is the design for the window frames and spanning arches for the inside of the main events room.
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The final exterior arch. Each arch has a center medallion that is specific to that arch.
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The medallions are all different animals set on a gear scene.
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The final assembly will happen onsite, with stainless hardware and slotting made for the various widths of the walkway.
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The window and door frames are also made of durable exterior materials. The stainless hardware of the arches matches the stainless details and hardware on the window and door frames. Pictured here is the smallest window frame, fully assembled.
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The decorative carving details added to the brackets once again define our company, which I guess we could have named 'Why not', but settled instead on 'Because We Can'.
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Tinker Stations and Shelving for an Oakland School

For a small private school in Oakland, we recently completed the first phase of a revamp of their front hallway area.
Now to be used for displaying the students' art pieces and holding "Maker" classes.

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The shelving is a shadow box design with cork backers for hanging the students art, and runs the length of one side of the hallway.

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On the other side of the hallway, the tinker stations line up in a row. We took design references from the original Julia Morgan building & furniture, integrating them into the stations.

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The stations have a full cabinet of storage in their interior, and peg boards and white boards inside either door.

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The work surface has a grid pattern carved into a sturdy maple top.

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And small drawers for supplies line the top.

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Happy Making, kids!

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Bloom inspired Light Shades

For a loft renovation project in downtown San Francisco, we designed light shades inspired by blooming flowers.

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Lots of other things are happening in this project, but for now I am just showing off the light shades. They came out really nicely and make a big difference already to the space!

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Large frosted bulbs allow us to have the bottom of the shade exposed, and show off the details inside. When you look up at the shade you can see the aluminum plates that suspend above. The patterns cut into the plates throw fun shadows onto the ceiling.

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Of course, the different patterns throw different shadows above.

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We had a fun time designing these. Not one shade is alike, as the overlapping frosted panels fall in a different orientation on each. The patterned aluminum is unique on each as well.
More to come on this project as it progresses!

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