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Fourth & U, Berkeley, CA

Fourth & U, Berkeley, CA

When Essex Property Trust of Palo Alto, North America’s fifth largest landlord, came to San Francisco based architect, Christiani Johnson with plans for a new 171 unit apartment complex over retail at 700 University Avenue, a very prominent Berkeley location, (the site is immediately adjacent to Berkeley’s beloved Brennan’s Hof Brau restaurant and sports bar and the Amtrak Station) Hohbach-Lewin, Inc. was called in to provide full structural design services for both the sub-grade parking and the five story super structure.

The site is arranged with two 5-story buildings consisting of four levels of wood framing supported by an elevated post tensioned concrete podium over the first floor retail spaces. To optimize parking and allow for an additional 50 living units, the Klaus hydraulic stackable car parking system was employed.

Jack London Gateway, Oakland, CA

Jack London Gateway, Oakland, CALocated in the Jack London Gateway Plaza shopping center in West Oakland, this 61 unit mixed-use development utilizes 3 levels of light gauge framing supported by a post-tensioned concrete podium. Unique structural features include a future in-line retail building that is partially underneath and at an angle to the principal axes of the new building. As such, the building columns had to be angled and located within the future demising walls of the retail space.

The Green-Point rated building features solar powered common areas, an energy efficiency 15% greater than Title 24 requires, plus low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) interior paint, and flooring.

Creek Bridge Village, Salinas, CA

Creek Bridge Village, Salinas, CAThe project consists of 5 mixed-use buildings located in the center of Salinas. This project includes Multi-story luxury apartments over Retail spaces. This project was constructed for Creek Bridge Homes of Tres Pinos, California. Construction Budget is $10M.

Cummings Park Mixed-Use Complex, East Palo Alto, CA

Cummings Park Mixed-Use Complex, East Palo Alto, CAThis three-story multi-unit building consists of two levels of wood framing over retail and under ground parking. Both the parking lid and retail podium were constructed as post-tensioned concrete slabs. The ground level retail spaces include mezzanines. These 30 for sale units were constructed as the only residential component within this large retail center. Construction cost was approximately $12M.

Opportunity Center of the MidPeninsula, Palo Alto, CA

Opportunity Center of the MidPeninsula, Palo Alto, CAThis five-story multi-unit residential building is constructed over two-levels of underground parking. The mixed-use facility constructed by Not-for-Profit Housing developers encompasses 74,000 square feet of Single Residential Occupancy (SRO) and Family Shelter rooms. The facilities include Social Services Offices and related functions on the ground floor. Construction cost was approximately $10M.

Crescent Village Town Center East and West Villages, Eugene, OR

Crescent Village Town Center East and West Villages, Eugene, ORThis project was the 2nd phase of Arlie & Company’s Urban Village Development in North Eugene. The design and construction incorporates numerous green building features. This development provides 120,000 SF of apartments, 37,000 SF of retail shops and restaurants, and 40,000 SF of underground parking. Construction consists of below grade concrete basement walls and columns supported by conventional spread footings. The first and second floor levels are concrete post-tensioned slabs that support the 4-levels of wood framed housing above.

Royal Mixed-Use Building, Eugene, OR

Royal Mixed-Use Building, Eugene, ORThis complex includes four levels of wood-framed housing and community space supported by a second-story post-tensioned concrete podium. The ground floor space is retail. The development provided an environmentally conscious solution to affordable housing by locating the Royal Building in the heart of downtown where the main transit hub encourages urban density and foot traffic.

The Vineyards Apartments, Gilroy, CA

The Vineyards Apartments, Gilroy, CAThis apartment complex was constructed in 2005-06. The project consisted of 170 units within 16 buildings. The total building area is 157,000 square feet and the construction cost was $24.0M.

Photos courtesy of the Architectural Office of Christiani Johnson of San Francisco.

Trellis Square Apartments, Sunnyvale, CA

Trellis Square Apartments, Sunnyvale, CAThis seven building apartment complex, originally constructed in the early 80’s required extensive structural renovation due to massive wood decay. All exterior windows and affected finish material were removed so that decayed structural members could be repaired. Exterior decks were upgraded and the buildings were seismically enhanced. The structural repair work was reviewed and directed by on-site Hohbach-Lewin personnel so that disruption to building tenants was minimized. Services were provided directly to the owner.

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