The Wakefield Building
Damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake, the 1920s era high-rise in downtown Oakland required a seismic strategy that would incorporate ADA, life safety code, and mechanical/electrical upgrades and also provide flexibility for tenant planning. Huntsman preserved the unique wood storefronts and forecourt, a neo-gothic lobby, and restored the historic windows on the primary elevations. Windows on the non-historic elevations were replaced with energy efficient glazing systems. An innovative exiting solution addressed life-safety code requirements, while preserving the building's historic fabric. All new life safety, electrical, and mechanical systems were provided to ready the building for individual tenant projects. New restrooms and elevator lobbies were designed to maintain the historic stairwell, while providing for ADA and other code requirements. Huntsman worked closely with the Oakland Planning, Building and Fire Departments to address code improvements while maximizing tenant functionality within the historic structure.
Client Arroyo & Coates
Location Oakland, CA
Scope Base Building Renovation and Seismic Upgrades
Size 60,000 square feet
2002 Oakland Heritage Alliance Partners in Preservation Award