Elihu M. Harris State Building

Location: Oakland, CA

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The heart of Oakland’s civic center area has undergone extensive renovation and modernization since the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. The 22-story complex on two square blocks — part of the revitalized downtown — serves as one of the key anchors for a pedestrian plaza that links three blocks between Jefferson Street and Broadway.

PGAdesign collaborated with Richard Keating to design a formal plaza at the main entry as well as an informal plaza associated with a day care drop-off. The formal entry responds to and connects with the pedestrian link to City Hall Plaza. Granite boulders from California’s foothills were integrated into the landscape and architecture, forming a pattern between planting beds and main lobby.

The modern civic plaza conveys dignity by using the quality of materials appropriate to a state government building. This formality extends along Clay Street, where the state building addresses the federal building on the adjacent block. A bold series of elegantly detailed planters guides pedestrians while separating ground-floor offices facing Clay Street.

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Susan C. Chamberlain, Development Director, Dinwiddie Construction Company

Location: Oakland, CA

Project Type: Civic

The heart of Oakland’s civic center area has undergone extensive renovation and modernization since the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. The 22-story complex on two square blocks — part of the revitalized downtown — serves as one of the key anchors for a pedestrian plaza that links three blocks between Jefferson Street and Broadway.

PGAdesign collaborated with Richard Keating to design a formal plaza at the main entry as well as an informal plaza associated with a day care drop-off. The formal entry responds to and connects with the pedestrian link to City Hall Plaza. Granite boulders from California’s foothills were integrated into the landscape and architecture, forming a pattern between planting beds and main lobby.

The modern civic plaza conveys dignity by using the quality of materials appropriate to a state government building. This formality extends along Clay Street, where the state building addresses the federal building on the adjacent block. A bold series of elegantly detailed planters guides pedestrians while separating ground-floor offices facing Clay Street.

Quotemark

Susan C. Chamberlain, Development Director, Dinwiddie Construction Company

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