7th Street

PGA worked in concert with city engineers to redesign 7th Street, creating a gateway from the West Oakland BART station to the adjacent neighborhood. Advancing the schematic plans developed by Hood Design, PGA improved safety by reducing street widths, adding stamped and colored crosswalks, bicycle lanes, high-end and vandal-resistant site furnishings, elegant lighting and a custom bus shelter. PGA detailed a large linear plaza flanked by an allée of trees, with paving plaques honoring jazz musicians of West Oakland – a touch that adds to the site’s sense of identity. The plaza’s paving was reinforced with electrical outlets to make the space useable for events such as farmers markets or outdoor concerts, highlighting the multimodal aspects of the site.