Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Location: Oakland, CA

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As part of a major Civic Center expansion in Oakland, PGAdesign was chosen to modify a decade-old plan for City Hall Plaza. PGAdesign’s recommendations not only preserved a landmark live oak planted by Jack London’s widow 80 years earlier, but also saved two other oaks—improving their vigor through special measures developed to protect their roots.

PGAdesign gathered extensive public input to satisfy historic, community, and practical requirements, then presented innovative design solutions to safeguard a stand of sycamores previously slated for removal. Akebono cherry trees planted in front of City Hall honor Mr. Ogawa’s public service. Other contextually appropriate plantings were chosen for their ability to withstand heavy pedestrian activity. Today the Plaza provides a beautiful and enduring setting for social, cultural, and civic activities.

Location: Oakland, CA

Project Type: Civic

As part of a major Civic Center expansion in Oakland, PGAdesign was chosen to modify a decade-old plan for City Hall Plaza. PGAdesign’s recommendations not only preserved a landmark live oak planted by Jack London’s widow 80 years earlier, but also saved two other oaks—improving their vigor through special measures developed to protect their roots.

PGAdesign gathered extensive public input to satisfy historic, community, and practical requirements, then presented innovative design solutions to safeguard a stand of sycamores previously slated for removal. Akebono cherry trees planted in front of City Hall honor Mr. Ogawa’s public service. Other contextually appropriate plantings were chosen for their ability to withstand heavy pedestrian activity. Today the Plaza provides a beautiful and enduring setting for social, cultural, and civic activities.