Historic East-West Courthouse Renovation

Historic East-West Courthouse Renovation

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

Described by County of Monterey Project Manager Judy Jeska as the “Jewel of the County,” the East-West building sits on a site that has functioned as a county seat of government for nearly 140 years.  WRD Architects transformed the interiors of this existing 1937 WPA-era courthouse into a new headquarters for the Monterey County District Attorney.

Special care was taken to refurbish the National Registry listed building with steel windows replaced and painted to their original “Agean green.”  At the rear of the building, a new skybridge connects the three-story West Wing with the two-story East Wing.  The first floor will include a law library and a cafe.

WRD provided full architectural services from project inception including programming, needs assessment, development guidelines, and master planning. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.

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Pacific Grove Aquatics Center

Pacific Grove Aquatics Center

Location

Pacific Grove, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects helped Pacific Grove Unified School District replace a deteriorating 1950’s era aluminum pool with a new Aquatics Center. The existing L-shaped pool was replaced with a new 25-yard x 25-meter pool, along with included accessibility improvements to existing locker room areas, new outdoor mechanical shed, new exterior showers, and set of diving boards. The expanded high school pool also serves the larger Pacific Grove community, providing expanded beginner and adult swim along with new functions, such as water polo.

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Salinas Recreation Center

Salinas Recreation Center

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

Partnering with the City of Salinas, WRD Architects is helping the City to convert a vacant 13,200-square-foot municipal building into a new recreation center.  The firm is providing the City a phased approach to the design of a new indoor basketball court, a multipurpose space with teaching kitchen, new restrooms, and additional recreation areas.  WRD is leading the programming, needs assessment and master plan for the community center.

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Monterey County Health Department

Monterey County Health Department

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects worked with Monterey County to design the new 47,000-square-foot Health Department headquarters. To reduce downtime and eliminate the need for interim housing, the new building was designed to be constructed adjacent to the existing headquarters, which has now been demolished. Materials were recycled during the demolition process, and the existing asphalt was ground up and used as the foundation for the new parking lots.

The new facility consolidates four Bureaus – Administration, Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Environmental Health – as well as the Public Health Laboratory, into an open office environment which improves communication, maximizes natural lighting, and accommodates growth and fluctuations in program sizes.

The multi-level design steps down the existing topography and minimizes building mass while tying into the existing Natividad medical campus.

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Monterey Downtown Plan

Monterey Downtown Plan

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

In creating a plan to develop new business and tourism opportunities in Downtown Monterey, WRD Architects and Slavik Planning + Design Group spent two years conducting thousands of hours of community outreach and research to redesign Downtown Monterey’s plazas and streetscapes to improve access and commerce.

Presentations were given in many different locations across the Monterey community. Afterward, participants were invited to share their thoughts. Based on this input, WRD’s team would update the program to incorporate the latest ideas and suggestions. This iterative process of nearly 60 presentations helped WRD refine ideas and design well-received spaces and a widely-embraced downtown plan that reflects the Monterey community’s needs and aspirations. The outdoor seating area in front of Cafe Trieste on Alvarado Street was one of the first of these projects to be completed.

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Monterey County Government Center

Monterey County Government Center

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

In 2013, Capital One financial services abruptly vacated its former Salinas offices at Shilling Place, leaving vacant a sprawling corporate campus with over 200,000 square feet of interior space and sea of existing cubicles. Monterey County saw a unique opportunity to consolidate eighteen different disparate departments under a single roof, and engaged WRD Architects to conduct a massive programming effort that involved civics and logistics in equal measures.

WRD Architects’ design transformed the existing one- and two-story former financial services buildings into a vibrant centralized campus for the County of Monterey. WRD provided full project oversight from project conceptualization to final interior furnishings with services that included programming, needs assessment, development guidelines, master planning, final permit documents, bidding assistance and construction administration.

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Holland Center

Holland Center

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects partnered with Middlebury Institute of International Studies to renovate the Holland Center, a popular student center at Middlebury’s Monterey campus.  The newly expanded Holland Center features new kitchen and multipurpose areas, along with several different study zones for individuals and groups. The ceiling is composed of reclaimed wood salvaged from previously demolished buildings on campus.

The student center seamlessly extends outside, where students and faculty can gather under the lighted wooden entry trellis or newly landscaped patio areas in the back of the building.

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Media

Holland Center Reopens After Extensive Renovations
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Carmel High School Library

Carmel High School Library

Location

Carmel, CA

Project Type

Carmel Unified School District chose WRD Architects to design the new Carmel High School Library.

The library features 18-foot high, open wood-beamed ceilings and an extensively glazed exterior gable wall, which provides panoramic views and abundant natural lighting. The library includes a classroom, a computer lab with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard, a media room, and a seating area for reading periodicals. The latest technology is integrated throughout the building to enhance students’ educational experience. The building’s exterior was designed to integrate with the generally bucolic feel of existing campus structures.

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