Holman Building

Holman Building

Location

Pacific Grove, CA

Project Type

Built in 1924, the Holman Building has seen a myriad of uses: the most famous being Holman’s Department Store, which was immortalized in John Steinbeck’s book “Cannery Row.” Over the years, the building was remodeled with disregard to its past and ultimately fell upon serious disrepair. WRD Architects was selected to renovate the building and restore it to its former glory.  The building includes 25 luxury condominiums on the upper floors, with a ground-floor restaurant and basement-level parking garage.

The redesign includes the reinstallation of the original three-part Chicago-style windows with large fixed-center panels flanked by two smaller double-hung sash windows.  The historic grid pattern of windows on the facade is continued around the entire building with added balconies, which showcase stunning bay and mountain views.  The facade is now restored to match the detailing from the 1920’s with its original beauty and glamour.

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Van Buren Senior Housing

Van Buren Senior Housing

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects designed a new 19-unit two-story apartment community for low-income senior residents in Downtown Monterey.  The 17,000-square-foot senior community was designed to be compatible with the existing single-family residential neighborhood.  WRD Architects provided full architectural services from project inception including programming, needs assessment, development guidelines, and master planning.  The project was developed by nonprofit MidPen Housing on City-owned land in a joint effort to address a severe need for affordable senior housing.

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Tynan Village

Tynan Village

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects designed large-scale low-incoming housing for Monterey County Housing Authority, revitalizing a neglected area of downtown Salinas in the process.  This urban infill project was planned near community bus lines on a major transportation corridor.

Tynan Village has 171 residential units, ranging from one- to four-bedroom configurations to meet the need for attractive, yet affordable “workforce” housing near retail and commercial businesses.  The mixed-use walkable community includes nearly 13,000 square feet of street-level commercial space with integrated outdoor recreation areas as well as garage and surface parking.

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Sunflower Gardens

Sunflower Gardens

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

Sunflower Gardens is an affordable, multi-family supportive housing community built to the highest green standards. This new four-building complex in Salinas provides 18 affordable dwelling units with communal facilities and support services to 23 formerly homeless or at-risk adults through Interim Inc., a Monterey County nonprofit organization that provides quality housing for people with psychiatric disabilities.

Sunflower Gardens was the first in Monterey County to achieve Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes certification. The design includes the use of on-site renewable energy from an array of solar photovoltaic panels.

Intricate sunflower mosaic tiles created by clients are integrated into the buildings’ exterior. Through an Interim-funded arts program for homeless adults called Breakthrough H’art, and Dorothy’s Place, a local soup kitchen and homeless shelter, artists met weekly for a year to create the vibrant art pieces.

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Santa Clara University, Graham Hall

Santa Clara University, Graham Hall

Location

Santa Clara, CA

Project Type

Home to approximately 350 incoming undergraduate students each year, Graham Hall has the largest resident population of any building on the Santa Clara University campus. WRD Architects oversaw the permitting and construction of the new four-story, 125,000-square-foot structure for the University as part of an initiative to increase on-campus housing. With a strong focus on sustainability, the new residence hall incorporates salvaged and recycled materials from 96 percent of the four 1960s-era dorm buildings that were demolished to make way for the new building. The project was named a “Best Green Project” finalist in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Structures awards.

The residence hall features common areas and maximizes the use of green space around the building, integrating the new landscaping with existing landscaping around an adjacent Commons. Design elements include abundant natural light, courtyards with green space, high ceilings in common areas, glass walls where appropriate, and a general feeling of openness that fosters a sense of community and ease of access.

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Media

Santa Clara University recycles bulk of former dorm to build new student quarters
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/print-edition/2012/09/28/structures-santa-clara-university.html?s=print
Silicon Valley Business Journal

Tour of Graham Hall (Video)
https://vimeo.com/82053950
Santa Clara University, Vimeo


Rockrose Gardens

Rockrose Gardens

Location

Marina, CA

Project Type

Named after a plant that puts forth beautiful blooms despite drought and extreme adversity, Interim’s Rockrose Gardens housing project creates an environment of beauty and dignity for low-income residents who have faced economic hardship and psychiatric disabilities. The striking new complex contains 21 modern apartments with integrated common areas and landscaped courtyards.

Interim Inc., a nonprofit helping clients find recovery from mental health challenges as well as housing and other support, partnered with WRD Architects to create the LEED for Homes Gold certified facility, with spaces designed to inspire health, wellness and sense of community for residents.

Sloped roofs and earth-toned finishes unify the buildings on their hilltop site off of Abrams Drive in Marina. WRD designed the interiors of the two-story structures to feature natural daylighting, vaulted ceilings, and calming, natural colors. The facility also includes a community room for individuals to connect in a comfortable group setting. The inner courtyard provides a landscaped, safe environment for outdoor gatherings and reflection.

Six rockrose tile mosaics are prominently featured in the project.  Created by Interim Inc.’s clients, the art symbolizes beauty and resilience. Custom designed gates with rockrose blossoms reinforce this inspiring message.

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Lighthouse Mixed-Use

Lighthouse Mixed-Use

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects designed a new three-story mixed-use development located between Monterey’s Downtown and Cannery Row districts.  The two-building complex introduces a fresh, modern look to this transitional neighborhood. Brick and cement plaster finishes, solid copper accents, aluminum sunshades and canopies, and an open walkway through the center of the building further enhance this pedestrian-oriented development.

The building facing Lighthouse Avenue includes 7,700 square feet of ground floor commercial space with 26 modern one- and two-bedroom apartment units above.  The second structure along Foam Street features six one-bedroom apartments. Apartment tenants have access to additional storage space, laundry rooms and private “tuck under” parking.

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Media

New Monterey mixed use project close to completion
http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20170411/NEWS/170419963
Monterey Herald

Construction along Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey
http://www.ksbw.com/article/construction-along-lighthouse-avenue-in-monterey/1333448
KSBW