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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Enza Zaden

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

When Enza Zaden first came to Salinas in 2000, WRD Architects provided architectural and interior design services for their seed manufacturing facility. The 17,400-square-foot facility included a warehouse for manufacturing, packing, and controlled storage, a seed mill room, and 3,338 square feet for corporate offices.

In 2016, WRD helped Enza Zaden complete a seamless 24,400-square-foot addition to keep up with the high seed demand and bring all of its Salinas operations back under one roof. The expansion included temperature- and humidity-controlled rooms for storing seeds as well as space to support the expanded seed cleaning, treatment, cold storage and packing processes. In 2017, Enza Zaden installed solar panels to use renewable energy, which is consistent with the company’s commitment to sustainability.

Early in the design process, WRD’s interior design team worked with client to develop a modern, fresh look that was consistent with the brand. The office design encourages open communication and flexible work spaces. Each desk is a sit-stand desk promotes employee wellness.

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Wine Experience

Wine Experience

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

With a 1,500-square-foot tenant space near the Monterey Plaza Hotel, WRD Architects was able to create a vibrant and inviting space highlighting an innovative wine concept bar. The space is split into two distinct areas; an industrial workspace for blending different varietals of wine and a lounge and bar area for parties and casual conversation.

The back wall of the bar is made of reclaimed wood staves from used wine barrels and original barrel heads were customized with a wine-tap system for patrons. The bar is curved stainless steel evoking the feel of chardonnay fermentation tanks. The incorporation of LED lighting controls and digital control solutions support the dynamic environment’s needs.

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Water + Leaves

Water + Leaves

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects worked with a visionary owner to create a contemporary space for the first specialty tea and coffee shop on Monterey’s Fishermans Wharf.

The client’s passion for tea inspired the design process. Four high performance digital tea steepers maintain the optimal temperature, pressure and timing for each variety of tea. Several varieties of raw, local honey are displayed in six giant dispensers behind the counter.

The cafe’s commitment to sustainable, organic practices is reflected in the design. The exposed ceiling features natural wood while the new balcony addition and glass doors leading to it provide a clear, uninhibited view of the Monterey Bay. A mural near the balcony connects the Bay’s fishing industry with the owner’s own extended family.

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