by Hayley Wrubel
MBH + CJA

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After 24 wonderful years as Christiani Johnson Architects, Inc., we have decided to begin a new adventure. As of June 1st, 2018, we are officially joining the team at MBH Architects, where we will continue providing the same services you have come to know us for. Founded in 1989, MBH Architects is a multi-disciplinary firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay with offices in New York and Mumbai. After working together on projects over the years, we find that our firms share similar values and a commitment to high quality service that make us an ideal fit with one another.  

This is an exciting move for us, and we look forward to speaking with you more about it. You can reach us at:

MBH Architects
960 Atlantic Ave. Alameda, California 94501
510 865 8663
RichardC@mbharch.com

Looking forward to hearing from you, 
Rick & the CJA Team


by Hayley Wrubel
GRAND OPENING OF FETTERS APARTMENTS

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“We’re honored to partner with the County of Sonoma on this visionary community which is a model for infill development at its best and a great example of what’s possible when civic, non-profit and business leaders work together in innovative ways,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President of MidPen Housing. “This kind of collaboration is more important than ever after the fires displaced thousands of residents across the county and we look forward to continuing to work alongside county leaders on innovative housing solutions.” 

Read more here.


by Hayley Wrubel
THANK YOU LARRY SEAMAN!

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After 14 years with CJA, Larry Seaman retired at the end of July. With plans to travel the world and "enjoy a well-deserved break", we wish him well. Thank you, Larry Seaman!

 

 

 


by Hayley Wrubel
RESIDENTS MOVE INTO FETTERS APARTMENTS

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“This is what the hard work is all about,” [Scott Johnson, construction manager for MidPen Housing] says. “Actually, that’s all that it’s about – identifying households that would otherwise not have access to high quality, affordable housing, and putting them in a brand new home.”

Read more here.


by Hayley Wrubel
FETTERS HOT SPRINGS AFFORDABLE HOUSING WINS TOP PROJECT AWARD

Located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, Fetters Apartments will provide 60 hardworking, low-income families with affordable rental housing at 17310 Sonoma Hwy.

Fetters is the first phase of a planned neighborhood hub that will include intergenerational affordable units, shopping and commercial space, as well as a community garden, bicycle and pedestrian trails, a retrofitted shared-use playground for nearby Sonoma Charter School students and residents, along with other community-wide improvements.

Read more here.


by Hayley Wrubel
MARSTON PHASE 1 TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY ACHIEVED

Marston, at 601 Main Street, is a new development in Redwood City, consisting of 196 apartment units. Part of Redwood City’s Downtown Precise Plan, the project will bring high-density residential to the downtown core. The project emphasizes active uses at the street level to provide a pedestrian-friendly experience consistent with Redwood City’s vision for the downtown area. The design maintains a three story height limit along Main Street with an eight story portion behind.  Two levels of subterranean parking are provided. The Main Street façade is designed to complement the scale and character of Redwood City’s historic downtown buildings. Amenities include a fitness center, lounge, dog park, roof deck, barbecue, courtyard, business center, bike repair shop, dog wash, pool, and spa.  


by Hayley Wrubel
GRAND OPENING OF 2000 DELAWARE

"WESTLAKE URBAN AND PALO ALTO PARTNERS HOST OPENING OF LARGEST WORKFORCE HOUSING IN SAN MATEO TO DATE

On Wednesday, May 11, Westlake Urban and Palo Alto Partners will celebrate the grand opening of 2000 Delaware, a newly constructed, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented apartment community with 60 contemporary two-bedroom units for moderate-income households in San Mateo. The event, timed to coincide with Affordable Housing Week 2016, will feature an open house and remarks by San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals and a few of the city and community leaders and development partners who were instrumental in making 2000 Delaware possible. It is the City of San Mateo’s largest workforce housing project to date."

Read more here.


by Hayley Wrubel
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AT FAMILY CROSSROADS

Thurs., December 10, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
50 Hillcrest Drive, Daly City, CA 94014
RSVP by December 7, 2015 to chooper@ivsn.org
Refreshments will be served
 
Collaborating with InnVision Shelter Network, the Family Crossroads project at 50 Hillcrest Drive in Daly City will involve renovation of the existing infrastructure including a seismic retrofit, new office and program space, replacement and upgrade of existing plumbing and electrical systems, and a new code compliant elevator. All units will be renovated with new and upgraded fixtures, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and finishes. The lower floor will be altered to provide service spaces to meet IVSN program requirements and one designated unit will be rebuilt to comply with current accessibility sections of the 2013 CBC. IVSN’s Family Crossroads provides interim shelter and services for 14 families in need.

To view more of Christiani Johnson's current projects, read here.


by Hayley Wrubel
MADRONE WINS GRAND AWARD

MFE awards the Grand Award to Madrone Apartments for Best Apartment Renovation. 

Read more here.

Madrone apartments is an existing development built in the 1960’s. The project envisions replacing 50 of the existing apartments with 144 new dwelling units. The new buildings would be two and three stories in height over a single level basement garage. The new development will feature two large landscaped courtyards, a generous setback from the adjacent streets, as well as pedestrian connections to the sidewalk and to the existing apartments. The new buildings are designed to harmonize with the existing structures through consistency of materials, colors and roof slope. However, the architecture achieves a more dynamic and contemporary approach, through the use of larger windows, two story balcony wall elements, porches, stoops, awnings and trellises. The proposed project will be green point rated, and features a number of sustainable elements including enhanced solar control, reduced water usage, and re-use of demolition debris.


by Hayley Wrubel
GROUND BROKEN FOR FETTERS APARTMENTS

"It was a long time coming, but work has started on the newest affordable-housing development in the Valley. On Friday, MidPen Housing, the Foster City based nonprofit developer, and the county held a ceremonial groundbreaking on the 6.4-acre site at 17310 Sonoma Highway.

Some three-dozen county officials and invited guests heard the history of the project, and saw renderings of what it will look like when it’s finished.

Phase I, which is under construction, will have 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom low-income family apartments when it opens some time late in the fall of 2016. And Phase II will have 40 low-income one-bedroom apartments for seniors. 

There will also be a community garden, a shared playground with the Sonoma Charter School and an easement for the Central Sonoma Valley Trail.

There will also be a 6,400-square-foot commercial building called Vailetti Square."

Read more here.


by Hayley Wrubel
TIMOTHY HALEY HAS BEEN MADE ASSOCIATE

Mr. Haley is an innovative and client-focused architectural project manager with over 20 years proven success at providing efficient, quality design for both commercial and multifamily residential project types. He is a strong proponent of leveraging technology to bring about the most creative and expedient solutions to design and construction challenges. Creating projects to meet the clients’ needs by synthesizing program context, technology, and budget, Mr. Haley is recognized for his top performance by repeat client selection and architectural awards of merit.

Out of the office, Mr. Haley sees the world through his Nikon and enjoys hiking and cycling.

Project Highlights:
Mode Apartments, San Mateo, CA
Locale, Redwood City, CA


by Hayley Wrubel
DWIGHT WAY IN BERKELEYSIDE

A 99-unit, 6-story building planned in downtown Berkeley is kicking off construction in earnest with a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon. Demolition began last summer at 2121 Dwight Way, at Shattuck Avenue. Since then, the project has changed hands and promises a wide range of amenities to renters, such as high-quality kitchens, pet-friendly features, shuffleboard and “the latest Wi-Fi technology” in a communal lounge….Read more here.


by Hayley Wrubel
ETTA AWARDED GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR BY SFAA

Congratulations to the etta team! It is an honor to partner with Gerding Edlen on this distinguished project.

“Etta, a 13-story, 107 unit, LEED Gold certified mixed-use residential building located in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco was awarded Green Building of the Year by the San Francisco Apartment Association. This distinction is regarded as a significant award, presented by San Francisco’s most important landlord organization and advocate for rental housing in San Francisco since 1917…” Read more here


by Hayley Wrubel
CHRISTIANI JOHNSON ARCHITECTS IN SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

ENGAGING NEWCOMER GETS CONCRETE RESULTS: Dramatic cube adds needed tactile warmth to Inner Sunset block
by John King 

"Many people will look at 1266 Ninth Ave. in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset and hate what they see — a stark concrete form 100 feet wide and 23 feet tall, cut by four deep and resolutely right-angled bays. Here’s another way to view it: as an engaging newcomer with tactile warmth. And in an age where buildings are judged on the basis of whether or not they’re “contextual,” this one shows how subjective that word can be. The broad concrete cube holds a cafe. It extends out to the sidewalk from the four-story apartment building behind it, and neither the base nor the woodclad upper floors look like anything else on this commercial block that doubles as an entrance to Golden Gate Park. But in terms of what matters most about context to the ongoing life of a city —neighborhood scale and the social fabric — 1266 Ninth Avenue is an ideal fit. It’s a startling sight from any perspective, and not just because I remember when the site held a mortuary and parking lot. There aren’t many buildings in the Bay Area that announce themselves so emphatically, especially in well established neighborhoods with low height limits.

The reason this robust arrival doesn't feel like a gate-crasher is that the visual drama knows its place."

Read more here.


by Hayley Wrubel
CHRISTIANI JOHNSON ARCHITECTS IN CURBED SF

TEN SAN FRANCISCO BUILDINGS WITH KILLER OUTDOOR AMENITIES: 
…Venn has a fifth-floor terrace with sweeping city views as well as a community barbecue, fire pit, and and gas heaters to keep things toasty. There’s also a cocktail herb garden. Another ground-level courtyard is filled with drought-tolerant native plants.” Read more here.


by Hayley Wrubel
1266 NINTH AVENUE WINS GRAND GOLD NUGGET AWARD

Christiani Johnson Architects wins Best Mixed Use Project for 1266 Ninth Avenue.

“The judges felt this small mixed use project was an example with great transferability to many markets. The small site with a neighborhood commercial flavor provides an opportunity to add some residential geared to urban professionals looking for transportation links, sustainability, and clean attractive design. Visually appealing and well implemented.” 

Read more here.


by Hayley Wrubel
CHRISTIANI JOHNSON ARCHITECTS IN SFGATE

S.F.'S VAN NESS AVENUE SHOWS SIGNS OF ARCHITECTURAL ENERGY:

…Etta, a 13-story apartment complex at Van Ness and Sutter that's more a diagram than a design, yet substantial enough to be satisfying. There's a four-story base with a tall ground floor, then a broad tower with nine extra stories. Both are clad in earthy pre-cast concrete, a big step up from the neutral stucco that has been the norm of late...” 

Read more here.