Alhambra Creekside – Contra Costa County, California
Nestled into the hills amongst a beautifully wooded site, this main home, guest house, and workshop create a retreat in nature. The main home stair-steps up the hill at different levels, each level connecting to the outdoors with decks and patio spaces. The levels / rooms pinwheel off a main stair at the core of the home. The larger public spaces including the foyer, living, kitchen, dining, and breakfast nook are set lower on the hill. Up higher, an elevated bridge overlooks the foyer below, leading to the master suite, guest suite, and library.
To the west, the guest house is sited to wrap around a large oak tree. An open plan at the kitchen / living area allows for unrestricted views of the natural setting. Adjacent is the bedroom suite which steps down from the living area and opens up to a large deck.
The workshop at the east incorporates a garage and upper loft for woodworking and various hobbies.
Georgian Revamp – Wisconsin
Located on a sprawling hillside, this project involved an extensive addition and remodel to a Georgian Colonial home. The original historical style was continued throughout the main and upper levels expressed in custom cabinetry, moulding details, and ceiling treatments. The lower level explores less traditional expressions in the wine vaults, tasting room, exercise room, lap pool, and Green Bay Packer themed media room. Floor levels are connected vertically throughout the home; a double-height entry foyer with a grand stair opens to a library on the upper level, and a compound-curved second stair opens the lower level to the entertainment areas above. Multiple terraces provide connection to the hillside views and landscaped outdoors, including a waterfall, brook, pool, and tennis court.
CSU Stanislaus Student Services Building – Turlock, California
The Mary Stuart Rogers Student Services Building consolidated a total of thirty-three departments ranging from the Office of the President to the Student Counseling and Career Development into one central location. This provided “one-stop-shopping” for all student services on the campus; organized as an open, inviting, and user friendly experience. Departments are on three levels organized around a central barrel vaulted atrium. Clerestory windows in the atrium bring natural daylight into the interior spaces. Large, modular floor plates offer flexibility to meet the future changing space needs of departments in the 130,000 square foot structure.
HSU College Creek Student Housing – Arcata, California
Humboldt State University’s new housing complex creates community on the southwest quadrant of the campus. In addition to its close proximity to the campus academic core, the 6 acre site also provides a Community Center building and a multi-use soccer field. The residential buildings are grouped into four complexes with a total of 434 beds in apartment style units. The 15,000 sf Community Center at the corner of Harpst & Rossow Streets provides students with a public retail food service Marketplace as well as study rooms and a Great Hall for events. A support building along L.K.Wood provides the site with support facilities for the site’s new NCAA Soccer field such as locker rooms, maintenance, and public restrooms for the soccer program and intramural sports.
HSU Green & Gold Room – Arcata, California
Humboldt State University celebrated their centennial in 2013. As a key element of the celebration, HSU had elected to recapture the feel of the original library in Founders Hall built in 1919. Numerous renovations over the ensuing years have not been kind to the original character of the room. A schematic design was developed that would transform the current space for use as a study hall, a living room for small events, and a reception area for the campus community. The solution involved first exposing the natural beauty of the 1919 redwood trusses, adding of a mezzanine level overlooking the main floor, introducing wood paneling on the walls, new lighting, and display cases to house artifacts and memorabilia that portray the history of the campus. The furnishings of the room will allow for casual interaction among small groups and study tables for student homework.
Rendering: Timothy Wells
CSU Stanislaus Warrior Arena – Turlock, California
Programming and conceptual design services were provided for a $44 million new multi-purpose arena to host athletic events, concerts, and conferences. The facility will have a maximum capacity of 8,000 seats, as well as providing team training facilities, locker rooms, and green rooms.
Rendering: Peter M. Hasselman, FAIA
HSU Educational Student Services – Arcata, California
This new 134,000 sq ft facility will house 53 departments under the Office of the President, Provost, Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, and the Vice President of University Advancement. The building will provide students with a one stop location for all their services from enrollment, and financial aid to study abroad program opportunities. The consolidation of these services under one roof will bring greater efficiency to the departmental operations which are now fragmented in a number of locations about the campus. The building is seen as a key element in realizing the new campus master plan.
CSU Stanislaus Track & Field – Turlock, California
The existing track and field on CSU Stanislaus’s campus has been home to many events sponsored by the University and local athletic organizations. A new program and conceptual design was developed for improvements including permanent covered seating for 3,500 spectators, press box, concessions, team lockers, restrooms, and ticketing booths.
UWGB 21st Century Campus Life – Green Bay, Wisconsin
This project involved master planning, programming, and concept design for a new 8,000 seat event center, expansion to the Phoenix Sports Center, and expansion to the University Union. The project included collaboration with the University Steering Committee and three project committees to program and plan the development of new facilities to enhance student life on the campus. The improvements will total $60 million in project cost.
HSU College Creek Marketplace – Arcata, California
The College Creek Marketplace sits on the main level of Humboldt State University’s Community Center, central to the College Creek Housing Complex. This public retail food service area provides convenient foods to students and members of the community. The wide selection of offerings include a grill, pizza oven, coffee bar, salad bar, fresh sandwiches, pre-packaged meals, plus typical drinks and snacks. Food stations are organized along the two sides of the central circulation space. The Marketplace opens out to a terrace area to the interior of the housing complex. This allows students to meet friends and eat while overlooking the plaza and soccer field below. Avila Design provided retail consulting services.
Builder: Brown Construction, Inc.
Retail Interiors: Avila Design
Photography: Takata Photography
SJSU Student Health Center – San Jose, California
Programming through construction administration service were provided for this Student Health Center renovation to improve the image of the facility and maximize the usage of clinical spaces. The health center needed to create a more student friendly entry, waiting, and reception area, and renovate existing clinical and administrative spaces to improve utilization. The renovation opened up the front entrance and reception areas to the adjacent building lobby to create a more direct, visible approach for students. The use of strong color and acoustically absorbing materials helps identify the reception area while also providing a more comfortable, private environment for provider/client interactions.
Builder: C. W. Hansen Construction, Inc.
CSU Stanislaus Faculty Development Center – Turlock, California
Programming & schematic design services were provided for this $2.3 million donor-funded new facility created to provide space for continuing education and collegiality of the faculty. Various campus sites were evaluated and a lake site was selected. Programmatic elements include computer laboratories, seminar and conference rooms, library, a large gathering space with a kitchen, and administrative offices. The plan encompasses 12,000 square feet of space configured around a private courtyard to provide an inward focus while enhancing views to the lake. The one story design solution presents a warm and friendly environment intended to promote learning and the sharing of ideas among the faculty and their guests.
CSU San Bernardino Student Health Center – San Bernardino, California
This health center for the CSU San Bernardino campus expanded the original medical facility, constructed in 1977, to accommodate the health requirements of a future enlarged student body. Programming through construction administration services were provided, including performing an analysis and working with the steering committee and staff to develop and organize the required clinic and counseling program components. The final design included new counseling and medical spaces in the addition off of two daylit hallways as organizing elements. Each counseling space looks out into a private, screened garden. Access to group rooms is shared between the medical and counseling clinics. The proposed addition essentially doubled the size of the existing clinic to approximately 23,000 sf.
CSU Stanislaus Residence Life Village III – Turlock, California
This Residence Life Village III housing project provides 75 apartment style units and 300 beds arranged with an open-air walkway on each level with outlook to a large courtyard. The design utilizes a similar concept as the existing Residence Life Village established by the partners of Suarez-Kuehne Architecture in Phases I and II. Each unit contains four bedrooms, a kitchen, a living area, and two bathrooms. The single-story dining facility is located adjacent to Warrior Lake at the southeast corner of the complex and also provides an outdoor dining terrace and a recreational pool. These structures work together with the landscaping, lawn, and recreation courts to promote a sense of community through active and passive opportunities throughout the new and existing complex.
CSU Stanislaus Science 1 Building Retrofit – Turlock, California
The exisitng 50,000 sf two-story Science building was constructed in 1973. The seismic retrofit and renovation strengthened the building’s structural system as well as completely reorganized the floor plates for an expansion of the Social Studies department and a new state-of-th-art Nursing Education facility. The building contains a computer lab, lecture rooms, offices, multiple bed labs and a high-fidelity nursing suite able to run multiple sumulations with broadband support for distance learning. Daylight is introduced into the core of the building via a new two-story light well near the main entrance while simultaneously creating an open study area. The seismic upgrade is celebrated within the building with exposed shear walls. A rooftop 250 KVA photovoltaic system has been provided as a renewable energy source. A real-time monitoring system that graphically indicates the solar energy production is located on each floor at the Study Areas for educational purposes.
HSU Depot Dining – Arcata, California
This renovation project involved redesigning the student dining area to facilitate better circulation during high traffic flow times and incorporate more seating variety, as well as, food vendor options. During the Schematic Design Phase, SKA engaged in several meetings with the HSU Union staff and conducted On-campus Workshops to get direct feedback from students and other users. The proposed design provided lounge and recreation space, bar seating, and a spectrum from large, to small group seating to create an inviting environment. The layout also took into consideration the flexibility of certain areas to transform to meet different needs for different times of the day. This project also involved the redesigning the restrooms to better accommodate accessibility. This project was done in association with Avila Design.
HSU Schatz Energy Research Center – Arcata, California
The Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) has a dedicated lab building that was built in 2011. Their programs are dedicated to research and development of clean energy technologies. SKA designed a 1,950 sf addition to the original building to better accommodate flexible space for sponsored research projects. The addition sits to the west of the original building, nestled into the redwoods that both filter the southern and western sunlight and provide a noise buffer from the university below. It is organized as a single-story open plan space with two private offices and a conference room, primarily for sponsor presentations. The building utilizes VRV heating/cooling, cross ventilation, and ample daylighting to reduce its energy footprint. The architecture utilizes exterior materials from the original building (stucco, stained wood, and metal roofing), but in a more expressive manner.
Hillsborough Renewal– Hillsborough, California
Traditional meets Transitional in this charming Hillsborough home. The kitchen remodel and family room east addition brought the residence to life, providing a large open space for gathering and entertaining. This area opens up to a new wood deck with plenty of area for outdoor dining. The west addition adjoined a new private study off of the existing Master Bedroom.
Kent Woodlands Hillside Home – Kent Woodlands, California
This existing two-level home is sited on a hillside facing Mt. Tam. The remodel and addition to the residence takes advantage of the stunning views by creating a new master bedroom “wing” that faces the mountain. The geometry of this addition plays off of the existing garage form. Existing low hanging eaves were selectively cut back and raised, and new enlarged windows installed to maximize the vistas from the existing rooms.
Additional character is brought to the home with new wood shingle siding and new wood deck and railings. The landscaping is reconfigured to provide a flat grassy green area for play and connection to the existing pool.
Heart of the Home – Hillsborough, California
Like many older homes, this house originally included many smaller rooms. This project reorganized and combined the modest spaces to create larger more open areas for the modern family. Multiple closets and hallways were eliminated in the bedroom wing allowing for a bigger master closet and master bath. Additionally, the two pantries were eliminated to create a spacious guest suite. The existing small kitchen was set behind a covered patio. The addition expanded underneath that existing roof overhang to create an open kitchen / family area, which became the new light-filled heart of the home.
Gold Street Loft – San Francisco, California
Gold Street was an existing two-story office building located within the Jackson Square Historic District. The proposed work includes remodeling the existing two floors to remain as an office space and adding an additional two floors above to contain a single living unit. A kitchen, dining area family room, outdoor terrace and unitality room are contained on the third level. The upper level has an open balcony space ringed by two bedrooms and a loft-style office alcove. These two levels are connected by an internal communicating stair as well as an exit/service stair and elevator servicing all four levels. The roof contains a terrace as well as an area for mechanical equipment.
Muir Beach – Muir Beach, California
Perched along the Muir Beach bluffs, this remodel involved expanding the kitchen to create an open layout and reveal the extraordinary view to the ocean. This modification made room for an island and eating area, optimizing function as well as creating a central gathering place in the home. New access from the kitchen to the existing deck provided an ideal connection to the outdoors for entertaining. Much attention was given to materials that spoke to its natural surroundings and the home’s artistic/eclectic style. Mixing tactile elements from wood, concrete, metals, and hand-made tile offered a modern yet organic and sophisticated feel to the space.
Jackson Square Financial – San Francisco, California
Jackson Square Financial is a 1900’s brick building located within the Jackson Square Historic District that was originally used as a fish smoking facility in the early twentieth century. The proposed work included extensively remodeling the existing two floors to remain as office space and adding an additional floor above to make room for more offices and support areas. This new third level has an open bridge area that overlooks the workspace of the second floor. Contemporary finishes were used for the new construction to highlight the existing brick, steel, and wood structure. The roof features a new linear skylight that brings in natural light to the center of the building.
Jamestown Pacific II Penthouse Study – San Francisco, California
Jamestown Development commissioned SKA to develop concept plans for an addition on the 17th floor of their 1970s Pacific II high-rise office building. The proposed expansion would renovate existing underutilized areas of the mechanical floor and add a signature penthouse element as a concierge office space for visiting Jamestown corporate executives. The proposed penthouse captures Eastern views back toward the downtown San Francisco commercial district skyline.
Jamestown 799 Market TI Studies – San Francisco, California
Jamestown Development commissioned SKA to develop conceptual tenant improvement plans for the sixth floor of their 1980s 799 Market Street mid-rise office building. The proposed floor layouts were utilized to market the floor to potential tech clients requiring high-density floor occupancies.
Trinity Expansion – San Rafael, California
SKA provided schematic design services to aid Trinity Lutheran Church in expanding their church and educational facilities located on a hillside in San Rafael. Design was provide to double the size of their non-profit preschool and kindergarten, including new classrooms and outdoor play areas. The conceptual design also included a new fellowship hall, kitchen, and classrooms for adult and youth ministry.
Mill Valley Boutique – Mill Valley, California
Suarez-Kuehne designed an expansion of the existing retail space on the ground level and provided a new second level to be utilized for multi-tenant offices. The project also includes a seismic upgrade to an adjacent un-reinforced masonry building.
Corte Madera Craftsman – Corte Madera, California
Surrounded by quaint homes in Corte Madera’s valley of Marin County, this new home was designed with the character and feel of the neighborhood in mind. Through careful consideration of the massing and thoughtful use of materials, this design achieves considerable space while maintaining the look and feel of a bungalow style home.
The main sleeping and entertaining spaces on the are oriented to take advantage of the views of Christmas Tree Hill.
Rendering: Peter M. Hasselman, FAIA
Barn Frame Residence – Luxemburg, Wisconsin
This new residence used the structure of an old, beloved horse stable to create the framework of a new home for the owners of a farm and horse training facility. The two-story plus basement residence includes a main entertaining area, “attic” bedroom area, and recreation area located below.
Builder: Drury Construction
Colonial Revival – Hillsborough, California
Originally from the East Coast, the owners sought to harken their roots for their family residence while also incorporating contemporary West Coast design influences. Situated in a gracious and verdant site in Hillsborough, the design utilizes colonial revival principles to influence the home’s aesthetic as well as to address issues of sustainability and connections to the outdoors.
The home is sited in a manner so that the family living spaces in the main house areas can extend into a robust rear yard, further affirmed by a colonnade providing the connection to an outdoor living room. Beautifully designed landscaping and a pool house also activate the rear yard. Energy consumption has been minimized by designing a higher-performing exterior envelope while employing measures such as photovoltaic cell and solar hot water technology both on the roof as well as in the stone patios.
Alhambra Creekside – Alhambra, California
The unifying element of this existing modern ranch was a continuous window wall towards the back yard that provided wonderful natural light and views. This removal reorganized the dining room, family room and kitchen, reorienting them to the back yard and creating an airy feeling through these family gathering spaces. The existing flat ceiling over this wing of the home was opened up for new cathedral ceilings. Additional square footage was captured by concerting the existing unconditioned storage and mechanical rooms into a new office and side entry.
Contemporary Woodside – Woodside, California
Lake Winnebago Retreat – Vinland, Wisconsin
This new two-story residence is located on a spectacular point on Lake Winnebago to accommodate the owners’ year-round outdoor recreational activities. The home is organized into three zones and styles: a refined two-level main house, a drive-through garage structure with covered walkway and indoor pool, and a rustic Hunt Club connected to the house by an Outdoor Room. Details, including the finish materials and articulated ceilings, transition through the spaces smoothly. The couple loves to entertain throughout the year and changing seasons, thus the main level of the main house serves to provide formal entertaining for large groups, while the Hunt Club and Outdoor Room provide a more cozy retreat after a day of activity on the lake or property. The main spaces in the home have views oriented through the trees towards the lake, and a western sunset view from the master suite.
Burlingame Hillside Dwelling – Burlingame, California
The remodel and addition to this existing three-bedroom Burlingame residence converted it to a four-bedroom home with optimized relationships between the living spaces. Reorganization of the rooms resulted in an enlarged kitchen with a vaulted ceiling, and opened it to the adjacent dining and living areas.
The connection between the interior spaces and exterior yard was enhanced both on the street elevation through bay windows and a new entry element, and in the backyard through more direct access from the kitchen and the master suite.
Burlingame Tudor – Burlingame, California
This project involved a two story addition to an existing two level (plus basement) Tudor style home on a sloping site. New and remodeled spaces include a kitchen open to a family room, a play room, and a bath. The new kitchen/family room above makes use of a cathedral ceiling and expansive windows to connect to the rear yard. The existing basement level was lowered and expanded to provide for the new playroom opening to the landscaped lower rear yard. The unique original roof form and exterior detailing was continued in the new construction, integrating the addition with the existing home to maintain its inherent beauty.
English Country Transformation – Hillsborough, California
Located on a wooded lot, this project involved a master suite and guest room addition/remodel to an existing residence. Also included in the project was the relocation of the garage, a foundation upgrade, and an exterior renovation.
The exterior of the home was transformed from a 1970’s ranch style to an English Country style home including exterior materials of highly detailed brick patterning, varied texture stucco, wood windows, and a slate roof.
Jackson Hole Reclaimed Escape – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The structure and spirit of this vacation home came from two barns originally built in northern Canada. The oversized members, driven by large snow loads in its original location, are truly unique and perfectly appropriate for the snowy Jackson Hole area. The full double-height space of the original barn is retained in the entry, dining, and family rooms, divided only by the upper level bridge that connects the master suite to the children’s bedrooms.
The re-use of many materials in the home draws on the past, from the 100-year-old reclaimed heart pine floors to the siding machined from floor joists out of a decommissioned pickle factory in Pennsylvania. Walls are beautifully finished with American Clay. Behind the walls of this rustic escape is a high tech two stage hydronic and forced air heating system and a complete whole house audio and video distribution system.
One Tree Kitchen – San Francisco, California
This remodel updated a traditional San Francisco home by remodeling the kitchen area and bathrooms. The kitchen was expanded and modernized with new appliances, finishes, and finely detailed casework. The cabinets used veneer from a single tree for a continuous wood grain pattern around the entire the kitchen. The guest room adjacent to kitchen was modified to be a flexible space as an office and guest room with a laundry alcove. The two upper level his and hers bathrooms were completely remodeled to reflect the couple’s distinct aesthetic preferences with attention to tile, wood, and stone.
Hillsborough Rejuvenation – Hillsborough, California
This existing Hillsborough home was ready for an update, including interior remodels and exterior improvements to rejuvenate the home. Throughout the project, changes were made to refine the existing French style. On the exterior, all windows were replaced and exterior detailing and stonework were refined to accentuate the French style of the home. On the interior, the kitchen was reconfigured with new cabinets, a large central island, and detailing at the breakfast nook. The Master Bathroom was updated with intricate mosaic tile, updated fixtures, and custom cherry cabinets. The fireplace was replaced in the Master Bedroom and a wood wainscot added to create a relaxing haven for the owners. Additional upgrades throughout house included replacing all doors & door hardware; replacing & adding new trim, remodeling bathrooms, replacing & adding new lighting, and creating a new color scheme.
De Pere French Country – De Pere, Wisconsin
This new home was created for a family returning to their roots in Wisconsin after living for years in metropolitan areas. The family desired a comfortable French Country style home connected to the surrounding nature. The resulting two-story plus basement house provided flexible spaces for entertainment and family time including an intimate Away Room, a Family Room open to the kitchen, and Recreation Room at the lowest level.
Guttmann & Blaevoet San Francisco Office – San Francisco, California
This adaptive re-use of a former mercantile space focused on providing an inviting image for staff and clients. The reception and conference spaces utilize tempered glass walls, direct/indirect lighting, and strong color accents to provide a non-traditional engineering environment.
Noe Valley Redo – San Francisco, California
Located in the Noe Valley area of San Francisco, this project involved an addition and remodel to a 1930s arts and crafts home. While providing a new visual and physical connection to the garden, the three level addition provides spaces including an exercise studio, a kitchen, a walk-in pantry, and a master suite. The second floor kitchen and third floor master bedroom take advantage of spectacular eastern views toward downtown San Francisco.
Hexagon House – Sonoma, California
Set on a wooded hillside in Sonoma wine country, this project included an addition and remodel to an existing 1970’s hexagon kit house. The design builds upon the existing geometry, while opening up living areas to hillside through new roof forms and expansive windows. Solar panels and a high efficiency fireplace offer solutions reducing energy consumption.