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Who was Frank J. Hagel?

Frank Hagel, landscape arhitecture, public

© 2018. Treve Johnson

Interactive Resources recently completed a six yearlong project for The Frank Hagel Federal Building in Richmond, California. The main tenant of this six-story structure is the Social Security Administration, and Interactive Resources was retained by the General Services Administration to investigate and report on ongoing water intrusion into the building’s basement from the plaza above. You can read about our feasibility study, final report, schematic design, construction documents and cost estimates here.

We thought it would be interesting to learn about the person whose name is on this building we’ve spent so much time studying. Surprisingly, just googling Frank Hagel doesn’t easily answer this question. Read More

Envelope Study & Improvements for UC Berkeley’s University Hall

University of California, University Hall Envelope Improvements

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We recently completed a study for UC Berkeley’s University Hall. This seven-story tower and adjoining two-story annex at the west edge of campus, designed by the well-known west coast firm Welton Becet & Associates and constructed in 1959, originally housed the University of California Office of the President. When UCOP relocated to Oakland, University Hall became home to the campus's Visitor Center and a variety of administrative offices. Read More

Next generation’s creativity on display at kids’ art show at Interactive Resources

Christina Zirker
Art AHow at Interactive Resources 6/1/19
Tomorrow, Saturday, June 1st, we play host to an open-house pop-up exhibit of kids' art from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Artist and teacher Camille Zulpo's 23 students have transformed our front lobby and conference rooms into a colorful display of vibrant creativity. The young local artists, who range in age from second to seventh grade, are students in Camille's KIDS’ ART program, which she runs from her home studio in Point Richmond. Read More

Meet Marilou Sasai and Michael McCombe!

We're pleased to introduce two new team members: Michael McCombe and Marilou Sasai. Michael is the newest addition to our design team, and Marilou is our accounting manager. Please join us in welcoming them! Read More

In the News: PowerPlant Park in Richmond

Our cannabis industry project PowerPlant Park is poised to bring hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in additional tax revenue for the City of Richmond, and the news media is taking notice. Read More

At the Vanguard of the Green Rush in Richmond – PowerPlant Park

Andrew Butt, AIA
PowerPlant Park, Richmond, CA, planned cannabis agricultural community and campus

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PowerPlant Park is a planned cannabis agricultural community and campus, the first legal project of its kind in the State of California. Investors chose to locate on the Richmond shoreline for its sweeping unobstructed views of San Francisco Bay, and chose our firm for our specialization in architectural and engineering services for the cannabis industry. We are providing architectural, civil and structural engineering, and landscape architectural services for PowerPlant, Inc.’s 19+ acre community, which PowerPlant has modeled itself as a turnkey opportunity for craft growers and canna-investors.  Read More

Trends in Cannabis Dispensary Design – Blooming Organics Case Study

Brant Fetter, AIA
Pasadena JKA Dispensary Rendering

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The conventional retail concept of abundance of selection, in contrast with the elegant and orderly boutique experience, is the juxtaposition of design intent in the new field of cannabis retail. Read More

What it Means to be a Green Business: “People. Planet. Profit.”

Christina Zirker
For Interactive Resources, being a green business means providing architectural design, structural engineering and planning services with a focus on green building principles and strategies. We are committed to green business practices that protect our environment, create energy-efficient, sustainable design solutions for our clients and provide a safe and healthy work environment for our employees. Read More

City of San Carlos Youth Center Gets a Makeover

San Carlos Youth Center Remodel 2018

© 2018. Eric Rorer

After an extensive remodel by Interactive Resources, The City of San Carlos' Youth Center has reopened its doors for service to the community. The Youth Center serves more than one hundred San Carlos middle-schoolers, and is home to a wide variety of after-school activities including music programs, sports, gymnastics, summer camp, special events and facility rentals. Read More

The Unique Mix of Cannabis Dispensary Design

Brant Fetter, AIA
7 Stars Healing Center Interior Rendering

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I think the exciting thing about how the cannabis industry has been evolving in California is that legalization has provided a new way for all players to communicate with each other and share. I think there’s plenty of room for innovation in the field (pun not intended). Read More