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A Summer Stroll to Senior Hall

Senior Hall, University of California, Berkeley, Historic Building

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A recent summer stroll through the University of California Berkeley campus led us to Senior Hall, one of several current and recent projects of ours for UC Berkeley. Not many people know about this log cabin designed by John Galen Howard and completed shortly after the 1906 earthquake, tucked into the Redwoods along Strawberry Creek. Senior Hall was the university's first student hall, and the building has an interesting and secretive history, complete with a hidden chamber. Read More

Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Legislation to add Nystrom Elementary to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park

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We're excited to share the following announcement from Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, who, along with Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, is introducing legislation to add Nystrom Elementary School in Richmond to the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. Interactive Resources designed the complete modernization and historical rehabilitation of Nystrom's 48,000 sf, two-story classroom and administration building and for the new construction of a 14,000 sf state-of-the-art multipurpose building, which also can serve as a community center for the surrounding neighborhood. Read More

A Milestone for the Masquers Playhouse

Masquers Playhouse Structural Repairs

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We are excited for The Masquers Playhouse to have reached a major milestone in its journey to reopening! Today, an 880 pound steel support beam was installed that will contribute to the repairs to the historic theater, allowing it to re-open for performances. Our firm is providing design and historic consultation for these critical repairs. Read More

Cutting-Edge Laboratory Design Project in Richmond, California

Zygo Corporation, Richmond, California

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We recently completed a cutting-edge laboratory design project for our client Zygo Corporation, a global leader in advanced optical metrology systems. The facility in Richmond, California produces optics including the len(s) for the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the repair to the Hubble telescope. Read More

Essential Architecture: GSA, DGS & USPS

Department of General Services and General Services Administrati

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During this challenging time, we are grateful to be hard at work. Many of our clients are designated as essential, and we have two new on-call contracts to announce: with the General Services Administration (GSA) and with the Department of General Services (DGS), both government agencies that we have decades of experience working with, dating back to 1990. And we are in the fourth year of an on-call contract with the United State Postal Service, which we have worked with since the mid-1980s. We are grateful to be able to help these entities maintain the services we need. Read More

Throwback Thursday: VHS footage from 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake Investigation

How’s this for a serious Throwback Thursday – more than 30 years ago, following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Interactive Resources was enlisted on an emergency basis to evaluate the condition of Candlestick Park, which was hosting the third game of the World Series during the tremor. We recently found and converted a VHS tape of the news coverage of our investigation to digital, and for the first time in the era of social media can share this footage, including interviews with our founder and president Tom Butt and founder John Clinton (if you can’t wait, skip to 5:44 to see Tom!). Read More

Happy Holidays from Interactive Resources

Annual gift giving to those in need has been a holiday tradition at Interactive Resources for many years. This year, we worked with Verde Elementary School to fulfill the Christmas wish lists for five Richmond families. Read More

AIA East Bay Spotlights 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center

Brant S. Fetter, AIA

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Are you curious about cannabis dispensaries, what they look like, and how they are designed? In collaboration with the AIA East Bay, we recently hosted a site tour of one of our dispensary projects, 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center. This project entailed the renovation and conversion of an existing office building in Richmond, California into a beautiful high-end cannabis dispensary, opening to the public next month. Read More

Loma Prieta 30 Years Later

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Candlestick Park in the forefront of this aerial of San Francisco, California, taken by Carol M. Highsmith

October 17, 1989, I was in my Point Richmond office talking to a client in a high rise in San Francisco. All of a sudden, he yelled, “holy shit,” and I heard crashing in the background (It was his bookcases falling over). The phone went dead. A few seconds later, it hit our building, and we all spilled out into the street.

Later, we climbed to the top of Nicholl Knob where we could see the Marina District of San Francisco burning and the collapsed section of the Bay Bridge. I thought it looked like 1906 all over again.

I was in the office at daylight the next morning when I got the call from the head of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. “How soon can you get your engineers over here?” he asked. Read More

UC Berkeley’s Women’s Faculty Club Gets a New Roof of its Own*

Photo credit: Louis H.G., (CC BY-SA 4.0), taken before the roof replacement.

Interactive Resources has a long and successful practice of providing historic preservation services. We have designed and overseen the construction of hundreds of historic rehabilitation projects. One such recent project is for the University of California, Berkeley Women’s Faculty Club, designed by architect John Galen Howard and completed in 1923. According to UC Berkeley, it is the only women’s faculty club in the nation with its own building, and was conceived and formed through the initiative of Lucy Ward Stebbins, the second Dean of Women on the Berkeley campus, who began organizing with women faculty in 1919 (at the time, women were not allowed to join the existing Faculty Club). For nearly a century, it has served as an intellectual meeting place, residence and dining facility for faculty and students. Read More