Girls Inc Headquarters Historic Renovation


Seismic Retrofit



Square Footage:


Completion Date:

July 2013

Structural System:

Addition of new concrete shear walls and braced frames

Construction Cost:

$7 Million

Seismic upgrade and renovation of a 34,000 square foot building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for a local, educational non-profit.

Located in Downtown Oakland, the 5-story building was constructed in 1919 with a terra cotta veneer. Understanding the structure and the brittle nature of the façade, IDA inserted new concrete shear walls and braced frames to seismically upgrade the structure while preserving interior and exterior historic features.

Designed to LEED standards, the project includes historic preservation, seismic upgrades, and interior tenant improvements to transform the building into an educational setting to serve 145 teenage girls.

The fully renovated space for the non-profit organization includes classrooms, staff and administrative offices, a teaching kitchen, a mental health clinic, and a fitness center, among other amenities. In addition, our expedited design was instrumental in allowing Girls Inc to open in time for the next school year.

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