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Historic Renovation and Seismic Upgrade of the 70 year-old site

Blach and CAW Architects worked closely to perform the renovation of the historic site. The project included a seismic upgrade of the primary buildings, handicap accessibility upgrades throughout the site, new HVAC systems and some remodeling of the existing spaces.

CAW Architects and Blach were selected by the Guild to prepare a schematic design and feasibility study to assist the Guild in its decision-making and fundraising process.  For nearly five years, the trio worked closely to navigate the many regulatory, community and financial challenges associated with the project, resulting in the approval by the City Council to renew the 70-year-old site.

The Guild sits upon three and a half acres of wooded property in the heart of a residential area. Protecting the artwork and landscaping was a key factor during construction. 

The renovation included a seismic upgrade of the primary buildings, handicap accessibility upgrades throughout the site, new HVAC systems and some remodeling of the existing spaces. The project was recognized by the California Preservation Foundation’s Design Awards as a “Significant and beautifully executed project....”, winning an award in the Rehabilitation-Large category.

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Location 
Menlo Park, CA
Architect 
Cody Anderson Wasney Architects
Market 
Historic/Preservation
Services 
modernization
Region 
Peninsula