Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture earned LEED Platinum certification in the LEED for Homes program in 2011. Photo by Joe Fletcher.
At Feldman Architecture, we have been fortunate to have clients coming the project kick-off meeting with a list of ‘green goals’ in mind. Today, with so much being published about sustainable design, the ideas that green design can be beautifully integrated into a project and promote technologies that help rather than harm the environment are widely disseminated.
One of the champions in the promotion of green design has been the United States Green Building Council, USGBC, with its well-known LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, program. Buildings which have earned the LEED designation are known to have met and exceeded the standards of the local, state and federal requirements for green design. Here in California, our Title 24 and local requirements, some of which even require that projects meet the Green Point Rating system administered by BuildItGreen, tend to be quite progressive in terms of protecting the environment, but LEED tends to push the green building practice steps further. (more…)
Though we moved into our new office in April, we’ve been reluctant to post photos until everything is ‘just right’. Well, 9 months later, we’re ready to deliver. Originally, the suite was divided into several smaller offices and storage areas, and our first big design move was to open up the space to the north facing wall of windows and to refinish the concrete floors. Two spaces – the conference room and the printer/storage rooms – are defined by a simple board cladding stained black while the rest of the walls and surfaces are painted light. The reception desk is clad to match the black stained panels.
A favorite space is the conference room with sliding glass and steel panels and an oversized conference table which we can all fit around for lunch, seminars or dice games. The kitchen was ordered from IKEA and ‘dressed up’ with a couple of simple design moves. As many in our office bike to work, we found a tension bike rack that allows us to stack two bikes on each rack in the hallway. We also worked with well-known artist Catherine Wagner to select a few of her photographs for the new space and emerging artist Meghan Urback who we commissioned to create two unique pieces for us. While we miss the diversity around SOMA, we enjoy having more elbow room, lots of light and extra desks for interns and graphics.
Special thanks for helping us settle in:
Tom Kessenich, General Contractor
Kyle Mortz, Art of Construction
Steve Nichols, Mueller Nichols
Jay Bakaler, MetroEighteen
Rocket Science Consulting
Phil Tiffin, 522 Industries
Aaron Robinson, Aaron Robinson Cabinets & Design
Manuel Hidalgo, Commercial Woodworking
Christopher Naefke Cabinets
Light Waves Imaging
This fall finds Feldman Architecture staff cozying up in our new digs at Levi’s Plaza and delving into some amazing projects. Our office move and remodel is nearing completion, as complete as a project can be within the design profession! We’ve received artwork from Catherine Wagner and Meghan Urback, and we’re looking forward to a few final pieces of artwork and furniture.
In the past few months, our social media presence continues to spread, bolstered by a Q&A session on “The Architect Is In” by Remodelista which featured the Old Bernal Remodel with Jonathan revealing details about the design of the project throughout a weekend in August. We were also fortunate to be featured on Forbes.com with an article discussing the increasingly popular residential green roof.
In print, Elle Décor featured the Mill Valley Cabins in an article about yoga rooms. Feldman Architecture’s Pacific Heights Townhouse turned up in the recently released 21st Century Architecture: Designer Houses by Mark Clearly, and the Caterpillar House is featured in Passive Houses: Energy Efficient Homes by Chris van Uffelen.
Last month, Jonathan presented an introductory architecture class to technology and media leaders entitled ‘Cool or Craptastic.’ We enjoyed bombarding Jonathan with our thoughts on cool and craptastic buildings – not that architects have opinions!
Most recently, we learned that the eco+historical Vistorian Update here in San Francisco and a collaboration with eco+historical earned LEED Platinum status. And just this month, we completed photography of the Forest Hills remodel (image above).
We continue to grow and have exciting additions in our staff. This summer, we gladly welcomed Caroline Arpa and Nick Riker to our team – check out their bios on our staff pages. And we are very pleased to share that Lindsey, Travis, and Lucie Theobald welcomed Elle Tamsin to their family on August 16th. We’re wishing Lindsey the best in her 4 month leave with plenty of girl time!
Dave Feldman, brother of Principal Jonathan Feldman, returned to the Bay Area last week to join the Comcast SportsNet Bay Area team. This is the first time the brothers have resided in the same place since Dave went off to college in 1983! Dave comes to CSN Bay Area to take the lead on 49er broadcasts, as well as helping with Pre- and Post-Game shows for MLB, NBA, and NHL. Dave has worked as a sportscaster all across the country, including stints at ESPN, WTTG-TV (FOX) in Washington, DC, and KTIV-TV (NBC) in Sioux City, Iowa. Dave graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Jonathan is very excited to have his brother around, and the rest of the office is excited to (hopefully) get some great tickets to games. You can find a full bio on Dave at CSN Bay Area’s website.
This spring has been a busy one for Feldman Architecture. As we continue to settle into our new digs near Levi’s Plaza, we welcome visitors to the office.
The Mill Valley Cabins have created a splash on several blogs including a feature in Remodelista, an upcoming article in Elle Décor,and recognition in the Custom Home Awards for merit in design of an Outdoor Building.
We completed photography of the eco+historical Victorian Update here in San Francisco. The design of the home was developed in conjunction with eco+historical and shortly after the completion of construction was placed on the market to be swept up very quickly. The home features several sustainable features and is pursuing LEED platinum accreditation. This summer we look forward to photographing a handful of new projects completed here in San Francisco and the Peninsula.
The Walnut Farm Retreat is nearing completion. This is our second house featuring rammed earth walls and nearing its certification in the LEED for Homes program where we’re aiming for LEED Gold. Some of the highlights of the construction were recently profiled on inhabitat.com.
Jonathan traveled in June to Washington, DC where he sat on Hanley Wood’s Builder Choice awards jury which will be published in October. Staff have been traveling in Oregon, Los Angeles, Michigan, London and Hawaii as the summer season kicks off. All are bringing back inspiration from amazing projects that they’ve seen on their travels. Matt just returned from the AIDS Lifecycle biking for one week down to LA and raising about $4000 for the cause.
Recently, Camille departed to pursue work in LA and we wish her the best of luck after 3 great years with the firm. We have 2 new employees, Dora Chan and Aaron Lim, who are both settling comfortably into the Feldman family. Check out their profiles on our Staff pages [or add link]. We are also enjoying the company and fresh perspective of AJ Cross, an intern and recent graduate of the BArch program at California College of the Arts, and also of Nelly Lam, MArch candidate at Cornell University, who will both be working with us for the summer.
On Saturday, April 28th a crew from Feldman Architecture spent the day volunteering with Rebuilding Together San Francisco. Joining Wells Fargo and Hanson Bridgett, our team of 60+ volunteers helped to renovate the house of Mrs. A who has been there since 1944. Under the great leadership of three general contractors, we reframed an outdoor deck, primed and painted the interior rooms, cleared a large backyard of weeds, replaced bathroom and kitchen appliances, and even created a new home and play area for two large Rottweiler dogs! All in a day’s work!
Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization that connects volunteers with construction projects focusing on the rejuvenation of communities. With projects ranging from single family homes to non-profit organizations and school facilities, the San Francisco chapter has helped over 1,000 houses and 250 facilities since its inception in 1989.
Feldman Architecture had a great time lending a helping hand and look forward to participating in the future! – Kevin Barden