“从各种方面来说，这都是一个非常重要的项目。作为伯克利的本地公司，我们致力于可持续性设计，同时重视基督教青年会对社区做出的重大贡献。到目前为止，与青少年特别小组的合作是项目中最为精彩的部分。” – Janet Tam
“This project is important for so many reasons. We are a Berkeley firm, committed to sustainable design, and we value the tremendous impact that the Y makes on our community. The best part, by far, is collaborating with the Teen Task Force.” – Janet Tam
The YMCA of the Central Bay Area sought to establish a Teen Center in downtown Berkeley. When Pacific Gas & Electric donated a two-story, 8,000-square-foot decommissioned payment center across from Berkeley High School, it provided the ideal mix of opportunity for adaptive reuse. The design-build team transformed the 1964 concrete office building into a 13,500-square-foot, flexible, youth-centered space by opening it up with glazed storefronts, adding a new partial third story with roof deck, and creating a flexible interior. From its inception, the Teen Center project drew in partners and non-traditional resources. Working side-by-side with PG&E, the YMCA committed to making the project highly sustainable, while at the same time promoting inclusivity throughout the design and construction process.
▼建造于1964年的双层办公楼被改造为三层高的青少年中心，the 1964 concrete office building was transformed into a 13,500-square-foot, flexible, youth-centered space
▼明亮的色彩展现出青少年的精神活力，bright colors reflect a youthful spirit
The transformation from outdated utilitarian office building into a visually active and accessible community asset, was socially as well as architecturally appropriate for this important civic location. The renovation is intended to reflect a collaboration committed to a sustainable design approach. Bright colors reflect a youthful spirit. The design retains the architectural bones of the existing building, in particular the strong vertical columns and the proportions of its main public face on Center Street, while making the overall building more vibrant and colorful to reflect the youthful energy of the Teen Center function. A new third floor, added to house the YMCA Metro administrative offices, is set back from Center Street, creating space for a roof garden that overlooks Memorial Park.
▼楼梯间的壁画，mural in the stair well
The project was an intricate disassembly of a two-story concrete building. As in any design involving an existing structure, there were moments of discovery where conditions other than had been summarized emerged. One example of such a condition was that the tops of the existing walls were discovered to be sloped or at differing elevations. The solution was to horizontally saw-out the tops of walls to match heights in other parts of the building, using a wet track-saw. Since the design called for an ambitious amount of reuse involving teams working in very tight spaces, continuous conversation between the builders, the architects, and the structural engineer was necessary. The team worked to find solutions in a timely manner. Despite the complexity, the team was able to cut the owner’s contracted schedule from nineteen months to only ten. This allowed the Teen Center to open in time for the winter semester.
The design was developed through a collaborative process that involved the members of the YMCA’s Teen Task Force, to ensure that the youth viewpoint was incorporated. Teens recognized the bold significance of the structural steel and concrete as key elements of the structure. The project team intentionally avoided excess in terms of finishes, instead retaining a rough-edged “industrial” interior design aesthetic. This required our subcontractors to provide quality craftsmanship in finishing and polishing concrete, and plastering.
▼承重钢和混凝土结构被保留下来，为室内空间赋予了粗犷的工业美感，structural steel and concrete provided the internal space with a rough-edged “industrial” aesthetic
▼开放、灵活的空间，open and flexible spaces for teenagers
The YMCA actively engaged teens alongside highly knowledgeable real estate developers, project managers and program directors in all aspects of design and planning. This youth involvement helped ensure that the Center is teen-friendly and teen-focused, while also aesthetically pleasing for the larger community. A dedicated Teen Task Force made key project decisions and took active, substantive roles in the project, such as hiring the architect, collaboratively developing the building program and design, presenting to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and hiring the contractor. Teens wrote Requests for Qualifications & Proposals, learned to conduct interviews, and took tours of the architectural firms. They were directly involved in creating an identity for their new place, and in determining how to express their vision.
▼新修的屋顶花园，a new roof garden
▼从室内望向屋顶平台，interior view towards the garden
基于与Rotary Club的合作，基督教青年将为在中心工作的青少年提供薪水，供职超过1年还可获得额外的奖学金。加州大学伯克利分校的社区合作基金会为青少年中心提供了超过100万美元的补助，并将在2020年之前每年发放一次拨款，旨在支持社区服务、提高伯克利居民的社会和文化福利并促进社区的共同发展。除此之外，伯克利高中的学生和来自Cal Corps的志愿者将负责青少年中心屋顶花园的修建和维护。
For their participation, the teens earned a salary, paid for through a YMCA partnership with the Rotary Club. If they stayed on for a year, they received an additional financial educational award. The UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund awarded the Teen Center grants totaling over $1 million, and will continue to award grants annually through 2020. The grants support community service programs that enhance the economic, social or cultural well-being of Berkeley residents, and neighborhood-improvement projects that enhance the physical environment of the city’s neighborhoods. In addition, the rooftop garden at the top of the Teen Center is being funded and maintained by Berkeley High School students and Cal Corps volunteers.
▼一层平面图，plan level 1
▼二层平面图，plan level 2
▼三层平面图，plan level 3
The building exceeds California’s Title 24 Energy Standards by 29.9%, and the project achieved LEED-NC v2.2 Platinum certification through the United States Green Building Council.
Noll & Tam Architects design team
Janet Tam, Principal in Charge
Alyson Yarus, Project Manager
Scott Salge, Project Manager
Noll & Tam Architects (architecture and interior design)
Pankow Special Projects L.P (contractor)
KPFF Consulting Engineers (civil engineer)
Ingraham-DeJesse Associates (structural engineer)
Timmons Design Engineers (mechanical engineer)
Timmons Design Engineers (electrical Engineer)
Dillingham Associates Landscaping (landscape)
David Wakely Photography