African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Oakland, CA

MWA led a team of thirty planners, museum and exhibit consultants, preservation specialists and engineers for this major adaptive reuse project.

The facility is now Northern California’s largest museum devoted to African American history, and draws a national audience. In adapting the building MWA carefully integrated new uses and environmental controls into the historic structure. As an historic building on the National Register of Historic Places, all construction was subject to strict preservation guidelines. An unreinforced masonry structure, the building was heavily damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and had lain empty for nearly a decade.

Client: City of Oakland
Cost: $11.2 Million
Completion: 2001