Westlake Christian Terrace, East

Oakland, CA

MWA designed renovations for Westlake Christian Terrace East, an 11-story high-rise featuring 200 senior independent living apartments where residents can age in place; the average resident is approximately 80 years old.

The scope included the renovation and seismic upgrade of an existing 1972 Type 1 concrete apartment building and the addition of a two-level parking garage. While the configurations did not change, apartments were upgraded to include new bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, windows, interior doors, and Energy Star appliances. Five percent of these homes are now fully accessible, which includes accessible parking.

The building’s revitalization includes a new light-infused, spacious two-story lobby and amenities such as an expanded community room, social services, and onsite CCH offices. An intimate lounge on the 11th floor affords residents views of Lake Merritt and the Bay Area, while a 12th floor roof deck provides additional views of the lake and East Bay hills. New trees and landscaping enrich the site.

To meet the owner’s funding requirements, MWA completed the design in half the usual timeframe. Communication among team members and stakeholders was key to meeting the schedule and budget.

Salazar Architects, Inc., consulting architect, contributed to the design and construction documents.

Client: Christian Church Homes of Northern California
Cost: $18 million
Completion: November 2014

Photos: David Wakely