Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

Oakland, CA

Converting a windowless retail environment into office space is always challenging. MWA responded with an open and inviting plan that imbues warmth and comfort.

The solution to bring “outside” light whether natural or artificial is also a key factor in the perception of light. The firm was able to work with the landlord in order to provide a light shaft through a second-story space to bring natural light into a central atrium area. And, by penetrating existing exterior walls this allowed even more natural light into the workplace. Varying ceiling heights, a relatively inexpensive element, adds character and interest.

Client: County of Alameda
Cost: $4.5 Million
Completion: April 2006