Sandis Civil Engineers

This was a two-story remodeling project for Sandis Civil Engineers, a rapidly growing engineering firm in downtown Oakland.

Project Challenges

Faced with an aggressive timetable of just three months, a key challenge for this project was structural. The building on 9th Street had at one time been WARose Construction rehabbed a commercial building in Oakland for Sandis Engineeringused as a manufacturing facility, so a significant amount of structural work had to be completed before the actual construction could begin. An additional challenge included building two new staircases that had to be specially reengineered to fit small spaces.

The Results

The work was completed on time, as promised, and included two ADA-upgraded bathrooms, an upgraded ADA-entryway with a ramp from the parking lot into the building and a new reception area. The space was designed with an open floorplan with workstations, and we added two offices, a kitchen and two conferences rooms.

Viator

Viator is an innovative online travel company now owned by Trip Advisor that sells travel adventures, so we needed to build an office space that reflected the company culture. The result is a bright, open, modern workspace.

Project Challenges

The client was looking for an open warehouse look with a modern twist. Viator wanted an open workspace, but we also needed to make sure that it didn’t create chaos—the open space had to be well-managed for optimal productivity.

The Results

  • To accomplish this, we tore out the ceiling to expose the pipes; this gave the space a warehouse effect, and we further accentuated the feeling withWARose Construction Viator/TripAdvisor Remodel indirect lighting.
  • We installed large barn-style rolling doors to the executive office so that when open, the office would become more integrated with the overall space.
  • The color scheme was driven by the company’s bold orange and teal corporate colors. The lobby is a wall of glass beads with the company name and logo floating on top.
  • The cheerful lunchroom, which overlooks San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, is bright and fun with its modern orange Lucite chairs and bar stools.

Nancy Callahan, Callahan Design Group, was the designer on this project.

Viator Update: May 2015

When an opportunity opened up to move into the space next to their existing one, Viator seized it!

Project Challenges

For a company that works virtually, keeping their computers up and running is critical; Viator necessarily hosts all of their own servers, and we customized a new server room.

The Results

  • We added a new office, two meeting rooms, additional open space for workstations and an editor’s room for watching and editing travel videos.
  • Two new doors connect the original office with the expanded new space.
  • An updated kitchen quickly became the favorite gathering place for the hardworking Viator team.
  • We also added a mother’s room to accommodate nursing moms.

This was our third engagement with Viator, and we’re proud of our long, successful partnership, delighted to be helping Viator accommodate growth!

Baygreens

With a tagline of Lettuce Rock Your World, Baygreens is a restaurant that burst onto the Oakland food scene in 2015 to serve the health-conscious appetites of its Uptown neighbors.

Project Challenges

The restaurant required a minor demolition to make it suitable for its new life as a restaurant serving a wide variety of healthy salads. We replaced missing ceiling tiles, painted the walls white with bright green trim, installed a subway tile backsplash and built a pony wall for the counter. As with other projects in these old Uptown buildings, Baygreens required extensive electrical upgrades to accommodate industrial restaurant equipment and meet Title 24 requirements. W.A. Rose also installed energy-saving LED lights that contribute to the feeling of a light, airy environment.

The Results

A bright, open, modern space for this primarily takeout restaurant. We worked closely with the designers and the client on this project to create a fresh, light, clean environment that accommodates its on-the-go clientele.