WA Rose Construction; upgrade for a downtown Oakland apartment building

Uptown Mixed-Use Upgrade, Oakland

W.A Rose Construction managed an exterior upgrade to this mixed-use building in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood. The street level is retail; on the second floor are apartments. The building is on a busy street close to downtown Oakland. We replaced 16 windows with new Marvin tilt pac, dual-pane windows that significantly muffle ambient noise for the building’s residents and customers. The building’s penthouse got a new door and the entire building received a dramatic new paint job.

Project Challenges

The W.A. Rose carpenters milled new siding to replace those areas of the building with dry rot. One of our trusted partners created new dentil (trim) to replace the worn areas around the building’s roof line.

The Results

Safer, lighter, brighter and quieter for the building’s residents. The formerly nondescript building is now a welcome upgrade to the neighborhood. This is a handsome building!

WARose Construction retrofitted an old warehouse to create a spacious new convenience store in Oakland for Golden Gate Petroleum

Golden Gate Petroleum Convenience Store, Oakland

W.A Rose worked with Golden Gate Petroleum to transform a large empty warehouse into a fully functioning new convenience store. We started by removing a small concession stand located in the front of the warehouse, then laid out the walls for two large ADA bathrooms, a walk-in cooler and back storage rooms. We also added additional striping and ADA walkways to the store’s exterior.

Project Challenges

The concrete slab floor was out of level, which required structural work. We installed all new plumbing, electrical, water and HVAC. The concrete slab floor was actually a double slab, which increased the difficulty of plumbing the building. The old front door and rollup door were beyond repair, and we replaced them with a customized new system. We also discovered the property’s main sewer line was cracked and would not be able to support the additional restrooms and water flow, so we had to replace more than 150’ of line out into the city sewer main.

The Results

A brand new convenience store that makes it easy to pick up a snack after filling up at Golden Gate Petroleum’s gas pumps!

WA Rose Construction: We did a complete rebuild for Papenhausen Hardware after it was badly damaged by fire in SF's West Portal neighborhood

Papenhausen Hardware Store Copy

Award-winning Papenhausen Hardware, in San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood, was badly damaged in a fire. The damage was extensive and required a significant rebuild throughout the building. We framed and replaced windows, replaced exterior siding and insulation and painted the exterior. The kitchen/breakroom and bathroom needed to be completely rebuilt and installed new fixtures, cabinets and countertops. To support green construction, we kept the exposed concrete floor on the main floor. We completely replaced the front and rear roofs and installed a one-hour fire wall at exterior walls to help prevent spread of a future fire.

Project Challenges

Most of the tear-down/demolition was done by the time the W.A. Rose team came to the project, though we demolished framing as needed in order to begin the rebuild.

The Results

We made other improvements that will benefit both customers and workers. We installed a dumbwaiter so the Papenhausen team can easily move stock items between floors, and we framed for three new skylights to allow for more natural light. The store now has a new office and ADA restroom. A new energy-saving lighting control system and LED lights, along with the new skylights, provide enhanced lighting throughout the store.

Papenhausen is now lighter and brighter, safer and more efficient. The West Portal neighborhood is delighted to have their favorite neighborhood hardware store back!

warose Construction: NAC Church, Moraga, CA

New Apostolic Church, Moraga

W.A. Rose Construction began working with Moraga’s New Apostolic Church in June 2019 for a fairly extensive remodel. We demolished existing bathrooms, the fireplace, chimney, interior surfaces and walls. All doors, windows and walkways, including the front entryway, were demolished, along with kitchen cabinets and counters.

Erosion control was an important part of the project

The project required installation of all new sewer lines, HVAC, electrical and plumbing throughout the facility, which includes the sanctuary, restrooms, meeting rooms,
kitchen and restrooms. The church is built against a Moraga hillside, so erosion control was an important part of the project–one rainy winter would create mudslide warose construction NAC testimonialproblems for these church congregants. Wattles were staked into place and a local tree company delivered wood chips for us to spread around. We also built a new retaining wall.

Not everything was new–the church’s interior cross remained, but was enhanced with LED lighting and stacked stone. The stunning ceiling was also part of the original structure. The newly remodeled church has a new patio and a larger parking lot to accommodate a growing congregation.

Project Challenges

The church is built against a Moraga hillside, so erosion control was an important part of the project–one rainy winter would create mudslide problems for these church congregants. Wattles were staked into place and a local tree company delivered wood chips for us to spread around. We also built a new retaining wall.

The Results

The results? The new church is warm and welcoming, sustainable and functional. The building’s footprint has expanded and is scalable if the membership grows. The entire facility is now ADA-accessible.

WARose was the contractor for SOJA Mind/Body Studio

SOJA Mind/Body

When Peter Ajemian decided to consolidate his mindful fitness classes in a new SOJA studio on Berkeley’s San Pablo Ave., he reached Peter Ajemian of Soja Mind/Bodyout to W.A. Rose Construction. W.A. Rose advertises on Marty Lurie’s weekend show on KNBR during baseball season, and Peter did a testimonial for us. Hear what Peter had to say about W.A. Rose Construction!

Project Challenges

W.A. Rose worked closely with the owner, property manager and architect on this project to meet stringent requirements. The space wasTestimonial from Peter Ajemian from Soja Mind Body on the ground floor of a building that was zoned for residential, with retail on the ground floor. Peter wanted a large, open room that was accessible to foot traffic and visible from the sidewalk. In a new location, he wanted people to be able to see the constant activity in his studio where he teaches not just martial arts but whole-body fitness and flexibility.

The Results

We created a metal-framed wall that separated the new SOJA space from other retail businesses, applied a double layer of drywall to both sides, which we primed and painted a neutral shade of ivory. We left the ceiling open, with exposed pipes; which gives the space a rustic, warehouse effect. The focal point of the room is the unique SOJA logo.

To comply with Title 24 requirements, we built two new single-occupancy ADA restrooms and installed an ADA ramp leading to the garage. We also installed new HVAC that would keep the space comfortable for its active users, a fire-alarm system and a fire suppression tie-in to the existing system.

LED lighting throughout the facility ensures that the new SOJA Studio is energy-efficient. We finished this project on time and on budget.