When Peter Ajemian decided to consolidate his mindful fitness classes in a new SOJA studio on Berkeley’s San Pablo Ave., he reached out 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!
W.A. Rose worked closely with the owner, property manager and architect on this project to meet stringent requirements. The space was 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.
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.