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Federal : NPS Rosie the Riveter WWII Visitor Education Center Adaptive Reuse

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Crosby Group served as the Structural Engineer of Record for the adaptive-reuse of this 7,000 square foot historic building adjacent to the Ford Assembly Building in Richmond, California. Originally used as the Oil House for the Ford Assembly Plant, the structure had fallen into a state of disrepair following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and subsequent disuse of the building.

Crosby Group provided the design for the initial stabilization of the structure which involved installation of a new roof diaphragm for the building, along with lateral bracing of the existing unreinforced masonry walls to the diaphragm. A more substantial rehabilitation effort was undertaken once the building was given a new life as the National Park Serviceís Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center. As part of this effort, Crosby Group reviewed assessment reports and ASCE-31Tier I/II evaluations performed by others. Based on our intimate knowledge of the building, as well as the current existing building codes, we were able to minimize the amount of structural retrofit required. This enhanced the feasibility of the project and led to significant savings in construction cost as well as schedule. In addition to the seismic retrofit, Crosby Group worked closely with the architect and developer on modifications to the building to fulfill the functional and aesthetic vision for the new National Park Service Visitorís Center.

LOCATION:
Richmond, CA

CONSTRUCTION COST:
$3 Million

COMPLETED:
2012

OWNER:
National Park Service

HIGHLIGHTS:
Historic Preservation
Seismic Retrofit

AWARDS:
- 2013 ENR CA Best Project Award of Merit
- 2013 CA Preservation Design Award
- 2013 Richmond Historic Preservation Award
- 2013 AIA SF Merit Award
- 2013 USITT Architecture Merit Award


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