Crafting Authenticity on Urban Land Magazine’s Cover

July 17th, 2015
Sean Slater, Principal at ELS, authored "Crafting Authenticity: An Antidote to the Homogenized Mall," which became the cover story for Urban Land Magazine's May/June 2015 print issue. As an antidote to the perceived homogeneity of suburban shopping malls and mass-produced goods, and influenced by the rise of the craft and buy-local movement, many consumers today want to shop in places[...] more

ELS Announces Three Associate Principal Promotions

July 7th, 2015
ELS is pleased to announce the promotions of Ryan Call, Christopher Jung, and Gerald Navarro to Associate Principals and Directors. RYAN CALL, AIA, Associate Principal and Director of Urban Design Ryan directs ELS' Urban Design portfolio, which includes significant work throughout the U.S., including the Mueller Town Center in Austin; Sunnyvale Urban Design Plan; Hillsdale Shopping Center North Block Renovation[...] more

Historic Old Administration Building Wins SCUP/AIA-CAE Award!

May 18th, 2015
The Historic Old Administration Building at Fresno City College has received a merit award in the 2015 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Rehabilitation, Restoration or Preservation! Winning projects will be presented at SCUP's 50th Annual International Conference, July 11-15 in Chicago, IL. An exemplary work in historic preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation, the project has also been honored with awards from[...] more

Anthony Grand Awarded Seventh ASAI Award!

May 18th, 2015
Anthony Grand, Senior Associate at ELS, has received an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) for his illustration of the USC Uytengsu Aquatic Center that opened in February 2014. His illustration has been selected for inclusion in the Architecture in Perspective (AIP), ASAI's annual international competition and exhibition of architectural illustrations selected through a juried[...] more

Dusty Baker Visits ELS

February 12th, 2015
Major League Baseball great, Dusty Baker, visited ELS to share news of his new alternative energy firm, Baker Energy Team, LLC. The three-time National League Manager of the Year and six-time All-Star outfielder enjoyed tenures with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's. ELS wishes Dusty and his team all the best in their new[...] more

Hellman Tennis Complex Grand Opening and Green Honors!

January 28th, 2015
The Hellman Tennis Complex held it's grand re-opening on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The project was awarded a certificate of recognition for its excellence in green building performance by the Office of Sustainability, University of California, Berkeley. Built in 1983, the Hellman Tennis Complex featured only limited-view, concrete-slab seating. ELS’ Concept Plan creates an overall visual coherence to the complex[...] more

Historic Old Administration Building Earns National Historic Preservation Honor

November 26th, 2014
Long abandoned and once nearly demolished, Fresno City College's newly restored Historic Old Administration Building is now the recipient of a prestigious national Preservation Honor Award from The National Trust for Historic Preservation.  HOAB is one of 17 projects nationwide this year to receive the award, regarded as one of the nation's top historic preservation honors. Tim Mikulski with[...] more

ELS Promotes Three to Principals

November 25th, 2014
ELS is proud to announce the promotions of Diana Hayton, Sean K. Slater, and Jeffrey Zieba to principals. Diana, Sean and Jeff will join the executive core in leading ELS into our 47th year. Diana Hayton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads ELS’s historic and adaptive reuse portfolio and directs the firm’s approach to integrated sustainable design strategies. She joined ELS[...] more

Downtown Summerlin Opens!

October 13th, 2014
As executive architect, ELS would like to congratulate our client The Howard Hughes Corporation and the rest of the team on the grand opening of Downtown Summerlin near Las Vegas on October 9, 2014! The 1.6-million-square-foot development includes department stores, shops,[...] more

Historic Old Administration Building and Oakland Fox Theater Win AIACC 2014 Design Awards!

September 19th, 2014
Fresno City College's Historic Old Administration Building and the Oakland Fox Theater have been recognized by the AIA California Council as a 2014 Merit Award Winners. Since 1982, The AIACC has celebrated outstanding architecture through the Design Awards program. Fourteen projects were recognized for excellence in architecture and design among the 200 entries. According to the AIACC, the jury "unanimously[...] more

ELS Named among the 2014 ARCHITECT 50!

September 19th, 2014
ELS is excited to be listed among ARCHITECT magazine's Top 50 firms in the nation for 2014! The program looks at how firms throughout the country compare across a broad range of categories, from design to sustainability, to business. According to ARCHITECT magazine, "This year, we added a few new data points, capturing information on how firms are helping their[...] more

ELS Named among Top 300 Architecture Firms!

August 11th, 2014
ELS is excited to be listed among the Top 300 Architecture Firms, published in the August 2014 issue of Architectural Record! Firms are ranked by revenue for architectural services performed in 2013. We are honored to be part of the list, and would like to thank our clients, colleagues, and staff for their support! Link: Top 300 Architecture Firms more

Swimming with the Current

August 1st, 2014
Diana Hayton, Associate Principal, wrote the  article, published in the June 2014 issue of American School and University, on the design of locker rooms for the USC Uytengsu Aquatic Center. Locker room design should reflect culture of team, athletic program, or school. Please click the link for the article. Link: American School and University - Swimming with the Current more

Splash Swim School is in the Athletic Business 2014 Architectural Showcase

June 17th, 2014
Splash Swim School, adapted by ELS from a 1920s-era auto shop, is featured in Athletic Business' 2014 Architectural Showcase. Located in Walnut Creek, the facility includes a shallow warm-water swimming pool with welcoming entry lobby and adjacent changing areas. Flooded with natural daylight, the colorful natatorium enhances teacher/student interaction[...] more

Ward Village Shops Achieves LEED Certification

June 6th, 2014
Ward Village Shops, completed in November 2013, has achieved LEED certification. The mixed-use urban center features 120,000 square feet of new retail uses, including national retailers such as Nordstrom Rack, Pier 1 Imports, and TJ Maxx. Supported by a seven-level parking structure at the base of a future 300-unit luxury condominium tower, the project is located on Honolulu's Auahi Street[...] more

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Legislation Advances

June 3rd, 2014
A bill designed to stimulate redevelopment of historic structures in California passed the California State Assembly on a unanimous 75-0 vote, thanks to the good work by Kurt Schindler of ELS and several others! Please click link below for full story. Link: AIA California Council - Historic Preservation Tax Credit Legislation Advances   more

Glendale Galleria Grand Opening and Photos

May 30th, 2014
Glendale Galleria officially opened on November 8, 2013, after completing a comprehensive redevelopment. ELS, as executive architect in association with Kevin Kennon Architects, worked with General Growth Properties to renovate Glendale Galleria, which has been an integral part of the Glendale, California community since 1976. The renovation included aesthetic and functional improvements to the regional retail destination that refreshed and updated its[...] more

Designing the Modern Aquatic Competition Venue

May 16th, 2014
Clarence Mamuyac, ELS Principal, wrote the feature article on designing the modern aquatic venue. Competition venues for aquatics should be designed to have the same impact as new facilities for revenue sports programs. The story was on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Athletic Business and in the May 2014 issue of Private University Products and News Magazine.[...] more

ELS Collaborates with Rouse Properties to Transform NewPark Mall

May 14th, 2014
Rouse Properties has unveiled extensive plans to transform NewPark Mall in Newark, California, and is collaborating with ELS on the project. The repositioning of NewPark will create a premier retail, dining and entertainment experience with movie theater and restaurant pavilion, and will significantly strengthen the mall’s competitive position in the East Bay market. Please click the links below for more[...] more

East Oakland Sports Center Wins AIASF 2014 Design Award

May 1st, 2014
East Oakland Sports Center has been recognized by AIA San Francisco as a 2014 Citation Award Winner. As one of the few LEED-certified natatoriums in the U.S., the new 25,000 square foot community sports, recreation, and aquatics center is a project for social and environmental change in East Oakland.  Chris Jung, Project Designer and Manager, accepted the award for the[...] more

Jamie Rusin, Sean Slater, and Ryan Call Named Winners of Apgar Awards

April 17th, 2014
Jamie Rusin, Sean Slater, and Ryan Call have been chosen to receive the ULI Apgar Urban Land Award for their article  "New Suburbanism: Reinventing the Inner-Ring Suburbs," published in the May/June 2013 issue of Urban Land. It is one of two articles being recognized through the Apgar Award in 2014. The award recipients have been announced via a press release[...] more

Athletic Business Design Details: Splash Swim School

April 15th, 2014
Splash Swim School, adapted by ELS from a 1920s-era auto shop, is featured in Athletic Business' April 2014 issue. Located in Walnut Creek, the facility offers a shallow warm water pool, showers, changing rooms and a parent-viewing area. With two locations including its first school in San Ramon, California, Splash Swim School's  mission is to teach young children about health, exercise,[...] more

USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center Officially Opened (Video and Photos)

February 24th, 2014
Congratulations to USC! The Uytengsu Aquatics Center officially opened on Friday, February 21, 2014! The Uytengsu Aquatics Center is the renovation and expansion of the former USC McDonald’s Olympic Swim Stadium that opened in 1983 and served as the site of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. The newly renovated aquatic center houses both national water polo champions as well as[...] more

ELS Selected for Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Renovation

February 21st, 2014
The City of Santa Cruz and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has chosen ELS to lead conceptual designs for renovations to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The project will be funded by a $50,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Dedicated in 1940, the landmark downtown venue is home to the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and has[...] more

Construction Begins on The Square at Campus Pointe

February 11th, 2014
Construction of Fresno’s newest retail center was formally launched on February 10, 2014, with a groundbreaking ceremony for The Square at Campus Pointe. Master planned by ELS and linked to California State University, Fresno by a pedestrian oriented campus road, Campus Pointe is a new 45-acre mixed-use development from developer Ed Kashian. The project is the largest mixed use public-private[...] more

Cal Breaks Ground on Hellman Tennis Project

January 14th, 2014
Cal broke ground at the Hellman Tennis Complex on its Tennis Facility Upgrade Project, designed by ELS, on the morning of Friday, January 10, 2014. Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, lead donor Kent Newmark, women's associate head coach Cordell Ho, women's head coach Amanda Augustus, men's player Campbell Johnson, men's associate head coach Tyler Browne and men's head coach Peter[...] more

New Suburbanism Listed in ULI’s Most Popular Articles for 2013

January 10th, 2014
"New Suburbanism: Reinventing Inner-ring Suburbs" by Jamie Rusin, Ryan Call, and Sean Slater of ELS is the third most popular Urban Land Magazine article of 2013! According to ULI, 'As part of our record-breaking month for traffic in July, D. Jamie Rusin, Sean Slater, and Ryan Call of ELS Architecture and Urban Design in Berkeley, California, cowrote a piece on[...] more

ELS Donates Twenty Boxes to Save a Sample and Wins Top Boxer Prize!

December 13th, 2013
Earlier this year, ELS participated in Save a Sample's annual national material donation drive. The organization collects design firms' unneeded material samples to donate to local design schools, giving students a professional set of resources to work with and creating a second life for such materials.  Big thanks to Alice Kao, a former designer at ELS that is now at[...] more

ELS Is Designing California Aquatics Center

December 10th, 2013
ELS  is designing the new home for University of California, Berkeley’s Intercollegiate Aquatic Sports, a state-of-the-art aquatics facility aimed at providing additional training space for intercollegiate athletes. Currently, the university has only one aquatic venue, which student athletes share with recreational swimmers from the university and community. The new facility will be used solely by Cal’s intercollegiate aquatics teams for[...] more

Splash Swim School Voted Best Swim Lessons in Diablo Magazine’s Best of the East Bay 2013

December 10th, 2013
  Adapted by ELS from a 1920s-era auto shop, Splash Swim School in Walnut Creek features a  shallow warm water pool, showers, changing rooms and a parent-viewing area, all in support of Splash’s mission to teach young children about health, exercise, self-confidence and swimming.  The school is located on[...] more

ELS to Host Centerbuild Roundtables

December 2nd, 2013
David Petta, Principal, and Sean Slater, Director of Retail and Mixed Use, will be hosting breakfast roundtables at the 2013 ICSC Centerbuild Conference on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM. David Petta is hosting a session titled, 'LEED Certified Retail “Master Class."' Sean Slater will be speaking on, "Food Markets – How to add to the Health and Welfare[...] more

Hillsdale Shopping Center Featured in Urban Land’s ULX: Retail Reconstructions

November 25th, 2013
Hillsdale Shopping Center is featured in Urban Land Magazine's October 2013 ULX - a list of 10 projects illustrating the range of possibilities for repositioning or repurposing retail centers. At Hillsdale, the former Mervyn's space was successfully repurposed into a multi-tenant anchor. Read more about the project at the links below. Links:ULX Retail Reconstructions - complete list [web]ULX Retail Reconstructions[...] more

Rolling out CSI’s (New) Red Carpet

October 25th, 2013
Diana Hayton, Associate Principal at ELS, and Ellen Schumm, architect, former Congregation Sherith Israel (CSI) board member and current member ofthe buildings and grounds committee, are featured in the October-December 2013 Yes! Sherith Israel newsletter. Phase II of CSI’s seismic retrofit work is getting started with the replacement of the the original 1905 carpet with custom woven carpet that matches the[...] more

ELS Celebrates Bruce Bullman’s Career

October 16th, 2013
On June 27, 2013, ELS celebrated Principal Bruce Bullman’s 40-year career with a retirement party at Trattoria Corso in North Berkeley. Since joining ELS in 1979, Bruce directed multiple large-scale, award-winning commercial projects, including Pioneer Place in downtown Portland, Oregon; The Grand Avenue in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles, California; and the Village of[...] more

The Downtown Berkeley Post Office: A Chance to Preserve and Enhance

October 2nd, 2013
In collaboration with Berkeley Design Advocates, ELS prepared an exhibit illustrating the value, importance and opportunity in the downtown Berkeley Post Office.  The exhibit is currently on display at the Wells Fargo lobby on Center Street in downtown Berkeley.  The boards can also be viewed at the PDF link below. Link: The Downtown Berkeley Post Office Boards (4mb pdf) more

Second Design Charrette for Telegraph Avenue

October 2nd, 2013
On September 27 and 28, 2013, Berkeley Design Advocates hosted the second Telegraph Avenue design charrette with more than thirty participants to develop design and planning concepts for the revitalization of Telegraph Avenue. This year’s charrette focused on two specific locations: a southern gateway from Dwight to Blake, and a northern gateway from Bancroft to Durant. These highly-visible locations have available[...] more

ELS Named among the 2013 ARCHITECT 50!

September 13th, 2013
ELS is excited to be listed among ARCHITECT magazine's Top 50 firms in the nation! According to ARCHITECT magazine, "For the fifth year, our annual ranking of U.S. architecture firms finds the best ... not necessarily the biggest." The program looks at how firms throughout the country compare across a broad range of categories, from design to sustainability, to business.[...] more

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa Breaks Ground in Beaverton, OR

September 13th, 2013
ELS has designed a new VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa in Beaverton, Oregon. Located on a 7.5-acre site across from Nike’s world headquarters, plans include 88,000 square feet of indoor facilities with outdoor pools and a turf field. The project broke ground on Tuesday, September 10. VillaSport, based in San Rafael, California, operates family athletic facilities in Colorado and Texas.[...] more

Anthony Grand Awarded Sixth ASAI Award

September 12th, 2013
Anthony Grand, Senior Associate at ELS, has received an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) for his illustration "Taipei Pop Music Center Competition." His illustration has been selected for inclusion in the Architecture in Perspective (AIP), ASAI's annual international competition and exhibition of architectural illustrations selected through a juried competition. AIP 28 opens this year[...] more

Renovated Wells Fargo Center for the Arts reopens tonight!

August 16th, 2013
Photo courtesy of Wells Fargo Center for the Arts The renovated Wells Fargo Center for the Arts reopens tonight with Patti LaBelle in concert! The San Francisco Chronicle featured the project on the cover of its "96 Hours" section on Thursday, August 15th, and the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts has shared a sneak peek of the theater on[...] more

Connecting the Dots with Sean Slater

August 12th, 2013
ALU Mind, the online magazine of Italian retail fixture manufacturer ALU, recently interviewed Sean Slater, ELS Director of Retail and Mixed Use, for a feature on thought leaders in retail design. Sharing his insight on how brick and mortar shops can coexist with online retail in our so-called digital age, Sean said, "The store has to be a marketing tool[...] more

New Suburbanism in Urban Land Magazine

July 9th, 2013
Jamie Rusin, Ryan Call, and Sean Slater of ELS authored "New Suburbanism: Reinventing Inner-ring Suburbs" for Urban Land Magazine's May/June 2013 print issue. Retail, housing, and activity are among the keys to successful infill development. And don’t forget about parking. As inner-ring suburbs in the United States become denser, demand for access to nearby walkable urban environments is rising. Residents[...] more

Going the Distance to Rebuild Santa Clara’s International Swim Center

May 17th, 2013
The Santa Clara Weekly and NBC Bay Area cover Santa Clara's efforts to rebuild the International Swim Center. The venerable George F. Haines International Swim Center put Santa Clara on the map as a preeminent training ground for college level athletes and Olympic swimmers, divers and synchronized swimmers. Historically used as a competition venue, ELS is developing a new vision[...] more

ELS Matching Pledges during KQED’s Spring Fundraiser

May 7th, 2013
Supporting public radio in our community, ELS will match pledges during KQED Radio’s Spring Fundraiser that begins tomorrow. For every pledge to KQED, ELS will give a matching pledge, up to a total of $1000, during each of the following three breaks. Listen for us on KQED 88.5FM and make a pledge if you'd like on Monday, May 13th at 6:40am,[...] more

ELS Principal Kurt Schindler Elected to the AIA College of Fellows

April 9th, 2013
ELS Architecture and Urban Design is pleased to announce that Kurt Schindler has been elected to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, a prestigious honor recognizing Kurt's significant contributions to architecture, historic preservation, and urban revitalization. Kurt joined ELS in 1981 and has developed an expertise in historic preservation and cultural facilities, focusing on historic rehabilitation as[...] more

The Real Green Opportunities in Retail in Eco-Structure

March 25th, 2013
For Eco-Structure magazine, Sean Slater, Director of Retail and Mixed Use at ELS, writes about opportunities in greening retail from implementing livable communities to renovating aging shopping centers. Sustainable design has come a long way in the past 20 years, but by and large, the retail sector--especially shopping malls--still lags behind property types. The reasons for this have a lot to do with[...] more

Bay Area Retail Asks: Are You Experiential?

February 28th, 2013
The Registry's 2013 Trends and Outlook issue features a Q&A with Sean Slater, Director of Retail and Mixed Use at ELS, on retail trends. From bustling downtowns to suburban malls, the bricks-and-mortar store is poised for reinvention. Faced with increased competition from web retailing, merchants are creatively elevating the in-store experience into something more exciting and entertaining to engage shoppers[...] more

USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center Begins Construction

January 9th, 2013
The USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center begins construction this month, January 2013. The project is the renovation and expansion of the former USC McDonald’s Olympic Swim Stadium that opened in 1983 and served as the site of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. The Uytengsu Aquatics Center will include permanent seating for 1,500 spectators, new shade canopy structure, lighting for night time[...] more

Fox Oakland Theater Featured in 10 Most Beautiful Music Venues in California

January 8th, 2013
Our Fox Oakland Theater is featured in California Home and Design's and 7x7 Magazine's article, "10 Most Beautiful Music Venues in California." As the design and historic architect for the renovation of the National Landmark 1928 Fox Theater, ELS restored and re-cast the theater as a popular music venue and a centerpiece of Oakland’s Uptown District revival. Writer Arwen Petty noted, "With[...] more

ELS Is Pleased to Announce Two Promotions and Three New Hires

January 8th, 2013
ELS is pleased to welcome Sean Slater, AIA as our Director of Retail and Mixed-Use. Sean joins ELS after spending the past sixteen years practicing architecture and urban design in Austin and Atlanta. He has devoted much of his career to creating memorable and sustainable spaces for a variety of regionally sensitive styles, climates and demographics. Sean has been an[...] more

Award-Winning Historic Old Administration Building

January 8th, 2013
Following a major $42 million renovation, the National Landmark Historic Old Administration Building at Fresno City College has reopened and been returned to its former glory. An exemplary work in historic preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation, the project has been honored with awards from the California Preservation Foundation, AIA San Francisco, AIA East Bay, and the California Community College Facility Coalition[...] more

East Oakland Sports Center Recognized as Athletic Business 2012 Facility of Merit

December 3rd, 2012
East Oakland Sports Center has been recognized by Athletic Business as a 2012 Facility of Merit Winner. Athletic Business noted that, "Boasting one of the few recreational natatoriums in the country for underserved populations, the East Oakland Sports Center was lauded by the judges both for its design and for what it means to the community it serves." Opened in June[...] more

San Jose Civic Officially Reopens after Historic Renovation

November 14th, 2012
The historically renovated downtown San Jose Civic Auditorium has officially reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the fall of 2012. Built in 1936, San Jose Civic is a Spanish mission-style venue that historically hosted a wide range of civic events, including sports, conventions, City Dances and general assembly for over 75 years.  In the 1960’s and 70’s, the dual-level, mid-sized[...] more

AIACC Profiles Clarence Mamuyac on the Value of Design

November 8th, 2012
AIA California Council profiles ELS principal Clarence Mamuyac, FAIA on the value of well-designed, ecologically sustainable sports and recreation centers in serving their communities. Link: AIACC: Clarence D. Mamuyac, Jr., FAIA, LEED AP more

ELS Selected to Design Two Sports Facilities for UC Berkeley

August 16th, 2012
UC Berkeley has chosen ELS to design an expansion for the Hellman Tennis Center on campus to include 200 new seats and array of spectator amenities to enhance the Cal fan experience.    Groundbreaking is slated for the summer of 2013. Additionally, Friends of Cal Swimming have selected ELS to design the new home of California Intercollegiate Aquatic Sports.  The new[...] more

Clarence Mamuyac Article on Sustainable Swim Centers in Eco-Structure

August 16th, 2012
The July 2012 issue of Eco-Structure features an article by ELS principal Clarence Mamuyac, FAIA, on how design strategies and new technologies can slash energy consumption in swim facilities and improve the health and comfort of users. Link: Swim Centers Make a Splash with Sustainable Strategies more

Architectural Record and San Francisco Chronicle Feature East Oakland Sports Center

August 16th, 2012
Architectural Record’s March 2012  “Building for Social Change” issue features ELS’s East Oakland Sports Center in Oakland, California. Completed in June 2011, the 25,000-square-foot community sports, recreation, and aquatics center fulfills the low-income neighborhood’s longstanding desire for access to fitness and recreation opportunities. John King also profiles East Oakland Sports Center in the San Francisco Chronicle’s November 2, 2011 edition.[...] more

Clarence Mamuyac Named Fellow of the AIA

August 16th, 2012
Clarence Mamuyac has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Clarence leads the sports and recreation market sector for ELS, and he is responsible for the firm’s overall strategic marketing effort. In his time with the firm since 1981, he has extended the firm’s emphasis the interdependency of architecture and urban design. His body of work demonstrates[...] more
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