Oakland Museum of California

The project has been a great success because the Cavagnero team has balanced a sophisticated understanding of the building’s original architecture with an understanding of the Museum’s contemporary mission and context with the City of Oakland. The architectural team has worked successfully with a wide range of constituents… The quality of the design work has also reflected in the on-time, under-budget construction of the project. The design is a true reflection of OMCA’s values and goals in that it is a project “of our time.” It has produced precise and strategic improvements that allow the Museum to better fulfill its mission—to engage a diverse public with California’s art, history, and natural environment.

Lori Fogarty, Executive Director, Oakland Museum of California
IIDANC Honor Awards, 2012 Client Statement


East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Originally conceived as a modest renovation of aging roof and mechanical elements, the design team’s patient and tremendously creative effort allowed our small non-profit agency to face every increasing challenge—of which there were many—while always keeping an eye on the integrity of work; eventually solving the puzzle for a new state of the art facility inside our historic shell.

Since moving back to our luminous rebuilt home, every student, family member, neighbor and visitor has noted not only the open and welcoming and timeless character of the theater spaces, but also the intrinsic respect for and pride in the too-long disenfranchised community that we are part of.

We are tremendously grateful for the team’s breathtaking work.

Jordan Simmons, Artistic Director, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
IIDANC Honor Awards, 2012 Client Statement


San Francisco Public Safety Campus

The design of the new Public Safety Building has provided the San Francisco Police Department with a modern headquarters facility that supports the essential police command function and, just as importantly, provides a welcoming presence to the community that it serves… The building is situated in the emerging neighborhood of Mission Bay and has quickly become a statement of modern civic architecture that defines the city’s commitment to lasting quality and the vitality of this newest neighborhood.

Edgar Lopez, Deputy Director for Buildings and City Architect for San Francisco Public Works



SFJAZZ is one of those places where they really got everything right… On stage, you feel like you’re in the middle and making eye contact with everyone in the audience. It’s like SFJAZZ had a blank checkbook to create this remarkable place—in the middle of the city—without any constraints. They’ve definitely created a template for others to follow.


Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

What makes our new Center for Philanthropy a success was the way the design team was able to understand the values of our board of directors and community stakeholders and translate them into a green and contemporary designed building. We are in a coast community with a temperate climate and the design features make great use of the natural light and ventilation.

Both staff and visitors appreciate the open work and meeting spaces and the sensor controlled light and heating systems. The exterior and interior design make excellent use of the natural landscape. The design team made use of this as they sunk the building to fit the contours of the land, also adding to the balanced temperature inside. The use of natural and recycled products is valued by building users with allergies or sensitivities to synthetic products. The design team made the project one we all could be proud of. They were involved from the beginning and willing to talk and listen to our many community stakeholders. The design reflects our values of permanence and commitment to working in a green and sustainable manner.

Lance Linares, Executive Director, CFSCC
IIDANC Honor Awards, 2012 Client Statement


555 Howard

It’s shaping up to be delicate, which is unusual to say about a project of this scale… The rooftop amenity is especially welcome. To have that sort of commitment to public access is rare.

Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning for the City of San Francisco