Whole Foods Oakland

Oakland, CA
Whole Foods
MBH Architects
Charles Pankow Builders
Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Renovation and seismic strengthening of this 10,000-sf historic cadillac showroom built in 1898. The original construction was a single-story unreinforced brick building with a sloping roof consisting of metal deck over steel trusses, sitting atop a catacomb of culverts and steam tunnels from previous uses. The existing roof was removed and the trusses were surveyed and inspected. Seismic strengthening consisted of new punched shotcrete shear walls. Foundation systems were selected to minimize disruption to the showroom and previous subterranean structures, including soil/cement piers, micropiles, and conventional spread footings. The building is now occupied by Whole Foods as a retail market. The project also included an 80,000-sf addition to the showroom with retail space, storage and loading docks. The addition is covered by a 230-car parking deck constructed with precast concrete double tees and precast concrete columns. Extensive site retaining walls were required to support the existing neighborhood hillside.