“The Woodwork Institute Awards Programs honor design and craftsmanship excellence in architectural millwork”.

2016 – Northwestern Design was recognized with the Bernard B. Barber Jr. Award for superior craftsmanship for its work performed on the Bay Area Headquarters Authority (BAHA) in San Francisco.

This building was completely renovated and was previously home to a former World War II tank assembly plant during the 1940s. It has now become a spectacular home to multi-government agencies.

BAHA is an 8-story, 512,000 square foot building, which combines the old and embraces the new. It incorporates reclaimed wood piers from the old Transbay Terminal, as well as reclaimed wood from the existing structure.

Much of the new wood that adorns the atrium is FSC® cherry, with a beautiful rich color that adds warmth. The atrium allows sunlight to filter into the building, setting off the glow of the cherry wood.

The casework NWD manufactured was provided per the contract drawings and executed per Woodwork Institute guidelines. The board room dais and staff desk, the security desk, and the reception desk were all design-build in nature.

NWD is honored to receive the Bernard B. Barber Jr. award for this project. This project also earned LEED Gold.

General Contractors – McCarthy Building Companies
Architect – Perkins & Will

2016 – Northwestern Design was recognized by the Woodwork Institute with the Ralph B. McClure Craftsmanship Award. This program honors Woodwork Institute Accredited Millwork Companies for exceptional craftsmanship.

Northwestern Design was chosen for its interior work on the UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Student Community Center project.

The Lower Sproul project included the Eshleman, Cesar Chavez and MLK buildings. Trespa wall paneling was utilized throughout the Chavez building. The Eshleman building consisted of administration offices with workstation desks made of walnut wood veneer casework. Many of the administration desks were made out of Richlite laminated composite vertical slats with Cosentino Eco-Top engineered stone top work surfaces. In the corridors, beautiful solid Walnut slab seating areas are found.

NWD was able to offer constructability suggestions that were critical for allowances for solid lumber expansion and contraction to maintain long-term structural integrity. The veneer layup in random match pattern was carefully selected for color and tone and was ultimately a worthwhile effort.

Throughout the dining and cafeteria areas, extended bench seating fabricated out of walnut lumber can be seen. The main entrance is adorned with a stunning three-dimensional, wedge-shaped central paneling system. This feature is surrounded by randomly matched walnut veneer panels extending into the second level system above. The entrance is breathtaking and well worth the extra time and energy required to make this project shine.

This project came together beautifully and offers a stunning interior for those who attend, work or visit the UC Berkeley campus.

General Contractors – McCarthy Building Companies
Architect – Moore Ruble Yudell

2009 – Northwestern Design was a semifinalist for the Ralph B. McClure Award for the millwork and casework at the CSU Monterey Bay Library.

Architectural millwork featuring both CNC engineering and custom handcrafting were used during the manufacturing of this project. Theater-style classroom desks with flip-up data ports were included in the unique custom desk work. The library’s three-story atrium features a modern design with elliptical casework. All countertop edges featured exposed baltic plywood with mitered corners. Hardwood trim was quarter-sawn steamed Beechwood.

Many of the library workstations incorporated 3form in a beautiful red, setting off the natural Baltic plywood. The workstations all transition from sitting to standing, allowing staff to work in ergonomic positions that fit their needs.

General Contractor – S.J. Amoroso Construction Company
Architect – EHDD Architecture