Northwestern Design provided a quality product and installation for the San Mateo High School Performing Arts Center. The most beneficial asset they brought to the project was their ability to problem‐solve. There were numerous design challenges on this complicated project which included curved wood railings throughout the theater, wood veneer wainscot, casework and countertops. Much of their work required coordination with other subcontractors ranging from the electricians to specialty theatrical subcontractors, such as the orchestra pit lift contractor. Ultimately, these efforts resulted in a beautiful and functional theater for the community of San Mateo.

-Katie McLelland, Project Manager, Cahill Contractors, INC.  

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Northwestern Design for the work completed at the Lower Sproul Student Community Center in Berkeley, CA.

Northwestern Design (NWD) provided and installed quality architectural woodwork in (3) Buildings at the UC Berkeley, Lower Sproul Student Community Center. The black walnut they provided weaves through multiple buildings and unifies both old and new spaces, creating beauty and interest. They were responsive and solution-oriented, and assisted in making the architect’s interior vision become reality.

It would be a pleasure to work with NWD again based upon the results achieved at the Lower Sproul Student Community Center.

Kyle Aldridge, Project Manager, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.  

Architectural millwork was an important facet of the interior design as it plays such a big part in the overall impression of interiors. Aesthetics, durability and sustainability were all considered when designing the millwork and selecting materials. Modular, prefabricated metal casework units were used in the back of house clinical areas for cost efficiency, durability and future flexibility. Furniture systems were used in repetitive reception areas for adaptability and future flexibility. This strategy allowed the team to concentrate and customize the millwork in the more visible areas or those areas where departments had specialized needs. Unique laminates that combine natural veneers with a laminate substrate such as Treefrog, and new synthetic materials such and 3-Form Chroma were introduced for added aesthetic effect. These materials required special care, expertise, and fabrication, and also required non-typical hardware such as point support brackets be integrated into the millwork detailing. Design elements such as the children’s “crawl holes” in waiting areas and “corridor respite alcoves” are a couple of areas that exemplify the special attention to design, detailing, and fabrication and the integration of art and millwork, as well as millwork as art.

Herb Moussa, Stantec