UC Merced 2020

Founded in 2005, the University of California, Merced is undergoing a massive three-phase campus expansion project. UC Merced 2020 officially broke ground in 2016. With enrollment numbers climbing, the expansion is coming at the perfect time. The expansion will add 13 new buildings to the campus to house classrooms, laboratories, offices, student housing and life

SCU Heafey-Bergin

The Heafey-Bergin interior remodel at Santa Clara University in California is taking shape at Northwestern Design. The new space will house most of The School of Engineering. This project includes office space for administrative and academic staff, multiple lab and classroom areas and a large collaborative area. NWD is manufacturing the casework, which will be

Analog Devices

Analog Devices in Santa Clara, Calif. is a multi-phase project for Northwestern Design. Part of this six-story tenant improvement project features a large platform. Take a look as this platform comes together in NWD’s Custom Shop. General Contractor – Hathaway Dinwiddie Architect – IA Interior Architects

Confidential Client

Northwestern Design is currently working on a project for a confidential client in South San Francisco. Some of the project highlights include live Artisan Moss wall panels and hanging wooden blocks, which will be attached to steel rods. The project also features millwork, casework and countertops. Be sure to check back on the project’s status. General

SFO Reach

Northwestern Design’s Custom Shop has been busy with a project at the San Francisco International Airport – SFO Reach. The project is located in the International Terminal at Concourses A & G. One of the highlights of this project is the brass, found on the custom hydration stations and planter boxes. This brass also presented

VA Palo Alto Radiology

The VA Radiology project in Palo Alto, Calif. features a 34,000-square-foot addition to the main hospital, which replaces the current facility, and a 15,000-square-foot renovation of the existing space. The facility upgrades will help make room for new radiology equipment for patient care in a centralized location. Northwestern Design’s wall paneling is a highlight of

UC Berkeley, Tolman Hall

Northwestern Design was involved in giving Tolman Hall on the UC Berkeley campus a facelift. The eight-floor, 340,000-square-foot remodel began in March 2017 and finished in April 2018. The building houses the School of Public Health, Graduate School of Education and the Department of Psychology. NWD constructed the walnut wooden benches found on multiple floors


Exelixis, a large pharmaceutical company, moved across the San Francisco Bay into its new headquarters along the Alameda waterfront in the summer of 2018. The tenant improvement project included two buildings totaling 60,544 square feet. Northwestern Design helped create a warm and inviting atmosphere where employees are able to enjoy some of the comforts of

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center on the South Bascom Avenue campus is a perfect example of the newest health care trend, which focuses on the most updated care for patients and their families. The 367,000-square-foot, six-story facility offers 168 private patient rooms and includes a rehabilitation therapy center, an indoor garden atrium, meditation room and

Stanford Hoover Office Building and Conference Center

The Stanford Hoover Office Building and Conference Center is a beautiful multipurpose building, consisting of a grand entrance with 20-foot walnut archways. The impressive 400-seat auditorium was named in honor of Everett “Sparky“ Hauck and his wife Jane, and consists of 20-foot custom-crafted, grain-matched walnut pillars. There is also a 440-seat room featuring thick walnut


California’s first integrated Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint health care clinic is located in Marina, Calif. This new 146,000-square-foot facility serves military members, their families and veterans. General Contractor – Otto Construction Architect –  Nichols Melberg & Rossetto, Architects & Engineers

250 Montgomery

This private office lobby consists of custom-built wooden slats that were applied over the marble walls. The marble is visible through the slats, creating both warmth and beauty in this space.

Sacramento Kings Entertainment and Sports Center

Northwestern Design manufactured and installed the casework at the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. The flooring of the old basketball court was removed and then sent to NWD to finish and manufacture into the face panels of the concession stands for the food court. The dark finish contrasts beautifully with the white,

Bay Area Headquarters Authority

The Bay Area Headquarters Authority has taken up residence in the heart of San Francisco’s Rincon Hill neighborhood. The former World War II tank assembly plant – which was turned into a U.S. Postal Service facility – serves as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Area

Gompers High School

This state-of-the-art school brings many changes for the Richmond students. The gymnasium, which is used by students and the community, features perforated panels highlighting the different sports at the school. The use of Rulon in the entrance and foyer is not only beautiful, but also has acoustic properties that absorb sound. General Contractor – Lathrop

UC Berkeley, Lower Sproul Student Community Center

NWD installed millwork and casework in three separate buildings at UC Berkeley – Eshleman , Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar E. Chavez. This project was a large arrangement of wood furniture, wood and plastic laminate casework, composite and engineered stone countertops and work surfaces. Trespa wall paneling was utilized in the Chavez building. The

Fairplex Trade and Conference Center

The Fairplex Trade and Conference Center is home to the LA County Fair, and accommodates all sorts of conventions and events. Northwestern Design was able to come up with a solution for the beautifully curved walls that worked well, and was exactly what the designer wanted. General Contractor – Summit Builders Construction Company Architect – HOK

Exploratorium at Piers 15 and 17

When officials decided to move the Exploratorium to the San Francisco Pier, Northwestern Design was chosen as the architectural millwork manufacturer. The Exploratorium is a wonderful place to visit, providing fun and educational opportunities for all. NWD’s work at the Exploratorium included the architectural millwork and casework in the Bruce Damonte Theater and Bar. In

Yolo Superior Courthouse

The new Yolo Superior Courthouse replaced the one built in 1917, and boasts 14 courtrooms on five floors. The building is a beautiful addition to downtown Woodland. The interior of the courtrooms consists of FSC cherry panels, judge and jury boxes. The stone base trim is a nice accent to the courtrooms. The Council desks

California State University Monterey Bay Library

The reception desks in this library were made of exposed Baltic plywood with mitered corners and red 3form.  The hardware on these reception desks is ergonomically correct allowing for workers to either stand or sit.  The three-story Atrium featured a modern design with elliptical casework. General Contractor- S.J. Amoroso  Architect- EHDD Esherick Homsey Dodge &

Seven Trees Community Center and Library

This new library and community center is full of natural light and different wood applications.  The bright colors and uniquely angled book racks and cubbies make for a friendly environment.  The community center won a design award from the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.   “This is a public building

Gero-Psychiatric Facility

This facility used many textures in the design.  The nurse stations used both natural designs and circles to create a unique look.  Many of the areas also used 3form for added textures. General Contractor – VETCON1 Architect – Aubrey Moore Jr. & Associates

Mills Peninsula Office Building

The interior design includes materials and colors representing elements of nature, this creates a calming effect for everyone using the facilities.  The facility was designed with patient and family comfort as well as medical efficiency.  The millwork and casework add to the calming atmosphere throughout the facility. General Contractor- Turner Construction Architect- Ashen & Allen

Mt. Shasta High School Lab

This lab was designed to allow students to have real time access to experiments and research.  The lab countertop is made of epoxy and the casework was designed to integrate both a lab work area and technology to enhance the students learning experience. General Contractor- Timberworks Architect- Nichols, Melburg & Rosetto   

Palo Alto Medical Facility

NWD provided extensive casework and millwork throughout this medical facility.  The contrast between the light and dark woods creates a very pleasing atmosphere.  From handrail to wall paneling, the quality of the finished product shines through. General Contractor- DPR Construction Architect- Hawley Peterson Snyder

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

UCSF Medical Center’s new $1.5 billion, state-of-the-art campus in San Francisco in the Mission Bay neighborhood will help improve the health of children, women and cancer patients.  The building is among the greenest urban hospitals in the nation.  On January 28, 2016, it was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Accreditation, one of

VA Palo Alto Polytrauma, Blind Rehabilitation Center

This trauma center is designed to provide rehabilitative services to Veterans and service members who have had serious injuries.  The goal of the building is to heal our veterans so that they can live meaningful lives.  With a state of the art facility for our veterans, we can feel proud of a project well done.

Valley Health Center Fair Oaks

The sister health care centers in Fair Oaks and Gilroy used Trespa as an interior paneling system. Not only does it add an interesting appeal, it is also extremely durable and easy to clean. While Trespa is usually thought of as an exterior application, it can be an innovative interior solution. Its durability, color choices

Valley Healthcare Center Gilroy

The sister health care centers in Fair Oaks and Gilroy used Trespa as an interior paneling system.  Not only does it add an interesting appeal, it is also extremely durable and easy to clean.  When thinking of Trespa, you usually think an exterior application.  However, Trespa is also an innovative interior solution.  Its durability, color

Corona del Mar High School Theater

This project consisted of constructing a new 29,000 square foot, 367 seat theater and performing arts building.  The facility includes a state-of-the-art theatrical audio-visual system, black box studio, and highly sustainable features.  Much of the architectural millwork on this project is Plyboo, with the dimensional quality giving the walls a warm, unique look and feel.

DeAnza College Student Center

The renovation to the high-tech student center was designed to make the student area flow for ease of access.  The building integrates gathering spaces with circulation, allowing for student interaction to take place.  Universal classroom modules can easily be re-configured to accommodate different set-ups to meet the centers needs.  Much of the casework was built

Hastings College School of Law

The Hastings College of Law is full of color and light now.  The faculty and staff enjoy the openness and visual appeal the new design has brought to the school.  The pleasing atmosphere will be enjoyed by all who visit. General Contractor- Biltwell/Trico Architect- The Smith Group   Hillsdale High School Theater Each Red Oak

Hillsdale High School Theater

Each Red Oak panel that was installed inside the Hillsdale High School Theater has a unique shape of its own.  When placed together on the wall it creates an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere that will stand the test of time and serve the school for many years. General Contractor – Gonsalves & Stronck Construction Company Architect

Ohlone College

The circular design and the millwork in this college are very aesthetically pleasing.  The columns throughout the building were wrapped in wood, and the attention to detail creates a beautiful environment for staff and students alike.  The features at Ohlone College will be enjoyed for many  years to come. General Contractor- S.J. Amoroso Architect- TBP

Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center

This state of the art facility blends the historical look and feel of the Stanford University campus with modern features of a contemporary theater.  The main theater includes 582 seats, which are grouped into more intimate areas by half-walls with curved, cherry wood caps.  Through the entrance and lobby, you will pass through beautiful curved

San Mateo High School Performing Arts Center

This project was performed under the oversight of the Department of the State Architect (DSA). The theater underwent a complete remodel, with architectural casework and millwork throughout the interior, using African Mahogany as the predominate wood.  The African mahogany is a beautiful contrast to the light colored sound shell and seating.  The lovely stairways have

Stanford Manzanita Housing

The Manzanita Park Residence Hall, now named the Gerhard Casper Quad, is a dorm facility on the Stanford University campus and has 120 rooms and three resident suites.  The casework installed on this project creates a warm, comfortable feel throughout the building.  Cherry cabinets and quartz countertops adorn the suites and Cherry wainscot and handrail

University of California Davis, Graduate School of Management

The project became LEED® Platinum Certified in 2011.  It is the first platinum MBA school in California to achieve this certification.  The architectural millwork included renewable and sustainable resources. General Contractor- Sundt Construction Architect- Sasaki Construction 

University of California Davis, Robert Mondavi Institute of Food and Wine

Many recycled and sustainable materials were used in this project.  The millwork in the lobby area is reclaimed old growth redwood from massive olive tanks built by George Windeler CO in the 1930’s.  They were re-milled and finished to create the beautiful paneling.  The cabinets in the labs are made of  Kirei Board, a pressed

Pier 27 Cruise Ship Terminal

This two-story cruise ship terminal can handle 2,600 passengers regularly and up to 4,000 as needed.  The terminal was built in the hub of the Embarcadero to allow passengers direct access to the city.  The mobile check-in booths were built of blue 3form material, giving them the iridescent glow as the sun comes through the