Oakland on the Move
September 28, 2012
After 26 years residing at 180 Grand Avenue in downtown Oakland, California (25 as Dowling Associates), KAI is on the move, relocating across the street to Lake Merritt Tower. The contact details for our Oakland office are:
155 Grand Avenue, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Main Line: (510) 839-1742
“The space has a very modern feel and excitement to it,” says Office Manager Alice Chen. “The best part is having a conference room large enough to accommodate all the Oakland staff and an open office for visitors.”
Proximity to public transportation, as well as its convenience to local agencies such as Caltrans, was one of the reasons the building was an attractive option to KAI. The office is situated on the ninth floor of a 10-story LEED Gold certified building and enjoys dramatic views of Lake Merritt, the East Bay Hills, and downtown Oakland. Constructed in 1990 as a steel frame high-rise, Lake Merritt Tower has a penthouse on the roof, two subterranean parking garages, shower facilities, and entrances that open out to landscaped plazas and a circular fountain. “The building décor and design elements are really nice features,” said Senior Engineer Lillian Tsang, who was an integral part of the committee formed to handle the move. Lillian oversaw the office construction and handled the selection of new office furniture.
KAI staff will now enjoy a centralized work/copy room. Since the move is right across the street, employees can still enjoy their favorite eating establishments and maintain the same work schedules. Visitors to our new office will be greeted by a sleek new reception area and spacious, brightly lit conference rooms.
Office Administrator Andi Hawley had the challenging task of coordinating the physical move. Luckily, Portland’s Office Coordinator Tay Leverton traveled to California to assist Andi and ensure that the move went smoothly. “Estimating how many crates and boxes we would need and clearing out all the old stuff,” was the toughest part of the move, according to Andi. “I did not think we would go through so many purge bins. But it is refreshing to know we are lightening our load and starting anew.”
Please note that our Anchorage, Alaska office also moved this weekend. Their new address is:
880 H Street, Suite 202
Anchorage, AK 99501
All of our offices are always happy to receive visitors. If you are in the neighborhood, please be sure to drop by and say hello to any one of our staff.