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Mercy Pedalers Collects Donations
Over the last couple of weeks Mogavero Architects’ staff has been collecting socks, toiletry products, scarfs, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, cash and homemade baked goods. We delivered our collection of items to Mercy Pedalers at an event held this morning in Cesar Chavez Park to donate to the homeless community in Sacramento. The event was well attended and the Mercy Pedalers staff was dressed in festive attire and led a parade of kazoo-ers around the park. Sister Libby Fernandez and the Mercy Pedalers staff and volunteers, with the help of KCRA’s Financial Expert Kelly Brothers, passed out donated items to homeless as they filled up donated backpacks and bags with much needed items. Mogavero Architects was happy to help collect items for the homeless community. Thank you to Mercy Pedalers for the work they do in our community and organizing such a worthy event.
Jay Hyde Receives Code Development Award
Mogavero Architects’ code authority Jay Hyde has been awarded the 2019 Code Development Award from the Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials (SVABO). SVABO has recognized Jay with the award for outstanding service each year since 2011. Jay’s expertise touches every project Mogavero Architects takes on, providing code analysis, quality control and plan review. His wide-ranging capabilities in all phases of architectural practice also include estimating, constructability analysis and specifications, as well as construction documents and support. Currently, Jay is Chair of the SVABO Code Development and Review Committee, a post he has held since 2013. His other professional affiliations include: Chair, California Association of Building Officials (CalBO) Outreach and Communications Committee Member, CalBO State Licensing Board Committee Director, Construction Specifications Institute, Sacramento Chapter Architect Representative, California State Building Standards Commission Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Energy Code Advisory Committee Member, Los Angeles Basin International Code Council (LABICC) Administration Committee Jay’s vast knowledge and exposure to building officials throughout the State provide an incredible asset to the Mogavero team. Congratulations to Jay on his many achievements!
Moment of Truth on Climate by David Mogavero
Moment of truth on climate: 2020 sales tax plan must focus on transit, not freeways. By David Mogavero David Mogavero’s essay appears in this week’s Sacramento News and Review. In the next several weeks, our elected officials are writing a measure for the November 2020 ballot to levy a sales tax for transportation funding in Sacramento County. Will the expenditure plan for this measure provide operational support for transit to get more people off our highways; make walking and biking safer; offer mobility assistance for disabled, kids and elderly; and maybe support for affordable housing at transit stations? Or will it simply add to our dependence on expensive automobiles by making roads wider and more hazardous and increasing congestion? (I understand that new freeway construction increasing congestion is counterintuitive, but it is true; it is called “induced demand” or “build it and they will come”). The Sacramento Transportation Authority will meet Thursday, Dec. 12 and Jan. 9 to discuss the expenditure plan. We know that spending money on widening roads also increases air pollutants, including those that cause climate change, and reduces funds to support mobility for those who can’t drive, such as making suburban roads safer for pedestrian and bicyclists and supportive of new infill development on transit. Too often, road projects also use taxpayer money to subsidize infrastructure for land speculators who make hundreds of millions of dollars promoting more sprawl development. The vast majority of Sacramento County residents believe the science that climate change is caused by human activity. We would love to do things in our daily lives to lessen our personal impacts, including where we live and how we move around. We know that reducing car trips is the most important piece of a California climate change strategy. Our regional urban designs and transportation systems, however, often foreclose our ability to make those choices. That majority would very much like a vision for our community’s future that enhances accessibility, is safer and gentler on our lungs and more affordable. The average car costs about $10,000 per year. If a family can eliminate a car, the savings could make them eligible for $150,000 or more towards a home mortgage. Our ironic political challenge is that a possible majority of elected representatives on the STA board likely do not reflect such a vision. Some of them are stuck in the bankrupt transportation paradigms of the 1950s and 1960s. Los Angeles County has passed two ballot measures that are generating nearly $150 billion focused on transit, biking, and walking. If L.A., the land of cars, can begin the path to an economically more sustainable future, so can Sacramento. Go to sacta.org/a_board.html, find the name of your elected representative who sits on the board and call, email, text or ask them for a meeting. Tell them: You don’t want more roads, but want more transit and safer streets for bicycling and walking. You won’t be fooled by a measure that funds the road project down the street (that your neighbor told the pollsters they like) but sacrifices the quality of our county’s future. You will only support a transportation measure that moves our community to a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future. This is most critical for those who live outside of the city of Sacramento, including in Citrus Heights, Arden Arcade, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove and North Highlands, etc. Please contact your representative now and voice your concerns. By February, it may be too late.
UC Davis Tercero 4 Wins National Award
Mogavero Architects’ UC Davis Tercero Student Housing 4 has been selected by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to receive a Best in American Living™ Award (BALA). A partnership with Brown Construction, the 506-bed student housing development on the University of California, Davis campus features three four-story buildings on a 3.6 acre site formerly occupied by the campus’ Leach Hall. Tercero 4 features 10 floor communities of first-time Freshman student residences, verdant outdoor common spaces, a large meeting room, and a recreation room. The project will be honored at the 2020 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada where it will be announced the winner of a Platinum, Gold, or Silver Award in the BALA category of Student Housing.
ULI Suburban Project of the Year
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Sacramento honored Mogavero Architects and Mercy Housing California for our work on The Lohse Apartments as the Suburban Project of the Year. The ULI’s Annual Vision Honors recognizes infill development in the region, as well as individuals who stand out with their contributions to land use and real estate development. According to David Mogavero, the principal-in-charge for this project, “The Lohse was designed and built on an affordable housing budget, which shows what can be done when a client like Mercy is dedicated to insuring that projects are a significant asset to their community.” An infill development in the City of Roseville, The Lohse Apartments accomplishes goals of the City’s Downtown Specific Plan with new residential development, facilities to support the arts and entertainment district, and enhancement of the city core with restaurants and retail. The high density, mixed use project, includes 58 residential units over subterranean parking. In addition to the first floor common area and central outdoor courtyard, 2,500 square feet of commercial space is available for retail use. Read more about The Lohse Apartments.
Mogavero Architects’ New Office Celebration
After settling into our new home near the R Street Corridor, Mogavero Architects held an open house to celebrate and showcase our new digs. With 200 in attendance, we nibbled on appetizers, sipped on “Mogaritas,” enjoyed the sunset on our roof terrace, and led our visitors on staff guided tours. The music of a long-time friend Kent Lacin and his jazz band Beat Salad flowed through the open space while we mingled and welcomed clients, consultants and friends. On the second floor, we removed the roof of the old board room to create a large roof terrace with views and seating areas for staff to enjoy. Mogavero Architects purchased the previous Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange (SRBX) office building in the Summer of 2018 and immediately began an overhaul of the property. After an extensive renovation, we moved into the building in May 2019. While the exterior of the brick building remains mostly unchanged, interior walls and closed offices were eliminated to create open space, a large glass-enclosed conference room was created, and lots of skylights were added to bring in more natural light. We completely replaced the mechanical equipment with an all-electric VRF system that is paired with a ventacity heat recovery system and a whole house night ventilation system. View more images of the building’s remodel here: Mogavero Architects Offices Mogavero Architects occupies about 9,000 of the 13,000 square foot building. The remaining 4,000 square feet is undergoing renovation for a new tenant. VCO, a commercial furniture and design firm, is expected to move in for business next month.
Join Mogavero Architects for the 16th Annual Ride the Parkway
Mogavero Architects will be participating in the 16th Annual Ride the Parkway on Sunday, October 6, 2019. We’re proud to have been sponsors of the annual Ride the Parkway, supporting the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) since the ride’s inception 16 years ago. Riders will explore one of three routes on the American River Bike Trail, taking in the Parkway’s natural beauty along the way. After the ride, a BBQ at William B. Pond Park will feature lunch, local beer, live music, prizes, and bicycle vendors. Over the past 15 years, riders have raised more than $300,000 for Parkway improvements such as the restoration of areas burnt from fire, removal of non-native plants, and river cleanups to remove trash and debris. In 2018, the ARPF removed more 88,000 pounds of trash and 143,000 invasive plants from the Parkway, cleared 18 miles of the equestrian/hiking trail, and exposed 1,248 youth to the Parkway through their outdoor education program. The sponsorship of Ride the Parkway enables the ARPF staff and volunteers to ensure your Parkway is open and enjoyable for years to come. Come join us for a fun ride for a great cause! For more information on the event and to register, visit Ride the Parkway.
New Vision for Old Stockton City Hall
As the City of Stockton prepares to move it’s City headquarters to a new location, a possible new market rate housing and commercial/retail development is in the planning stages for the soon vacant City Hall and immediate area. Cort Companies, a development firm dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of historic buildings and downtowns, has recruited Mogavero Architects in the design and planning of an adaptive reuse of the City’s Historic Landmark. Earlier this month, Stockton City Council members voted unanimously to grant exclusive negotiating rights to Cort Companies for the purchase of the old City Hall. Cort envisions a mixed use, live/work environment including retail, co-working space, multifamily market rate housing, event and open green space. The approval grants Cort Companies one year to finalize a purchase agreement to move forward with the project. Mogavero Architects’ design shows a vibrant vision for the revitalization of the historic City Hall, with new market rate housing to the South and an activated public space to the North. “The Rotunda,” the primary public lobby of the old City Hall would house a co-working/café style space, and a “maker” space would occupy the basement. The balance of the interior of the building would be used for loft style residences with expansive windows and high ceilings affording abundant natural light. Read more about the revitalization of Stockton’s City Hall: Cort Companies Blog: http://downtownturnaround.net/city/changing-face-downtown-stockton/
Grand Award for Bartlett Commons
Developed by CFY Development and designed by Mogavero Architects, Bartlett Commons, an affordable, multifamily apartment community in Davis, has won a 2019 Gold Nugget Grand Award. The Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) annual competition honors architectural design and planning excellence, and drew over 600 entries from around the world this year. After earning Merit honors for the Best Affordable Housing Community (30 to 60 du/acre) earlier in May, the Davis Cannery community was honored May 31st with the Grand Award for the category. With a focus on a pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment, Bartlett Commons residents benefit from the amenities in the immediate area. Public parks, bike and walking pathways, and a working 7-acre farm are available to tenants; and the adjacent market and Town Center are easily accessible for restaurants and shopping. The Bartlett Commons’ affordable one, two and three bedroom apartments, feature 62 rental units. The 2,000 square foot community building with on-site property management, fitness room, classroom and laundry facilities opens to a central courtyard with a playground for children. To read more about CFY Development’s Bartlett Commons community in Davis, see the project’s page on our website.
Main Street Plaza Breaks Ground
A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for Main Street Plaza last week, the latest Mogavero Architects multifamily project in Roseville. Main Street Plaza is a mixed use, multifamily project with 65 apartments. Two 4-story buildings, consisting of one, two, and three bedroom units will include nearly 3,000 square feet of retail space, and space for offices. The project at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Main Street in Roseville aims to continue revitalizing the downtown and old town areas of Roseville. Completion for Main Street Plaza is expected in late 2020.