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AIA SF has selected our St. Germain project with John Lum for their 2012 San Francisco Home Tours.  Check it out in our portfolio…then come visit and see our workmanship in person!

More info and tickets can be found on the AIA SF website.


This month Barker O’Donoghue was invited by our good friend Sandra Vivanco—Principal at A+D, and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts—to provide technical assistance and collaborative help with a project her students are creating for the annual San Francisco Carnaval parade. We are very excited to be involved in this.

As you’ll see, the structure is quite unusual, and a nice aside for us from the more construction projects we are usually involved in. We called on our good buddy Joe O’Brien who provided the perfect platform on which to erect the structure.

Given the opportunity Barker O’Donoghue will turn our hand at building just about anything. We love a novel challenge, and what the students came up with is awesome! We think it looks like a digital analog of a wave breaking, and with the dancers performing under and around this sculpture it should be quite the spectacle come this Saturday. We will be there – hope to see you. Check it out.

-Crispin Barker



CCa Studio Spring 2012: Body in Spectacle, Professor Sandra Vivanco,

Lead student designers: Chris Baas, Kat VanCleave

Student Team: Emily Alongi, Vincent Nieto, Matthew Puckett, Oscar Ramirez, Hugh Vanho

Technical consultants:  Barker O’Donoghue Master Builders,

FLUIDEZ responds to the challenge of designing a float for the 2012 San Francisco Carnaval Parade. The annual theme, “Crossing Borders, Bridging Cultures”, combined with cultural local celebrations such as the Year of the Water Dragon, provided the departure point for the initial design iterations. Throughout the design development, the team worked closely with a group of high school students as part of a collaboration between California College of the Arts and Out- of-Site, a non-profit organization devoted to teaching art in San Francisco public high schools.

The formal articulation was conceived intuitively through a series of physical and three- dimensional models, and was carefully refined in response to structural considerations and dimensional constraints. The resulting exoskeleton merges a free form with a geometric grid, creating a sense of tension and playful drama, embodying the culture of Carnaval.

The desire for homogenous materiality surfaced early in the design process as a way of evoking a sense of continuity and movement that would support the structure’s dual purpose– a kinetic sculpture moving through the Mission street parade and as an installation piece designed to spatialize a gallery, creating both interior and exterior environments. Through a series of experimental material explorations, birch plywood was selected as the primary material. The final design is a culmination of intuitive design informed by structural considerations and refined by qualities inherent to the chosen materiality and the process of making.

Size:  30ft L x 8ft W x 9ft H (at its highest point)

Material: Baltic birch plywood, steel hardware



The view to the Northwest is spectacular from the new, 1,000 sq. ft. third story addition we’re building on Potrero Hill in San Francisco, designed by John Lum Architecture.

The addition adds a living room, two large decks with composite decking, a master suite with bath and walk-in closet, as well as a laundry room with second bath.  We’re also remodeling the existing interior on the first two floors, and have installed an all new, hardy board exterior of stucco and stacked slate.

Check out our progress to date…



Kieran has been hard at work on our project in San Anselmo, designed by Apparartus Architecture with a focus on materials and relationship to the lanscape.

We’ve built an energy efficient, 800 sq. ft. addition clad in concrete board siding, which adds two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, and additional living space and a deck downstairs.  Throughout the house we performed general touch-up and upgrades.  The rain water off the new roof is being collected and redistributed into a dispersion field in the rear garden.

Here’s a sneak preview…




Over the last few months we’ve been busy crafting custom exhibition installations for the opening of zynga‘s new headquarters – located in San Francisco’s Showplace Square neighborhood, at the base of Potrero Hill – to bring their social gaming milieu to life.

zynga invited local press in for a look after they moved in late October, and blog posts now abound on the web. Check out images and articles of zynga’s offices onArchitizerThe Business InsiderReutersTech Crunch and The San Francisco Business Times for starters.

CNNMoney Video: “Zynga’s lavish new headquarters

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We’re thrilled that our recently completed ground-up house project, “Carver”, earned the title “LEED-certified home”. The new residence received this distinction for the high level of green building standards and innovations incorporated in its design and construction, including sustainable materials and energy efficient whole-house systems.

View Carver in our residential portfolio.


Our “Connecticut” project – an environmentally-conscious addition and remodel to accomodate urban family life – was featured in “Raising the house with the family”, in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Living section.  The new, extremely modern interior is detailed with custom finishes and sustainable materials.

View Connecticut in our residential portfolio.