YMCA-PG&E Teen Center

A teen-led project in downtown Berkeley creates a positive impact

Teens were the heart of this process, and a YMCA teen task force was actively engaged in all aspects of design and planning. The result was a design for the adaptive re-use of a former PG&E payment center across from Berkeley High School into a teen-friendly and teen-focused center that is vibrant and colorful—reflecting its youthful energy.

“Ultimately, the teen center is more than a gesture to the needs of youths, or 8,000 square feet of sustainable design. It shows that when considering the fate of obsolete buildings, there’s an alternative . . . Noll & Tam pushed the envelope, literally. Sometimes that’s the best approach to take.”

John King

San Francisco Chronicle

Details and Team

Project Details

Berkeley, CA

Location

13,500 SF

Size

$5.2M

Project Cost

2010

Completion Date

LEED Platinum Certified

Sustainability
Team

Pankow

Contractor

IDA Structural Engineers, Inc.

Structural

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Civil

Anthony Bernier, Ph.D.

Youth Program Consultant
Project Details

Berkeley, CA

Location

13,500 SF

Size

$5.2M

Project Cost

2010

Completion Date

LEED Platinum Certified

Sustainability
Team

Pankow

Contractor

IDA Structural Engineers, Inc.

Structural

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Civil

Anthony Bernier, Ph.D.

Youth Program Consultant

Teens were the heart of this process, and a YMCA teen task force was actively engaged in all aspects of design and planning. The result was a design for the adaptive re-use of a former PG&E payment center across from Berkeley High School into a teen-friendly and teen-focused center that is vibrant and colorful—reflecting its youthful energy.

“Ultimately, the teen center is more than a gesture to the needs of youths, or 8,000 square feet of sustainable design. It shows that when considering the fate of obsolete buildings, there’s an alternative . . . Noll & Tam pushed the envelope, literally. Sometimes that’s the best approach to take.”

John King

San Francisco Chronicle