New renderings have been published ahead of tomorrow’s meeting regarding 525 12th Street, a ten-story urban infill poised to expand the institutional capacity of Samuel Merritt University in Downtown Oakland. Strada Investment Group is responsible for the application.
The 167-foot tall project will create 225,000 square feet above a below-grade 21-car garage and a 1,900 square-foot cafe. The interiors will include traditional classrooms, specialty laboratories, workspaces, and collaboration rooms. Amenities will include a terrace, campus store, study rooms, a counseling center, and a tenth-floor terrace. The top two levels will consist of a library and maker space. Administration rooms will be connected for various needs for SMU, including the College of Nursing Department of Technology, the president’s office, and a board room on the top level.
Einwiller Kuehl, an Oakland-based firm, is the landscape architect. The firm was charged with designing the green space across the project, including an arrival plaza facing 12th Street. In the concept statement, the firm writes that the proposed plants for 525 12th Street will showcase “durable urban plants that have been proven to be successful in Oakland. As a health science school, the planting meadows are thematically linked to health. They feature medicinal plants and pollinator species. Conceptually, the planting design highlights the links between human and ecosystem health.”
Perkins+Will, a North Carolina-based firm, led the building design. The design is oriented around its curtain-wall-wrapped facade, with terraces splitting the massing and articulating the overall scale. The glass system will be accented with wood composite panels, cast-in-place concrete, and metal panels.
Luk and Associates is responsible for civil engineering, with Tipping Structural Engineers involved as the structural engineering firm.
Construction will fill in a vacant 0.86-acre lot in the city center. The project will be between the 1111 Broadway office building’s public open plaza and the residential building at 1150 Clay Street. The 12th Street BART Station and BRT line is two blocks away on Broadway.
Samuel Merritt University is an Oakland-based private university founded in 1909 and currently has 1,600 enrolled students. It is presently headquartered at 3100 Telegraph Avenue, with other footprints in Fresno, Sacramento, and San Mateo. The institution is affiliated with Sutter Health Network and Alta Bates Summit Medical center. According to the project application, “The proposed tower at Oakland City Center is designed to be the home and new main campus of Samuel Merritt University, a health sciences university educating highly skilled healthcare practitioners to positively transform the experience of care in diverse communities.”
Oakland’s Design Review Committee of the Planning Commission is scheduled to review the project tomorrow, March 23rd, at 3 PM. This is the same meeting where plans will be reviewed for Brooklyn Basin. For more information about the project and how to attend, see the meeting agenda here.