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3032 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA 94608

Tel: 510-841-7056   email: info@aparch.com

© 2019 Anne Phillips Architecture

Lesley Towers

Address

700 Laurel Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401

Size
198 Units

12-story

90,000 SF

Project

Rehabilitation of senior home community.

Client

Lesley Senior Communities

Contractor

SC Builders

Completed

2017

Description

Lesley Towers, originally constructed in the 1960s, is a high-rise apartment building providing affordable housing for seniors. This rehab project, completed in 2017, essentially involved the construction of a high-rise within a high-rise. Each floor was completely gutted and refitted with new apartment layouts and finishes without disturbing the exterior curtain wall. A full seismic upgrade involved the construction of new reinforced concrete shear walls at each floor and excavating under the building for new foundations. The first floor was redesigned to create warm and inviting community spaces, offices and conference room, dining room, and a full commercial kitchen. New patios and trellises around the building create usable outdoor areas of a human scale and provide a connection to a neighboring park and a welcoming sequence of entry from the street.