Principal: June A. Grant
Founded: 2014. +20 years of sustainable architecture, community design and fabrication.
At blink!LAB, our approach is based on a single principle: Design from the commitment to benefit everyone. We are a small boutique practice supported by a deep and wide network of consulting experts. This allows us to undertake a diverse range of projects from workspace to living-space to urban infrastructure.
#1 Ask: Re-Engineer Contracting. The existing process is biased towards well-established, large firms with robust marketing teams. A different approach begins with seeking and building on new relationships with those who are not typically at the table but who are close to the problem. Beyond hosting networking sessions, create, designate, incubate and finance projects which are specifically for small firm growth while solving local problems. Let small firms determine work and scope before issuing an RFP to the wider community.
EAST OAKLAND BOXING ASSOCIATION - Concept for Strategic Growth
DESIGNING JUSTICE + Designing Spaces
Principals: Deanna Van Buren and Kyle Rawlins
Founded: 2015 bringing together +20 years of architecture + real estate development.
At DJDS, we attack the root causes of mass incarceration. Our work counters the societal inequities
evident in the dominant architectural models of courthouses and prisons by creating new prototypes such as peacemaking centers, mobile classrooms and re-entry housing.
#1 Ask: Access to housing and community development funding. For example, Alameda County's Tier One / Tier Two Developer Standards perpetuate the disparities between capitalized (white) and under-capitalized (black) firms. A publicly-sponsored "on ramp" that would facilitate black firms to build their own development track, without partnering, would create a more dynamic field of competitors... with benefits for all.
RESTORE OAKLAND - A Center for Restorative Justice + Restorative Economics
J&C Consulting Services
Principal: Jamie James
Founded: 2004. +14 years of architectural multi-media services.
The best scenario for J&C is working with the Invetors and Developers as a design consultant providing conceptual content: vignettes and charettes for commercial and capital design build and TI projects!
#1 Ask: Start projects by allowing small firms to review all plans and materials to define their own scope of work from the design plan and work schedule first. Prioritizing First Review will present an opportunity to negotiate the scope and fees with contingency clauses when officially contracted. Secondly, revise all accounting and accounts receivables to pay small firms within 7 business days when they're contracted as associates or sub-consultants under primes.
Principal: Carlton Smith, FAIA, NOMAC
Founded: 1988. +41 years of Bay Area architecture, design + planning.
Founded as a minority-owned firm, an remains so today. We are over 50% minority-owned, 39% of our technical staff members are women and 24% are minorities. Our diversity is our strength. It allows us to understand, empathize, and communicate with people whose experiences differ from our own — this is essential in working with the variety of communities we engage with.
We approach design inclusively. Informed by our history, we embrace social equity as a foundation of sustainable design. From housing to civic infrastructure, we are committed to designing built environments that strengthen our communities, and consider the health and well-being of the planet.
#1 Ask: An unbiased project selection process.
STEPHENS CREEK CROSSING HOUSING & OPPORTUNITY CENTER
TOLBERT Design Architects
Principal: Jeremiah Tolbert, AIA
Founded: 2010. +14 years of professional architecture experience.
TDA is a Bay Area based firm which provides architecture design expertise for a wide range of project types from remodels and new custom homes, civic & educational buildings, sports facilities to office tenant improvements. TDA also provides a full spectrum of professional design services including interior design, planning & construction administration.
#1 Ask: Equitable participation across all phases of the A/E/C & Development industry.
Principal: Leopold Ray Lynch, AIA, NOMA
Founded: 1974. K-12 Education, Higher Education, Faith-Based, and Civic projects
A multi-faceted architecture firm comfortable with varying scales: from small facility modernization projects to massive high school campuses, each project is approached as a new opportunity to deliver the highest quality design and unmatched service to our clients.
Principal: Yakuh Askew, AIA, NOMA
Our practice is collaborative, supportive, and dedicated to developing skilled professionals who continue to improve our built environment and elevate our social discourse. We embrace a diverse portfolio that includes custom single family homes, affordable housing, large multi-family developments, restaurants, office and retail spaces. We are thoughtful, creative, experienced, engaging, socially responsible and environmental stewards.
NOE VALLEY HOUSE
ANDREA BAKER CONSULTING
Principal: Andrea Baker
Founded: 2003. +15 years profession and public service
Andrea Baker Consulting provides community outreach, engagement, corridor activation and economic development services across the Bay Area.
One project: Resilient By Design - Sea Level Rise Challenge | South Bay Towns
1# Ask - Public agencies should designate a greater portion of contracts for LBE’s and small businesses.
RESILIENCY BY DESIGN
Principal: Liz Obgu
Founded: 2014. +14 years architecture and pubic engagement
Studio O is a multidisciplinary design and innovation consultancy that works/in communities in need globally to leverage design to catalyze social and spatial justice.
1# Ask - More flexibility in the briefs (many clients set forth a very traditional process, both in design and engagement…those often don’t produce the most equitable process or solutions)
BAY VIEW HUNTERS POINT. Photo: Anne Hamersky
Construction Service Workers
Principal: Wanda Rogers
The first African American Woman Owned Construction Staffing Agency with that discipline.
#1 Ask: Inclusion for African American Business, local hire requirements along with removing the barriers for past performance bonding and insurance. I have created a Mentor Protege Program in San Diego to help assist with this effort however, we have less than 10 Businesses in the construction arena here, with a less than desirable need to do public agency work because of the documents that are required again a barrier. All, that I have acquired and done still doesn't compare in contracts or dollars!
Principal: Arcadia Maximo
Woman-owned, General Contractor
Principal: Shawn David Coleman, PE
Founded: 2012. +18 years of Civil Engineering, Utility Engineering and Construction Management.
DAVID uses State of the Art Technology with virtual remote access capabilities to create a complete “Field to Office” delivery system. This provides instant access to all information, workflow, software and deliverables from anywhere in the State of California essentially eliminating loss of production due to location, commutes and incidentals.
#1 Ask: Increase on-call A/E/C contracts solicited as set asides for small businesses owned by under-presented groups. On-Call Set-Asides promote growth, development, and will accomplish the goals of the program. For the small-firms and minority-owned businesses, this allows the ability to build capacity, improve familiarity with client procedures and policies; while all at a sustainable pace. For the client, On-call Contracts greatly reduce the administrative burden of the procurement process while providing greater access for under-represented firms, and additionally allow clients to size work assignments more freely without unduly administrative burden.
Principal: Donny Lee, PE or Miguel Castellanos, LC, EIT
FRIAR & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Principal: John Friar
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY GREEN LINE ELEVATED RAIL. Project Cost: $55Million
Principal: Joe Igber
Principal: Hisham El_amin
Founded: 2016. +17 years of Traffic Engineering Construction Management.
Construction Management and Inspection in the field of Roadway and Intelligent Transportation Systems and toll-lane systems. Past projects include Caltrans Freeways Design review, construction inspection and operation.
#1 Ask: Public agencies transparency and access to project requiring consulting expertise.
Principal: Townsend Brown
Principal: Han-Bin Liang, PhD, PE, QSD/P
Sr. Environmental Scientiest: Tony Jones
SAA / EVI
Principal: Ernest Valery
Since 1976, SA+A Development has worked with community leaders, government and investment partners to rebuild neighborhoods and urban centers. Beginning with completion of the first housing tax credit development in New York State (1987), SA+A has spearheaded innovations in the creation of affordable housing.
Ernst Valery Investments Corp. (EVI) is a private real estate investment firm established in 2001 and incorporated in 2004 (NY) for the purpose of investing in select underserved and undervalued key emerging domestic real estate markets, defined as urban transitional areas with high residential and retail demand.
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