Andrew Michler

Aging Ford Plant Revitalized Into Stunning Commercial Space

by , 02/22/11

Rosie the Riveter, East Bay green building, Bay Area mixed use development, adaptive restoration, green restoration,Albert Khan Ford Factory, Ford Assembly Plant, Richmond green building, SunPower solar, Mountain Hardware Office, Vetrazzo, green building, Bay Area Green building,green historic retrofit, roof top solar array, SunPowerPhoto © Billy Hustace

After producing Ford cars, Jeeps and outfitting tanks during WWII, the huge complex sat vacant upon closing down in the fifties. Then the 1989 Loma Peralta earthquake forced the city to either fix the building or tear it down. Richmond chose to invest in the building, and after many years of seeking development partners the city finally was able to see the historic complex revived. Current codes would never allow a building to be placed so close to the water, so this was a rare opportunity to create a striking venue on the bay.

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