The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights had outgrown their previous space. In a collaborative effort to align several community based groups with similar goals, […]
About the project
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights had outgrown their previous space. In a collaborative effort to align several community based groups with similar goals, Restore Oakland was born. This new space is now home to the Ella Baker Center, ROC United, Casa Justa and Restorative Justice. The sustainable architectural design throughout the building includes highly efficient framing methods for conservation of building materials, low VOC content finish materials and a new low use (LULA) elevator.
Along with new partitions and finishes, the MEP system was upgraded, a new fire alarm system was installed, and added structural sheer walls which were interspersed throughout the building. The exterior improvements included a new storefront system at the ground level, a new roof and a revised rear entry with decorative plantings to instill tranquility before entering the restaurant. The lower floor offers meeting rooms, community spaces and the offices of Casa Justa. The ground floor features ROC United’s training kitchen, “Colors” their full service restaurant and administrative offices. The Ella Baker Center occupies the top floor while sharing space with Restorative Justice.