Frances Temple-West

Frances Temple-West

Devon, PA, US


Marin Community Foundation Headquarters

Designed as the headquarters for the non-profit Marin Community Foundation, this project entailed fitting-out the interior of a 30,000 square foot converted airplane hangar building in Novato, CA. In addition to accommodating 48 employees, the space needed to provide many varied conference room spaces for public and internal use. Special attention was paid to creating a community feeling in the lofty 28 foot tall space. To create passage and views across the space, an existing wall around the central well was removed an a laylight of translucent material set at the floor level; a bridge hung from the existing trusses then spans across the well. Conference rooms are clustered in interior building forms at each end of the well, each with expanses of glass openings in the ceiling and wall that allow for views up to the trusses above and across the open space. Open workstations are set at an angle to allow each station to have a view to the exterior.

My role on the project included the design and coordination of all contract and custom  furnishings for the project; design and coordination of custom millwork and cabinetry; comprehensive coordination with the electrical engineer of all electrical and data requirements for the project.

This project received the 2003 San Francisco AIA Excellence in Design Award

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Status: Built
Location: Novato, CA
My Role: Project Architect
Additional Credits: Mark Cavagnero Associates
Project Team included Roslyn Cole, Jasmine Chu, Renata Li and Beth Goldstein