Girls, Inc.

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Daytime exterior of Girls, Inc. building façade at 510 16th Street in Oakland
Interior of lobby with reception desk and neon lettering on the wall with words
Interior communal space with cafe-style tables, benches, and doorways to a yoga studio and fitness center
Interior view of lounge with tables and chairs. A large mural of a girl jumping is printed on the far wall

Project Information

Owner

Girls Incorporated of Alameda County

Location

510 16th Street

Oakland, California

Project

Seismic Retrofit, Building Renovation, 
Tenant Improvements,
Historic Preservation

Value

$16 Million

Completion

Spring 2013

Architect

Anne Phillips Architecture

Contractor

Oliver and Company

Financing

Conventional Debt, Capital Campaign, Grants, New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits

Project Description

ECB was the project manager and  tax credit financing consultant to Girls Incorporated of Alameda County for the renovation of their newly acquired  building located in the historic district of downtown Oakland.  Girls Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. This 5-story Morgan Building remodel helps fulfill the nonprofit’s vision of becoming the region’s first Girls Resource Center, providing innovative programs that build self-esteem, foster creativity, and promote critical thinking skills for school-aged girls (grades K-12) in high-risk, underserved areas.

Improvements to the 34,000 sq.ft. building included historic preservation of the ornate terra cotta façade, seismic upgrades, renovation of core elements including stairs and elevators, replacement of all major building systems, and full interior tenant improvements. Administrative offices and a counseling center are located on the upper floors, while the girls program space on the lower floors provides the library/resource center, internet café, fitness and yoga studios, gathering spaces and a teaching kitchen to provide a safe and inviting place for academic, enrichment and skills- building programs. The project received a LEED Silver rating.

The $16M project was financed by a combination of New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, capital campaign funds, grants, and conventional debt.

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