Last updated on May 21st, 2024 at 12:18 am

Union City’s growing economy means businesses often face changing trends across sectors. If these businesses want to entice both clients and future employees to work with them, they should keep themselves updated with how these trends shift. One trend, in particular, is the way office areas are being designed as more collaborative and dynamic.

Union City architects know exactly how to adapt to the area’s trends, which prompts more people to visit it. This list contains the best commercial architects in the area, the Union City designers who are known for their dynamic, welcoming, innovative designs. These architects were chosen by our editorial team for their experience and ability to produce exciting structures.

dsk architects

6700 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 110, Pleasanton, CA 94566

The interiors division of dsk architects focuses on commercial interiors for corporate, institutional, healthcare, and light industrial clients. Among the firm’s clients is Ariat International, a manufacturer of equestrian apparel in Union City, CA. dsk architects worked on the expansion and renovation of the apparel company’s 60,000-square-foot building. The building retained most of its existing features, while public areas like the reception area, main conference rooms, and a large break room received architectural intervention. Barn wood, raw steel, and stained concrete were used as materials to reflect the brand’s Western and English riding heritage. A neutral color palette of warm grays and muted browns were used throughout the structure.

The firm’s process in creating designs involves studying both its client’s industry and identity. CEO Amir Kakavand, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Master in Business (MBA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP, and principals Carmen Campos, LEED GA, Jeffery Fuller, AIA, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), LEED AP, and Brett McCune, Registered Architect (RA), ensure the firm does its research for design optimization. The firm’s services include pre-design and feasibility studies, master planning, programming, design, construction contract documentation, construction contract administration, and project management.

Field Paoli Architects

711 Market Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94103

Field Paoli Architects focuses on designing open and public spaces that encourage and shape community interaction. The teams—led by principals Yann Taylor, AIA, LEED AP, Trish Beckman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Cloud Design Patterns (CDP), NCARB, Christen Soares, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Rob Anderson, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), LEED AP, Maureen O’Neil, and Bill Brigham, AIA, LEED AP—tailor each structure’s design to the needs of the community and the environment. Its projects include structures for mixed-use, specialty grocery, food and beverage, shopping districts, airport retail, mall interiors, community, higher education, retail stores, creative office, and entertainment.

The Union City Sports Center in Union City is one of the spaces the firm created to connect people. The structure is located at the site of an old meatpacking plant in the Alvarado District of Union City. Following the neighborhood’s city planning, the sports center is flanked on three sides with lower volumes. These facilities cater to basketball, volleyball, badminton, and other indoor sports. An aerobics studio, fitness center, childcare room, and multi-purpose classrooms can also be found inside. The sports center serves as the venue for the city’s summer camp programs and sports leagues.

Architectural Dimensions

300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 375, Oakland, CA 94612

Aside from design and architectural services, Architectural Dimensions also provides clients with construction management and administration services. The firm’s experience includes delivering complex projects involving agency management and entitlement, land-use and master planning, project management, facility design and management, information management, and design-build solutions. The firm is led by president and principal James Heibronner, RA, NCARB, AIA, in establishing accountability, communication, and integration. Project controls and document management systems were established to enable project monitoring.

Architectural Dimensions’ portfolio focuses on general commercial, historic preservation, hotel, interior design, master planning, office, restaurant, retail, and tenant improvement projects. The Empire Point Retail Shopping Center in Union City is part of the firm’s retail projects. At 84,000-square-feet, the shopping center was designed to include two retail buildings and a pad building for an Applebee’s restaurant. The buildings used masonry and a wooden frame for the structure.


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