JAMES GUERRERO ARCHITECTS, INC
Originally designed as a landscaping architect's office in the early '60's, this building recieved its first addition in 2008. The addition adds a conference room, a daylit atrium, and a large secondary workspace, as well as a kitchen/break area and updated bathrooms. The building was designed to retain the original aesthetic of the original building, while revamping the site.
The building incorporates many eco-friendly features, including green "eco-stone" pavers which treats rainwater, and a gutter collection system which stores drain-off to later be used in irrigation. The addition also removed no significant trees from the construction site, and the building is surrounded by leafy deciduous trees, which allow for easy shade to protect from the heat in the summer and direct sunshine to warm the building in winter.
The Lakewood YMCA's Women's Locker Room Remodel not only changed the locker room itself, but also carved out a small family room from the locker room. Security is emphasized in the women's locker room, whereas an open floorplan to keep children in their parents' sight is made a necessity in the family locker room.
The family locker room also has unique features, such as a blue and white mosaic shower with a curved shower wall, with lights that automatically come off and on when children use it. Though both locker rooms are accessed through the same initial alcove, they're entirely separate, with separate accesses to the pool as well.
Situated on a small lot, this charming retail complex efficiently balances parking requirements with office and retail spaces. Seven businesses occupy two unique buildings. Carefully designed gables and column-supported overhangs create a stately appearance from the adjacent arterial and attract medical and professional tenants.
Twin cupolas provide natural light to the mezzanine offices overlooking the first floor. The exterior consists of a brick veneer base and an exterior insulation finish system. The standing seam metal roof in green accents the building forms.
Towne Plaza in Gig Harbor is an ongoing multi-tenant facility project, with the first of three planned phases currently constructed. The building has both retail and office space, as well as a car shop along its right side.
The stringent design guidelines of Gig Harbor made for a challenging project, but by using advanced redering programs (at the time) we were able to explain our plans to the city and our client to be sure that the aesthetic matched both's requirements. The facade is constructed with splitface
This planned building is one of our current projects - a coffeeshop building up in Tacoma. It's planned to be built around next year, and both fit into the well-known coffeeshop aesthetic and the Tacoma landscape. The building is a part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the Lincoln District, and hopes to create a public outdoor space that encourages an active lifestyle.
This all-out tenant improvement of a downtown Tacoma law firm opened up the floorplan of this two-floor building, creating a second level of offices that's reminiscent of local lofts in the redesigned warehouse district. The glass partitions are designed to let daylight into the offices, and to connect the law firm together, clients and lawyers together in a literally and figuratively transparent conference room.
The boutique quality of the Ledger Square Law remodel allows for a calm and neutral environment for its lawyers to counsel clients and read through their briefs, only enhanced by its eclectic, distinctly Northwestern decor. The law firm actually doubles as an art gallery, showcasing and selling local artists' work and collecting select few featured pieces to remain as a part of their permanent collection.
We were retained in 2014 to bring this historic building in downtown Tacoma back from a ruinous 1970's stucco remodel . The facade was detailed after an old 1950's photo of the building, as is the trim and accents. It is a post and beam structure, as well as one of the oldest surviving wood frame structures in Tacoma according to city staff, making it not only a challenge, but also an honor to redesign.
The interior of the building had to be completely redone. The original
basement was only one-third the square footage of the upper floors, and the remaining two-thirds needed to be excavated for a full lower level. An elevator was installed to add accessibility to the three floor building. The
interior stair had been removed in the previous remodel, and the only access to the
second floor was an exterior balcony on the rear side of the building. The interior stair
was rebuilt and a new balcony at the back provides a smooth transition to the streets of Tacoma and a needed second exit.