Bluhon Group | Tags Urban Design

Challenge Kaiser Permanente engaged NBBJ Architects of Seattle, Washington to design a new hospital and a parking garage on its 19.5 acre site at the MacArthur/Broadway intersection in Oakland, California. The City required Kaiser to complete a plan acceptable to the community and subject to Planning Commission review and approval. Kaiser retained Bluhon Group to conduct public engagement for the hospital design process and for development of new signage. Approach Bluhon Group facilitated eight community workshops over 18 months; each tightly integrated with the architectural design process. Meetings consisted of well-structured content presentations by Kaiser and NBBJ, followed by Q&A, …

Challenge The congregation purchased an open site in a single-family neighborhood for a new place of workshop and a school. Neighbors and creek advocates opposed plans citing potential environmental impacts of congestion, parking, noise, building scale, and deterioration of riparian habitat of a perennial creek on the property. The City retained Bluhon Group to mediate the dispute. Approach Mr. Bluhon facilitated four joint sessions and thirty caucus meetings. Issues were separated and addressed sequentially. The congregation asserted that their mission of religious life combined with social functions and education could not be constrained. Appellants identified design and environmental impacts that …