Historic Preservation Expertise

Allana Buick & Bers is a architectural engineering firm with direct experience in the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction of historical buildings.  Our professionals understand historic construction materials and building assemblies, and can develop solutions to conserve the aesthetics of  your structure.

Our firm has membership with both the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Association for Preservation Technology International.

We can work with various state programs such as the Mills Act Historical Property Contract Program, as well as the guidelines set forth by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Similar Type Project Experience

Below are some brief summaries of various Historical preservation, rehabilitation, and repair projects that we have provided services for:

Giannini Hall, University of California Berkeley

Giannini Hall was completed in 1928  and houses the Department of Agricultural Economics.  ABBAE performed detailed investigation of the roof systems, skylights and gutters for each building.  Based on report recommendations, the University directed us to provide remedial design and construction documents.  Giannini Hall will have both the flat and tile roof sections and the gutters restored.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Wellman Hall, University of California Berkeley Wellman Hall is a four-story building completed in 1912 which houses Environmental Science, Policy and Management.  ABBAE performed detailed investigation of the roof systems, skylights and gutters for each building.  Based on report recommendations, the University directed us to provide remedial design and construction documents. Wellman Hall will have the tile roof and gutters replaced.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hilgard Hall Science Laboratory, University of California Berkeley

Exterior fresco wall restoration and sealing, common area roof decks, re-use existing clay tile roofs, new copper gutters to match existing; initially built in 1918. Preparation of construction documents, administration and monitoring. Also provided investigation and assessment of stair landing leaks, and recommendations for repair. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Reno Post Office, Reno, Nevada

Physical assessment and analysis of the art-deco building completed in 1934. Scope included reviewing the historic structures report completed in 2008, investigating general facility conditions and identifying asbestos concerns.  Our report gave recommendations on minor tenant improvement repairs to adapt the building to individual office space, a utility cost summary and cost information for repairs.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fox Theater, Oakland

Peer review services provided to the general contractor for waterproofing of the rehabilitation of an historic arts theater in downtown Oakland. The Fox Theater was originally opened in 1928.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

McHenry Museum, City of Modesto, California

Re-roofing for the McHenry Museum, initially built in 1912 as the city library with an addition in 1928. Provided design details, plans and specifications, re-roofing design, exterior façade repairs, construction administration and monitoring services. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Walnut Creek, California

Facility Condition Assessments for four city-owned recreational and historic buildings including a steel and concrete frame building and wood-frame buildings with glu-lam structural elements. The Lar Rieu House is 74 years old; the Penniman House is a historic monument.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

2363 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California

Forensic investigation of leaks in exterior walls, roof, garage and penthouse of this six floor, hand formed and hand placed concrete structure, built in the early 1920’s. Developed construction documents, provided construction management and construction monitoring of concrete repairs and sealant placement.

Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco, California

Investigation of the exterior siding for the Waateekaa Train Museum located on the plaza at the Bechtel corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco. The museum is a replica of the 18 meter long wooden train car that was used to move the Bechtel family between construction sites in the 1920’s. Evaluated the condition of the existing building envelope and associated systems, and determined the causes of damage. Designed complete restoration of exterior siding windows and roofing, and estimated construction costs.

Covina City Hall, Covina, California

Reviewed water intrusion issues, provided a report and construction documents for the replacement of the existing low-slope roof. During the investigatory phase, additional façade issues were discovered and incorporated into the scope of work for a historic 1930 building and a 1989 addition.

California Theater, San Jose Redevelopment Agency, California

Evaluation of building leaks and exterior poured in place concrete wall restoration. Built in the late 1920’s. The structure is a cast-in-place concrete shear wall with a steel truss and wood deck roof for the main theater area and a concrete roof deck for the long lobby and back stage area. Performed leak detection study and reviewed conditions. Provided recommendations and cost estimates for repairs.

Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California

Investigation and assessment of water intrusion to the exterior wall of the Hollywood Palladium that was built 1940 in a Streamline Moderne art-deco style.

Union Lofts, Los Angeles, California

Peer review and material selection for the adaptive reuse of the Union Bank of California Headquarters Building in downtown Los Angeles.  The Union Bank Building is a historic two-story concrete building with a full basement, built in 1922.

University House, UC San Diego

Provided a physical needs assessment on an historic University building.  Our scope of work included investigation and assessment of the roofing systems, exterior walls and foundation waterproofing.  Upon completion we provided a report to UCSD with our findings including repair recommendations and construction estimate. The University House was built in 1952 as a private residence and purchased by UCSD in 1967.  It was used as a residence for chancellors until it was closed in 2004 due to structural and code violation issues.  In 2007 the State Historical Resources Commission voted to recognize University House as a historic building based on its period architecture and significance as a Native American archaeological site.

de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara

Leak investigation for a building on the Santa Clara University (SCU) campus.  The de Saisset was built in the late 1950’s and is a two-story concrete building with a basement.  Exterior systems include storefront windows at the entrance, punched windows and a plaster finish throughout.   An initial site assessment included five (5) exterior test locations at ground level.

448 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California

Cataloging and review of waterproof failures for the high end night club on the top of a historic 15-story building located at 448 South Hill Street in Los Angeles. The Pershing Square Building was conceived and designed in 1923.

Philadelphia Naval Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Evaluation of roofing and exterior balustrade restoration of the Admirals Quarter residence at the first naval shipyard in the United States. Work performed by one of the principals prior to his employment at ABBAE.