Two original buildings were joined together to increase seismic stability.
Housing for Independent People (HIP)
Feasibility Study, Full Architectural Services
The Aztec Hotel was formerly two adjacent, dilapidated 1920’s residential hotels, the Aztec and the Hiram. We were originally retained by the City of Oakland to conduct as seismic safety and feasibility study for the Hiram Hotel in time to meet a FEMA funding deadline. We provided the required documentation to the City within one week. Subsequently, Housing for Independent People received funding to purchase the Hiram and the Aztec for the purpose of providing living accommodations and support programs for mentally disabled adults. Once again, we provided schematic drawings, a scope of work and a fee proposal for the Aztec within several days to meet another funding deadline. Under extreme time constraints, we not only met the required deadlines, but went on to combine the hotels into one seismically safe structure.
The completed 15,000 square foot project contains sixty Single Room Occupancy units, lounge areas, dining room, commercial kitchen facilities, dormitory style bathrooms, counseling offices, a courtyard and a manager’s unit. Brightly colored accents in tile work, doors, architectural molding and furniture provide positive visual stimulation and a cheerful image.