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The 2023 Design Awards Event

For 2023, we’re celebrating 16 award winning projects at the historic Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture in the Cowell Theatre, preceded by a special social event in the stunning Design Award-winning Pier 2 Atrium.

We’re celebrating four years of the Preservation Design Awards at this special opportunity for winning teams and conference-goers. Wines will be split into six groups, tied to winning projects from all four years. There will be some surprises, a silent auction, and food and drink served.

Tapscott Building Rehabilitation


Project Lead
Andrew Wolfram – TEF Design

Project Manager / Architect
Viral Vithalani – TEF Design

Project Designer
Robbie Wilcock – TEF Design (former employee)

Historic Preservation Architect (Report)
Christopher VerPlanck – VerPlanck Historic Preservation Consulting

Kendra Marshall – Rabin Worldwide

Structural Engineer
Zack Kardon – Murphy Burr Company

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer
Arthur Ingraffia – Acco

Electrical Engineer
Jared McKinney – Helix

Civil Engineer
Joseph Young – BKF Engineers

Building Envelope
Annie Lo – Walter P Moore

General Contractor
Micah Stevens – Alson Construction

Additional Participant(s)
Nick Boatright – Rainbow Waterproofing

Tapscott Building Rehabilitation

Tapscott Building Rehabilitation is a winner for the 2023 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at

About Tapscott Building Rehabilitation

Comprising the renovation of a four-story, 39,000 sf. steel and concrete structure, and the addition of a 5,000 sf. penthouse, this project revitalizes the Tapscott Building’s original purpose for contemporary use.  It also restores the building’s 1923 character and the excitement of that era in Oakland’s commercial development by anchoring the rebirth of a blighted block as a new creative destination.

The project included a seismic upgrade, new utility and HVAC systems, and accessibility compliance.  Non-historic interior partitions and ceilings were removed to create an open canvas for incoming tenants.  Outside, graffiti was removed by hand and the building’s brick, sheet metal and terra cotta exterior, Beaux Arts parapet, spandrels and cornice, and historic advertising signage have been restored, and graffiti, removed by hand. Missing terra cotta elements were replicated in GFRC, using historic molds from detailed facade surveys and mock-ups, and incompatible non-historic added features replaced with compatible new elements.

About CPF and the Awards

The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, showcasing the best in historic preservation. The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate excellence in preservation.

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF), a 501c3 nonprofit, was incorporated in 1978. We now support a national network of more than 36,000 members and supporters. Click here to learn how you can become a member.