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Tioga Project Team

Project Lead or Principal
Carolyn Kiernat – Page & Turnbull

Leigh Hitz – Hotel Tioga Investors LLC

Project Lead
Carolyn Kiernat – Page & Turnbull

Owner’s Representative
John Martin – Tioga Investors LLC

Project Architect
Steven Lee – Page & Turnbull

Larry Crawford – Swinerton Builders

Construction Manager
Lonnie Sortor – Construction Management & Consulting Group

Construction Manager
Jerry Meyer – JD Meyer & Associates

Structural Engineer
Alan Burr – Murphy Burr Curry LLC

MEP Engineer
Max Saiidnia – Fard Engineers

Civil Engineer
Ryan Carter – KPFF

Code Consultant
Bevan Jones – Holmes Fire

Kim Blackseth – Kim R. Blackseth Interests, Inc.

Lighting Designer
Michael Sestak – Sestak Design

Interior Designer
Kate Hanzo – Studio Hatch

Joint Trench Consultant
Tim Whitlow – Millennium Design and Consulting

The Tioga of Merced

The Tioga is a winner for the 2021 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 californiapreservation.org/awards.

About The Tioga

The Tioga, built in 1928 as the Hotel Tioga, was rehabilitated as a 70-unit apartment building for professionals and UC Merced graduate students. Rehabilitation of the Tioga, strongly supported by the City of Merced, was a catalyst for Main Street’s resurgence, bringing new jobs, economic opportunity, and nightlife to the city’s historic core. The project included the redesign of the existing rooms into studio, one, and two-bedroom units with 20 units adaptable for persons with disabilities. The ground floor and mezzanine level provide a tenant lounge and other shared amenities. The project completely reimagined the original historic lobby that had been divided into five rooms. Exterior facades were restored, including replacement of existing windows with energy-efficient windows of the same style. As the tallest building in Merced, the Tioga is visible from a distance, especially at night when the restored rooftop sign is illuminated. Rehabilitation of the Tioga created desirable rental housing downtown, targeting students at UC Merced and others who are seeking an urban living experience. With a brewery planned for the ground level, a renovated theater and restaurant across the street, and a new hotel a block away, Merced’s Main Street is again becoming a destination for entertainment, restaurants, and urban living.

Featured Image Courtesy Page & Turnbull and Photographs by Chad Davies