When a powerful earthquake struck the North San Francisco Bay Area in August 2014, it caused widespread damage across the southern Napa Valley — including the County of Napa’s administration building on Third Street. The third floor of the building, with offices for the county CEO, the city manager, all of the County Board of Supervisors, and County Counsel, sustained extensive water damage from the fire sprinklers along with collapsed ceilings and walls. Having worked with us in the past, the county engaged us to restore the damaged third floor offices to their pre-earthquake condition. However, there was no record of the offices’ previous condition. We had to piece it together, almost like a forensic investigation. After determining what the space looked like before and salvaging as much as we could, we created a furnishing plan, and sent it out to bid in a competitive bidding process for replacement. The client initially wanted to furnish their interim office space with rented furnishings. We created a money-saving plan that furnished these leased office spaces with used furniture. We were able to use this furniture multiple times as several groups of employees cycled through the leased offices. Not only that, the used furniture will be installed permanently in the Hall of Justice, the last phase of the restoration project.

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3rd Street Building, Napa, CA

Project Facts

- Building damaged by magnitude 6.0 earthquake
- Extensive water damage to offices
- Collapsed ceilings and walls
- Secured interim office space and furnishings to ensure operational continuity
- Painstakingly recreated the original design plans
- Restored 3rd floor office space
- Reduced furniture costs with used furniture

Paula's Project Thoughts...

We were tasked with restoring these offices to their original condition, but the big unknown was what that original condition was. As if that weren’t daunting enough, most of the contents had been hauled away and stored offsite in trailers willy-nilly before we were brought in.

We had to sort through and identify everything, figure out what belonged to whom, analyze its condition, label it, restore or replace it, and create a cohesive plan for when everybody moved back in.

Paula Stabler

Principle, Facilities By Design