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Culver Arts Building

8888 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

The Runyon Group, a full-service real estate firm which operates out of Los Angeles and New York, is planning another development near the Expo Line’s Culver City Station. Runyon intends to construct a four-story office building at 8888 Washington Boulevard.  The proposed development would include more than 68,000 square feet of floor area, including slightly over 6,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.  Plans also call for a fully automated underground parking garage with space for up to 231 vehicles.


  • Configuration: Aisle
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 217
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Office
  • Completion Date: 2018

11701 Santa Monica Blvd – Multifamily Unit

11701 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Markwood Enterprises, a Beverly Hills-based real estate firm, has proposed the construction of a new residential-retail complex at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Barrington Avenue.  Plans filed with the city describe a five-story building that would feature 53 apartments, five of which would be set aside for very low income households.  The project would also offer six live-work units and 1,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Other elements of the proposed development include a rooftop deck, a fifth-floor terrace and a ground-level amenity room.  Parking accommodations for 80 vehicles and 55 bicycles would be provided in an automated subterranean garage.

  • Configuration: Aisle
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 88
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2018

1233 Dunsmuir – Multifamily Unit

1233 Dunsmuir Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

  • Configuration: Puzzle (tandem)
  • Levels: 2
  • Number of spaces: 14
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

4807 Elmwood – Multifamily Unit

4807 Elmwood Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

  • Configuration: Puzzle (tandem)
  • Levels: 2
  • Number of spaces: 14
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

1490 Ocean – Multifamily Unit

1490 Ocean Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112

The gas station at 1490 Ocean Ave near City College is set to get a new life as the site is slated for a new mixed-use development. Proposed in its place is a 45′ four-story corner building with 15 condo units and 4,356 sq.ft. of ground floor retail.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 2
  • Number of spaces: 13
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

459 8th Street – Multifamily Unit

459 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Though arguably one of the most talked about neighborhoods in the East Bay, Downtown Oakland has not seen very much construction in this current housing boom. We have, however, seen a huge number of proposals for the area which hopefully means that we’re just 6-12 months away from a major boom. Another proposal to add to that list is 459 8th Street. Located on the corner of 8th and Oakland, this proposals calls for 50 apartments over 4,000 square feet of retail space. The building would rise on what is currently a surface parking lot and would certainly fill a sizable gap in the Old Oakland neighborhood. The project is being developed by Signature Development Group and designed by YHLA Architects

  • Configuration: Puzzle (in pit)
  • Levels: 4
  • Number of spaces: 52
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

2114 Pico – Mixed Use Building

2114 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

4 Level Puzzle solution for a small mixed use building in Santa Monica, CA.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 4
  • Number of spaces: 17
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Mixed Use
  • Completion Date: 2017

240 Pacific – Multifamily Unit

240 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111

240 Pacific Avenue is a new 32-unit residential development in the Jackson Square area of San Francisco. The building takes design cues from the historical warehouses in the area, offering a modern interpretation of the brick low-rise structures that still adorn the neighborhood.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 37
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

Avalon Bay Public Market

6701 Shellmound St, Emeryville, CA 94608

Located in the City of Emeryville, CA, the 6701 Shellmound project consists of a mixed-use, seven-story building with residences, retail, and amenity spaces. A total of 211 residential units are planned. The project site is situated in close proximity to major freeways and an active rail line used by both freight and passenger trains.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 155
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

Thomas Berkley – Multifamily Unit

528 Thomas Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Construction has started on a 25-unit housing project in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood less than a block away from Uber’s future headquarters, more evidence that a wave of new market-rate residential development is coming to the city. Oakland-based CRC Development LLC broke ground on a former parking lot at 528 Thomas L. Berkley Way. The site is about three doors away from Uber’s Uptown Station office at 19th Street and Broadway. Construction is slated to finish in early 2017. The project will be either rental or condo. The project will have 32 one-bedroom units, three two-bedroom units and one live-work unit on the ground floor.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 2
  • Number of spaces: 22
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

StoneFire – Multifamily Unit

1974 UNIVERSITY Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

StoneFire is set to reach almost 100 feet, and have 76 parking spaces, including two car-share spots, six micro-car spaces and 20 stacking units for 52 of the vehicles. There are also slated to be 91 bicycle parking spaces, as well as an option for all tenants to have bike hooks inside their units.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 61
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

The Jefferson – Multifamily Unit

612 18th St, Oakland, CA 94612

The Jefferson is a new apartment development by Bay West Development currently under construction at 612 18th Street, Oakland. The development is scheduled for completion in 2017. The development has a total of 80 units.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 75
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

The Austin – Condominiums

1545 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1545 Pine Street is a condominium development project located in the heart of San Francisco, at the confluence of Nob Hill, Pacific Heights and the burgeoning Mid-Market neighborhoods. The property is located just off Polk Street, with its authentic mix of storied retail outlets and innovative newcomers. Rising 12 stories, 1545 Pine Street will be home to approximately 100 junior one bedroom, one- and two-bedroom residences. The building was designed by world-renown Arquitectonica with an anticipated completion in 2017.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 78
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

Dogpatch – Avalon Bay Communities

800 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA 94107

The new Dogpatch complex will sit at 800 Indiana Street, in the shadow of the 280 freeway and a very short walk away from the 22nd Street Caltrain station. It will also be near Esprit Park and the main attractions of Dogwatch’s Third Street. The three architects behind the project are Pyatok Architects, Kennelly Architecture + Planning, and Mithun/Solomon. Three public plazas will be included, one at the entry of each building, and a set of interior courtyards sit at the center. The first residents are expected to move in by late 2017.

  • Configuration: Puzzle (with pit)
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 50
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

H3 Hotel

227 HEALDSBURG AVE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448

An expansion to the family, the H3 Guesthouse joins h2hotel and Hotel Healdsburg to complete a trio of boutique eco-hotels adjacent to the square in Healdsburg. The new guest house sits on a narrow lot just to the north of h2hotel, bringing more sustainable accommodations and a needed parking resource for the popular wine-country town. At ground level, a dramatic glass entry lobby and green stair set the tone of openness and welcome. The transparent façade is screened with reclaimed redwood sun-shading and vine-covered cable trellises at the street level. A sheltered bus-stop waiting bench is built into the face of the hotel. H3 Guesthouse features 39 efficient rooms—including six suites—in intimate pods grouped at the front and rear of the site. Between, a central courtyard brings in light and air, and glassed-in bridges connect the rooms across the court.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 43
  • Square Footage:
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

Star Tower

27-17 42 Road, Long Island City, NY 11101

Traditional parking in the basement would have required all of the area in the basement to be used for parking. Reduction in parking area using an aisle system allowed the developer to capture back 75% of the space and was then able to add storage units and a basketball court, as well as other BOH areas that were not able to be accommodated earlier.

  • Configuration: Aisle
  • Levels: 5
  • Number of spaces: 32
  • Square Footage: 1,800
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2017

The Hive – Fully Automated Garage

2335 BROADWAY ST, Oakland, CA 94612

The Hive parking garage located in Oakland, CA will be the first fully automated parking garage in the San Francisco Bay Area. It turned 7 conventional parking spaces into 39 spaces, built on 7 stories. Estimated completion date is Spring 2017.


  • Configuration: Tower
  • Levels: 7
  • Number of spaces: 39
  • Square Footage: 1,600
  • Building Type: Mixed Use
  • Completion Date: 2017

Broadway/Grand – Public Garage

438 West Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

With a spike in commercial and residential development nearby, this Oakland garage was experiencing demand that exceeded their capacity. As surrounding street parking was scheduled to be eliminated over the next 24 month period—monthly parking increased to $200 per space. CityLift was hired to increase the existing parking capacity by 50%. By doing so, this owner gained additional operating income adding instant value to their property.

  • Configuration: Puzzle
  • Levels: 2
  • Number of spaces: 30
  • Square Footage: 47,840
  • Building Type: Public garage, attended
  • Completion Date: 2015

Kingfish – Multifamily Unit

5239 CLAREMONT AVENUE, Oakland, CA 94618

This urban infill, residential building is located on a small site with very limited space to provide parking to new residents. The three-level Puzzle allowed subterranean space to be used to maximize efficiency.

  • Configuration: Puzzle (with pit)
  • Levels: 3
  • Number of spaces: 42
  • Square Footage: 11,700
  • Building Type: Residential
  • Completion Date: 2016

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