Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - commercial buildings - stores; landscapes - cultural landscapes - gardens

Designers: Becket, Welton D., and Associates, Architects (firm); Osmundson and Staley, Landscape Architects (firm); Welton David Becket Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1960

28 stories

300 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612-2928

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Kaiser Industries made its headquarters in this T-shaped office building clad in aluminum produced by Kaiser Aluminum. Los Angeles architectural firm, Welton Becket and Associates, designed the 28-story structure, so that its southeast exposure's curving form maximized interior views of San Francisco Bay and Lake Merritt. The tower also had a 5-story parking garage with 1,339 spaces over which a 3.5-acre garden was placed. Designed by San Francisco landscape architecture firm Osmundson and Staley, this was one of the first, purpose-built rooftop gardens atop a parking structure completed in the US. Later, Kaiser Center II, a 3-story mixed-use office/retail building was added on adjoining property. In 2011, the Swig Company owned the Kaiser Center.

Tel: (510) 271-6100 (2011). The Kaiser Center occupied a 7.2-acre lot in 2011.

PCAD id: 16631