The project is in three phases.

The new building ensemble creates a new gateway to Berkeley at the foot of University Ave.

Aquatic I, in the upper left part of the frame is complete and occupied.

Aerial view of the construction

Fourth Street retail.

Proposed grocery store at Fourth Street retail.

Fourth Street Elevation. The Read Building, designed by our office is at right.

Roof garden

Roof deck garden.

The project is being built in three phases.


Podium level plan.

Ground floor plan.

Berkeley, 2016

Aquatic III has received Landmarks, Design Review, and Zoning approvals. The project is currently in construction.

Large windows and 9′-2″ high ceilings will provide good natural light and fresh air. Amenities include landscaped rooftop gardens,  a lushly landscaped inner courtyard, a demonstration kitchen,  two gyms, and a bocce ball court. Projected street level retail uses will include two restaurants and a 10,000 sf grocery. The project will be a gateway to town upon entering from the freeway.  The project is adjacent to the Read Building and the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room, also designed by Trachtenberg Architects, and helps to create a new pedestrian-oriented neighborhood in West Berkeley’s Fourth Street district.

If looked at as a singular phased project, Aquatic I, II and III contain a total of 258 apartment units, 18,000 sf of ground floor retail space,  parking for 219 cars and 133 bicycles with a total floor area of 320,000 sf.

Owner:  R&S Investments, LLC. (Morgan Read, Kasey Stevens)
Trachtenberg Architects: Isaiah Stackhouse, David Trachtenberg, Daniel Mason, Tim Hill, Neven Krickovic, Donny Kalani.
Structural Engineer:  IDA
General Contractor: West Builders, Inc.
Landscape Architect:  PGA Associates