Architecture inspires us primarily because of the opportunity it holds to interact with others in a meaningful way, and civic architecture can create a ripple effect of pride throughout the community. Honored to work with local governments to cultivate consensus and ensure the enduring value of each civic commission, Ratcliff provides site planning, surveys, building evaluations, use permit revisions, code compliance, tenant-improvements, adaptive re-use and renovation, and new construction for a variety of building types: office buildings, city halls, operation service centers, call centers, maintenance and corporation yards, courthouses, performing arts/event center, academic buildings, and non-OSHPD and OSHPD healthcare clinics. Balancing the design, management and technical requirements of each civic project, Ratcliff employs an operations-based approach to design and programming to secure the value and adaptability of civic structures for their communities and well into the future.
We realize the importance of reflecting the legacy and tradition of a community in the design of its public buildings. These buildings are reflections of the cultural and historic view of the institutions they house and the services they provide. We have a long tradition of providing appropriate architecture and design solutions for new buildings as well as renovating and upgrading existing facilities. We often face the challenge of working in occupied buildings and campuses while maintaining our clients’ critical missions, and within strict code requirements and constructability targets.
Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Caltrans, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Judicial Council of California, General Services Administration, Department of General Services, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, University of California and dozens of regional agencies, cities, towns and counties throughout the Bay Area.
I wanted to take a minute to make sure you know how much the County appreciates the fine job you and your team did. Your building design won praise from the County's Health and Hospital System, our Building Operations division, and from Capital Programs. But the real reward was hearing speaker after speaker at our last community meeting praise your exterior design.
The team has been collaborative, innovative, and effective in leading all of the stakeholders through challenging decisions... the team has to date met or exceeded County goals, and the working relationship remains collaborative and productive.
Ratcliff’s ability to integrate client desires and necessities produced an inspiring building for both Town Staff and the Community. The Town Hall celebrates Colma’s historic past while also producing a work environment of and for the future. Our new gorgeous facility exemplifies the Town motto, “It’s great to be alive in Colma!"
I can attest to Ratcliff’s ability to provide quality professional design services that engage the user/client and, at the same time, adhere to federal policies and procedures. They have exhibited a responsiveness and professionalism that has encompassed all aspects of architecture in a collaborative and an effective working style.