Community Architecture

Facilities that Provide for Meaningful Interaction and Cultural Exchange

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.

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Building Evaluation

  • Programming

  • Architecture

  • Interior Design


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.