The North Branch of Berkeley’s Public Library has won two big design awards in a month. Photo: David Wakely Photography

The American Institute of Architecture San Francisco announced the winners of its annual Design Awards on Friday and two Berkeley names made the grade.

The renovation of Berkeley’s North Branch Library on The Alameda, by San Francisco firm Architectural Resources Group and Tom Eliot Fisch, earned a Merit Award for Historic Preservation. “This publicly funded project preserved, expanded, and updated the City of Berkeley’s beloved 1936 North Branch Library on The Alameda,” AIA SF wrote in its award list. “The $4.5 million, LEED Silver project included rehabilitation of 5,700 sq ft of historic spaces and a new 3,900 sq ft addition and was completed in 2012.”

It was the second architecture award for the North Branch Library this month. It was also one of nine Berkeley buildings recognized for representing the best recent design work in Berkeley by Berkeley Design Advocates in early April.

Berkeley firm Marcy Wong Donn Logan won an AIA SF Merit Award for the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center in Richmond.

Meanwhile, Berkeley architects Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects also received a Merit Award for Historic Preservation from AIA SF for their work on the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center on the Richmond waterfront.

The center “is the final chapter of the transformation of Henry Ford’s 1931 West Coast car factory,” wrote AIA SF. “This history museum – commissioned by the National Park Service — commemorates “Rosies,” whose legacy is a sweeping impact on American society’s attitudes towards women and racial minorities in the work-place.”

See the full list of AIA SF Design Awards winners.

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