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City Moves to Adapt Former Enlisted Quarters to a Tech Campus

The City of Alameda has issued an RFP to adapt the former navy base bachelor enlisted quarters to a tech center. (Google Street View)

The City of Alameda has issued an RFP seeking a design firm to create an architectural vision for adapting the former Naval Air Station Alameda Bachelor Enlisted Quarters to a tech campus.

The RFP, dated August 3rd, declares “a rare opportunity to be part of the transformation of the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) complex at Alameda Point into a cool, one-of-a-kind technology campus in close proximity to other tech companies, like Google, Wrightspeed, Saildrone, Natel Energy, and Astra Space.”

Further, the RFP notes the site is within walking distance from the Main Street ferry terminal and Spirits Alley at Alameda Point, “making it an ideal location for active professionals and entrepreneurs.”

Comprised of three buildings totaling 519,219 square feet, the BEQ complex was built by the navy in 1940 for housing, dining and recreation for enlisted men.

The total site area, including building footprints, parking, soccer fields and landscaping is 21 acres.

Asked about a specific plan to attract tech company tenants for the rehabilitated site, Sarah Henry, public information officer for the City of Alameda, told Action Alameda News, “the intent of the RFP is to retain an architecture firm to help us prepare a development/marketing plan for attracting a tech campus. Reusing the BEQ for employment campus use is guided by the vision and policies contained in the City’s General Plan, zoning, and Community Reuse Plan.”

However, the bulk of the full RFP document focuses on how the buildings could be adapted to this new use.

According to the document, “the RFP and renderings will be used as a marketing tool to help potential users and/or developers visualize how the buildings can be transformed into a unique and cool creative space to work.”

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