2116 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Gaia Apartments in Berkeley
Units 91
Area 13,500sq. ft.
Density 300 units/acre
Commercial Uses Jazz Club, Community Theater
Completion Date August 2001
Low Income Units 19
Architect HDO Architects
General Contractor Kimes Morris


Project Description

The Gaia Building was the first significant development project built in Berkeley in several decades and the first high-rise since the early 1970s. The project includes loft-style units and features multiple roof decks with tremendous views. The project’s size, construction methods, and code requirements presented significant challenges to the development team.

The principals of Hudson McDonald secured project financing through CDLAC’s competitive affordable housing loan program, managed the construction process, resolved unanticipated construction and schedule issues, secured additional financing mid-way through construction and managed an around-the-clock effort to complete the project on-time.

After construction, they managed the loan conversion process and were successful in securing a permanent loan that exceeded the construction loan principal.

The principals of Hudson McDonald completed this project while employed by developer Panoramic Interests.