Elihu M. Harris - Building Information

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The building was created to meet key real estate and service objectives for the State of California. The Elihu M. Harris State Office Building consolidates the operations of over 40 state departments and agencies throughout the Bay Area in a striking addition to the Oakland skyline.

The California legislature named the building in honor of Mr. Elihu M. Harris who is a former assemblyman and Mayor of Oakland. He is applauded for his untiring efforts on behalf of the citizens of Alameda County and the State of California.

The official dedication and ribbon cutting of Oakland's newest landmark occurred the morning of June 25, 1998. The dedication ceremony celebrates the culmination of seven years of planning for the design and construction of the Elihu M. Harris Building. In 1991, subsequent to the Loma Prieta earthquake, the State of California commenced a major evaluation of its real estate needs and service requirements in the San Francisco Bay Area. From its study emerged the concept of a major office building located in downtown Oakland to house many State departments and agencies and provide greater access and services to the citizens of the East Bay counties.

In 1994, the Oakland State Building Authority selected FDCC California, Inc./Dinwiddie Construction Company and their architect DMJM Keating of Los Angeles to design and construct the Harris building. Over the next four years this design build team collaborated with the Authority, the Department of General Services, Real Estate Services Division and the 40 State departments and agencies who would occupy the building, to deliver a project whose urban design complements Oakland's downtown and whose architectural design and construction quality symbolize the beauty, strength and dignity of the State of California. 

Created to meet key objectives for the State of California, the Elihu M. Harris State Office Building is the latest addition to downtown Oakland. It complements the Federal Building towers and completes a visual frame for City Hall. Its urban design puts the finishing touch of a government center that also includes new city administrations offices.

The 22-story tower rises from two podiums, sensitively scaled to neighboring structures. Deeply inset windows framed by pre-cast concrete pilasters reflect the architectural character of the area. The first level of the building is distinguished by a dark stone base and granite column covers. Upper stories are clad in textured pre-cast concrete panels.

The two-block site required permanent closure of 15th Street between Clay and Jefferson Streets. This area is enclosed in a three-story glazed atrium, and urban design amenity that maintains a visual corridor along the axis of 15th Street. Within the atrium, sky bridges connect the second and third levels. The building visually links the western edge of the Civic Center, inviting pedestrian traffic to the main entrance at 1515 Clay Street.

Seen from nearby thoroughfares, the building alters a corner of the city's skyline and is changing the way visitors and suburban commutes view downtown Oakland. It adds new sophistication to the skyline; it presents a modern addition to the community; it complements the Federal Building towers and at the same time reflects and strengthens the historic nature of nearby City Hall. 

Loretta Magnani-Williams, Office Building Manager III
(510) 622-2564

Lynn Westhoven, Chief Building Engineer II
(510) 622-2568

Brittani Bibbs, Office Technician
(510) 622-2464

Fidel Escobedo and Rhonda Turner, Custodial Supervisor II's
(510) 622-2569

Towana Thomas, Office Assistant
(510) 622-2564
  • Outdoor plaza with attractive landscaping and benches.
  • Dramatic atrium and public lobby.
  • Vehicle turnaround and passenger drop-off area at west atrium entrance.
  • Sundry shop, art gallery and the Golden One Credit Union near atrium at ground level.
  • Storefront space for retail goods and services.
  • Space for future childcare facility.

The building has shared facilities that include an auditorium, conference rooms with flexible seating arrangements, bicycle parking, showers, lockers and onsite parking.

  • Variable air volume HVAC system with multiple zones.
  • State-of-the art vertical transportation system.
  • Dedicated freight elevator.
  • Atrium escalators to second level.
  • State-of-the-art voice and data communication systems. 

Security personnel are on site 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Contact Security at (510) 622-2000 in the event of an emergency.

The Elihu M. Harris Building is located at 1515 Clay Street Oakland, CA. 94612 on the north side of Oakland's City Center, between 14th & 16th Streets on Clay Street. NOTE: There is a public parking garage immediately across the street from the Elihu M. Harris Building on Clay Street.

FROM SACRAMENTO:
Take Highway I-80 West, and then take I-580 East toward OAKLAND. Merge onto I-980 West toward DOWNTOWN OAKLAND and take the 14th - 18th Street exit, stay strait to go onto BRUSH Street. Turn LEFT onto 17th Street, turn RIGHT onto Clay Street and the Elihu M. Harris Building is immediately on the right.

FROM SAN FRANCISCO:
Cross the Bay Bridge, stay in the middle right hand lanes and merge onto I-580 East toward OAKLAND. Merge onto I-980 West toward DOWNTOWN OAKLAND take the 14th - 18th Street exit, stay strait to go onto BRUSH St. Turn LEFT onto 17th Street, Turn RIGHT onto CLAY Street and the Elihu M. Harris (EMH) Building is immediately on the right.

FROM WALNUT CREEK:
Take Highway I-680 South merge onto CA-24 West, after the Caldecott Tunnel CA-24 West becomes I-980 West. Take the 14th - 18th Streets exit stay straight to go onto Brush Street. Turn LEFT onto 17th Street, turn RIGHT onto Clay Street and the Elihu M. Harris Building is immediately on the right.

FROM HAYWARD:
Take I-880 North merge onto I-980 East towards DOWNTOWN OAKLAND take the 13th - 17th Streets exit and stay in the right hand lane and go 2 blocks. Turn RIGHT onto 14th Street, continue on 14th Street to Clay Street; Turn LEFT onto Clay Street and the Elihu M. Harris Building is immediately on the left.

BART:
BART runs parallel to Broadway Street in downtown Oakland. The City Center (12th Street) Station is just two blocks east of the Elihu M. Harris Building in the City Center Retail Area. The SF/Concord, SF/Richmond and Richmond/Fremont lines stop at City Center Oakland. Riders on the Pleasanton/SF and Fremont/SF line must transfer to one of the above line.

AC TRANSIT:
AC Transit has numerous buses that stop within two blocks of the building. Contract AC Transit for schedules and fares.

AMTRAK:
Rail service, including the Capitol Express connects to Elihu M. Harris Building by both BART and AC Transit.

OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Eleven major domestic and international airlines provide frequent flights and competitive air fares from Oakland international Airport. The airport is an easy commute from downtown Oakland, accessible by the region's primary interstate highways or airport shuttle bus that leaves from the Coliseum BART Station at 15 - minute intervals. There is also a BART/Airport shuttle, and AC Transit service to the airport.

The Elihu M. Harris Building is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. The loading dock on 16th Street is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

RATES, RULES, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
 
The Elihu M. Harris State Office Building's parking rates, rules, policies and procedures are as follows effective January 22, 2004, as the responsible party overseeing the operation of the parking garage for the Department of General Services, Building and Property Management Branch, the Building Manager reserves the right to change these rules periodically in response to operational needs.
 
RATES
 
The monthly charge to park in the garage will be $95.00 per month. This rate apples to either privately owned or state vehicles. Payment will be made to the Department of General Services (DGS) on a monthly basis in advance the 1st of each month. Payment will be made by automatic payroll deduction, cash or check for privately owned. State vehicles will be billed to the agency billing code supplied by the agency.
 
ALLOCATION OF PARKING SPACES
 
Parking in the garage will be for state employee personal vehicles or State owned vehicles only. Each state agency will be allocated a number of parking spaces based on the percentage of square footage they occupy in the building. That agency will be responsible for assignment of their parking spaces to individuals for their personal vehicles or for State owned vehicles.
 
The remaining spaces will be issued out by DGS on a first come, first served basis. A waiting list for parking spaces has been established and as spaces become available they will be issued out to persons on the waiting list.
 
If you wish to sign up on the parking waiting list, you may do so in writing, by submitting your request to the Building Manager's office in suite 113.
 
HOURS OF OPERATION
 
The parking garage is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except state holidays. There is no overnight parking allowed in the garage, except for state vehicles, or with prior approval of Building Management.
 
State employees parking their vehicles past midnight must notify the building manager's office at 2-2564 in advance. You will need to provide your name, phone number, license plate number, parking space number, vehicle color, vehicle make, and how many days you would like to leave your vehicle in the garage. The parking garage may not be used as a storage facility for personal vehicles.
 
Any personal vehicle left parked overnight in the parking garage will be issued a warning and will be subject to a citation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). If the vehicle is not moved after being issued a citation by the CHP the vehicle will be towed at the owners expense.
 
FIRE AND CASUALTY DAMAGE
 
Parking space holders will make no claim of any nature against the State of California, or DGS, due to any damage of personal vehicles, unless such damage or destruction should arise from gross negligence or willful misconduct of agents or employees of the State of California in the course of their employment.
 
THEFT
 
The DGS will not be responsible for the theft of your vehicle or the theft of any personal property left inside your vehicle while you are parked in the garage.
 
HOLD HARMLESS CLAUSE
 
This agreement is made upon the express condition that the DGS is to be free from all liability and claims for damages by reason of any injury to any person or persons, from any cause or causes whatsoever while in, upon, or in anyway connected with the parking garage.
 
CANCELLATION
 
To cancel your parking access, a thirty (30) day prior notice must be given in writing.
 
To cancel the automatic payroll deduction, you will need to come to the Building Manager's Office and fill out a cancellation of payroll deduction form.
 
TERMINATION
 
The parties hereto agree that parking privileges can be terminated at anytime by DGS with just cause: i.e., willfully breaking any rules, failure to pay rate or failure to comply with any rules including this policy and procedure. DGS may terminate this agreement at anytime during the term hereof by giving notice to the other party in writing.
 
RULES
 
Only one car is allowed to park, in a marked parking space, per paid parking fee, this includes State vehicles.
 
When an agency pays for parking a State vehicle, individuals shall not park private vehicle in lieu of the state vehicle.
 
You must adhere to all posted signage (stop, miles per hour, reserved parking, etc.) in the parking garage.
 
Smoking is not allowed in or upon the premises, or within 25 feet of any entrance to the building. This includes smoking inside your car while it is inside the parking garage.
 
Parking access does not allow you to assign your space to others. Individuals shall not sublet or subcontract their parking access.
 
Garbage containers are supplied and maintained by Building and Property Management, and are located in the garage elevator lobbies. PLEASE do not leave trash in the garage areas - we do not provide waste removal services in the garage.
 
Do not leave hazardous materials - such as batteries, used oil and filter, tires, coolant, etc., in the garage or trash containers located in the garage elevator lobbies.
 
If you are caught breaking any of the above rules, posted signs in the garage, policies or procedures, you will be subject to losing your parking privileges.
Building Manager's Office
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: (510) 622-2564
Fax: (510) 622-2571 
Auditorium: Fixed theatre style seating for 288 persons.
Amenities include:

  • Program Audio Playback System
  • Voice Amplification System
  • Projection System
  • Slide Projector and Overhead Projector
  • Video and Data systems

Room 1: Loose tables and chairs with a seating capacity of 140.
Amenities include:
Voice Amplification System
Overhead Projector and Screen
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Rooms 2, 3, & 4: Loose tables and chairs with a seating capacity of 80.  Two retractable walls allowing the flexibility to have one large room or two or three smaller rooms.
Amenities include:
Voice Amplification System
Overhead Projector and Screen
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Room 7 (Hearing Room):  Fixed seating with a capacity of 60.
Amenities include:
Voice Amplification System
Overhead Projector and Screen
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Room 8 (Hearing Room):  Fixed seating with a capacity of 12.
Amenities include:
Voice Amplification System
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Room 9: Loose tables and chairs with a seating capacity of 35.
Amenities include:
Voice Amplification System
Overhead Projector  and Screen
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Room 10: Loose tables and chairs with a seating capacity of 40.
Amenities include:
Voice Amplification System
Overhead Projector and Screen
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Room 11: Loose tables and chairs with a seating capacity of 50.
Amenities include:
Voice Amplification System
Overhead Projector and Screen
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Room 12: U-shaped table and chairs with a seating capacity of 40.
Amenities include:
Voice Amplification System
Overhead Projector and Screen
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Room 14: One table and six chairs.
Amenities include:
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Room 15: U-shaped table and chairs with a seating capacity of 35.
Amenities include:
Voice Amplification System
Overhead Projector  and Screen
27" Monitor, VCR and Cart

Childcare Services are provided by Bright Future Early Learning Center. Contact the Center at (510) 835-4012 or email brightfuture@4c-alameda.org for additional information.

The buildings loading dock is located on 16th Street between Clay and Jefferson Street. 

Contact the Building Management Office at (510) 622-2564, to reserve a time for large deliveries.