What's happening now at Because We Can

Why can't we make buildings the way we make cars? A short clip from Jeffery's talk on automation in construction

So why can't we make buildings the way we make cars? Here's a short clip addressing that from Jeffrey's larger talk 'Talking with Robots about Architecture' he gave at The Interval back in February of 2015. Later this year the whole talk will be online along with many other wonderful talks given at the Internal over the last few years. But in the mean time you can find a much shorter version here, or if you've got a venue, Jeffrey would love to come and give this talk again. Enjoy!

Join us this Friday, March 3rd for our Open House!

It's time for our March Open House! This Friday, March 3rd from 5PM - 9PM

We'll be opening our doors and dancing (with robot arms), drinking, snacking, talking, making new friends, and raising a glass to all the wonderful people we work with. Please join us!

In the design office we'll be showcasing some recently completed architecture and design-build projects, along with our new 3D scanning and real-time walkthrough technology that lets you walk around the inside of the building before it's built.

While down in the shop we'll be demonstrating our newly expanded capacity to digitally fabricate very complex shapes in sheet metal.

Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners around here. And they might learn some interesting new words!

Friday, March 3rd 5PM - 9PM ish
2500 Kirkham St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 545-9275

Click here for the Google Map.

All are invited, so come on by! We'd love to see you.

Big wall, Big Sign

A really big wall needs a really big sign! And this really big sign now adorns the really big wall at Clifbar in Emeryville, CA.
This now covered wall is a nice addition to this large common room used for all hands meetings.

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We love supporting our local client's renovation needs, and Clifbar is always up to something interesting!
Working with the aesthetics of Clifbar in mind, we collaborated with the Clifbar team to come up with this raw plywood finish, lightly color tinted in three different tones.
This gave the sign a subdued patchwork assembled look that goes with the Clifbar branding.

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Installing this piece up high was a big tall job, but nothing we can't handle. Just another big job for a big wall!

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BWC NewCo session - Feb 7th

We are getting excited for another year of being involved in the Bay Area NewCo event!

We will be hosting a morning session on Feb. 7th at 9:30 AM -- at our main office in Oakland.
It will be a fun & engaging hour.
Jillian and Jeffrey will be giving a tour of the office & fabrication facility, as well as giving a presentation of the back end of Because We Can.
We'll talk about how we work together in house and with outside contractors, using the best tech we can get our hands on to coordinate our projects accurately and efficiently:
an ever moving target in the construction world.

See the full schedule of events and host companies here.
Get 25% off ticketsby using our promo code: BayHC

Hope to see you there & here!

Reclaimed Wood Reception Desk

Here is a fun project we did for a neighbor of ours just down the street.
To help them update their office, we designed and fabricated this large reception desk using reclaimed wood brought down from Oregon.
The style was perfect to match the raw aesthetic they have in their office.

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Laying out the pattern for the boards and getting the corners tight and clean was a prime focus for this design.

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We love having our fabrication shop as part of our design firm.
It allows us to be fussy about the details, and make small design changes quickly to assure every piece of our projects comes out as beautiful as it can, while also being the perfect for the space.

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No matter the size of the project, we enjoy sweating the details.
Seeing a space that we designed, filled with our striking, beautifully crafted pieces is the best.

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Happy 2017- May your year be filled with delight

We had many ups and downs in 2016, but overall it was a year filled with great projects and great people.
We ended it with a fun new event we hope will become a tradition, transforming our workshop space
into a wonderfully eclectic dinner party venue for a night. And it was super fun!
Here's to an exciting future- may your year be filled with delight at every corner.

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Jeffrey's Ignite talk on Automation in the Construction Industry

My talk from the amazing Long Now Member Summit event is now live! It's a very brief 5 minute Ignite talk, crammed full of my thoughts on Automation in the Construction Industry. It's a much slimmed down version of a much longer talk I gave in 2015 at The Interval, and a topic I've been more than obsessed with.

Humbled and honored to share the stage with so many other brilliant people at this event! You can see all the talks as they are posted here.

Leveling up again

We recently bought a new tool for our fabrication shop that let us get more creative with a design for one of our commercial clients. It is always exciting to expand our capabilities, and as a team of designers, we see the additional ideas that are now that much more attainable with our new tool set. Needless to say, the ideas have been flowing!

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Our new tool is a bender for sheet metal. With this in combination of our CNC production shop we have been able to make complex forms for our current project.

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The advancement on tools like this enable small boutique shops like us to keep production like this in-house, which enables the budget to remain reasonable, and our designs to get more interesting.

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We are excited about our new capability and where it will take us in the new year!

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Hospitality Design Showcases our Latest Interior Design Project: The Port Workspaces

Hospitality Design's The Challenge of Creativity Gallery is showcasing The Port Workspaces interior we finished earlier this year. Filled with creative solutions to seating, visual separations, and sound insulation, we are very proudd that this project is getting so much press!

Striking seating at the entry of the building allows for members to congregate together in larger groups or work alone. The variety in the seating can accommodate a variety of activities, perfect for this location; and is a visual draw from the street!

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Creative solutions for sound issues in this open area include a large fountain, which itself has integrated seating.

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Shipping containers turned into conference rooms, for yet another creative solution for this co-working office interior.

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Two more floors of co-working space designed with a variety of seating styles for every desired work environment.

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And to top it off.... awesome roof deck!

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Come see us at East Bay Mini Maker Faire

We have a booth this year at East Bay Mini Maker Faire, which is THIS SUNDAY! (Oct 23)
We are going to be showing off some really great stuff we've been designing and building.
We hope to see you there!

You can get discounted tickets with our Maker Discount Code ' BWC ' -- Buy Tickets!

Event Details:
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
10 am—5 pm
Park Day School campus + Studio One Arts Center
360-42nd Street at Opal, Oakland

Here is a sneak peak of one of the pieces we'll be showing off...

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