Carrasco & Associates offers a full range
of architecture, urban design, and construction
management services. The firm provides these services
in conjunction with sustainable design for the following
typologies of building: single and multi-family
dwellings, office, retail stores and restaurants,
industrial, and private and public institutional
buildings such as hotels, churches, museums, recreational
facilities and visitor centers.
includes several innovative projects which have
shaped the City of Palo Alto. The designers regard
a building not as a singular unrelated sculptural
figure, but as a framework for a neighborhood’s
needs and aspirations. The firm’s repertoire also
includes challenging conversion projects such as
the design for a converted Oldsmobile car dealership
into Whole Foods market and the historic preservation
of the Varsity downtown theater into Border’s Bookstore.
Both sites are active nodes located in downtown
and adaptive re-use of the Varsity Theater provides
an excellent example of the firm’s success in creating
architecture as a catalyst for social interaction.
This unique historic theater had fallen into disrepair.
The building was restored in its historic detailing,
colors, and gold-leaf patterns. In response to both
a social and an economic need, a bookstore and café
were built. The restored historic open-air courtyard
is a marker and a sunny gathering place or reading,
socializing, and listening to live music.
Ideal Concepts into Real World Projects
Associates has been involved in several local urban
design efforts. Members of the firm have planning
backgrounds and experience working on master plans
and design guidelines for various urban, campus,
and waterfront developments. Individuals have also
served on local city planning committees, design
review boards and planning commissions.
Tony Carrasco has
participated in numerous City task force committees
to initiate better urban design for the City of
Palo Alto. He collaborated with other architects
and planners on a new urban design plan for the
City of Palo Alto as well as with a multi-disciplinary
‘Dream’ Team to create interconnections between
Stanford University and downtown Palo Alto. And
for the past decade, he has been involved in a community
effort to improve El Camino Real.
Presently he is
working with another local architecture firm and
city officials on a proposal to underground the
railroad line through Palo Alto. The goals of this
project are to improve the connection between the
east and west sides of the city, mitigate noise,
pen up Alma Street as a more gracious urban boulevard,
and create new transit-oriented development with
offices, community spaces, and housing over the
Tony Carrasco and
Philip Feinn had collaborated on various projects
for the past 25 years, before they founded Carrasco
& Feinn Builders in 2007. Tony first met Philip
in 1980 while both were working for D.L. Walker
Construction, a design-build firm in Burlingame,
California. While Philip was working on the construction
side, and Tony, on the architectural side, both
understood the opportunities and constraints of
producing excellent and cost-effective work within
a minimal time frame.
The General Contracting
and Construction Management firm, Carrasco &
Feinn Builders works closely with Carrasco &
Associates Architects. The vision is for the two
entities to act as one team, creating high quality
design-build projects. Carrasco & Feinn Builders
has completed one general construction project for
Sheraton Hotels in Palo Alto, CA. The firm is currently
Construction Manager for the renovation of a 100-year
old historic building renovation in downtown Berkeley,
CA. In the fall of 2008 they will break ground on
a high-end conference and retreat center for a not-for-profit
firm that caters to Silicon Valley tech companies.
In addition, the firm will be Construction Manager
on a new model structure for a proposed business
hotel in downtown Palo Alto.
The firm is dedicated
o producing high quality architectural design that
contributes to the creation of sustainable environments.
Careful attention to optimal site orientation, the
design of efficient building systems, and the selection
of local resources and materials, guide the process
of design and construction at Carrasco &Associates.
Several members of the Carrasco team are Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green
Building Rating System accredited professionals.
Currently the office is working on a number of inspiring
LEED projects. In addition team members have served
on the City of Palo Alto’s Green Task Force and
collaborated on the drafting of the City’s Green
Building Ordinance. This new ordinance that was
accepted by the City Council set the LEED certification
building guidelines for all new buildings in the