Ironhorse at Central Station Affordable Housing, All projects, Apartments, BRIDGE Housing, Green
Oakland, California

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Ironhorse at Central Station was awarded a Green Point Rating from Build It Green. With 146 points, it has almost triple the number of points needed to qualify.

This GreenPoint Rated affordable family housing developed by BRIDGE Housing is part of the emerging Central Station district anchored by Oakland's historic original train station.

This four-story “green” building curves around a podium-level courtyard with a freestanding community pavilion. East and west sides take on different aspects to answer diverse surrounding conditions: new townhouses on one end and a highway on the other. Residents enter through an open-air lobby with a breezeway view of the interior landscaping and branch off to a mix of affordable units punctuated by glassed-in winter gardens. 

Just adjacent to Ironhorse, 14th Street has been fully reconstructed to include a traffic-calming pocket park and pedestrian amenities.

Available to households earning 50% area median income, Ironhorse offers families private decks, an elegant community room, classroom space, laundry facilities, secure on-site parking, and landscaped garden area and courtyard. 




Balcony rail detail view.

This project earned more than twice the required points to receive a GreenPoint Rating.

• Vegetated “green roofs” that last longer than standard roofs and provide insulation from heat and sound.

• Solar-domestic hot water.

• Photo-voltaic arrays that supply all electricity for common areas.

• Certified CRI Green Label Plus carpets. 

• Outdoor furniture made of recycled-material composite lumber.

• Landscape irrigation control that receives weather data via a satellite connection

• High-efficiency drip-irrigation system.

• Two vegetated swales, which naturally filter and percolate rainwater captured from the roofs into the water table.

The pedestrian mews passes between Ironhorse at Central Station and the neighboring Pacific Cannery Lofts, another DBA project. Image: Brian Rose

Ironhorse stands at the center of development that is reintegrating some 29 acres of abandoned former industrial land into the surrounding residential neighborhood.

The project forms part of Central Station, a new master-planned undertaking by several developers including BUILD, a BRIDGE affiliate. A total of more than 1,200 new homes will be constructed, along with new neighborhood-serving retail and the anticipated restoration of Oakland's historic 16th Street Station.

For information regarding the entire Central Station development, please visit

For information regarding vacancies at this property, please call Ironhorse at Central Station’s management office at 510-839-5555.

Ironhorse at Central Station was designed in conjunction with Pacific Cannery Lofts, an adjacent market-rate development of lofts and apartments in a converted canning factory. Together the projects begin to repair the street grid and bring new development and residents to the Central Station area.

The pedestrian mews running along the south of the building with the rear entry stair.

The allotment vegetable gardens along the pedestrian mews.

Podium level plan.

The green roof over the garage with a curved bench detail.

Green Roof

View the output of the 153 KW solar PV system here:

The flatter panels are solar electric photovoltaic collectors, while the larger panels that are installed at a steeper angle heat the hot water for domestic use in the building.

Renewable Energy Production
David Baker + Partners Architects
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Grand Award: Green Building
Multi Family Executive Magazine
Gold Nugget Award of Merit: Best Green Point Rated Community of the Year
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Best Affordable Residential Outside of San Francisco
San Francisco Business Times
Judges GreenPoint Showcase Honor Award for Multi-Family Housing
Build It Green


In Oakland, Solar and Affordable Housing Part of the Same Deal

project details


BRIDGE Housing


David Baker Architects

Landscape Architect

PGA Design

Structural Engineer

Murphy Burr Curry

Electrical Engineer

FW Associates

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer

SJ Engineers

Solar Contractor

Sun Light & Power


J.H. Fitzmaurice, Inc

Civil Engineer



project data
1801 14th Street
Oakland, California
Completed March 2010
number of units
1 bedroom 28
2 bedroom 30
3 bedroom 41
total 99
density ratios
project sf 153,395
site sf 67,953
acres 1.56
total bedrooms 211
bedrooms/acre 135
units/acre 63
total 109
spaces/unit 1.1
type garage
GreenPoint Rated