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the cim group, which owns the oakland marriott, needed some guidance on how best to reconsider the interface of the hotel and the oakland convention center located on the same premises. cost-effective strategies were proposed to cim that utilized existing building systems but freshened the appearence of the existing convention center and prefunction lobby utilizing sustainable lighting strategies and materials.

in its current state, the pre-function lobby, which lines a major portion of 10th street, lacked a true sense of identity from without, and also a means to sponsor informal, spur-of-the-moment conversations during convention activities. new materials, enhanced lighting, and an eclectic mix of permanent and movable furniture raise the utility and profile of this interior "civic" space in oakland.

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