“This isn’t a building for long-time Berkeleyans to reminisce about the Free Speech Movement or the history of Chez Panisse. It’s for a segment of the population that too often is viewed as a nuisance and threat — and in a location that by its visibility affirms that teenagers belong to our society as a whole.”

So writes John King in the Chronicle today, reviewing the recently opened YMCA PG&E Teen Center for his weekly “Place” column. King approves of the building’s sustainable design, the work of Berkeley architects Noll & Tam who overhauled the existing 1964 PG&E office building on Civic Center Park to give it style and functionality.

Read the full article in the Chronicle, online version available on Friday.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. I have to say, I’m really surprised that the folks who complained so much about the proposed designs of the new  libraries aren’t complaining about the way this building looks as well.

    I haven’t been inside it yet, but I think it looks quite nice. The design is hip, young, and fresh – just like the people it’s meant to serve.

  2. The teen center is indeed attractive and congratulations on the sustainability. But it’s not a place to hang out. Kids think it’s a place to study. They still don’t have anywhere to go to socialize that is protected from the elements.