Girls Inc. Simpson Center for Girls

The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold. In response, the design of the Simpson Center for Girls is welcoming and vibrant. The project is an adaptive re-use/rehabilitation of a 5-story, 34,000 sf historic office building in downtown Oakland, California. Originally constructed in 1919, earlier renovations made the building appear unwelcoming from the street and chopped up the interior. Completely renovated, the interior features vibrant, light-filled and functional environments infused with youth culture. Existing partitions and dropped ceilings were removed or minimized to restore generous daylight and views.

A mix of broadloom and modular carpet was specified to balance affordability and durability in modern, exciting color and pattern. Hybrid carpet tile in meeting spaces stands up to intensive use and traffic, and mitigates echoes in naturally reverberant tall ground floor spaces. At the elevator lobbies, Tru Colors mixes in bright accents to enliven circulation areas and assist in way-finding. And Gradient broadloom in a matching accent color flows through the waiting room. The new Center contributes to the on-going revitalization of downtown Oakland, preserving a piece of cultural heritage, and adding vitality to its surrounding neighborhood.


Oakland, California, USA

Design Firm

Anne Phillips Architects


  • Midsize Office
  • Collection

    Color At Work

    Products Used

    tru colours tile
    gradient tile
    hybrid tile


    2015 Design Award Category Winner