Gardner Health Services wanted to transform their downtown San Jose headquarters into a neighborhood landmark, a community beacon, and a source of pride. The building was originally constructed in the 1960s as the home of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, later renamed to Dole, and has been Gardner’s home since the 1990s. Located just across the 280 freeway from bustling downtown San Jose at 160 E Virginia Street, the building was starting to look old and grey amid the new neighborhood development. Working closely with Gardner, Artik welcomed the opportunity to assist with this vibrant and exciting vision to more closely reflect their cultural diversity and neighboring communities.
We wanted to make the building as bright and new as the contemporary buildings rising across the freeway. Encouraged by our client, we went bright and bold with warm ochres, reds, and complimentary deep plum tones. These are the colors of the fruits, warmer climates, locally created artwork, historic brick buildings, and of course the Dole red. The result has been amazing and the response enthusiastic. The old building has transformed into a place of pride for staff and it brightens the day of integrated behavioral health clients served here. Perhaps it even imparts a bit of joy.
Photography by James Dewrance