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August 12, 2009 > New Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) for Hayward

New Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) for Hayward

Submitted By Courtney Fogal

Hayward City Council unanimously approved a new Gurudwara building on July 28 for Guru Granth Sahib Foundation. The new building will be located at 1798 D Street (1805 Hill Avenue) in Hayward, and will replace the existing building which has been used for worship for the last 17 years.

The new two-story, 34,200 sq. ft. building will be located on a 3.8 acre site. The upper level will include a large entry foyer and the main prayer hall and the lower level will house a dining hall, a kitchen, a multi-purpose room and other ancillary uses. 237 parking spaces are proposed including 94 spaces on a new deck tucked into the slope of the site on the North side. The proposed Gurudwara building is strategically placed away from the existing building (to be demolished) so that the Gurudwara may continue to operate during the construction of the new building. The second existing building on site (an older historic structure) is kept 'as is' and it is assimilated with the new site plan very well. It will occasionally be used for classes and community events.

Hayward City Council's approval is the culmination of hard work over the last two years by the architect and the Foundation, working rigorously with City staff and neighbors. The Foundation arranged two public meetings to seek neighbors' input and share their vision of the project. The community received the project very well and the Planning Commission approved it unanimously on May 28, 2009.

"The architecture of the new Gurudwara Sahib building is based on the classic Sikh Temple Architecture and inspired by the 'Golden Temple' in Amritsar and the 'Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara' in Punjab, India, two of the Holiest shrines of this faith" said Sanjiv Bhandari, Principal Designer of the project of BKBC Architects Inc, Walnut Creek.

"We took advantage of the steep slope of the site by sinking the building in the middle of the site, which not only helped us to meet the City's height limit criteria but also increased the setbacks from all adjoining buildings," said Courtney Fogal, Project Manager, BKBC Architects, Inc. "The project is expected to cost approximately $8M. We're still in design development, so there is no contractor associated with the project yet, but we believe ground breaking will be in early 2011 with construction completed in 2013. There are several Sikh temples in the US and Canada, so there are artisans in North America with the appropriate skills for this work."

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