Ordway Building, Spring 2012
photo by Katmo

Oakland Tribune, September 5, 1968 1The Ordway Building (also known as One Kaiser Plaza) is a 28-story modern skyscraper located in Oakland's Uptown District, with views of Lake Merritt. The building was designed by the architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill for Kaiser Industries and was completed in 1970. At 404', the Ordway Building remains the tallest building in Oakland, and the tallest building in the Bay Area outside of San Francisco. The building was named for A.B. Ordway, the first Kaiser employee, about a year before construction was finished.

The building serves as the national headquarters of Kaiser Permanente. It is connected to the Kaiser Center parking structure under the Kaiser Roof Garden via skyway.


1 Kaiser Plaza (formerly 2150 Valdez Street), Oakland, California

Links and References

  1. Drawing of new Kaiser office buildingOakland Tribune, September 5, 1968
  2. "New Building Honors 'Mr. Kaiser Employe' [sic]," Oakland Tribune, February 16, 1969

A.B. Ordway
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Kaiser Center and Ordway Building
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