Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 and Bay Area Industrial Training Fund (BAITF)
Fairfield, CA

  • A2R Architects

Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 and Bay Area Industrial Training Fund (BAITF) operate a joint labor-management trust that provides skills training and knowledge to sheet metal apprentices. The BAITF purchased this existing 44,000 sq. ft. wood framed and concrete tilt-up structure in 2010 that served as a camping and RV retail center until the business closed its doors in 2008. The original building was constructed in 1983.

The BAITF’s vision and objective for this $ 7 million contemporary vocational arts facility centered on two criteria: (1) create a facility to effectively serve the apprentice program well into the future; and (2) design the facility as an example of industry excellence with a LEED Gold certification.

As such, Costa Engineers was tasked with designing multiple systems ranging from simple gas fired furnaces to central chilled water and boiler plants with built up air handlers. The complexity of the designs and the need to cross connect different systems for training purposes was truly unique and challenging.

Major spaces include classrooms, shops, welding lab, testing and air balancing (TAB) lab, sheet metal lab, offices, prep spaces, assembly hall and union offices.


  • LEED Gold Certified (December 2016) – U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)