Create Custom Building Objects Easily with Avontus Designer’s Latest Release

To kick off 2021, we’re happy to announce a new feature release for Avontus Designer. The latest update includes a major enhancement to the Building Object Edit tool. Now you can create custom building objects, such as ramps and roofing systems, with even more detail to give your clients a picture-perfect view of how your access solution is the right one for their project.

 Avontus Designer has evolved to become the leading design software for the scaffolding industry. Businesses everywhere benefit from features like simple drag-and-drop design capabilities, instant materials counts,  automatically-created 3D models, and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) for scaffolding visualization and presentation.

Here’s what you can do with the new release:

  • Utilize the Building Objects edit tool to create and edit building objects, either individually or as a group. Building objects and groups allow users to create any complex custom structure.
  • Specify the layer name for each building object or group of objects, which makes working with exported CAD files more efficient.
  • Rotate groups of building objects around the X and Y axis in 3D view. This means you can create ramps, sloped decks, safety fans, roofing systems and more.
  • Create conical frustums using the new Cone shape for building objects.
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An example of complex drawings of custom building objects you can now create with the new feature release. Source: Avontus Software

Boosting Avontus Designer’s Capabilities

Taking it up a notch, a number of enhancements have also been made to Designer to provide users with better performance, and to support advancements in graphics. Here’s how Designer has been optimized:

  • Grouped building objects can now be moved as a whole using the new Reference Elevation property.
  • The ability to specify the color used in 3D views for a single or group of building objects.
  • The addition of Steel Battens to supported plank types.
  • Select All Building Objects tool in the Drawing tab now selects groups of building objects too.
  •  3D component has been upgraded to the latest version to support newer graphics cards and provide better performance.
  • The addition of an Update Model button to the 3D View panel to quickly rebuild scaffold models.
  • The addition of Refresh Conceptual Model button to the 3D Model toolbar to clean up and redraw conceptual models, which is especially useful if the 3D view and plan view are not in sync.

With the latest bug fixes, the software now runs better than ever before — improving your company’s efficiency and productivity. The following issues have been resolved to ensure smoother and more efficient design:

  • Fixed a bug in grouped pipe shapes not drawing in 3D view.
  • Fixed a bug in which a slab shape grouped with other building objects would be moved to an incorrect location.
  • Fixed a bug in selecting and editing grouped building objects with multiple levels of nested grouped building objects.
  • Boiler objects now use the reference elevation and can be grouped and correctly transformed with other building objects.
  • Various bug fixes have been implemented regarding grouped building objects.
  • Designer now adds a ‘missing part’ warning message to the BOM when part numbers specified in building objects are not found in the Material Master.
  • Fixed a bug in the Kwikstage system when requesting to use return transoms in wall scaffold.

With the updated and newly enhanced Avontus Designer, you can now take your business to the next level and provide your customers with even clearer and more detailed visualizations.

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Avontus Viewer® Models Are Now Shareable to YouTube

Since its release two years ago, Avontus Scaffold Viewer has helped our customers win bids and improve operations through its state-of-the-art augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology. 

These capabilities bring your designs to life, making it easier for stakeholders and crews to visualize the completed project before it’s built. They can also make your bottom line look better, by avoiding miscommunication, safety hazards, and other costly mistakes. 

We’re excited to announce that we have extended Scaffold Viewer’s virtual walkthrough capabilities with a one-click YouTube export feature. Now, anyone on your team can simulate a professional 3D scaffold tour to present to clients, collaborate on-site or off-site across trades and devices, with or without the app. 

Virtual Scaffold Walkthroughs Made Available Anywhere 

Paired with a VR headsetAvontus Scaffold Viewer instantly renders your scaffold model for immersive 3D viewing in virtual reality. Before now, this experience has required use of the free Scaffold Viewer app. 

That’s why we’re bringing the built-in YouTube video recorder to Scaffold Viewer. 

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With this new feature, you can instantly export your 3D scaffold video to YouTube and share it across all social media channels. That way, everyone will have a shared reality to collaborate on the design, mobilize planning reviews, and correct mistakes before they reach the job site. 

The video walkthrough significantly simplifies the handover process, which can now be done virtually even if your coworkers or customers don’t have the Scaffold Viewer app! 

Streamline Collaboration on As-Built Drawings with Guided Tours 

Another benefit of the new Avontus Scaffold Viewer is the streamlined field validation process. 

There’s no room for guesswork in scaffolding erection. Prevent unexpected changes to your erected scaffold by getting everyone on the same page from the start via the 3D walkthrough video! 

Building on the capabilities of Scaffold Viewer’s 3D modeling and video export, you can create a guided tour of your scaffold, record it and save it to share with crews wherever they are. 

Spot an issue? Reworking scaffolds after they’ve been built is costly, but a quick review in Scaffold Viewer can catch these issues before they happen, allowing you to change your design to account for new discoveries and avoid stopping work at site for unplanned modifications 

Impress Clients with a Portfolio of Video Walkthroughs 

With Avontus Scaffold Viewer’s one-click YouTube export, it’s easy to bring your project portfolio to life. Simply compile your 3D walkthrough videos using the software’s one-click YouTube export, and voila, you have a library of winning scaffold models to share with prospects. 

As video content is becoming prominent on social media, take this opportunity to gain exposure on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, to attract potential clients. What better way to build your brand and impress clients than showcasing your scaffold designs in 3D?  

Download Scaffold Viewer and Start Creating Your First 3D Walkthrough Video 

Around the world, Avontus’ customers are discovering new competitive advantages through the use of AR and VR in scaffolding construction projects. Higher design accuracy is the bedrock of a proactive safety culture, and it helps to reduce the need for costly rework. Furthermore, these visualization capabilities clearly differentiate scaffolding proposals and ultimately improve field operations.   

Experience the future of scaffolding today with Avontus Scaffold Viewer. 

Announcing Avontus Designer® Update with Extensive Built-in Training Features

We’re excited to introduce multiple new training features and improvements to Avontus Scaffold Designer. This major release aims to help you master the software, create high-quality designs and develop winning bids. 

Scaffold Designer has transformed businesses everywhere with simple drag-and-drop design capabilities, powerful features like automatic bill of materials, as well as advanced 3D, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) for scaffolding visualization. 

In the latest release, Scaffold Designer is enhanced with a comprehensive library of training videos, breaking down into bite-sized topics. A convenient side-by-side viewing mode also allows you to watch the training materials while interacting with the software. With the built-in video player, you can quickly learn Scaffold Designer and deliver professional, accurate designs in next to no time. 

Scaffold Designer's new Training Video Player allows users to learn the software quickly.

Scaffold Designer’s new Training Video Player

Additionally, you can learn how to generate stunning 3D models for winning sales presentations. By pairing Scaffold Designer with the free Scaffold Viewer app, you can instantly share your models with clients and crew in real-time, whether on-site or remotely, in interactive 3D, AR or VR. In addition to these training enhancements, the latest Scaffold Designer release also includes the following bug fixes and improvements to the design components: 

  • Boiler support structure with zero length is no longer used in boiler scaffold builds. 
  • The support structure is now properly added in boiler scaffolds. 
  • New visual elements like domes, beams, and multiple coloring, shading options for vivid illustration. 

For businesses, you can take advantage of Scaffold Designer to improve bidding strategies, by enabling users, both salespersons and CAD designers, to learn the software basics fast and create high-value design proposals. 


As of April 8, 2020, we’re offering two months of free access to Scaffold Designer to support the scaffolding industry amid the current construction slowdown. This initiative aims to help scaffolding businesses upskill employees, build new competitive advantages, and come back from the Covid-19 disruption stronger than ever.

For more information about the free Scaffold Designer license, visit or contact us at  

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We’re Offering Free Access to Avontus Designer to Help You Come Back Stronger

Updated on September 21, 2020 – This campaign has ended. However, you can still enjoy savings on Avontus Designer with zero startup costs and free training until October 2, 2020.

Seeing the rapid impact of the coronavirus on the construction industry, we’ve been looking for ways to help scaffolding businesses stay resilient through uncertainty. 

Starting today, we will begin rolling out free access to our Avontus Designer to all scaffolding businesses, both new and existing customers, with the following benefits: 

  • Zero startup cost for new software implementations (Save US$595)

  • Free 2-month access to Avontus Designer Professional (Save US$498)

  • Free training and webinars for all scaffolding professionals

Sign up for one month of free access, and we’ll give you a second month for free.

(*)This offer is valid until September 21, 2020

Using Avontus Designer to Build New Strengths

Avontus Designer brings powerful advantages to scaffold businesses. The software dramatically accelerates the design process with a simple drag-and-drop interface and time-saving features like an instant, accurate bill of materials. In these times of virtual meetings, scaffold businesses will appreciate the ability to perform remote walkthroughs and handovers using Avontus Designer’s advanced 3D, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology.

At Avontus, we’re committed to helping you strengthen your business and build competitive advantages. That’s why in addition to providing free access to Avontus Designer, we are also launching a Training series with weekly webinars to help you master the software quickly. Covering a wide range of skillsets and topics, our training webinars will be available to the public, so that all scaffolding businesses can train their teams and get them onboard the digital transformation.

Can’t wait for the next webinar? No problem. The software includes a library of built-in tutorials that you can access at any time within the software. This gives you the ability to watch a video and put your new skills to the test immediately. Our live Support team is also available to help.

Reduce Cost and Increase Competitive Advantages

More than ever, our customers are counting on Avontus Designer to facilitate remote collaboration capabilities and maintain productivity during downtime. In addition to your current Avontus Designer licenses, you can begin new 60-day free licenses as well.

Whether you are in the midst of adjusting to new operating procedures or calling a halt to your current projects, you can take advantage of this time to implement modern tools, hone your skills and build new strengths in technology.

Supporting the industry and our customers remains a top priority. When our industry emerges from the other side of this challenging time, we will all come back stronger than ever.

Sign up for one month of free access, and we’ll give you a second month for free*.

(*)This offer is valid until September 21, 2020

For more information on this Scaffold Designer free access. Please contact our team at

Scaffolding Digital Outlook 2020: Invitation to Participate

Emerging Technologies in Construction Industry

The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) is here and now, spearheaded by the advancement of

digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), robotics, and many more. 

When adapted well, these technological initiatives transform individuals, institutions, and industries in terms of improved productivity and profitability.

With a significant economic impact – approximately 6% of global GDP – one such industry that benefits greatly from these emerging technologies is construction.

In fact, according to the World Economic Forum, a full-scale digitization can help the construction industry to save between $1 trillion and $1.7 trillion of annual global costs within a decade.

But with many digital technologies available, which one is worth investing in? 


Scaffolding Digital Outlook 2020

We’re conducting Scaffolding Digital Outlook 2020 survey to help both leaders and newcomers navigate the digital scaffolding landscape and deploy the best strategies.

We’ll dissect the current challenges that prevent scaffolding companies from taking their businesses to the next level, identify which technologies are being deployed by scaffold leaders, and offer insights about available digital solutions that can help your company gain an advantage in the market.

In addition, we’ll also analyze the perceived challenges and success rate of introducing digital scaffolding solutions. 


What Does the Survey Entail?

The industry trend survey covers the following:

  • Investment in scaffolding technologies in 2020
  • Digital solutions for scaffold design, erection and dismantling, inspection, and inventory management
  • Challenges and key considerations of scaffolding technologies and digital solutions


Why Should You Participate in the Survey?

This is a great opportunity for you to share your opinion on the current state of digital transformation in the scaffolding industry.  

Your survey responses will shape our report, and you’ll be the first to receive an advanced copy of the report, sent directly to your email.

Once you’ve completed our 5-minute online survey, you’ll be entered to win one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards. 

Survey closes on April 30, 2020. 

Join us in revolutionizing the scaffolding industry towards greater productivity and profitability.



If you’re interested in being featured in our report and would like to provide a short commentary about the state of scaffolding digitization, contact us.

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The #BeatMyScaffold Contest Has Found Its Champion!

After a month of inspiration-filled and scaffolding-packed design submissions, the #BeatMyScaffold Contest finally came to a close last October. Fifteen contenders went head-to-head with their best scaffold designs in a bid to win a brand new DJI Phantom 4 Drone worth $1,399 and to be crowned the “Ultimate Scaffold Designer.” It was an exciting contest that had us on the edge of our seats!

If you are new to the #BeatMyScaffold Contest, here is how it worked. Contestants were required to submit their most innovative, complex or creative Avontus® Scaffold Designer project to our contest page via their Facebook account. Contestants then had the opportunity to share their designs with their friends and family to earn votes. At the end of the contest period, the entry with the most Facebook votes won! 

Scaffold Designer 2020 releases update with enhanced 3D capabilities and functionality. Read more about it here.

Through the contest, we were able to showcase the amazing work from Avontus customers to over 20,000 social followers. We were in awe of many breakthrough designs created with Scaffold Designer, and the whopping 400 vote count is a testament to their capabilities. And while everyone enjoyed the opportunity to win Facebook fame and glory, only one winner was lucky enough to take home the grand prize of a DJI Phantom 4 Drone.

And now, to announce the winner…

avontus beatmyscaffold 2019 contest winner


The award goes to Brandon Marton from Hinton Scaffold Solution Inc! Congratulations Brandon! You made the impossible possible. Halfway through the #BeatMyScaffold Contest, you stole the number 1 spot and ended strong with over 100 votes! We have seen your multiple Facebook shares to try to get those votes and evidently, your hard work has paid off.

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Brandon’s winning scaffold design


Check out that fantastic design! We decided to check in with Brandon for a few words about his project so that we could get a better understanding of how he did it.

  1. What project was it for?
    The project was for a wastewater digester tank for the city. The contractor required access to clean the entire interior, then replace the roof of the tank and re-insulate and seal.

  2. Were there any challenges?
    The challenge for us was to demonstrate the two phases of the project clearly and show how we would provide access to a sloped bottom entering from the top manhole in a confined space.

  3. How did Scaffold Designer help you with the project?
    We were able to clearly demonstrate our concepts and the different phases of the project wholly due to our use of Avontus Scaffold Designer. Without the ability to show the model in 3D and provide the drawings, the client was having difficulty from our competitors to understand how their project needs would be facilitated.

  4. Has the project been completed?
    Yes, this project was completed earlier this year.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the rest of our contestants for contributing their amazing designs and making the #BeatMyScaffold Contest a success! Next year, we will be sure to add more exciting prizes to spice up the contest in its second year. So, stay tuned!

Don’t forget to check out all the awesome designs from the #BeatMyScaffold Contest via the all-new Scaffold Designer Gallery.


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Avontus Champion Program: Let Us Showcase Your Success

Success in today’s hypercompetitive scaffolding industry requires constant innovation. Labor prices are rising. Margins are being compressed. Across the industry, we constantly see new businesses entering the market, even as old ones are forced to close their doors.

Yet, there are some scaffold companies that are consistently outperforming their competition. They have replaced old, manual ways of working with smarter, automated workflows. They have traded guesswork for data and insights. And they have successfully led their businesses into the digital era.

As a leading developer of scaffolding software, we are proud to work with many of the world’s most innovative scaffolding businesses. 

From industry-leading manufacturers and services companies like Layher and BrandSafway to thousands of local firms around the world, Avontus customers are at the forefront of digital transformation in an industry that is ripe for change.

Welcome to the Avontus Champion Program

Have you transformed your business using Avontus software? 

Whether you’re using Scaffold Designer to accelerate your design and estimating work; Scaffold Viewer to impress customers with models in 3D, virtual and augmented reality; or Quantify to take control of your inventory, billing, and invoicing, we want to celebrate your extraordinary work! 

The Avontus Champion Program is designed to showcase your thought leadership, increase exposure for your business, and inspire others with your accomplishments.

Best of all? You will be recognized as a leader in this transformative community. It is our privilege to represent your brand by investing in events, public relations, and marketing collateral to reach a massive global audience who are interested in the art and science of scaffolding. 

Take this chance to amplify your business innovation and establish thought leadership among fellow industry leaders and potential customers by joining the Avontus Champion Program today.

What are the Perks of the Avontus Champion Program?

Gain the recognition you deserve as a transformational leader in the scaffolding industry. We’ll showcase your success story, increase your exposure, and give you the opportunity to connect with potential customers and partners.

As our champion, you will get to:

  • Build brand awareness and reach a large audience of potential customers
  • Showcase your success and be recognized as a thought leader
  • Gain valuable business contacts at exclusive networking events
  • Benefit from media coverage, speaking opportunities, and award nominations
  • Enjoy an exclusive Avontus giftset, designed for true Champions

What are the Requirements to Join the Champion Program?

This program is exclusively for existing Avontus customers and partners. If you have planned and built scaffolding or successfully managed your business with the Avontus product suite, this program is for you!

Curious how you can participate? 

We give you a lot of exciting options, and you have complete flexibility to choose what suits your availability and company policies. The Avontus Champion Program includes but is not limited to:

❑ 1-on-1 Reference Calls

❑ Be Interviewed for a Case Study (Written and/or Video)

❑ Share Your Expertise at an Event or Webinar

❑ Write Article for the Avontus Blog

❑ Share Your Story with a Reporter/Analyst

❑ Testimonial Quotes

❑ Logo Placement

Become a Champion Today

Join an elite community of leaders who are transforming their businesses and the scaffold industry as a whole.

Simply click the button below and complete the brief application form. We’ll follow up to learn more about your success story, share additional information about the program, and learn about which participation activities would work best for.


New Scaffolding Robot and the Acceleration of Digital Transformation in Construction

The digital transformation of the construction industry has drastically improved productivity growth on a global scale. And it’s exciting news for us!

Unlocking the Potential for Construction Technology

For an industry that accounts for 6% GDP worldwide, construction players have been rather slow in technology adoption. However, the rising impact of construction technologies has opened new doors for digital transformation across the sector. 

Global demand for industrial automation reached $158.5 billion in 2018 after decades-long neglect of digitalization. (source)

According to a report by The Boston Consulting Group and World Economic Forum, organizations are already exploiting technological innovations to improve project success, energy consumption, and waste management, while overcoming budget constraints and labor shortage.

And the most prominent opportunities come from shifting labor to robots.

The Rise of Construction Automation

Many construction sites are deploying robotics to perform various types of work, including:

  • 3D printing robot

  • Bricklaying robot

  • Industrial inspection drone

Today, we’re thrilled to welcome the arrival of a new scaffolding robot!

Developed by Kewazo and Infineon Technologies, the first generation of scaffolding robot aims to improve on-site scaffolding assembly by delivering components and materials to workers.

How does it achieve that?

The Kewazo robot can move along a scaffold on a special track attached to the tubes. Enabled by its machine learning algorithm, the robot can familiarize itself with its surroundings to easily find the shortest path to assist human workers wherever they are.

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Automated assembly is proven to save labor costs by at least 33% and simultaneously increase construction speed up to 42%, according to Kewazo. Most importantly, the company’s solution is believed to solve scaffolding safety issues, now that robots can be used for dangerous activities such as erecting scaffold.

Kewazo is working on a variety of robotic applications such as roofing, scaffold automation, solar panels installation, and more. With the large-scale application of robotics, it is now possible to generate more data related to materials and equipment, labor productivity, as well as process optimization. Imagine the future of a robotic scaffold builder!

Constructing the Future

Coupled with other emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality, robotics promise to unlock an exciting new future in the construction industry.

Beyond the current investment in automation, we also see the benefits of wearable devices to aid on-site activities; Scaffold Designer, Scaffold Viewer, and Quantify to assist in planning, designing, and managing scaffold; and many more technologies that are emerging.

From increasing worker safety and productivity to improving building quality for end-users and reducing environmental impact, the digital transformation of construction holds exciting promises for the future.

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Avontus Software Expands into New, Larger UK Office Location

When we take a look around us, we see skyscrapers soaring over the horizon. From a humble office in Oakland to an iconic building in the heart of Berkeley, we’ve come a long way. As the creators of the world’s best industrial scaffolding software, together with our customers, we are reaching new heights.

A year ago, we announced the move of our headquarters into a bigger office space in the heart of Berkeley. Today, thanks to our continued growth, we are proud to announce the move of our UK operations into a new space in Ely.

This expansion supports our strategic plan for talent development and business growth. With presence across three continents, we will be able to tap into the fast-evolving scaffold industry to support the construction of greater buildings and infrastructure, all around the world.

Avontus Is Growing

When we founded Avontus two decades ago, we knew we were doing something big.

We developed software that can solve some of the big inefficiencies in the typical scaffold workflow. Laborious hand-drawn designs, manual estimating processes, and un-trackable inventory—conventional scaffold design and management processes cost businesses time and money.

Since day one, our goal has been to modernize how scaffolding is designed, planned, and managed. With Avontus’ Scaffold Designer, Scaffold Viewer, and Quantify software, we’ve helped our customers win more bids and improve profitability through state-of-the-art scaffold design, visualization, and inventory management tools.

Today, approximately 80 percent of the refining capacity in the US, the majority of the top 10 industrial scaffolding companies, and hundreds of other global businesses depend on Avontus software to modernize their operations and take control of their profitability.

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Avontus Headquarters at 2150 Shattuck in Berkeley, CA.

With this success, our team has grown from 4 to 19 employees. Last year, we moved our headquarters to 2150 Shattuck, an iconic building in the heart of Berkeley, California. This expanded office provides ample square footage to support our growth plans in the coming years.

From this strategic location in Berkeley, our team has access to the latest tech trends around Silicon Valley. We are also able to draw talent from nearby UC Berkeley, one of the most prestigious institutions in the US, to help us reimagine the future of the scaffolding industry.

Ely Move: Laying Our Foundation for Greater Heights

On April 21, 2019, our UK office expanded into a new, larger office location at 31 High Street Back in Ely.

Ely is a prime location for expanding our international operations. It offers convenient access to the most important cities around Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. And it enables us to tap into the world-class resources and talent at nearby Cambridge University.

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An inside look at our bright, new office in Ely.

Over the last few years, the UK market has begun a transition from traditional tube-and-clamp scaffolding, and the system scaffolding market has begun to take off. This change has been accelerated by limited labor availability as well as evolving scaffold technologies, such as our Scaffold Designer and Quantify solutions.

System scaffold typically helps contractors cut labor cost in half, which often is the biggest expense in any project. With the ever-increasing pressure on the UK construction labor market, companies are turning to system scaffolding to reduce the demand for skilled labor and improve efficiency in scaffold operations.

As system scaffold is often four times the cost of tube-and-clamp, it is imperative for businesses to manage their inventory effectively. This is what Quantify does best – giving businesses complete control over their valuable inventory while automating back-office functions like estimating, invoicing, and re-rental.

Likewise, the move to system scaffold is increasing the adoption of Scaffold Designer and Scaffold Viewer. These products take the guesswork out of scaffold design and estimating, enabling system scaffold companies to reduce drawing and estimating time by up to 90%, while making bid presentations, planning reviews, and client-handovers a breeze.

The EMEA system scaffold market is poised to reach new heights. And so is Avontus, with our new office and expanded operations in Ely.

Our expansion in the UK represents the industry evolution as a whole.

Office Tour

Avontus office

This is where the magic happens.


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Standing desks are a popular option for a team that’s constantly on the move.


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Plenty of space for focus work and collaboration.


We’ve Moved!

I’m happy to announce that Avontus ran out of space and had to move! Please take note of our new address and update your records.

Avontus Software
2150 Shattuck, Suite 750
Berkeley, CA 94704

We’re now right across the street and moved from the Wells Fargo Bank building to the Skydeck Building. You can see both buildings in the picture above.