Oak Knoll is a 183-acre master-planned community located on the grounds of the former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. The U.S. Navy built the hospital in 1942 to serve wounded World War II veterans. In 1968, the original hospital buildings were replaced by a modernized 11-story facility to care for Vietnam and Korean War veterans. The hospital closed in 1993, and three years later, the U.S. Navy vacated the property. The site remained vacant until SunCal Development purchased it in the mid-2000s. The Oak Knoll Development project broke ground in September of 2018.
GBI’s scope of work includes 2.2 million cubic yards of earthwork, the installation of five miles of wet and dry utilities, and the restoration of a natural creek that had been damaged when the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital was built in 1942. The scope of work also includes the relocation of the historic Club Knoll, which had initially been deemed unsalvageable. However, City of Oakland officials found a way to integrate Club Knoll into the new Oak Knoll community center. The new center will have retail shops, restaurants, services, and an outdoor gathering place for Oak Knoll residents. When complete, Oak Knoll will have more than 900 homes, 80,000 square feet of retail space, and 84 acres of public parks, trails, and open space. Oak Knoll will also have a newly restored creek flanked by shaded walkways and bike paths, and a memorial honoring military personnel who were treated at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital.