Our office is looking forward to the coming year with a fantastic group of projects finishing construction and another group beginning or continuing construction. Here’s our short list of ten projects we’re looking forward to in the year ahead.
Projects to be completed in 2017:
Sacramento Downtown Commons transforms a six-block area of Downtown Sacramento into a mixed-use live/work/stay entertainment and sports destination. Our 16-story tower is the gateway for a new urban plaza and AECOM’s new arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team.
Our renovation of the box office plaza and mid-gate ties together a decade of work we’ve been doing at The Hollywood Bowl to enhance the experience for visitors and performers alike. The latest transformation, due for unveiling this summer, introduces a trellis piece reminiscent of Welton Becket’s original design to create a grand plaza at the box office with a lofty rooftop area for picnicking.
At One American Center in downtown Austin, we replaced a 1980s-era lobby with a double-height atrium, updated furnishings, a new perforated high polished metal guardrail, and a back-lighted feature wall. This inviting, communal space extends the building’s traditional workplaces with social gathering spots and shared building amenities.
The newest addition to the Westside Neighborhood School is a 22,000-sq-ft. former warehouse in Playa Vista that we converted to a much-needed gymnasium, child care center, and maker spaces that integrate classes in science, technology, and art. These creative spaces will allow the school to cater to children as young as two and a half.
We’re also excited to announce our new RCHS office, as we’ve outgrown our current location. The 30,000-sq.-ft. bow truss building is more than double the size of our current space, and will accommodate a larger model shop, additional collaboration and meeting space, and an area to host industry and community events. The new office is adjacent to a major Expo line station, which will provide a new transit option to visit our space. We relocate in spring 2017.
Projects under construction in 2017
The FLIGHT creative office complex transforms Tustin’s former Marine Corps Air Station into a new urban neighborhood, with a grid of pedestrian-friendly streets that extends into the surrounding community. Large, light-filled floor plates of the hangar-like structures satisfy Orange County’s strong demand for creative office space, and offer views of the adjacent park.
Our landscape design for West Hollywood Park satisfies the city’s need for a public outdoor space that serves multiple purposes. Intimate neighborhood spaces create everyday functionality, while civic spaces can accommodate large-scale events. New interactive playgrounds beckon kids to explore and discover.
The Music Center, downtown L.A.’s premier cultural destination, is another longtime client for whom we’ve done multiple projects. Our latest collaboration knits the Music Center Plaza to Grand Park and Grand Avenue, two of our prior projects that both contributed to the transformation of the Civic Center. When complete, the plaza will offer new visitor amenities for patrons and visitors.
The construction of two new Pei Cobb Freed residential towers occasioned an opportunity for us to rethink the entire landscape surrounding Minoru Yamasaki’s legendary 1966 Century Plaza Hotel. Our landscape design honors Yamasaki’s original plan for islands of serendipitous amenities amid a single water feature by sprinkling the site with a variety of fountains, pools, cisterns, and waterfalls, each creating its own mood.
The Exchange on 16th was the last remaining parcel of San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood to be redeveloped. Our design alternates two six-story buildings with two 12-story towers, enabling the three lower floors to feature rare, 90,000-sq.-ft. floor plates. The overall aesthetic of the buildings reflects the waterfront industrial heritage of Mission Bay, while incorporating more modern elements like bike parking, roof gardens, and pocket parks.