Supporting Our Local Community During Children Today “Build Day”

Through thoughtful design concepts and the use of eco-friendly products, our Studio transformed two Children Today locations into one new, permanent, LEED Gold Facility- Eco House Children Today.

Eco House is a state of the art, environmentally friendly daycare facility that provides education and fosters early childhood development services for homeless and abused children from ages 6 weeks to 5 years old in Long Beach.

Located at Long Beach Boulevard and Spring Street in Long Beach, the facility was designed to provide children, whose lives are impacted by trauma, with a space that promotes overall safety, stability and growth.

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Children Today outdoor play area at new Eco-House facility

In addition to designing the new facility, this past weekend our team volunteered to build a playhouse for the kids of Children Today. It was great to be able to give back to our community and to show our continued support for the Children Today organization.

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Staff and their families volunteering during our build day at Eco-House

“Thank you to the Studio One Eleven team for building a Play House for Children Today’s brand new Eco-House facility this past week,” said Theresa Bixby, founder of Children Today. “Your amazing company and your design talents helped us create a beautiful environment for the families we serve in Long Beach. So Grateful!”

Eco-House is amongst the many eco-friendly and sustainable developments making an impact on the City of Long Beach. Learn more about how Long Beach Business’s are finding new ways to become sustainable and eco-friendly in this Long beach Business Journal article.

Stewards of the Second District Acknowledgement

On behalf of the office of Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Studio One Eleven was selected to accept a “Stewards of the Second District” Acknowledgment, due to our firm’s leadership, commitment to the community and our overall dedication to the City of Long Beach.  Stewards of the Second District are individuals, businesses and community groups that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of others.

“The name Studio One Eleven is synonymous with stylish, progressive and community-serving projects that have improved our city’s aesthetic tapestry,” said Vice Mayor, Suja Lowenthal, during the Stewards of the Second District Awards Ceremony.” Michael, Alan and their team at Studio One Eleven are leaving an incredible architectural legacy behind and we appreciate their care and love for Long Beach.”

It was a great honor to be acknowledged during the Stewards event, reiterating our dedication and passion for redeveloping the City of Long Beach.  Here are just a handful of our projects in Long Beach that were recognized during the acknowledgment ceremony:

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Metro Tunnel to Connect at Downtown L.A.’s The Bloc

The first of Metro’s newest tunnels is well underway in Downtown Los Angeles and will be completed later this year. The tunnel will run under 7th Street in Downtown, connecting into the southeast corner of the existing station, near the intersection of Hope and 7th Street. The Metro will be easily accessible to travelers, passing directly by the newly developed retail space at The Bloc.

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The Bloc and the new Metro connection mark the beginning of many streetscape projects breaking out across Downtown Los Angeles.

To learn more about the Metro connection and The Bloc visit StreetsblogLA.

 

 

Landscape Studio Presents Plant of the Month

Botanical Name: Myoporum parvifolium
Common Name: Dwarf Native Myrtle

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Myoporum parvifolium is a wonderful evergreen groundcover reaching 2-3 inches tall and spreading 6 feet wide. This hardy species hugs the ground and sprouts white or pink flowers throughout the summer.  Myoporum is an excellent choice as a lawn substitute, can handle moderate foot traffic and does very well on slopes.

Our Studio recently used Myoporum parvifolium as a groundcover at the Ranch at Moorpark.  The State of California’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (AB 1881) requires that there be a 2’-0” minimum separation between irrigation spray heads and hardscape.  In order to meet the requirements we planted Myoporum in the irrigated area because it will quickly spread out and cover the 2’-0” decomposed granite border creating a lush green “lawn” as seen above.

Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA Grand Opening

The Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA, in collaboration with Studio One Eleven, revealed the AIA Long Beach/ South Bay award winning, new design for their facility. The center was first established in 1958, and has become an integral part of the Lakewood Community and will build upon their success with the modern renovation and addition.

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A before and after of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA.

The new facility doubled to 32,000 square feet, adding an exercise room, family changing area, yoga room, teen center, children’s center, boardroom and kitchen. The addition and renovation has contributed to a 50% increase toward the facilities existing 5,000-person membership.

“The expanded Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA by Studio One Eleven is smart, new, and well-considered architecture,” notes Lakewood historian D. J. Waldie. “It’s essential that an older suburban community find ways to interpret the past in its future.  Sensitive to its context, the YMCA addition admirably meets the needs of Lakewood’s 21st century residents while recalling the optimism of mid-century design.”

Through thoughtful design concepts and collaborative efforts, the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA officially presented the facility to the Lakewood community, City of Lakewood officials and key project team members. Congratulations to the Lakewood YMCA and to everyone who was involved on making the project a success.

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For more information on the Weingart- Lakewood YMCA check out this article presented by the Press Telegram: http://www.presstelegram.com/lifestyle/20151108/lakewood-gets-shiny-new-ymca

1044 Maine Awarded “Project of the Year”

Our project 1044 Maine, located within the Willmore Historic District near Drake Park in Long Beach, was recently awarded “Project of the Year” by the 55+ Housing Council during the Sage Awards Ceremony.

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As stated by the jury, “The Judges were impressed by the level of care taken to repurpose this building. Creating a vibrant development while providing the necessary senior housing is a noble effort, and the development team did this with great detail and finish.”

Once an abandoned, crime-ridden, courtyard apartment building; now stands a creative, vibrant, affordable, senior focused development.  The building was originally created in the 1920’s with virtually no improvements until Studio One Eleven took the existing six studio and one-bedroom apartments and  reconfigured them into four studio, five one-bedroom and two two-bedroom units.

The renovated project has been embraced by the community for replacing a blighted building with a restored historic asset accompanied with modern conveniences.

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Congratulations to the entire design team and a huge thank you to the 55+ Housing Council for this extraordinary recognition.