Long Beach’s Historic Ocean Center Building
Last night, Studio One Eleven Principal, Michael Bohn, AIA, presented the design to revitalize Long Beach’s historic Ocean Center Building and received unanimous approval from the Planning Commission. Overall, the design viewed as a linchpin for redeveloping the important corner of Long Beach, considered Main at Main downtown. The restoration will remove decades of deferred maintenance and from an urban design perspective will be providing a key pedestrian linkage between upper and lower Pine. Several commissioners said the project was a great example of how to “do a project right,” being very thorough and sensitive to addressing important issues. The community also showed up and spoke in favor of the project, citing the connectivity improvements that will activate Pine Avenue and invigorate Victory Park. The new residents will support a 24/7 pedestrian environment and increased economic activity.
We are eager to see the future progress of the Ocean Center Building and its contributions toward the ongoing revolution of Downtown Long Beach.
From left: David Sabunas, Studio One Eleven; David Roseman, City of Long Beach; Michael Bohn, Studio One Eleven; Charles Gandy, City of Long Beach; Mel Echual, Studio One Eleven; Steve Ruth, P+R Architects.
This morning, Studio One Eleven was honored at Southern California Development Forum’s 2014 Annual Design and Charity Awards in Downtown Los Angeles. Every year the organization honors charities that make a difference in the community through their philanthropic ideals, as well as design projects that contribute to the business environment and communities of Southern California.
This year the panel of esteemed judges David Montabla, Jeff L. Allen, Jennifer Marmon, Shawn Gehle, and Simon Pastucha, who as a group reviewed over 65 entries for this year’s Design Awards.
Studio One Eleven was honored in the Conceptual Idea category for the Long Beach Parklet program. Members of the design team as well as City of Long Beach officials were at the event to accept the award. The program of parklets and urban design interventions across the City of Long Beach was noted as “a great example of an action oriented design program,” by the awards jury, and was also credited as a program that should be enacted in every city.
Congratulations to the Studio One Eleven design team and the City of Long Beach on another award-winning partnership!
Pictured: The SCDF Award at Berlin Bistro, part of the Long Beach Parklet Program
After hours of deliberation, Alan Pullman and the rest of the WAN Urban Design Award panelists selected winners for this year’s group of awards.
Future Project Winner – Blueprint for Cristchurch Central Recovery Plan
The Future Projects sub-category was awarded to Blueprint for Christchurch Central Recovery Plan Christchurch, New Zealand – submitted by Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Woods Bagot, RCP, and Sheppard & Rout Architects. Pullman commented of the winning design, “This establishes a community-informed spatial framework for locating anchor projects and revitalizing a city in the face of natural disaster. The community participation component is very strong.”
Completed Project Co-Winner – Kalvebod Waves
Because the competition for the Completed Projects sub-category was so strong, two distinct, but equally deserving winners were selected. Kalvebod Waves in Copenhagen, Denmark by Urban-Agency and Savannah College of Art and Design’s SCADpad in Atlanta, USA were both honored by the panel. Alan Pullman noted of the former winner, “This project addresses waterfront reclamation in a fun and skillful way. The forms are cleverly derived from an analysis of solar orientation.”
Completed Project Co-Winner – SCADpad
For more information on WAN Urban Design Awards, click here!
PIctured: Michael Bohn (left) with other members of AIA Long Beach/South Bay
Last night at AIA Long Beach/South Bay’s Annual Chapter Meeting & Holiday Party, Studio One Eleven Principal, Michael Bohn, was elected from a list of prestigious nominees to be a member on the chapter’s Board of Directors. Chosen because of his ideas to expand the organization’s exposure, Michael will serve a two year term amongst an accomplished group of local architects. “My goal is to provide outreach to the community on the importance of design” says Bohn. “I’m interested in continuing a relationship with Long Beach Heritage and developing partnerships with Rancho Los Alamitos, Congress for New Urbanism and other organizations. I’m excited to provide a bridge with the City of Long Beach and other cities as a resource for our expertise.”
We congratulate Michael on his recent accolade and are excited to see his contributions to the Long Beach/South Bay chapter of AIA.
To learn more about AIA Long Beach/South Bay, click here.
There has been some recent “growth” around the office, but it’s not because of their workloads that our staff have yet to shave their ‘staches. Team “Milk Moustache” is made up of a number of Studio One Eleven and P+R employees who have committed to the 30-day “Movember” challenge of growing out their facial hair to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. We welcome everyone to join our company team either through growth (sign-up on the team page) or if that seems like a challenge, go to our donation page here to participate!
Exciting progress on The Bloc continues to re-invigorate the surrounding neighborhood as artist Chris Lux begins work on the vibrant murals that will add life to the 8th Street side of the project. Wednesday marked the start of the artist’s contribution to the ongoing process of repositioning the shopping center as a unique, mixed-use destination for Downtown Los Angeles. As you will see in the photos, Lux’s murals activate a dense, homogeneous structure by creating a work of art that reflects the diverse culture that defines the surrounding area.
Progress will continue in the coming weeks as another large mural will be added to the 8th Street side of The Bloc.