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.
Take part in the tour and panel discussion at the Bloc by watching the video here!
On October 30, AIA Los Angeles hosted 60 people a tour of our project, the Bloc, featuring a discussion lead by a number of involved panelists including our own Alan Pullman. Attendees were taken on a tour of the adaptive reuse on Flower St. in DTLA as it continues construction, and were given an inside glimpse into the future design and plans.
Studio One Eleven Founder, Alan Pullman sat beside other members of the Bloc team including company representatives from the developer, landscape architect and cultural anthropologist who all provided their insights regarding the design process and goals. Brian Cornelius of the Ratkovich Company noted, “We want this place to be about getting the consumer and the producer side by side.” As a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use development – with a meticulously curated list of tenants - the aspirations for the project will be met. As Alan Pullman added, the synergistic collaboration from all members of the design and development team enables the Bloc to be designated as “the ultimate urban design expression for Los Angeles.”
The Bloc continues to add to its list of high profile tenants, like Alamo Drafthouse, as it proceeds through construction. Situated at the epicenter of the region’s expanding transit system, the site is designed to be one of the most significant T.O.D. in the city – a metro stop will be part of the development and transit riders will emerge into the center of the development.
We appreciate AIA Los Angeles for allowing us this opportunity to share our enthusiasm for the future of this poignant project with the guests of the tour, and look forward to sharing more details as they surface.
Rendering of the Bloc via Studio One Eleven
Last night, Senior Associate Marcus Luciani graciously accepted an award from Senator Ricardo Lara on behalf of Studio One Eleven. Each year, the senator selects businesses throughout the 33rd Senate District who he states have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to improve upon our economy, “create jobs, generate important revenue, and innovate to create a better community.” Studio One Eleven was selected to represent City of Long Beach, District 2, and was among 22 other small businesses representing the area in which they are located.
Senator Ricardo Lara and Marcus Luciani
After welcoming remarks from Mayor Robert Garcia, each business was individually recognized for their contributions to the community. Studio One Eleven received accolades from Senator Ricardo Lara for their participation in “a variety of community driven endeavors which richen the fabric of the city,” through contributions to “several organizations serving the borders of Long Beach.” He also recognized the studio’s city improvements such as the Broadway Medians, 1st and Linden bulb-outs, tree planting program and parklet program.
Upon receiving the award Luciani stated, “our practice was founded with a commitment to designing vibrant communities and there is no more important a community to us than that of Long Beach. Our staff and leaders not only work here but live here and are part of the fabric. We will continue to enhance and enliven that fabric through our urbanistic approach to architecture, landscape and design in addition to our non-profit community programs.”
Studio One Eleven is grateful to be recognized by Senator Lara for our commitment to the City of Long Beach.
Last night, Landscape Studio Director, Kirk Keller, joined the Long Beach-Qingdao Sister City Association and members of the community for an unveiling of the “Long Beach Garden,” which is currently in China at the International Horticultural Exposition. Videos of the opening ceremonies and pictures of the Studio One Eleven design were shown to guests, creating a virtual tour of the expo grounds, accompanied by an explanation of the process from Kirk.
Pictured: Long Beach Garden in Qingdao
Qingdao is a “sister city” of Long Beach and is this year’s location for the International Horticultural Exposition which closes in late October. For more information on the “Long Beach Garden,” click here!
On Friday, September 12 Studio One Eleven architects Michael Bohn, Rolando Tapia and Linda Fu joined a number of YMCA supporters in welcoming a new phase in the life of a long-time community staple. The Groundbreaking Ceremony at the current and future site of the Weingart-Lakewood YMCA gave a glimpse of the new project’s overarching goal: to build an improved space for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Studio One Eleven designed “Y” will increase the existing 25,000 square foot facility by 10,000 square feet. This newly added program space will feature new exercise studios, a teen center, family changing area, and many more amenities designed to improve the quality of life of the individuals who use them. As President & CEO of YMCA of Long Beach, Alfredo Velasco, stated in his speech at the event that all plans were implemented to “give the communities we serve the strongest and healthiest YMCA.”
Emilio Sosa, Sue Baker, Michael Bohn, Alfredo Velasco, Rolando Tapia and Linda Fu at Friday’s ceremony.
Currently, the Weingart- Lakewood Family YMCA serves 11 nearby cities and welcomes 10,000 people annually. The additional space and other planned renovations will provide much needed space for a variety of demographics including youth, families, seniors, and those living in poverty or low-income households. Titled “Building Tomorrow Today,” the current expansion project places an emphasis on creating ample opportunities for people to thrive in the present so as to establish better futures for themselves and the community as a whole. Council Member Steve Croft from the City of Lakewood, who also spoke at the ceremony, summarized the goal of the soon-to-be started project: “Times change, values don’t. But for the Y, buildings change, visions don’t. It’s only through improving the quality of life of our residents that we become a stronger community.”
Rendering from Studio One Eleven
Read more about the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA renovation, here!