Official groundbreaking with Ronald and friends
Demolition of the old apartment building
Rendering of the future Ronald McDonald House
This week construction started on the new Studio One Eleven-designed Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald Houses (only peripherally connected to the fast food franchise) are places for families who have children requiring extended hospital care to stay. Ours is adjacent to Miller Children’s Hospital on the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center campus. The House was originally a 50’s apartment building that we are remodeling into a 23-room facility. This is a great charity that does more than just provide families a place to stay during a time of illness (if that was the case, they could give out hotel vouchers to families for less money than it takes to build and operate a house). The part of the house that is special is the sense of community and healing that families can participate in. We hope our design, which features a series of communal gathering spaces and gardens, contributes to that purpose. With this being Long Beach, the theme chosen was “the Big Beach House,” which relates to the tranquility of the ocean, natural materials, and sense of serenity associated with living by the beach. The forms, textures, and colors we used in the remodel – including the landscape design, interiors, and graphics, which was done in-house by David Sabunas and others
– try to capture that spirit.
Construction should take about 10 months. Check back frequently, as we’ll keep our site updated on how things shape up.
There was a time when retailers had eyes only for the suburbs. The newest era of development, however, is seeing these same retailers shift interest towards downtowns and other urban environments, where many of their old customers – and potential new ones – are now living. This has brought new challenges for architects, who are now designing the “big box” into smaller spaces. At Studio One Eleven we have already established relationships with many of these typically suburban chain retailers, and have been assisting them with fitting their programs in tighter downtown and inner-ring suburban environments, as well as community outreach, entitlement, and ultimately construction.
For more discussion on this trend check out this video from ICSC, courtesy of real estate website GlobeSt.com: Retail Flight to Urban Locations
And to see some of our work in urban retail, including Metro Center in San Diego and Midtown Crossing in Los Angeles, visit our website: www.studio-111.com.
The Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) held its annual conference on October 1, 2010, with the topic of “Recent Practices in Transportation-Oriented Development.” Michael Bohn of Studio One Eleven was one of several invited speakers, which included Art Cueto of Transtech, Michael Dieden of Creative Housing, and Dan Falcon of McCormack Baron Salazar, on benefits and strategies associated with developing around transit.
The event attracted a diverse audience and engaged developers, non-profit organizations, funders, and policy-makers. Many came with limited knowledge on how to leverage these important parcels around transit hubs, often instead looking for simplistic solutions that do not respond to the context. The good news is that public funding sources are increasingly being directed towards TODs, planners are incorporating the idea of developing around transit into their vision, and innovation has spurred many creative approaches to parking that encourage more development in these areas.
You can view Michael’s presentation slides here.