This month marks the start of construction on the Eco House located at Long Beach Boulevard and Spring Street in Long Beach, CA – a partnership with Children Today to provide an eco-friendly daycare facility to those who need it most. The location’s childcare services welcome homeless infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as their families search for and maintain employment.
The Eco House is a reuse of an existing daycare facility and two outdoor areas which utilize thoughtful and sustainable design elements to encourage play and active lifestyles indoor and out. Classrooms, day-lighting, and storage space allow optimal opportunities for learning and activity, while sustainable features like low flow plumbing fixtures and outdoor rainwater catch basins enhance the environmental emphasis of the design. A mix of shaded and sunny play areas along with a variety of play structures will encourage imagination and exploration while also accommodating both warm and cool temperatures.
Children Today is a free child development facility for homeless and welfare-system children ages six weeks to six years that provides trauma-informed child development and family support services to North Long Beach. Their mission and vision emphasize fostering long-term stability and success in these children and families by providing a safe, nurturing place to spend their days playing, learning, and growing, while their parents take steps toward stability.
The new Eco House will allow ample space to merge Children Today’s Play House programs, expand their service capacity, and continue serving the Long Beach community with a beautiful space worth of our children and their families.
The Eco House is scheduled to be completed by the end of December. Studio One Eleven is in the process of submitting LEED® design documentation for future LEED Certification.
For more details on Children Today, please go to http://www.childrentoday.org/
After joining the firm in 2011, Kirk has contributed greatly as a landscape designer. His hard work and diligence have been instrumental in developing landscape projects from schematic design through construction administration. Kirk has proven himself to be extremely versatile- preparing proposals, managing and designing projects and finding time to create a landscape related image and detail library. He has been involved in a number of recent projects including Pinecrest Apartments in Long Beach, The Lot at Formosa South creative office building in West Hollywood, and the KidWorks Farm & Garden Project in Santa Ana; each have been a reflection of his own high standards and dedication to design integrity.
KidWorks Farm and Garden. Rendering courtesy of Studio One Eleven
Kirks efforts have contributed to an ever increasing Landscape Studio including significant projects in Studio One Eleven, Placemaking and Retail Studios, so it is with pleasure that we recognize his contributions.
On Saturday, June 7th staff from P+R and Studio One Eleven as well as their friends and family traded in pencils and straight edges for paint brushes and drills for a Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Long Beach. Team members arrived to the build site on Lime Ave. early to begin work on the house, which consisted of laying tile, painting, flooring, and much more.
Their hard work does not go unappreciated as all completed Habitat for Humanity builds are soon inhabited by deserving partner homeowners and their families. The Lime Ave. build will soon be enjoyed by a woman and her two children who are all looking forward to their new residency in Long Beach. The project will be completed in approximately 4 weeks. Our team contributed to the laying of laminate flooring, tiling of bathrooms and kitchens, interior painting and exterior trim work.
Tammy Dinh, a designer at Studio One Eleven, said of the experience, “Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity was a great way to give back to the community while also getting to know fellow coworkers.”
Habitat for Humanity conducts these builds as a symbol of hope in the community and a tangible milestone in their progress toward their goal of eliminating poverty housing throughout the world. As an architecture firm, it is our goal to design places for people to thrive. Working with Habitat for Humanity has enabled us to align both organizational goals and provide a warm sense of community to our new neighbors.
Creating opportunities through architecture is a way P+R has found its role in giving back. Continuing on our efforts to design affordable housing for areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Habitat for Humanity build allowed our organization to physically “get their hands dirty” in our efforts to create a stable sense of “place” for all.
Dinh added, “It was an amazing feeling to be able to work as a group towards a singular cause.”
Tammy was also the designer of the event shirts seen in the photos.
West Hollywood, CA – The Formosa South office building at The Lot has officially been certified LEED® Gold. This accolade adds to an ongoing list of environmentally focused designs from Studio One Eleven. LEED is the Leadership in Energy & Environmental design is a green building certification program that recognizes sustainable projects and will award them for satisfying outlines prerequisites. The rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
We are pleased to announce that Formosa South received 64 points, and the building design accounts for a 34% reduction in water use and 16% in energy savings. Studio One Eleven is proud to continue integrating sustainable concepts in our designs including another ground-up office building named Plaza Building at The Lot.
For more information on LEED, go to http://www.usgbc.org/leed
Pictured above: Construction on Domain has begun.
Construction commenced this week on the mixed-use retail and housing development which incorporates urban design principles, a signature of Studio One Eleven. These include a large setback for pedestrian movement and both restaurant and retail use, flexible and engaging plaza, and scaled articulation of the massing which gradually steps from bustling Santa Monica Blvd to the more intimate neighborhood of multi-family properties on the north side. Domain’s design approach aims to reinforce the ethos of the existing community through its transitional massing, infusion of urban elements and reflection of the surrounding environment. Keep following our blog and social media outlets for more updates on Domain and other Studio One Eleven projects!
The future of Domain. Rendering by Studio One Eleven