Monthly Archives: August 2014

Friendly Competition Takes Flight

Architects are known for their creative designs, but do they have what it takes to build these ideas?

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We put our designers’ minds to the test with a paper airplane building contest at our last company mixer. Given materials like recycled office paper, scissors, tape, and some markers, these new “engineers” crafted an array of interesting paper planes and waited for their departure time on the 20th floor runway. One-by-one the planes took off, some having much more successful flights than others. Awards for “Best Design,” “Furthest Flight,” and “Most Innovative,” were distributed to those who had a “wing” up on the competition.

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Our award winning engineers and judges

An honorable mention was also given to Design Principal, David Rogers, who not only made a paper plane, but also brought with him a stuffed goose.

The event was a chance to engage in friendly competition, meet new people and have a great time with our cohorts. It is yet to be determined if any of the designers will be exploring a career in aerospace engineering anytime soon, but judging from the performance of some of their planes last night, we think they would be much better suited staying with us!

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The goose!

Welcome Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to The Bloc

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The LA Times announced today that Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is the first official tenant of The Bloc, a Studio One Eleven designed mixed-use development in the heart of downtown LA, owned by the Rakovitch Company. The theater chain, synonymous for its eclectic feel and food and beverage service, is a perfect fit for the transformation project located at 7th and Flower streets.  Just as the Bloc will bring a carefully curated mix of retail and entertainment to the increasing downtown population, Alamo Drafthouse is reinventing the theatre industry with their culinary food fare, in seat service and variety of movie offerings.

See the LA Times article for more information on The Bloc’s first tenant, and keep checking back for updates!

A Project in Our Own Backyard: Parc Broadway

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The future of Parc Broadway

On July 17th, another example of Studio One Eleven’s effort toward transforming the heart of downtown Long Beach began.  Parc Broadway is a seven story mixed-use project near Lincoln Park on the corner of Pacific and Broadway – just steps from the Long Beach office. The complex that will include 222 residential units, outdoor community spaces, and ground floor retail is designed to make pedestrians more safe and welcome in the neighborhood. Designer Marlon Steiner adds, “This new development will help activate this area by enlivening the sidewalk along both Broadway/Pacific, and providing active ground floor retail and tenant amenity spaces. This will allow the downtown retail core to further expand along Broadway and Pacific.”

Parc Broadway will be replacing an existing office building, and is expected to be completed in early 2017. Steiner and other Studio One Eleven team members who have been working on the design feel especially tied to this project due to its proximity to our offices, and envision the wealth that it will bring to the Downtown community.  Marlon sums it up as:

“This is a great opportunity to work on a project so close to our office. Having worked with the Studio for the past 14-1/2 years, I have been able to see the revitalization of Long Beach occur and I think that this project is an important piece for Long Beach to continue positive growth of its downtown. This has been a great project to work on through entitlements.  It has been a positive / collaborative effort working with the Owner, LB Planning and Development Services. I believe this project will be an instrumental project for the city to help further energize its downtown.”

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 17th, marking the beginning of this development’s new life. Guests included Marlon Steiner, representing Studio One Eleven, developers, and Long Beach city officials. Recently elected mayor, Robert Garcia, was also in attendance and had positive words to share about the project and its development team:

“This team has just been relentless [in making it happen]… There’s a possibility of 450 new residents living in this part of Long Beach, shopping in this area, and contributing to the West gate.”

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Long Beach Mayor Garcia at the Groundbreaking Ceremony on 7/17