Category Archives: Construction Updates

The Year of the Parklet

Garcia's Parklet

2013 was an eventful year for us. Among many exciting developments, restaurant owners around Southern California took notice of the success of our parklets at Lola’s and Berlin and the parklet trend began to spread.

Our design for the first “curb café” in north San Diego county recently completed construction at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in Carlsbad, CA. Occupying two diagonal parking spaces and seating 24, the design includes serape-inspired elements and is already a hit with owner and customers alike.

We currently have two more parklets on the boards, one incorporating a bioswale. We’re proud to be at the forefront of this growing trend, with each new parklet promising increased visibility as well as street vibrancy and a refreshing dining experience.

We Do What It Takes

Christian Arndt goes the extra mile at Long Beach Airport.

The retail interiors at Long Beach Airport are scheduled to be complete in two weeks, so there are a lot of folks working to install finish materials, equipment, and displays. On most days more than 60 people are working double shifts!

On Friday we noticed one of the tiles specified for the wine bar (a coconut wall tile that has a cork like texture) was being installed at the signage bulkhead. To the dismay of the owner, several panel joints were visible. Considering the tight schedule, Studio One Eleven immediately found an appropriate matching caulk color, purchased it, and on Sunday Michael Bohn and Christian Arndt were up on scaffolding caulking the visible joints. The owners will fly in this week to review the progress of the project and we are convinced they will approve the coconut tile installation. We do whatever it takes to get the job done!

Broadway Improvements Need Support!

After more than 6 years of planning, the landscape improvements on Broadway between Nieto Ave. and Park Ave. in Long Beach are almost complete. Conceptualized by Studio One Eleven’s own Michael Bohn and David Sabunas, the improvements include landscaped medians that, aside from beautifying the street, reducing storm water runoff, and increasing property values, aim to correct the rampant speeding problem on the wider-than-normal neighborhood street. The many pedestrians around Lowell Elementary School and St. Bartholomew Catholic Church have been given more crosswalks and “areas of refuge”, and speeding cars are now encouraged to slow down due to narrower lanes. These improvements have already made the street a much safer and more pleasant place – a crossing guard even commented that she felt noticeably safer the very first day!

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Progress Gallery: Collage Apartments

Collage is an affordable family housing development on Pine Avenue in Long Beach. The fourteen-unit project will be done in less than a month and already has a waiting list of over 200 families!

To learn the details of this project, visit our previous blog: “Efficiently Stabilizing Neighborhoods”.

Update: District La Brea (Continental Graphics)

District La Brea is an adaptive re-use development project on La Brea Avenue between 1st and 2nd street. The existing block served as the headquarters of the Continental Graphics Corporation, one of LA’s premier printing shops. This project features eleven existing buildings that are being transformed to host a mix of urban retail, restaurant, and creative office spaces. The owner has taken a building-by-building approach to developing the site, inviting regional and local tenants that will build on its rich history. Studio One Eleven is providing facade renovation, interior core and shell build out, and streetscape work aimed at introducing pedestrian vitality to the unique district. Read on for an update on the status of individual buildings (listed in chronological order).
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Parklet Fever – Catch It!

Berlin Parklet – Rendering

The parklets we’ve designed for three local businesses have been getting a lot of attention lately, and we’re ecstatic that it has been overwhelmingly positive! Media outlets from the local Long Beach Press Telegram and Grunion Gazette, to the regional LA Times and even ABC 7 Eyewitness News, have covered what will be the first parklets in Southern California.

Things are progressing quickly; the first parklet – in front of Lola’s Mexican Cuisine – was completed in only three days by JR Van Dijs, and the one and a half stalls that were lost have been replaced nearby through curbside restriping. Next on the agenda will be Berlin Bistro, and then finally Number Nine, with 5-9 permanent jobs anticipated in all! (For all the latest updates and progress photos, follow us on Twitter @studioneleven.)

Lola’s Parklet – Daily Progress (Finished Photos Coming Soon!)

These small structures are private investments by the business owners and do not utilize any taxpayer dollars, but we love the enthusiasm we’ve seen from the community. We’re hoping they will not only create more visibility for the businesses, but also lead to big improvements in sidewalk culture. We’re encouraged that these parklets will be yet another step toward making Long Beach more walkable, and we’re looking forward to watching the street come alive!

For more information, see our previous blog: Revolutionizing the Road – Parklets on 4th Street.