A+ D Museum's New Home


Los Angeles, CA


A+D Museum

Design Architect


Construction Manager / Owner's Rep

Ryan Hollien, AIA

Project Size

8,000 SF



​The end of June was met with both relief and celebration by the A+D Museum staff, board members, and fans, as they celebrated their annual gala in a new home in downtown Los Angeles.  Following the possession of the museum’s former site along the City’s proposed subway line, the A+D Museum secured a lease in an old bow truss warehouse building in the Arts District.  Having only a few months to design, permit, fund, and build out the space, a team was assembled quickly to plan and build the work.  Gensler, Saiful Bouquet and MATT Construction came together to strategize a way to get the space built out and inhabited by the museum in time for its annual Gala fundraiser event, CELEBRATE.  The hyperwarp speed adaptive reuse project got the museum into its new, 8,000 SF space in the Arts District in just 6 ½ weeks, and only 3 weeks after the permit was secured.

The CELEBRATE Gala was a huge success
The CELEBRATE Gala was a huge success

Adaptive reuse of the bow truss, brick warehouse included construction of administrative offices, restrooms, a conference room, 5,500 SF of gallery space, and storage for the museum.  MATT installed all new plumbing, HVAC and electrical lighting systems (using fixtures from the museum’s prior location), and also prepared 1,400 SF of the space for a retail subtenant.

Retail Subtenant within the A+D Museum
Retail Subtenant within the A+D Museum

The MATT team began any and all non-permit related work 6 ½ weeks before the opening, so as to hit the ground running and not jeopardize the move-in date while waiting for a building permit.  Once the City issued the permit, MATT was able to achieve Substantial Completion just 3 weeks later, in time for the CELEBRATE event.  The MATT team was able to accomplish the work without significant overtime, achieving substantial savings for the museum.

Opening Exhibition, SHELTER
Opening Exhibition, SHELTER
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