Los Angeles, CA
Hudson Pacific Properties
2022 | LABJ Commercial Real Estate Gold Award, Redevelopment
MATT’s team undertook a seismic retrofit along with core and shell improvements of an existing, three-story shopping mall in West Los Angeles. The upgraded space has been repurposed for high-end commercial office use. The tenant required a retrofit to seismic level 3, more stringent than the building’s original 1985 construction called for. As part of the safety update, MATT’s team used 238 Taylor dampening devices, large-scale shock absorbers that help reduce movement in the event of an earthquake.
A number of LEED-oriented materials and methods were in place at the site. All demolished material was sorted and diverted to appropriate waste management locations. Additionally, the project involved measures to reduce water and power consumption through high-efficiency mechanical systems, solar fixtures and water management systems. The steel was being fabricated locally, in California.
Challenges included unforeseen conditions as the team removed façade work from the storefronts and tenant-occupied areas. To mitigate potential delays when encountering these as-builts, the team resequenced when necessary and procured any critical items well in advance. Demolition also involved high safety risks as decks were being removed, prompting extra caution and protective measures such as added handrails and an increased level of on-site communication.