Santa Monica, California


Completion Date: October 2005

Owner: City of Santa Monica

Program: A 7,800-square-foot park center, 6,085-square-foot teen center, 1,500-square-foot patio, and 5,300-square-foot community center set on 9.4 acres.

Design concept and solution: In 1999, Koning Eizenberg Architecture and Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects were commissioned to design the Virginia Avenue Park expansion. The firms were given the task of creating a community resource that would help unite diverse cultures within a dense neighborhood. The city acquired an additional 3.2 acres for the project and the architects designed pedestrian paths to connect the existing park with the new acreage and pavilion to the north. The public restrooms on the southern end are adjacent to a new children’s water-play area and playground. A former warehouse was converted into a teen center with a courtyard nearby. The Police Activities League building houses a gymnasium, dance and fitness studio, employment information and referral services office, administrative offices, and a police sub-station.

Gross square footage:
The Park Center:  7,955 sq. ft.   
2101 (Teen Center) 6,086 sq. ft.

The Patio:  1,507 sq. ft.
Thelma Terry Community Center: 5,315 sq. ft.

Total:  20,863 sq. ft.

Site size: 9.4. acres

Total construction cost: $9.9 millions

Koning Eizenberg
1454 25th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T: 310.828.6131
F: 310.828.0719


City of Santa Monica

Koning Eizenberg
1454 25th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T: 310.828.6131
F: 310.828.0719

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Julie Eizenberg, AIA – Principal-in-Charge (California-licensed Architect)
Oonagh Ryan, Senior Associate, LEED AP™ – Project Manager/Designer
Eleanor O’Neill – Designer

Civil Engineer:   KPFF Consulting Engineers

Structural Engineer:  Parker-Resnick Structural Engineering

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer: MB&A Corporation

Electrical Engineer: Nikolakopulos & Associates

Landscape Architect:  Spurlock-Poirier Landscape Architects

Environmental Graphics:  Newsom Design

Lighting Designer: Lighting Design Alliance

Geologist: Geotechnologies, Inc.

Water Feature Consultant: Action Water Play

Acoustic Consultant: Veneklasen & Associates

LEED Consultant: CTG Energetics Inc.

Public Artist: East Los Streetscapers

Specification Writer: Philip Easton

Hardware Consultant: Finish Hardware Technology

Construction Manager: Black & Veatch

General contractor:
Ford EC, Inc.

Marvin Rand Photography

Koning Eizenberg

CAD system, project management, or other software used: PowerCADD




Structural system: Type V-NR, wood frame, with slab on grade

Exterior cladding:
Masonry: Angelus Block Co.

Painted cement plaster

Built-up roofing: Modified Bitumen Roofing, Siplast Paradiene FR with white energy star coating

Wood: Custom, built on site

Exterior – Efco
Interior - C.R. Laurence Company

Glass: 1” insulated, Cardinal Low-E2

Skylights: Solatube International Inc.

Insulated-panel or plastic glazing: Polygal

Wood doors: Eggers Industries

Sliding doors: Custom built wood

Upswinging doors, other:
The Cookson Company
Vortex Industries – custom aluminum framed polycarbonate door

Locksets: Schlage

Hinges: Hager

Pivots: Rixson

Closers: Norton

Exit devices: Von Duprin

Pulls: Trimco

Cabinet hardware: Julius Blum, Hafele America, Accuride, CR Laurence

Interior finishes:
Acoustical ceilings: Tectum

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:  Painted MDF 

Paints and stains:
Paint - Dunn Edwards, Benjamin Moore
Stain – Samuel Cabott

GE Lexan Polycarbonate Panel
Homosote Burlap Panel
Marlite Sanitary FRP Panel

Plastic laminate: Nevamar

Special surfacing: DuPont Corian

Floor and wall tile: Dal Tile – bathroom walls & floors

Resilient flooring:
Mondo, Rummber Floring - dance studio + gym,
Forbo Industries, linoleum – hallways, community rooms

Carpet: Interface SuperFlor – offices


Office furniture: By Owner

Reception furniture: Blu Dot & George Nelson

Interior ambient lighting: Elliptipar, Prudential, Insight 

Downlights: Lightolier, Neoray

Task lighting: Lithonia, Lightolier, Williams, LC Doane

Exterior: Louis Poulsen, Bronzelite, Gardco, Columbia, Hydrel & Tokistar

Controls: Lutron

Water Closet: American Standard

Waterless Urinal: Waterless Co.

Lavatory: American Standard

Shower head + control: Chicago

Sink: Elkay, Quick Crete Product Corp

Water Fountains: Elkay, Haws