Virginia Avenue Park Expansion
Architects & Firms
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
1454 25th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Structural Engineer: Parker-Resnick Structural Engineering
Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer: MB&A Corporation
Electrical Engineer: Nikolakopulos & Associates
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
CAD system, project management, or other software used: PowerCADD
Structural system: Type V-NR, wood frame, with slab on grade
Painted cement plaster
Skylights: Solatube International Inc.
Insulated-panel or plastic glazing: Polygal
Sliding doors: Custom built wood
Upswinging doors, other:
Exit devices: Von Duprin
Cabinet hardware: Julius Blum, Hafele America, Accuride, CR Laurence
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Painted MDF
Paints and stains:
Plastic laminate: Nevamar
Special surfacing: DuPont Corian
Floor and wall tile: Dal Tile – bathroom walls & floors
Carpet: Interface SuperFlor – officesFurnishings:
Office furniture: By Owner
Reception furniture: Blu Dot & George Nelson
Downlights: Lightolier, Neoray
Task lighting: Lithonia, Lightolier, Williams, LC Doane
Exterior: Louis Poulsen, Bronzelite, Gardco, Columbia, Hydrel & Tokistar
Waterless Urinal: Waterless Co.
Lavatory: American Standard
Shower head + control: Chicago
Sink: Elkay, Quick Crete Product Corp
Water Fountains: Elkay, Haws