Duarte, California


Program: A two-story, 55,000-square foot office and support complex for the City of Hope cancer center. Adapted from a tilt-up concrete industrial structure from the 1970s, the project gathers previously scattered functions under one roof. It includes open and private offices, conference rooms, the campus's emergency operations center, a carpentry shop, locker rooms, equipment repair shops, a wet lab, and shipping and receiving.

Design concept and solution: The architects wanted to transform the windowless concrete building into a light-filled, energizing workspace. They removed a central segment of the building to create a glassed-walled courtyard and carved paths through the site to form pedestrian-scale "street" grids. Like storefronts in a village, the different work groups encircle the courtyard, with shared spaces such as conference rooms and break rooms closest to the middle. On the interior, the color palette'five shades of blue and five shades of yellow'extends the geographical analogy: yellows identify north-south walls, and blues, east-west. Skylights throughout the building work in tandem with the courtyard to allow most spaces to rely on daylight for much of the day. Other sustainable features include a network of landscaped bioswales that organize traffic and a vertical planting screen that shades the building.

West Edge Architects
Peter M. Mitsakos & Associates
4223 Glencoe Avenue
Suite B117; Marina del Rey, CA  90292
Telephone:  (310) 821-2399
Fax:  (310) 821-2368

Location: Duarte, California

Completion Date: May 2010

Total construction cost: $4.4 million


Owner: City of Hope

West Edge Architects
Peter M. Mitsakos & Associates
4223 Glencoe Avenue
Suite B117; Marina del Rey, CA  90292
Telephone:  (310) 821-2399
Fax:  (310) 821-2368

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Principal-in-Charge: Peter Mitsakos: Architect

Project Manager: Vianney Boutry

Project Team: Bethany Biddle, Alberto Galindo, Michael Hirata, Ramona Hernandez, Vivek Sai

Architect of record: 
West Edge Architects, Peter M. Mitsakos & Associates

Interior designer: 
West Edge Architects, Peter M. Mitsakos & Associates

Structural: WHL Consulting Engineers

Civil: Yomtov, Inc.    

MEP: Innovative Engineering Group, Inc.

Commissioning Agent: Glumac

Landscape:  Katherine Spitz Associates

General contractor:
RMG Building, Inc.

© Lawrence Anderson/Esto
Lawrence Anderson
Tel: (310) 391-1199

West Edge Architects, Peter M. Mitsakos & Associates

CAD system, project management, or other software used:



Exterior cladding
Masonry: ORCO Block, National Ready Mix; Subcontractor – The Patterson Company, Inc.

Metal/glass curtainwall:  U.S. Aluminum

Aluminum / Interior Storefront:  Arcadia / Wilson Partitions Storefront Wall System

Glass:  Guardian

Polycarbonate Wall Panels:  Polygal

Skylights:  Velux America

Subontractor: Kirker Glass, Inc.

Entrances:  Herculite; Installer - Kirker Glass, Inc.

Metal doors:  Steelcraft

Wood doors:  Eggers

Sliding doors:  Arcadia Architectural Products

Fire-control doors, security grilles:  Wayne Dalton; Contractor - McKinley Equipment Corporation

Locksets:  SoCal Millwork, Inc.

Hinges:  Schlage

Closers:  Ives

Exit devices:  LCN

Pulls:  Von Duprin

Security devices:  Adams Rite / Schlage

Cabinet hardware:  Salice, Knape & Vogt, Amerock

Subcontractor throughout:  SoCal Millwork, Inc.

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings:  Armstrong World Industries; Subcontractor – C.G. Chaney Company, Inc.

Suspension grid:  Armstrong World Industries

Paints and stains:  Benjamin Moore; Paint Contractor – Bruin Painting

Floor and wall tile / Shower Rooms:  Bradley Corp.

Carpet:  J & J Industries; Subcontractor – Universal Metro, Inc.

Floor and Wall Tile:  Daltile; Subcontractor – Sandy Ceramic, Inc.

Plastic Laminate:  Abet Laminati, Nevamar, Octolam, Wilsonart

Rubber Base:  Allstate

Office furniture: Systems Source, Inc.

Interior ambient lighting: Minimus Accent Lighting, Énergie; Peerless

Plumbing Throughout:  American Standard