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
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Project Manager: Vianney Boutry
Project Team: Bethany Biddle, Alberto Galindo, Michael Hirata, Ramona Hernandez, Vivek Sai
Architect of record:
Civil: Yomtov, Inc.
MEP: Innovative Engineering Group, Inc.
Commissioning Agent: Glumac
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Metal/glass curtainwall: U.S. Aluminum
Polycarbonate Wall Panels: Polygal
Skylights: Velux America
Subontractor: 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
Exit devices: LCN
Pulls: Von Duprin
Security devices: Adams Rite / Schlage
Cabinet hardware: Salice, Knape & Vogt, Amerock
Subcontractor throughout: SoCal Millwork, 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
Plumbing Throughout: American Standard