(COSTA MESA, Calif.) April 13, 2016 — LPA Inc., one of the largest integrated design firms in California, was hired by Kearny Real Estate Company in the last quarter of 2015 to reimagine the 20-acre Los Angeles Times printing plant site and building in Costa Mesa, California. The Press transforms the building and site into a three-story, 300,000-square-foot creative office campus.
A series of design workshops were held with Kearny, Tribune Real Estate Holdings and Cushman Wakefield at LPA that focused on the adaptive reuse of the property into an exciting space for corporate users. Dan Heinfeld, President of LPA, said, “As the development in the workshops progressed, the team soon realized that the existing building, while designed for a specific program of printing and distributing the newspaper’s Orange County edition, had a number of elements that made this project an opportunity for a creative office space like none other.”
In practice of LPA's sustainable design standards, the existing steel frame and concrete clad structure with its 50-foot clear heights will be enhanced with the addition of mezzanines, large expanses of glass and strategically located skylights. Users will be provided with dynamic spaces that are flooded with natural daylight.
“LPA created a collaborative atmosphere where the ownership, the leasing team and design team members were allowed to bring forth ideas that resulted in a vision for The Press that is innovative and completely unique,” commented Hoonie S. Kang, Partner, Kearny Real Estate Company.
In addition, the building’s original rail line and loading platform will be transformed into a 3 acre amenity rich space that will provide opportunities for outdoor work, dining, social gathering and recreational activities. This expansive open space will provide a seamless indoor/outdoor connection that will take advantage of the Southern California climate. Keith Hempel, Associate Principal at LPA, explained, “The existing facility provided the design team with some tremendous opportunities. The volume of the interior spaces and the abandoned rail line will act as reminders of the building’s historical past, but at the same time provide a backdrop for new work environments that will be truly amazing.”
With construction to begin as early as fall 2016, when completed, The Press will offer a creative work experience unlike any other in the corporate real estate marketplace.
About LPA Inc.
Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 330 employees with offices in San Antonio and Irvine, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose, California. The firm provides services in architecture, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering and graphics. With a proven commitment to integrated sustainable design, LPA designs facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges and universities to corporate and civic establishments. More than 700 major design awards attest to LPA’s commitment to design excellence. For more information, visit http://www.lpadesignstudios.com
Renderings courtesy of LightBox.