Office Building Renovation at 777 Aviation in El SegundoAug 11 2016 · 0 comments · Nishkian Chamberlain, Office/Commercial, Renovation ·0
Originally designed in 1968 by celebrated Los Angeles based modernist architect Craig Ellwood, 777 Aviation is now being renovated into a 309,000 square foot glass and steel building in the heart of El Segundo’s new creative office hub. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) led the design as the architect, with Nishkian Chamberlain as the structural engineer and WL Butler as the general contractor. Joint venture partners Embarcadero Capital Partners and Westbrook Partners have already signed a lease with the U.S. General Services Administration for 154,000 square feet – just under half the building footprint.
This 3-story structure has concrete floor plates with tapered steel beams and girders. The building boasts 48-foot long spanning floor plates, perfect for open and creative office spaces. To capitalize on natural light, the existing atrium has been doubled in size to create a 48-foot wide by 96-foot long atrium with a raised skylight and clerestory. With new 40-foot wide stadium seating from the ground floor to the second floor, the atrium becomes an ideal place for informal meetings and social gatherings.
In order to connect the interior to the collaborative outdoor areas that wrap around the building, Nishkian Chamberlain was presented with the challenge of removing 192 feet of existing concrete shear wall at the first level. The challenge was met by strengthening the lateral system with new concrete friction piles, thickening the remaining shear wall, and providing collector beams to transfer the lateral load into the modified system. By reducing the lineal feet of shear wall and providing floor-to-ceiling windows, the building seamlessly transitions from inside to out, whether it’s with the interior lounge areas and the exterior fire pits, or the fitness center inside and the dog run outside.
As with any existing building renovation, open communication and strong collaboration was and is essential for a successful project. Nishkian Chamberlain and the rest of the design team worked closely with the City of El Segundo to develop the building program and to update the design. Construction kicked off in April 2016 and as it continues, the design team is constantly working together to find the best way to connect the new design with the existing structure. Construction is expected to be completed by April 2017.