Creative Office / Industrial Adaptive Reuse: Irvine, California
CA Historic Industrial Building Adaptive Reuse for Social Media Company Headquarters in Irvine, CA
GKA is Architect of Record with interior designer McDermott Associates for this adaptive reuse tenant improvement of an historic industrial building located in Irvine, CA.
The building, a 28,000 sf heavy-timber framed former lima bean processing facility, was built in 1894 and is among the oldest extant industrial buildings in Southern California. In 1994 the building was converted into an an office and retail mixed use building within the larger "Old Town Irvine" historic district.
The project, completed in April of 2015, consists of a 11,000sf office for Gigasavvy, a digital marketing and advertising agency.
Client/ Landlord: Dana Investments
Location: 14988 Sand Canyon Ave, Studio 4, Irvine, CA 92618
Project Area [Building]: 11,000 sf [28,000sf]
Occupancy: B [Business]
Construction Type: V-B
Building Department Permit Number: 00614830-SBPT IRVINE
Year Built: 2015
Consultants: McDermott Associates [Interiors], Wright Engineers [MEP & Structural], Service First Permits [Expeditor]
Office / Industrial / Creative - Midtown Manhattan, NYC, New York
A three-level office and retail project in Midtown Manhattan
Greg Korn Architect designed this 7,500 square foot, three-level office and retail project in Midtown Manhattan, which opened in 2016. The Client / Tenant, Plant Fantasies Inc ["PFI"], leased the ground floor retail space at 242 West 30th Street to replace its West 29th Street operation. PFI designs and builds award-winning terraces, green roofs, and urban gardens in New York City. The wide range of PFI daily operations activities called for a sophisticated space programming approach, including separate work areas for retail product display, executive offices, design department, and light assembly / installation crew. From the outset of the project during the initial site inspection, Greg helped PFI see the tremendous potential of the project, in particular given the spatial dynamic between the front and rear-facing mezzanine over the first floor. The realization of the initial concept from schematics through construction documents, permitting, bidding and construction of the 100 year old space has required the perseverance of all members of the team, including client, landlord, contractors, engineers, expeditor, and architect.
The front double-height retail area is used for display of trees and plants, as well as tree and plant staging. The executive offices and support workstations wrap around the conference room, and design department is located on the mezzanine in an open-floor plan arrangement with perimeter private offices. The unique mezzanine configuration overlooks both the front and rear portions of the main floor. The executive offices and conference room are located under the mezzanine on the main floor. The large cellar is used for production and light industrial purposes. The project also featured a redesigned and widened storefront, and brand new HVAC system.
MEP Engineering services are performed by ABS Engineers, and Structural Engineering is performed by B Cubed Engineering. The general contractor for the project is MID Developers for the Tenant, and tWorks for the Landlord.
Mixed Use - Residential/Retail: Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York
This mid-block condominium tower design features a concrete post-tension structure, providing column-free spans across the 25th ft wide lot. An HVAC - integrated curtain wall rises the full 12 stories of the 35th Street Elevation, and glows like a beacon at night. Front 1 br/1 ba units enjoy balanced day lighting and broad midtown views, while rear 2 br/ 1-3/4 ba units feature fireplaces and wrap around balconies with views of the Hudson River. The project was designed in Revit, using 3D Building Modeling.
Location: West Midtown Manhattan
Size: 23,500 sf (Flr 1 - Roof); 5,000 sf; 28,500 sf (Total)
Greg Korn Architect teamed up with acoustic designer Running Brook Design and MEP engineer ABS Engineering to design this purpose-built boutique recording studio for SongLoft Studios LLC in Brooklyn, New York, which is currently in construction.
The building, 231 Norman Avenue, is a large warehouse in the Greenpoint neighborhood that was converted to commercial condominiums in 2000.
Major Exterior Renovation of a Coop Apartment Building on the Upper East Side.
Greg Korn Architect and Accardo Engineering were commissioned by the 363 Owner's Corporation to design exterior improvements to the 20 story cooperative apartment building located at 363 East 76th Street, in the Upper East Side of New York, New York. Improvements include full facade renovation replacement of white brick facade with new red brick facade, new granite and cast stone masonry ground floor facade, new entrance courtyard with accessible ramp and planter, new entrance canopy, new sliding entrance doors, and new finishes throughout.
Industrial / Warehouse: Addition - Dutchess, New York
The Hudson Company, a reclaimed wood supplier, retained Greg Korn AIA Architects to design 10,000sf flanking additions and redesign the facade and 4,000sf two-level interior office and showroom for its existing 20,000sf facility. The Hudson Company's operations, which involves the sorting and milling of specimen reclaimed hardwood beams and planks, some of which are hundreds of years old and several yards long, required that the additions be designed with long transverse spans. After preliminary investigations with several steel truss designs as well as engineered wood frames, the Hudson Co chose a customized Manufactured Steel Building [MSB], built by Steelsmith Inc of Pittsburgh, PA. GKA led the project through Schematic Design, extensive Landlord and Local Planning Board Review, State Environmental Quality Approval [SEQR], Architectural and Structural Engineering Construction Documentation and Building Department Permitting, and Contractor Bidding with multiple MSB companies.
The primary scope of work included redesign of the building's interior for fire and life safety compliance. This scope consisted of:
1) Redesign of the existing three story atrium, enclosing the existing open atrium with glass doors and interior partitions in a coordinated effort with the MEP engineer's redesign of the atrium smoke control system.
2) Addition of a new stair in the rear of the building, visible through the east curtain wall elevation, to provide sufficient vertical means of egress from the third and second floor lecture halls.
Other design improvements included the redesign of the entrance canopy for improved appearance and positive drainage, and interior improvements to the buildings floor finishes.
The GKA project team included project manager James Gillette, and project designer Brion Moran.
Client: Thomas Jefferson School of Law [TJSL] / LePatner & Associates
Location: 1155 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92317
Project Area [Building: 9,000 sf (Atrium); 2,500 sf (Stair); 200 sf (Canopy); 11,700 sf (Total Project Area); [273,544 sf]
Occupancy: A-3 [Assembly], B [Business], M [Mercantile], S-1 [Storage], H-3 [High-Hazard]
A global sports apparel franchised gym needed a display to showcase its products. GKA designed a modular interactive shelving system design that works with the grid of Concrete Masonry Unit Block and a variable arrangement of reclaimed wood and glass plate shelves, wood pegs, and hemp rope to display featured products on a matrix of CMU wall anchors.