The two HOK-designed projects claimed top honors in the categories of best new medical project and best tenant improvement.
The Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Awards recognize brokers, contractors, developers and architects making an impact on L.A.’s built environment.
University of Southern California’s new Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (above), was named the year’s Best Medical Project. HOK served as the architect for the 190,000-square-foot research building. Partners on the project included DPR Construction, John A Martin & Associates, KPFF Consulting Engineers and HLB Lighting Design. In naming the Michelson Center its Gold Award winner, the Business Journal noted:
“Michelson Hall is a world-class center of the accelerating convergence between the biosciences and engineering, conducting cutting-edge bioscience and bio-engineering research that will lead to breakthrough innovations for advancing human health. The building organization is designed to facilitate efficient and highly flexible research spaces as well as create areas to foster collaboration and convergence across scientific disciplines.”
Lendlease’s new office in downtown Los Angeles picked up the top award for Best Tenant Improvement. HOK served as architect on the LEED Gold project with Corporate Contractors providing the build out. Noted the Business Journal:
“While one can truly work anywhere in the space, a variety of work settings are provided, ranging from conventional solid-walled conference rooms and project rooms to glass-enclosed training, huddle and telephone rooms to high-backed booths and contemporary versions of wing-back chairs for solitary focused work. There is also a large social hub for snacking, dining and schmoozing and a “Shark Tank” brainstorming room for creative strategizing…The space has a hip, casual and comfortable vibe.”
Another HOK project, California Institute of Technology’s Ronald and Maxine Linde Hall of Mathematics and Physics, was named a finalist for Best Tenant Improvement.