- Project Name
- Arup Downtown Los Angeles Office
Wilshire Grand Building
900 Wilshire Blvd
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- 66,000 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
Maria Martinico, Principal in Charge
Francisco Owens, Architectural Designer
Brett Wilbur, Specifications
Favi Rietti, Interior Designer
Design Architect and Architect of Record: Bestor Architecture,Interior Designer: SmithGroup,Lighting Designer: Arup,Structural Engineer: Arup,Structural Engineer: Brandow & Johnston,Electrical Engineer: Arup,Plumbing Engineer: Arup,Audio-visual and Information Technology: Arup
- Certifications & Designations
- LEED Gold
- Project Status
Arup’s move to the Wilshire Grand—one of the most desirable new addresses in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles—was envisioned to spur continued growth, reinvigorate their brand, and inspire Arup’s community of peers and clients.
SmithGroup’s design approach created dynamic opportunities for Arup’s staff and leadership to be involved in the visioning and decision-making process. The primary design objective was to create a collaborative working environment large enough to accommodate their expansion in roster and services.
The goal is achieved by creating an open, sustainable, and amenity-rich workplace overcoming tight schedules and move-out, move-in deadlines. Organized around a central, three-story open stair, the design promotes transparency, agility, and creative thinking. The bold use of color on all floors integrates uniquely Los Angeles and SoCal themes, including nature and technology.
The workplace environment includes a circadian lighting system, flexible workstations, a light shelf, a maker space, a library, a large café, and a SoundLab + ExperienceLab where VR simulates the sights and sounds of built environments.