Location: Hayward, CA Year Designed: 2008 Areas: 6 Acres Office: 150,000 sqft. Residential: 162 Units Hotel: 150 Rooms Conference Center: 23,000 sqft. Status: On the Boards
The mixed-use Hayward City Center Campus was designed to enhance community connections and to serve as a transition between the adjacent commercial and retail. The proposed project will feature nearly equal ratios of commercial office, residential and hospitality uses that will function symbiotically with the adjoining retail center. An existing 11-story, 150,000 square foot tower anchors the center of the site and will be capped with a new penthouse floor. Next to the tower, a 3-level 700-car garage will be retrofitted, wrapped in a planted “Greenscreen,” and topped with a new landscaped podium and 162 new residential units organized around two courtyards. On the opposite side of the tower, a modern, sustainable conference facility, hotel and community-service building (housing a child-daycare center and a gym) will be built. The extensively re-landscaped campus grounds will unify the existing and new construction and will be left open for the community to enjoy. Cross-site pedestrian paths will be established to enhance the walk-ability of the neighborhood.
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2002 Area: 480 acres Status: Uncertain
Since the 1970's, City Officials envisioned the Southpark District of Downtown Los Angeles as a residential complement to the densely packed Financial District. In May 2002, a large retail/entertainment developer proposed building a football stadium in Southpark, just east of the Staples Center, to lure a professional football team back to Los Angeles, removing the possibility for housing in Southpark. Our collaborative team of developer Forset City Enterprises and urban planning firm Calthorpe & Associates proposed an alternative to the football-centered development; one that could also accommodate housing. The "Southpark Focus" combines the plan for a football stadium with the need for housing in Downtown Los Angeles, with a third component, an expanded Convention Center.
Our proposal demonstrates how a 68,000 seat stadium, 480,000 sqft. of entertainment and retail space, a 6,000 seat performing arts theater, two 1,200 room hotels, 1,400 units of university housing, and an additional 250,000 convention center expansion could co-exist with a residential neighborhood of 3,000 dwelling units above commercial space intermixed with ample park space.
Eastside / Adelante Stadium
Location: Los Angeles, CA Year Designed: 2003 Area: 160 acres
Following the successful Southpark Focus project, David Lawrence Gray Architects was asked by Councilman Nick Pacheco to develop a master plan for a stadium on a site located in his district. Wedged between the LA River, a rail yard and two freeways, the site has long been neglected and blighted, and proved to be a challenge. The firm was able to identify the site's potential for urban renewal and to synergistically improve the residential neighborhoods adjacent to it.
The stadium would help prompt the conversion of the concrete-lined LA River to a re-naturalized river, lined by a park that would stretch for several miles through downtown. The Stadium site, which would be approx. 80% park - stretches like a finger into the residential neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and Lincoln Park, providing residents direct access to a large-scale urban park that downtown Los Angeles so desperately needs.
Location: Santa Monica, CA Year Designed: 2001 Area: Office & Parking: 310,000 sqft. Campus: 4 acres Status: On the Boards
The Steelworks Campus Plan was designed to be an extension of the original Steelworks building - both conceptually and physically. The program called for 110,000 sqft. of office space, 3-level sub-grade parking garage and 80,000 of communal atrium space. The atrium of the original Steelworks building was continued across the campus to serve as the main circulation axis - as well as serving as an organizational element for the massing of the new building. Double loaded office corridor wings extend out from the atrium axis, and the undulating ground plane provides outdoor space to all three floors of offices at one point or another. A large portion of the site was left open above ground level to help enhance the campus environment in this densely packed area of the city. The green design and campus like setting of the site are intended to create an environment that induces collective creativity. In addition, a large portion of the ground plane was designed to be for public use in an effort to "give back" to the city.