On March 29th we hosted our official ribbon cutting ceremony for the unveiling of our new 34,300 SF creative office in Downtown Long Beach.
“The opening of Retail Design Collaborative’s and Studio One Eleven’s new office marks a shift in the changes to come for downtown,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The new center is going to make a huge impact on the City and it’s something that we have been envisioning for some time now.”
We moved from occupying two levels in a corporate office tower to a new ground-level space in the core of Downtown Long Beach. We designed the office to act as an “urban gallery” for the community. The design includes a flexible community room, which allows for collaboration and the hosting of events for non-profit organizations. The design removes all but one private office, dedicated to human resources, crafting a space for teams to share a collaborative, creative, open space. Scattered amid the office are break-out rooms that act as collaborative pods for meetings. A mezzanine wraps the perimeter of the interior space, creating a “bridgewalk” overlook with lounges, workspaces and pin-up zones. The entire space is programmed with elements including: hospitality kitchen, open work clusters, idea lounges, flex offices, a community room, material library, shower and lockers, and outdoor patios.
“This project reflects Studio One Eleven’s core purpose of repairing and revitalizing existing cities and communities,” said Founding Principal, Alan Pullman. “We are excited to be on the ground level, connecting with our community and bringing new urbanism to this area of downtown.”
The adaptive-reuse project also highlights our commitment to environmentally sustainable and responsible design practices. Numerous sustainability strategies have been integrated into the design, such as the innovative use of natural daylight and ventilation, lighting controls for energy conservation, low water consumption, smart material selection, reused and indoor/outdoor garden. The project is anticipated to be LEED Platinum and WELL Gold.
Our new office is located within a 350,000 square-foot urban, pedestrian oriented shopping center off of 3rd Street and Promenade North, formerly known as City Place. We have designed the first phase of the center to exemplify a creative, innovative and vibrant mixed-use development in the core of Downtown Long Beach. The first phase of the project focuses on the areas off of 3rd Street, between Pine Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard and is currently well underway.
“This move has spurred a redevelopment of the entire shopping center, which we will gradually repurpose the six-block area into a vibrant mixed-use district,” said Senior Principal, Michael Bohn. “Our design will re-integrate the center into the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown.”