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8899 BEVERLY BOULEVARD

Limited Zoning Laws: Creative adaptive reuse in West Hollywood keeps a building standing tall

This 1962 West Hollywood office building will be converted into a mixed-use building complete with well-appointed luxury condominiums overlooking LA’s urban landscape. Adaptive reuse became the strategic approach in keeping the building’s nine-story above-grade height. In comparison, newly constructed commercial buildings in West Hollywood are limited to only three stories according to current zoning rules.

8899 Beverly Blvd.'s street-level retail business, Madeo Restaurant, will remain operational during construction.

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Location:
West Hollywood, California
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Square Feet:
240,000
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Stories:
9
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Service:
Structural, Civil
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Industries:
Multi-Family Residential, Seismic/Adaptive Renovation
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Primary Material:
Concrete, Steel

Project Highlights

  • Enlarged the original tower footprint to match the larger podium envelope below, increasing the above residential floor layouts.
  • Connected the existing subterranean parking level to a new adjacent below-grade parking garage.
  • Made seismic upgrades and installed a special reinforced concrete shear wall system so the 1962 “grandfathered” building can remain nine stories tall, as opposed to a newly constructed commercial building limited to three stories and a smaller building mass.

Award

2022 ACI SoCal Concrete Awards – Repair and Restoration

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John Tessem

Principal, Seattle

PE, SE

Structural engineering is a form of expression using logical thinking and organizational skills. What can make it rewarding is being part of something bigger – working with great clients and design teams toward a common goal. Structural engineers contribute to civilization and society by designing safe and appropriate design for shelter, but the expertise can go way beyond just the basics."


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