Architectural Gems Awarded in the Second District

A museum, a hospital and an environmentally friendly office space recently took top prizes at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2014 Commercial Real Estate Awards. The event, held in honor of the most notable commercial real estate projects during the last 18 months, was attended by 400 real estate professionals at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Among the winners were three Second District buildings, including the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital Inpatient Tower, which took the Silver Award for Best Medical Project in Los Angeles County. The 305,000 square-foot hospital in Willowbrook is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus, that, once completed, will offer state of the art medical care to local residents. The hospital project includes a seven-story tower for 120 beds, an emergency department and a new surgical suite with four state of the art operating rooms. Expected to serve 1.2 million residents from all over the South Los Angeles region, including Compton, Inglewood, Watts-Willowbrook, Lynwood and beyond, the hospital, which will be privately run, is scheduled to open to the public in 2015.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was awarded the Silver Award for Best Public Project. Last June, after a decade of work, the Museum completed a $135-million renovation that incorporates innovative technology and design to make visitor’s experience more interactive. The award is only the latest the museum has received, and it comes after a recent honor by the Los Angeles Business Council for the new native and drought tolerant landscape design on the north side of the campus. Mia Lehrer + Associates, known for its work on other public sites such as the Annenberg Community Beach House, designed the decomposed granite pathways in a park-like setting to expand the outdoor experience at the site. Read more about the Los Angeles Business Council architectural awards here.

And the Gold Award for Best Office Project went to a former U.S. Post Office facility, now known for sustainable reuse. The 20-acre site situated at the edge of restored wetlands and wildlife preserve in Playa Vista, will soon be home to technology firms and media groups. The landscaping includes 600 newly planted trees, two acres of garden space, a private fitness center, a bike shop and a café.

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