Wednesday, October 26 2011

Westerly School Arts Building Wins Grand Award


The Killefer Flammang Architects designed Ray Bizjack Arts Village at the Westerly School in Long Beach was awarded the Grand Award in Education Design by the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada.

Jury Comments:
We admired this simple, elegant project because it created such a special learning environment.  The buildings are carefully oriented to define beautiful outdoor classrooms and recreation areas.  The classrooms seem to extend into the courtyard thanks to ample natural light and large sliding glass doors.  This project likely had a very modest budget.  However, it is obvious here that excellent design can elevate any building project to Architecture, even with a modest budget.  This project was well-considered, well-detailed, and simply beautiful.

Westerly School Arts Village Project Page

Thursday, October 20 2011

PS#1 Names KFA for Design of New Building, Renovation


Construction has started on an expansion of PS#1, a private school in Santa Monica, that includes a new multi-purpose building, administrative offices and classrooms.

The program calls for a new two-level, 7,500-square-foot building and a 60-foot covered walkway with photovoltaic panels that link the new and existing buildings, reported Bob Timmerman, KFA principal and project manager.

A contemporary theme will prevail in the new building, he said.

Marking its 40th anniversary this year, PS#1 espouses a philosophy committed to diversity and the reality that children learn in different ways at different times and different rates, says founder and headmaster Joel Pelcyger.

“Different subjects are often brought together under the umbrella of a unifying theme,” added Pelcyger.

A strong advocated of environmental and sustainability issues, the school won the 2011 grand prize for Excellence in Sustainable Economic Development, Social Responsibility and Stewardship of the Environment – a program annually sponsored by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

Simply put, Pelcyger said, the award reflects the school’s motto: “Use Less, Do More.”


Monday, October 10 2011

Resort-Like Apartment House Set for Busy La Cienega


A 125-unit, five-story luxury multi-family project with a resort ambience has been announced by developer NMS Properties for the West Hollywood area.

Located at the juncture of La Cienega Boulevard and Westmount Drive, Luxe @ 375, planned to go under construction in October, 2011, will have floor plans that range from 600-1,000 square feet and a broad range of community amenities.

“In effect, we have sought to make Luxe @ 375 a retreat in a busy urban zone,” said KFA project manager Lise Bornstein, noting the profusion of restaurants, stores and shops in the immediate area and nearby Cedars Sinai Hospital and Beverly Center.

Residents will enjoy an array of recreational and relaxation areas including two courtyards and three roof gardens, gym and residents/ theater, noted the architect.

The design solution couples a sleek urban presence along La Cienega Boulevard with a tranquil oasis.  The building steps back along the north side of the project to mitigate the impact on the adjacent residential areas.  A 50-foot lushly landscaped setback also serves as a buffer between the project and neighboring housing.

Echoing the spacious ambience of the project, unique ground floor units have eleven-foot ceilings and large folding doors that open to private patios overlooking lushly landscaped walkways. All units will have high-end finishes.

The exterior, distinguished by smooth steel trowel stucco and sheet metal, will be accented by railed balconies and large expanses of fenestration. A water feature and colorful planting add to the inviting resort enclave.

Luxe @ 375 Project page

Tuesday, October 04 2011

Major Expansion for Restaurant


How about this for a bullish outlook in an uncertain economy?

Bel Air Bar & Grill owner Susan Lord will be adding 50% more space to the upscale Brentwood restaurant, plus a two-level 7,500-square-foot office building.

Although the existing building and new construction will be separate structures, the innovative design by KFA creates the impression that the former and new buildings are one.

“A major thrust of the design strategy was to create a project that would be a Sepulveda landmark in this heavily trafficked location – across from the Morega onramp to the 405 freeway-” explained KFA principal Barbara Flammang. “In addition, the design supports marketing and branding objectives.”

The major element of this strategy is the two-story entry lobby, dramatized by a full-height glass curtain wall, that will link the two structures and provide separate entries for the restaurant, and the office building, related Flammang.

Created by artist Amanda Weil, the compelling glass wall projects a profusion of translucent red bougainvillea visible to passing traffic as well as restaurant visitors.

Interior highlights include a new 2,050-square-foot second floor addition to the restaurant, including a 1,100-square-foot dining area for private events.

The exterior of the building, notes project architect Monica Rodriguez, is clad in porcelain tile, plaster and metal panels.

The small contemporary office building, which is being built to attain a LEED silver rating, is flooded with natural light – a feature highly desired by owner Lord, who will occupy the second level. Lord has owned the restaurant since 2007.

Monday, October 03 2011

Four Developed by Three


You could call Four an “All in the Family” development. It is also one of the few projects created under the Los Angeles ordinance which enables development of single family homes on small lots in multi-family zones.

As its name implies, the Mar Vista project is comprised of four fee simple single family homes designed by KFA’s Wade Killefer, Barbara Flammang, and son Joe, project developer.

The three-level homes –two facing east and two west with six-inch firewalls separating them–share a common driveway for access to individual garages.

“The potential buyers we envisioned were primarily young, college-educated working couples, perhaps with one of them working at home,” related Joe Killefer, 27, a Dartmouth graduate who is a licensed contractor and works as an owner’s representative in a real estate management firm.

Addressing this buyer profile, the design of the 1500-1600 square-foot homes placed a bedroom and bath on the ground floor adjacent to the garage. “This space can be used for a nanny or a home office,” explained the developer. On the second level is the kitchen, living/dining area and a powder room. The third floor provides two bedrooms and two baths. Balconies enhance the living spaces on both second and third levels.

Sensitive to the upscale taste of its intended buyers, the developers provide Bosch appliances, Ceasarstone countertops, porcelanosa tile, Kohler plumbing fixtures, IWC commercial grade windows plus glass-paned garage doors and glass stair treads on the upper flight.

Four has also achieved sustainability and economy by providing high efficiency air conditioning and heating systems, high efficiency water fixtures, tankless water heaters and fluorescent lighting fixtures.  Photovoltaic solar panels are optional. Priced in the upper 700s, the homes are located on 3974-3978 Beethoven St.

Mar Vista Four

Monday, October 03 2011

USC Adds Research Labs


The first step to transform the lower two levels of USC’s Seeley G. Mudd Building from instructional to research laboratories has been completed.

Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects, the renovation created a new chemistry research laboratory suite that provides opens labs and spaces for carrels, specialized lab support, conference and social discourse.

Included in the renovation is a new NMR suite located on the first level of the building.

“New roof-top mechanical equipment was also installed because of the high fume count generated by the lab, and additional capacity was designed into the new exhaust system to accommodate future renovations,” reported KFA principal Barbara Flammang.

KFA has designed 16 projects for USC, including renovations of Hoffman Hall, Bridge Hall and student housing at Pacific Apartments.

Wednesday, July 06 2011

New Project for NoHo


Construction has started on a 49-unit multi-family residence for low-income persons 55 or older in the Community Redevelopment Agency NoHo project area in North Hollywood. Developed by Clifford Beers Housing, lead developer, and PATH Ventures, NoHo Senior Villas will reserve half of the 48 rental units for formerly homeless seniors who are living with a mental illness. PATH, co-developer, will provide supportive services to all residents at the project, and San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center will provide mental health services to the residents who are in need. Designed  by Killefer Flammang Architects, the five-story building is conceived to provide a tranquil environment in both exterior and interior elements.

“The project is distinguished by extensive recreation and outdoor amenities that include a large shaded courtyard with a covered walkway, a landscaped roof garden and a substantial landscaped area with a 30-foot setback from the street,” noted KFA project architect John Arnold.  The one bedroom units average 525 square feet and each unit has a full kitchen and bathroom. “Inside, the design focuses on elements that will help seniors feel at home and also aid them in wayfinding and orientation,” explained Arnold. Also, color schemes were developed to differentiate floors, units and building elements. Financing for the project comes from tax credits and special local, state and federal programs.

Photo: (l-r) John Arnold, KFA Project Manager; Alice Roth, Deputy District Director for the LA City Council Fourth District; Dr. Marvin Southard, Director, LA County Department of Mental Health; Sarah White, Senior Project Manager, Clifford Beers Housing; John Molloy, Executive Director, PATH Ventures

Sunday, February 27 2011

Witkin Center Wins LABC Award


The Janet L. Witkin Center for senior citizens has been named the winner of the multi-family affordable category of the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards.

Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA), the infill low-income, five-story project, 937 Fairfax Ave., was singled out for its sustainability and adroit creation of critical community spaces on a small site– including a large community garden on the fourth floor.

Sustainable elements include solar hot water heaters, high efficiency HVAC systems, recycled building materials and permeable paving and native plantings to reduce water runoff.

The front of the 17-unit building is clad in composite wood that wraps around the building horizontally, and units are oriented to the south to receive natural light, related KFA project manager Lise Bornstein.

Janet L. Witkin Center Project Page