Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Property for Biotech Labs
March 14, 5:30-7:30PM
Buro Happold Consulting Engineers Inc. - 800 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90017

AIA Los Angeles Presents...

Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Property for Biotech Labs

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March 14th (5:30pm - 7:30pm)

Buro Happold Consulting Engineers Inc. - 800 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

AIA Members: $15 - Non-Members: $30

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Philip S. Hart, Ph.D. - CEO, Hart Realty Advisors, Inc.

Patti Harburg-Petrich, SE, LEED AP BD+C - Associate Principal, BuroHappold Engineering | Structures

Brian Spence, AIA, LEED AP - Founding Principal, BAM Architecture Studio

Ted Hyman, FAIA - Managing Partner, ZGF Architects LLP


Carolyn Hull - Executive Director, ACTIVATE LA, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)

Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Property for Biotech Labs

LAEDC’s Carolyn Hull will moderate this case study seminar focusing on converting industrial property into biotechnology uses.   Philip Hart of Hart Realty Advisors, Inc. is a biotech developer and his case study will focus on a project begun in 1987 which has led to the creation of Boston's premiere biotechnology business park, BioSquare.  Hart and his business partner Marvin Gilmore owned a 50,000 square foot former paint brush factory (Baltimore Brush Company) in inner city Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.  This building was across the street from the Fortune 500 technology company Digital Equipment Corporation's (DEC) keyboard assembly plant that Hart and Gilmore developed in 1980 as the anchor tenant in their urban industrial park.  In 1987 Hart and Gilmore began a shell and core renovation of the paint brush factory into spec R & D and office space.  The Boston University School of Medicine is three blocks away from this building.  One day the Dean of the Medical School drove by and saw the activity and approached Hart saying we are expanding and want this whole building for our biotechnology facility.  A long term lease was negotiated and this spec project became a build-to-suit project that opened in 1989 with laboratories and office for university researchers and commercial biotech firms, a biotech business incubator, and teaching labs for local middle school and high school students and their teachers.  This case study will focus on the development, design, engineering and construction process which transformed this industrial building into a biotech facility. 

The second case study to be presented by Brian Spence of BAM Studio will focus on the current effort to convert a 22,000 square foot 80-year old factory and warehouse in El Sereno into a workspace for emerging bioscience and tech companies.  Agora Partners and ASG Real Estate are owners/developers of the soon-to-be biosciences workspace called HATCH.   Like the Boston case study this is a spec project that is expected to become a build-to-suit project once a biotech tenant or tenants are identified.  The idea behind HATCH emerged from the mission of the Los Angeles Bioscience Hub to promote the resources needed for startups and early-stage companies to stay in Los Angeles.  The space is to provide multi-tenant office space, conference rooms, shared amenities, and parking to create the work and community environment for these smaller companies to "hatch."  This case study will focus on the development, design, engineering and construction of HATCH.  These two case studies will also look at how design, engineering and construction technologies have changed over the past 30 years in adapting industrial property into biotechnology uses.

Brian Spence, AIA, LEED AP, is one of the founding Principals of BAM Architecture Studio and manages the firm’s Los Angeles office.  Over the last 16 years, BAM has provided architecture, interior design and planning services for clients in the media and entertainment, science and technology, healthcare and workplace market sectors.  Brian’s primary responsibility is to lead the team in architectural design and has a history of providing efficient solutions within demanding schedules for technically complex projects. He stays actively aware of the trends impacting architecture through his involvement in many notable industry organizations including the AIA, IFMA and CoreNet.  In his professional development, Brian has traveled throughout Europe, Central America and Japan, collecting data about materials, function and aesthetics.  He uses this unique knowledge base as a source for his work. Recently, Brian was the sole architect selected to speak on a life sciences panel at the LA Kretz Innovation Campus. Arranged by LA Bioscience Hub and ULI, the panel focused on BAM’s proposed adaptive reuse of an old-line warehouse. 

Carolyn Hull is the Executive Director of ACTIVATE LA (formerly L.A. PLAN). ACTIVATE LA is a subsidiary of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and partners with the public sector in Los Angeles County to plan and implement real estate and financing transactions that attract investment and retain and grow Los Angeles County’s employment base. ACTIVATE LA assists in bringing together the resources of the public and private sectors in real estate collaborations to serve the public good with a focus on job creation and business growth.

Patti Harburg-Petrich, S.E. is a Structural Engineer at BuroHappold and has over ten years of experience designing structural solutions for many building types. She has a particular interest in historic renovation and seismic retrofit projects and sustainable design and a passion for community-centric work. Patti is a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of California, LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction, and certified Disaster Service Worker for the State of California Safety Assessment Program.

Philip S. Hart, Ph.D. is a member of the Los Angeles Biosciences Coalition which developed an implementation plan to expand the biosciences industry cluster in Los Angeles County.  Hart is author of "Incubating Inner City Biotech," (with William J. Gasper), Urban Land, July 2006 (attached). Philip Hart is a founder of Friends of the Hollywood Central Park, Inc.  Hart served on the Metro Expo Line Urban Design Committee and as project manager in the building of the 5,000-seat West Angeles Cathedral.   Hart has published widely including his book 'African Americans and the Future of New Orleans' and several Urban Land magazine articles including, 'Mass Transit to the Sea,' 'Cap Parks,' 'Hollywood's Time to Shine,' 'Boston's Parcel to Parcel Linkage Plan,' 'Incubating Inner City Biotech,' and others.  Hart served as Executive Director of ULI LA from 2006-2008.

Ted Hyman, FAIA has played a key role in guiding the development of ZGF Architects LLP for over 25 years, and in 2013, he was named to his current role as Managing Partner, where he oversees the firm’s strategic and financial activities, and overall performance. Ted has led teams for some of the firm’s most complex, high-performance projects, beginning in the early 1990s with the first LEED-Platinum laboratory in the country—the University of California, Santa Barbara, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management—and more recently for two net-zero energy projects in California—the J. Craig Venter Institute La Jolla and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Agoura Hills. He has a particular passion for applying an integrated design approach while also making the business case for building performance. This has resulted in buildings with enhanced occupant comfort and health, and also a reduction of the carbon footprint, bringing added value to projects where sustainability goals alone would not have achieved the same results. Ted was recently one of a handful of U.S. architects invited to participate in an historic forum in China to address China’s commitment to signing the Paris Agreement and establish Zero Net Carbon (ZNC) as a necessary and achievable goal for buildings and developments.

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