Altoon Partners Relocates to Historic 7th Street Corridor

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Move to 617 West 7th Street Reflects History and Evolution of the Practice

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Altoon Partners - 617 West 7th Street, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90017

...the new space provides the opportunity to create a work environment that is more supportive of our global practice.

On July 23, 2012, Altoon Partners opened for business in new offices at 617 West 7th Street, an historic 1920’s building located in Los Angeles’ burgeoning South Financial District. “While the relocation is only a few blocks from our current offices, the new space provides the opportunity to create a work environment that is more supportive of our global practice,” said Partner James C. Auld, AIA, who oversaw the move. “In designing the new offices we were able to provide adaptable and collaborative space and take advantage of the more intimate scale and architectural details of the space — high exposed ceilings, interior brick walls and natural light — to reinforce our creative culture.”

The 12-story building, once the headquarters of Union Oil, was fully updated in 2001 and offers requisite high-tech infrastructure in an historic setting that has strong appeal for creative firms like Altoon Partners. In addition, the location in the historic 7th Street Corridor puts the firm at the new center of action in Downtown Los Angeles where there has been a revival of restaurants and retail, as well as residential development.

“Preservation, adaptive reuse and revitalization have long been important components of our practice, so the choice of an historic property for our new home reflects our values,” notes Ronald A. Altoon, FAIA, founding design partner. “From our efforts on projects like transformation of the 1929 Bullocks Wilshire into the Southwestern University School of Law Library and the renovation of the historic Felipe de Neve Branch Library, we understand the contribution that historic buildings and districts make to our communities and are committed to being a part of that in Downtown LA.”

Another important consideration for Altoon Partners was the opportunity to develop a sustainable workplace and they found a solid partner in The Swig Company, who purchased 617 West 7th in January 2012. “The building responds to so much of what matters for sustainability; it reinforces our long-term commitment to sustainable practice,” said Becky L. Brennan, LEED AP BD+C, who led the internal “green team” for the move. “We gave careful consideration to the selection of materials and products and to space plans that maximize daylighting and views with a goal of achieving LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors. At the same time, Swig is pursuing LEED for Existing Buildings for the entire building.”

Another plus for both sustainability and quality of downtown worklife is the location — directly across from the 7th Street Metro, the subway/light rail interface station. The new offices are also convenient to multiple local and regional bus lines that will encourage more public transit ridership. “It’s critical for the firm to stay engaged locally with the issues that are driving the global agenda whether it’s transit oriented development, urban redevelopment or sustainability,” adds Auld. “Our new offices will help keep the issues top of mind.”

The global practice, with offices in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Shanghai, recently changed the name of the firm from Altoon +Porter Architects to Altoon Partners to reflect a transition in leadership. With an international reputation and clientele for their award-winning retail, residential and mixed-use developments, the firm’s current and recent domestic projects include The Shops at Summerlin Centre, Nevada; The Shops at Bay Plaza, The Bronx, NY; and The Collection at RiverPark, Oxnard, CA. In addition, the firm has projects in ten cities in China including Nanjing, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Qingdao. In Europe, developments including GoodZone, Moscow; Nieuw Hoog Catherijne, Utrecht, The Netherlands; and Tarsu, Tarsus, Turkey, are in construction or recently completed.

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