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Buro Happold is celebrating winning a National Certificate of Recognition from the American Institute for Steel (AISC) for their work on Indian Paintbrush Productions studios in Santa Monica, California.
The institute’s annual IDEAS2 awards programme is the highest honour bestowed upon building projects by the structural steel industry in the United States, and conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
The Indian Paintbrush studios are housed in an existing 1950’s warehouse facility which has been refurbished and expanded to include a prominent entry, a new façade with operable panels, a new second floor mezzanine and a decorative split-level stair to give occupants access to a new roof-top terrace.
Buro Happold worked closely with architects, Barton Myers Associates from the onset to determine appropriate structural and MEP interventions to the existing facility to minimise physical impacts and costs while achieving the client’s goals.
Much of the existing structure was salvaged with minimal retrofit required – substantially reducing costs. Buro Happold’s Sustainability Consulting team influenced a number of design features that will improve occupant comfort and reduce long term energy costs. Based on a series of daylight simulations, new skylights have been located across the roof to reduce demand for artificial lighting. Automatic shade screens open and close to control light intensity within the space and reduce solar heat gains. Operable windows provide natural ventilation and exposed concrete floors provide thermal mass to regulate spikes in internal temperature throughout the day.
The project has also received the 2011 Westside Urban Forum Award for office buildings.
Indian Paintbrush Productions LLC.
Barton Myers Associates
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Buro Happold is an independent international practice of consulting engineers. Since 1976 we have grown in size and reach to serve public and private clients across a full range of sectors through an international network of 29 offices.
We draw on the multi-disciplinary skills, knowledge and experience of our local experts to design and deliver award winning building, infrastructure and environmental projects that excel for clients, engage with communities and enrich the lives of users.
Sustainability, innovation and holistic consulting are at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to touching the earth lightly. We think harder and are dedicated to addressing the big challenges that face the planet – climate change, population growth and scarcity of natural resources.
Current and recent projects include the Grand Museum of Egypt (Cairo), the Louvre (Abu Dhabi), the Aviva Stadium (Dublin), the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the King Abdullah Financial District (Riyadh), the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (Stratford) and the O2 (London).