Long Beach, CA
The Walter A. Rasic company (W.A.R.) – a piping contractor located in Long Beach - purchased an abandoned bank building on the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue, and engaged SPF:a to convert the building into the company’s new headquarters. The roughly 16,000 square foot building consists of a ground floor, mezzanine and upper floor. In the final program, SPF:a converted the mezzanine into a full second floor, adding usable square footage and making the final design three full stories plus subterranean parking. SPF:a’s simple design scheme cleans up the dated façade, cloaking the top two stories in cement fiber panel.
Panels are angled 95-degrees in front of the building’s fenestrations, allowing indirect natural lighting to perimeter offices. SPF:a also designed interior workstations, separated by half-wall drywalled partitions, topped with translucent 3-form® panels extending them to 6 feet. Ceiling structural elements are exposed and expressed above central workstations, adding volume to the building’s inner core. At the reception desk, a signature backdrop of bent pipes creates a design element out of the company’s work and legacy.