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E. ALLAN SPULECKI JOINS MELÉNDREZ

April 01, 2016

Meléndrez is pleased to welcome its newest Associate Principal, E. Allan Spulecki, a landscape architect to direct and oversee design across the firm.

Allan brings 21 years of hands-on experience directing all phases of complex landscape, urban design and planning projects that span varied typology, scale, and program.  As both a licensed architect and landscape architect, Allan successfully integrates architecture and infrastructure with our natural, ecological, and living systems that stand the test of time. Impassioned by the creation of well-crafted landscapes that foster community and engagement, and improve the quality-of-life, Allan has lead cross-discipline, team collaborations that skillfully resolve complex design programs and site constraints. 

Prior to joining Meléndrez, Allan served as the Director of the landscape studio at 3north (Richmond, VA) and previously spent nineteen years at OLIN (Philadelphia, PA). While at OLIN, Allan managed and designed numerous award-winning landscape projects, including Columbus Circle in New York City; the Fran & Ray Stark Sculpture Garden at the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles; Mill River Park and Greenway in Stamford, Conn.; and the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, District of Columbia.  Allan holds Masters in both Landscape Architecture and Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Architecture from The Catholic University of America.

CATEGORIES: Meléndrez Happenings

WHOLE FOODS PROJECT AWARDED PROJECT OF THE YEAR AT DOWNTOWNERS OF DISTINCTION

February 24, 2016

The recently opened Eighth and Grand by developers Carmel Partners was awarded Project of the Year at the Downtown News’ Downtowners of Distinction Awards. Meléndrez is proud to have been part of the team that brought this important project to Downtown Los Angeles. The development energizes Grand Avenue, Olive and 8th Streets, with an expanded public realm and the addition of the much sought after Whole Foods Market.

Above the market, luxury apartments wrap two dynamic courtyard spaces. A collaboration between Meléndrez and notable interior design firm Commune, the courtyards are connected through a transparent club room, and represent the confluence of boutique hotel design and high-end residential development. The pool court features and an expansive pool and spa with hotel quality appointments such hammocks hung from overhead trellises. The north courtyard offers an intimate garden room featuring an open hearth set amid modern sculpture, and dining room connected to a demonstration kitchen via an expansive Nano wall system. 

CATEGORIES: Awards

JOIN US MARCH 2 FOR A RESIDENTIAL GREYWATER SYSTEMS TALK!

February 25, 2016

On March 2 at 6:30PM, Meléndrez is hosting a COTE and AIA/LA talk on Residential Greywater Systems for Architects. As a proponent of sustainable solutions for the built environment, Meléndrez is excited to host this talk about greywater applications; a key tool in responsibly using water resources.

Join us at our Downtown Los Angeles office and learn how lightly-used greywater from bathing and laundry can be recaptured for landscape irrigation uses. Leigh Jerrard, Principal of Greywater Corps and a licensed architect, will provide an in-depth overview of greywater – covering what it is, how it works, and most importantly how to incorporate it into your projects. Greywater can save water usage and money, while reducing your carbon footprint, preserving ecosystems, and reducing load on sewer and septic systems.

For more information on the event and to RSVP please visit http://www.aialosangeles.org/calendar/cote-march-2016#.VsyuyvkrLRb

CATEGORIES: Meléndrez Happenings, Lectures & Talks

10000 SANTA MONICA TOPS OUT

February 04, 2016

The 10000 Santa Monica construction team celebrated completion the final floor of the 40-story residential tower in Century City. To commemorate the event, Meléndrez joined more than 400 people who were on hand to sign one of the project’s steel beams before being placed.

Eschewing the traditional high rise model, 10000 Santa Monica was conceived as a 40-story residential tower set lightly within a grand private estate garden typically found in Bel Air or Beverly Hills. Influenced by romantic landscapes, the two-acre podium garden favors intimate seating areas, meandering paths, ambient fountains, and deeply layered planting.

The project is set to open in late 2016.

CATEGORIES: Project Updates, Meléndrez Happenings

MELÉNDREZ SITE WALK AT BLOSSOM PLAZA

January 29, 2016

The Meléndrez studio walked the nearly completed Blossom Plaza in Chinatown. Project Manager Marc Delouvrier, Lead Designer Tony Lopez, and Principal Scott Baker, led the office through the site to explain design concepts, discuss constructability issues, and review lessons learned. Built entirely on a podium over subterranean parking, the project is comprised of three distinct spaces: the retail walk, the Fountain Square, and the residential courtyard. The retail walk and the residential courtyard both drew influence from traditional Shanghai residential alleys or Longtangs. The retail walk and Fountain Square create a clear link from North Broadway through the project to the Metro Gold Line Chinatown station platform. The Fountain Square is an important public space, comprised of two grids of canopy trees encircling a misting stone fountain, lending itself to both intimate and celebratory events in the community.

The project is set to open this Spring.

CATEGORIES: Project Updates, Meléndrez Happenings

USC UNIVERSITY VILLAGE CONSTRUCTION HITS HALFWAY MARK

February 03, 2016

Construction on USC University Village reached a halfway mark last week. The 15-acre project, set to open in fall 2017, marks the largest development the university has undertaken. The milestone was marked with the installation of a 12,700-pound rooftop spire on one of the buildings.

Meléndrez designed the public and private plazas, paseos and open spaces throughout the development in coordination with architect Harley Ellis Devereaux. The site design breaks up large blocks with series of pedestrian paseos and green spaces to create connections for non-motorized uses. Native and adaptive landscaping combined with seating nooks and different sized gathering areas creates a vibrant neighborhood feel that encourages use of outdoor space and student interaction. The entire Village area is designed around a central square and green space that can accommodate events. Outdoor dining space will line the central plaza, enlivening the internal corridors.

Learn more about this milestone http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/massive-usc-project-hits-halfway-mark/article_cce72512-c6d4-11e5-bf34-a7ee81c7e117.html?mode=story.

Rendering by ZAR, Zapf Architectural Renderings

CATEGORIES: Project Updates, Hot off the Press

GREEN TI UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL

December 02, 2015

Green TI unanimously (9-0) passed tonight at the Long Beach City Council meeting! The conceptual plan completed by Meléndrez re-visions a one-mile stretch of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway, a wide and polluted truck-thoroughfare, into a community-serving greenspace.

The project will showcase environmental best practices, marking the first freeway removal project in Southern California. The passing of the conceptual plan is the first step towards realizing the project with the next steps, such as traffic and environmental reports, outlined within the document.

The design vision for the new park is inspired by the Los Angeles River, which prior to channelization, was characterized by marshy lands and frequent flooding. The natural elements of the Los Angeles River are incorporated into the design through wetland areas that assist in occasional flooding due to the high water table of the area, and native planting. The space’s goal is to create a healthy green space for the West Long Beach community, and act as an environmental buffer to the neighboring port’s activities. Community gardens, education garden, skate area, plaza, nature play, outdoor classroom, and flexible open law are some of the elements proposed.

 

Press

http://longbeachpresstelegram.ca.app.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=1f6011d78

http://lbpost.com/news/city/2000007664-terminal-island-freeway-removal-project-requires-more-scrutiny-before-city-action

http://www.lbbizjournal.com/#!Long-Beach-City-Council-Agrees-To-Further-Study-Green-TI-Freeway-Plan/c1sbz/5665d58a0cf29cc38645b922

 

Full Plan

http://www.lbds.info/green_ti/documents_and_reference_materials.asp

CATEGORIES: Project Updates, Hot off the Press

CVC GATEWAY RECENTLY OPENED

November 23, 2015

The Gateway, an 80 unit transitional homeless housing project, recently opened at the Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) campus in Long Beach. The opening marks the most recent project Meléndrez has completed on the CVC campus – dating back to the Master Development Plan and Campus Landscape Barrier. 

Learn more about the project.

CATEGORIES: Project Updates

USC ENGAGE! EVENT HELD AT MELÉNDREZ

November 11, 2015

Last night Meléndrez hosted an Engage! event as part of the USC Guild series. We were pleased to be the first Landscape Architecture firm to host the event!

The mixer included professionals from all disciplines within the Architecture/Engineer/Construction industry, providing a great opportunity to exchange and generate ideas. Meléndrez Principal Scott Baker gave a short presentation on the latest work underway and recently completed in our studio, including: our streetscape and mixed-use development work shaping Downtown Los Angeles; Ivy Station, a transit-oriented development in Culver City organized around an urban park; the Green TI plan which examines decommissioning a one-mile stretch of the Terminal Island Freeway in Long Beach, transforming it into a local-serving green space at a regional scale; and Space 134, a twenty-seven acre cap park over the 134 Freeway in Glendale. The presentation stimulated excited questions from the audience and a great dialogue on design and urban transformation.

More information about USC Guild can be found at https://arch.usc.edu/usc-architectural-guild.   

CATEGORIES: Meléndrez Happenings, Lectures & Talks

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM MELÉNDREZ

December 22, 2015

The Meléndrez team looks forward to working with you, our clients and project partners, in 2016 to continue to improve our communities.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

CATEGORIES: Miscellaneous

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