LOCATION: Long Beach, CA

OWNER: Brookfield Properties


The firm was asked to study how to incorporate a residential tower on the client’s existing office building site on top of the existing multi-level parking structure. The challenge was to design a tower that was compatible with the existing office tower yet strikingly contemporary and residential at the same time. The 204 unit, 22 story tower was angled and faceted to capitalize on the dramatic harbor views, directly past the existing tower, while maximizing privacy between the residents and the office tower.

The original garage structure and foundation were designed and constructed to accommodate a second office tower in this location. The trick was to accommodate the new residential parking above the existing structure and to design the second tower to residential standards. The team developed a multi-story steel truss system for the additional garage levels with the tower to be of steel construction to match the intended load of the un-built office tower.