Rachlin Partners was recognized at the 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards on June 18, 2015 during a gala luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council. The firm accepted the prestigious award certification for Bonita Center for the Arts, a winner in the Education category.
The new $22 million Bonita Center for the Arts – designed as a community landmark that educates as well as ties the local School District with the community – is located at 800 W. Covina Blvd., San Dimas, CA. The architecturally significant structure includes computer-operated sun louvers, a red circular stairwell serving as a signature design element, and an acoustic quality on par with world-renowned performing arts venues. In addition to Rachlin Partners, the design team behind the Bonita Center for the Arts consisted of general contractor Tilden-Coil Constructors, landscape architect L.A. Design Associates, structural engineer R.M. Byrd, mechanical engineer GLUMAC, theater consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, acoustical engineer Newson Brown and LEED consultant Verde Concepts.
“We are honored to win the Education award for Bonita Center for the Arts,” says Michael Rachlin, AIA, LEED AP, Partner of Rachlin Partners. “First envisioned on the community’s ‘wish list’ some 25 years ago, the Center began to take shape only recently through community workshops and meetings between the District and the prestigious design team. We are thrilled to see the Center already thriving within the local community – as well as receiving architectural accolades.”
More than 40 world-class projects from a diverse spectrum of the architectural field were celebrated at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for their design excellence and community impact. Featuring an engaging keynote address by world-renowned architect Shigeru Ban, winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the annual event drew a crowd of approximately 600 of the region’s leading architects, designers, building professionals and media. Entire project teams – including building owners, designers, contractors and developers – were honored for their contributions to exceptional design in L.A. County and beyond.
“The L.A. Architectural Awards are an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate outstanding projects that marry excellent design with meaningful sustainability,” says Los Angeles Business Council President Mary Leslie. The winning projects exemplify the entrepreneurial, innovative spirit that makes Los Angeles unique.”
A distinguished jury of owners, contractors, architects and civic leaders selected this year’s winners from hundreds of submissions. The Grand Prize went to the project team behind the restoration of the iconic, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House. Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, LADWP Director of Economic Development Kecia Washington and Haworth Director of Business Development Ron Frantz honored the winners of a new competition — the LADWP Community Impact Award Landscape Design Competition — which recognized projects for outstanding innovation in environmentally conscious and water-conserving landscape architecture.
For the fourth year in a row, the Architectural Awards featured a design contest among students at the top six architecture schools in Los Angeles County, in this case participating in an intensive two-week competition to develop a vision and design for the South Wetland Park Facility. A video about the 2015 Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award student design competition is available at the LA Business Council’s website, www.labusinesscouncil.org.