Most people have seen, at one time or another, a house trundling down a street on wheels--being moved from one lot to another. Not too often, though, does one see a 40,000-square-foot, steel-framed building on the move.
It happened last November during Brentwood-based Linpro Co.'s development of the $20-million Valley Corporate Park in Van Nuys. On the 7.46-acre site at 16300 Roscoe Blvd. was a building designed by architect Marcel Breuer in 1954--but in the wrong part of the site to fit into the developer's plans.
The building was described by a spokeswoman as "a tall one-story--equivalent to a two-story, like a warehouse" but not a warehouse; rather, it is an industrial building with office and production space.
The building was "stripped down to the steel," in the spokeswoman's words; walls and floors were removed but the roof was left on. That took 3 1/2 weeks; the actual move took three days. Cost of the transplant was just over $100,000.