March 24, 1985
Becket International has signed an agreement with a Chinese governmental agency to design and build a $28-million, 500-room hotel in the city of Xi'an in the Shaanxi province in northwestern China. Construction of the Huashan Hotel is expected to begin late this year, with completion scheduled for late 1987, according to MacDonald G. Becket, chairman of the board of the Becket Group whose Los Angeles-based Welton Becket Associates will design the facility.
August 9, 1987
Welton Becket Associates, Santa Monica, and Ellerbe Associates Inc., Minneapolis, are planning to merge, a move that will place the new firm among the five largest design companies in the nation. MacDonald G. Becket, chairman of the Becket Group, and John J. Labosky, president of Ellerbe, have signed a letter of intent to merge their companies by late this year. A name for the new firm has not been chosen, a Becket spokesman said.
September 8, 1985
Work is scheduled to begin Thursday on a corporate headquarters building for CoastFed Properties, major housing development firm, at the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Doheny Drive. The three-story structure, designed by Welton Becket Associates, will contain 51,709 square feet of office space and will have 165 parking spaces in three underground levels in addition to surface-level parking for customers. The $5.6-million project has a fall, 1986 completion date.
July 19, 1987
Construction is now more than one-third complete on the 18-story, $36-million federal detention center at 535 N. Alameda St., east of the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles. Completion of the 280,000-square-foot jail is scheduled for fall 1988. "The building was designed to blend in with the commercial structures that surround it," said John Trew, project administrator for M. H. Golden Co., of Pasadena, construction managers. Outdoor exercise areas will be located on alternating floors.
October 6, 1985
Topping out of the 13-story office tower being constructed as the first element of Century Centre, an $80-million master-planned business environment at Jamboree Boulevard and Main Street in Irvine, has been announced by its developer, Robert A. Alleborn Associates. Construction of the tower, in the project's first phase, is on schedule for an opening of the building in the first quarter of 1986.
August 3, 1986
The five finalists in the international design competition for Pershing Square are preparing their refined renderings and models for the final selection to be announced Aug. 25. "To qualify for the final judging, each of the five design firms must include an architect based and licensed in California," according to Janet Marie Smith, president of the Pershing Square Management Assn., formed to revitalize the downtown historic park.
January 20, 1989
Park Place contains 1.8 million square feet of space in a distinctive, 10-story tower and six atrium buildings of four stories each. It houses the world headquarters of Fluor Corp., from which the property was bought in 1985. Denny's Inc. recently moved its international headquarters to the complex. Future plans for Park Place include additional office, shopping, entertainment and hotel space.
June 19, 1988 |
John Labosky, the 39-year-old president and chief executive officer of Ellerbe Becket, one of the three largest U.S. design firms, believes that the only way American architects can cope with the competitive penetration of the national market by large and powerful foreign outfits is to be become both bigger and more business-like. "U.S. architectural practice, like the American economy at large, has become vulnerable to offshore challenges," he said.
April 6, 1986
Completion of the first phase of the Figueroa Plaza complex at 201 N. Figueroa St. will be observed Tuesday by RCI, an international development firm, and plans have been announced for the second phase of construction. The $120-million project is the firm's flagship development, and coincident with the formal opening, Raffi Cohen, company president, and his staff moved into Tower I from a Beverly Hills site.
April 21, 1985
The Wilshire Bundy Plaza was cited last week by the Los Angeles West Chamber of Commerce as the best commercial high-rise at the group's 15th annual Beautification Awards program at the Hotel Bel-Air. The building is owned by Murdock-WB Associates Ltd. and was designed by Widom-Wein & Partners Inc. and Richard Magee & Associates. The award for low-rise commercial development went to the Sawtelle Centre, 2127 Sawtelle Blvd., owned by the Sawtelle Group and designed by Benton/Park/Candreva.