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October 20, 1985
Four representatives from the design and development community have been named judges for the 1985 architecture and planning competition sponsored by the Orange County chapter, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. The judges will include Robert S. Harris, dean, USC School of Architecture; William S. Lewis Jr., senior vice president, Deems/Lewis & Partners, San Diego; Sharon Lee Polledri, development manager, Olympia & York California Equities Corp.
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.
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.
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.
April 12, 1987
The 25-Year Award of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has been given to the CBS building, Beverly Boulevard at Fairfax Avenue, and to its designers, Charles Luckman and the late William L. Pereira. Distinguished achievement awards were given to Welton Becket Associates, Carlos Diniz, KCET Channel 28, Fernando Juarez, Toshikazu Terasawa and Thomas R. Vreeland.
January 4, 1986
Maynard W. Woodard, a one-time set designer and illustrator for films who helped design such local and international landmarks as The Music Center, Sports Arena and Police Administration Building in Los Angeles, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw and Hilton hotels in Havana and Cairo, is dead. He was 79 and died Tuesday at Saddleback Community Hospital in Laguna Hills.
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 | LEON WHITESON, Leon Whiteson is a Los Angeles-based design writer
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.
January 31, 1985
Southmark Pacific Corp. of Pasadena has purchased Becket Investment Corp.'s partnership interest in Colorado Place, an office-restaurant complex at Cloverfield Boulevard and 26th Street. Officials declined to disclose the purchase price. The project opened in early 1984 with 435,000 square feet of office space, a 45,000-square-foot restaurant complex, a child-care center and parking for 1,800 cars.
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