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Kimmo Sahakangas

Kimmo Sahakangas

Torrance, CA, US

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Green Fleet Systems Trucking Facility / 2011-2012

This project was an extensive remodel to a "tilt-up" warehouse building lacking distribution capabilities and offices. Modernization necessitated the demolition of a large portion of the building to create a loading dock for 30+ truck and longbed trailer spaces. The tenant, Green Fleet Systems, operates LNG powered truck tractors, responding to regional air quality improvements demanded by the adjacent port and its environs. As their main headquarters, a new ground floor office area was developed and featuring overhead, a spandrel glass affair, a hint of architect Helmut Jahn's curtain wall patterns from the 1980s. New tilt-up walls at the loading dock are modulated with deep reveals to break the mass and to be reminiscent of docks in the past with traditional proportions. The office area is divided by private rooms, an open partitioned office landscape, a driver training center and supporting facilities for the truck drivers. Existing tilt-up walls that remain in place feature a pre-existing wraparound "racing stripe" several feet below the parapet... but these same walls are enhanced graphically with colors including syncopation of the continuous stripe.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Carson, CA, US
My Role: Senior Project Architect / Lead Designer
Additional Credits: Centerpointe Properties / Developer
Tenant / Green Fleet Systems
Richard Niemeyer / Civil Engineer

 
A loading dock was created by demolition of approximately 36,000 square feet of the existing building
A loading dock was created by demolition of approximately 36,000 square feet of the existing building
New structural bracing was added due to seismic analysis based on the new building configuration
New structural bracing was added due to seismic analysis based on the new building configuration