Approached to reposition a former JC Penney distribution center and furniture outlet showroom, Withee Malcolm transformed the facility into a state-of-the-art logistics center on a fast-paced schedule. The team implemented a series of functional, environmental, and aesthetic design moves to deliver a fully transformed space of more than 1M square feet in just nine months.
Located at the epicenter of Southern California’s logistics hub, the property—one of the largest contiguous infill warehouse sites in the LA/OC market—would be highly sought after for e-commerce businesses if it could be successfully upgraded. Withee Malcolm’s design for the structure, originally constructed in 1967, removed an outdated and oversized existing office space in order to increase warehouse storage capacity and flexibility and converted a portion of the furniture outlet and a loading dock into 15,000 square feet of efficient, creative office space. Oversized windows, an inviting new entry facade, and employee patio space complement environmental upgrades and offer tenants a competitive advantage with significant long-term cost savings. Over 900 new skylights were added for better lighting and energy efficiency, and other environmentally sustainable systems and materials reduced the overall carbon footprint. WM’s interior design team selected finish materials, envisioned color schemes, and was ultimately asked by the client to develop design standards for all future industrial modernization acquisitions.
Rehabilitation of the truck courts focused on increased functionality through the removal of obstacles and the addition of dock doors. Enhanced fire department access and new ESFR fire sprinkler system allow tenants to accommodate high-piled storage. Design studies for single and multi-tenant leases were conducted over the course of the design phases, but collaboration between the design team and client, brokers and the contractor helped ultimately lease the facility to a single tenant.