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As Koning Eizenberg’s Park Opens, It Moves On:

The new, expanded Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica, which reopened early this month, was designed by Santa Monica-based architects Koning Eizenberg. in association with Spurlock-Poirier Landscape Architects.

On track to receive a Silver LEED rating, the expanded campus-like 5.82-acre park features a new youth center, a fitness gym and activity rooms and new play areas for little children.

The firm was given The Westside Urban Forum’s 2005 Westside Prize for its CIM Group’s Hancock Mixed-Use project in West Hollywood, which was described as “the most distinguished architecture of any recent mixed-use project in Los Angeles.”

Its Standard Hotel in downtown L.A. has taken another award – a Merit Award from the AIA/LA, for “excellence in adaptive reuse.”

Practicing what it practices, Koning Eizenberg installed a roof-top solar panel array on its own office building. During its first year of operation, it produced 16,443 kW of electricity, which was 11 percent higher than original projections.

The firm’s second boutique for Suzanne Felsen Jewelry opened last month on Melrose. The first one is located at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

Koning Eizenbrg’s design for the New Visions Foundation’s Herb Alpert Educational Village in Santa Monica was featured in the October issue of ARCHITECTURE magazine. Construction of the new pre-K-12 school project on Olympic Boulevard just west of Centinela is scheduled to begin next year.

The husband and wife firm is one of three local architecture offices that are part of Related Companies of California, which is City staff’s choice to design and develop “The Village in the Civic Center,” a mixed use project.

The other firms are Moore Ruble Yudell (see story, this page) and Pugh + Scarpa.* The new Suzanne Felsen jewelry boutique on Melrose in Los Angeles, opening November 21. Both Felsen locations – including the original in Santa Monica, at Bergamot Station – designed by Koning Eizenberg.

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