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La Kretz Innovation Campus dedicated!

La Kretz Innovation Campus dedicated!

JFAK, along with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) celebrated the official Grand Opening of the La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), LA's new cleantech hub located in the DTLA Arts District on 5th and Hewitt, where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers collaborate, innovate and contribute to the creation of LA's green economy.

"What’s great about the La Kretz Innovation Campus is that it's a place where community, government, and innovation in the form of technological entrepreneurship are really making a concerted attempt to connect, to find common platforms from which to work towards common aspirations," said Principal Alice Kimm. 

The free grand opening event celebrated LA's leadership role in achieving a cleantech future. Mayor Eric Garcetti officiated the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30am along with LADWP representatives, philanthropist Morton La Kretz, and notable local innovators. LACI cleantech companies shared their breakthrough sustainability solutions in fast pitch presentations and showcased their technologies at the solar-powered innovation expo. All day, local food trucks, breweries, artists and DJs showcased the diverse and vibrant culture of Los Angeles, and Downtown's Arts District. 

Hourly tours brought visitors through the facility features, showing off the office space and amenities. The Campus features collaborative workspace, an Advanced Prototyping Center (including a 3-D printing and laser shop, electronics, robotics and chemistry labs), a training center, amphitheater and event space, in addition to LADWP laboratories and a Case Study Home showcasing energy and water saving products, among other features. 

In the afternoon, JFAK Principals John Friedman and Alice Kimm were part of a lecture series, giving a presentation in which they delved into the project's genesis and evolution, entitled Green is the New Black: Designing LKIC for a Resilient Economy

Alice concluded, "As architects, we do believe that the spaces we help to make, through creative teamwork, do really advance innovation and creativity, do inspire people and the larger communities they are a part of, and do bring beauty and joy to those communities and individuals – at the same time that a conscientious deployment of current technologies helps us to live longer, healthier, and therefore more productive lives."    


The La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC) is an interdisciplinary hub where entrepreneurs, engineers, and policymakers innovate to support LA’s green economy. The campus comprises 3.2 acres, including a transformed 61,000 square-foot warehouse in the vibrant Arts District. Featuring bioswale and drought-tolerant planting, photovoltaic-shaded parking, greywater filtration and a microgrid system, the building conforms to the new CAL-Green environmental standards and LEED-Platinum status is anticipated. Visit the La Kretz Innovation Campus website here. To learn more about the LKIC project, click here

Claremont McKenna College dedicates Roberts Pavilion

Claremont McKenna College dedicates Roberts Pavilion

Today, Claremont McKenna College (CMC) dedicated Roberts Pavilion, the brand new 144,000 SF fitness, athletics, and events center designed by JFAK, in the presence of CMC faculty, trustees, and students.

"Our hope is that Roberts Pavilion will take its place as one of the most memorable places on campus, a place where lifetime friendships will be crated, where the body and mind will be simultaneously refreshed, tested, and fused; and where social interactions of all kinds will flourish - in sum, a place where the whole person will be created and nurtured," shared JFAK Principal John Friedman during his dedication speech.

Roberts Pavilion dramatically redefines the college athletic venue. An iconic social hub that brings students and faculty together, it demarks a new gateway for the campus while reacting to the push and pull of surrounding buildings, playing fields, and aquatic center. A sensuous, sculptural, even athletic form was used to suggest the College’s ambitious forward-looking outlook, as well as its function as a center of recreation and wellness. A sculpture by artist Chris Burden, installed after his death, sits just outside on the building’s plaza.  

The lobby's “Character Wall” incorporates important character-building terms in the ten most commonly-used languages on campus, thereby reflecting the global outlook of the College and the creative search common to all academic ventures. 

The dedication began with events for the CMC community, and was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception, and dinner. 

Click here to see CMC's press release.