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Architect's Newspaper: For L.A.-based start-ups, a downtown tech incubator offers a boost up

Architect's Newspaper: For L.A.-based start-ups, a downtown tech incubator offers a boost up

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ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER | "Meet the incubators and accelerators producing the new guard of design and architecture start-ups. This is part of a series profiling incubators and accelerators from our April 2018 Technology issue. 

At the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), participating members get a lot of bang for their buck. Originally started in 2011, the outfit moved in 2016 into a 60,000-square-foot complex, known as the La Kretz Innovation Campus and owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The campus is one of the inaugural public amenities of a new Cleantech Corridor planned by the City of Los Angeles for a vast area stretching from the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, in East L.A., to the Arts District, downtown."

Read more on Architect's Newspaper website or in the April issue of the Architect's Newspaper!

 

Urban Excellence Award Ceremony Honors La Kretz Innovation Campus

Urban Excellence Award Ceremony Honors La Kretz Innovation Campus

LOS ANGELES (October 25, 2017) - The La Kretz Innovation Campus was awarded the Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence during an awards ceremony that took place at the campus today. 

Featured speakers at the Awards Ceremony included:

  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar's Downtown Area Director, Ari Simon 
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Chief Sustainability Officer, Nancy Sutley
  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) President and CEO, Matt Petersen
  • Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering City Engineer, Gary Lee Moore, PE ENV SP
  • John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects Principal, Alice Kimm
  • Morton La Kretz and Linda La Kretz Duttenhaver
  • Rudy Bruner Award Founder, Simeon Bruner

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national design award recognizing transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s Cities. Completed in 2016, the La Kretz Innovation Campus + Arts District Park were created to position the City of Los Angeles as a cleantech industry leader and sustainable urban center. LACI's CEO Matt Petersen accepted the $10,000 award check on behalf of the campus. Funds will be used to bring students and artists from disadvantaged neighborhoods, including Boyle Heights and Watts, into the campus to learn about The Advanced Prototyping Center and work with the organization’s new Artist in Residence (AIR) program.

One of an architect's greatest accomplishments, after completing a building, is seeing it take on a life of its own. And this project clearly has done that - it is a clear example of what can happen when public and private sectors work together towards a common goal. This project is the embodiment of the greatness of the City of Los Angeles, and we are so proud.  - Alice Kimm

Envisioned as an industry hub where engineers, scientists, and policymakers interact to promote the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy, the La Kretz Innovation Campus occupies an LADWP-owned 3.2-acre parcel of land in the center of the vibrant Downtown LA Arts District.

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects is the only submitting firm in the award's twenty-year history to have two of their projects selected as finalists. Their LA Design Center was awarded a Rudy Bruner Silver Medal in 2007. 

Click here to see the official press release from the City of Los Angeles.

La Kretz Innovation Campus Earns Prestigious Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence

La Kretz Innovation Campus Earns Prestigious Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence

LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2017) - The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), announced its 2017 Gold and Silver Medalists, marking thirty years of honoring innovative urban placemaking. The biennial award celebrates transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities. John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects' La Kretz Innovation Campus was one of five finalists, and was awarded a Silver Medal as well as $10,000 to continue its mission.

“The 2017 RBA medalists illustrate the transformative power of design in creating places that bring people together and lift the human spirit,” says RBA Founder Simeon Bruner.

Rudy Bruner Award entries are completed projects across the contiguous United States. Finalists and medalists are determined through an in-depth evaluation process by the selection committee involving input from the award application, site visits, interviews with project participants and community members, and committee discussions.  A nationwide committee of urban experts determined the winners from among five finalists, naming SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Gold Medalist and recipient of $50,000 to enhance the project. 

A Metropolis magazine blog series chronicles the RBA process, site visits, and events to come. The RBA will also produce detailed case studies about this biennial’s five winning projects including findings, lessons learned, and highlights from the selection committee’s discussions. The case studies will be published online and in book form in 2018 as a resource for educators, practitioners, and students. Case studies about all past RBA winners are available on the RBA website. 

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects is the only submitting firm in the award's history to have two of their projects selected as finalists. Their LA Design Center was awarded a Rudy Bruner Silver Medal in 2007. 

 

METROPOLIS: La Kretz Innovation Campus Showcases LA’s Leadership in Green

METROPOLIS: La Kretz Innovation Campus Showcases LA’s Leadership in Green

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) kicked off site visits to the five finalist projects, located in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania), Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. The committee is spending spending several days at each site, conducting research, and gathering additional information that they then present to the award’s selection committee in June, when they will determine the recipient of the Gold Medal and $50,000 cash prize.

JFAK's La Kretz Innovation Campus, home to Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and the LADWP's Customer Engagement Center, was the first stop for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence selection committee.

Click through to see the full article in Metropolis Magazine: it's is part of a series written and curated by RBA that focuses on advancing conversation about placemaking in American cities and offers a detailed look at the 2017 award cycle and site visits. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, RBA is a biennial design award recognizing transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of the nation’s urban center.

 

La Kretz Innovation Campus Receives Prestigious Architectural Award from Mexico’s Largest Association of Real Estate Developers

La Kretz Innovation Campus Receives Prestigious Architectural Award from Mexico’s Largest Association of Real Estate Developers

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (March 22, 2017) - The La Kretz Innovation Campus, a 61,000-square-foot clean technology incubation center in Los Angeles’ Arts District, received the 2017 Los Angeles and Mexico City Sustainable Real Estate Award March 22nd in Mexico City. The award honors projects that embody sustainable building practices, showcase innovative design principles, and promote civic engagement.

La Kretz Innovation Campus, which opened in October 2016, designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), is the headquarters of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit tasked to transform the city into a green-collar hub, and the anchor for cleantech investment and innovation in Los Angeles.

Sponsored by the Association of Real Estate Developers (ADI), one of the most influential real estate developer groups in Mexico, the award is the result of a longstanding partnership between Mexico City and Los Angeles. Beginning with a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera of Mexico City in 2014, the partnership between Los Angeles and Mexico City is a recognition of the two cities’ shared interests and business opportunities. Over the past several years, the Los Angeles Business Council has played a pivotal role in the strategic dialogue between government and business leaders in L.A. and Mexico City, including sponsoring delegations in 2013 and 2014.

Read the full Press Release on the LACI website

La Kretz Innovation Campus Among the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award Finalists

La Kretz Innovation Campus Among the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award Finalists

Images courtesy of the Rudy Bruner Foundation

Images courtesy of the Rudy Bruner Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 9, 2017) - JFAK's La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), home to the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and LADWP, is among the five finalists chosen for the Rudy Bruner Award's 2017 Gold and Silver medal prizes. The Gold Medalist will receive $50,000 and four Silver Medalists will each receive $10,000 to enhance their projects. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, RBA is a biennial design award recognizing transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. Seventy-eight projects in 27 states have been honored since its founding.

In 2007, JFAK's LA Design Center was awarded the Silver medal prize.

RBA entries comprise completed projects across the contiguous United States. Finalists and medalists are chosen by a nationwide committee of urban experts through an in-depth evaluation process involving input from the award application, site visits, interviews with project participants and community members, and committee discussions.

Next month, RBA staff will begin site visits to each finalist project in preparation for the committee’s selection of the medal winners in June. A Metropolis magazine POV blog series will document these visits, giving readers close-up experiences with each of the sites.

Alice Kimm shares, "The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence honors projects that shape our cities in a positive way. For LKIC - LACI and many city agencies, in addition to JFAK and countless others, helped an almost impossible project come to life. Everyone who occupies the campus is making a difference. We are thrilled and honored to be a finalist for the RBA!"

To learn more about the Rudy Bruner Award, the selection committee, and next steps for the five finalists, click here.

 
 
 
 

Architect's Newspaper: LA's La Kretz Innovation Campus is a One-Stop Shop for Cleantech Development

Architect's Newspaper: LA's La Kretz Innovation Campus is a One-Stop Shop for Cleantech Development

"The La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), is a new business incubation center in Los Angeles developed by the Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit tasked to transform the city into a green-collar hub...The complex is meant to be a place where, as JFAK founder and principal Alice Kimm said, “Ideas for new goods and services can be birthed, researched, developed, prototyped, and pushed out to market from under one roof.”

Read more at archpaper.com

 
 

dezeen: JFAK Converts Brick Warehouse in LA into "Cleantech" Hub

"Sculptural light chutes and a vibrant living wall are among the features at this adaptive reuse project by American firm JFAK Architects, for environment-focused companies in Los Angeles...The La Kretz Innovation Campus – also known as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator – is located in the city's Arts District and occupies an old warehouse. The goal of the facility is to "foster innovations that advance LA's green economies within the framework of an unusual public-private coalition", said John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, or JFAK Architects, a local studio founded in 1996."

Read more on dezeen.com

 
 
 
 

JFAK Architects' La Kretz Innovation Campus Takes Home a Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) Design Award

JFAK Architects' La Kretz Innovation Campus Takes Home a Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) Design Award

The La Kretz Innovation Campus, designed by JFAK, was awarded a Southern California Development Forum 2016 Design Citation Award, in the Civic Category. All Award winners were celebrated at the SCDF Design Awards ceremony on December 13, 2016 at the Los Angeles City Club in Downtown Los Angeles.

The annual Southern California Development Forum Design Awards recognize the contributions and commitment to the business environment and the communities of Southern California.  The design awards celebrate built and un-built projects that demonstrate innovation and commitment from both:  owners and design teams. The SCDF Design Awards jury was comprised of notable architects, industry media, development and engineering professionals. 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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

Wallpaper*: Creative energy - a family of warehouses form LA's La Kretz Innovation Campus

Wallpaper*: Creative energy - a family of warehouses form LA's La Kretz Innovation Campus

JFAK's La Kretz Innovation Campus featured in Wallpaper* magazine online!

Back in 2011, California’s legislature shut down Los Angeles’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA). The move seemingly ended the then-promising vision for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a CRA-managed start-up space for green businesses in the city’s quickly emerging Arts District. But thanks to the LA Department of Water and Power, which stepped in to manage the project – and now has offices, labs and demonstration spaces here – the Incubator, now part of what’s called the La Kretz Innovation Campus, is open for business...
Click here to view the full article on wallpaper.com