Back in June of 2011, we talked about an incredible phenomenon happening in LA where many companies are deciding to relocate back into the city (Downtown LA) from the surrounding areas. Specifically, one of the biggest wins for Downtown LA was the relocation of global architect firm, Gensler, of their regional LA headquarters in Santa Monica to City National Plaza in the heart of the Financial District.
Well, I am happy to report that the new regional headquarters for Gensler–located in what is called the “Jewel Box”–opened this past Monday and all the employees are working from their new desks with expansive windows on both sides of the Jewel Box, including an impressive new glass atrium with an amazing view of the twin towers of City National Plaza towering high above.
As I stood inside the new lobby with over 300 Gensler employees humming about, I was just in awe at the transformation of the space. What used to be an empty lifeless shell is now a modern designed office right here in Downtown LA, helping to continue the momentum forward toward a 24-7 vibrant urban center. My hope is that more companies continue to move downtown, especially from Orange County, which has some pretty big companies in Irvine and Costa Mesa.
I’m sure many of the employees at Gensler appreciate the superior mass transit infrastructure that Downtown LA offers compared to anywhere else in Southern California. Where else do 6 rail lines (Red, Purple, Blue, Gold Lines from Pasadena and East LA, and Expo) and Metrolink and Amtrak funnel into one centralized walkable location? :)