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When one of the top aviation parts suppliers in the field began looking for a larger home, they opted for a former 470,000 square foot Circuit City warehouse located in the City of Industry. With the help of general contractor, Oltmans Construction Co., the building was transformed into an inviting work environment reflecting the spirit of Unical Aviation and their employees.
The outdated, bare bones warehouse building required a complete reconfiguration to now include a new 436,000 square foot warehouse area, 40,000 square feet of new executive office space and further, an additional 20,000 square feet of shops, laboratories and testing operations, a lunch room, both an exercise and game room and a designated yoga/contemplation space.
The exterior appearance of the existing building was modernized by the addition of multiple windows and a distinctive glazed entry to create a welcome atmosphere. Excess parking was removed and replaced with open, green-space areas and the entire site was re-landscaped for visual impact and ecological sensibility.
Just inside the large, double-height atrium lobby, a koi pond and a saltwater fish tank peaks special interest, where custom free-form fiberglass mobiles seemingly swim overhead. On the second level, simple grey walls and black flooring create a frame for multi-colored dividing walls using an array of over 30 different color hues. Forms, including beams that recall airplane wings, provide a lively backdrop for the efficient workstations and add to the client’s eclectic art collection.