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Oltmans Construction Co. was awarded the revitalization of the former Beckman Coulter campus located in Fullerton. A majority of the original 50’s Beckman Coulter campus was redeveloped and converted into a seven building concrete tilt-up, business park. Building 8, Beckman Coulter’s original administration building was historically restored as the new A.J. Kirkwood & Associates Headquarter office.

This historic building received a comprehensive adaptive reuse and rehabilitation with many hours spent in the collaboration with the City of Fullerton to establish and implement exterior improvement criteria to restore the building to its original appearance. The original massing and plan configuration of the structure has been preserved – including the courtyards and signage tower. Great care has been given to the location of replacement HVAC units on the roof. Low profile units and mock-ups were used to determine the least viable areas on the roof to preserve the original mid-century flat roofline.

The Beckman Instruments Administration Building has played many important roles in the development of the Fullerton community from an agrarian area to the vital thriving community it is today. The thoughtful adaptive re-use rehabilitation of this important historic structure is an outstanding example of building upon a community resource, reducing embodied carbon impact, and providing a great new headquarters for one of the companies that has built Orange County.

Square Footage: 43,000 s.f.