Lehrer Architects





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Published on Sep 23, 2014

Watch a message from Lehrer Architects, designers of the Keck Center and restoration of the Tolman/Bacher House.

Keck Institute for Space Studies
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California

Summary: A new home for the Keck Institute for Space Studies to define a sense of place, production, and purpose for the academic think tank. As well, a new home for the California Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees.

2014 LEED Platinum Certification
United States Green Building Council

2014 Historic Preservation Award for Adaptive Use of the Tolman-Bacher House
City of Pasadena Historic Preservation Committee

2014 Design Award
West Side Urban Forum

2014 Merit Award for Excellence in Design
The American Institute of Architects California Council

2014 Honor Award for Excellence in Design
The American Institute of Architects Pasadena Foothill Chapter

2014 Savings by Design Sustainability Award
The American Institute of Architects Pasadena Foothill Chapter

Design Challenge:
· Design and create an environment to facilitate a culture of creativity where scientists and academics from disparate disciplines from around the world meet periodically to contribute to a common cause
· Design a hyper-flexible think tank environment that might morph several times a day in the same place
· What kind of a designed environment will increase the participants’ comfort level, enabling them to drop inhibitions and collaborate?
· Address the adaptation of the existing Tolman-Bacher House, a Mission-style structure or the addition of a new structure on a seemingly inadequate site area

Design Team:
Architect: Lehrer Architects (www.lehrerarchitects.com)
Interior & Environmental Concepts: Lehrer Architects
Structural Engineers: John Labib and Associates
Civil Engineer: Barbara L. Hall, PE, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates
Geotechnical Engineer: Geocon West, Inc.
MEP Engineers: Westlake Reed Leskowsky
Audio Visual Consultant: Media Systems Design Group

Video Production: Iryna Chatila, Jess Diep, Meg Rosenburg


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