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Michael Folonis Architects Wins Two Westside Urban Forum Awards

The Santa Monica office of alumnus and faculty member Michael Folonis (B.Arch ‘78) has recently been honored by the Westside Urban Forum with two Honor Design Awards. The UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center (UCLA OSOC) in Santa Monica was awarded in the Public/Institutional category, and a 200-unit, mixed-use residential project on the Westside was awarded in the Mixed-Use category (unbuilt).

Fifth Street Mixed-use Residential Tower, Santa Monica │ Michael W. Folonis Architects

Folonis designed the UCLA OSOC 50,000-square-foot hybrid medical facility to house community outpatient surgery and oncology treatment, as well as academic and medical office facilities for UCLA medical students and faculty. The building, developed by Randall Miller, PE, of Nautilus Group, features a cutting-edge, fully automated parking system that reduces the garage footprint by 50 percent and increases energy efficiency to help meet LEED Gold certification requirements.

For the new mixed-use residential project (shown here), Folonis faced many site-oriented challenges. The architect’s goals were to provide a more pedestrian-friendly urban experience, connecting apartment dwellers visually as well as physically to the street. The office designed a fully-customized building skin that allows each resident to control individual light, privacy, and sun screening functions, while still maintaining the city’s planning and zoning codes for a stepped back building façade. The project, which is slated for LEED Platinum certification, includes a sun-shading system for energy efficiency and a roof with photovoltaic cells that will provide all necessary energy for public spaces as well as for the majority of electrical power for the apartments.

The Westside Urban Forum Design Awards recognize Los Angeles-based projects, programs, policies, and academic studies that demonstrate excellence in city making and community building, as well as work that addresses the issues of planning for and building a livable future. Winning projects are chosen by a jury of leading architects, engineers and industry experts.

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