Retrofitting a Landmark

by David L. Houghton, (M.ASCE), Principal and General Partner; Myers, Nelson, Houghton, Inc., Lawndale, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 2, Pg. 55-57

Document Type: Feature article


A decade after it was abandoned, a famous sixty year old tire factory has been rehabilitated as part of a $118 million adaptive mixed-reuse commercial-office mall known as the Citadel. The unique Assyrian-inspired design of the huge factory, its administrative headquarters, and the wall that bordered part of the 35 acre site attracted Trammel Crow Co., a Los Angeles developer, who entered a partnership with the city of Commerce, the Los Angeles suburb that is home to the site. Trammel Crow wanted the structures brought up to current seismic and safety codes without sacrificing the look of the complex or taking up so much room that renting the main building would be unprofitable. Myers, Nelson, Houghton, Structural Engineers, Inc., Lawndale, Calif., found methods that succeeded on both counts, helping to make the conversion possible.

Subject Headings: Rehabilitation | Structural safety | Tire recycling | Adaptive systems | Shopping centers | Walls | Urban areas | Suburbs | Los Angeles | California | United States

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