When Steinberg moved to the PacMutual building in Downtown Los Angeles in 2004, the space had gone through multiple iterations as a stock trading floor, a ballroom, and then a sound stage. The design team converted the space into an open plan collaborative office, restoring the original arched windows and wood floors. The resulting renovation was awarded a LEED-CI Silver rating for Commercial Interiors – the first LEED office space in Los Angeles.
In 2015, we completed an upgrade to the creative office space that captures the latest in workplace strategy – offering a palette of work settings to empower employees; introducing a low-height benching system to increase the number of workstations and maximize daylighting; increasing the number and variety of breakout spaces; and adding a significant amount of storage. Mobile lateral files with cushions encourage lots of impromptu discussion, while bar-height work counters create both layout space and informal meetings. The conference rooms received new audio-visual equipment with an upgraded videoconferencing system that allows all 4 offices, including Shanghai, to meet regularly. Copious wall space is now devoted to pin-up and images of current and past projects.
Steinberg’s identity is also celebrated via cheery splashes of the firm’s signature orange, from accents in the new carpet to the bold walls surrounding the only private offices in the open space, which double as meeting rooms when not in use by the executives.
The staff reports a new energy and sense of pride in this iconic office space, which is now showcased as a cutting edge creative workplace during the LA Downtown Center Business Improvement District’s monthly Get Urban Office Space Tours.