HKS team wins San Fernando Valley Family Support Center contract in US


San Fernando Valley Family Support Center

A team of Charles Pankow Builders (Pankow) and HKS Architects have secured a contract from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works in the US to construct the San Fernando Valley Family Support Center.

Planned to be built in Van Nuys, the 212,000ft², five-storey facility will consolidate seven county programmes into one location for the San Fernando Valley community.

After completion, the new centre will house several social service and civic departments including public social services, child and family services, child support services, health services, probation, mental health and public health.

The 6.8-acre site will feature a large, landscaped interior campus with children's play area, walking paths, bike racks and several gathering spaces.

HKS said the team was able to create the desired attribute because of the narrow parking garage designed by the architect HNA/Pacific.

A green buffer space of trees and landscaping, designed by AHBE Landscape Architects, will separate the parking structure from Van Nuys Boulevard frontage.

The interior workspace will be a mix of collaborative, social and focused work spaces for various working modes, HKS added.

Plans also include a façade and an underfloor air distribution system on the upper floors.

The project, which is expected to be completed in August 2015, is anticipated to secure LEED Gold certification.

Pankow senior project manager Peter Loeb said the team worked together for four months 'embracing collaborative virtues of the design-build delivery model' to deliver the project.


Image: The San Fernando Valley Family Support Center is expected to be completed in August 2015. Photo. Courtesy of HKS.