New DLBA Office Seeks to Spark Creativity and Honor the Culture of Downtown Long Beach

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The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will be entering the New Year with a bang of their own as they expand and entirely renovate their offices in order to “ensure creativity and connectivity to the Downtown community remains alive and well,” in the words of DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian.

The DLBA previously occupied only Suite 120 at the 100 W. Broadway building, or what roughly amounted to 5,000 sq. ft. They will now conjoin with Suite 115, creating an additional footprint of over 1,200 sq. ft. This means Executive Committee meetings, currently held at the Renaissance, can now be hosted in house and more importantly, employees, stakeholders, and consultants can collaborate more efficiently.

DLBALocal architects Kamus + Keller, whose offices sit along Golden Shore in Downtown, have opened up the space cost-effectively by taking advantage of the many windows, pushing up the ceiling to expose air vents in certain areas or whitening the ceiling to give the illusion of openness, back-lighting along the floating cabinets, colorize the seating and walls, and throw in a mix of wood, concrete, and sheet metal textures. This isn’t to mention quirky, cool nods toward the culture of Downtown, such as the upside down bike that will hang in the reception area.

“Our new space has been designed to accommodate for growth and present a more creative aesthetic to reflect the community we serve,” said Amy Luke of the DLBA.

A single back storage area will hold the organization’s well-known Segways and bikes—permitting the DLBA to double their bike capacity—while an “oasis” break room will offer employees respite and a space to bounce ideas around. Touch-down stations will be placed throughout the space, where interns, colleagues or consultants can come in and have accessible workstations.

The new space is expected before the New Year.

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