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KMA's Retrofit of Kilroy Towne Centre to Enhance Exterior Façade and Address Building Identity

KMA Architecture & Engineering has announced that design concepts are underway for the exterior retrofit of the Kilroy Realty Corporation owned office building located 9455 Towne Centre Drive in University Town Center. KMA was retained to create design scenarios that would modernize the building and make it more attractive to prospective tenants.

KMA's design proposal calls for a remodel of the exterior façade of the two-story facility that boasts more than 45,000 square feet of office space. Plans also include cladding the existing tilt-up concrete panels in exterior panels to create a ventilated wall system that would give the thick outer walls dimensionality, decreasing the solar heat gain for the building and reducing the operating costs as well as the need for an extensive mechanical retrofit. The new façade would also provide an aesthetic contrast against the curtain wall, which will be re-clad in Low-E white Honeycomb Frit glass.

In addition to enhancing the building's aesthetic appeal for potential occupants and passersbys, the KMA team is working to add to the building's curb and pedestrian appeal. The updated design would feature a foot path between the sidewalk and entrance where modern obelisks would be used to define the walkway and create somewhat of a processional entrance from the sidewalk.

"This project very much reflects and demonstrates our design thought process at KMA," said B. Moon Hajjar, Design Director at KMA. "It's critical that architects and designers always take into consideration building identity and its entrance. The structures we create not only affect those who enter and use the space on a daily basis, but also those who drive, walk past or live near the building."

The KMA team consists of Rich Guerena, designer; B. Moon Hajjar, design director; Jay Janda, designer; and Heather Mertes, lead designer. Other services such as efficiency calculations are provided by McParlane & Associates Engineering