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KMA returns to iconic landmark for NAIOP mixer

When the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) San Diego Chapter announced plans to hold its 4th Annual North County Property Showcase and Mixer at the former Oak Industries Building in Carlsbad, KMA jumped at the chance to re-visit one of its designs from the past.
The venue for the NAIOP Mixer was the building at 2051 Palomar Airport Road, sometimes referred to by locals as "the spaceship" because of its outreaching concrete buttresses and angled surfaces. KMA designed the now-familiar structure in 1980 as a manufacturing plant and corporate offices for use by Oak Industries, a manufacturer of cable television signal converters. The building has since had other major users and tenants, including Hughes Aircraft and Alphatec Spine, and was recently acquired by the international real estate firm Hines.

KMA's partial sponsorship of the event afforded it a trade show-style booth space and the opportunity to mingle with existing and potential business partners such as Swinerton Builders, Lee & Associates, Parron Hall, Dunn Edwards, Dempsey Construction/Legacy Building Services, H.G. Fenton, Watkins Landmark Construction and LandLab Landscape Architecture. A raffle was held for a handy picnic backpack complete with blanket, utensils, glasses and a bottle of wine. The prize, emblazoned with the KMA logo, was on display at the booth; the winner was Bryal Wirth of the Landscape Management Division of Heaviland.
KMA's team, led by Tim Rubesh pulled off the design and production of a handsome display for use at the mixer which highlighted the firm's past work on the iconic Palomar Airport Road building as well as its more recent projects such as the Scripps Mesa Retail Center Remodel, the Southport Business Center Retail Renovation, and office tenant improvements for Turner Construction, EIP and Filmetrics.