A new large-scale office building has been proposed for construction at 3401 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. The project proposal includes the construction of a new two-story building offering spaces for office use. The property site houses the former Grammy Building. Collectively, the two buildings (proposed and existing) will maintain a low-scale commercial office presence.
BKNM LLC is the project applicant. ShubinDonaldson is designing the proposed office complex.
Named Pico Green, the proposed project requires approvals to redevelop surface parking with a new two-story office building, spanning a total built-up area of 47,780-square feet. The office spaces will be created above a subterranean parking garage with a capacity of 242 vehicles. An existing three-story, 44,800-square-foot structure – formerly the headquarters of The Recording Academy – will be retained on the western half of the property.
Designs propose to put a landscaped courtyard at the center of the property. The office complex will feature a rectilinear form and be constructed in hybrid mass timber construction. The new roof line generally aligns with the height of the freeway overpass, with the two-story massing sitting below the freeway. The frontage of the building at the corner of Pico Boulevard and Centinela Avenue is setback, and the freeway overpass columns and the Caltrans easement’s perimeter walls obscure the longest street elevation of the building. The most visible street facing façade along Centinela Avenue features a second-floor level of glazing within a muted pattern of frames and setback from the adjacent residential properties. The scale and horizontal massing oriented alongside the overpass provides an appropriate transition the central courtyard and to the neighborhood.
The staff report recommends approval of the proposed project. The project site is located south of the I-10 Freeway. The estimated construction timeline has not been announced yet.