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    Balfour Beatty Breaks Ground on Performing Arts and Recreation Center for Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)

    November 16, 2017

    Built out of sustainable, modular sea containers, the facility will add new program space to serve underprivileged youth throughout Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES – Balfour Beatty recently broke ground on a new performing arts and recreation center for Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), a non-profit organization that provides underserved youth with free programs in academics, arts and athletics in a nurturing environment. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on November 2 for the 38,000-square-foot facility located in Lafayette Park in downtown Los Angeles.  

    Balfour Beatty was selected to provide construction management services overseeing $4.3 million in site improvements that include site grading, building foundations, water, power, sewer, storm drain systems, site improvements, and landscaping. The three-story, state-of-the-art facility will consist of 50 modular units built from single-use shipping containers and converted to custom-designed activity rooms, community rooms, music rooms and creative lab spaces. Each space features full LED lighting, ductless HVAC systems and floor-to-ceiling windows. The energy-efficient systems significantly reduce utility usage, both conserving energy and reducing HOLA’s operating costs. 

    The project is made possible through funds raised through HOLA’s capital campaign. Additional project savings were achieved through partnerships and connections formed with the county and city of Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and the Department of Recreation and Parks, which is providing a long-term lease to HOLA at virtually no cost.

    “We are thrilled to partner with HOLA to help bring this beautiful, energy-efficient facility to life for future performers, artists and leaders,” said Brian Cahill, division president for Balfour Beatty in California. “We are honored to play a role in fulfilling the hopes and dreams of youth throughout Los Angeles who will benefit from the amazing programs and services offered by HOLA.”

    Designed by project architects Berliner Architects and EDI Architecture, Inc., the new facility is slated to open its doors in the spring of 2018. Track the project’s progress on HOLA’s blog

    About HOLA
    Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) provides underserved youth with free, exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities. From what started 28 years ago with just a handful of kids in a dilapidated gym, HOLA now serves over 2,300 youth ages 6-24 on a four-building campus in the Rampart District. HOLA's campus is a safe haven of learning and growth, a home away from home, giving kids the tools they need to succeed and the community it takes to thrive.