Newport Beach-based interior architecture and planning firm H. Hendy Associates has begun construction of a new Southern California office and fabrication facility for Southland Industries, a leading mechanical-, electrical-, and plumbing-systems firm, located at 12131 Western Avenue in Garden Grove, California. The 160,000-square-foot fabrication facility will include space for newer and larger equipment, an updated layout that creates synergy among processes and teams, and a research-and-development facility that will advance the company’s mission of supplying next-generation products and equipment configurations.
The facility, which is scheduled for completion in Summer 2018, will also enhance Southland’s connected solutions across the entire building life cycle, including engineering, construction, maintenance, and energy services. With the goal of maximizing the way in which space is used within Southland’s facility, the Hendy Science and Technology Studio worked closely with Southland to identify pain points and develop a floorplan that would not only alleviate those concerns, but also create an environment that would support company growth.
“In planning and designing the office and fabrication spaces, we worked closely with members at all levels of the organization to unearth what was working well, what wasn’t working, and how potential design and layout changes might transform and improve their work processes,” says Carolina Weidler, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, LEED AP, and H. Hendy Associates project director for science and technology. “Creating a space that not only enables the team to achieve its technical goals, but also contributes to its recruitment and retention goals, is key. Through the updated fabrication facility, Southland will be able to take its business to the next level.”
To celebrate Southland’s commitment to its people, Hendy will incorporate employee-centric elements into the space, including a break room, centrally located restrooms, showers, and a “fun zone” featuring arcade games and lounge space.
“Each element of our design was created with a specific purpose,” Weidler says. “We measured the number of steps it would take for employees to get to key areas within the facility and designed pathways throughout the floorplan to support optimal navigation patterns in the space. The result is an environment that promotes creativity, productivity, and quality Southland services and solutions.”
Due to the technical nature of the project, the Hendy team will leverage its expertise in process-driven facilities to ensure seamless coordination with project vendors, including cranes from Germany and the installation of specialty coil lines.
“We are thrilled to partner with a team that has deep-rooted experience in developing high-performance fabrication spaces and shares our passion for creating a cohesive and enjoyable work environment,” says Southland Industries’ VP and division leader Payman Farrokhyar. “In moving to a new facility, we wanted a space that works for our business and our people. We believe that Hendy’s design will take our connected solutions to the next level, resulting in better outcomes for our clients and a positive impact on the bottom line.”