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WFC Inc. Corporate Office, La Verne, CA

Project Innovations 2007



Submitting Company:
WFC Inc. (Wilkins Family Construction Inc.), La Verne, CA

Project Team: (not all-inclusive)
WFC Inc., owner/developer/architect/job superintendent; Jane Kurth Interior Design, interior designer; City of La Verne, city planner.

Project Specifics:
Building type/use: office

Square footage: 30,000

Project cost: $3.5 million

Project completion: March 2007

Product Suppliers: (not all-inclusive)
Ari-Thane Foam Products Inc.  | Arpa Ceramiche  | Beaulieu Commercial  | Budget Blinds  | CaesarStone USA  | Day-Brite Lighting  | Dunn-Edwards Paints  | Frigidaire  | The HON Company  | Kohler Co.  | Koroseal  | Lighting Control & Design  | Louis Poulsen Lighting  | Novitas  | Pacific Architectural Door and Millwork  | Schindler Elevator Corp.  | Schlage  | Silent Knight  | Sloan Valve Co.  | OMNOVA Commercial Wallcovering  | USG Corp.  | Versa Wallcoverings  | Vistawall  | YORK, a Johnson Controls Co.

Since WFC's office is the first structure you see upon entering La Verne, CA, the plan was to design a custom building that would act as a gateway into the city. This was accomplished through a contemporary tilt-up modular layout with large storefront windows and varying colors that create a visual stacking pattern. Besides the office space, WFC Inc.'s corporate headquarters includes a warehouse, a "Building B" (featuring company amenities), and a large parking lot.

Special Design Features
The exterior is highlighted by a large feature element called "the wedge," which creates a visual block and landmark to the building. The positioning of the wedge bisects the front modular tilt-up, but also provides a sightline block to the rear of the property, therefore keeping the unattractive components - the trucks, cranes, tractors, backhoes, etc. - hidden.

Various features play off the company's line of work: construction. For example, a gray masonry block wall was used in the front lobby as a backdrop for a custom-made water feature. This use of rugged materials is an unusual interior design move, but works well here.

Throughout the facility, the lighting offers potential clients a working example of applications for their own future offices and warehouses.


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