The Music Center Plaza
Los Angeles
Award of Merit

Owner: The Music Center/ Performing Arts Center of LA County
General Contractor: MATT Construction
Lead Design Firm/Architect: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Architect: Risha Engineering Group Inc.
Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef & Associates
MEP Engineer: AMA Consulting Engineers
Subcontractors: Cumming Corp.; D7 Consulting; Francis Krahe & Associates Inc.

After five decades as a Los Angeles landmark, the Music Center Plaza was revamped into an elegant pedestrian destination. While preserving the venue’s 1960s architecture, the 45,000-sq-ft revitalization features five new one-story buildings, including a welcome center, restaurant, wine bar, coffee bar and restrooms. 

A key to the transformation was leveling the plaza’s sunken area. To raise the floor connecting the five new plaza buildings and accommodate the anticipated weight load of future events, the team installed an elaborate, layered system of pavers. More than 100 crew members took part in laying the 31,500 concrete paver tiles by hand.

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