Last updated on July 4th, 2024 at 06:43 am

The productivity and efficiency of your industrial facility is directly influenced by the layout of your warehouse. A well-executed warehouse layout design by a seasoned architect may well boost order fulfillment rates by providing quick access to stored items and facilitating the smooth operation of processes.

The list below describes the best commercial architects in Huntington Beach, California, selected for their accreditations, certifications, and professional affiliations. Industry awards, client reviews, and press features were also considered. The below article also examines the range of services the firms offer, their specializations, and the length of time they have been in the industry.

Withee Malcolm Architects

2251 W. 190th Street, Torrance, CA 90504

Withee Malcolm Architects uses its prowess in planning, architecture, and interior design to provide clients with informed and responsive service. In addition to architectural design, the firm can also provide construction documentation, sustainability analysis, government agency coordination, and code upgrading. 

Withee Malcolm Architects won a Gold Nugget Award at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) for its work on urban infill housing and commercial, industrial, and hospitality projects. The company is accredited by the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

Jeffrey S. Lemler, the company’s Director of Commercial Architecture, has extensive knowledge of local codes and city processes, which has been advantageous for corporate office, R&D, manufacturing, warehouse, and industrial clients. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association, and his leadership has enabled challenging commercial projects to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Director of Architecture Dirk Thelen has formal training in construction technology and has more than 40 years of experience with a broad range of projects that include affordable, set-aside, and alternative-delivery housing. Working as an integrated team, Lemler and Thelen have made Withee Malcolm Architects widely admired for their client-centered approach and innovative design solutions. 

The Centerpoint Social Logistics Center is a sample of Withee Malcolm Architects’ work. Originally constructed in 1967, the existing office space was removed in order to increase warehouse storage capacity and flexibility. The team also converted a portion of the furniture outlet from a loading dock into an efficient and creative office space. Oversized windows, an inviting new entry façade, and 900 new skylights were added to complement environmental upgrades.

Bundy-Finkel Architects

1120 Bristol Street, Suite 120, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Bundy-Finkel Architects provides comprehensive architecture, planning, and interior design services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients. The firm manages document production, construction administration, structural and electrical engineering, plumbing, and cost estimation. The firm produces architectural work that marries function and design through a collaborative process. Bundy-Finkel Architects uses innovative software to visualize projects at all stages of development, allowing clients to completely comprehend and participate in the entire design process.

Timothy Bundy and Richard Finkel both fulfilled their roles as Principals at Blomgren Associates Architects before teaming up to form Bundy-Finkel Architects. Bundy leverages his knowledge as a LEED accredited professional in growing the firm’s sustainability practice. His design expertise is complemented by Finkel’s prowess in marketing, construction administration, and computer-aided design. The principals supervise the team as it achieves clients’ strategic objectives. A product of their integrity and teamwork is this 19,000-square-foot industrial facility serving as a distribution hub for The Los Angeles Times delivery companies. Space was planned for the uninterrupted flow of papers, personnel, and equipment. The design ensures easy accessibility to all the work areas in the facility and provides a direct connection to multiple bays from the site entrance.

DRA Architects

32 Executive Park, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614

DRA Architects is widely recognized for its commercial, industrial, medical, interior, worship, master plan, and educational projects.  They partner with non-profit groups and developers—including Dow Jones Corporations—to provide clients with flexible services while taking their budget into account. The firm fulfills its client’s needs and maintains effective communication throughout all phases of design and construction.

Carrie Hoshino and Stephen P. Zieg are co-owners of DRA Architects. Their collaborative leadership has set the company apart as a leading design firm. Hoshino, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), sat as the project design architect at DeReverse & Associates and served as a designer at The Arroyo Group. She has over 29 years of experience and has built 100 offices, several industrial and medical buildings, and a number of worship centers during her career. Stephen P. Zieg carries an extensive background in commercial, industrial, and religious facilities. Together they have led DRA Architects through a diverse body of work that includes the United Pacific Corporate Headquarters.

DRA Architects designed the Pacific Pointe North project, consisting of four industrial buildings totaling 268,684 square feet. Each building includes two-story office space, skylights, secure concrete truck courts, dock-high and grade-level loading, LED lighting on sensors, and 30- and 32-foot clear heights.

GKA Architects

1301 N La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90302

Founded in 2009, GKA Architects has built a reputation for new construction, additions, and alterations for commercial and industrial clients. Under the leadership of Gregory Ian Korn, the firm has completed over 100 commercial, industrial, multi-family residential, and municipal projects across the US. Korn has spent 30 years honing his skills in architectural design. During that time, he earned his professional license as well as membership with the AIA. Korn has authored and developed many of the strategies the firm has used to respond creatively to the needs of its clients while staying on top of the current trends.

One of GKA Architects’ most prominent projects is this manufacturing building in Inglewood. The project involved extensive review and interfaces with jurisdictions including the local and county building and fire departments. The overall task is to combine, upgrade, and make additions to two existing commercial buildings into one mixed-use manufacturing and retail campus which meets the needs of the owner and satisfies the requirements of local, state, and federal codes.

Carlile Coatsworth Architects

18600 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 300, Irvine, CA 92612

Carlile Coatsworth Architects (CCA) is an architectural design and consulting firm that caters to commercial, industrial, and residential clients. It applies problem-solving to the process of exploring design solutions that address the needs of the client, taking the rationale and context of their project into consideration. The firm’s client-oriented approach—coupled with its deep familiarity with construction and materials—has earned recognition from the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the AIA.

Collaborative leadership sets Carlile Coatsworth Architects apart, enabling it to serve as the client’s strategic partner and the innovator among design firms. Founding principal Calvin J. Coatsworth is an exemplar of this leadership model. His extensive background as an architect contributes to Stayner Architects’ architecture practice. He has cultivated the firm’s experience in industrial design and its knowledge of the specific challenges of warehouse construction.

CCA designed the 168,000-square-foot Railroad Avenue Distribution Center with a second-story office area of 9,000 square feet. The client desired a clean and modern look, thus the generous glass and metal panels in this tilt-up concrete structure. The completed project was awarded a LEED Silver Certification.


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