Originally opened in 1922, the Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT) signifies an important moment in aviation history as the first commercial airport in Southern California and home to early aviation greats. Adaptively-reused into a visitor center, offices, and event space, the Spanish Colonial Revival/Art Deco-style terminal building and its landscape pay homage to the historical significance of the place and flexibly serve the needs of the current entertainment company’s employees.
PB&Co’s landscape design utilized historic photos to accurately locate portions of the original taxiway and runway, recreated strategically in hardscape elements throughout the site. A framework of trees and gardens around a central open lawn provide clear views to the renovated building, and in conjunction with an adjacent wide, paved and lighted area provides easily accessible outdoor event space. Sustainability and water conservation were paramount, so water-conserving grasses, indigenous trees, permeable paving, and shade for other appropriate species were included throughout.
Awards: California Preservation Foundation Preservation Design Award