HBC Salutes Our Veterans!


As Americans, and as civilians, we occasionally take for granted the freedom and liberties our everyday lives are accustomed to, and that our forefathers fought so courageously to establish. The brave men and women who have served our country, and who continue to serve today, risking their own lives for the betterment of others, deserve our gratitude and respect on daily basis, not just one a year. This month, we remember and thank our Veterans, across all branches, for their service and sacrifice.


HBC has been nominated for Eight IIDA Calibre Awards!


Howard Building Corporation is looking forward to an eventful night at the upcoming IIDA Calibre Design Awards. A total of eight HBC managed projects have been nominated for the prestigious awards which celebrate great design and recognize the hard work involved in bringing an innovative design to life. The winners will be announced at the 29th annual gala taking place on May 19th at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. HBC would also like to take this moment to congratulate and wish all nominees the best of luck.


The Honest Co. Featured in Architectural Digest


Take a peek at HBC and A&G’s recently completed collaboration for The Honest Company featured in April’s edition of Architectural Digest. The Rapt Studio concept boasts designer fixtures and furniture through-and-through as well as a creative image that was brought to life by co-founder, Jessica Alba’s vision.Click here to read the full article.


Hoag Health Center, Irvine (Sand Canyon) wins the HREI Insights Award in its category


HBC’s recently completed project for Hoag Health Center, Irvine (Sand Canyon) was selected as the WINNER for the HREI Insights Awards in its category, Best New Medical Office Buildings and Other Outpatient Facilities (100,000 square feet or more).  The news was announced today and will be featured in HREI's publications in 2017.


HBC recently completed luxury handbag designer, Anya Hindmarch's flagship store


Take a look inside this project HBC just completed for luxury handbag designer, Anya Hindmarch’s new Los Angeles flagship store at 8461 Melrose Place.  The space features inflatable artwork by Filthy Luker and bespoke furniture by Martino Gamper.  Special thanks to the architects at LDA Design Group, landscape architect, Lynn Capouya and construction management firm, Jones Lang LaSalle.  


HBC begins new manufacturing project for Meggitt Control Systems


HBC recently began construction on another project for our repeat client, Meggitt Control Systems, at their North Hollywood location. This large, 90,000 sq. ft. manufacturing project is a collaboration with architects SAA and construction management firm, CBRE.


HBC's recently completed, Hoag Health Center (Sand Canyon) opens in Irvine!


This large scale tenant improvement project for a repeat client spanned 50,000 square feet across two buildings consisting primarily of physician offices and shared common areas.  Each office was designed uniquely to accommodate the requirements of different divisions composed of cardiology, neurology, urology, OB/GYN, and internal medicine.  The 24-week build-out also included an exterior tank farm for a three chamber Wound Healing Center as well as a Blood Draw Lab, both of which were built to OSHPD3 standards.


HBC says goodbye to one employee and welcomes a new hire!


HBC says goodbye to Erin Pearce after almost two years of hard work and fun. Erin and her family are moving to the State of Washington.  She will be missed and we wish her lots of success!


CBRE’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic Benefiting JDRF


HBC recently participated in CBRE’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic at Strawberry Farms Golf Club, benefiting the JDRF Los Angeles Chapter. The tournament raised over $200,000 for JDRF, whose mission is to improve lives and cure type 1 diabetes. On September 28th, the same day as the tournament, JDRF and the type 1 diabetes community announced and celebrated a major historical breakthrough: the success and FDA approval of the artificial pancreas, which will bring life-changing benefits to people with Type 1 Diabetes. JDRF has invested more than $116 million in diverse artificial pancreas research projects, and we were proud to support this groundbreaking organization. Learn more about their work or make a contribution at


Google's "The Bunker" recently completed


Google’s “The Bunker” in Venice encompasses over 20,000 square feet of creative and innovative interior and exterior space. The entryway begins with exterior pavers that lead into a controlled access lobby highlighted by a custom millwork reception desk, wood flooring, woodwork walling and shelving, decorative lighting and banquet seating.The lobby then transitions into a “farm feel” themed, full-service café. The café boasts custom ceramic tile flooring with vibrant design and branding labels, and a feature wall furnished with steel shelving, HDTV, and farm tools used as decorative items hanging from a millwork peg wallboard.


Healthcare on the Rise at HBC


Our healthcare teams have seen recent upticks in activity due to the expansion of medical office building (MOB) construction throughout the Southern California region as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and our client list is quickly growing to include many of the major healthcare organizations in the region. HBC’s expertise in the healthcare sector, however, extends back for more than a decade, with clients including Quest Diagnostics, Bio-Rad Laboratories, West Coast University, and Conifer Health Solutions. Our success with healthcare construction is rooted in our dedicated healthcare teams’ vast knowledge base and years of experience, as well as their diverse capabilities to build complex healthcare environments and the highest quality medical office spaces.


True Religion Apparel Relocates to Manhattan Beach


HBC recently completed True Religion’s new 72,000 square foot headquarters in Manhattan Beach. For more info and here!


HBC Is Growing!


150 and counting!


Red Bull North America Expands!


Red Bull North America is known for bold, unique marketing campaigns that include film, documentaries, extreme sports, art and music events. The company’s exponential growth and diversification resulted in much needed additional office space in close proximity to their current offices in Santa Monica.  They leased 1630 Stewart St., a 74,000 SF warehouse facility that was originally a brick-making factory, among other things, and they engaged Howard Building Corporation (HBC) and local architecture firm, Wolcott, to design and construct their space.  The dynamic energy of Red Bull's culture is reflected in every aspect of their new expanded offices.


HBC Welcomes Genevieve West to the Team


Genevieve West joins Howard Building Corporation (HBC) as a Project Manager with fifteen years of experience in the Southern California healthcare real estate market. Ms. West provides strong direction and active project engagement to streamline the completion of her clients’ capital projects and ensure the success of short-term and long-term building strategies. Having completed a broad scope of healthcare projects, from private physician offices to complex hospital campus developments, she will be utilizing her extensive experience to assist with HBC’s healthcare sector services.


Nima Namdar…The New Face of HBC’s OC Business Development


Nima Namdar joins the Orange County Business Development team after having grown in his role with the company over the last ten years.  He started with HBC in 2005 as a Project Engineer and was promoted to Project Manager in 2008.  Having provided exceptional service and established loyal relationships with his clients and with industry partners along the way, he has grown naturally into the role of Business Development.


Fullscreen Featured In Office Snapshots


For this global youth media company, home is where the content is, and Fullscreen is how you find it. The young startup, which features videos made by content creators from around the world, wanted their space to reflect the community they’ve created and inspire everyone inside. The space does even more than that. To see the full here!


HBC Is Hiring!


We are looking for dedicated and talented people to join our team in Orange County and Los Angeles. For more information, go to the Careers page on our website.


Six HBC Projects Nominated for Remmy Awards


Congratulations to our clients, Boingo Wireless, Boston Consulting Group, Brookfield Residential, Pivot, Smashbox, and a Technology Media Office, along with our industry partners and teams for exceptional work on these projects!


HBC Teams with Habitat for Humanity


HBC gave two days of volunteer time with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for those in need. Our team discovered along the way that a little hard work goes a long way to helping others...and to making our team stronger too!  We are proud to give of ourselves to make a positive impact in our community.


HBC Ranked by Los Angeles Business Journal


HBC is ranked by the Los Angeles Business Journal #15 among a field of the largest General Contractors currently working in LA. We only build interiors, though. That's a lot of high quality interior work..and we are the #1 Tenant Improvement Contractor on the list as a result.


L.A. Prep Changes Food for Good


This unique 56,000 square foot commercial kitchen facility is the first of its kind on the West Coast to provide small to mid-size food producers the space they need to grow their food production businesses. This amenity rich facility offers flexible, affordable and fully-permitted production and storage capabilities with 54 pre-certified, leasable kitchen spaces. Included on site is a full demonstration kitchen, small and large food preparation areas, 3 community kitchens, a catering kitchen, 2 receiving areas, 3 loading docks, cold and dry storage, and a classroom space. The kitchens are all fully equipped with water, gas, and electricity, and 31 of the 54 spaces offer grease hoods.


HBC Recognized for Sustainability


HBC’s  LA office has been certified by the City of Los Angeles Green Business Program. We have proven our commitment to sustainability both in the field as well as in our own company, and we are proud to join the 274 companies already certified in the Los Angeles area.


HBC’s Clients named as “Best (New) Places to Work in OC”


We often team with innovative and forward-thinking clients in the marketplace, but a recent article in Orange Coast magazine reveals just how many of our clients are having an impact on the changing landscape of the “new” office revolution.


#1 Tenant Improvement Contractor - OCBJ


HBC has been ranked the number 1 tenant-improvement contractor by the Orange County Business Journal for the second year in a row! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our success!!! Check out our top Orange County projects!


HBC in El Segundo


HBC completes 5 new projects in the rapidly growing El Segundo area: Rocketfuel, BCG Digital Ventures, Athene Asset Management, Air New Zealand and Campus 2100.


SAE Institute Transforms Historic Kodak Campus


SAE Institute is one of the world’s leading educators in the creative media industries and offers unique courses designed to prepare students for various professions in the creative media realm. To provide the most technologically advanced education for its students, SAE Institute sought to update and expand its facilities and worked with architects at IA and Howard Building Corporation (HBC) to move its Los Angeles location from a 20,000 square foot space in an office building to a larger 40,000 square foot facility occupying two buildings that were previously the historic Hollywood offices of the Eastman Kodak Company. With expanded room for studios, classrooms and a larger campus environment, the Institute expects to now be able to meet an increasing demand for its program, which feeds the entertainment industry with talented audio technicians.


BCG Digital Ventures Seeks Digital Disruption


BCG Digital Ventures, a digital innovation, product development, and commercialization firm, was launched by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to create and grow transformational digital products and platforms. Already known for consulting, design and technology services, BCG is looking to extend beyond its established services through this unique business unit to form strategic venture teams with its clients in order to rapidly develop, launch and grow new and disruptive digital solutions.


Big Brother Big Sisters of Orange County Opens New Headquarters


Friends and supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County joined together on May 19 to show appreciation for the major donors who have helped the organization achieve a series of notable goals over the last year. At the top of the list is the opening of the organization’s new headquarters in Santa Ana, which allows them to significantly expand their ability to serve a broad range of children and families in Orange County and the Inland Empire.


DesignHive - Brookfield's Next Generation Office Design Competition


Brookfield unveiled the results of their design competition, DesignHive, to the downtown Los Angeles area on (date) with an open house event that engaged the design and commercial real estate communities with new concepts for spec suite design. Meant to set the standard for a new generation of modernized workplace environments in downtown, Brookfield has dedicated two locations, one in The Gas Company Tower and one in the Wells Fargo Center, to examine how the expectations of the Millennial and Gen Z workers entering the market are redefining the workplace.


Title 24 - One Year Later: A Panel Discussion between CBRE, SAA and HBC


One year after Title 24 regulations were implemented, requiring a substantial shift in the requirements for electrical compliance, the industry is beginning to understand the implications of the new code. CBRE, HBC and SAA came together at CBRE's downtown LA office last night for a panel discussion geared toward the firm's brokers and project managers.


HBC Donates Time and Resources to Build ANEW Foundation’s New Office


We are proud to be a part of the team that built our long-time partnerANEW Foundation’snew office space located in the Goodwill location on San Fernando Road in Los Angeles. ANEW was founded in 2005 by Rose Tourje with the mission to “do what’s right with what’s left.” The group provides sustainable solutions for the resale, recycling and repurposing of furniture, fixtures and equipment by stewarding them to charities, non-profits, public agencies and underserved communities. Rather than allowing these items to be dumped into landfills, they become useful to groups that need this type of support most.


LA Prep Changes the Game for Artisanal Food Makers


HBC's client, LA Prep, provides Los Angeles artisanal food producers space to create and manufacture their specialty food items at a level that would be otherwise unattainable. Featured in a recent LA Times article, this unique facility offers 54 individual kitchens carved out of a re-purposed warehouse in Lincoln Heights. 


HBC Awarded Gold and Silver at 2015 LABJ Awards


HBC was awarded a Silver Award for the Smashbox Studios project and a Gold Award for the Sunset Media Center project in the category of Redevelopment at the 2015 Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards.


HBC Nominated for Nine Awards!


With the awards season in full swing for the commercial real estate industry, HBC has been nominated for nine awards so far!  Check out the list below:


Smashbox Studios v.2.0


Smashbox Studios’ 25,000 square foot facility returns as the premier creative and event destination in Los Angeles, following a total facility renovation and partnership with Industrial Color Brands. The relationship with Industrial Color Brands combines 25 years of experience in pioneering photo, video and studio production and technology, bringing next-level service to the iconic space.


New Hollywood Campus for SAE Los Angeles


The Los Angeles campus of SAE Institute, one of America’s premier creative media colleges, will occupy the former Hollywood offices of the Eastman Kodak Company on Santa Monica Boulevard at Las Palmas Avenue. According to the Los Angeles Times, “the two-building complex dates to the early days of the movie industry”.


Sunset Media Center Wins 2014 TOBY Award


The Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles (BOMA) recently awarded Kilroy's Sunset Media Center building the 2014 Local TOBY Award for Best Renovated Building. This complex renovation included the entire first and second floor public areas and lobbies in the 22-story high rise building, as well as the valet parking area, garage and complete site upgrades.  The entire ground floor was demolished and expanded by cutting out the existing 2nd floor concrete deck and providing structural upgrades to create a two story open Mezzanine with glass guardrails.  As an even larger challenge, all of this work was completed without disruption to the various ground floor tenants including restaurants, coffee shops, banks and retail tenants, as well as all of the corporate tenants that make up the remaining floors of the building.


The New Look of HBC


We're celebrating the launch of our new website and logo!New HBCLogoMany of our clients and industry partners are familiar with the iconic HBC logo. Easily recognizable, the logo was designed over 15 years ago by Walt Thomas, founder of AREA. Walt hand drew the original HBC letters to create a custom look and feel that would establish the company's brand identity, and we have been known by those characteristic letters ever since. As we grow into the future, it seems natural that our logo would change to express who we are now. It''s important to us that we continue the legacy of our iconic HBC logo, but we have chosen to update the font and composition slightly to bring more attention to our full name – Howard Building Corporation. Our company was established by Mike Howard over 30 years ago, and our foundation is strong. By bringing attention to the Howard name, we honor our history, while we simultaneously look to our future.


David Flores Art Defines Sunset Media Center Reposition


HBC worked with designers at Gensler to reposition Kilroy Realty's Sunset Media Center property located prominently on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.  This complex renovation included the entire first and second floor public areas and lobbies in the 22-story high rise building, as well as valet parking areas, the garage and complete site upgrades. The entire ground floor was demolished and redesigned by cutting out the existing 2nd floor concrete deck and providing structural upgrades to create a two story open atrium.  As an even larger challenge, all of this work was completed without disruption to the various ground floor tenants including restaurants, coffee shops, banks and retail tenants, as well as all of the corporate tenants that make up the remaining floors of the building.


HBC #1 Tenant Improvement Contractor in SoCal


The LA Business Journal and the OC Business Journal reported that HBC ranked as the #1 Tenant Improvement Contractor in LA and OC in 2014, based on annual revenue. With more than $250 million in Tenant Improvement projects completed ($123 million in Los Angeles and $128.3 million in Orange County), HBC holds the top position well above its competitors. As the only Tenant Improvement contractor listed among the General Contractors included on the Los Angeles list, HBC stands among a field of ground-up builders, regardless of specializing in primarily interior construction.


HBC Completes DaVita HealthCare Partners, Irvine


Howard Building Corporation recently completed a multi-building tenant improvement relocation project for DaVita Healthcare Partners encompassing 58,000 square feet of new office space in Irvine, CA. The DaVita leasehold included the entirety of a 48,000 square foot two-story building and half of the first floor of an adjacent building. In order to create synergy between the two buildings, the connecting exterior space went under a full renovation to include outdoor meeting and conference areas, an outdoor fountain, BBQ locations, serene walking paths and a great lawn for town-hall events.


Gary Conrad: Building HBC One Relationship at a Time


After more than 30 years as a leading principal at HBC, Gary Conrad is retiring. His tireless efforts to build the company's visibility and reputation in the market significantly contributed to what HBC is today, a leader in Southern California's tenant improvement construction industry. We sat down with Gary to chat about his role in the beginning of the company, significant moments in its growth, and how he looks to the future.


Beats Electronics: "Coolest Office of 2014"


Howard Building Corporation's recently completed Beats Electronics project was regarded as one of the "Coolest Offices in 2014," according to The project was also featured by Office Snapshots, a digital magazine showcasing trend-setting office designs throughout the world. In partnership with Bestor Architecture, HBC constructed the original 50,000 square foot adaptive reuse project that established the Beats headquarters in Culver City, California. Three buildings were interconnected to accommodate the company's research, design and development teams. Since that time, HBC has completed more than 110,000 square feet of space on the expanding campus. With a youthful, creative staff, the design of the space provides a working environment that fosters the company's adaptive and technologically advanced culture. Rich in amenities and non-traditional, collaborative spaces, Beats pushes the “creative space” paradigm.