Abbott Construction is leading building efforts on the next vital investment in art and adaptive reuse in Culver City: an expansive art studio and gallery for the University of California Los Angeles graduate program.
Working alongside the University, with renowned designers Johnston Marklee and Culver City neighbors, Abbott is helping fulfill a long-awaited dream of UCLA for an environment befitting its distinguished arts program — rated second in the United States. Key to this achievement was the donation of Ms. Margo Leavin, a UCLA alumna and notable art dealer for whom the building will be named.
At about 40,000 sf, the project revitalizes an existing WWII era bow and truss warehouse at its core, and surrounds it with an integrated new two-story, sky-lit structure, featuring an open air courtyard and garden. This dynamic new space will house an expansive art studio, lab, and a sophisticated gallery, and is trending to achieve LEED Gold.
Slated for completion in Fall 2019, the opening of the UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios will also coincide with the centennial of the University, marking an exciting new century for fine art in Los Angeles.
Renderings by Johnston Marklee