In Rancho Park, real estate investment trust Hudson Pacific Properties remains hard at work on the redevelopment of the former Westside Pavilion shopping mall as a Google-anchored office campus.
The $475-million project, called One Westside, is being developed as a joint venture between Hudson Pacific and Macerich. The 1980 mall's eastern wing - located at the southeast corner of Pico and Westwood Boulevards - is now being transformed into 584,000 square feet of offices with on-site parking and open space.
The Gensler-designed makeover makes use of the mall's high ceilings and atrium, creating a light-filled interior for Google. The large footprint of the property will allow for floors plates as large at 150,000 square feet, spilling onto outdoor terraces interconnected with staircases.
Since the start of construction in 2019, the project has undergone design revisions, according to a representative of Hudson Pacific. While the exterior facade was originally planned with an array of white precast panels, the developers and Gensler have instead opted for a facade of dark metal panels and glazing.
Completion of One Westside is on pace to occur in the first quarter of 2022, according to Hudson Pacific.
The Westside Pavilion, which shuttered in 2018 after the closure and relocation of its anchor tenants, is slated to be fully transformed into offices by 2022. GPI Companies, which owns an adjoining building that was once home to the mall's Macy's department store, is now in the midst of construction on a separate office campus called The West End.
While Hudson Pacific and Macerich will transform the bulk of the Westside Pavilion into offices, approximately 96,000 square feet of retail space will remain at the southwest corner of Pico and Westwood Boulevards. The three-story structure includes the mall's movie theater, and is attached to the One Westside development through a series of enclosed pedestrian bridges.
Hudson Pacific has emerged as a prolific developer of offices in popular submarkets throughout Los Angeles, particularly in Hollywood, where streaming giant Netflix has leased two of its new projects on Sunset Boulevard.
Google, which was announced as the sole tenant of the One Westside Campus in January 2019, has agreed to lease the property for a 14-year period upon completion. The Mountain View-based tech giant already has a large footprint in the Playa Vista neighborhood, where it leases 450,000 square feet of office space in the historic Spruce Goose Hangar, as well as portions of the Hercules campus through its subsidiary YouTube.
Google also owns 12 acres of undeveloped land next to the Spruce Goose Hangar, which it purchased for $120 million in 2014. Plans for that property have not been announced.
- Westside Pavilion (Urbanize LA)