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The Office Building ReImagined

Without changing anything about a building’s use or tenant base, there are many ways that its spaces can be reinvented to support the evolving needs of office tenants. Chief among these are strategies for reconfiguring office spaces for new modes of work and efforts to increase the appeal and utility of the common areas and amenities within a building. Several of DTLA’s leading property owners have already invested in a range of these types of improvements.

Case Studies

US Bank Tower: Lobby Transformation
California Market Center
Wells Fargo Center: Halo
The Bloc: Urban Campus
DTLA Works: A Guide to the Future of Office in DTLA
“DTLA office properties, ranging from state-of-the-art Class A towers to one-of-a-kind historic buildings, have reinvented themselves over the past decade. Coming out of the pandemic, they have an increased focus on health and wellness, innovative work models and space designs, and lifestyle amenities, services, and programming. Forward-thinking tenants in those buildings have reconceptualized their own spaces and practices, supporting the shifting needs and desires of their teams and talent. “
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Outside of physical improvements, properties are also offering a broader suite of services for tenants, including catering, concierge, and event support, creating a model more akin to a hotel than an office tower. This extends to creating unique activations, spaces, and events for workers that build engagement and encourage office visitation.

Office Worker Activations

Arts Brookfield
DTLA Art Trail
The BLOC Events
INSPIRE by Silverstein
Pershing Square Office Worker Ice Skate

Another way to reposition these properties is with different commercial uses than those typically found in office buildings. For example, the past several years have seen educational institutions such as USC, ASU, and Cal State LA lease office space for classrooms. A similar approach could apply to other uses such as fitness centers, medical offices, and personal services, which are typically found in more specialized commercial buildings.

Educational Uses

ASU Herald Examiner Building
ASU Herald Examiner Building
Cal State LA
Cal State LA
USC Viterbi School of Engineering
USC Viterbi School of Engineering
UCLA Downtown at The Trust Building
UCLA Downtown at The Trust Building