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Los Angeles-area, CA, October 3, 2015 — Structural Focus accepted the 2015 Preservation Design Award for the Olan G. and Aida T. Hafley House project from the California Preservation Foundation (CPF). The restoration of the historic Hafley House, originally designed in 1953 by renowned mid-century modern architect Richard J. Neutra, was completed in 2012.
Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, contractor Mannigan Design, conservation consultant Griswold Conservation Associates, and Structural Focus collaborated in the historic preservation of the Olan G. and Aida T. Hafley House. Original construction documents, correspondence, and field notes from Neutra were used to restore this beautiful mid-century modern landmark. Neutra structures are visibly simple buildings and require a very surgical approach to structural strengthening. Structural Focus was able to achieve the project’s goal of structural integrity by “invisible” methods; the updated structural work is hidden and the house will perform better during the next earthquake.
About Structural Focus
Structural Focus is a structural engineering consulting company specializing in the design of complex and innovative buildings. Whether the projects involve historic restoration or detailed laboratories, acoustically-sensitive post-production facilities or performance spaces, educational structures or corporate headquarters, Structural Focus embraces the collaborative process of design through an ongoing, open, creative and clear dialogue between the team and owner.