09.21.2017

“Pen Factory” Office Complex Opens in Santa Monica

Urbanize. LA, September 21, 2017

 

Developers Lincoln Property Company and Clarion Partners have completed work at the Pen Factory, according to an announcement from Morley Builders.

The project, which repurposed an abandoned manufacturing facility adjacent to the Expo Line’s 26th Street/Bergamot Station, features over 200,000 square feet of modern offices and 76,000 square feet of subterranean parking.

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the commercial reuse project, which divided the long-vacant building into two smaller structures.  In an homage to the property’s former tenant – the Papermate Company – the exterior of the buildings feature a series of colorful striations that are called “pen-lines.”

Video streaming company AwesomenessTV has reportedly leased 90,000 square feet of the building, which will serve as its new headquarters.

Lincoln and Clarion acquired the property in 2015, after a transit-oriented development originally planned for the site saw its approvals rescinded by the Santa Monica City Council.  The proposed development from Hines had called for a mixture of apartments, offices and pedestrian-oriented commercial space.

In addition to the Pen Factory, a new office building is under construction a short distance north at Colorado Boulevard.

Construction Underway at Santa Monica’s Pen Factory (Urbanize LA)