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Project Spotlight: Hatch Laboratory Adaptive Reuse

Each month JAMA’s marketing department tries to shed a little extra light on a project so staff, colleagues and clients can see firsthand the ways we’re serving our clients and the industry with engineering excellence. This month’s spotlight project is The Hatch – a flexible lab and office space for emerging bioscience and tech companies. Designed by BAM Architecture Studio, the adaptive reuse and conversion transformed an 80-year old, 22,000 square foot wooden bow truss factory and warehouse into a thriving bioscience incubator.

Workspaces provide multi-tenant offices, conference rooms, shared amenities, and parking for smaller companies that are interested in a community setting but are only nominally beyond their initial start-up setup. Individual tenant spaces offer both wet and dry labs with access to a shared auditorium for presentations and seminars.

Structurally, the project required a voluntary seismic upgrade of the existing warehouse structure, which included new plywood roof diaphragm, new plywood shearwalls and new concrete foundations. More significant structural work surrounded the demolition of an existing two-story office/residence that was replaced by a new 1-story structure that houses new lab space.

JAMA team members included Partner Shane Fitzgerald, Senior PM’s Ben Rogowski and Justin Chung, Senior Project Engineer Adena Nik, and BIM Supervisor Ben Kirton. The team enjoyed a stellar relationship with contractor City Constructors, Inc (CCi), who is active across DTLA.