Behrens Engineering

Hawthorne, California 6,000 square feet This commercial building combines split-faced concrete block with an integrated steel frame. This structural system allows the use of large glass areas and steel canopies, which are rarely seen with concrete block construction. The canopies, supported by diagonal steel struts, allow plenty of natural light to enter the offices, while eliminating glare from direct sunlight.  Additional natural light is brought into the central atrium through a tinted pyramid skylight. The work environment requires very little electric lighting during the day. The high level of craftsmanship is evident in the construction details, and this is one of the most recognizable and innovative buildings in the city.