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El Monte Transit Villages On the Board Project

El Monte Transit Villages


El Monte, CA
Transit Oriented Mixed-Use Development


Titan Group

Lot area:

60 acres


60 du/ac Average Residential


Entitled – In Design

The El Monte Transit Station in the San Gabriel Valley serves commuters using three regional bus authorities and the Metrolink commuter rail system. It is the busiest bus transit hub in the western United States. A 60-acre site surrounding the station, and adjacent to downtown El Monte, will be developed as a Transit Village, to include 1,850 residential units, 1,000,000 square feet of retail and office space, a 200-room hotel and 12 acres of park space. Parklands will be developed bordering the Rio Hondo River, and integrated into the Village via paseos lined with shops with housing above. Residential products will include rental apartments and condominiums, market rate and affordable family and senior units. The project has received entitlement approvals by the City of El Monte.

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Hollywood, CA


DS Ventures, Inc.


2.1 Acres

SITE A:  Metropolitan Creative Offices

Lot Area:

1.0 Acres


44,000 sf



SITE B:  Metropolitan Apartments Tower

Lot Area:

.05 Acres


52 Units, 46,000 sf


2.2 – 104 du/ac

SITE C:  Metropolitan West Apartments

Lot Area:

.6 Acres


79 Total Units, 87,000 sf
5 Live/Work
74 Apartments


3.3 – 132 du/ac

Located on historic Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood, VTBS has renovated an existing 1971, 2-story commercial building consisting of 38,191 sf with the addition of 14,315 sf by adding third and fourth floors.  The building exterior has been renovated to include new store fronts.

The project also includes two additional phases entailing the conversion of the 12-story Metropolitan Hotel Tower into 52 open-plan loft apartments as well as the construction of a new 5-story, Type-III, 29-unit apartment building over Type-I parking on the neighboring site.



Mountain View, CA
Condominium Community



Toll Brothers, Inc.


4.45 Acres (not including 2 ac. park)


185 Townhomes & Stacked Flats


42 DU/AC



Area 2 of the Mayfield Master Plan consists of 185 condominium units in four buildings of 3 and 4 stories over a subterranean parking garage, and Whitney park that serves as a central component of the Mayfield open space network. Paseos located in between buildings, increased landscape setbacks, stoops and individualized entry porches on all sides further strive to enhance and contribute to the 26.5-acre pedestrian oriented Mayfield community.



Toll Brothers, Inc.


4.1 Acres


194 Townhomes & Stacked Flats


48 DU/AC

Area 4 of the Mayfield Master Plan consists of 194 residential condominium units in three buildings of 4 and 5 stories over subterranean parking garage. Townhome units introduced on the top two floors create a ten-foot roof terrace setback on the uppermost level of the buildings to minimize and add massing interest and articulation. Consistent with the Masterplan, Area 4 incorporates increased landscape setbacks, paseos, stoops and individualized entry porches to enhance the experience of this pedestrian oriented community. A transit-oriented development, the tunnel plaza to the Cal-train commuter train station across Central Expressway further defines Area 4 as Mayfield’s Gateway community.

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Alexan Orangewood On the Board Project

Alexan Orangewood Apartments


Anaheim, CA
Multi-Family Residential Community


Trammell Crow Residential

Lot Size:

6.93 Acres

Total Site Area:

301,870 sf


39 Townhomes
650 Apartments


1,105 Stalls


99.42 du/ac


Planning & City Council Approvals

Designed with traditional Italian-inspired influences, VTBS Architects has designed two building types, well articulated with patios, balconies and roofline changes to provide the highest urban and architectural design. Buildings 1, 2 and 4 are a hybrid of wrapped deck and podium building types. In these buildings, two floors of above-grade parking deck are wrapped by apartment townhomes, screening pedestrians from the parking stalls and bringing ownership and presence to activate the street edge. Entries to the townhomes are provided at street level, with patio/stoops providing transitions from public to private space. Above the townhomes, are podium-style stacked flats. Access to the flats are provided via entry lobbies and elevators, as in a traditional podium-style building.

Buildings 3 and 5 are podium style with stacked flats in a true flexible loft open floor plan. The first floor is parking, screened with architectural treatments and abundant landscaping to seamlessly blend into the building, with four floors of residences above.

The east west fire lane was also designed for the use of the residents as an “Urban Plaza” area. Features were provided to help soften the feel of a dedicated vehicular street.

Alexan Orangewood seeks to provide a wide array of rental housing options, including studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom flats as well as two-bedroom townhomes.

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Westshore Marina, Point Richmond, CA


Toll Bros, Inc.


5.92 Acres

Net Area:

4.74 Acres


269 Luxury Condominiums


555,000 sf


170,000 sf – 580 stalls


57 du/ac


Construction Documents Complete

The project was designed to overlook the scenic San Francisco Bay in Richmond, CA. Occupying approximately five acres, the condominium complex contains 269 luxury condominium units within 3 five-story buildings with lofts. Each building rests on one level of an above-ground Type I Parking garage. The entire project consists of 555,000 SF of residential space and 170,000 SF of garage area with approximately 580 parking spaces. Boasting breathtaking panoramic views of the San Francisco city skyline and the Bay, the project also includes a shoreline recreation area that ties into the existing bay trail.

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Sacramento Commons Masterplan

Sacramento Commons Masterplan

Sacramento, CA


Kennedy Wilson

Lot Size:

10.25 Acres


1,525,300 sf


Design Development

Total Units:

1,422 Residential Units

Site 1:

High-Rise Type I – 2 Towers
-609,600 sf
-604 Market-Rate Apts.
-11 Live/Work Apts.
-913 Parking Stalls

Site 2:

Mid-Rise Type III Apartments
-405,500 sf
-435 Market-Rate Apts.
-12 Live/Work Apts.
-559 Parking Stalls

Site 3:

High-Rise Type I Hotel/Condos
-287,000 sf
-80 Luxury Condos
-320 Hotel Rooms
-400 Parking Stalls

Site 4: A.

15-Story Tower Conversion to Senior Apartments
-151,200 sf
-210 Senior Apts.

Site 4: B.

5-Story Mid-Rise Senior Apts.
-72,000 sf
-70 Senior Apts.
-144 Total Parking Stalls

Downtown Sacramento is on the rebound and poised to be a part of this evolution within the Downtown Central Business District. Sacramento Commons will transform nearly four city blocks through replacement of an aging garden apartment complex with a modern, composite development featuring four distinct residentially-themed products within an 11-acre area bounded by 5th, 7th, N, and P Streets. Individual sites for each product-type are stand-alone and have their own identity, function, and market targets.

A common and unifying element for the overall community has been designed in the form of a graceful pedestrian promenade, incorporating existing heritage trees and engendering a harmonious atmosphere in the center of this high-density setting.

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Treasury Services

Treasury Services

Santa Monica, CA


Treasury Services


40,000 sf

Roof Deck Area:

2,000 sf

This existing 40,000 sf structure, a former GTE billing center which suffered damage during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, has been adapted to accommodate its new tenant, Treasury Services Corporation (TSC) a technology company developing hardware and software systems for the banking industry to assist banks in managing their assets.

The facility is primarily a 2-story building with a 4,000sf penthouse and a 2,000sf roof deck. The sales conference room, a large training room and the main kitchen are located in the penthouse. To bring natural light into the center of the space, the perimeter managers’ offices all have large expanses of glass. The central core houses the elevators and computer rooms. In the open office areas, the concrete columns and ceilings have been exposed to open the area up and create visual interest with the exposed structure and mechanical systems.

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9920-9922 Jefferson

9920-9922 JEFFERSON

Culver City, CA


Abraxis Bioscience, LLC  


Building 1 (existing): 55,509 sf 
Building 2 (new): 17,000 sf 

Total Lease Space:

72,509 sf


8,250 sf

Total Project Area:

80,759 sf


Handicap – 8 stalls
Standard – 61 stalls
Compact – 144 stalls


Construction Documents

9920 Jefferson will provide Culver City, CA with much-needed ‘creative office space.’  Dating from 1962, this steel-framed, reinforced masonry manufacturing building is being renovated and designed for re-use as professional and/or scientific offices.  VTBS is providing Architectural Services to include the design for upgrades, alterations and improvements to the existing building, one element of which, will involve removing areas of the second floor framing to allow a natural light atrium at the first floor level.

Taking advantage of the balance of the existing lot, VTBS has conceived a radiant new office building, designed to complement the existing structure yet vitalize the project with a modern image. The new building will be four stories in height with a usable roof terrace and constructed with a cast-in-place concrete first floor with three steel frame floors above.

Abraxis Bio Science plans to develop a new, approximately 25,250 sf Office Building, located behind but on the same site as their existing manufacturing building in Culver City, CA.  The new building will be four stories in height with usable roof terrace and constructed with a cast-in-place concrete first floor with three steel frame floors above.

Building One:

Existing reinforced masonry structure to remain.  Remove and replace existing windows, install new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to the structure as required.  Replace roofing and add skylights.  Remove areas of the second floor framing to allow natural light into the first floor below.  (remove 2,001 sf of existing floor area) Replace and add landscaping to the site.

Building Two:

The addition of a new three-story, 17,000 sf (14,999 sf of new floor area and 2,001 sf of existing area removed from the building) steel framed structure over a new 8,250 sf (existing floor area from parking area) one-story concrete structure.

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Catalyst Post Services


Burbank, CA


Catalyst Post Services


6,400 sf


Completed, November 2011

Design Services:

Full Design Services

Project Delivery:

Third Party G.C.

In converting the existing Office & Print Shop into a state-of-the-art editing equipment rental and post-production space servicing the entertainment industry, VTBS provided Client-requested space planning and revisions and developed the exterior elevations and finishes to enhance the overall image and identity of the existing structure.Interior remodeling involved the design of four edit bays, a conference room, offices, and a Great Room with informal seating, conference area, water feature, TV, pool table, etc.  Further utilization of the interior space included incorporating interior stair access to the second-floor loft space and developing the loft area as an open storage space and recreation area with the potential for future development.Exteriors included beautifying the entrance with updated windows and stone siding to provide customers a welcoming atmosphere and designing a parking layout to maximize the on-site parking.

One element of the approach to develop the Tenant Improvements for LEED Certification “Silver” included the investigation and proposal of locations for solar applications on the existing roof deck with a “green” rooftop seating area.

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Eva Varro Boutique

Eva Varro Boutique

Santa Monica, CA


Eva Varro Designs

Sales Area:

740 sf


Completed, August 2010

The renovation of the Santa Monica Place mall offered clothing designer, Eva Varro, the opportunity to showcase her boutique fashion.  Located in the enviable position of one floor directly above Tiffany’s, overlooking the open courtyard of the mall, the design for the store needed to respond to the elegant up-scale surrounding businesses and yet provide a current and contemporary storefront to attract a large economic range of shoppers.VTBS provided full interior and exterior architectural services including floor design, dressing rooms, display opportunities, paint and textile selection and storefront facade.

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Blvd 6200

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Blvd. 6200

Hollywood, CA


The Clarett Group

Lot Size:

7.2 AC


3.6 FAR – 139 du/ac
Units from 540 sf to 1,100 sf


175,000 sf


1042 units, 950,000 sf


1,125,000 sf

The design reaches back to the 1930’s Hollywood heyday and the period of streamline-modern design.

“The horizontal line is expressive of the style of today. It expresses speed in locomotion and stability in Architecture”
– quoted from the 1930’s

Carlton Court




McCormack Baron Salazar &
Hollywood Community Housing Corporation


1.68 Acres

Lot Area:

42,994 sf

Buildable Area:

33,096 sf


61 Townhomes & Flats
100% Affordable

Development Cost:



December, 2000

This 1.68-acre site was assembled by CRA/LA, and developed by McCormack Baron Salazar and the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation.  Carlton Court was the first project built by McCormack Baron Salazar as part of the Hollywood Western Masterplan.   Carlton Court provides affordable family housing, adjacent to the MTA Red Line Subway Station, within the 500-unit transit village masterplanned community.

The project consists of 61 townhomes and flats, providing housing to very low income families. Carlton Court Apartments offers a combination of 2,   3 & 4-bedroom units with a community room, landscaped courtyard, health & fitness center, and day care center.

In 2010, a 30kW photo-voltaic system was installed on portions of the roof as part of the original sustainable design strategies, to cover the common area load, with financial support from the federal Solar Incentives Tax Credit and local solar incentives.

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La Brea Gateway

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Holland Partner Group

Lot Size:

2.28 Acres


153,965 sf


179 Rental Apartments

Unit Mix:

30 Studio Apartments
85 1-bedroom Apts.
43 2-bedroom Apts.
21 3-bedroom Apts.

Unit Size:

550 sf to 1,292 sf


33,500 sf


473 Stalls


In Construction

La Brea Gateway is a mixed-use project consisting of multiple lots fronting on La Brea Avenue and Willoughby Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. Two, three and four-story buildings with 179 living units over ground-floor retail will provide the community with much needed multi-family housing and connect a predominantly industrial area to the adjacent single-family neighborhood.

In addition to the retail space, the apartment building will provide approximately 6,850 sf in recreation facilities and a 1,000 square foot leasing office. Substantial parking is provided for residents in two subterranean parking levels while the retail space will be served by two above-grade parking levels./blockquote>

Pico Sepulveda


West Los Angeles, CA


Casden Properties

Lot Size:

6.52 Acres


518,764 sf – Residential
266,800 sf – Retail
Total Area: 785,564 sf


538 Market-Rate & Affordable Residential


2,029 Stalls



Revitalizing this freeway-adjacent site through the demolition of an industrial cement and stone yard, the Project’s 538 apartment units, including an ‘affordable’ component, will be contained in four separate towers built above a podium deck consisting of two levels of commercial retail uses and five levels of subterranean parking.

At the southern portion of the Project, the Expo Line station will be located on the right-of-way owned by the MTA.  The Project is designed as a transit-oriented development that will fully maximize the potential synergies between neighborhood-serving commercial uses, larger retail uses, a wide range of housing options, and pedestrian, bus, and light rail transit in the Los Angeles’ housing-impacted Westside.

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VTBS Denver


Denver, CO


Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, AIA


3,746 sf


Occupied, September 2008

VTBS Architects is located at the Blake Street Terrace office building in the historic LODO (lower downtown) district of Denver, CO, one block from Coors Field.  The Tenant Improvement of the space allows for a contemporary and comfortable workspace.  Included in the design are a formal conference room, informal meeting room and stations for up to 15 design employees.

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Ambassador Campus

Ambassador Campus

Pasadena, CA

West Campus:

Site Area:

32.8 AC

Building Area:

1,403,000 sf

No. Units:

725 Units


22.1 du/ac (1 FAR)

East Campus:

Site Area:

13.1 AC

Building Area:

1,077,000 sf Residential
43,000 sf Commercial

No. Units:

790 Units


60.3 du/ac (2 FAR)

Development Total:

Site Area:

45.9 AC

Building Area:

2,480,000 sf Residential
43,000 sf Commercial

No. Units:

1,515 Units


Type I:

Single-family detached 4-7 du/ac

Type II:

Mansion 2-4 plex 10-12 du/ac

Type IIIa:

Row Houses w/Dir. Garage 12-16 du/ac

Type IIIb:

2,3 & 4-Plex Courtyard Homes over Podium 20-32 du/ac

Type IVa:

Multi-family Courtyard Homes over Podium 40-55 du/ac

Type IVb:

Multi-family Courtyard Homes over Podium 45-70 du/ac

Type Va:

Multi-family or Seniors  65-110 du/ac

Type Vb:

Luxury Lofts 65-80 du/ac

This 48-acre site in West Pasadena is a portion of the land deeded to the Indiana pioneers of 1874. Since that time, the site has been host to small farms and gardens, opulent resorts and mansions, neglected rooming houses of the Great Depression, a liberal arts institution of higher education, and “the Carnegie Hall of the West”, Ambassador Auditorium.

Today, the Worldwide Church of God, owners of the property for the past fifty years, is partnering with VTBS to envision a residential community within the campus boundaries that will place 1,500 new families within walking distance of downtown Old Pasadena shopping and entertainment district.

The plan aims to provide quality Affordable and Senior Housing that blends appropriately with the surrounding neighborhoods by using an eclectic mix of Abstract, Historical and Evolving Contemporary styles. The new design, which has been developed in close consultation with the citizens of the surrounding community, is dedicated to preserving the campus’ significant historical structures and maintaining its stunning gardens, fountains, and waterways; features that have contributed to Pasadena’s reputation as the “City of Gardens”.

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Channel Gateway

Channel Gateway

Marina Del Rey, CA


JH Snyder Company  


5.7 Acres


544 Apartments, 600sf-1,200sf
436 Luxury Residences
108 Low-Income Residences   


1,200 Parking Stalls


95 du/ac

Developed Land Cost:



Completed & Occupied, 1993

This apartment community of 544 units provides 436 market-rate units and 108 apartments for families with low incomes, bringing affordable housing to the area.  While reminiscent of the Streamline Modern types popular in the 1920s and 1930s, the contemporary architecture of the projects was conceived to respond to new condominium and office buildings immediately adjacent to the community.

Upon arriving, one enters a large, covered motor court, beyond which is a curved glass lobby, framing views of waterfalls and landscaping in the primary recreation area.  A large lounge with kitchen adjacent to the lobby is also available for private functions.

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Classics @ Heritage Park & Eras School


Culver City, CA


Braemar Urban Ventures, 
The Lee Group & ERAS
(Educational Resource and Services of Culver City)


9 Acres


57 Single-Family Homes

Winner of the 2000 Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Residential – Residence 2 and  2000 Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Residential – Residence 3.

Formerly the site of the Studio Drive-In Theatre in Culver City, CA, this redevelopment project includes the masterplan for fifty-seven single-family homes, a community park and a school for children with learning disabilities, over 9 acres.  VTBS designed 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom detached homes ranging from 1,880sf to 2,180sf in a variety of cottage, craftsman and Mediterranean styles.  Additionally, VTBS designed the 45,000 sf ERAS Center (Educational Resource and Service) Headquarters, school facilities and a community park on the remaining site.  ERAS provides education training and other services for developmentally disabled children and adults.




45,000 sf

VTBS designed the 45,000 sf ERAS Center (Educational Resource and Service) Headquarters, school facilities and a community park as part of a masterplanned community with single-family homes, a community park and school over the 9-acre site of the former Studio Drive-In Theatre in Culver City, CA.  ERAS provides education, training and other services for developmentally disabled children and adults.

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Pueblo del Sol


Los Angeles, CA


McCormack  Baron Salazar,
The Related Companies & The Housing Authority of Los Angeles

Total Area:

46.17 Acres – Includes:
Residential, School, Streets &  Retail 

Net Residential Acres:

25.92 Acres 

Community Park Area:

8.5 Acres


12.5 du/ac Single-Family

Residential Net Density:

18.09 U/A

Pueblo Del Sol is a 46-acre mixed income village masterplan for a parcel that was formerly a 1940’s East Los Angeles public housing site once deeply troubled by gang activity and neglect.

The residential component is comprised of 470 mixed income housing units; 377 for-rent apartments and 93 for-sale townhouses, flats and single family detached homes.  The 1.5-acre community park includes a facility with a ­­­fitness center, pool, and a neighborhood services building with a computer lab.

The two community centers provide onsite after-school programs, job training and general social services.  The new masterplan surrounds an existing elementary school and is just north of an existing commercial area.

Pueblo Del Sol is served by the MTA light-rail Pico/Aliso Gold Line station.  The residential neighborhood is walkable, connected to transit, linked to existing street patterns, and secure-without the use of gates and barriers.

Pueblo Del Sol was developed with the HUD HOPE VI grant program, and the sale of $52 million dollars of private equity raised through Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

VTBS Architects provided masterplanning services for this project, as well as full architectural services for Vista Del Sol, the affordable for-sale phase of the overall project.

Product Mix:

377 rental apartments (900-1,200 sf) (2-, 3- & 4-bedroom)
93 for-sale attached houses (3 & 4-bedroom) 


227 units – 30% AMI
150 units – 60% AMI 
93 units – 27 of the for-sale units reserved for former residents 

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University Village Thousand Oaks





Continuing Life Communities


65 Acres


251 Independent Living Units
72 Villas
48 Garden Terrace Apts.
32 Assisted Living Units
48-Bed Skilled Nursing Fac.
16-Bed Dementia Facility


Completed, 2007

Construction Cost:

$85 Million

2008 Gold Nugget Award of Merit
Best Senior Housing

The Continuing Care Retirement Community embodies an “age in place” philosophy, accommodating residents in a variety of living arrangements.  These include 250 independent living apartments in three-story buildings, 48 garden apartments in two-story buildings, and 72 single-story villas in the hills at the edge of the campus, for a total of 370 units.  A 90,000 sf health care center includes a 45-bed skilled nursing facility.

Buildings are sited around courtyards of varying size and character connected by walkways.  Arcades and trees offer shade; a lake, koi ponds and fountains, tranquility.   Plentiful active recreation amenities include a swimming pool and spa, bocci ball, golf and tennis facilities, and an 8,200 sf recreation building.  A 33,000 square feet Commons Building contains a 280-seat dining facility, a library with fireplace and beam ceilings, drinking establishment, card and billiard rooms among numerous congenial gathering, activity and entertainment spaces for residents and their guests.

Planning the 65-acre site required consideration of 25 acres of land that was to be left as natural riparian corridor. Walking trails allow residents to enjoy the natural setting of forested creek beds and mountain vistas.

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