The Venice Japanese Community Center in Del Rey has received some renovations and new additions, including a martial arts space.
The center, 12448 Braddock Drive in Del Rey, provides a gathering place for community groups and offers a variety of classes and services.
Having served the community for more than 75 years, the center commissioned Cuningham Group Architecture to update its facility to better accommodate existing programs and the expansion of its popular martial arts program.
Cuningham Group’s two-phase design includes renovations and additions to the existing 20,755-square foot facility. The recently completed phase one includes a martial arts space constructed with precision concrete masonry, steel, and exposed wood surfaces, and a wide variety of site improvements.
Phase two, which is currently being planned, will include the replacement of the one-story wood-framed building housing classrooms and offices with a new two-story masonry building, according to Cuningham.
The design team worked to integrate sustainable features such as optimum solar orientation and heat-gain control, minimum 15-foot candles evenly distributing ambient daylighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, wood flooring from managed forest material, minimal air conditioning, natural cross-ventilation and drought-tolerant site planting.
Other design considerations at the center include disabled access improvements and the inclusion of a foundation system suitable for seismic activity.

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