Google, Spruce Goose, Playa Vista, CA
Cumming provided cost management services for Google’s Spruce Goose project, which involved the conversion of an historic, seven-story, wooden hangar building into a four-story, 480,000-sq.-ft office facility, complete with work spaces, a café, an assembly area, sound stages, and other amenities. The building needed complete seismic and fire/life safety upgrades, and was located on a contaminated soil clean-up zone in an old aerospace industrial area. The scope of work included redundant telecom/data systems, extensive A/V and security systems, new pile foundations, structural steel framing, interior partitions, food service equipment, casework, finishes, and all-new HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems. The hangar was originally constructed by Howard Hughes to house the “Spruce Goose,” a wooden flying boat that was also designed and built by Hughes’ company, and which remains the largest such craft ever made. ZGH was the architect for the project and worked carefully to preserve as much of the hangar shell as possible, in accordance with historic guidelines.