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Environ Spring 2016 Newsletter


The Long Beach Police Department East Division Substation is now up and running. The building formerly known as Schroeder Hall now houses the East Division headquarters as well as the Juvenile facilities. The project was led by Leticia Mimila.

HISTORY The building is eligible for the National Registry of Historical Buildings. As such, the exterior of the building could not be altered and maintains a sturdy surface of red brick, which also remained exposed in most walls of the interior. The renovation included a mailroom, report room, evidence room, break room, evidence lockers, and a gymnasium with lockers and showers.

STYLE The finishes were chosen via collaboration with the police department heads and the unanimous vote on color was one that evokes feelings of trust and solidarity. "We suggested several accent colors," explains Environ's Interior Designer Barbara Hordyk, "and the client insisted it must be blue! Red is for the fire department and green is for the Sherriff. Blue belongs to the Police Department."

SUSTAINABILITY The project is LEED equivalent, which means measures were taken when possible to use "green" materials. One such feature is the gym floor, which is made from recycled tires. In addition, period appropriate natural linoleum flooring was used throughout for its durability and sustainability. With proper maintenance it will last decades. Drought-resistant plants were chosen for landscaping.

Environ President Alan Burks adds, "One quote that resonates with me is 'You need to know the past to understand the present,' but it's not just the cultural significance an older building can offer to future generations. Saving an already standing structure also has a positive impact on the environment. After all, the most sustainable building is one that already exists. I am very pleased we were able to work to preserve such a historically significant building."

FUNCTION By adding elements of sustainability and creating an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, not only are the new facilities organized and functional, but the new environment will enhance the experience of its occupants and visitors, and help Long Beach's finest continue to serve and protect. 



We are so proud of Environ's Aimee Mandala for being elected as President of the Women's Business Council. She has served on the board since 2012 and most recently held the title of Vice President of Programs. Aimee will now continue to serve as President for the 2016-2017 term. The Women's Business Council holds monthly events and provides a supportive environment for business professionals to network, to achieve personal growth and to contribute to the betterment of the community. Follow their success on Facebook.


Environ's Willetta McCulloh completed another year with the youth program Camp Enterprise, a Long Beach Rotary program in which Rotarians and selected LBUSD 17 year olds spend a few days together for entrepreneurial mentoring. Both the mentors and teenagers engage in physical team building challenges, followed by a presentation to all 60 youths and 30 Rotarians. With the guidance of the Rotarians, the students get to dream up their ideal product and create a business plan for it, right down to where the funding comes from. 2016 marks Camp Enterprise's 25th year! It is indeed a rewarding learning experience for all.

Willetta McCulloh is in her 6th year serving as a Rotarian and was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow. One-hundred percent of all funds donated through the Paul Harris Society go to community, national and global programs to improve the lives of others.


Our client California Resources Corporation recently moved into their fresh offices in Ventura, CA. The new space now serves as a consolidated facility bringing multiple departments and disciplines together. Improvements included glass entry doors, new finishes, playful pendant lights and blue accent walls. Previously a maze of high panels, Environ's Willetta McCulloh and Barbara Hordyk worked with the client to achieve a more modern and open look. 

California Resources Corporation, Ventura.
California Resources Corporation, Ventura.


"I started out trying to create buildings that would sparkle like isolated jewels; now I want them to connect, to form a new kind of landscape, to flow together with contemporary cities and the lives of their peoples." – Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)
"I started out trying to create buildings that would sparkle like isolated jewels; now I want them to connect, to form a new kind of landscape, to flow together with contemporary cities and the lives of their peoples." – Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

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