IMAX is building a $45-million West Coast headquarters in Playa Vista, a neighborhood in the Westside of Los Angeles.
IMAX will move all 120 employees now housed in Santa Monica to the new building when it is completed in about a year. The new three-story, 66,000-square-foot building will also have room for the staff to grow.
The new Los Angeles headquarters will provide a more efficient use of space and accommodate the big-screen technology company’s rapid global expansion. PlanNet, as the technology consultant for the new headquarters is implementing the planning, design and implementation oversight of the structured communications cabling system, the audio visual systems and the security systems.
The new facility will provide a more modern, open space compared with the company’s current offices in Santa Monica as IMAX phases out film and becomes a fully digital operation. The location is ideal for IMAX because of its proximity to major studios and Silicon Beach.
The core of the new building is an amphitheater under a large skylight. The area will serve as the hub of the facility, where employees can interact with clients and one another. A grand lobby will connect two workplace floors by an interior atrium with enclosed glass conference rooms above. An elliptical outdoor courtyard will have movable seating to accommodate impromptu gatherings, activities and special events.
The building will house two large screening rooms and a formal prefunction area for private screenings. The production space and screening rooms will accommodate evolving technology in the filmmaking industry.
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