Los Angeles, CA

South Group


GBD Architects, Inc.


Howard S. Wright


LEED Certified Silver

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Site Development
Utility Infrastructure
Stormwater Management

KPFF provided civil and structural engineering services for this new 23-story, 311-unit, 452,000-sf residential mixed-use tower. A five-story podium holds condominium units, and at ground level five, two-story town homes offer live/work units. A four-level, 427-stall, 156,000-sf parking structure constructed under the tower has three levels below-grade. EVO is the first building in Los Angeles to use “top-down construction,” building both up and down at the same time. This construction method allows a majority of the subgrade excavation and construction to occur in tandem with the construction of the superstructure. In August 2008, the National Geographic Channel aired an episode of "LA Hard Hats" documenting the two year construction of the tower from ground breaking to completion.

On-site civil engineering services included demolition, storm water management and mitigation, utility services and horizontal control.

Off-site civil engineering services included the design of streetscape improvements for the right of way area surrounding the project. The improvements include a unique stormwater capture element in the public right of way. KPFF developed plans and processed the City of Los Angeles type B permit required for this work.  


Awards & Recognition

ASLA Design Award, ASLA, Southern California Chapter, 2010

Green Building of America Award, 2009

Real Estate and Construction Review- Southwest, 2009

Winner of LA Business Council 2008 Award of Excellence

Winner of AIACC 2008 Honor Award for Urban Design