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J Nichols Kitchen

Marina Del Rey, CA
J Nichols Kitchen
J Nichols Kitchen
J Nichols Kitchen

For over 30 years, J Nichols Kitchen has showcased the best of modern American fare.  Its ambitious second generation owner and chef commissioned rPA to design a warm dining experience that would elevate the reputation and energy for this establishment.  Targeting a diverse range of clientele, the new space embodies a natural and timeless palette of wood, stone, brick and cast-in-place concrete.  Large skylights have been introduced to provide diffuse lighting throughout.  Generous booths and a re-imagined bar are just a few of the new features that provide a vibrant backdrop for a comfortable and refined dining experience.

Status: Completed in 2012
Project Size: 4,000 s.f. (120 seats)
Architectural Team: Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, 
Christopher Kempel, AIA, 
Brian Pera, AIA, Keith Ireland, AIA, Bridget Krajacic, Anthony Laney

Photographer: David Barrios

Eduardo

Eduardo's Border Grill

los angeles, ca

Designed and built in 1987, this small Westside eatery remains an ongoing…

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Designed and built in 1987, this small Westside eatery remains an ongoing success both business-wise and as a simple, pleasant place to enjoy a delicious meal. The efficient and durable facility serves both as a quick-serve cantina and a commissary for a robust catering business. The layout, fixtures, fittings, signage, graphics, logo, lighting, and materials (all of which were either designed or selected) have stood the test of time and appear as fresh today as the day Eduardo's opened.

Eduardo's, in a town where restaurants come and go, and designs can be "dated" by including trendy element and materials, stands quietly as an example of the firm's values of enduring quality and design.

Status: Completed in 1987
Project Size: 1,207 s.f.
Architectural Team: Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Michael Hricak, FAIA 

MCI Management Center

MCI Management Center

cary, nc

Winner of an AIA North Carolina design award, this office building was not…

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Winner of an AIA North Carolina design award, this office building was not only MCI's southeast headquarters but also its primary network management center. Consisting of a mixture of open and private spaces, this building contained MCI's administrative offices, conference facilities and cafeteria.

This facility is one of three such buildings in the country and serves as the hub of MCI's operations network (now owned and operated by Verizon). Chris Kempel (while working in North Carolina at O'Brien Atkins) served with the design team for this project.

Status: Completed in 1996
Project Size: 260,000 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, in association with O'Brien Atkins


 

Cisco Office Buildings 1-3

Cisco Office Buildings 1-3

cary, nc

These three mid-rise buildings initiated a 2.4 million square foot $326…

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These three mid-rise buildings initiated a 2.4 million square foot $326 million capital building program at Cisco's Research Triangle Park campus. Chris Kempel (while working in North Carolina at O'Brien Atkins) and one other Job Captain were solely responsible for the design, construction drawings and construction administration of these buildings. 

Building 1 was built on a fast track schedule (designed and built in only 11 months) and had complex design requirements due to its function as Cisco's east coast data center. Building 2 included offices, engineering labs, cafeteria and fitness center. Building 3 was primarily office space and training facilities.

Status: Buildings 1-3 Completed 1995-1997
Project Size:
     Building 1 = 80,000 s.f.
     Building 2 = 120,000 s.f.
     Building 3 = 80,000 s.f.
Architectural Team: Christopher Kempel, AIA, in association with O'Brien Atkins

Rice Man

Rice Man

santa monica, ca

The concept for this restaurant was to offer both traditional Japanese…

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The concept for this restaurant was to offer both traditional Japanese dishes along with inventive, “fusion cuisine” creations. Located on a prominent corner in Santa Monica along Ocean Avenue, the interiors were designed to attract attention from the street. Lighting, the consistent use of wood, and the exterior signage all work to make this modest space glow like a “lantern,” being attractive and making a contribution to this pedestrian area. The corner, outdoor seating area was envisioned as a city scaled “porch,” the perfect place to watch passersby or the sunset. Seating is a combination of conventional layout and several “community tables,” which customers would share. All cooking is open to the seating area lending an air of energy and informality to the space. This project was designed in collaboration with Tokyo-based C&A Architects.

Status: Completed in 1997
Project Size: 2,400 s.f.
Architectural Team: Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Michael Hricak, FAIA