The new ultra-modern Shore Hotel is the first LEED Gold hotel in Santa Monica and features two 4-story hotel buildings totaling 90,000 sq. ft. over a 4-level subterranean parking structure.  The family-owned boutique hotel combines a contemporary coastal guest experience with eco-friendly operations and a highly energy-efficient design. Solar thermal technology is combined with a high-performance envelope, sustainable materials, water efficiency and conservancy. The U-shaped structure facing Ocean Avenue features a dramatic long span trellis structure, pool deck, and rooms with triangular balconies oriented so that each room has an ocean view.  The L-shaped structure facing second street is connected to the main building with pedestrian bridges at every floor.  The structural system consists of concrete flat plates with concrete and CMU shear walls, to minimize floor-to-floor height and maximize ocean views.

Engineering challenges included designing the bridges to allow for independent earthquake movement of the separate structures, and for the trellis to relieve thermal stresses and allow for independent seismic movement of the two wings of the U-shaped structure.  The innovative structural design of the Shore Hotel was featured in an article in ASCE’s Civil Engineering magazine. Additional honors include:


  • 2012 Commercial Real Estate Award for Best Hospitality Project, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • 2012 Lodging Hospitality Design Awards
  • 2012 Westside Prize – Hospitality Category (Westside Urban Forum)
  • 2012 Los Angeles Business Journal – Best New Building, Hospitality
  • 2011 Southern California Development Forum – Commercial Building Award – Hospitality
  • 2011 ACI, Southern California – Charles J. Pankow Jr. Award for Excellence Concrete Construction