Project Spotlight – Anduril Industries

The Press, located at 1375 Sunflower Drive in Costa Mesa, is written into Orange County’s vibrant history as the former site of the Los Angeles Times’ printing plant and distribution facility. With steel frame buildings intact, it has been redeveloped into a creative office campus while retaining the industrial, historical character of the space.

Enter Anduril Industries, a leading defense company and one of the first tenants of the historic campus. They teamed up with Howard Building Corporation, Hughes Marino, IA Interior Architects, Hendy, and Steelwave to redesign over 640,000 square feet for their new company headquarters.
Much of the footprint is dedicated to Anduril’s engineering, business development, marketing, and finance departments. IA incorporated soft hues, clean metal lines, and light wooden elements across the campus to create a fresh and inviting space. A minimalist aesthetic, combined with open cable staircases and guardrails, reinforce the sense of continuity and collaboration throughout the campus.

Kristi Buchler, Senior Designer at IA, says the campus’ design “brings Anduril’s company vision and culture to life – highlighting the products and the ingenuity of its employees throughout and celebrating the collaborative and energetic culture. These unique and historic buildings serve as an incredible backdrop of industrial history while looking to the future.”

A 190,000 square foot research and development and prototyping facility, designed by Hendy, accommodates the development of Anduril’s technologically advanced products, such as military-grade aviation, underwater vehicles, and state-of-the-art defense software. The design includes a machine shop, welding areas, CNC machines, labs, and a testing facility. Ensuring the aesthetic of the new research and development facility remains in-line with Anduril’s brand, concrete materials, metal elements, and dynamic lighting features create a modern space, while also incorporating natural wood and biophilic details to welcome employees and visitors.

“The Anduril team’s vision for this project was to provide an elevated, tech-forward place for engineers to collaborate and develop new technologies,” said Carolina Weidler, principal at Hendy. “We know this new facility will not only help Anduril reach their business and product development goals, but also create new opportunities for their employees to thrive.”

The multi-phased tenant improvement project, initiated in 2021, is still underway. It is slated to be completed in 2023.

Howard Building Corporation is a 2022 Donor Level Chapter Sponsor of the IIDA Southern California Chapter.

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