Category Archives: Urban

WHA and Brascia Builders have teamed up to participate in the 4th Annual 2017 Long Beach Canstruction competition. Canstruction is an event where architects, builders, and engineers compete to design and build sculptures out of canned foods. Once deconstructed, all cans are donated to Food Finders and distributed to pantries and shelters in local communities.

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Construction on the 301 site is humming along. The building is taking shape with framing and the application of exterior gypsum sheathing complete. Waterproofing has been installed at the podium level, and the TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofing material installation is done.

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WHA is participating in the ULI/OC-Inland Empire’s Young Leadership Group Mentor Program. This program matches young professionals under 35 years old (protégés) with experienced professionals (mentors) for guidance and support, while offering mentors an opportunity to strengthen ties with the young, future leaders of the local real estate community and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

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As I walked the streets of Perugia, Italy, I couldn’t help but wonder – “Why is there so much graffiti? More importantly, when it looks so beautiful, is it still considered graffiti or art?” Growing up in Oakland, California, graffiti was the only term I knew for paint illegally applied to a wall. After my […]

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As a part of our expansion to the greater LA area, WHA was given the opportunity to be a part of an RFP process with LINC Housing Corporation for the development of a mixed-use, affordable housing project located at 1900 Long Beach Boulevard. With hard work and effort by the entire development team, we put […]

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It’s been an amazing year at WHA! One of the most exciting developments was the opening of our newest Urban Studio location in Los Angeles County. Led by Senior Principal Rick Aiken, this office allows our company to be even more immersed in the Los Angeles area and to serve our clients to an even […]

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Rick Aiken, a Senior Principal, directs the WHA Urban Mixed-Use Design Studio. With over 29 years of experience and a large body of work in and around the West Coast, Rick has become a leader in urban design with a focus on higher density and mixed-use projects. Join us as we ask him about his […]

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