Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

April 11, 2013
March 2013 Student Housing Construction Update

Removing the Veil

During March, the exterior skin began to appear in final form in places, as plasterers applied lath, scratch coat, brown coat and finish coats of stucco in layers around the building. Sheeting and scaffolding began to be removed, while window installers continued their work, air conditioning units appeared on the rooftop and a model unit moved toward completion.

Construction Overview

March 1, 2013: Exterior finishes underway in a counterclockwise progression around the building, as roof platforms are prepared for air-conditioning units.

West Courtyard Facade

March 6, 2013: The west courtyard facade is revealed as workers caulk and waterproof windows.

Brown Coat Stucco

March 6, 2013: Brown coat stucco progresses on south courtyard facade.

Window Framing

March 6, 2013: Window framing appears in the Pearl student lounge.

Corner Unit

March 6, 2013: Chief Operating Officer Janice Manis, Matt Construction Project Manager Charlie Mallers and architect Tony Stark inspect one of the curved walls in a corner 2-bedroom unit.

Center Landscape

March 13, 2013: The outlines of the center landscape area begin to appear as the finish coat of stucco progresses along the south facade.

Inspecting interior wall finish

March 13, 2013: Matt Construction Project Manager Bowdy Broeker, architect Tony Stark and consultant John Mavar examine the interior wall finish in a unit.

Wall and ceiling finish

March 13, 2013: Interior wall and ceiling finishes are being applied throughout the project.

Built-in shelves and drawers

March 13, 2013: Chief Operating Officer Janice Manis admires the built-in shelves and drawers in a closet of the model unit.


March 13, 2013: While architect Tony Stark shows off the closet for hanging clothes.

Waterproofing is applied

March 13, 2013: Waterproofing is applied on the podium where grass, a large Jacaranda tree and benches will be installed.

Workers complete lath

March 13, 2013: Workers complete lath around the housing intersection with the Pearl lounge area.

Framing benches

March 22, 2013: Carpenters begin framing of the benches that will surround the landscape courtyard or "grassy knoll."

Looking east

March 22, 2013: Looking east with the Pearl to the left.

Kitchen Cabinetry

March 22, 2013: Kitchen cabinetry is installed in the model unit.

Construction of barbeque area

March 22, 2013: Preparations begin for construction of the barbeque area along this wall.

Ground floor units

March 22, 2013: Ground floor unit living room with floor to ceiling glass and interior wall finishes.

Exterior west facade

March 22, 2013: Exterior west facade nears completion.

Corner Windows

March 22, 2013: Distinctive corner windows add light and architectural interest.

Pearl takes shape

March 26, 2013: The Pearl, with glass now installed, begins to take shape beneath the scaffolding.

Courtyard Facade

March 26, 2013: Et Voila! The west courtyard facade is unveiled.


March 26, 2013: The sundeck below and partially covering shade pergola progress.

AC Units

March 26, 2013: Air-conditioning units have been installed on the roof.


March 26, 2013: Third floor study rooms receive insulation.


March 26, 2013: A corridor with walls and ceilings substantially complete.

Completed courtyard facade

March 26, 2013: Looking up. Developer consultant John Mavar examines the completed west courtyard facade and beginnings of the courtyard landscape area.

Model unit door bell

March 26, 2013: Model unit door bell is installed before finish coat of stucco is applied.

Finish coat of stucco

March 26, 2013: Finish coat of stucco appears behind scaffolding on the radius curve.

Construction Overview

March 31, 2013: A month of progress is shown on exterior finishes and roof assemblies.