Nearly a decade prior, TRWurster built an elaborate structure for a luxe client in the Huntington Palisades which served to be a case study in BIM modeling and coordination. The project was a stunning success, and the design, fit, and finish is of the highest caliber.
While TRW was performing some estate maintenance along with design-building elements of a refreshed Golf Simulator with the unique ability to convert to a Theater at the touch of a button and crafting upgrades to the existing gym, the client advised TRW/ADC that there were operational deficiencies that needed resolution. Front yard security needed to be enhanced, the existing landscape and hardscape left much to be desired, and a generator and battery storage were needed. Onsite parking circulation was poor at best and also needed to be developed.

The client faced numerous operational deficiencies on their property, including poor security in the front yard, inadequate landscape and hardscape, lack of generator and battery storage, and inefficient on-site parking circulation. These issues were hindering their overall living experience and property functionality.

Imagine feeling unsafe in your own front yard, struggling with lackluster outdoor spaces, dealing with parking chaos daily, and constantly worrying about power outages. These shortcomings can take a toll on your peace of mind and quality of life.

TRW/ADC utilized innovative solutions such as point cloud data and BIM modeling to address all these concerns effectively. When adding a unique water feature the connection between the distant ocean horizon and the immediate front yard was strengthened to further enhance and improve the day to day living experience and to maximize the entry sequence. By implementing a new driveway program, enhanced security measures, improved landscape design, and creative underground living space concepts, ADC transformed the unused area into a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment. With minimal lagging and shoring, the front yard could be captured for subterranean utility, parking, and living needs. Schematic studies of the proposed basement presented the opportunity for a fashion themed program and a sports themed program; both space utilizations connected to the new water feature as an acrylic skylight with unexpected views to the sky through the elegant water feature above. Hidden vehicle lifts in the driveway were proposed to add additional on site parking for the growing family in an unused subterranean space.

With TRW/ADC’s expertise, the client’s upgraded property offers enhanced security, beautiful outdoor spaces, efficient parking solutions, and additional living amenities—all seamlessly integrated to improve their daily living experience.


Project Brief:

While performing estate maintenance on this charming residence overlooking the Pacific Ocean ADC became aware that the property needed a significant expansion to accommodate the clients’ growing living requirements. The existing space was limited and lacked essential features for modern living, creating a dilemma for the residents. The kitchen was cramped, lacking storage and entertainment space, making it challenging to host guests and to organize daily activities. Additionally, the need to house the client’s vehicle collection and expand home office and utility programming added to the needs of the project. Existing laundry equipment was limited to a closet with poor access, so a new functional laundry program needed to be introduced.


Enter ADC, the design firm that transformed this quaint residence into a luxurious haven while seamlessly blending new additions with the existing structure. By employing innovative design strategies like a glass rotunda in the kitchen to capture breathtaking views without compromising functionality, ADC created a harmonious living environment that feels like it has always been part of the home.

Utilizing setback regulations cleverly, ADC introduced a basement within the front yard setback with minimal disruption to existing areas. This footage created subterranean living spaces intermingled within the existing hillside, added utility programming, and introduced 4 car garage using vehicle lifts offering views of the collectible vehicles from above through a structural glass floor forming the ocean-facing balcony adjacent to the living room. A additional specialized garage offers additional parking while creating a space to maintain the client’s collection of vintage motorbikes. The addition of an architecturally stunning rotunda at the entrance enhanced the aesthetic appeal of the residence in the Spanish architectural vernacular while maximizing usable space.

The incorporation of antique stained glass and other unique found elements from the client’s collection adds character and charm to the revamped property. A new wine room/lounge with an adjoining courtyard not only expanded living areas but also offered a secure and serene ocean view experience in this indoor/outdoor living area.

With these meticulous and thoughtful enhancements, ADC transformed this Pacific Palisades residence into a captivating retreat that promises delight to all who step inside.

June Cabana

ADC was engaged by a discerning client who wanted to add a poolside outdoor living space to their spacious and historic estate built in 1929 in Hancock Park. The area needed to complement the existing Spanish architecture while providing the bustling family and their guests with a outdoor space for relaxation and entertainment. ADC collaborated with the client to develop the design, procure the entitlements, and TRWurster built the structure and self-performed most of the work. For those items that TRWurster could not effectively perform in house ADC managed the remainder of the procurement and installation to help the client complete the project in an efficient and cost-effective way. An open cabana with exposed beam ceilings was conceived including a fireplace, outdoor television, lounge, and eating area; open countertops provide the perfect poolside back drop to build memories of friends and family during those delightful California evenings!


ADC was engaged to provide extensive design services for this upscale Pacific Palisades estate including producing interior millwork design packages. Bespoke millwork with ornate detailing adorned every room of the house, so each room required thought and planning using TRWurster’s structural installation as the basis for coordination of the interior finishes. The development of the interior finishes levereged our structural BIM as the framework for design development. Detailed millwork plans, 3D renderings, and virtual walkthroughs were produced and presented by ADC along the way so that the Owner could make informed decisions and provide feedback as we responded to each and every one of the Owner’s preferences. This coordination was performed with accuracy before proceeding with the work, all of which produced stunning results with a high level of efficiency!

Rosewood Montecino Trellis

ADC was engaged to design the trellis assembly at the upscale Rosewood Miramar Hotel in Montecito. Using a 3D laser based point cloud scan to coordinate the design with existing conditions, ADC planned for the challenges of maintaining and servicing an outdoor beachfront eating area which formed the outdoor venue for a world class bar and restaurant. Careful consideration was given to the integration of the heating, shading, drainage, MEP, finishes, and shielding components to maximize the guest experience for those dining and reclining in this picturesque environment. The trellis structure adorns this meticulously arranged property to add a stunning and delightful addition to the rare and delightful Southern California beachfront dining experience!

Spruce Goose Glue Lamb Retrofit

ADC was engaged to devise a solution to repair the glue lambs supporting the Spruce Goose hanger originally built to house the construction of the historic plane from 1941-1947 by Hughes Aircraft which to this day holds the world record as being the largest wooden aircraft. The plane was built in response to the shortage of raw metals during World War II when it was commissioned by the United States military as an aerial transportation alternative to avoid the ever increasing maritime threats presented by enemy submarines. In addition to revolutionizing aeronautical engineering and control systems in this experimental endeavor, Howard Hughes blazed a trail in the invention and application of laminated timbers and wood veneers which has transformed the way we use wood today. The glue lamb timbers supporting the hanger in many locations had begun to delaminate, so TRWurster Construction in collaboration with ADC designed and built a custom hydraulic compression bracket system to facilitate the repair. The system using multiple hydraulic cylinders with variable manifolds and pressure gauges was engineered to exert measurable and precise forces that would not exceed the compression capacity of the existing lumber. The result counteracted gravity so that the delaminated deformation could be restored to its original position thereby allowing the subsequent installation of a system of steel plates and custom timber screws up to 40″ in length placed at variable axes and angles designed by Arup which could be installed to restore and reinforce the structural properties of these incredible laminated wood members. Spanning up to 750 feet, these wood structural components forming the Hercules Hanger that are approaching a millennium in age needed to be secured so that Google could safely occupy the building which currently serves as the shell which houses their new YouTube Headquarters. Additionally ADC designed custom furnishings inspired by the original building features using reclaimed lumber from the demolition of select portions of the building. This fascinating structure remains as a ‘church of lumber’. Bearing testament to humankind’s advancement and progress in the utilization of lumber, this building monumentally stands in its carefully preserved state as the birthplace of many technologies and techniques that reshaped the utilization of wood down to this day.