Western Specialty Contractors has received a California Preservation Foundation 2019 Preservation Design Award for Technology and Craftsmanship for its role in conserving the Streamline Moderne façades of the Saban Building in Los Angeles, California. Award recipients were selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. In making their decision, the jury noted that the project was a model for preservation integrity, according to an announcement on the foundation’s website. Constructed in 1939, the Saban Building is located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus and is listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
Western Specialty Contractors branches in Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington, teamed up to restore the historic Saban Building, which would become the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Western crews installed new limestone and granite on a portion of the existing building’s façade, made limestone Dutchman repairs, applied waterproofing, repaired window frames, patched and cleaned stone, installed granite Dutchman repairs, and waterproofed portions of the façade.