Entertainment Projects

Working Artists Ventura (the WAV)

A $57 million, state-of-the-art community designed for artists and creative businesses, WAV will offer affordable living and working space for more than 100 artists. The project will include an amphitheater and space for arts-friendly small businesses such as coffeehouses, galleries, cafes, wine bars and jazz clubs. The WAV project will include supportive housing and crucial services to those at the lowest end of the income scale. Market-rate condominiums with ocean views will help to subsidize the affordable housing. The entire community will be designed and built to the highest standards of green building technology as LEED™ certified.

Grand Avenue

This $3 billion mixed-use project designed by Frank Gehry includes a Four Seasons luxury hotel, apartments, condos, offices, retail and five levels of underground parking. Grand Avenue also will include a 16-acre park and two towers, one 52 stories high and the other 21 stories high. The entire public/private project will take up nearly three square blocks in downtown Los Angeles.

Crystal Cruises

S.L. Leonard & Associates provided training and consultation to this international luxury cruise line that refurbishes its ships every two and a half years. A team of contractors, designers and staff had only 12-14 days to provide $25-30 million worth of work during its most recent shipyard period, and needed to act efficiently and effectively.

Museum of Ventura County Expansion

The $12 million expansion of the Museum of Ventura County is expected to double the number of visitors each year to more than 100,000. The new museum will include special exhibitions for local artists, tours, art classes, concerts and lectures. The project also will include a new education center and event pavilion, as well as the expanded Berry Research Library.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Prior to founding S.L.Leonard & Associates, Sean was the Senior Vice President of Project Management for the owner of the world-acclaimed concert hall, and Ry Pressman was Senior Vice President of Construction. The Concert Hall includes a 2,265-seat auditorium, a 250-seat multi-use theater, 600-seat capacity pre-concert hall, artist suites and rehearsal rooms, a 6,000-pie organ, library, restaurants, gift shop, expansive art gallery, office space, conference rooms, two outdoor amphitheaters and public gardens. S.L.Leonard & Associates provided post construction consulting services after the successful opening of the Hall.

WATCH: The celebration of the Concert Hall’s first ten years: 2003-2013.

READ: About the Concert Hall’s construction process: 16 years in the making.

READ: About the Concert Hall’s architecture: designed from the inside out.

The Mob Museum

The City of Las Vegas has restored the historically significant United States Post Office and federal courthouse building downtown, transforming it into the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, known as the Mob Museum. The Mob Museum will allow visitors to explore the history of organized crime in Las Vegas with interactive exhibits, films, artifacts and the re-creation of the original courtroom. The museum also includes a specialty retail store, special events areas, educational areas and office space. Workers referenced historic photographs and blueprints to maintain the 1950s look of the building while modernizing it, yet keeping many original elements intact.

Camarillo Ranch Barn

One of the oldest landmarks in the city, the Camarillo Ranch Barn is 104 years old and was refurbished for more than $850,000 to host events. Renovations include seismic upgrades, replacing the dirt floor with concrete, adding a new roof, storage, restrooms, food prep and servery, as well as audio-visual capabilities, fire sprinklers, fire alarms, interior and exterior lighting, air conditioning and code-compliant disabled access. The exterior appearance will remain the same.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Orlando, Florida

Sean Leonard led the joint venture team selected as Development Manager to evaluate and update the design, schedule and budgets of this $380 million complex with 2,700 and 300 seat theaters and a 1,700 seat multi-form hall. The project is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2014.

Charles Drew University Cafe

As part of the largest single investment in south Los Angeles in 25 years, the new Charles Drew University Café is the campus’ first permanent food facility and will be adjacent to the Health Services Library. The café will feature seating for 20, a serving area and a back-of-house food preparation area, all built using sustainable design strategies including eco-friendly materials, energy efficiency and improved indoor air quality. With healthy menu options, Wi-Fi and a computer bar, the design features an energetic and welcoming atmosphere.

Read the Letter of Reference From Interim President Keith Norris, MD, FACP

California Space Center

Designed to inspire students to study science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to educate the public regarding space enterprise, the California Space Center will include a public launch viewing amphitheater, private VIP launch viewing opportunities, youth and adult education facilities and a space exploration museum. Located at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, the 71-acre site off Highway 1 will include rocket and missile launches and expects to draw hundreds of thousands of people each year as it is completed in phases over the next decade.