SME Industries

Building the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of Beverly Hills involved the creation of a new cultural facility that both preserves and adapts the landmark 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office. Construction included a new 500-seat, state-of-the-art theater adjacent to the original Italian Renaissance Revival post office, three classrooms, a 150-seat flexible studio space, a donor lounge, production support services spaces and administrative offices.

The campus itself, a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot facility, celebrating the classic and the modern, has garnered multiple conservancy, design, architectural, and structural awards.

The skills and craftsmanship of SME Steel are prominent throughout this project.


  • Steel Fabricator and Erector: SME Steel
  • 70,000 SF
  • $3.7 Million
  • Contractor: Matt Construction
  • Engineer: Structural Focus
  • Architect: SPF Architects
  • LEED Gold
  • AIA Council Design Award
  • California Preservation Design Award
  • AIA Adaptive Reuse/Renovation/Historic Preservation Award
  • BUILD New Architecture Awards, Best International Museum Architects
  • BUILD Architecture Award, Best Beverly Hills Cultural & Performing Arts Project
  • Architzer A+ Popular Choice Award
  • Westside Urban Forum Award, Cultural
  • NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering
  • ENR Southern California Building of the Year
  • Los Angeles Architectural Civic Award
  • American Architecture Award
  • LA Conservancy Preservation Award
  • ENR California Cultural Project of the Year
  • Southern California Development Forum Built Award
  • AIA Next LA Award
  • Los Angeles Business Council, Unbuilt Civic Architecture Award

Collections: Event Venues, Projects, SME Steel

Type: Structural Steel

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