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Marina Loft District's Element Opening Soon; Architect Lands on "Best" List

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So what architecture firm do you work at? Which one? Oh, that one. Well, a bunch of architecture firms were recently recognized in a list of the Best Places to Work in L.A., as named by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Cuningham Group Architecture was one of the companies listed--and they happen to be behind Element, that new 50-unit new Marina Loft District development that's opening this fall for move-ins. Prices range from the mid 500’s to just over $1 million. Meanwhile, who else is on the Best Places To Work? Gensler? Yes. And a bunch more. Not entirely sure how businesses are picked, but the whole list is after the jump. UPDATE: Press release excerpt explains how business were picked; it's after jump.

Large Companies Category

Company Name
1 Bingham McCutchen LLP
2 Webcor Builders
3 The Capital Group Companies
4 Wells Fargo & Co.
5 Bentley Prince Street, Inc.
6 Western Asset Management Company
7 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
8 Deloitte LLP
9 Mattel, Inc.
10 Gensler
11 CB Richard Ellis
12 The TCW Group, Inc.
13 Glendale Adventist Medical Center
14 Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
15 Kaiser Permanente-Southern California Region

Medium Companies Category
Rank Company Name
1 PCL Construction Services, Inc.
2 Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll
3 Insomniac Games, Inc.
4 Bryan Cave LLP
5 Tower General Contractors
6 M David Paul & Associates
7 Murphy O'Brien, Inc.
8 Kemp Bros. Construction, Inc.
9 Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A.
11 Guidance Solutions, Inc.
12 The Phelps Group
14 Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC
15 Morley Builders
16 Staubach Los Angeles
17 Edward Jones
18 Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation
19 Caruso Affiliated
21 Shared Technologies, Inc.
22 McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
23 Giroux Glass, Inc.
24 Transwestern Commercial Services, L.L.C.
25 an R.H. Donnelley company
26 Fraser Communicationss
27 Faye, Pollack & Associates, Inc.
28 Rothstein Kass
29 Protiviti Inc.
31 Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine & Regenstreif LLP
32 George Smith Partners
33 HGA Architects & Engineers
34 CresaPartners
35 Grant Thornton LLP
36 Platinum Wireless
37 Altour
38 White & Case LLP
39 Singer Lewak
40 CB Richard Ellis Investors
41 Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff
42 Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC
43 HKS Architects, Inc.
44 Kforce
45 Line 6, Inc
46 RTKL Associates Inc
47 Mendelsohn/Zien Advertising
48 Health Advocates
49 Green Hasson & Janks LLP
50 Los Angeles Firemen's Credit Union

Small Companies Category
Rank Company Name
2 Environetics
3 Onisko & Scholz, LLP Certified Public Accountants
4 Manning Selvage & Lee
5 Mansour Travel Company

· Best Places to Work [LABJ]

More on how they were picked via press release: To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

Have at least 15 employees in Los Angeles County;
Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business;
Be a publicly or privately held business;
Have a facility in Los Angeles County; and Be in business for one full year.

Companies from every industry entered the two-part process to determine
the Best Places to Work in L.A. The first part consisted of evaluating each
nominated company's workplace policies, practices and demographics. This
part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation.
The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure employee

This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total
evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final
ranking. Best Companies Group, a professional firm located in Harrisburg,
PA, managed the overall registration and survey process and also analyzed
the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.