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Kia's Irvine headquarters earns design distinction

Firm's U.S. base named to International Architecture Awards List.

By Kristen SchottPublished: November 18, 2009 11:36 AM

Irvine-based Kia Motors America keeps rolling in the accolades: The automaker's U.S. corporate headquarters and Design Center America have been named to the 2009 International Architecture Awards List.

The honor recognizes the world's most innovative architectural solutions for the designs of skyscrapers, corporate buildings, institutions and urban planning projects, among other developments.

Kia's nearly 22-acre corporate campus was a $130 million investment, according to the company, and was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

The 239,000-square-foot modern glass and steel main building boasts a 36,000-square-foot reflecting pool. And the firm was one of the first in Irvine to install an environmentally efficient bioswale system in its parking lot. The program removes silt and pollution from surface water runoff.

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