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A parking lot and a pair of small commercial buildings near the Expo Line's Culver City Station have been fenced off, signaling the start of construction for another commercial development.

The properties, located at 8888 Washington Boulevard, are slated for the construction of a four-story building featuring 68,000 square feet of offices above 6,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses.  Plans also call for an automated subterranean parking structure, with accommodations for up to 231 vehicles.

Abramson Teiger Architects is designing the low-rise structure, which is named Synapse.  A project page describe the building as featuring an exterior of custom molded glass fiber reinforced panels, giving it a glossy white appearance.  LED lighting strips will be integrated into the facade, mimicking nerotransmitters.

Runyon Group, the California-based firm behind the adjacent Platform development, is the developer of Synapse.

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