The chronicles of Westinghouse Plaza deliver a tale of American industry and technological progress. Originally built in 1908, the many buildings that encompass the property have served a variety of industrial roles ranging from the development of aircraft to the manufacturing of crank shafts for the US Navy in World War II. At one point, over 5,000 people worked three shifts at the site, some in buildings with the windows painted opaque to ensure the black-out conditions.
Over the decades, Westinghouse altered its focus and developed other contemporary technologies. Although Westinghouse long ago sold the property, to this day, the vibrant life of the buildings has continued to provide a place for companies to build, create and provide services. An example of the diversity of members of the Plaza is one of the largest uses at the site: The School of the Pacific Rim, a charter school, one of the best in the country.
Today, the vibrant property is transforming again. One of the largest buildings on site, Building C, a 120,000 square foot three-story building, is about to become a living/working artist community.
The History of Westinghouse