Jose Tomas Hernandez-Honles, Architect
As part of the Latt, Jackson, & Associates Architects design team of Santa Monica, California, Mr. Hernandez-Honles conceived and designed the architectural elements of the new headquarter facilities for Superscope. The facility combined corporate offices and manufacturing facilities,in a massive complex. The immense facility epitomized the surging success of this electronics company in the reel-to-reel and compact cassette audio equipment markets of the 1970s.
Excerpt from "Peak Years
of Superscope, Inc."
Superscope Inc. reached its apex in the mid 1970s.
In 1976, the company operated worldwide facilities totaling 1.25 million square feet in four countries. It grew internationally by establishing international distribution subsidiaries in France, Germany, the UK and merging its Japanese distribution subsidiaries into Marantz Sales Company.
Superscope Inc. completed the construction of a massive headquarters building in Chatsworth, Calif., spanning 13 1/2 acres. It consolidated its corporate offices, warehousing, and North American manufacturing in this one facility. At the time this building had the largest footprint of any building in Southern California. The manufacturing plant, employing hundreds of workers, produced Marantz amplifiers, Superscope stereo music systems, and Superscope speakers. The company initiated rigorous quality control procedures, invested in then state-of-the-art computer data and phone systems, focused on logistics efficiencies, and vertically integrated its marketing and publicity. Superscope's annual report from 1976 boasts of the 600,000 sq. ft. building having 77 exit doors in its mile-long perimeter, 350,000 cubic yards of concrete, 18 miles of pipe, a 300,000 gallon water tank, and centrally controlled heating, air conditioning, fire sprinklers, and security alarms.