Portfolio

  • Westin Anaheim Resort

    Westin Anaheim Resort

    Anaheim, CA | 7 stories / 613 rooms

  • 2900 Wilshire

    2900 Wilshire

    Los Angeles, CA | 24 stories / 644 units | 1,302,170 sq ft

  • The Residences at 7th

    The Residences at 7th

    Los Angeles, CA | 4 Stories / 133 Units | 187,000 sq ft

    The Residences at 7th is an addition to the Southwestern Law School campus that includes 133 units of student housing in 4 stories of Type V construction. Amenities include a state-of-the-art security system, on-site business center, private study rooms, a roof-top sun deck and secured indoor parking for residents, a landscaped central courtyard and two-story lobby-lounge.

    • Architect

      Corsini Stark Architects
    • Contractor

      Matt Construction
  • Row DTLA

    Row DTLA

    Los Angeles, CA | 6 & 2 stories

  • Lake Elsinore Unified School District Luiseno K - 8 School

    Lake Elsinore Unified School District Luiseno K - 8 School

    Corona, CA | 2 stories | 117,000 sq ft

  • Crafton Hills College Public Safety Allied Health Building

    Crafton Hills College Public Safety Allied Health Building

    Yucaipa, CA | 2 stories | 57,000 sq ft

    As one of the 112 colleges in the California Community College system, Crafton Hills College continues its commitment to provide educational resources with a 57,000-square-foot, 2-story structural steel building addition to the campus.

    The Public Safety & Allied Health Building houses the Emergency Medical Services / Paramedic, Fire Academy, and the Respiratory Therapy program. Classrooms, technology rooms, and offices provide space for training students through the use of high tech mannequins that can breathe, talk, exhibit symptoms, and give birth.

    • Architect

      Steinberg Architects
    • Contractor

      Sinanian
    • Photographer

      Nico Marques Architectural Photography
  • Immanuel Senior Housing Redevelopment

    Immanuel Senior Housing Redevelopment

    Long Beach, CA | 25 units

  • Grand Hope Lofts

    Grand Hope Lofts

    Los Angeles, CA | 34 stories / 526 units | 548,000 sq ft

    Replacing the likes of the few remaining surface parking lots in downtown rises a 34-story residential tower addition to South Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The 548,000-square-foot structure provides 526 units to the city’s bustling urban growth. A retail component is part of the 6,200-square-foot amenities services for the residents.

    Our structural solution utilized Performance Based Design which results in a better performance of the structure during a major earthquake, while at the same time producing a more cost effective product.

    • Architect

      CallisonRTKL
    • Contractor

      Suffolk
    • Photographer

      Suffolk
  • Thompson Hollywood Hotel

    Thompson Hollywood Hotel

    Hollywood, CA | 11 stories / 200 rooms | 114,000 sq ft

    Hollywood welcomes this 114,000 -square-foot, 11-story boutique hotel development to its community. The project consists of a 200-key hotel with 23,418 square feet of exterior space including a roof deck to enjoy dining and entertainment along with a raised pool and fitness spa. Parking for guests is provided in over 115,830 square feet in 3 subterranean levels for 144 cars.

    • Architect

      Steinberg
    • Contractor

      Relevant Group
    • Photographer

      Rendering: Relevant Group
  • Atelier DTLA

    Atelier DTLA

    Los Angeles, CA | Total: 33 Stories / Residential: 27 Stories / 363 Units / Parking: 4 Levels Above | Residential: 352,902 sq ft / Retail: 10,000 sq ft / Parking: 143,000 sq ft

    Atelier DTLA rises 33 stories above grade with a total height of 369′-0″ and a full mechanical basement 20′ below grade. The podium is a 4-story garage with 420 stalls and a 20′ tall retail facing Olive Street and 8th Street. The tower has 27 residential floors, with typical floor to floor heights of 9′-8″ and there is 2′ of extra height for transfer levels such as the amenity level, the penthouse level and the roof level. The total unit count is 363 and a typical level has 14 units per totaling 568,165 square feet. The ground level includes retail, the building’s main lobby, leasing offices and back of house functions. Level 5 is the amenity deck with outdoor and indoor programs for recreation such as a gym, pool and lounge space. The rooftop has a solarium with an enclosed lounge of 2,000 square feet and an outdoor hot tub with associated mechanical equipment.

    • Architect

      Solomon Cordwell Buenz
    • Contractor

      CP Construction
    • Photographer

      Rendering: Carmel Partners
  • Oceanwide Plaza

    Oceanwide Plaza

    Los Angeles, CA | 51 stories / two 40-stories / 9-story / Parking: 1,438 spaces | 2,408,372 sq ft

    The South Park megaproject Oceanwide Plaza adds three new luxury towers to the downtown Los Angeles skyline. The 2,408,372-square-foot development is comprised of a 51-story hotel and condominium tower, two 40-story condominium towers totaling 340 units and a 9-story podium with 2 levels retail and 5 levels of parking for 924 cars over 2-levels of subterranean parking for 514 cars.

    The development boasts a five-star hotel branded by Roberto Cavalli and 200,000 square feet of covered, open-air shopping mall. Residents can also enjoy outdoor space including a dog park, playground, and jogging track.

    Our approach in utilizing Performance Based Design in our structural design results in a better performance of the structure during a major earthquake, while at the same time producing a more cost-effective product

     

    • Architect

      RTKL
    • Contractor

      Lend Lease
    • Photographer

      Rendering: RTKL
  • One Beverly Hills

    One Beverly Hills

    Beverly Hills, CA | Residential: 193 units / Hospitality: 134 keys, 13 & 15 stories / Parking: 1,140 spaces

    Years in the making, the former old May Company department store site in Beverly Hills will boast 193 high-end condos, 134 hotel rooms, and assorted restaurants, including a publicly accessible restaurant and bar area on the rooftop pool level with panoramic views, all contained in 13- and 15-story towers to be surrounded by three-quarters of an acre of public gardens, open space and green space.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
    • Photographer

      Rendering: Shimahara Illustration, Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP and Wanda Group
  • Century Plaza

    Century Plaza

    Century City, CA | 1,500,000 sq ft

    The Century Plaza is destined to become a 1,500,000 square-foot mixed use project preserving the historic 16-story, 794-room Century Plaza Hotel designed by Minoru Yamasaki and converting it to a 394-room hotel and 63 condominium units with a new arrival and plaza level with 93,000 square feet of retail. Two new 46-story residential buildings (south and north towers), each about 600 feet in height, will house a total of 290 units. The development will be serviced by a 2,000-car underground garage. Our firm strengthened the existing structural steel framed hotel by using buckling restrained braced frames. The towers are designed using the Performance Based Design approach to achieve better performance objectives resulting in a more economical structure.

    • Architect

      Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects (Design) / Gensler (Executive) / Marmol Radziner & Associates (Preservation)
    • Photographer

      Rendering: Designstor
  • City Market South

    City Market South

    Los Angeles, CA | 1 to 2 stories / 8 buildings | 75,000 sq ft

  • ArcLight Cinemas, Santa Monica Place

    ArcLight Cinemas, Santa Monica Place

    Santa Monica, CA | 10-screen | 50,000 sq ft

  • Edwards Lifesciences E-2 Building

    Edwards Lifesciences E-2 Building

    Irvine, CA | 4 stories | 35,500 sq ft

    The E-2 Building is a 35,500-square-foot building addition to the Edwards Lifesciences campus. The structure is a 4-story steel frame office building with exterior precast walls at the first floor and glass curtain walls at the upper stories. There are full height mechanical louver roof screens on the roof and penthouse structures over the stair and elevators with an interior open landscape courtyard area at Level 3. Office, laboratory and cafeteria/dining functions can be found on the ground level with additional office space occupying floors 2 through 4.

    • Architect

      Perkins + Will
    • Contractor

      DPR
    • Photographer

      Leeson Creative
  • The Source

    The Source

    Buena Park, CA | Office: 14 stories / Retail: Seven 2 stories / Hotel: 5 stories | 400,000 sq ft

    The Source is a 400,000-square-foot mixed use development covering a 12.5 acre site. A 14-story office building anchors the complex of seven 2-story retail structures with associated restaurant amenities, a CGV cinema, and a 4-star hotel.

    The office building utilizes a core shear wall as part of the lateral system which allowed for high floor to ceiling volume and an open floor plate. We selected lateral systems of special moment frames and buckling restrained brace frames supported by a combination of spread footings and a mat foundation. ConXtech was the structural solution for the hotel structure which sits above the cinema and 2 stories of retail. The ConXtech space frame system allows for architectural flexibility (no bearing walls or braced frames) and quick erection with all bolted connections and minimal field welding. Rammed aggregate piers were used to improve pure soil conditions on site and mitigate potential of liquefaction.

    • Architect

      NBBJ (Retail & Office) / Gene Fong Associates (Hotel, Retail, Cinema)
    • Contractor

      Swinerton
  • Crossroads School for Arts + Sciences Science Education & Research Facility

    Crossroads School for Arts + Sciences Science Education & Research Facility

    Santa Monica, CA | 3 stories | 29,000 sq ft

    As a leader in science education, the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica boasts an addition to their campus with a 29,000-square-foot Science Education & Research Facility providing a primary science facility for the Upper and Middle School students. The 3-story structure houses 12 labs to enhance the process and student experience of learning physics, chemistry, life science and engineering to become leaders in science and technology.

    Our structural goal was to develop a structural solution that realized the architectural intent of a structure with exposed concrete and mechanical systems and glass façades and achieve an environment that promotes Crossroad’s interdisciplinary and cutting-edge curricula.

    • Architect

      Frederick Fisher & Partners
    • Contractor

      Morley Builders
  • Plaza la Reina

    Plaza la Reina

    Westwood, CA | Residenital: 6 stories, 44 units / Parking: 4 subterranean levels | Residential: 45,000 sf / Retail: 10,500 sf / Parking: 21,000 sq ft

    Plaza la Reina is a 6-story building consisting of 5 levels for residential use over 1 level of retail, with 4 levels of subterranean parking. The building’s structural framing consists of metal stud framing that is supported on a cast-in-place podium deck. The above podium structure has been seismically braced with a light gage sure board shear wall system. The tight headroom and clearances in the individually unique residential floor plans added to the complexity of our structural design.

    • Architect

      Moule Polyzoides (Design) / Gruen Associates (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Bernards
  • The Dunbar Hotel

    The Dunbar Hotel

    Los Angeles, CA | 83 units | 40,000 sq ft

    The Dunbar Hotel, a 1920s National Register-listed hotel in the historic Central Avenue Jazz District of Los Angeles, was reinvented from a hotel into 83 units of affordable rental apartments for seniors and families. Our structural design included a seismic retrofit for the adaptive reuse of an existing 5-story brick building with a mezzanine over a partial basement.

    • Architect

      Withee Malcolm Architects, LLP
    • Contractor

      Westport Construction / ICON Builders
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Thomas Safran & Associates
  • ICON

    ICON

    Hollywood, CA | 14 stories | 323,000 sq ft

    ICON is the 14-story office building component of the three-building expansion of the Sunset Bronson Entertainment Complex. Located in the heart of the Hollywood and West Hollywood-Burbank media corridor, the 323,000-square-foot creative office will house tech, media and production companies. We delivered a cost-effective structural system to realize the architectural goals of a one-of-a-kind staggered, tiered structure with floor-to-ceiling glass to enhance views and landscaped outdoor terraces on several levels of the building. Our structural design utilizes a core shear wall as part of the lateral system which allowed for high floor to ceiling volume and an open floor plate. From a leasing perspective, the owner benefits from an obstruction free building perimeter for the tenants.

    • Architect

      Gensler
    • Contractor

      McCarthy Building Cos
  • The Camden

    The Camden

    Hollywood, CA | 7 stories, 287 units | 276,448 sq ft

    A 67,000 square foot Equinox fitness club anchors the 297 apartment units of the mixed-use Camden in Hollywood. The 276,448 square feet of residential is augmented with 14,377 square feet of ground floor retail and 34,862 square feet of Live / Work in a 7-story podium building. The development is designed as Type III over Type I concrete frame construction. Tenants will enjoy recreation/fitness/leasing facilities, two first-floor residential lobbies, and a pool and spa with two levels of subterranean parking for residents and two levels of above-grade retail par

    • Architect

      TCA
    • Contractor

      Bernards
  • Outlets at San Clemente Parking Structure

    Outlets at San Clemente Parking Structure

    San Clemente, CA | 1,200 Spaces | 535,000 sq ft

    The Outlets at San Clemente is serviced by a 2-level garage housing 2,000 cars with 30,000 square feet of retail spaces at the top deck of the garage. The 535,000 square foot garage is comprised of post-tensioned beams and girders with cast-in-place shear walls. The structure is supported by conventional spread footings.

    • Architect

      Togawa Smith Martin Residential
  • Downtown Los Angeles Mercedes Benz Renovation & Expansion

    Downtown Los Angeles Mercedes Benz Renovation & Expansion

    Los Angeles, CA | 1 story | Showroom: 22,000 sq ft / Parts Department Tenant Improvement: 5,500 sq ft

    As part of an $80 million redevelopment of a series of dealerships to re-establish Figueroa as an auto row in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, our structural design for the renovation and expansion of the Mercedes-Benz showroom in downtown Los Angeles grew the existing 17,000-square-foot space to 22,000 square feet. The showroom expansion included structural steel gravity and lateral framing while the existing Type V, 1930s showroom building was seismically strengthened with steel moment frames. As part of the process, we evaluated the 40-foot-span original wood trusses to support the new mechanical roof top units. Additionally, tenant improvements were made to the 5,500-square-foot Parts Department of the dealership.

    • Architect

      Simon Lee & Associates
    • Contractor

      KCS West
  • PS1 Pluralistic School One Seismic Retrofit and Expansion

    PS1 Pluralistic School One Seismic Retrofit and Expansion

    Santa Monica, CA | 338 seats | 2 stories / 9,500 sq ft

    The PS1 Pluralistic School Seismic Retrofit and Expansion consists of a 2-story, 9,500-square-foot addition to the elementary school located in Santa Monica, California. The expansion project consisted of two phases. Phase I included a seismic retrofit of the existing 2-story Buffalo Building including an addition to the first floor, a walkway, and a stairway to the second floor. Phase II consisted of construction of a new 2-story, 3,600-square-foot Administration Building with a mezzanine and a new Multi-Purpose Building. A sky bridge integrates the expansion with the existing campus.

    • Architect

      Killer Flammang Architects
    • Contractor

      Del Amo Construction
  • California State University, San Marcos Sports Center (Field House Expansion)

    California State University, San Marcos Sports Center (Field House Expansion)

    San Marcos, CA | 1,200 seats | Locker / Support: 23,000 sq ft

    California State University, San Marcos welcomes a 26,000-square-foot expansion to the M. Gordon Clarke Field House. Constructed of tilt-up concrete panels, the facility houses 1,200 retractable seats to accommodate men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball competition as well as general athletics. Supporting amenities include team locker rooms, equipment storage, lobby and exterior pre-function areas.

    • Architect

      Gensler
    • Contractor

      PCL Construction Services
    • Photographer

      Mike Torrey Photography
  • Veterans Village of Glendale

    Veterans Village of Glendale

    Glendale, CA | 4 stories, 44 units | 56,437 sq ft

    Veterans Village of Glendale is 56,437 square feet of residential in 4 stories providing 43 units of affordable apartments. The complex boasts landscaped courtyards with barbeque areas, a community room, exercise room, and computer lab serviced with secured underground parking for 59 cars.

    • Architect

      William Hezmalhalch Architects
    • Contractor

      Alpha Construction
  • Buckley School Phase I Triangle Classroom Building

    Buckley School Phase I Triangle Classroom Building

    Sherman Oaks, CA | 2 stories | 18,716 sq ft

  • Columbia Square

    Columbia Square

    Hollywood, CA | Residential: 20 stories / Office: two 6 stories / Bungalow: 2 stories / Parking: 5 levels, 1,185 spaces | Residential: 262,000 sq ft / Office: 342,000 sq ft / Parking: 500,000 sq ft

    The Columbia Square development consists of two new 6-story office towers, a new 20-story residential tower and a single-story bungalow structure paying homage to the original studio facilities on the site. The 200 apartments, 33,000 square feet of retail and 330,000 square feet of office space sit on top of 5 levels of below grade parking in Hollywood, California. The concrete structures are designed with flat plate slabs and central concrete core shear walls to maximize ceiling heights and provide maximum flexibility for tenants and residents alike. The central core location has also allowed for intricate architectural schemes that are the building perimeter since there is no interference from the structure.  Beautifully landscaped plaza areas with highly flexible tenant spaces, as well as ample parking, provide for a vibrant and trendy resident life in this complex.

    • Architect

      Rios Clementi Hale Studios (Design) / House & Robertson (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Hathaway Dinwiddie (Office/Parking) / Webcor (Residential)
  • The Bicycle Casino Hotel

    The Bicycle Casino Hotel

    Bell Gardens, CA | 7 stories, 90 rooms

    The Bicycle Casino Hotel is a 99-key hotel with a nightclub, plaza deck, pool, spa and saunaat the second level. The hotel is a 7-story structural system with a 2-story concrete podium structure where lateral framing is comprised by special concrete and masonry shear walls. The gravity framing consists of a two-way conventional concrete slab, concrete beams and concrete columns. The upper structural framing above the podium construction consists of 5 stories of ConXtech framing used for a lateral and gravity supporting system. In addition, the lateral structural system along the short direction has two special steel moment frames utilizing RBS type prequalified connection detailing. The typical floor deck consists of composite metal deck and filled with light weight concrete. A new porte cochere was also added to accommodate the remodel of the existing casino function space.

    • Architect

      Lee & Sakahara Architects
    • Contractor

      R.D. Olson Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of The Bicycle Casino Hotel
  • University of California, Los Angeles La Kretz Hall

    University of California, Los Angeles La Kretz Hall

    Los Angeles, CA | 2 stories / 350 seats | 22,000 sq ft

    La Kretz Hall integrated a 2-story, 22,000 square foot building on top of a 5-million-gallon thermal energy storage tank. UCLA’s campus is chronically short of building sites and placing the building on top of the tank was a logical, although technically challenging, solution. Innovative structural features of the project included coordinating the design of the building and tank roof  to support the gravity and lateral loads, methods of connecting the building to the tank roof, and the use of a seismic system that employs special moment frames and eccentrically braced frames. The facility provides auditorium and office space for the Life Sciences Department.

    • Architect

      SmithGroup
    • Contractor

      Westcoast Nielsen
  • Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Hotel & Waterpark

    Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Hotel & Waterpark

    Garden Grove, CA | Hotel: 9 stories, 603 rooms / Waterpark: 3 acres | 920,371 sq ft

    The Wisconsin based Great Wolf Resorts brings a 12-acre hotel, resort and conference center to the Garden Grove community. With 12 parks already in operation, the new woodsy-themed inn and family entertainment complex is the first of its kind in the region. Great Wolf Lodge Southern California consists of a new 603-room, 9-story hotel featuring a two-story lobby with associated amenities including a bar and grill, pizza parlor, hamburger joint and sweet shop over a 161,935-square-foot Temptation Alley in the basement. The 121,000-square-foot, almost entirely indoor, water park is exclusive to resort guests.

    The structural design consists of tilt up wall construction with the tallest wall at 84′ tall and 248,000 pounds. Only one crane in California can accommodate the erection of these walls joining the small pool of heaviest/tallest tilt up panels constructed to date. The roof structure for the water park is comprised of 110-foot-long steel trusses supporting 10 3/8-inch wide by 54-inch deep glue laminated beams spanning 92 feet. 2 7/8-inch-thick laminated wood planks span between the glue laminated beams to give the water park a wood lodge feel. A 3-story concrete bunker building inside the water park houses the mechanical equipment and wave machine.

    • Architect

      Architectural Design Consulting (Design) / Ware Malcomb (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Turner Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Great Wolf
  • California State University, Fullerton Titan Student Union Expansion

    California State University, Fullerton Titan Student Union Expansion

    Fullerton, CA | 2 stories | 160,000 sq ft

    Executed as a design build collaboration, the Titan Student Union Expansion improved the existing 140,000-square-foot building which was originally built in 1976. 20,000 square feet of new construction, interior improvements and upgrades to the mechanical system were made to the south and/or east edges of the existing building with renovation of approximately 24,000 square feet of the existing 2nd floor. The expansion resolved space and service needs associated with various uses, including student government offices, administrative offices, conference rooms, and other support areas.

    • Architect

      Steinberg
    • Contractor

      PCL Construction
    • Photographer

      Rendering: Steinberg
  • Gindi Maimonides Academy Classroom Building

    Gindi Maimonides Academy Classroom Building

    Los Angeles, CA | 3 stories | 74,000 sq ft

    The classroom building at the Orthodox Sephardic Je Gindiwish Day School Maimonides Academy is a 74,000-square-foot, 3-story structure housing classrooms for science, art and music, a gymnasium, computer lab, library, lounge, administration offices, lecture hall and multi-purpose room with subterranean parking. The addition to the campus fosters the dedication of offering its students stimulating activities for growth and enrichment of their Judaic and General Studies.

    • Architect

      Gruen Associates
    • Contractor

      Millie & Severson
  • Blossom Plaza

    Blossom Plaza

    Los Angeles, CA | Residential: 4 stories , 240 units / Parking: 3 subterranean levels, 392 spaces

    The long-awaited Blossom Plaza mixed-use addition to Chinatown brings 240 housing units, 53 pegged for low-income, to the Gold-Line Chinatown serviced community. A walkway/plaza over the parking garage connects the adjacent elevated Gold Line station to the development. As part of the Blossom Plaza is 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a 17,000-square-foot plaza. The residential complex is constructed of Type V construction over 3 levels of subterranean parking for 392 cars.

    A high water table combined with differential subterranean soil conditions and methane concerns is resolved using a 3′ 0″ thick mat foundation for the site. The below grade is a post-tensioned flat slab system, allowing a thinner structure to reduce the amount of excavation. Conventional concrete slab construction is used for the ground and podium slab to allow future retail tenants to fully utilize the space to their needs. The residential framing is constructed using conventional lumber framing with plywood shear walls and floor diaphragms.

    • Architect

      Johnson Fain (Design) / Togawa Smith Martin (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Morley Builders
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Morley Builders
  • OCPC Campus

    OCPC Campus

    Irvine, CA | Five 5 & 6 stories | 1,100,000 sq ft

    Englekirk is providing structural engineering services for the development of the Broadcom campus in Irvine, California. The project includes up to 1.1 million square feet of building space that includes laboratory, open office and campus amenities with over 70 acres of extensive site work. The structural design of the lateral structural framing system for each building consists of steel special moment frames utilizing SSDA slotted beam connections and steel buckling-restrained braced frames utilizing CoreBraces.

    • Architect

      Gensler
    • Contractor

      DPR Construction
    • Photographer

      Rendering: Gensler
  • Viewpoint School - Phase III, Primary School

    Viewpoint School - Phase III, Primary School

    Calabasas, CA | 1 story | 19,335 sq ft

    The Primary School is one of four phases in the development of the Viewpoint School campus. The other components include the Library & Administration Building and Classroom, Science Room, Gymnasium, and Art Gallery. Joists, wall studs and a light gage shear wall make up the light gage steel frame system for 2 new classrooms, food service & library buildings. The buildings are supported on a series of cast-in-place piles connected with a pattern of grade beams. The architectural exposed steel frames over the walkway are onsite & ready for erection. As the Viewpoint School grows, we are excited to be a part of the continued expansion.

     

    • Architect

      Jeffrey M. Kalban & Associates
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Jeffrey M. Kalban & Associates
  • Eighth & Grand

    Eighth & Grand

    Los Angeles, CA | 7 stories / 700 units / Parking: 4 levels, 1,148 spaces | Residential: 557,420 sq ft / Parking: 472,745 sq ft

    Eighth & Grand in downtown LA brings a much anticipated Whole Foods to the Financial District. The 1.1 million square foot mixed-use residential and retail development rises 7 stories to include a 6-story, 700-unit residential apartment building totaling 557,420 square feet. 50,000 square feet of commercial space and 8,995 square feet of recreation include a pool at the podium deck and another pool at the roof level. The complex sits over 472,745 square feet in four levels of below grade parking for 1,148 cars. The building was constructed using the ConXtech space frame system which allowed for an additional floor, architectural flexibility (no bearing walls or braced frames), quick erection with all bolted connections and minimal field welding and the convenience of integrating the swimming pool and open deck at the roof level.

    • Architect

      Daryoush Safai Architects
    • Contractor

      Carmel Partners Construction West, Inc.
  • Hyundai Motor America Headquarters

    Hyundai Motor America Headquarters

    Fountain Valley, CA | 6 stories | 460,000 sq ft

    Hyundai Motor Company replaces their existing 20-year-old headquarters with a new facility that “represents Hyundai’s vision for the future”. In response to the owners desire that their facility perform at its best during a major seismic event, our firm utilized Performance Based Design in the development of a cost-efficient structural solution comprised of Buckling Restrained Braced Frames in the North-South direction and Seismic Moment Resisting Frames in the East-West direction.

    The main structure is a 6-story, 460,000-square-foot building connected with a 1-story, 70,000-square-foot technical services facility that are designed to LEED Gold certification. The entrance to the new headquarters boasts an impressive 150′ x 90′-column-free 2-story-high breezeway focal point, which segues to an open public courtyard in the building’s center. Adjacent to the freeway side of the new structure one can view the showroom of Hyundai vehicles.

    • Architect

      Gensler
    • Contractor

      Hyundai AMCO Co., Ltd.
  • Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School Expansion

    Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School Expansion

    Los Angeles, CA | 1 story | 63,000 sq ft

  • University of California, Santa Barbara San Clemente Villages Graduate Student Housing Complex Parking Structure

    University of California, Santa Barbara San Clemente Villages Graduate Student Housing Complex Parking Structure

    Santa Barbara, CA | 7310 spaces / 4 levels | 230,000 sq ft

    The beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains serve as a backdrop for the Graduate Student Housing on the University of California Santa Barbara campus. The Type 5, sheathed in stucco, student housing provides 976 beds with ancillary support functions including a community center and multipurpose buildings. A 730-space structured parking garage is located beneath 2/3 of the housing which is grouped around a series of courtyards thematically landscaped with examples of the beautiful and bountiful plants native to this part of the state.

    • Architect

      Harley Ellis Devereaux
    • Contractor

      Hunt
  • Beverly Hills BMW Service Center

    Beverly Hills BMW Service Center

    Los Angeles, CA | 6 stories / 148 spaces | 263,000 sq ft

    Augmenting the Sales Center, the Beverly Hills BMW Service Center is a 6-story, above-grade concrete shear wall building with post tension slabs, and includes three levels of automotive service equipment and parts storages, and two levels for car storages. The center features one level of customer service offices, and is outfitted with a rooftop carwash, a car lift, and a service lift.

    • Architect

      AHT Architects, Inc.
    • Contractor

      Kunzik & Sara
  • Los Angeles County West Hollywood Branch Library

    Los Angeles County West Hollywood Branch Library

    West Hollywood, CA | 2 stories | 43,000 sq ft

    The West Hollywood Library is a two-story, 48,000-square-foot structure steel structure. Tight site conditions required the use of a mat foundation. By sloping the mat foundation to accommodate ramps, a reduction in excavation leading to cost savings were achieved. Trenches for site utilities were accommodated within the mat foundation to alleviate issues related to underground utilities. The use of Eccentrically Braced Frames along the back face of the library and the use of Special Moment Resisting frames achieved the architectural intent of large open window facades along the front face. In close coordination with the architect, we designed special detailing to provide structural support for the extensive feature façade of curved surfaces. As part of the development is an adjacent 6-story parking garage. Well-coordinated structural drawings integrated the design of the library in relationship to the design of the parking garage to achieve smooth construction of the project.

    • Architect

      MDA Johnson Favaro
    • Contractor

      WE O'Neil
  • The Beacon

    The Beacon

    Los Angeles, CA | Residential: 33 stories, 8 stories, 428 units / Parking: 8 above, 2 below, 452 spaces | 763,831 sq ft

    The Historic Core in downtown Los Angeles welcomes the 33-story tower, The Beacon. The development includes a total of 428 units consisting of 320-market-rate, 22-low-income tenants and 86-workforce housing units. Parking for bikes and cars is accessible in an eight-level garage and two subterranean levels.

    Our structural solution utilized Performance Based Design which results in a better performance of the structure during a major earthquake, while at the same time producing a more cost-effective product.

    • Architect

      TCA
    • Contractor

      W.E. O'Neil Construction Company
    • Photographer

      Rendering: TCA
  • 1551 Ala Wai, Waikiki

    1551 Ala Wai, Waikiki

    Honolulu, HI | Tower 38 stories, 196 units / Parking 470 spaces

    This 38-story, 355-foot-tall, single loaded corridor condominium tower, featuring a glass elevator, created challenges to design an economical lateral load resisting system that would meet the requirements of using a “flying form” system for the flat plate post-tensioned floor system. A “C” shaped longitudinal shear wall at both ends of the tower was selected as providing the required stiffness as well as not interfering with the floor forming system. Exterior open stairs, which are cantilevered off the main structure and tower, steps back off the primary grids on the upper floor and provided additional structural challenges.

    This project also consisted of a stand-alone 470-car parking structure which was framed utilizing a long span post-tensioned beam and slot system.

    • Architect

      Architects Hawaii Limited
  • California Institute of Technology Charles C. Gates Jr. - Franklin Thomas Laboratory

    California Institute of Technology Charles C. Gates Jr. - Franklin Thomas Laboratory

    Pasadena, CA | 3 stories | 35,000 sq ft

    The existing Thomas Laboratory on the campus of Caltech is a 1940’s vintage reinforced concrete structure that underwent an extensive architectural upgrade. In addition to a complete renovation of all interior spaces, two prominent architectural additions included a new auditorium which stands proud from the north elevation and a feature stair within a 3-story-tall building lobby. Portions of the north exterior wall and existing floors were removed and strengthened to incorporate these architectural ele

    • Architect

      AC Martin Partners
    • Contractor

      Swinerton Builders
  • Eastown

    Eastown

    Hollywood, CA | 6 stories / 500 units | 655,000 sq ft

    After years of planning, Eastown, Phase I of Blvd 6200, is completed with Phase II following close behind to break ground. Phase I includes four 6-story buildings with 500 apartments, more than 74,000 square feet of retail on the east side of the Pantages Theater, 1,300+ parking spaces, and a 7,000-square-foot public plaza.

    The entire project when completed will include 1,000 apartment units in two city blocks with 3 levels of below grade parking.

    • Architect

      Van Tilburg, Banvard, Soderburg
    • Contractor

      Morley Builders
  • United States Courthouse, San Diego

    United States Courthouse, San Diego

    San Diego, CA | 17 stories | 487,421 sq ft

    The United States Courthouse in San Diego is a 487,421-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that includes a 17-story EBF (Eccentric Braced Frame) steel tower over 2 levels of below grade concrete slabs, beams, and walls. The structure at 320 feet exceeded the building code height limit for EBF lateral system. Alternative non-linear design procedures were required to confirm building code compliance and to verify adequate structural performance. There were several other challenging structural issues for this project. The floor heights were set very tall at up to 25 feet. The lobby area has a ceiling height of 50 feet and has exterior glass and an architecturally exposed steel curtain wall system that is supported from the structure. Blast and progressive collapse security requirements are incorporated into the structural design. For the precast and metal panel exterior wall system, extensive steel support framing was implemented.

    Specifically it is comprised of an Entry Lobby, Jury Assembly room, 13 US District Courtrooms and Chambers, 1 US District Special Proceeding Courtroom and Chamber, Court Chambers floor, US Clerk of Court offices, US Pretrial Services offices, Subterranean parking, USMS sally port/holding cells, USMS holding cells and offices, Conference and Training rooms and Dining.

    This Courthouse has been designed around a complicated sloping Plaza level with a large integrated art and landscape walkway feature, 6-foot deep large planter areas and an extensive metal panel and precast architectural elements. The public plaza at  the center of the complex is a new civic plaza for the city.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners
    • Contractor

      Hensel Phelps
    • Photographer

      ©Heliphoto
  • University of California, Los Angeles Edie and Lew Wasserman Building

    University of California, Los Angeles Edie and Lew Wasserman Building

    Los Angeles, CA | 6 stories | 98,000 sq ft

    The Edie and Lew Wasserman Building is a 100,000-square-foot facility with six levels above grade over a larger partial subterranean level. The multi-purpose medical facility houses the Jules Stein Eye Institute on the three lower floors, the Institute of Urologic Oncology on the third floor and the Global Neurosurgery Center on the top floors. The facility boasts clean lines in the white terracotta and pale oak finishes that frame the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to fill the spacious rooms that reveal stunning views of the campus.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners
    • Contractor

      Morley Builders
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Morley Builders
  • County of Los Angeles Hall of Justice Seismic Retrofit and Parking Structure

    County of Los Angeles Hall of Justice Seismic Retrofit and Parking Structure

    Los Angeles, CA | Office: 14 stories / Parking: 1,000 spaces, 4 levels below / 5 stories above | Office: 335,000 sq ft / Parking: 316,000 sq ft

    The 1925 Hall of Justice is a 14-story, 335,000-square-foot building located in downtown Los Angeles. The existing gravity system for the 1925 courthouse structure, which once housed jails cells on the upper floor, is steel beam and column encased in concrete for fire proofing. The existing lateral system is an 8″ concrete wall around the building which is clad with 9-1/2″ thick granite on the lower levels and terra cotta on the upper floors.

    Collaborating with the design build team, the retrofit program included new shear walls and drag beams as lateral bracing of the structure, anchorage of the historic façade at interior light courts, the removal of two floors to increase the floor to floor heights, and the infill of existing openings. The project includes the addition of an adjacent 1000-car parking garage that is 4 stories below and 5 stories above grade with a one way beam and slab gravity system and concrete moment frames for the lateral system.

    • Architect

      AC Martin Partners
    • Contractor

      Clark Construction Group
  • Apex

    Apex

    Los Angeles, CA | Tower: 28 stories, 271 units / Lofts: 6 stories, 77 units / Parking: 4 sub levels, 977 spaces | 924,743 sq ft

    Apex is a 28-story tower and 5-story loft with retail. It is the first tall building in Los Angeles utilizing Performance Based Design, which allowed our firm to replace prescriptive code seismic forces with rationally developed design criteria. Our use of this sophisticated design approach, in conjunction with 12,000 psi high strength concrete, produced major cost construction savings because of smaller seismic columns and beams. The tower’s lateral system uses internal concrete ductile moment frames permitting unobstructed views on all sides of the structure.

    • Architect

      DeStefano Partners
    • Contractor

      Webcor
  • 8500

    8500

    Los Angeles, CA | 8 stories, 88 units | 260,000 sq ft

    8500 is a mixed use development located on the corner where Burton Way, San Vicente, and La Cienaga meet at the gateway to the Beverly Hills residential district. It consists of 5 levels of Type I construction luxury apartments in 142,000 square feet with a 5,000-square-foot rooftop pool and garden and a 2,300-square-foot podium garden on the 4th level. Parking includes 70,500 square feet in 3 levels of above grade parking, a 14,500-square-foot Trader Joe’s, and 32,600 square feet of below grade parking. The structural system incorporates post tensioned slabs and shear walls and features a mat foundation to address both high groundwater and methane at the site.

    • Architect

      McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc.
    • Contractor

      Bernards Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Bernards Construction
  • Four Seasons Westlake Village California Health & Longevity Institute

    Four Seasons Westlake Village California Health & Longevity Institute

    Westlake, CA | 7 stories, 267 rooms | 306,804 sq ft

    The Four Seasons Westlake Village includes a luxury hotel of 267 guest rooms and suites with a Medi-Spa, a health and beauty spa with over two-dozen treatment rooms with private outdoor gardens and spa bath amenities. The property supports a grand ballroom accommodating 350 guests, 15 acres of walking and jogging trails accented with water features.

    The Medi-Spa is a full service spa and fitness center with state-of-the-art facilities attended by skilled aestheticians, personal trainers and physical therapists.

    • Architect

      WAT&G
    • Contractor

      Matt Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Castle & Cooke, Inc.
  • Getty Center

    Getty Center

    Los Angeles, CA | 6 buildings | 1,500,000 sq ft

    The Getty Center consists of over 1,500,000 square feet of construction spread among six separate, but interconnected, structures on a 110-acre site in the Santa Monica Mountains at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and the San Diego Freeway. A steeply sloping site with an inactive fault trace traversing the site complicated our structural design development. A wide variety of programs including a museum, Trust offices, conservation laboratories, library circulation and storage areas, food service areas, auditorium, parking structures, and elaborate mechanical and utility area are included in the project. An elevated transportation shuttle, three quarters of a mile in length, interconnects a seven level underground parking structure with the main site.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners
    • Contractor

      Dinwiddie Construction
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

    Los Angeles Unified School District Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

    Los Angeles, CA | 4,624 seats | 430,410 sq ft

    The entire scope of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools development includes a K-3 School, a 4-8 Middle School, and a High School to accommodate 4,624 students. The 92,000-square-foot, K-3 building has 1,150 seats within 46 classrooms. The K-3 building is a 2-story, wood structure with plywood shear walls. The 4-8/High School building has 3,474 seats within 130 classrooms on six floors. The area is 382,000 square feet, and the rehabilitated Cocoanut Grove building is an additional 48,410 square feet of enclosed and covered areas. The 6-story steel structure utilizes steel moment-resisting frames.

    As part of the campus, there is a 114,335-square-foot parking structure with a 101,979-square-foot field area over the roof. The subterranean parking structure accommodates a total of 442 parking spaces on two levels for faculty and administrative staff with playfields for the 4-8/HS constructed above the parking structure. The structure is a concrete shear wall building with one way rebar slab and 60′-0″ long post tensioned concrete beams.

    • Architect

      Gonzalez Goodale Architects
    • Contractor

      Hensel Phelps Construction
    • Photographer

      ©Heliphoto
  • Santa Monica Place Renovation

    Santa Monica Place Renovation

    Santa Monica, CA | 3 stories | 700,000 sq ft

    The original Santa Monica Place Mall was a Frank Gehry-designed, 3-story, 550,000-square-foot enclosed mall constructed in the 1970’s. The renovation called for the conversion of an enclosed mall into an open air mall and an addition of a substantial 3-story-high structure to the west. The new addition provides a space for outdoor dining experiences with breathtaking view of the ocean.

    The structure is structural steel construction braced against seismic and wind forces by inverted chevron braced frames and Special Moment Resisting Frames. Each original inverted chevron braced frame is structurally enhanced by only strengthening of the beam and brace connections. Strengthening of the brace and the frame column was deemed unnecessary through rigorous analysis of the bracing system and evaluation of the frame’s post-yield behaviors (a performance based design approach). The seismic strengthening follows the guidelines of ASCE 41-06 (Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings).

    Independent new steel structures three stories high were added on the north entrance area of the mall to aid as a visual connection to the existing Third Street Promenade.

    • Architect

      The Jerde Partnership (Design) / Omniplan Architects (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Whiting-Turner
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Macerich
  • American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater Renovation and Seismic Retrofit

    American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater Renovation and Seismic Retrofit

    Hollywood, CA | 645 seats | 21,000 sq ft

    The seismic strengthening of the existing theater building included the addition of two feature stairs to a new balcony level, a sunken screening room with curved acoustic panel ceiling and a new elevator to the seating area while preserving the existing historic plaster interior walls and ceiling.

    Creative placement of seismic resisting elements and collectors provided the owner with the cost effective structural solution which made the project a reality. Designing fewer seismic elements with sufficient connectors between elements significantly reduced the cost over previously designed structural solutions. Fewer elements also minimized removal of valuable historic fabric from this Hollywood landmark.

    • Architect

      Hodgetts + Fung
    • Contractor

      Turner Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Hodgetts + Fung
  • San Jose Civic Center Wind Study - Pedestrian Level and Cladding Wind Engineering

    San Jose Civic Center Wind Study - Pedestrian Level and Cladding Wind Engineering

    San Jose | Tower 18 stories / Council Chamber 3 stories / Rotunda 110 ft | 671,056 sq ft

    Our firm was retained to perform wind engineering studies for cladding pressures, building frame pressures, and pedestrian comfort. We undertook a comprehensive statistical analysis of the wind speed and direction to establish the average daily wind condition at the site. A scale model of the project was built and tested in a wind tunnel with the surrounding structures to quantify the wind flow pattern. Where unacceptable wind conditions were found to occur, mitigating measures were recommended. Realistic wind cladding pressures helped optimize the exterior cladding and glazing system design.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners Architects
  • Pacific Design Center RedBuilding

    Pacific Design Center RedBuilding

    West Hollywood, CA | two Towers: 8 stories & 6 stories over 7 levels Parking, 1,430 spaces | 400,000 sq ft

    The Red Building, designed by Cesar Pelli, is the third building to the iconic complex of structures known as the Pacific Design Center. Complementing the original Blue and Green buildings, the third building is comprised of two towers, the East Building and the West Building, and is unique in that it departs from the existing angular shaped structures to a curved, streamlined building that simulates a ship’s profile. The East Building façade juts out like a ships prow, cantilevering 66 feet over its 6- and 8-story shape. The West building façade similarly points outward at the base with a 66-foot cantilever where guests enter the structure under a column free area announcing their entry into the open structure. The unique building shape required sloped columns and varying floor plates to create a structural system that seamlessly integrates with the architectural shape. Further to the challenge was designing it above 7 levels of parking.

    A close collaboration with the architectural designer resulted in a structural system that was effortlessly integrated adding a new icon to the Los Angeles skyline.

    • Architect

      Pelli Clarke Pelli (Design / Gruen Associates (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Jones and Jones
    • Photographer

      Rendering: Pelli Clarke Pelli
  • New Mexico State University Chamisa Village Housing, Phase II

    New Mexico State University Chamisa Village Housing, Phase II

    Las Cruces, NM | 3 stories / 282 beds | 127,000 sq ft

    The Chamisa Village Housing on the New Mexico State University campus consists of a complex of six 3-story light-frame wood buildings interconnected through a network of bridges. The structural system consists of sawn lumber joists supported on wood stud bearing walls. The floor system is comprised of plywood sheathing with concrete topping with a typical floor-to-floor height of 10″-4″. The walls are supported on shallow spread footings founded on natural soil or compacted fill. The lateral system consists of light-framed walls sheathed with wood structural panels supported on shallow spread footings.

    • Architect

      Steinberg Architects
    • Contractor

      Sundt Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Steinberg Architects
  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center

    The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center

    San Marino, CA | 1 story | 144,000 sq ft

    The Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center is a welcome addition to the educational and research institution The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. The Library is home to an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts, including a Gutenberg Bible. The Center development totals 144,000 square feet in two 1-story buildings and includes the remodel of the entry area with a new garden court, arrival and ticketing, lecture hall and classrooms, cafe and retail store and an increase of underground storage capacity for historical materials which is connected by a 4,000-square-foot underground personnel/utility tunnel.

     

    • Architect

      Architectural Resources Group
    • Contractor

      Matt Construction
  • Southwestern Law School

    Southwestern Law School

    Los Angeles, CA | 9 stories / 300 volumes | 232,000 sq ft

    The famed historic art deco Bullock’s Wilshire built in 1929, located on Wilshire Boulevard and Westmoreland Avenue transformed into the new Southwestern University School of Law. Our firm provided the structural engineering for the 232,000-square-foot renovation and restoration. The library encompasses 84,000 square feet of the University and will have the capacity to house 300,000 volumes, networked seating, computer labs, classrooms, study areas, and staff offices. Included in the restoration process was the structural design of a new spiral staircase, structural supports added to brace and support historical finishes and varied sitework of elevator supports, new exterior stairs and retaining wall.

    • Architect

      Altoon + Porter Architects
    • Contractor

      Pueblo Contracting Services
  • The Huntington Library Mary Lou & George Boone Gallery

    The Huntington Library Mary Lou & George Boone Gallery

    San Marino, CA | 10,000 sq ft

    Originally designed as a garage for the Huntington family’s cars and as living quarters for the staff, the Carriage House is an adaptive reuse into a new venue for traveling shows of American and English art, rare books and manuscripts. The existing structure was transformed into an exhibition area with additional facilities for meetings and educational programs and retail.

    • Architect

      Levin & Associates
    • Contractor

      Pozzo Construction
  • Menlo Atherton High School: Performing Arts Center

    Menlo Atherton High School: Performing Arts Center

    Atherton, CA | 492 seats | 31,000 sq ft

    The Performing Arts Center is a 31,000-square-foot facility on the campus of Menlo Atherton High School. The auditorium features unique tree-like structural canopies at the entrance lobby and the back of the building. These tree-like canopies are also the main gravity supports for the roof structure in these areas. The inside of the auditorium is of ornate architectural acoustic screens in the box boom areas. The acoustic screen is constructed using a patterned cut MDF panel/cloth backing supported by thin wall structural tubing. The cuts through the MDF panels depict a “leafy tree branch” pattern when illuminated from behind during the theatrical performances and serve also as an acoustical screen.

    The architectural design of the structure involves various sloping roof and wall planes. The seismic system is a combination of CMU shear walls and SCBF and the floor structure consists of metal deck with concrete fill. The 88-foot span of the auditorium roof is supported by structural steel truss with a combination of structural tubes and wide flange sections. The top chord of these trusses had to be profiled to follow the slope of the roof structure as articulated by the architectural sloped roofs. The roof is a combination of bare metal deck with insulating concrete or structural light weight concrete. Due to the steep sloping roof, the structural concrete had to be shot-crete. The stage house grid iron, which is suspended from the roof structure, will be used to house the scenery and lighting for the performances. The grid iron is designed as Vierendeel truss with tube and channel framing. The stage house has intermediate fly galleries, loading galleries and rigging systems on pulleys which are supported by the roof structural steel beams. These elements provide the support structure during a theatrical performance. The front lighting of the stage is provided from the roof hung catwalks above the auditorium seating. These catwalks are also lined with MDF panel architectural screens as described above.

    • Architect

      Hodgetts + Fung
    • Contractor

      Blach Construction
    • Photographer

      Ken Schroeder
  • San Jose Civic Center

    San Jose Civic Center

    San Jose, CA | Tower: 18 stories / Council Chamber: 3 stories / Rotunda: 110 ft | 671,056 sq ft

    The San Jose Civic Center project consists of a 20-story tower, a 4-story city council wing and a 100-foot-diameter rotunda over one level of subterranean parking. The high water table and poor soils mandated the use of driven, precast piles and a structural slab on grade to resist hydrostatic uplift forces and to mitigate the effects of liquefaction. Structural steel used to frame the above grade structure and cast-in-place concrete is utilized for the perimeter walls, plaza slab and structural slab-on-grade. A dual system consisting of concrete shear walls and steel moment frames resist the lateral loads in the buildings.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners Architects
    • Contractor

      Turner Construction
    • Photographer

      Tom Griffith Photography
  • West Hollywood Library Municipal Parking Structure

    West Hollywood Library Municipal Parking Structure

    West Hollywood, CA | 5 above + 1 partial subterranean level / 330 spaces | 137,386 sq ft

    The existing site conditions in West Hollywood required a mat foundation system for the 5-story, 330-car West Hollywood Library Municipal Parking Structure. By sloping the mat foundation to accommodate ramps, a reduction in excavation leading to cost savings was achieved. Trenches for site utilities were accommodated within the mat foundation to alleviate issues related to underground utilities. Coordination of the parking garage and the adjacent library structure aided in a well-coordinated set of drawings. Accommodating tennis courts on the roof top required a high level of coordination and precise installation of various embeds within the post-tensioned slab system.

    • Architect

      MDA Johnson Favaro
    • Contractor

      WE O'Neil
  • Hancock Lofts

    Hancock Lofts

    West Hollywood, CA | 4 stories / 40 units | 103,000 sq ft

    Hancock Lofts is a  four-story mixed-use building with 12,500 square feet of ground floor retail, 33 residential condominium units, 7 residential rental units, and 212 parking spaces, 152 of which will be available to the public.

    The building structure consists of 2 levels of reinforced concrete (one level is below grade) supporting 3 levels of wood framing. The basement level is all parking. The first floor is a combination of parking, retail, and residential units. The second floor is comprised of parking and residential units. The remainder of floors consist of one and two story condominium units. Reinforced concrete shearwalls make up the lateral load resisting system for the concrete portion while plywood sheathed shearwalls brace the wood framed structure.

    • Architect

      Koning Eizenberg
    • Contractor

      American Constructors
  • Waihonua Tower

    Waihonua Tower

    Honolulu, HI | 43 stories / 341 units

    The Waihonua Tower is a 43-story high rise located in the rapidly developing Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, adjacent to the Ala Moana shopping center. Designed through a joint effort by Design Partners Incorporated of Honolulu and Pappageorge Haymes Partners of Chicago, the 400-foot tower consists of 341 residential units spread between floors 6 to 43 and is surrounded by 6 levels of podium which contains a lobby, storage units, parking, with a 6th floor recreation deck hosting a pool, spa, barbeque area, pavilions, and community room. Both the tower and podium use a flat-plate post-tensioned concrete floor system with the entire structure supported laterally by a reinforced concrete shear wall core spanning the height of the building with wall thicknesses varying from 12″ to 36″. The foundation design for this project proved to be challenging due to poor soil conditions combined with the high wind pressures typically experienced along the Hawaii coastlines – seventy 42″ diameter reinforced concrete caissons were used to resist the gravity and lateral loads of the tower. These caissons were drilled up to 120′ deep and were tied together at ground level using an 8′ thick mat foundation on which the tower currently stands.

    • Architect

      Pappageorge Haymes Partners (Design) / Design Partners Incorporated (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.
  • Aqua Condominiums

    Aqua Condominiums

    Long Beach, CA | two 18 stories / 556 units | 1,072,000 sq ft

    Aqua, the tallest concrete building in Seismic Zone 3 and 4 with a bearing wall system braced with shear walls, is two residential towers 18 stories high. The towers are comprised of 556 residential units totaling 723,000 square feet over 264,000 square feet of parking in 3 partial subterranean levels. At the ground level, 85,000 square feet of landscape plaza area has been provided that includes an entry driveway, two swimming pools and a seaside promenade walkway.

    It was determined early in the development stage that using tunnel forms, the project can be completed 30 to 40% faster with approximately 30% reduction in direct construction cost. With tunnel forming, walls and slabs are poured at the same time. In addition, sound transmission is reduced to 30 to 40% for concrete walls vs. stud and drywall and utility costs will also decrease.

    • Architect

      EDI Architecture, Inc.
    • Contractor

      Summit Builders Construction Co.
    • Photographer

      Henry Cabala Photography
  • Jefferson Park Terrace

    Jefferson Park Terrace

    Los Angeles, CA | 5 stories / 60 units | 90,000 sq ft

    Mercy Housing created an art deco inspired 4-story, 49,000-square-foot apartment complex that houses a Los Angeles landmark, the original Fatburger on the ground floor. The structure utilizes a gravity system of wood framing over a concrete podium, and a lateral system with wood shear walls above the podium with special reinforced concrete shear walls below. Our structural design incorporated slender wood shear walls around the building perimeter maximizing window area. While the wide expanse of windows allows for increased sun exposure, we were challenged with resisting overturning forces due to the reduced shear wall length. To overcome this, we used HSS columns at the ends of the shear walls to provide increased overturning resistance and drift control. Living space was also maximized by locating wood framing on grade adjacent to the podium which we solved by detailing the interface of wood to concrete, allowing the structure to perform as a unit. Creative detailing at this interface realized larger homes for Jefferson Park Terrace’s future residents.

    • Architect

      William Hezmalhalch Architects, Inc.
    • Contractor

      Dreyfuss Construction
  • Westfield Santa Anita

    Westfield Santa Anita

    Arcadia, CA | Retail: five 1 stories / Parking: 2 subterranean levels | 702,860 sq ft

    The Westfield Santa Anita Expansion added two levels of parking and one level of retail adjacent to the existing mall. One level of parking is subterranean and the other is at ground level. The elevated reinforced concrete podium slab supports five 1-story steel retail buildings with landscaped plaza areas between the buildings. Access to the adjacent existing mall is provided at the ground level parking and at the retail podium. Shallow concrete beams spanning in one direction allowed for thinner slabs, which provided the most efficient structural system for the desired column configuration. The steel buildings are laterally braced by moment frames and braced frames and the concrete levels are laterally braced by concrete shear walls.

    • Architect

      Westfield (Design) / Jacobs (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Westfield
  • Camden Glendale

    Camden Glendale

    Glendale, CA | 5 stories / 287 units | 242,000 sq ft

    Camden Glendale is comprised of five stories with 287 units of Type III apartment building over 15,000 square feet of retail plus ancillary uses over a 3-level, 546-space subterranean parking for residential and retail use. Located on a triangular shaped lot between Los Feliz Boulevard, San Fernando Road, and Central Avenue, the project is conveniently just a few blocks from the Amtrak and Metrolink station.

    • Architect

      TCA Architects
    • Contractor

      Bernards Builders
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Camden
  • Rio Hondo College Student Services Center and Student Union Building

    Rio Hondo College Student Services Center and Student Union Building

    Whittier, CA | 3 stories | 47,150 sq ft

    Rio Hondo College students welcome a new 35,000-square-foot Student Services building housing the offices of financial aid, admissions, counseling and other student services and a 12,150-square-foot Student Union building with campus dining commons, student union offices and an activities center. An adjacent 170,000-square-foot Central Quad Plaza provides an area for students and teachers to interact, dine outdoors and enjoy outdoor functions.

    • Architect

      Ehrlich Architects
    • Contractor

      KPRS Construction Services
  • Allure Waikiki

    Allure Waikiki

    Honolulu, HI | 35 stories, 300 units, 458 parking spaces

    The Allure Waikiki is a 35-story tower containing 291 one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 833 square feet to 1,633 square feet with private lanais. Amenities include 19,500 square feet of recreational terrace, 9,000 square feet of signature dining and/or upscale retail space as well as 32,000 square feet of parks and gardens. The development Is serviced by 175,000 square feet of subterranean parking for 458 cars.

    • Architect

      Architects Hawaii Limited
  • Bakersfield Ice Sports Center

    Bakersfield Ice Sports Center

    Bakersfield, CA | 1 story / 500 seats | 34,000 sq ft

    The Bakersfield Ice Sports Center, adjacent to the McMurtrey Aquatics Center, features a one-story building housing a regulation size ice rink for the public. Adjacent to the ice rink are bleacher seats for 500 persons. The building houses locker rooms, small vending areas, and office space for the Center and features clear long-span trusses that span across the ice rink. Mechanical ventilation ducts were located within the long trusses to reduce the building height. The architecural sloping exterior walls create a dynamic space and structure for the public.

    • Architect

      Rossetti Architects
  • BMW Sales Center

    BMW Sales Center

    Los Angeles, CA | 3 stories | 90,000 sq ft

    This BMW Sales Center is a 3-story steel framed structure on grade. The gravity system is composed of composite decks, steel beams and steel columns and the lateral framing consists of special moment frames in both directions. The foundation is a regular spread footing system with a support steel system for the glazed storefront which cantilevers 20 feet above parking level 2.

    • Architect

      AHT Architects
    • Contractor

      Kunzik & Sara
  • Wall Project (Berlin Wall)

    Wall Project (Berlin Wall)

    Los Angeles, CA | 80 ft

    The City of Los Angeles in conjunction with the Wende Museum, The Federal Republic of Germany Counsel in Los Angeles, and the city of Berlin recreated a page of history with the Wall Project which consists of an 80-foot wall spanning down Wilshire Boulevard in commemoration of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall was torn down. Original segments of the wall were on display in front of 5900 Wilshire, across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. While it stood, the wall served as a public art canvas for graffiti and protests. While in Los Angeles various selected artists featured their work on the wall. Selected sections of the wall were ceremoniously destroyed by several invited dignitaries during an event hosted by The Wende Musuem.

  • Allure Las Vegas

    Allure Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, NV | Residential: 41 stories, 427 units / Parking: 6 levels, 680 spaces | Residential: 602,289 sq ft / Parking: 251,000 sq ft

    The Allure is a 41-story concrete shear wall luxury condominium of 427 units with a 6-story, 680-space precast parking structure with a plaza deck on top. Completed as the tallest residential tower in Las Vegas, the project amenities include a business center, conference/dining facility, and workout/spa area. 36 cabana units surround the pool complex with landscaped gardens on six floors above street level.

    • Architect

      EDI Architects
    • Contractor

      Bovis Lend Lease
    • Photographer

      New York Focus, LLC
  • University of California, Los Angeles Campus Police Station

    University of California, Los Angeles Campus Police Station

    Los Angeles, CA | 2 stories | 24,846 sq ft

    The Campus Police Station is a two-story multi-purpose structure that houses all operations of the University of California, Los Angeles Police Department. With a total area of 24,846 square feet, the facility includes administrative offices, a data communication center, temporary holding facility and parking for emergency vehicles below the upper floor in the rear of the building.

    Classified as an essential facility, it is structurally designed to be operational under a major seismic event. Based on the site conditions and the building’s functional requirements, different lateral force resisting systems were combined to provide the most economical and technically efficient design solution.

    Located at the intersection of the Westwood Blvd and Charles E. Young Dr. South, the east and the south side of the building feature large glazed windows. The remainder of the exterior façade is made of a special ‘UCLA’ brick composition to be in harmony with the historical brick finish that is typical for the
    campus

    • Architect

      Studios Architecture
    • Contractor

      Novus Construction
  • Molasky Corporate Center Parking Structure

    Molasky Corporate Center Parking Structure

    Las Vegas, NV | 7 levels / 1,400 spaces | 330,000 sq ft

    The Molasky Corporate Center is a new 830,000-square-foot development located in Las Vegas, Nevada. It consists of a 16-story steel building with 10 levels of offices over 6 levels of parking, plus an adjacent 7-story steel parking structure. The tower has a plaza with elaborate landscaping at the seventh floor.

    Utilizing long-span girders and a lateral system of all moment frames for the 7-story parking structure eliminated columns between parking stalls and improved visibility in the garage. The project was designed for LEED Gold Certification.

    • Architect

      KKE Architects
    • Contractor

      Marnell Corrao
  • Leo J. Trombatore State Office Building Caltrans District 3

    Leo J. Trombatore State Office Building Caltrans District 3

    Marysville, CA | 5 stories | 211,000 sq ft

    The Leo J. Trombatore State Office Building is the 211,000-square-foot headquarters for the California Department of Transportation, District 3. The facility is designed to accommodate 750 employees for Caltrans administration, design and engineering studios. Included in the development are a 200-seat auditorium, public service counters, teleconferencing facilities, child care center and a cafeteria with outdoor tables and canvas awnings. The structural system selected was a hybrid, precast concrete frame and exterior skin that will enhance thermal lag, reducing heating and cooling energy loads and maximizing user comfort. The project was completed in 24 months through the design-build delivery method.

    • Architect

      AC Martin Partners
    • Contractor

      Turner Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of AC Martin Partners
  • California Science Center

    California Science Center

    Los Angeles, CA | 3, 2, & 1 stories | 245,000 sq ft

    The California Science Center (CSC) replaces the original California Museum of Science and Industry, which was closed by the State Architect in the late 1980s because of seismic concerns. The new CSC is a three-level, 122,500-square-foot facility exploring the creative aspects of science. In addition to the museum building, an adjacent 400-seat IMAX theater with a 70-foot-high movie screen adds an additional 17,000 square feet to the project. Linking the museum and the theater is a 100-foot-diameter exposed steel rotunda.

    • Architect

      Zimmer, Gunsul, Frasca, Architect
    • Contractor

      Keller Construction
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Hilton Grand Vacations Club Waikikian Tower

    Hilton Hawaiian Village Hilton Grand Vacations Club Waikikian Tower

    Honolulu, HI | 38 stories | 640,000 sq ft

    The Grand Waikikian represents a major addition to Waikiki’s famous Hilton Hawaiian Village. The Tower is thirty-three stories of residential over 49,884 square feet in 5 levels of parking. The Tower is serviced at the base with retail shops, public spaces, the grand lobby and porte cochere. A pool with waterfalls, slide and swim-through grotto extends through to the Hilton lagoon.

    • Architect

      Group 70 International
    • Contractor

      Dick Pacific Construction
  • Los Angeles Community College District Los Angeles City College Martin Luther King Library

    Los Angeles Community College District Los Angeles City College Martin Luther King Library

    Los Angeles, CA | 3 stories | 64,000 sq ft

    The Martin Luther King Library is located on the campus of Los Angeles City College and is a welcomed resource center to its learning environment. The library houses its collection in 3 stories totaling 64,000 square feet of building area providing electronic classrooms, computer and general study areas, and administrative offices. The building construction is a reinforced concrete 2-way slab system with reinforced concrete shear walls.

    • Architect

      Steinberg Architects
    • Contractor

      Sinanian Development
  • Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Scottsdale

    Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Scottsdale

    Scotssdale, AZ | 3 stories, 134 units | 92,423 sq ft

    As part of the Belmont Village Assisted Senior Living Facilities, Belmont Scottsdale is the organization’s first offering in the State of Arizona. Based on factors such as cost, constructability, and serviceability, the structure consists of post-tensioned concrete flat slab and concrete columns for the gravity framing. Located in a zone of low seismicity, concrete shear walls were used to laterally brace this 3-story structure in a very cost-efficient manner. The design team utilized the benefits that a ‘Building Information Management (BIM) model can offer for coordination between various consultants. Special attention was paid to the exterior façade of the building to integrate it into the existing site.

    • Architect

      Morris Architects
    • Contractor

      W.E. O'Neil Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Morris Architects
  • Mercy Housing Caroline Severance Manor Affordable Housing Apartments

    Mercy Housing Caroline Severance Manor Affordable Housing Apartments

    Los Angeles, CA | 4 and 5 stories / 86 units | 140,000 sq ft

    The Caroline Severance Manor is located in the Mid Wilshire/Koreatown neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles and is an 85-unit supportive housing and family property developed in partnership with the California Community Foundation Land Trust and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles. The structure consists of 4- and 5-story wood-framed apartment buildings on a concrete podium over two levels of subterranean parking. The mixed-use development is aimed at providing support to the community by providing a licensed childcare center and supportive housing for homeless individuals and families living with severe mental illness.

    • Architect

      Togawa Smith Martin
    • Contractor

      Benchmark Contractors
  • Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland

    Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland

    Hollywood, CA | 3,300 seats

    The Academy Awards makes it permanent home at the 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre (originally the Kodak Theatre) in the 1.2-million-square-foot Hollywood & Highland retail and entertainment development. The project is comprised of 640,000 square feet of retail, dining, mulitplex cinema, live theater, ballroom and public spaces over 6 levels of subterranean parking to accommodate parking for 3,000 cars.

    • Architect

      Rockwell Group
    • Contractor

      McCarthy
  • Citizens Business Bank Arena

    Citizens Business Bank Arena

    Ontario, CA | 11,000 seats | 225,000 sq ft

    The Citizens Business Bank Arena represents a crown jewel for the City of Ontario. The arena seats 11,000 and serves a variety of uses for ice hockey, basketball, concerts, and other assembly functions. Included in the seating arrangement are 36 luxury suites on two levels.

    The arena features a double bowl configuration accessed by a single level concourse. A series of 240-foot long span steel trusses span the arena floor and integrate the catwalk, sports lighting, and central scoreboard system. A forestage grid designed for a variety of venue use is suspended from the truss bottom chord.

    A unique feature of the arena is that the entire seating was constructed using precast stadia, raker beams, and vomitory walls. Complementing the precast seating area is a floor framing system of a precast Hybrid Moment Frame system allowing the lateral bracing to create a visual clear span.

    The final design effectively met the demands of the architectural design and functional goals, while maintaining a cost effective and simple structural solution.

    • Architect

      Rossetti Associates
    • Contractor

      Turner Construction
    • Photographer

      Andrew Leeson
  • Vero

    Vero

    Los Angeles, CA | three 5 stories / 235 units | 400,000 sq ft

    The Vero site consists of three 5-story Type III modified wood buildings inter-connected with enclosed bridges.  One of the buildings extends 350 feet along Wilshire Boulevard over one level of retail. The podium is one level above grade. To minimize shrinkage, truss joists were used for floor framing for the first 2 levels and sawn lumber for the upper three levels. Concrete shear walls in combination with concrete moment frames were used to laterally support the podium level 18 feet above the street level.

    • Architect

      Daryoush Safai Architects
    • Contractor

      Astani Construction
  • Pomona College Student Housing (Sontag Hall & Pomona Hall) and Parking Structure

    Pomona College Student Housing (Sontag Hall & Pomona Hall) and Parking Structure

    Claremont, CA | 3-story East Wing / 2-story West Wing / 150 beds | 228,700 sq ft

    The Sontag Hall & Pomona Hall Student Housing consists of two concrete moment frame buildings and underground parking structure under one of the two main buildings. Each building is comprised of two wings. The east wing is a 3-story building and the west wing is a 2-story building. The two wings on each structure are separated from each other through a seismic joint. The gravity system of the building is post-tensioned concrete slab with concrete columns.

    • Architect

      Ehrlich Architects
    • Contractor

      Hathaway Dinwiddie
  • Pegasus Sculpture at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College

    Pegasus Sculpture at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College

    Los Angeles, CA | 14 ft tall

    The Los Angeles Trade Technical campus is home to the Gerardo Hacer-designed Pegasus sculpture. The steel sculpture weighs approximately 2,500 lbs and has a foot print of 17′-0″ x 17′-0″ with a high point of 14′-0″.

  • Granite Court Apartment Homes

    Granite Court Apartment Homes

    Irvine, CA | 4 stories / 71 units | 90,000 sq ft

    Jamboree Housing Corporation developed Granite Court to provide affordable housing for the Irvine community. The 80,000-square-foot, 4-story, Type V residential apartment buildings total 71 units with a 10,000-square-foot landscaped courtyard on concrete podium over 74,000 square feet in two levels of parking for 156 cars.

    • Architect

      KTGY Group Inc
    • Contractor

      Advent Builders
  • Moana Pacific

    Moana Pacific

    Honolulu, HI | Tower: two 44 stories, 700 units / Parking: 6 levels, 1,500 spaces | 1,500,000 sq ft

    The Moana Pacific condominium complex consists of two 44-story, 400-foot-tall towers containing 700 residential units and a 6-story podium containing parking for 1,500 cars. The total built area is 1,500,000 square feet. Working closely with the Architect, we were able to quickly conceive of a lateral system consisting of shear walls and a floor framing system consisting of a 7″ post-tensioned flat plate that met the owner’s budget and their program requirements without major modification during production of the construction documents. The collaborative effort made it possible for the team to meet a demanding schedule – key to building in an aggressive real estate market.

    • Architect

      Architects Hawaii Ltd.
    • Contractor

      Hawaiian Dredging & Construction
  • University of California, San Diego Structural and Materials Engineering Building

    University of California, San Diego Structural and Materials Engineering Building

    San Diego, CA | 4 stories | 183,400 sq ft

    The Structural and Materials Engineering Building is a 183,400-square-foot, 4-story structure housing instructional, research, laboratory, studio, and office space for the Department of Structural Engineering, the Materials Engineering research group, and the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. The building consists of a laboratory wing with a basement and an office wing that bends to conform to the site. We utilized a cast-in-place concrete slab and beam system and concrete shear wall system for the structure and a combination of cast-in-place concrete, cement plaster, glazed aluminum store front and aluminum sun shades for the exterior.

    • Architect

      Safdie Rabines Architect (Design) / Miller Hull Architect (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Mortenson Construction
  • University of California, Los Angeles Spieker Aquatic Center

    University of California, Los Angeles Spieker Aquatic Center

    Los Angeles, CA | 4-level Dive Tower, 1-story Support Facility | 8,000 sq ft

    The University of California, Los Angeles Spieker Aquatic Center is a new intercollegiate pool with two dive platforms, a 4-level platform dive tower and a 1-story concrete masonry building containing lockers, shower, support offices and equipment. The Aquatic Center features a unique architectural roof system and dive tower. The dive tower and the platform construction is reinforced concrete. Our close coordination with the architect for the glass and wood panel on multiple sides of the structure as well as the suspended architectural stair system realized their goals.

    A unique natural ventilation design was utilized for the structure that houses the locker rooms and showers. There is no mechanical air conditioning system for the structure – instead a separation was designed between the roof structure and the lower block wall for necessary air flow.

     

    • Architect

      Bauer & Wiley Architects
    • Contractor

      PCL Construction
  • Claremont Colleges Pomona College Richard C. Seaver Biology Building

    Claremont Colleges Pomona College Richard C. Seaver Biology Building

    Claremont, CA | 3 stories | 42,480 sq ft

    The Richard C. Seaver Biology Building at Pomona College is a 3-story, 42,480-square-foot biology building featuring a 60-foot glass entry rotunda surrounding a free-standing double cantilever set of main stairs. Due to building height restrictions, we utilized a cast-in-place concrete, two-way slab with shear walls structural system for the buildings which house classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, a greenhouse, and animal research facilities. As part of the development, an existing 45,000-square-foot science building facility was seismically retrofit and two pedestrian bridges added to connect the new biology building to the existing facilities.

    • Architect

      Bauer & Wiley
    • Contractor

      Hensel Phelps
  • Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium Restoration

    Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium Restoration

    Honolulu, HI

    Originally constructed in 1929, the Memorial was due for a face-lift. Plans for the facility contemplated the complete demolition and rebuilding of the structure except for the original façade. This solution required the installation of new concrete piles as well as the complete rebuilding of the bleacher structure.

    Our firm evaluated the feasibility of repairing the original structure. Using the latest techniques in concrete repairs, the original bleacher structure and façade were restored to “near original” condition. Without complete demolition of the bleacher structure, the original “wood” pile foundation was retained.

    • Contractor

      U.S. Pacific Consttruction, Inc.
  • The Umbrella

    The Umbrella

    Culver City, CA | 15,000 sq ft

    Looking much like an accident between an airplane and a building, the Umbrella’s feature corner element helps this once nondescript industrial building stand out in Culver City’s burgeoning film production district. Tucked into the southeast corner of the town, the Hayden Tract consists of block after block of forgettable industrial buildings that recall the heyday of Culver City’s once-strong aerospace industry.

    The project posed at least three significant challenges. The first challenge was to figure out how to modify the existing trusses and add new, but compatible, structure to support the stair and accompanying glass canopy. Providing seismic resistance that didn’t compromise the visually exposed structural sculpture posed the second design challenge. Even if these two challenges were met successfully, we realized that communicating the resulting structural design to a contractor posed the third challenge.

    Bowstring roof trusses salvaged from another building served as the starting point for the unusual design of the structural sculpture. The architect inverted the trusses, added a new pipe truss, and set them at angles to each other forming a six-legged star. A large section of the roof and exterior walls at the building’s northwest corner was then chopped away. A 12-inch diameter sweeping pipe, that frames the cut in the roof plane, supports the edge of the cut-away roof and the ends of the trusses. The trusses and supporting web of twisted steel pipes and plates were placed into the resulting void, dramatically emphasizing the intersection of the normally hidden structure. The erstwhile stage, now a roof access stair supported by the trusses, flows through the plane of the roof and the corner of the building’s exterior wall. Shotcrete fills the spaces in the roof plane not occupied by the stair. A cascading canopy of shaped laminated glass follows the downward march of the stairs.

    The Umbrella, and similar buildings are now finding new lives housing pre- and post-production companies, film companies, and special effect houses. The dynamic corner element of The Umbrella serves as a metaphor for the area’s creative talent.

    • Architect

      Eric Owen Moss Architects
  • San Jose Civic Center Rotunda

    San Jose Civic Center Rotunda

    San Jose, CA | 110 foot diameter

    With a nod toward traditional civic projects that are identified with domes, the San Jose Civic Center features a 100-foot open rotunda capped by a modern interpretation of a dome. The rotunda serves as an open-air gathering and public performance space. The dome supports a tension grid glass skin and a moveable sunscreen that tracks the sun during the day. Unlike conventional domes that have continuous semi-circular or elliptical ribs leaping from a continuous spring line, the dome on this project features discontinuous ribs and a offset spring line. The engineering analysis and design of the dome had to anticipate and address the primary and secondary forces and deformations that results from this unusual geometry. Structural steel box sections, filled with concrete to reduce deflection, form the primary structural elements.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners (Design) / Steinberg (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Turner Construction
  • California Science Center Entry Pavilion

    California Science Center Entry Pavilion

    Los Angeles, CA | 100-foot diameter

    The California Science Center replaces the original California Museum of Science and Industry, which was closed by the State Architect in the late 1980s because of seismic concerns. Visitors exploring the creative aspects of science in the 3-level, 122,500-square-foot facility are greeted by an exposed steel Entry Pavilion rotunda. The 100-foot-diameter Pavilion is a unique circular open structure with a perforated metal skin on a steel cross brace lattice which forms the seismic resisting system.

    • Architect

      Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
    • Contractor

      Keller Construction
  • California State University Fullerton Phase III Student Housing Complex

    California State University Fullerton Phase III Student Housing Complex

    Fullerton, CA | 5 stories / 1,024 beds | 343,000 sq ft

    The 1,064-bed Phase III for the California State University, Fullerton Student Housing Complex includes five 5-story dormitory style buildings with 240 beds per building. Delivered via design-build, the buildings are hollow core precast/prestressed planks supported on concrete masonry shear walls. The 33,599-square-foot Food Services building is a steel roof framing system with special concentric braced frames as the lateral system. Included in the development are administrative offices, conference and multi-purpose rooms, laundry and mail facilities, a recreational lounge, a convenience store, a maintenance facility, a central plant and a dining/kitchen facility.

    • Architect

      Steinberg Architects
    • Contractor

      PCL Construction
  • Indian Wells Tennis Garden

    Indian Wells Tennis Garden

    Indian Wells, CA | 16,071 seats | 350,000 sq ft

    The Garden of Champions at Indian Wells is a 16,071-seat tennis stadium facility built as the home of the Newsweek Champions Cup and the State Farm Evert Cup. It is a year-round tennis center for recreational play as well as a host of other entertainment events.

    • Architect

      Rossetti Associates Architects
    • Contractor

      Clark Construction Group
  • Aloha Stadium Safety Study

    Aloha Stadium Safety Study

    Honolulu, HI | 50,000 seats

    The Aloha Stadium is a 50,000-seat facility where four of its six stands are able to reconfigure from football to baseball season. The stadium is an unpainted corten steel structure which has suffered Hawaii’s corrosive atmosphere and never stopped rusting. Inspection of the stadium indicated that corrosion losses of primary structural members ranged from 15% to as high as 80% in localized areas.

    The State of Hawaii contracted with our firm to perform a complete “as designed” and “as is” analysis of the stadium, render an opinion of its safety and recommend any structural repairs that may have been required. Our firm was contracted to complete all the analysis and engineering repair work in 5 months before the University of Hawaii football season was to start.

    The analysis of the stadium was performed using the SCADA and SAP computer programs. The two “typical stands”, one “fixed” and the other “movable”, were modeled for a computer run. These models consisted of 2000 primary members. The analysis indicated that emergency repairs were required which included the strengthening of  the upper concourse diaphragm and bracing the “knee” of the main bleacher frames. Work was completed in time for the University of Hawaii football season opener.

  • The Covington

    The Covington

    Aliso Viejo, CA | 4, 2 & 1 stories | 450,000 sq ft

    The Covington is a continuing care retirement community spread over 9 acres of rolling hills. The facility is a 4-story, 154-unit independent living building over 2 stories of parking; a 2-story, 30-unit assisted living building; a 24-bed OSHPD approved skilled nursing facility; and twenty-four 1-story cottage units.

    Our structural solution had to meet the demands of designing foundations for expansive soils as well as a site that varied from 75 feet of fill to bedrock at the surface.

    • Architect

      The Steinberg Group
  • Sycamore Senior Village

    Sycamore Senior Village

    Oxnard, CA | five 4 stories / 225 units | 250,000 sq ft

    The Sycamore Senior Village is a renovation of an existing structure consisting of five buildings constructed between 1964 to 1970. The building complex was an abandoned Saint John’s Hospital which was gutted and converted to a 225-unit senior housing complex. We worked with the architect in revising the existing perimeter concrete wall to allow for improved window layouts without triggering a complete seismic building retrofit. The result was an economical conversion of an underutilized building into a pleasing and much needed addition to the neighborhood.

    • Architect

      Lauterbach & Associates
    • Contractor

      Parker Brothers Industries
  • Mercy Housing California Daughters of Charity Villa Caridad Affordable Senior Housing

    Mercy Housing California Daughters of Charity Villa Caridad Affordable Senior Housing

    Santa Barbara, CA | 96,300 sf sq ft

    The St Vincent’s Development is comprised of three components that include affordable senior housing, affordable multifamily housing, and an administration center all of which are managed and funded by Mercy Housing California and the Daughters of Charity.

    The senior component, Villa Caridad Affordable Senior Housing, consists of 3 stories of Type V wood construction in 95 one-bedroom units for seniors. One of the structural challenges was to develop a solution that would allow for a raised open ceiling in the entrance lobby for maximum light exposure. A combination wood member and steel braced frame was used to meet both the architectural goals and the structural requirements. The front entrance evokes a vacation resort through its cozy and intimate effect on the occupants.

    Based on the developer’s desire to preserve and restore the original landscape, St. Vincent’s was designed to provide a pleasant wooded feel by integrating bicycle paths and hiking trails. Spanish tile tops all the building roofs so as to naturally blend in with the rest of the community. The complex offers playgrounds, a sports field, and a community center to the residents.

    • Architect

      Lauterbach & Associates
    • Contractor

      Walton Construction
  • Senior Residence at Kapolei Phase II

    Senior Residence at Kapolei Phase II

    Kapolei, HI

  • Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Westwood

    Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Westwood

    Westwood, CA | 6 stories / 172 units | 263,000 sq ft

    The Belmont Assisted Living Community of Westwood is a 263,000-square-foot, 6-story above grade, with 4 levels of below grade parking, assisted living facility. The “U” shaped building is an all cast-in-place concrete shearwall structure that surrounds a ground floor courtyard. The cast-in-place concrete solution achieved the owner’s goals because of the post-tensioned slabs that reduced the floor to floor heights over other comparable steel and concrete systems. The reduced floor heights achieved the proposed number of stories while remaining below the imposed height limit constraint due to its location on the Wilshire Corridor. The concrete structure solution was ideal for its durability and maximized the use of floor space by limiting the amount of building structure to columns and shearwalls.

    • Architect

      RNL Design
    • Contractor

      CW Driver
  • Belmont Village Senior Living Cardiff-By-The-Sea

    Belmont Village Senior Living Cardiff-By-The-Sea

    Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA | 3 stories / 140 units | 137,647 sq ft

    The Cardiff-By-The-Sea Belmont is a 3-story concrete building with three separate portions. The building is on a sloping site and each portion has one level of partial basement. The gravity system consists of concrete columns and 7-inch-thick post-tensioned slabs. The lateral system is a combination of CMU and concrete shear walls. Because of planning and zoning requirements, the building floor to floor height was limited to the thickness of the structural slab of 7 inches. The concrete columns were located to minimize the impact on room layout and maximize the usable space.

    • Architect

      Morris Architects
    • Contractor

      W.E. O'Neil Construction
  • Waikiki Beach Walk - Embassy Suites Hula and Aloha Towers

    Waikiki Beach Walk - Embassy Suites Hula and Aloha Towers

    Honolulu, HI | 2 stories / 421 suites / 193 timeshare

  • San Francisco State University Residential Apartment Building Seismic Study and Retrofit

    San Francisco State University Residential Apartment Building Seismic Study and Retrofit

    San Francisco, CA | 15 stories | 198,000 sq ft

  • Santa Monica Medical Plaza Seismic Study and Retrofit

    Santa Monica Medical Plaza Seismic Study and Retrofit

    Santa Monica, CA | Tower: 14 stories / Parking: 6 levels | Tower: 116,000 sq ft / Parking: 105,000 sq ft

    The Santa Monica Medical Plaza is an existing 14-story medical building, which was bound by the seismic retrofit criteria set by the City of Santa Monica. After careful evaluation of their criteria, our firm developed a cost-effective method of retrofitting the building that enabled all of our retrofit to be done while the building was 90% occupied and allowing it to remain fully operational. Our recommendation was presented to the Tall Buildings Council for their review and approval and as a result, the City of Santa Monica is using our development of this performance-based standard on other rehabilitation projects in their City.

    • Architect

      Johnson Fain
    • Contractor

      Steton Construction Group
  • Retail Holiday Display & Canopy Christmas Tree

    Retail Holiday Display & Canopy Christmas Tree

    New York, NY

  • The Cuervotivity... Visions of Art Monument Cuervo 1800 Unity Monument Plaza

    The Cuervotivity... Visions of Art Monument Cuervo 1800 Unity Monument Plaza

    West Hollywood, CA | 23 ft tall, 8 ft equilateral triangle base

    The Cuervotivity sculpture was sponsored by Cuervo 1800 to benefit AHORA (Artists of Hispanic Origin Respond to AIDS). Mexican artist Jazzamoart (Vasquez) created and painted artwork on plywood and fiberglass panels in his studio. Unique attachment systems allowed the painting of panels and construction of the structure to proceed simultaneously. The sculpture is installed at the Unity Monument Plaza which is dedicated to promoting the global unity of cultures, lifestyles, and races. The Unity Monument sits upon a plaza of more than 800 square feet of tile.

    • Architect

      Artist: Jazzamoart Vasquez
    • Contractor

      Nello Construction
  • DC-8 Plane Support Pedestal California Science Center

    DC-8 Plane Support Pedestal California Science Center

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Westside Pavilion II

    Westside Pavilion II

    Los Angeles, CA | 12-screen | 133,500 sq ft

    The Westside Pavilion II included the conversion of 100,000 square feet of open space mall into a state-of-the art 12-screen Landmark Cinema. Our structural design included seismic upgrade of the steel structure to the 1994 California Building Code as part of the mall upgrade.

    • Architect

      F+A Architects
    • Contractor

      VCC
  • The Shops at Mission Viejo

    The Shops at Mission Viejo

    Mission Viejo, CA | 2 stories | 1,200,000 sq ft

    The Shops at Mission Viejo completed a renovation and expansion of their existing 2-story mall in order to reinvigorate into a destination retail center. The redevelopment included the conversion of an existing Montgomery Wards store into mall space, a rework of the entire mall common area, and two additional parking structures. New floor and roof openings, wall removal, new escalators and elevators turned the mall into a showpiece for the region.

    • Architect

      Altoon + Porter Architects
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Altoon + Porter Architects
  • Simi Valley Town Center

    Simi Valley Town Center

    Simi Valley, CA | 1 story | 340,491 sq ft

    As part of a 1.5-million-square-foot mixed-use development, the Simi Valley Town Center adds 340,491 square feet of retail with major anchor stores, boutiques, and restaurants.

    As a result of grade variation on the site, the project required a 23-foot retaining wall at the back region. The wall ran a length of 1,700 feet which posed a structural challenge to integrate the cantilevered retaining wall with the building’s lateral system. Undesirable to place lateral bracing elements (shear walls, braces, etc.) at the front of the retails space, we cantilevered the retaining wall as the longitudinal bracing system, with intermittent concentric bracing bays in the transverse direction. The metal roof deck was designed to laterally cantilever up to 100 feet from the retaining wall. The retaining wall provided lateral bracing for the entire building while the concentric cross bracing bays resisted torsional forces.

    To allow free movement of the cantilevered wall, while transferring longitudinal seismic shear forces to the wall, we developed a connection between the retaining wall and the metal roof deck. Our creative solution was to use a flexible light-gage bent plate to connect the roof diaphragm to the retaining wall. The flexible bent plate provided longitudinal shear transfer from the metal deck to the wall, while allowing the top of the wall to freely deflect towards the roof diaphragm.

    • Architect

      F+A Architects
    • Contractor

      Whiting Turner
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Whiting Turner
  • Los Angeles Fashion Mart

    Los Angeles Fashion Mart

    Los Angeles | 4 stories | 321,000 sq ft

    Located in the middle of the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fashion Mart includes 4 stories of above grade commercial units and 4 stories of below grade parking. The construction below is reinforced concrete slabs, columns, walls and foundation with steel construction above grade.

    • Contractor

      JT Wimsatt Contracting Company, Inc.
  • Riverside Metro Nissan Dealership Showroom and Parking Structure

    Riverside Metro Nissan Dealership Showroom and Parking Structure

    Riverside, CA | 3 stories | Showroom: 39,500 sq ft / Shared Car Storage: 105,000 sq ft

    The Riverside Nissan Dealership is unique in that it is part of a 2-auto dealership (Honda and Nissan) combined into one facility. Each dealer has separate showrooms and service areas on the ground floor separated by individual service drive aisles for the facilities centered between the 2 showrooms and 2 levels of shared parking above the service and drive aisles.

    The structural design was complicated by one manufacturer’s corporate requirement that their building be separate from their competitor even though they shared storage parking and ramp access to this parking. To meet this requirement, an expansion joint was added that split the building along the drive aisle. This joint required careful layout of the building framing to maintain parking access and efficiency as well as coordination of the post-tensioning layout and the concrete pour and stressing sequences.

    The service and parking areas are framed with post-tensioned concrete slabs and concrete block perimeter walls that also serve as the building shear walls. The showrooms, parts, and mezzanine level office areas are framed in structural steel. A common concrete masonry unit wall separates the showroom from the service and garage areas. Steel moment frames along with the common concrete masonry unit wall resist seismic loads in the showrooms.

    • Architect

      Ware Malcomb
    • Contractor

      Kunzik & Sara Construction
    • Photographer

      Couresty of Ware Malcomb
  • The Paramount

    The Paramount

    San Francisco, CA | Residential: 39 stories, 486 units / Parking: 8 levels | 660,000 sq ft

    The Paramount is a 39-story, 486-unit residential building with one basement level in San Francisco. At over 400 feet, it is the tallest concrete building in California. Public areas occupy the first four floors and parking occupies the lower eight floors on the north side.

    A mat foundation supports the building. Occupancy separations on the lower eight floors allowed for a shearwall system to brace these levels. Above the eighth floor, a precast concrete moment frame at the building perimeter serves a dual purpose of resisting seismic load and functioning as the exterior architectural façade. Both the Hybrid Beam System and the Dywidag Ductile Connector System were utilized in the precast frame.

    By using the precast frame system, we were able to save several million dollars in construction costs as well as reduce the floor cycle to five days, which also reduced the construction schedule by nearly four months.

    • Architect

      Elkus/Manfredi Architects (Design) / Kwan Henmi (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Pankow Residential Builders
  • The Californian on Wilshire

    The Californian on Wilshire

    Los Angeles, CA | Residential: 23 stories, 80 units / Parking: 3 sub levels, 225 spaces | 441,729 sq ft

    The Californian on Wilshire is a 23-story, 290-foot concrete structure that consists of post-tensioned concrete slab supported by reinforced concrete columns. It is the first concrete structure using high-strength concrete in excess of 12,000 psi in compressive strength for the seismic bracing system in Southern California. The use of the high-strength concrete reduces the size of the frame column by 40%. Accordingly, it provides greater flexibility for the interior design and increases the gross saleable area of the residential units. The structural design also allows a floor-to-ceiling glass exterior wall system that maximizes the dramatic city view to the south and mountain views to the north.

    • Architect

      Nadel Architects
    • Contractor

      Webcor Builders
    • Photographer

      Tom Bonner Photography
  • Onyx West / Onyx East

    Onyx West / Onyx East

    Los Angeles, CA | West: 7 stories, 169 units / East: 7 stories, 249 units

    Onyx West includes a 7-story mixed-use component that is 6 stories of apartment units over retail, a leasing office, and parking on the ground floor, with 2 levels of subterranean parking. There are 249 apartment units with 21,411 square feet of retail. The project has a courtyard with a pool and spa with a common area gym and clubhouse on the second story. The building is constructed of Type IA and Type IIIA Construction over two stories of Type IA Construction – the upper 5 stories are of Type III Construction approved through a request for building modification.

    Onyx East is a 7-story mixed-use apartment development with 6 stories of apartment units over retail, recreation, and parking on the ground floor and a courtyard at the second level. The East complex includes 169 apartment units, 12,800 square feet of retail and 2,102 square feet of recreation and is serviced with 2 levels of subterranean parking.

    • Architect

      TCA
    • Photographer

      Rendering: TCA
  • Olympic & Hill Mixed Use Development

    Olympic & Hill Mixed Use Development

    Los Angeles, CA | 7 stories / 281 units | 246,700 sq ft

    Olympic & Hill is a mixed use residential apartment complex covering a half city block with a two-level subterranean parking garage for 386 spaces. The 281 units are contained in the 7-story, 226,500-square-foot residential developement which is constructed of wood frame construction above the first floor concrete podium. The ground floor includes three live/work units with direct street access, 16,000-square-feet of retail space at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Hill Street, and a pedestrian friendly plaza.

    • Architect

      TCA
    • Contractor

      Hanover (Owner/Builder)
  • Concerto Lofts

    Concerto Lofts

    Playa Vista, CA | 4 stories + loft / 89 units | 189,000 sq ft

    The Concerto Lofts, located in Playa Vista, is an 89-unit loft style residential master planned lifestyle consisting of a 4-story wood structure over one level of concrete subterranean parking. The site is known for soft soil and methane conditions and this project is no exception. To address this, the development was constructed on pile foundations and a methane barrier was installed under the slab-on-grade. In order to achieve a significant architectural feature to maximize the amount of window area, we designed steel moment frames in place of exterior wood shear walls.

    • Architect

      JZMK Partners
  • Avant @ 1340 South Figueroa

    Avant @ 1340 South Figueroa

    Los Angeles, CA | two 7 stories / 216 units | 194,354 sq ft

    Avant is a 216-unit apartment complex situated on two sites inter-connected with a pedestrian bridge across an alley at the first suspended level. It is 5 levels of Type III wood framing over two levels of concrete above grade structure (one level residential with pool/amenities and one level of ground level retail), over 2 levels of subterranean parking.

    • Architect

      GMP
    • Contractor

      Driver Urban
  • Private Residence

    Private Residence

    Lake Tahoe, NV | 9,000 sq ft

  • Mercy Housing California Daughters of Charity St Vincent's Daughters of Charity Administration Center

    Mercy Housing California Daughters of Charity St Vincent's Daughters of Charity Administration Center

    Santa Barbara, CA | 1 story | 13,000 sq ft

    The Saint Vincent’s Development is comprised of three components including affordable senior housing, affordable multi family housing and an administration center all of which are managed and funded by Mercy Housing California and the Daughters of Charity.

    The Saint Vincent’s Daughters of Charity is comprised of two components. The first part involves the renovation of the exterior of an existing 1-story multi-purpose building and bringing it to the current building code. The second part includes new two 1-story administration buildings, Type V wood construction. The total area is approximately 13,000 square feet.

    Based on the developer’s desire to preserve and restore the original landscape, St. Vincent’s was designed to provide a pleasant wooded feel, which includes bicycle paths and hiking trails. All buildings have a Spanish tile roof that naturally blends in with the rest of the community. The project benefits its residents and the surrounding community by offering playgrounds, a sports field, and a community center.

    • Architect

      Lauterbach & Associates
    • Contractor

      Benchmark
  • California State University, Fullerton North Campus Housing Complex

    California State University, Fullerton North Campus Housing Complex

    Fullerton, CA | five 4 stories / 440 beds | 151,000 sq ft

    The North Campus Housing Complex for California State University, Fullerton is an addition to the existing campus that included five 4-story residence halls with 22 units per hall, a 1-story common buildings including maintenance, administration and bike storage structures, and the remodel of the existing Cobb Hall. We designed the podium and garage areas for the residence halls which were designed with 4-story plywood shear panels to resist seismic loads and 2x wood joists for the typical gravity floor system.

    • Architect

      The Steinberg Group
    • Contractor

      S.J. Amoroso
  • University of California, Los Angeles Neurosciences Research Building

    University of California, Los Angeles Neurosciences Research Building

    Los Angeles, CA | 5 stories | 130,000 sq ft

    The Neurosciences Research Building is a 130,000-square-foot, 6-story building utilized structural steel and seismic moment frames for the above-grade construction, perimeter basement concrete shear walls for below grade and an exterior brick veneer and precast concrete system for the exterior envelope. The building program included wet labs, lab support spaces, offices, an auditorium, and conference rooms. Addressing the need to include a 239-seat auditorium within the footprint at the first floor of the building required that we use a long span framing system in this area, coupled with transfer girders, to support the five floors above. Other special structural challenges include 16-foot-tall floor heights and 27-foot-tall roof parapets for coverage of the extensive mechanical equipment; a concrete tunnel to connect to an adjacent building; a grand stair architectural feature and stringent vibration analysis and design for the sensitive laboratory equipment.

    • Architect

      Perkins + Will
    • Contractor

      Clark Construction Group
  • Conservation Institute, Education Institute, Grant Program Getty Center

    Conservation Institute, Education Institute, Grant Program Getty Center

    Los Angeles, CA | 5 stories | 100,000 sq ft

    The Getty Conservation Institute Laboratory is an irregular curve-shaped building with an exposed circular elevator tower and additional ornamental exterior stairs. Typically clad in travertine, the approximate 100,000 square feet include laboratories, art storage, and special configured research spaces with climate controlled systems. An over-structure plaza at the entry level plaza overlooks the garden levels below. The lab is comprised of structural steel for the upper five levels and two levels of concrete slabs below garden level.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners
    • Contractor

      Dinwiddie Construction
  • Shinji Shumeikai of America Spiritual Center

    Shinji Shumeikai of America Spiritual Center

    Pasadena, CA | 31,840 sq ft

  • Paso Robles Public Safety Center

    Paso Robles Public Safety Center

    Paso Robles, CA | 2 stories | 40,715 sq ft

    The Paso Robles Public Safety Complex is unique in that it combines a fire facility with a police and emergency operations facility. Difficult operational requirements and a tight budget required creative solutions from the design team. The final solution used every possible building material: exterior walls of decorative block, a second floor of structural steel, metal deck and concrete fill, and roof framing using prefabricated wood trusses.

    • Architect

      RRM Design Group
  • Moreno Valley Police Department and Emergency Operations Center

    Moreno Valley Police Department and Emergency Operations Center

    Moreno Valley, CA | 2 stories | 46,000 sq ft

    The City of Moreno Valley welcomes their first building to their 25-acre master planned community. The 46,000-square-foot police station houses the Police Department that provides patrol and crime prevention as well as staff training,evidence processing, booking, suspect search and processing, fire department administration, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center with level one holding cells. The facility is constructed of concrete tilt up wall panels w/ metal roof deck over open web steel joists.

     

    • Architect

      LPA, Inc.
    • Contractor

      Bernards Bros
  • Los Angeles Police Department 20th Area Community Police Station

    Los Angeles Police Department 20th Area Community Police Station

    Los Angeles, CA | Police: 54,000 sq ft / Vehicle Maint: 8,812 sq ft / Parking: 87,000 sq ft

    The 20th Area Police Station is a new 54,000-square-foot precinct station with a  8,812-square-foot vehicle maintenance facility (Motor Transport Division) and Communication Tower. A 330-space subterranean parking garage and 80 additional on-grade parking spaces supports the facility.

    • Architect

      Gruen Associates
    • Contractor

      Bernards
  • Wiltern Theatre Pellissier Building Expansion and Seismic Retrofit

    Wiltern Theatre Pellissier Building Expansion and Seismic Retrofit

    Los Angeles, CA | Theater: 2,300 seats / Office Tower: 12 stories | Theater: 60,000 sq ft / Office Tower: 76,800 sq ft

    The seismic review of the 1931 landmark Pellissier Building as well as the complexities associated with the strengthening of the Wiltern Theater provided an excellent opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art structural and seismic resistant techniques. This ambitious project, located at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, represented one of the first concrete steps in the revitalization of Los Angeles’ Mid-Wilshire District. The green facade of the 12-story Pellissier Building, constructed of glazed terra cotta and detailed metal panels, coupled with the opulent Art Deco interior of the Theater created a visually stunning project, but also placed significant constraints on our rehabilitation options. In addition to the rehabilitation work, we designed a stage extension, its fly loft, and the structure required to support the complex set rigging.

    • Architect

      Levin & Associates
  • University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication Bldg G12 Seismic Study and Retrofit

    University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication Bldg G12 Seismic Study and Retrofit

    Los Angeles, CA | 220 seats | 5,400 sq ft

    The Annenberg School for Communication is a result of the merging of two undergraduate departments on the University of Southern California campus. The East Wing is a Quincy Jones-designed building, built in 1974, and erected as a small graduate school. The West Wing, also designed by Jones, was added 10 years later. The task at hand was to integrate the existing inefficient circulation pattern between the two buildings into one central circulation zone to promote a space to gather and assemble.

    Our firm performed a seismic review of the existing structure to identify key deficiencies. Based upon our review, a written report summarizing the key deficiencies was prepared. Included in our report were conceptual recommendations to mitigate the deficiencies identified.

     

    • Architect

      Siegel Diamond Architects
    • Contractor

      Pepper Construction
    • Photographer

      Berger Consor Photography
  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC)

    Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC)

    Kahului, HI | 6,450 seats | 150,000 sq ft

    MACC was conceived to fill the needs of Maui’s artistic and cultural organizations. This complex consists of four main structures organized around an open amphitheater used for outdoor performances. These structures include a 1,200-seat state-of-the-art main theatre capable of hosting theatrical or musical performances; a 4,000-square-foot exhibition gallery which will permit museum quality shows; an attached classroom building and administration building; and the Maui Academy of Performing Arts building which is a small performing arts theater and space for supporting functions.

    This cluster of buildings utilized simple clay tile hip and gable roofs with the high-roof and low-roof built with a high slope and low slope to take the classic “Dickey Roof” to another level of architectural expression. Because of the large differences in span, acoustical and functional requirements; our challenge structurally was to blend the economical use of steel trusses and wood trusses, with concrete over steel, plywood over wood, and metal deck over steel purlins together and still achieve a consistent eave detail throughout the entire complex. We achieved this conceptually by using an all wood frame low roof, and wood framed roofs supported by steel trusses for all of the high roofs except the main theatre which required a concrete ceiling supported by steel trusses and an all steel high roof.

    Additionally, masonry was used for all the vertical element structures except the theatre which utilized concrete. Because the site is on the northern shore of Maui and the main theatre is at the northern edge of the complex, the side wall of the theatre is exposed to salt-laden trade winds blowing off the ocean. Concrete with a low water-cement ratio and special admixture was specified to help counteract the effects of this corrosive environment. This special care taken will help this complex enjoy a longer useful life.

    • Architect

      John Hara Associates, Inc.
    • Contractor

      Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc.
  • University of Hawaii Dole Street Parking

    University of Hawaii Dole Street Parking

    Manoa, HI | 4 levels / 276 spaces

    Originally conceived as a design-build project, this 276-stall parking structure was finally executed as a design-bid project as an all precast structure. An 8-month construction schedule completed the structure within budget for occupancy at the start of the new school year. This project serves as a model for future stand-alone parking structures at the University of Hawaii.

  • Getty Center North Entry Parking Structure

    Getty Center North Entry Parking Structure

    Los Angeles, CA | 7 sub levels / 1,200 spaces | 500,000 sq ft

    The North Entry is a 1,200-space, 7-level, precast parking structure which serves as the main parking facility for the Getty Center in Los Angeles and connects to the remainder of the project by a three-quarter mile long elevated monorail system. Planning Department restrictions required that all parking be covered and planted, including that for the large busses bringing guests to the Getty Center. The structural system is precast columns, prestressed girders, conventionally reinforced concrete slabs, and shotcrete perimeter walls. Innovative mechanical system design required close coordination between the other disciplines, the structural design, and the shoring system supporting the nearly 100-foot excavation and the adjacent San Diego Freeway. Our firm also served as the parking consultant for this project.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners
    • Contractor

      Dinwiddie Construction
  • Westside Media Center

    Westside Media Center

    Los Angeles, CA | two 4 stories | 400,000 sq ft

    The Westside Media Center consists of two 4-story office buildings totaling 300,000 square feet of office space over 340,000 square feet of parking in two subterranean levels. At the ground level, 100,000 square feet of landscape area has been provided to create a campus feel for attracting the entertainment industry. The structure consists of precast concrete columns, precast-prestressed concrete beams and girders, and poured-in-place conventional concrete slabs. Shearwalls in the transverse direction and the “Hybrid Frame” in the longitudinal direction provide the lateral system for this project.

    We worked closely with the contractor to develop systems to speed up the request for information and shop drawing submittals. We had multiple submittals for foundation, lateral system and full construction document to help the contractor meet the project schedule. During the schematic phase, we started a dialogue with the City of Los Angeles to discuss a state-of-the art lateral system to be used for the first time. We worked closely with the Building Department and the contractor to secure the approval of the system by the time we were ready to submit for the foundation only permit.

    • Architect

      HKS, Inc.
    • Contractor

      The Pankow Companies
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of HKS
  • VeriFone Office Building

    VeriFone Office Building

    Mililani, HI | 2 stories | 29,450 sq ft

    This office structure is a 2-story tilt-up wall building with a concrete fill on metal deck floor and a panelized timber roof. Architectural fenestrations at the building corners and entrance were steel framed with finishes chosen to suit the adjacent tilt-up wall finishes. This handsome building was awarded the Judges Award by Hawaiian Cement for engineering excellence of a product using concrete and concrete products.

    • Architect

      Philip K. White Associates
  • One West Bank Center

    One West Bank Center

    Pasadena, CA | Office: 6 stories / Parking: 2 sub level + 4.5 level, 690-space structured | 440,560 sq ft

    The One West Bank Center is a 233,579-square-foot, 6-story office building along Lake Avenue and Walnut Street. The building is configured in an L shape with an interior courtyard and motor court. The streetside of the building is composed of retail and office frontages with a cylindrical corner feature design that signifies the main building entry. Parking for 690 cars for the building is provided by both subterranean and structured parking.

    An effective use of Eccentric Braced Steel Frames in the building core allowed structural steel weights to be reduced to about 12 psf which is very efficient for a Class A Office. Building design live loads of 100 psf were maintained which provided a marketable product to offer to office tenants.

    • Architect

      Langdon Wilson Architects
    • Contractor

      PCL Construction Services, Inc
  • Fox Area One Office Building

    Fox Area One Office Building

    Los Angeles, CA | 5 stories | 190,000 sq ft

    The Fox Area One Office Building is a 5-story Class A office building, located at the southern entrance to the 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City and provides office space for various functions of the studio. The 190,000-square-foot building is constructed with a steel framed and concrete metal deck floor system. Structural steel weight of 12 psf was achieved by combining Eccentric Braced Frames with Special Moment Steel Frames to arrive at a lateral bracing system that did not impair with the functional aspects of the building.

    Special structural attention was required for the plaza slab to meet the demands of the heavily landscaped plaza designed to hide and mask the four level subterranean garage that serves this building. The below grade garage was designed using post-tensioned flat plate construction, eliminating the use of fireproofed structural steel beams below grade. This allowed reduced garage floor heights, and created a clean, functional, and visually appealing garage space.

    • Architect

      Langdon Wilson
    • Contractor

      PCL Construction Services, Inc.
  • 2300 Empire Center

    2300 Empire Center

    Burbank, CA | 7 stories | 362,000 sq ft

    The 2300 Empire Center office building is a 362,000-square-foot, 7-story office building with a structural system comprised of structural steel gravity load framing with steel moment frames that provide the lateral bracing.

    • Architect

      Ware Malcomb
    • Contractor

      McCormick Construction Company
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Ware Malcomb
  • Westwood Center Seismic Retrofit

    Westwood Center Seismic Retrofit

    Los Angeles, CA | 21 stories | 314,000 sq ft

    The existing 21-story, 370,000-square-foot steel building, originally designed and built in the early 60’s, traditionally dominated the skyline at Westwood’s eastern gateway. In order to attract tenants to this desirable location, plans were envisioned to change the appearance of the building by replacing the old precast spandrels with new floor-to-ceiling glass curtain walls. The steel structure was also going to be renovated by seismically upgrading to improve building and safety. The then-existing lateral resisting element in the longitudinal direction consisted of steel perimeter trusses rigidly connected to steel columns. To improve the structural performance of the building during earthquakes, the existing trusses were partially cut and replaced with reinforced concrete beams (a composite structural system). Rebars of the new concrete beam were welded to the flange of the existing steel column. The bottom chord of the existing truss was integrated as part of the bottom reinforcement of the concrete beam. Not every exterior bay was utilized for part of the seismic bracing system. Only alternating bays were reinforced on each floor and the reinforces bays were staggered between the floors (i.e. in a checker box pattern). This strengthening approach effectively eliminates the need of column strengthening and foundation strengthening (a cost effective solution). During construction close coordination between our firm and the contractor eliminated temporary shoring. Although the perimeter steel trusses were partially cut, they were deemed adequate to support the gravity loads after an inspection of the as-built condition during design. By making use of existing elements, the project saved money and time, and the bracing system of the building was considerably enhanced in the process.

    • Architect

      Nadel Architects
    • Contractor

      Morley Builders
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Morley Builders
  • Tosei Office Building

    Tosei Office Building

    Honolulu, HI | 18 stories | 280,000 sq ft

    The Tosei Office complex consists of 150,000 square feet of leasable office space over 130,000 square feet of parking in an 18-story concrete framed structure.

    New city ordinances required a building envelope that resulted in the structure stepping back 18′-6″ on both ends of the building along the north-south axis and 6′-6″ on both ends of the building along the east-west axis.  These step banks occurred in 6′-6″ intervals starting at level 14. In order to keep the floor to floor dimensions and the floor framing typical, vertical stepped frames were utilized in lieu of transition girders. This allowed the steps to be economically constructed.

    Twelve inch deep long spanned cast-in-place, post tensioned floor joist achieved a 40′-0″ clear span allowing the architect to give the developer column free office floor space. These post tensioned joists in lieu of precast prestressed double-tees, and a flat plate parking structure allowed us to squeeze 11 floors of office and 7 floors of parking into a 200′ height limit, in addition to squeezing an F.A.R. of 3.5 into this site.  All of this was achieved without the addition of a costly basement which would have required dewatering during the construction of the foundation.

  • Shoreline Square

    Shoreline Square

    Long Beach, CA | Hotel: 17 stories, 500 rooms / Office: 22 stories / Parking: 6 levels, 1,400 spaces | Office 270,000 sq ft

    This mixed use project consists of a 17-story, 500-room Sheraton Hotel, a 22-story office and retail building with a 1,400-car parking garage. In particular, the 270,000-square-foot office building was designed with a cast-in-place concrete frame core with a steel frame structure surrounding it, thus reducing structural steel weights to 7 pounds per square foot of floor area. The hotel is a curved structure which was constructed using a jumpformed shear wall system, and a flying form slab system. The fast track pace of this design-build project enabled the contractor to deliver the product on time and within budget.

    • Architect

      Maxwell Starkman and Associates
    • Contractor

      Charles Pankow Builders
  • Molasky Corporate Center

    Molasky Corporate Center

    Las Vegas, NV | 16 stories | 830,000 sq ft

    The Molasky Corporate Center is a new 830,000-square-foot development located in Las Vegas, Nevada. It consists of a 16-story steel building with 10 levels of offices over 6 levels of parking, plus an adjacent 7-story steel parking structure. The tower has a plaza with elaborate landscaping at the seventh floor.

    A Pedestrian Level Wind Engineering wind tunnel study was performed for the tower to reduce the design wind loads. A dual lateral system consisting of eccentric braced frames and special moment frames was used to provide the most efficient structural system. The combination of the wind tunnel study and the dual lateral system reduced the overall steel tonnage to 12.5 pounds per square foot. In the 7-story parking structure, using long-span girders and a lateral system of all moment frames eliminated columns between parking stalls and improved visibility in the garage. The project is LEED Gold Certified.

    • Architect

      KKE Architects
    • Contractor

      Marnell Corrao
  • Paley Center for Media

    Paley Center for Media

    Beverly Hills, CA | Museum: 3 stories / Gallery: 2 stories | 40,000 sq ft

    Located in Beverly Hills, the 23,000-square-foot, 3-level facility houses a 150-seat theater, radio studio and listening room, library and console room. The museum is home to more than 75,000 TV and radio shows and commercials which are available to the public through exhibitions, screening and listening series and seminars.

    Renovation and addition involving partial demolition of an existing 1-story bank building. The Museum is constructed on one level of existing subterranean parking.

    The project consisted of a number of special architectural design features which presented a challenge to the structural framing:  Converting the existing building roof to a rooftop garden; introducing a series of skylights on the existing roof that is to remain; a pedestrian walkway that cantilevered from the 2-story exterior curtain wall at the museum lobby; a 3-story-high lobby framed with ornamental steel and glass; curved ornamental steel stairs at the main museum lobby; strengthening of the existing concrete floor at the ground level to accommodate the museum loading requirements; and an ornamental steel canopy along the exteriors and trellis on the roof.

    The building construction consisted of structural steel framing with reinforced masonry shear walls. Portions of the existing building exterior masonry walls had to remain as part of a City requirement for the project. These exterior walls were strengthened and used as part of the seismic bracing system of the structure. Given the extent of the renovation and additions, only 20% of the existing foundation required strengthening. No new foundation was added within the existing building pad.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners
    • Contractor

      Peck/Jones
  • Honolulu Academy of Arts Expansion

    Honolulu Academy of Arts Expansion

    Honolulu, HI | Gallery: 2 stories / Retail: 1 story | 45,000 sq ft

    This project presented numerous structural challenges as the Architect needed to design a major 2-story museum addition, with basement, within a small tight site. The new structure is adjacent to a “historical structure,” an existing structure, and a busy street. Limited headroom with heavy courtyard and gallery loads and numerous level changes as well as the site constraints noted dictated a cast-in-place concrete wall, column and beam framing system to minimize the structural depth. Precast floor planks were utilized for economy where repetitive bay spacings allowed. Roof forms that complemented the “Dickey roofs” of the original structures, long gallery spans and vaulted gallery ceilings were achieved by use of “partial steel trusses.”

    • Architect

      John Hara Associates, Inc.
  • Hawaii Children's Discovery Center

    Hawaii Children's Discovery Center

    Honolulu, HI | 45,000 sq ft

    As part of Hawaii Community Development Authority’s (HCDA) plans to redevelop the Kakaako waterfront, we were asked to evaluate the old “Kewalo Incinerator” for possible reuse as a children’s museum. The structure, built in 1943, was constructed of reinforced concrete supported by wood piles and included a prominent 200-foot-tall concrete incinerator smoke stack feature. Despite the deterioration of the “smoke stack”, we determined that the structure could be saved and strengthened to meet present code requirements for wind and seismic loads. To save the smoke stack, extensive foundation work and strengthening of the stack would be required. HCDA was determined to save the stack as it was envisioned to be a prominent part of the new Children’s Museum. A number of possible solutions were explored, but it was decided that the removal of the top one-third of the stack along with encasing the entire stack with reinforced gunite would be most economical as no foundation work was required for this solution.

    After the remediation and strengthening program was complete, a 2-story steel and masonry structure supported by a pile foundation was built around the existing incinerator building. A total of 25,000 square feet of new structure, in addition to 20,000 square feet of existing structure, forms the exhibit spaces and administrative offices for the new Children’s Discovery Center.

    • Architect

      Luersen Lowrey Tsushima/HCDA
  • Chinese American Museum (Old Garnier Building) Pico-Garnier Blocks Rehabilitation

    Chinese American Museum (Old Garnier Building) Pico-Garnier Blocks Rehabilitation

    Los Angeles, CA | six 2 and 4 stories | 60,000 sq ft

    The Pico-Garnier Blocks Rehabilitation included the revival of a Romanesque building built in the late 1800s for the city’s Chinese immigrant community that shared acreage with Olvera Street and the Italian immigrant quarter near where Union Station now stands. The Garnier building was Chinatown’s unofficial headquarters. Our firm designed the rehabilitation of the historic structure into the current headquarters of the Chinese American Museum.

    • Architect

      Castro Blanco Piscioneri
  • Victoria Ward Entertainment Center

    Victoria Ward Entertainment Center

    Honolulu, HI | Theater: 16-screen / Retail: 1 & 3 stories / Parking: 2 sub levels, 452 spaces | 350,000 sq ft

    The Victoria Ward Entertainment Center is a 350,000-square-foot development contained within three contiguous buildings.

    A post-tensioned flat beam and slab system was selected for the “theater box” floor framing as besides the theatre floor, a suspended parking deck below the theater floor was part of the program. This framing system was selected for construction speed and allowed us to thicken the slab and deepen the beam for the theater floor (without changing the floor forms) which was subjected to much higher uniform and concentrated loads. To accommodate the large open spaces in the theater box, a structural steel roof system was used.

    The attached 3-story retail structure was framed in steel to take advantage of its economy and flexibility in a commercial retail structure which allows modification of the structure once tenant requirements are established.

    The “Kamakee Street 1-story retail” structure was designed as a “Type V non-rated structure” to take advantage of the economies of light wood-framed construction. This was made possible by close coordination with the Architect to provide a fire separation between the theater box and this 1-story retail structure.

    • Architect

      Group 70 International, Inc.
  • Paseo Colorado Residential

    Paseo Colorado Residential

    Pasadena, CA | one 5 stories & one 6 stories / 375 units | 337,210 sq ft

    Drawing from a 1923 plan to create a classic civic center, inclusive of shops, entertainment and housing, the City of Pasadena recreated the space once occupied by a 3-block traditional climate controlled enclosed mall. The Paseo Colorado revitalizes and reopens the corridor between the existing historic buildings of City Hall and its surrounding civic auditorium and convention center. Through the use of pedestrian walkways, fountains, trellises and planters, the 3-block traditional mall transformed into a new standard for urban design in downtown Pasadena.

    The residential component of the development included 375 units in 337,210 square feet of Type III modified construction.

    • Architect

      RTKL
    • Contractor

      Pankow Builders
  • Hollywood & Highland

    Hollywood & Highland

    Hollywood, CA | 2,300,000 sq ft

    Hollywood & Highland, a major retail entertainment development surrounding the Mann’s Chinese Theater, covers approximately four square blocks, and includes the 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre, permanent home of the Academy Awards. Reclaiming Hollywood as an entertainment destination, the project includes 640,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, multiplex cinema, and a live theater over 6 levels of parking for 3,000 cars. A hospitality component of the complex includes the renovation and expansion of an existing 22-story hotel with 640 rooms.

    Unique to this project is the innovative design of a structural system integrating precast concrete below grade and precast concrete with structural steel above grade. The use of precast concrete enabled the fast track project to meet its scheduling. Critical to the success of Hollywood & Highland was our ability to tie into an existing Metro Transit Authority station, deal with an existing tight site and the coordination between multiple architectural and construction firms.

    • Architect

      Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn (Design) / Altoon + Porter Architects (Executive) / Rockwell Group (Theater) / WAT&G (Hotel)
    • Contractor

      McCarthy
  • Gaslamp Square

    Gaslamp Square

    San Diego, CA | 7 stories | 290,000 sq ft

    Gaslamp Square is a mixed use project filling half a block in the San Diego Gaslamp District. The building consists of 3 levels of subterranean parking for 319 cars in 117,000 square feet. Retail and restaurants occur on the street level and a partial second floor for a total of 44,000 square feet. The 3rd floor podium serves as a base for the 120 units in 5 residential floors of 121,000 square feet and includes 9,100 square feet for the pool, spa, and courtyard.

    The parking and retail levels utilize poured-in-place concrete with concrete moment frames at the retail areas to maximize leasing flexibility. The residential floors are Type III modified 1-hour wood construction with plywood shear walls.

    A variety of design challenges were solved including subterranean parking levels that extend 6 to 10 feet out from the building below the sidewalk, an 8-foot slope across the site requiring several significant steps in the retail slab, and a mat foundation that occurred 20 feet below the water table.

    • Architect

      Nadel Partnership
    • Contractor

      Swinerton
  • City Walk

    City Walk

    Oakland, CA | four 6 stories / 251 units | 300,000 sq ft

    The City Walk is a 251-unit mixed-use project in four 6-story structures with ground floor parking at the interior area surrounded by retail and live/work residential units. The four residential tower blocks sit on a cast-in-place concrete flat plate with shear walls that support the podium level which is the second floor for the live/work units. The 6 stories of residential units above the podium are framed with metal stud bearing walls and joists with a plywood diaphragm. Sureboard and braced frames resist the lateral loads. Setbacks at the fifth floor provide decks for the 2-story townhouse units with additional offset unit types occurring at the street end of the 3 typical towers. The development includes amenities of a business center, conference/dining facility, and workout/spa area. 36 cabana units surround a pool complex with landscaped gardens on the sixth level.

    • Architect

      McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc.
  • Hyde Park Branch Library

    Hyde Park Branch Library

    Hyde Park, CA | 1 story | 10,800 sq ft

    The Hyde Park Branch Library is a 10,800-square-foot, 1-story structure featuring a unique sloping wall and folded facade. The structural framing consists of light gage metal stud roof joist with plywood diaphragm. The lateral resisting system consists of metal stud shear wall with plywood sheathing.

    • Architect

      Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates
    • Contractor

      Royal Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates
  • San Luis Obispo County Courthouse

    San Luis Obispo County Courthouse

    San Luis Obispo, CA | 4 stories | 68,000 sq ft

    This project consisted of the seismic rehabilitation of the County Courthouse in San Luis Obispo which was originally constructed as three separate structures. Exterior shear walls were utilized to correct the seismic deficiencies with minimal work on the interior of the building to facilitate connecting the three structures. Exterior shear walls permitted the building to remain in operation during construction, minimizing the number of staff being relocated.

    • Architect

      RRM Design Group
    • Contractor

      Merco Constructions Engineers, Inc.
  • Pasadena Courthouse County of Los Angeles Post-Earthquake Repairs

    Pasadena Courthouse County of Los Angeles Post-Earthquake Repairs

    Pasadena, CA | 6 stories | 175,000 sq ft

    The Pasadena Courthouse is a 6-story building with a basement. The project involved structural repairs to the superstructure of the courthouse addressing damages to the building during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The repairs addressed structural concerns brought about in a FEMA evaluation report, with repairs consisting of general crack injection of concrete structures with epoxy resins and carbon fiber reinforcement of damaged concrete shear walls. Additional scope of work included the addition of several ramp structures to address ADA requirements.

    • Architect

      Rachlin Architects, Inc.
  • County of Los Angeles Superior Court of California Earthquake and Remediation Design

    County of Los Angeles Superior Court of California Earthquake and Remediation Design

    Los Angeles, CA | 683,000 sq ft

  • The Fairmont Kea Lani

    The Fairmont Kea Lani

    Wailea, HI | 480 suites | 628,940 sq ft

    Originally conceived by a well-known Mexican Architect, this 480-all-suites hotel was designed in a whimsical Arabian style reminiscent of the resort at Las Hadas, Mexico. As many of the forms such as soaring arches, domes and spires could be easily constructed in Mexico by lower labor costs, these forms posed a challenge to adapt them to modern construction techniques.

    We collaborated with the Architect to retain as much of the original design intact, yet meet a strict budget. The use of a concrete post-tensioned floor system coupled with precast concrete achieved the repeating arches and domes. The use of concrete also provided the developer with a durable structure as opposed to other materials for the architectural forms.

    • Architect

      Group 70 International
  • St. Regis Deer Valley Resort

    St. Regis Deer Valley Resort

    Deer Valley, UT | Hotel: 11 stories / Condos: 7 stories / Private Residences | 650,000 sq ft

    The St. Regis Deer Valley Resort is a 650,000-square-foot,11-story hotel with an adjacent 7-story condominium tower located in Deer Valley, Utah. The resort is situated on two parcels of land connected by a dual-car funicular rail tram. The hotel and residences are uphill from the ski resort. Snow design was critical in the development of the steel roof design.

    • Architect

      IBI Group
    • Contractor

      Okland Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of The St. Regis Deer Valley
  • Millennium Biltmore Hotel Expansion & Seismic Retrofit

    Millennium Biltmore Hotel Expansion & Seismic Retrofit

    Los Angeles, CA | 17 stories

    Changing competitive conditions required significant functional alterations to the existing 17-story hotel, a beautifully detailed brick, terra cotta, and steel structure built in the 1920’s. We performed the structural engineering on the project including the addition of a new bank of elevators, restoration of ornate meeting rooms, alterations to back-of-house facilities, and rehabilitation of ornamental detailing, all performed while the hotel remained in operation. Incomplete record drawings and architectural design changes during construction demanded a strong field presence from our engineering personnel to limit construction delays.

    • Architect

      The Landau Partnership
  • Loews Hollywood Hotel

    Loews Hollywood Hotel

    Hollywood, CA | 22 stories / 640 rooms | 500,000 sq ft

    The 24-story Loews Hollywood Hotel (originally operated as the Renaissance) is located in the heart of Hollywood at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The 468,000-square-foot hotel consists of an existing 24-story, 312,000-square-foot hotel built in 1960’s and a new 24-story, 156,000-square-foot new wing. Having the existing tower separated from the new wing would require an additional set of vertical transportation (elevators and stairs) and hotel services area to the project making it economically infeasible. In addition, the seismic safety of the existing tower would need to be evaluated since the building was designed and constructed during an era when many structures were deemed non-ductile with today’s standards.

    We tied together this bold addition and the original hotel to create a new structure with improved seismic performance. Working with the building official and a peer reviewer, we carefully developed our concept to brace the older hotel with the new addition. Concentrating the bulk of the structural working within the new construction significantly reduced the overall cost of the project.

    • Architect

      WAT&G
    • Contractor

      Matt Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Matt Construction
  • Los Angeles Unified School District West Adams Preparatory High School

    Los Angeles Unified School District West Adams Preparatory High School

    Los Angeles, CA | 3 stories / 3,000 seats | 230,000 sq ft

    West Adams Preparatory High School is the first school to be a product of a partnership between MLA Partner Schools (Mentor L.A.) and the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring a distinguished school to the South Los Angeles area. This 230,000-square-foot school sits on a 14-acre lot that consists of classrooms, administrative offices, auditorium, cafeteria, two gymnasiums, dance/music room, a swimming pool, a sub-grade parking structure, a pedestrian bridge, and an interior courtyard.

    The main 3-story structure consists of a structural steel frame that is made up of steel columns and beams that support the wood floor framing system. This structure is split in half on grade by the interior courtyard. The sub-grade parking structure is made up of reinforced concrete flat plate spanning to reinforced concrete columns that are supported by reinforced concrete spread footings. Connecting the two split halves is a pedestrian bridge that bridges the gap created by the interior courtyard.

    A unique feature to this project is in the construction of the gymnasiums. They consist of pre-engineered and pre-fabricated structures to provide a column-free floor plan that is ideal for a gymnasium. For the main classroom structure, wood joist floors were implemented as a cost-effective method of construction.

    • Architect

      Studio Works
    • Contractor

      Hensel Phelps
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Studio Works
  • Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

    Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

    Lanai, HI | 4 stories / 236 rooms | 400,000 sq ft

    Companion to the Lodge at Koele, the 236-room five-star Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay sits above Lanai’s most beautiful white sand beach at Hulupoe Bay. Due to the remoteness of the island, the developer set up and operated their own aggregate crusher and ready mix plant. This allowed the economical use of concrete for all the architectural arches and facades to create a building in the “Kamaaina Architectural Style”. The structural engineering challenge was to adapt modern construction techniques to create an architectural expression of an earlier era.

    • Architect

      Group 70 International
  • Four Seasons Resort Lana'i The Lodge at Koele

    Four Seasons Resort Lana'i The Lodge at Koele

    Lanai, HI | 2 stories / 100 rooms | 150,000 sq ft

    Nestled among the “Cook Pines” outside Lanai City on the island of Lanai, Hawaii, the 100-room five-star Lodge at Koele is the island’s first project to attempt to develop a tourist industry on an island that only supported agricultural activities in the past. Challenges facing the design/construction team were numerous as access to the island for construction materials was by barge landing at a dock shared with the export of pineapples which was closed 20 percent of the year due to high seas. At 150,000 square feet, this hotel is one of the largest all-timber framed structures in Hawaii.

    • Architect

      Group 70 International
  • Custom Hotel.Bistrotek.Hopscotch

    Custom Hotel.Bistrotek.Hopscotch

    Los Angeles, CA | 2 stories | 8,000 sq ft

    The existing 2-story office and retail building adjacent to the former Furama Hotel served as the skeleton for a complete remodel to a pool house. Half of the building was demolished to make way for the hip pool area. The remaining building was opened up to allow a second floor outdoor pool bar overlooking the pool area. Large built-in terraced seating steps were built into the bar area to buttress the building and to serve as a pool stadium. The result is a attractive pool and bar area to complement the adjacent upgraded 250-room hotel tower.

    • Architect

      Stenfors Associates Architects
    • Contractor

      ARRIS Builders, Inc.
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Stenfors Associates Architects
  • University of California, Los Angeles Moore Hall Auditorium Seismic Retrofit

    University of California, Los Angeles Moore Hall Auditorium Seismic Retrofit

    Los Angeles, CA | 300 seats | 8,000 sq ft

    Moore Hall, a 3-story concrete and brick building constructed in 1928 is one of the oldest buildings on the University of California, Los Angeles’ campus. Its historical character presented significant challenges in designing a cost-effective rehabilitation utilizing interior shear walls.

  • Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center New Patient Tower

    Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center New Patient Tower

    Hawthorne, CA | 3 stories | 83,500 sq ft

    Throughout the project, we worked carefully with the architect to design and detail the exposed steel structure that helps define its architectural character. We successfully completed the construction documents for regulatory review under a rapid schedule to help obtain needed government funding. A tight budget and stringent structural safety demands complicated the design of the nursing tower and the conversion of adjacent buildings into patient care areas.

    • Architect

      RBB Architects
    • Contractor

      Peck/Jones
    • Photographer

      Rendering: RBB Architects
  • Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Clinic

    Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Clinic

    Van Nuys, CA | 5 stories | 55,000 sq ft

    Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, an existing 5-story building was demolished and its pile foundation left in situ. As the engineers of record for the replacement facility, our firm evaluated the feasibility of reusing the existing foundations, the impact of the existing foundations on new foundations, and methods to mitigate the adverse impact of the existing foundations. Based on our investigation, the design of the foundations for the new 5-story facility was undertaken and implemented successfully during the construction phase of the project.

    • Architect

      NBBJ
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Office Building

    Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Office Building

    Los Angeles, CA | 7 stories | 160,000 sq ft

    The Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Office Building is a 7-story, 160,000-square-foot office building with doctors offices, an outpatient surgery center and imaging center. Our structural system utilized a lateral load-resisting system consisting of special steel moment frames with SSDA Slotted Web frame beam connections and deep frame columns of W30x shape. Structural steel framing was used for the gravity structural system and a combination of concrete precast panels and curtain walls for the façade of the building.

    • Architect

      Ware Malcomb
    • Contractor

      Millie and Severson
    • Photographer

      Rendering: Ware Malcomb
  • Beverly Place

    Beverly Place

    West Hollywood, CA | 3 stories | 156,500 sq ft

    The Beverly Place is located in West Hollywood, California and consists of one level of retail, two levels of medical offices, apartments and an open deck plaza at the second level. The entire complex sits above two levels of subterranean parking. The above-ground levels are supported by structural steel framing with special moment frames resisting the lateral loads. The subterranean levels consist of cast-in-place concrete slabs and columns.

    • Architect

      Jack Hollander & Associates
    • Contractor

      AGA Properties
  • Navy Lodge at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor

    Navy Lodge at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor

    Honolulu, HI | 3 stories | 110,000 sq ft

    The Navy Lodge at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor is the adaptive reuse of the Pearl Harbor National Historic Landmark built in 1941 that was used as an emergency medical facility after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The historical concrete building underwent a renovation and structural retrofit with the construction of a new 3-story light-framed structure. A static seismic pushover analysis was performed to determine the extent of repair necessary for the existing building. Fiber-Reinforced Polymers (FRP) were used to strengthen the existing concrete building to meet the upgrade in building codes required by the client. Other modifications included the installation of a new elevator, structural repair of concrete spalls and rebar corrosion, and the creation of openings in floors and  walls  to  accommodate  new  plumbing  and HVAC systems.

    The new facility provides military personnel, active duty and retired, a modern, mid-sized hotel with air-conditioned suites and rooms with a kitchenette for preparing meals.

    • Architect

      CDS International
    • Contractor

      Dick Pacific Construction Co., Ltd
  • The Marvin Braude Constituent Services Center

    The Marvin Braude Constituent Services Center

    Van Nuys, CA | 4 stories | 267,381 sq ft

    The Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley Constituent Service Center, a public – private partnership is one of seven neighborhood centers planned for the City as part of Mayor Hahn’s 10-point TeamWorkLA plan. The center includes a 142,000-square-foot, 4-story steel framed office building, which sits above a 2-level subterranean parking structure. At ground level is 9,500 square feet of retail space, community meeting rooms and landscaped plaza.

    • Architect

      Ware Malcomb Architects
    • Contractor

      Snyder Langston
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Young Oak Kim Academy at Wilshire Vermont Station

    Los Angeles Unified School District Young Oak Kim Academy at Wilshire Vermont Station

    Los Angeles, CA | 3 stories / 739 seats | 117,000 sq ft

    Adjacent to the Wilshire Vermont Station mixed-use development is the Young Oak Kim Academy which was designed as a prototype “urban academy” on a site with access to the regional subway and bus transportation system. The main middle school  structure is a 3-story steel frame building on grade with an eccentric braced frame lateral framing system. There is an adjacent 2-story gymnasium structure above one level of below grade parking that is seismically separated from the steel frame building above grade level. The gymnasium has concrete masonry unit walls with a steel framed metal deck and concrete roof that supports a playground with bleachers and potted landscaping. The main structure also has a large open roof playground area with bleachers on Level 1 adjacent to the gymnasium roof.

    The project has many architectural features such as canopies, metal screen walls at the playgrounds, complicated exterior wall system and multiple feature stairs that required extensive steel framing design and coordination. We worked closely with the architect to integrate the exposed architectural steel framing with the structural design to meet their goals for these feature elements.

    • Architect

      Arquitectonica
    • Contractor

      Taisei
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Science Center School and Amgen Center for Science Learning

    Los Angeles Unified School District Science Center School and Amgen Center for Science Learning

    Los Angeles, CA | 154,142 sq ft

    The Science Center School project is one of the most unique school projects undertaken in the State of California. Designed by the celebrated architectural firm Morphosis, the new classroom portion of the school has unique sloping grass berms and a grass-covered roof as if the structure appears to rise up from the surrounding soil.

    As beautiful as the new construction is, what makes this project truly unique is the rehabilitation and seismic strengthening of the existing historic armory building, which is closely integrated with the new classroom building to the north. The existing armory roof was opened up, creating a play area open to the weather yet enclosed by the surrounding existing building. New shotcrete walls were applied to the inside faces of the existing exterior walls. Additional horizontal steel trusses were added to the existing steel roof structure to strengthen and yet complement the existing aesthetic.

    • Architect

      Morphosis
  • Cocoanut Grove Theatre Los Angeles Unified School District Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

    Cocoanut Grove Theatre Los Angeles Unified School District Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

    Los Angeles | 582 seats | 48,410 sq ft

    The former Ambassador Hotel has reinvented itself as the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, a 430,410-square-foot campus comprised of six Pilot Schools: Ambassador School of Global Education, Ambassador School of Global Leadership, NOW Academy, UCLA-CS, School for the Visual Arts and Humanities and Los Angeles High School of the Arts.

    Located on a 24-acre site, the campus serves 4,624 students during the school year. The hotel’s legendary Cocoanut Grove has been restored to a 582-seat theatre along with the 1940’s era Paul R. Williams-designed coffee shop turned into a teachers’ lounge.

    The entire scope of the development includes a K-3 School, a 4-8 Middle School, and a High School, for a total of 4,624 students. The 92,000-square-foot, K-3 building accommodates 1,150 seats within 46 classrooms. The K-3 building is a 2-story, wood structure with plywood shear walls. The 4-8/High School building accommodates 3,474 seats within 130 classrooms on six floors totaling 382,000 square feet. The rehabilitated Cocoanut Grove building is an additional 48,410 square feet of enclosed and covered areas. The 6-story steel structure utilizes steel moment-resisting frames. The campus is serviced by a 2-level, 442-car parking structure.

    • Architect

      Gonzalez Goodale
    • Contractor

      Hensel Phelps
  • Mid-Pacific Institute Mike and Sandy Hartley Math, Science & Technology Center

    Mid-Pacific Institute Mike and Sandy Hartley Math, Science & Technology Center

    Honolulu, HI | 2 stories | 47,120 sq ft

    The new science and technology center at Mid-Pacific Institute consists of an East and a West Wing separated by a plaza. A conventional pre-cast concrete floor system was utilized for all suspended floors and masonry walls to meet budget goals. Supporting prefabricated wood trusses were utilized to create a Hawaiian style roof.

    The Technology Center at Mid-Pacific Institute is a unique learning environment that combines current research on how students learn with state-of-the-art technology. Students work collaboratively and many of the tasks in the center develop the skills that workers in the 21st century will need: flexibility, creativity, problem solving and effective communication.

    The center consists of a range of configurations for students. As the students gain experience and confidence, they can combine system elements to continue their exploration. The lab is modular and cross-platform by design, using both Macintosh and PC computers.

    • Architect

      John Hara Associates
  • Windward Community College Library Learning Commons

    Windward Community College Library Learning Commons

    Kaneohe, HI | 3 stories | 300,423 sq ft

  • Riverside Community College Quad Buildings Seismic Retrofit

    Riverside Community College Quad Buildings Seismic Retrofit

    Riverside, CA | 2 stories | 75,000 sq ft

    The College Quad Buildings on the Riverside Community College campus underwent a seismic review and rehabilitation of 3 sides of the existing quad building as well as the demolition and replacement of the 4th side of the quad. Also included was the clock tower that was part of the original design but never constructed over one of the stair towers. Two sides and a portion of the 3rd side of the original quad building were constructed in several phases in the 1920’s prior to the 1933 Field Act. The building exterior is poured in place concrete construction with floor framing consisting of a combination of concrete joist and slabs in some areas and wood joists with wood floor sheathing in other areas. The 3rd side of the quad was completed in the 1940’s a mimicked the 1920’s architectural style but consisted completely of reinforced concrete construction. The 4th side of the quad was completed in the 1970’s in a current architectural style.

    We performed a seismic review of the 1940’s and earlier buildings and determined that some additional rehabilitation was needed primarily for wall to floor connections in the 1920’s buildings. These buildings had undergone an upgrade in the 1970’s, however, those connections were inadequate. Our challenge was to integrate the new connections within the restricted space while avoiding the previous work, all within a limited budget.

     

    • Architect

      The Steinberg Group
    • Contractor

      ASR Constructors
  • LACCD Los Angeles Trade Technical South Campus Technology Building

    LACCD Los Angeles Trade Technical South Campus Technology Building

    Los Angeles, CA | 5 stories | 66,228 sq ft

    Designed and constructed simultaneously with the Student Services Building, the 66,228-square-foot Technology Building is 5 stories in height with a rectangular footprint. Both buildings have a partial subterranean basement that connect to an underground utility tunnel. The subgrade structures are constructed of reinforced concrete. The above grade structure consists of structural steel with metal deck on concrete fill floor/roof construction. Steel eccentric braced frames are placed at the corners of the buildings. They occur over the full height of the buildings. Gravity and lateral loads are supported by a conventional reinforced concrete spread footing foundations. All major mechanical equipment is placed on the roofs of the buildings. Although the main structural systems of the buildings are straightforward, the framing for the exterior wall was quite the opposite.

    • Architect

      MDA/Johnson Favaro (Design) / Gruen Associates (Executive)
    • Contractor

      Taisei Construction Corporation
  • Chaffey College Main Instructional Building (MIB)

    Chaffey College Main Instructional Building (MIB)

    Chino, CA | 2 stories | 55,000 sq ft

    The Main Instructional Building (MIB) is located at Chaffey College’s new 100-acre campus in Chino, California. Developed as a collaboration between Chaffey College, the City of Chino, and SunCal Companies, the Chino campus is part of a 710-acre College Park master-planned community. The MIB totals 55,000 square feett and is a 2-story, u-shaped building housing 21 classrooms, laboratories, a library, a bookstore, student services center, and faculty/administrative offices.

    The exterior skin consists of a combination of a stone and brick veneer system and plaster. The structural system consists of concrete on metal decking supported by structural steel beams and columns with a seismic bracing system of steel eccentrically braced frames.

    • Architect

      MDA/Johnson Favaro
    • Contractor

      Bernards
  • Wilshire Vermont Station An Urban Village

    Wilshire Vermont Station An Urban Village

    Los Angeles, CA | two 7 stories / 450 units | 733,300 sq ft

    Located with direct access to a Metropolitan Transit Authority’s subway station, Wilshire Vermont Station is the successful culmination of a public/private partnership creating a 733,300-square-foot mixed-use project consisting of 450 apartment units for mixed income in two connected, 7-story buildings which were constructed of a light gauge metal frame system, one of the first in Los Angeles. Included in the project is 35,000 square feet of ground floor retail space around a central, street level plaza. Subterranean parking is available for 668 vehicles.

    The project features an 8,200-square-foot hand-painted mural visible from Wilshire Boulevard.

    Unique to this residential development is the collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District of the adjacent 739-seat, 3-story Young Oak Kim Academy Middle School.

    • Architect

      Arquitectonica
    • Contractor

      Taisai
  • Kamakee Vista

    Kamakee Vista

    Honolulu, HI | 28 stories / 226 units

    This 28-story concrete framed high-rise structure has 226 apartments in a tower which was built over a podium structure containing 105,000 square feet of parking; 35,000 square feet of leasable commercial space; and a 8,500-square-foot child care center.

    Due to government regulations, the podium structure was limited to a height of 45′-0″. In order to squeeze the four levels of parking beneath this height, no large transfer girders were permitted. A unique method of “flag wall” construction allowed us to achieve the many column and wall transitions from an “apartment grid” in the tower to a “parking grid” in the podium without deep transition girders. Using a flat plate post tensioned concrete framing for the apartment and parking floors help reduce the structural floor thickness requirement to 8″. Utilizing prestressed precast planks supported by beams in the commercial area allow the flexibility of easier renovation of the spaces in the future.

    • Architect

      Henry Reese AIA/HCDA
  • Engine Company Number 28

    Engine Company Number 28

    Los Angeles, CA | 4 stories | 35,000 sq ft

    Through an adaptive re-use of this downtown landmark fire station facing demolition, we restored, expanded and seismically upgraded the building to function as a corporate headquarters, cultural affairs office, and restaurant. Most significant about the project are the unique characteristics of the 1912 historic structure that were restored to their original condition, maintaining the integrity of the building, while at the same time bringing the building up to current codes (i.e. disabled access, seismic, fire/safety, etc.) under the strict dictates and approvals of the U.S. Department of Interior, the State Office of Preservation, and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles.

    • Architect

      Altoon & Porter Architects
  • University of Southern California Doheny Memorial Library Seismic Retrofit

    University of Southern California Doheny Memorial Library Seismic Retrofit

    Los Angeles, CA | 4 stories | 168,145 sq ft

    Subsequent to the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the University of Southern California executed a FEMA damage survey report for this historic building built in 1931.

    FEMA authorized a seismic strengthening program which consisted of new shotcrete shear walls installed on the interior side of the building. Though the shear walls were going to be installed on the inside of the building, the existing historic fabric had to be preserved. This challenge was met by judiciously locating the shear walls to optimize building performance while minimizing impact to the historic finishes. This was accomplished in one of two ways:

    First, the walls were shot from whichever side of a given wall did not have artistic historic finishes. A second option was to remove the existing historic finishes in panels as well as removing 1 to 2 wythes of the existing brick wall and then reinstalling the historic finishes. Removing the brick wythes allowed us to install the new concrete shear walls while not impacting the original location of the historic finishes. Our firm worked closely with the Owner and the Contractor throughout the process to minimize impact and to expedite construction reviews in order to maintain the construction schedule. As a result, the project was finished ahead of schedule and under budget.

    • Architect

      Fields & Devereaux
    • Contractor

      Morley Builders
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Morley Builders
  • Saturn V Rocket Replica Exhibit U.S. Space and Rocket Center

    Saturn V Rocket Replica Exhibit U.S. Space and Rocket Center

    Huntsville, AL | 363 ft tall / 33 ft diameter

    Penwal Industries created the full scale replica of Saturn V as a global monument and reminder of the accomplishments achieved by our country. The Saturn V is 363 feet tall and 33 feet in diameter, has 2.5 million solder joints and includes five full scale F-1 engines, the most powerful engine ever built. Apollo astronaut Richard F. Gordon, a member of the Apollo 12 mission, participated on the design team for Penwal. Displayed at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, it is the tallest structure in Alabama. The replica was constructed in California, then disassembled section by section and transported by truck to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center where it was vertically assembled.

    • Contractor

      Penwal
  • University of California, Santa Barbara San Clemente Villages Graduate Student Housing Complex

    University of California, Santa Barbara San Clemente Villages Graduate Student Housing Complex

    Santa Barbara, CA | Housing: 3 & 4 stories, 973 beds / Parking: 4 levels, 730 spaces | 680,000 sq ft

    The beautiful Santa Ynez mountains serve as a backdrop for the Graduate Student Housing on the University of California Santa Barbara campus. The Type 5, sheathed in stucco, student housing provides 976 beds with ancillary support functions including a community center and multi-purpose buildings. The housing is grouped around a series of courtyards thematically landscaped with examples of the beautiful and bountiful plants native to this part of the state. In addition to the housing, a 730-space structured parking garage is located beneath two-thirds of the housing.

    • Architect

      Harley Ellis Devereaux
    • Contractor

      Hunt
  • Fuller Theological Seminary Madison Corson Student Housing Phase I

    Fuller Theological Seminary Madison Corson Student Housing Phase I

    Pasadena, CA | four 5 stories / 179 units | 203,000 sq ft

    The Madison Corson Student Housing consists of four residence buildings over 1-level of subterranean parking in the north campus residential development. Residence buildings are constructed of metal studs and joists with a lateral system of Sure-Board shear walls and interior tube steel concentric braced frames. The podium is a 14-inch thick concrete deck bearing on concrete columns and exterior concrete shear walls. The development includes courtyards, safe play areas for children, technology access, and indoor and outdoor gathering spaces for their Christ-centered community.

    • Architect

      Togawa & Smith
  • University Gateway Student Housing Community

    University Gateway Student Housing Community

    Los Angeles, CA | 8 stories / 1,656 beds | 1,034,000 sq ft

    University Gateway is a 4-acre mixed-use development located on the northwest corner of the intersection between Jefferson Boulevard and Figueroa Street. The project is privately funded by a joint collaboration among several developers to provide the critically needed student housing and parking to the University of Southern California campus.

    The project is an 8-story concrete tower with 7 levels of residential floors over 1 level of commercial. The housing portion consists of a total of 421 units which provide housing for 1,656 students. The commercial portion consists of 83,000 square feet of retail space. Over 27,000 square feet of retail space is leased to the University while the remaining 51,000 square feet leased to local and national retail tenants including restaurants, drug stores, and in-line retails. The project also includes an 8-story parking structure which provides 1,210 parking spaces and 800 bicycle spaces.

    • Architect

      Togawa Smith Martin Residential
    • Contractor

      Clark Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Clark Construction
  • Art Center College of Design South Campus

    Art Center College of Design South Campus

    Pasadena, CA | 1 and 2 stories | 93,410 sq ft

    The Art Center College of Design South Campus is a complex of six buildings ranging from 1- to 2-story structures. Originally built in the 1940s as McDonald Douglas Aircraft’s wind tunnel testing facility, it is the home of Art Center’s Public Education Programs and includes an Exhibition Hall, the Graduate Fine Arts Program, and the Art Center Print Shop and Archetype Press. The Alexander and Adelaide Hixon Courtyard provides a unique creative entrance to exhibit outdoor sculpture and other fine art for the complex. The College’s 14,600-square-foot Exhibition Hall is the centerpiece of the South Raymond facility as a venue destination for new art and design in the region. The Graduate Fine Art Complex is a 13,500-square-foot facility comprised of studios, galleries, project rooms, computers, shops, archive space, and offices. Completing the space is a 3,000-square-foot Art Center Print Shop and Archetype Press, a traditional letterpress facility for Art Center degree and Public Education students that was established in 1989 with the foundry type collection of Los Angeles Typographer and printer, Vernon Simpson.

    • Architect

      Daly Genik
    • Contractor

      Turner Special Projects
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Art Center
  • The Gateway at City Center (Carson Avalon)

    The Gateway at City Center (Carson Avalon)

    Carson, CA | 5 stories / 236 units | 330,103 sq ft

    The Gateway at City Center mixed use development is comprised of two phases of 4-story residential buildings. The Senior Affordable Housing Phase includes 86 units and the Market Rate Residential includes 150 units. Retail space occupies the street level with 440 spaces in one level of subterranean parking garage.

    • Architect

      Withee Malcolm Architects
  • Mercy Housing California Daughters of Charity St. Vincent's Gardens Affordable Multi-Family Housing

    Mercy Housing California Daughters of Charity St. Vincent's Gardens Affordable Multi-Family Housing

    Santa Barbara, CA | Fourteen 2 stories / 75 units | 70,000 sq ft

    The St. Vincent’s Development is comprised of three components including affordable senior housing, affordable multifamily housing and an administration center all of which are managed and funded by Mercy Housing California and the Daughters of Charity.

    The family component, St. Vincent’s Gardens Family Housing, consists of fourteen 2-story, Type V wood construction complexes providing housing for 4 to 6 families per building with a maximum of 72 families. The total area for the family housing is approximately 70,000 square feet. The family component also includes a community room for the residents to relax, have meetings, and host parties.

    Based on the developer’s desire to preserve and restore the original landscape, St. Vincent’s was designed to provide a pleasant wooded with its integrating bicycle paths and hiking trails. All buildings have a Spanish tile roof that naturally blends in with the rest of the community. The project benefits its residents and the surrounding community by offering playgrounds, a sports field, and a community center.

    • Architect

      Lauterbach & Associates
    • Contractor

      Melchori Construction
  • MacArthur Park Metro Apartments, Phase I

    MacArthur Park Metro Apartments, Phase I

    Los Angeles, CA | 4 stories / 96 units

    MacArthur Park Metro is a residential development consisting of 96 units in a 3-story wood building over podium with retail and parking below. The structural system for the concrete levels consists of reinforced concrete slabs and columns with concrete shear walls to laterally brace the building. The project is situated over a subway tunnel which required 90-foot long-span post-tensioned grade beams over the tunnel to support the building.

    • Architect

      Torti Gallas & Partners
  • Mercy Housing Community Grand & Venice Affordable Housing

    Mercy Housing Community Grand & Venice Affordable Housing

    Los Angeles, CA | 4 stories / 62 units | 160,500 sq ft

    Grand & Venice is a 160,500-square-foot affordable housing complex containing 62 residential units, a childcare center and social service offices. The residential units are situated on a concrete podium level that features a large landscaped central plaza, sits above 3 levels of parking servicing the residents and the nearby California Hospital.

    • Architect

      Togawa & Smith
    • Contractor

      Morley Builders
  • Vanguard Lofts

    Vanguard Lofts

    Honolulu, HI

  • United States Postal Service Terminal Annex Seismic Retrofit

    United States Postal Service Terminal Annex Seismic Retrofit

    Los Angeles, CA | 4 stories | 479,000 sq ft

    The existing 1938 building is a registered national historic landmark and is comprised of a 4-story conventionally reinforced concrete structure with a 1-level basement. The gross building area is 470,000 square feet with a plan dimension of 188 feet by 524 feet.

    Originally built for the postal services, the new occupants of the building are computer/internet service providers which require extremely high density UPS and battery back-up power systems to be installed. Strengthening of the existing floor (a two-way flat plate system) was required to accommodate the 150 to 250 psf live load requirement for this particular use.

    • Architect

      Johnson Fain Partners
    • Contractor

      Turner
  • Summit on Sixth

    Summit on Sixth

    Los Angeles, CA | 11 stories | 181,000 sq ft

    As  part of the Los Angeles City Adaptive Reuse Program, the Summit on Sixth is the seismic retrofit of an 11-story, 181,000-square-foot steel moment frame office building that has been converted into a condominium.

    By working with the developer and understanding their needs, we were able to show that the existing steel moment frames can resist the code based seismic forces and satisfy the code drift requirements without further strengthening. In order to obtain a Request for Modification from the City, a non-linear push-over analysis was conducted. This resulted in substantial savings and eliminated the need for additional lateral elements. The existing steel framing has unique features of semi-rigid bolted moment frame connections.

    In areas where additional load was imposed on the gravity system, we determined that plating the existing members would be more cost effective than replacing the existing members with the new steel. We also worked in collaboration with the owner and contractor to retrofit and detail the supports of the new exterior skin for this condominium project in the most cost effective way.

    • Architect

      Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh
    • Contractor

      Bovis Lend Lease
  • University of California, Santa Barbara University Art Museum

    University of California, Santa Barbara University Art Museum

    Santa Barbara, CA | Museum: 3,606 sq ft / Plaza: 12,000 sq ft

    The original University Art Museum opened in 1959 as a gallery for the campus art department and has since grown into an art center for the university. In order to accommodate the current needs, the entrance was relocated to service the newly configured functional galleries. A sky-lit gallery of oversized painting replaces a former outdoor court. The entrance now features a freestanding, steel-frame colonnade and glass canopy with new signage and lighting that serves to connect the museum with the exterior plaza.

    • Architect

      Levin & Associates
  • Rio Hondo College Pedestrian Bridge

    Rio Hondo College Pedestrian Bridge

    Whittier, CA | 140 ft long / 10 ft wide

    The pedestrian bridge at Rio Hondo College spans 140 feet long and 10 feet wide and is supported by structural steel beams with a central steel tower that supporting two suspended steel cables on either side. These cables provide additional intermediate support to the steel girders. The seismic system consists of a Special Steel Moment frame with reduced beam sections and concrete footings in the transverse direction. A steel tube truss at the bridge deck is provided to transfer the seismic loads to the supports in the transverse direction. In the longitudinal direction the steel bridge support beams are designed to resist the seismic loads as axial loads. The steel bridge was designed to satisfy vibration criteria as set by the AISC design guide and ASTM A588 steel was ustilized to mitigate the exposure of the weather on the structure.

    • Architect

      Steven Ehrlich Architects
    • Photographer

      Manuel V. Jaramillo
  • Paseo Colorado

    Paseo Colorado

    Pasadena, CA | 565,000 sq ft

    Drawing from a 1923 plan to create a classic civic center, inclusive of shops, entertainment and housing, the City of Pasadena recreates the space once occupied by a 3-block traditional climate controlled enclosed mall. The Paseo Colorado revitalizes and reopens the corridor between the existing historic buildings of City Hall and its surrounding buildings with the civic auditorium and convention center. Through the use of pedestrian walkways, fountains, trellises and planters, the 3-block traditional mall transformed into a new standard for urban design in downtown Pasadena.

    The residential component of the development includes 375 units in 337,210 square feet of Type III modified construction.

    • Architect

      Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn
    • Contractor

      Pankow Builders
  • Edwards Lifesciences Parking Structure

    Edwards Lifesciences Parking Structure

    Irvine, CA | 5 levels / 651 spaces | 210,000 sq ft

    The Edwards Lifesciences Parking Structure flanks McGaw Avenue at the southern border of the campus. It is a five-level above-grade post-tensioned parking structure realized to resolve the shortage of parking on the campus. A concrete moment frame lateral system was selected over a concrete shear wall system which creates visibility and security issues. The moment frame was upturned to allow the beams to also function as the exterior vehicular barricade wall. Once completed, the simple structural concrete of form ties and colored concrete panels successfully married with the architecture creating a strikingly simple and refreshing structure for the campus.

    • Architect

      Studio SA
    • Contractor

      DPR Construction
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Biogenesis Research

    University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Biogenesis Research

    Honolulu, HI | 2 stories | 15,000 sq ft

    The requirements of the state of the art Institute for Biogenesis Research facility had to be accommodated to fit into an existing courtyard. Infill structures are always a challenge as there are many existing conditions to work around. The key to meeting a tight schedule and working within a limited space was solved by a structural solution of a structural steel framing system to meet an early bid before Architectural plans could be completed.

    The Institute for Biogenesis Research was built to focus on a curriculum that is a problem-based learning format involving history-taking and physical diagnosis, behavioral science, and community medicine.

    The facility is 15,000 square feet in 2 levels dedicated to the development of germ cell research, cloning, transgenesis and prevention and cure of congenital malformation.

    • Architect

      Group 70 International, Inc.
    • Contractor

      Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc
  • The Pointe

    The Pointe

    Burbank, CA | Office: 14 stories / Parking: 3 sub levels | 1,200,000 sq ft

    The Pointe is a new 1,200,000-square-foot development located in Burbank, California. It consists of a 14-story office building of 478,000 square feet over three levels of subterranean parking. The ground floor has an elaborately landscaped 154,000-square-foot plaza deck extending over the entire 566,000 square feet of parking. The structural system is comprised of structural steel gravity load framing. A dual lateral system consisting of steel moment frames and eccentric braced frames was used to provide the most efficient structural system, reducing the overall steel tonnage to 12.5 pounds per square foot.

    • Architect

      HLW International LLP
    • Contractor

      Krismar Construction
  • University of California, San Diego North Campus Student Housing Phase I

    University of California, San Diego North Campus Student Housing Phase I

    La Jolla, CA | 14 stories, five 3 stories, two 4 stories / 1078 beds | 314,000 sq ft

    The North Campus Housing provides 1,076 new apartment-style beds for undergraduate students. The design build housing development includes one 14-story tower and two 3-story residential podium structures as well as three 3-story and two 4-story low-rise residential buildings on grade.

    • Architect

      MVE Institutional, Inc.
    • Contractor

      Turner Construction
  • Kamehameha Schools Aquatic Facility

    Kamehameha Schools Aquatic Facility

    Honolulu, HI | 50-meter Pool

    The Kamehameha Schools/Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate Swimming Pool Renovation project at the school’s main Honolulu campus is the expansion of an existing pool to a 50-meter Olympic-sized pool, that could also be used to play water polo, and the rebuilding of 1,000 bleacher seats.

    The existing pool built in the early 60’s is sited on the side of a hill with the downhill portion of the pool bottom a suspended structure on grade. Rather than a complete rebuild it was determined that this massive renovation was more economical. During preliminary studies it was determined that the complete removal of the existing bleachers (which needed more capacity) and the expansion of the pool on the uphill side was more feasible than other alternatives.

    To achieve the desired swimming pool dimensions two sides and part of a third side of the pool (along with portions of the pool bottom) and all of the existing bleachers were demolished; then the new pool, walls, pool bottom and bleachers were constructed in their place. The challenge was to select a solution that could be sequentially constructed, as site access was extremely limited.

    • Architect

      John Hara Associates Inc.
  • Lawndale Library

    Lawndale Library

    Lawndale, CA | 1 story | 17,360 sq ft

    The Lawndale Library is a 17,360-square-foot facility built to accommodate the growing community of Lawndale. The library includes a career center, a homework center, a community meeting room with a capacity for 75 people, a children’s storytelling area and a dedicated area for teens.

    The structure is a 1-story steel frame structure with a continuous clerestory running through the center of the building. Reinforced CMU shear walls were used for seismic bracing of the main structure with steel moment resisting frames for the bracing of the clerestory in the transverse direction and steel rod x-bracing frames in the longitudinal direction. All of the structural steel of the clerestory and canopies are architectural exposed steel.

    • Architect

      Gruen Associates
    • Contractor

      Woodcliff Corporation
  • The Verde Pedestrian Level Frame Pressures Cladding Wind Engineering

    The Verde Pedestrian Level Frame Pressures Cladding Wind Engineering

    Orlando, FL

  • AMC 18 Del Amo Fashion Center

    AMC 18 Del Amo Fashion Center

    Torrance, CA | 18-screen | 300,000 sq ft

    Del Amo Fashion Center boasts a new 2-story outdoor lifestyle entertainment wing that has revitalized an older wing of the existing mall. The existing wing was demolished and a new 2-story mall created for the existing TJ Maxx anchor store while adding new retail and entertainment spaces that surround and envelop the anchor store. An 18-screen cinema on the second level anchors the entertainment wing. Adjacent to these spaces are 1-story restaurants and a new Lucky Strike Lanes. Close coordination between the two contractors on site, while maintaining operations of the remaining existing mall was paramount during construction.

    • Architect

      RTKL
    • Contractor

      Bayley (Buildings) / Whiting Turner (Site/Parking)
  • Space Launch Complex 3 (SLC-3) East Mobile Service Tower Wind Engineering

    Space Launch Complex 3 (SLC-3) East Mobile Service Tower Wind Engineering

    Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA

    Our firm was retained to performed wind tunnel testing and analysis of the 230-foot-tall Mobile Service Tower (MST) for the Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The goals of the program were to: 1) Determine the overall airflow characteristics and locate regions of vortex formation and high turbulence through smoke visualization, 2) Determine wind loads for the design of the structural framed, and 3) Determine local and pressures on the roof and exterior and interior wall surfaces for cladding design.

     

  • University of California, Riverside Science Building No. 1

    University of California, Riverside Science Building No. 1

    Riverside, CA | 42,500 sq ft

    This 3-story, 42,500-square-foot building provides a combination of first floor teaching lab space and second and third floor research lab space. The teaching lab functions require a large member of fume hoods that generate a high volume of air that must be transported to the roof through dust shafts disguised as exterior columns. It is constructed adjacent to the existing Geology Building and over an existing utility tunnel. The campus architectural style employs a brick exterior that is reflected in the new exterior. Concrete columns, one-way slabs and shear walls were used to frame the building.

    • Architect

      RBB Architects
  • Temporary Concert Stage Americana at Brand

    Temporary Concert Stage Americana at Brand

    Glendale, CA | 800 sq ft

    An outdoor temporary concert stage at Americana at Brand required a building permit for its installation. We performed a structural analysis addressing Building Code issues such as Wind Loads and Seismic Loads. Based on our analysis of the vertical truss towers and overhead lighting grids, we made several recommendations for ensuring that the temporary installation was structurally code compliant.

    A short time schedule mandated that we quickly research the prefabricated truss components and connections fabricated by Tower Structures and perform the required analysis to arrive at the most economical solution for the stage and lighting rigging.

  • Legoland Fun Town Fire Academy Facade

    Legoland Fun Town Fire Academy Facade

    Carlsbad, CA

    The LEGOLAND attraction required the design of the structural support and connection of a 16′-0″ x 34′-0″ x 6′-0″ house façade structure for the Fun Town Fire Academy ride.

    • Architect

      Scenery West
  • Cary Grant Pavilion at Hollywood Park

    Cary Grant Pavilion at Hollywood Park

    Inglewood, CA | 6 levels | 250,000 sq ft

    Built in 1984 for the initial Breeder’s Cup Races, Hollywood Park was a 364-foot x 198-foot trapezoidal 6-level grandstand which featured two separate covered seating levels with structurally uninterrupted clear lines of vision across the front 364 feet. The upper level had a 42-foot clear column free, open air track view while the lower level featured a 20-foot structural glass enclosed view.

    Both the roof and the upper level grandstands featured impressive tension diagonal supported 86-foot cantilevers. The floor girders, supporting precast concrete seats were comprised of variable depth steel box beams where the maximum depth was 9 feet. The cantilever supporting columns were also variable steel box members and were 5 feet maximum in depth and weighed up to 1,500 pounds per foot. The cantilevered structural members were erected with computated cambers and deflections were monitored during erection phases to facilitate subsequent fit and construction of the precast seats as well as the structural glass enclosing the lower seating levels. Access to the upper levels was provided by an 80′ diameter, 97′ high circular concrete stairway.

  • Superior Nissan of Mission Hills

    Superior Nissan of Mission Hills

    Mission Hills, CA | 154,800 sq ft

    Superior Nissan at Mission Hills is a 4-level automotive dealership building comprised of a showroom, service bays, and storage parking. The ground level floor houses 42,300 square feet for service bays and showroom, the second level is 42,000 square feet for parking and office space, and the third and fourth levels are 41,900 square feet of roof parking deck and 28,600 square feet of storage parking.

    • Architect

      AHT
  • South Coast Plaza West

    South Coast Plaza West

    Costa Mesa, CA | 335,328 sq ft

    The South Coast Plaza Renovation consisted of the conversion of a former 166,000-square-foot, 3-level Robinsons-May department store anchor into an extension of the existing mall and the renovation of the existing Crystal Court mall area.

    The renovation included adding elevators and altering the common mall openings between levels, removing stairs and adding escalators, extending and adding a curved curtain wall east entry, revising and extending floor areas to accept pedestrian bridge traffic, and revisions to the exterior façade.

    The anchor store conversion included development of a unique façade and tenant improvements for the west-coast flagship store of Crate & Barrel which included extending an existing balcony and strengthening of floor framing for added loading and an in-store escalator. Another corner was extended to include additional lease space and outdoor balcony space.

    We provided extensive additional services, which included numerous revised design needed for existing field conditions and assisted in several construction means and methods. Our services also included the framing for large cantilevered exterior signage in several locations.

    • Architect

      Callison
    • Contractor

      Robert E. Bayley Construction
  • Lake Avenue Congregational Church

    Lake Avenue Congregational Church

    Pasadena, CA | 5,000 seats | 210,000 sq ft

    Lake Avenue Congregational Church is a fan-shaped 5,000-seat sanctuary with a spectacular interior space of ceiling heights varying anywhere from 12 to 70 feet. Encompassing the pulpit area is a $1.5 million pipe organ system. The pipe organ creates a magnificent sound, thanks in part to the scalloped 2-inch plaster acoustical panels hung from the structural steel roof framing, as well as similar plaster panels which enclose the side walls of the sanctuary. The roof structure is a double curved structural steel roof with steel deck and vermiculite fill. The fan-shaped roof is broken up into three segments supported by two structural steel trusses clear spanning 250 feet. The acoustical ceiling panels, the many catwalks and lighting supports, as well as a mechanical equipment room hidden within the ceiling space, form a complex subframing system of its own supported off the main roof structural system.

    There is a curved balcony in the sanctuary cantilevering up to 25 feet with a gently undulating configuration at the sides of the sanctuary. The sanctuary which is seismically braced by steel moment frames sits partially over a one-story concrete subterranean parking structure. Immediately adjacent to the sanctuary is a 4-story education building of structural steel framing and steel moment frames. Part of this structure houses a full size gymnasium floor in a 2-story space. In order to make efficient use of the minimal head height available, tapered steel girders were employed at the roof to obtain the necessary roof slopes, as efficiently as possible. The church is anchored visually by a 25-foot-high steel cross, rising approximately 90 feet above the Plaza Level. It is supported by steel columns, which cantilever approximately 30 feet above the roof structure.

    • Architect

      Barasch Architects
  • Getty Center Research Institute

    Getty Center Research Institute

    Los Angeles, CA | 201,000 sq ft

    The multi-building Getty Center includes the 201,000-square-foot Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities. Located at the southwest corner of the Center, the round steel space frame structure is built above a substructure constructed of reinforced concrete columns, slabs, and walls. The building houses a several hundred thousand volume library that also provides research and conference space for visiting scholars and archival storage of rare manuscripts, drawings, and sketches.

    The Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities is located at the southwest corner of the Getty Center. The round steel space frame structure is built above a substructure constructed of reinforced concrete columns, slabs,  and walls.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners
    • Contractor

      Dinwiddie Construction
  • Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Rancho Palos Verdes

    Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Rancho Palos Verdes

    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA | 3 stories, 114 units | 96,000 sq ft

    Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Rancho Palos Verdes  is a 3-story stucco building consisting of 114 one- to three-bedroom units with a dementia unit included as part of the facility with parking accommodated at grade on-site. The building construction is slab on grade, structural steel with metal decking, tile mansard roof and plaster.

    The project experienced significant rain delays during the first few months of construction, however to mitigate the rain delay, construction was sequenced so that the second and third floors were completed before the first floor began.

    • Architect

      Morris Architects
    • Contractor

      W.E. O'Neil Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Belmont Village
  • University of California, Los Angeles Biomedical Sciences Research Building and Orthopedic Hospital Research Center

    University of California, Los Angeles Biomedical Sciences Research Building and Orthopedic Hospital Research Center

    Los Angeles, CA | 6 stories | 215,000 sq ft

    The structural system designed for the Biomedical Sciences Research Building and Orthopedic Hospital Research Center consists of 6 levels of structural steel construction, eccentric braced seismic frames, perimeter basement concrete shear walls and a unique exterior concrete precast panel system. Special engineering challenges included long span built-up transfer steel girders at the second floor above the loading dock area; 16-foot to 19-foot roof parapets for coverage of the extensive mechanical equipment; architectural sunscreens at the building perimeter; architectural feature circular grand stair and stringent vibration analysis and design for the sensitive laboratory equipment.

    • Architect

      Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
  • Amusement Park Vehicle and Pedestrian Monument Entry Structures

    Amusement Park Vehicle and Pedestrian Monument Entry Structures

    Anaheim, CA

  • Rockwell Building 80

    Rockwell Building 80

    Seal Beach, CA | 8 stories | 300,000 sq ft

    Building 80 is an 8-story reinforced concrete structure built in the late 1960’s that required extensive seismic rehabilitation. Traditional seismic rehabilitation concepts were inappropriate for this structure because of several hundred million dollars worth of computers, the necessity of maintaining computing capability to support the Space Shuttle, and highly sensitive security areas. Seismic isolation, involving the installation of over 80 lead-rubber seismic isolators, was selected because it would limit construction to the lower story of the structure and would permit the building to operate at nearly full capacity during the 18-month construction schedule. Structural displacements on the order of 12 inches were anticipated and all mechanical, electrical, communication, and utility systems crossing the plane of isolation had to withstand up to 18 inches of displacement using innovative connection techniques. A perimeter ductile concrete frame was also added because of stringent client requirements regarding post-earthquake operation. We served as the prime consultant for the project and were responsible for all engineering and architectural services. The building strengthening was awarded the Los Angeles Tall Building Council’s Outstanding Design Award, an Engineering Project Achievement Award by the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering and a Merit Award for Outstanding Civil Engineering Project of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

    • Architect

      Englekirk
  • Universal Studios Hollywood Star Way

    Universal Studios Hollywood Star Way

    Universal City, CA | 500 feet

    This unique project accomplished the movement of people from the parking lot, atop a steep hill, to the main studios. A system was developed and designed to traverse the 200-foot vertical drop. The final design included a series of three escalators and four bridges with a total length of 500 feet. A combination of clever engineering and planning was utilized to achieve this unusual project.

    • Architect

      RTKL Associates
  • Riverside Metro Honda Dealership Showroom and Parking Structure

    Riverside Metro Honda Dealership Showroom and Parking Structure

    Riverside, CA | 3 levels | Showroom: 53,500 sq ft / Shared Car Storage: 105,000 sq ft

    This Riverside Honda Dealership is unique in that it is part of a 2-auto dealership (Honda and Nissan) combined into one facility. Each dealer has separate showrooms and service areas on the ground floor separated by individual service drive aisles for the facilities centered between the two showrooms with 2 levels of shared parking above the service and drive aisles.

    The structural design was complicated by one manufacturer’s corporate requirement that their building be separate from their competitor even though they shared storage parking and ramp access to this parking. To meet this requirement, an expansion joint was added that split the building along the drive aisle. This joint required careful layout of the building framing to maintain parking access and efficiency as well as coordination of the post-tensioning layout and the concrete pour and stressing sequences.

    The service and parking areas are framed with post-tensioned concrete slabs and concrete block perimeter walls that also serve as the building shear walls. The showrooms, parts, and mezzanine level office areas are framed in structural steel.  A common concrete masonry unit wall separates the showroom from the service and garage areas. Steel moment frames along with the common concrete masonry unit wall resist seismic loads in the showrooms.

    • Architect

      Ware Malcomb
    • Contractor

      Kunzik & Sara Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Ware Malcomb
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center South Parking Structure

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center South Parking Structure

    Los Angeles, CA | 10 stories (7 above, 3 below) / 1,925 spaces | 570,000 sq ft

    The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center South Parking Structure consists of 5-inch-thick concrete post-tensioned slab with 36-inch-deep post-tensioned beamed girders. Seismic forces are resisted by concrete ductile frames in both directions. The basement of the structure is approximately 35 feet below the water table and the foundation is a combination of 5-foot-thick concrete mat with tension auger piles to resist the hydrostatic upward pressure. The exterior of the structure is covered by precast panels in the lower levels and metal panels and planters in the upper levels.

    • Architect

      Lomax/Rock Associates
    • Contractor

      Morley Construction Company
  • One Westwood

    One Westwood

    Los Angeles, CA | 27 stories | 391,000 sq ft

    The structural design system and construction method utilized in this high-rise office building in West Los Angeles sets it apart from many. The 27-story structure encompasses approximately 391,000 square feet. We utilized the first slurry wall method of construction in the West Coast which saved the owner over $2 million in time and material by building the project 100 feet underground and 250 feet above ground simultaneously.

    • Architect

      Landau
  • International Center for Possibility Thinking

    International Center for Possibility Thinking

    Garden Grove, CA | 4 stories | 58,000 sq ft

    The International Center for Possibility Thinking is a 58,000-square-foot, 4-story building addition to the existing campus. The new facility includes reception areas for visitors, an auditorium, gallery, library, retail space and café.

    We met the architectural demands with our design solution of a circular concrete shear wall building of steel and metal deck floors integrated with full height glass walls, ornamental stairs, and architectural canopy features.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners
  • International Center for Possibility Thinking

    International Center for Possibility Thinking

    Garden Grove, CA | 4 stories | 58,000 sq ft

    The International Center for Possibility Thinking is a 58,000-square-foot, 4-story building addition to the existing campus. The new facility includes reception areas for visitors, an auditorium, gallery, library, retail space and café.

    We met the architectural demands with our design solution of a circular concrete shear wall building of steel and metal deck floors integrated with full height glass walls, ornamental stairs, and architectural canopy features.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners
  • Monrovia Public Library

    Monrovia Public Library

    Monrovia, CA | 1 story | 28,614 sq ft

    The Monrovia Public Library is a 28,500-square-foot, 1-story structure with multiple roof levels. The typical roof framing is 1½” metal deck spanning to structural steel beams and girders with a lateral force resisting system of steel Special Moment Resisting Frames (SMRF). The perimeter of the building is surrounded by several raised planters as high as 8 feet tall. The library encompasses a large CD collection, a community room, and a heritage room showcasing the City of Monrovia’s history.

    The adjacent Library Park was restored with a large public fountain installed at the main walkway of the library along with a Veterans Memorial at the base of the flagpoles and playground equipment at the back of the library.

    • Architect

      Gonzalez Goodale
    • Contractor

      Bernards Builders
  • United States Courthouse San Diego Pedestrian Level and Cladding Wind Engineering

    United States Courthouse San Diego Pedestrian Level and Cladding Wind Engineering

    San Diego, CA | 17 stories | 487,421 sq ft

    The United States Courthouse in San Diego is a 487,421 square foot state-of-the-art facility that includes a 17-story Eccentric Braced Frame steel tower over an open public plaza and 2 levels of below grade secured parking for 105 cars. The objectives of the test were to predict the wind pressures to be used in the design of exterior building cladding and evaluate the pedestrian-level winds (PLW) in and around the project. The wind study used a scaled model of the site. Wind-tunnel tests were conducted for 36 wind directions spaced at 10-degree intervals. These wind directions capture the most frequent and strongest wind observed from the wind data collection point for San Diego, California. For the four elevations of the building and the roof, surface points were measured to evaluate the pressure. Using the test data as input to a computer code analysis, wind pressures were calculated.

  • Getty Center / Getty Villa Pedestrian Level Wind Engineering

    Getty Center / Getty Villa Pedestrian Level Wind Engineering

    Los Angeles / Malibu, CA

  • Grand Californian Hotel Lobby Decorative Trellises and Entry Monuments

    Grand Californian Hotel Lobby Decorative Trellises and Entry Monuments

    Anaheim, CA

    The project required structural design of 85′ span support framing for the decorative trusses in the Grand Californian Hotel main lobby. The steel trusses had all bolted connections for speed of erection and to accommodate construction tolerances. The steel members were clad with a faux wood fiber glass skin.

    • Photographer

      Penwal Industries, Inc.
  • Sega Gameworks

    Sega Gameworks

    Twelve Various Locations

  • Nissan of West Covina Parking Structure & Showroom

    Nissan of West Covina Parking Structure & Showroom

    West Covina, CA | 3 stories / 146 spaces / 37 service bays | 100,000 sq ft

    Nissan of West Covina is an auto dealership showroom with a partial mezzanine for parts and administrative functions. Two stories of parking for inventory are located over a service level located behind the showroom. The showroom area is framed in steel construction with steel moment frames bracing along the front facade and in the transverse direction. A masonry wall separating the showroom from the service and parking serves as a fire separation and as a seismic resisting element for both the showroom and service areas.

    The parking floors are framed with flat plate post tensioned concrete floors. This system provided and efficient framing system for the service and parking grid and minimized the floor to floor heights at the service and parking floors. Seismic loads for the parking floors are resisted by both exterior and interior masonry shear walls. Careful coordination was required to locate the walls in areas that provided the required structural integrity while not interfering with the function of the service areas as well as the parking efficiency above.

    • Architect

      Ware Malcomb
    • Contractor

      Kunzik & Sara Construction
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Ware Malcomb
  • Lexus of Glendale

    Lexus of Glendale

    Glendale, CA | Showroom: 2 stories / Parking: 3 stories | 209,500 sq ft

    Lexus of Glendale is a signature auto dealership for Lexus on a tight ‘L’ shaped site in Glendale. The project includes a 2-story showroom with a mezzanine level for administrative support and parts storage as well as a ground floor service area. Up to three levels of auto inventory parking occur above the service bays, administrative offices and showroom.

    Our team was brought to the project after the previous development team was unable to solve several significant design challenges of meeting strict height limits for the site as well as providing ramp access to the second level without impacting the required service bays on the ground floor. Our team solved these challenges while maintaining the architectural layout and space plan that the ownership envisioned.

    We incorporated a long span post-tensioned beam and slab system on a bay spacing that matched the service bay module which reduced the first to second floor height by allowing the service bay overhead clearance to fit between the post-tensioned beams instead of requiring the clear height to fit below them. This also allowed for the roof deck parapets to fall below the city zoning height limits for the site. Reworking the ramp recovered two service bays that had restricted headroom in the prior design.

    • Architect

      Converse Architecture / Ware Malcomb
    • Contractor

      Roel Construction
  • Spring Sculpture

    Spring Sculpture

    Cheong Gye Cheon, Seoul, South Korea | 70 ft high x 18 ft diameter at base

    The spring sculpture is 70 feet tall and shaped as a small “turret” sea-shell. The shell is set vertically on its wider end and visualized as a rounded, colorful ribbon spiraling upwards and pulled apart to form a conical, open structure. The outer sea-shell skin of the sculpture is constructed using aluminum panels. The structural system consists of a welded built-up tube section spiral starting out as a 27 inch x 13 inch x 1.5 inch tube section and tapering down to a 6 inch x 3 inch x 0.375 inch tube section. The art work was commissioned by the Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture and was conceived, designed and directed by artist Coosje van Bruggen.

    • Architect

      Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Brugge
  • Private Residence

    Private Residence

    Lake Tahoe, NV | 9,000 sq ft

  • John Wayne Airport Structures and Terminal Roadways

    John Wayne Airport Structures and Terminal Roadways

    Santa Ana, CA | eleven 4-level structures / 8,400 spaces

    This project features the design of eleven parking structures for 8,400 cars and the terminal roadway which serves the parking structures and terminal. The parking structures feature precast concrete exterior panels with a cost-efficient post tensioned beam and slab construction. Ductile moment concrete frames were utilized for a more open and secure parking environment. The design included the addition of future levels for expansion and was completed within the stipulated budget to deliver to the County of Orange.

    • Contractor

      Bomel Construction Company
  • Vermont Square Branch Library Rehabilitation

    Vermont Square Branch Library Rehabilitation

    Los Angeles, CA | 1 story | 15,000 sq ft

    The Vermont Square Library is a 1-story building with a full basement and attic. Our firm provided the structural design and construction administration services for Division 88 and ADA upgrade of the existing unreinforced masonry building which is listed on the National Historic Registry. Coordination of the modernization and preservation of the historic fabric of the library required our attention to detail.

    • Architect

      The Shimazu Partnership
    • Contractor

      Claremont Construction
  • Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Encino

    Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Encino

    Encino, CA | 4 stories, 129 units | 106,000 sq ft

    The Belmont Village Assisted Living Community of Encino is a 3-story steel structure over a concrete podium at the street level plus 1 concrete level of subterranean parking. The seismic bracing system for the superstructure consists of steel eccentrically braced frames with the concrete podium braced by the perimeter concrete basement walls. The steel floor is of composite construction and the concrete floor is reinforced with mild steel. The exterior wall consists of light gage metal stud framing with steel windows and stucco finishes.

    • Architect

      Morris Architects
    • Contractor

      Gordon & Williams
    • Photographer

      Courtesy of Belmont Village
  • Getty Center Pedestrian Level Wind Engineering

    Getty Center Pedestrian Level Wind Engineering

    Los Angeles, CA | 6 buildings | 1,500,000 sq ft

    The Getty Center consists of over 1,500,000 square feet of construction spread among six separate, but interconnected, structures on a 110-acre site in the Santa Monica Mountains at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and the San Diego Freeway. A steeply sloping site with an inactive fault trace traversing the site complicated our structural design development. A wide variety of programs including a museum, Trust offices, conservation laboratories, library circulation and storage areas, food service areas, auditorium, parking structures, and elaborate mechanical and utility area are included in the project. An elevated transportation shuttle, three quarters of a mile in length, interconnects a seven level underground parking structure with the main site.

    • Architect

      Richard Meier & Partners