25,000 sq ft building in los angeles

HOLLAND PARTNER GROUP/SIXTH AND BIXEL: One portion of Holland Partner Group’s $200 million City West project has already opened: The Mint, a 42-apartment redevelopment of a 1923 medical building, debuted in May, and is now 85{a3a96561f1931cff034342fa80212b7a95ecea3cbb82e64902a22555cf3a09e1} occupied, according to the developer.

Crews are now building out the interior of a pair of seven-story buildings with a combined 606 apartments. A first phase of 295 units will begin leasing next May, with the remaining 311 apartments opening in mid-summer, according to Southern California division head Tom Warren.

The development will have 25,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, much of it fronting Sixth Street. The designer is Togawa Smith Martin. Rents for the studio to three-bedroom apartments will range from $1,500 to slightly under $4,000. Amenities will include rooftop decks, a large fitness center, a pool, a public plaza and 300 trees. Photo by Gary Leonard

Residential and Retail building in LA

E. ON GRAND: Framing and roofing on the seven-story E. on Grand are now complete, said David Pourbaba, CEO of West Hollywood-based 4D Development. The $30 million effort at 1249 S. Grand Ave., at the northwest corner of Pico Boulevard and Grand Avenue, will have 115 studio to two-bedroom units. Residences will average 700 square feet and each will have a glass balcony. Rents will be approximately $3.50 per square foot, said Pourbaba. Architecture firm AFCO Design is orchestrating the articulated facade that will feature colored accent panels. Amenities will include a pool, deck, recreation room, gym and two levels of underground parking, as well as 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Negotiations are ongoing with a coffee shop and a supermarket, said Pourbaba. 4D expects to open E. on Grand next January. Photo by Gary Leonard

Beacon Tower building

BEACON TOWER: Equity Residential is still seeking permits for a high-rise project at the northeast corner of Fourth and Hill Streets. The developer acquired the one-acre site at 343 S. Hill St. in 2014. Designs by TCA Architects show a 33-story tower with 428 studio to two-bedroom apartments, with 22 of the residences set aside for very low-income housing. The 10-story podium at the project known as the Beacon Tower would hold 433 parking stalls. Equity Residential said the goal is to break ground by the end of the year, with construction lasting two years. The work would also involve updating the Pershing Square Metro station, which is across the street from the proposed building. Some nearby property owners and business leaders have protested the design of the Beacon Tower, claiming it is out of character with nearby buildings and too tall for the neighborhood.  Photo by Equity Residential

950 E 3rd St building

950 E. THIRD ST.: The Arts District development broke ground in March and is on schedule for a late 2018 opening. A project from Fairfield Residential and Legendary Development, the six-acre site will include five six-story buildings holding a total of 472 studio to two-bedroom apartments. According to Dilip Bhavnani, a principal with Legendary, the complex will also have rooftop decks, a courtyard and 22,000 square feet of retail space. Kava Massih Architects is designing the project. Photo by Gary Leonard

Nvidia building

Devcon Construction has built some of Silicon Valley’s most innovative structures, but its work extends far beyond the tech industry, with a diverse portfolio of nonprofit, institutional and large-scale development projects.

One of Devcon’s most exciting current projects is the $800-million Nvidia corporate campus in Santa Clara, Calif. For the first phase of this project, which was completed in September, Devcon built a complicated, triangular-shaped structure with 500,000 sq ft of below-grade parking and 500,000 sq ft of above-grade office space.

“Normally we build typical rectangular office buildings, but this is a big triangular structure, with a heart shape in the middle and hard cladding that is solid aluminum with perforated panels over a huge, steel megaframe with triangles everywhere,” says Daisy Pereira, Devcon project manager for Nvidia. She says they used Trimble software and BIM extensively to accurately construct the myriad angles on the design-build job.

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Loma Linda California building

As construction activity in California continues to rise, contractors are riding a tidal wave of plans and projects. The state’s top 75 contractors tallied $36.55 billion of work during 2017, and the top 10 companies alone posted $16.8 billion, a more than 8{a3a96561f1931cff034342fa80212b7a95ecea3cbb82e64902a22555cf3a09e1} increase over the top 10 in the previous year.

“The construction market in California continues to be white hot and extremely active in multiple sectors,” says Rich Henry, president of the Northern Pacific region for McCarthy Building Cos. “The availability of money and the need for investment in infrastructure is still servicing our building boom throughout the state.”

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The California and Hawaii Best Projects competition showcases a wide range of work that demonstrates design and construction innovation while respecting both the built environment and the natural world. Judges selected 46 projects as winners in 19 categories. Two projects that the jury considered to reflect the pinnacle of achievement were designated Projects of the Year.

This year our panel of industry judges reviewed and discussed nearly 100 projects. Work was evaluated on the ability of the project team to overcome challenges, contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality. Entries were not accepted for projects that had a construction-related fatality.

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6th street bridge

Before the 3,500-ft-long Sixth Street Viaduct got demolished in February 2016, the city of Los Angeles marked its pending demise with a series of free civic events, including live music and a screening of “Grease.” Later, Angelenos took home 1,300 concrete remnants of it as keepsakes, recalls Mary Nemick, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering. “There was a lot of emotional attachment to that viaduct,” she says. “We spent a lot of time talking to the public about why we had to [demolish] it.”

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California Chase Center

Construction activity remains red-hot in California and Hawaii, with a wide range of public and private projects. Like last year, the top five projects to break ground in the region during 2017 all topped $1 billion.

The annual ranking features the 28 largest projects to get underway in California and Hawaii during the past year. Collectively, these projects add up to more than $18 billion in revenue.

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new building near staples center

Every project encounters both expected and unanticipated challenges: holidays, rain days, wind days. When planning the Oceanwide Plaza mixed-use development in Los Angeles, the project team had to consider “Adele days.”

The $1-billion-plus project comprises nearly 1.5 million sq ft of development surrounded by some of downtown L.A’.s busiest streets and sidewalks. Every day, thousands of people stream in and out of the nearby Staples Center and LA Live. Major events choke the streets bordering the 4.6-acre site. During singer-songwriter Adele’s multiday appearance at Staples Center in 2016, crews worked around the crowds while moving the project’s perimeter into the streets. Later that year, L.A. Comic Con attendees swarmed the area in the middle of a mat pour.

Photo courtesy Lendlease

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