36 story Circa building

The large podium of the Circa project, at 1200 S. Figueroa St. in South Park, continues to rise. The project from a development group composed of Hankey Investment Company, Jamison Services, Falcon California Investments and Highlands Capital will create twin 36-story towers with a combined 648 condominiums, sitting on top of a seven-story retail podium with 48,000 square feet of space.

The complex will have 1,770 parking spots. Additional features at the approximately $500 million South Park development, designed by architecture firm Harley Ellis Devereaux, include a two-acre outdoor amenity deck and a 15,000-square-foot ribbon of LED signage along Figueroa. Circa is slated for completion in early 2018.

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Valencia in LA

The opening of Sonny Astani’s $60 million Valencia has been pushed back from June to the end of the year. A spokesperson for Astani said a temporary certificate of occupancy is expected by November, although applications to rent the 218 City West apartments are now being accepted.

The six-story project at 1515 Wilshire Blvd. will offer studio to two-bedroom residences that start at 626 square feet. Killefer Flammang Architects is handling the designs for the project with nine-foot ceilings. Amenities include in-unit laundry facilities. The project will also offer barbeque areas, a pool, spa, fitness center and billiards room. There is underground parking and 244 bicycle spaces.

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7 story project in Los Angeles

Pre-leasing is underway at OLiVE DTLA, the first building in Sonny Astani’s two-stage South Park development to come online (the other is G12). The seven-story project at Pico Boulevard and Olive Street is nearly complete.

The 293 studio to two-bedroom units range from 440-1,368 square feet; most apartments have balconies, and rents begin at about $1,900. Amenities include a fourth-floor pool deck, fitness area and lounge. Move-ins are expected to begin in October. Photo by Gary Leonard

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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