Circa and Disney win Pankow Awards from the American Concrete Institute

The American Concrete Institute’s Southern California Chapter has selected the Disney Frontierland Expansion and the Circa projects for the annual Pankow awards!

Charles Pankow Jr. Award – Circa at 1200 S. Figueroa

The focal point of this $500 million mega-project are the twin high-rises adjacent to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.  26 residential levels sit atop eight levels of podium parking, two of which are below grade, with commercial space at grade level. Designed by architects Harley Ellis Devereaux both towers stand 420’ and hold 648 total units. The 2-acre amenity deck complete with swimming pool and fitness center is located on the podium level above 1,645 stalls of parking. Situated between LA Live, the Convention Center and the Metro Pico Station in the city’s South Park district, the high-rise buildings feature an elliptical north face to enhance views of the skyline and mimic design themes from surrounding architecture.

Structural engineer Cary Kopczynski & Company utilized cast-in-place concrete with post-tensioned slabs which minimizes internal columns for maximum openness. The use of a two-way post-tensioned slab system allowed for continuity of framing between the retail/parking podium and the residential levels above, eliminating the need for transfer beams. A combination of shear walls and ductile frames resist seismic loads.

In June 2015, Largo started by pouring four large mat foundations totaling 15,985CY with ready mix supplier Holliday Rock.  Over the course of 24 months Largo poured a total of 110,000 cubic yards installed by 600,000 man-hours without any days away from work safety incidents.  All this was all accomplished across the street from the home court/rink of multiple professional sports teams and millions of convention center guests.

Outstanding Performance in Design and Engineering Award – Disney Frontierland Expansion

The goal of this project was to prepare the Disneyland park for the new Star Wars attraction. In addition to four tunnels, multiple retaining walls and a marina, Largo’s scope included a concrete trestle bridge for the railroad at the Rivers of America attraction. Although the visual aspect of the end product is exquisite, the details that were put into the fabrication of the two elements of the structure; the columns and hammerheads, and the concrete mix design used to simulate an aged wooden railroad trestle bridge, is also noteworthy.

The columns started in the back lots of Walt Disney Imagineering as an image in the mind of the design team. This image was transformed into approximately 50 lineal feet of hand carved foam positive. This was reviewed by the Disney team to confirm their vision and sent out to Fitzgerald Formliners to confirm that the positive would produce a usable form liner. A number of changes were made in the foam positive to ensure that no negative spaces existed in the positive to allow for smooth removal of the form liner. To allow for proper alignment of the four columns that attached to each of the twelve hammerheads, relative to each other, the column forms were fastened to a wall form.

With all of the details in the form liner, Largo contacted Holliday to discuss the appropriate concrete mix design to ensure a perfect positive from the very detailed form liner. Although self-consolidating concrete is not frequently used in the Southern California Market, it was determined that with the details, the importance of exact alignment of the columns and the limited space within the column form to allow for a vibrator, that this would be the appropriate mix design to yield the best finished product.

4000 psi @ 28 days Self Consolidating Concrete mix with a water to cement ratio of 0.44. The cementitious content was 8.5 sacks that was 70% Type II/V cement and 30% Type F Fly Ash. Nominal spread was 25” to 30” but it was usually in excess of 27”. It has a maximum aggregate size of 3/8”, but since the mix needed to reveal very fine details it was proportioned to contain 70% Washed Concrete Sand. All of the aggregates are from Holliday Rocks Upland California Facilities. The admixtures in the mix design included: a Type F High Range Water Reducing Superplastizing polycarboxylate, a workability-retaining admixture that provides flexible degrees of slump retention without retardation. And when needed (in this case it wasn’t but was always available) a viscosity-modifying admixture that is specially developed for producing concrete with enhanced viscosity and controlled rheological properties that increases resistance to segregation while facilitating placement and consolidation.

The hammerheads that span across the columns were formed out of rough sawn dimensional lumber of varying widths on top of the above-mentioned columns. Each of the twelve hammerheads were formed with no common joint plan of the rough sawn lumber. Steps were taken to raise the texture of the rough sawn lumber. Each board was soaked in water overnight and sealed with form release to accentuate the rough sawn look to the vision of the Imagineers. The hammerheads were also poured with the self-consolidating concrete mix design that was used in the columns.

Typically, these decorative types of concrete elements are a post installed façade covering a structural column, but with the load requirements of the train, envisioned size of the elements and the environmental concerns of the river, the above summarized use of concrete was developed and put to use.

Carte Hotel Tops Out in San Diego

Largo Concrete recently topped out at the Carte Hotel in downtown San Diego. Located at 401 W. Ash this 17 level building features two levels below grade and 14 stories above totalling 174,470gsf. The building consists of 2 levels of underground parking holding 118 stalls, and a conference room, event center, ballroom, gym, four-star restaurant and swimming pool between levels 1 thru 3. 240 total hotel rooms are spread out between levels 4 thru 14 with a rooftop observation deck with view of downtown and the harbor. Working with general contractor DavisReed, Tucker Sadler Architects and PK Associates as structural engineer, the building is scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2019.

Two Residential Project Starts in San Francisco

1066 Market
The Market street development will hold 303 units and 97 parking stalls spread across 3 levels below grade and 16 levels above. Working with general contractor Swinerton Builders, Solomon Cordwell Buenz architects and Nishkian Menninger structural engineers, Largo expects to top our during the summer of 2019.

875 California
A couple miles north, the 875 California development is also being constructed with the same general contractor and structural engineer, with BDE Architecture. The building will house 44 units above 48 parking stalls on 100,000gsf. The structure will be 2 levels below grade and 8 levels above and is expected to top out during the summer of 2019.

Park 5th Tops Out

Across the street from Pershing Square, Largo topped out at the Park 5th development in downtown Los Angeles this week. The building rests on a 4,700CY mat foundation which was poured in August 2017, with two levels below grade and 25 levels above. Patrons of the 347 unit high-rise will enjoy a rooftop deck with a club room, fitness center, a bar/kitchen, TVs, a business center, and an infinity pool with cabanas. Designed by architect Ankrom Moisan and Nabih Youssef & Associates structural engineers, the buildings is seeking LEED Silver certification by the USGBC. Working with general contractor Suffolk Construction the building is scheduled to be open in the first quarter of 2019.

437 S. Hill Podium

The MacFarlane Partners are also developing the site adjacent to the high-rise into a new mid-rise apartment complex. Largo worked with Bernards on this project pouring the concrete in a 5 level parking podium with wood frame above.

9,509CY Mat Pour at the Century Plaza Residences in Century City, CA

Largo poured 9,509CY of concrete at the Century Plaza Residences in Century City this weekend. The large foundation is for one of two 46 level residential buildings with a similar size pour scheduled for later this summer. Over 100 tradesmen were on site to unload, pump, place and finish 1,001 ready mix truck loads over 16 hours. Seven boom pumps, two city pumps and two placing booms worked together pumping 800CY/Hour. Working with architectural premiere designers Gensler, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Englekirk Structural Engineers, and general contractor Webcor Builders, the development is scheduled to open in 2020.

Westfield UTC Masonry

Largo recently installed over 100,000 Concrete Masonry Units (CMU), 20,000 sq. ft. of Texas Limestone at the Westfield UTC Mall in La Jolla, CA. In addition to the installation of precast bases, ledges, wall caps, manufactured stone, and thin brick.

Cal Poly Pomona Student Services Building Tops Out

Cal Poly Pomona Student Services Building recently topped out with the last of 17 shotcrete applications on the roof. The two low-rise structures are four and three levels above grade totaling 138,400gsf. The buildings will house offices for the university’s administrative staff, multi-purpose meeting and test-taking spaces, financial support, cashier,  finance, registration and information technology. The most unique aspect of the project is the ‘wavy’ roof which undulates with large perforated overhangs covering both buildings. The roof is designed to mimic the hills which surround the campus and reduce thermal loads and glare while maximizing daylight into the structure. Working with general contractor CW Driver, CO Architects, and John A. Martin & Associates Structural Engineers, the building is seeking a LEED Silver Certification and is expected to open during the Fall of 2018.

Station 1300 Mini Mat Pour

UAV Footage of a mini mat pour at the Station 1300 project in Menlo Park, CA.

Two CIM Group Projects Top Out in West Hollywood

Largo topped out at the 953 N. Sycamore project last week with the CIM Group in Los Angeles, CA. The development is two levels below grade and nine levels above with only the top three floors allocated to occupied space. The remaining levels of the 214,573gsf development are dedicated for parking a total of 418 cars. Designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects and the BPA Group as structural engineers, the building twists away from the street as it moves up causing some of the cantilevered formwork and shoring to rest on the roof of the adjacent building.

Office Building Photos

Two blocks to the east along Romaine St., Parking Structure C Topped out for The Lot Studios around the same time. This eight level, long-span parking structure was completed in the design-build project delivery format. Largo Concrete was the general contractor self-performing the concrete place and finish and unit masonry scopes of work. The structure totals 140,790gsf and holds 398 total stalls with two elevators and two staircases. Working for the same CIM Group, the parking structure was designed by Parking Design Solutions and Ficcadenti Waggoner and Castle Structural Engineers and is scheduled to open early summer 2018.

Parking Structure Photos

Two more Wrap Parking Structures at Station Park Green

Largo recently topped out at the phase two and three parking structures at the Station Park Green development east of the 101 and north of CA92 along Delaware Street in San Mateo, CA. Both residential wrapped parking structures are 5 levels tall and totaled 105,708gsf and 97,179gsf respectively. Working with general contractor Suffolk Construction and A/E designers MVE Partners and FBA Structural Engineers, this development is scheduled to open later this year.