High-Rise Topping-Out at 732 Spring, Los Angeles

Located in downtown LA’s historic core, the 732 Spring Street high-rise topped out this week with the Holland Partner Group. The tower stands 24 stories above grade with two additional levels of subterranean parking and retail on the ground floor. 300 residential units are spread across the upper 20 levels sitting above 430 parking stalls across the lower levels. The architecture blends a historic base with contemporary design with distinguished vertical elements alongside an all-glass facade. The building is designed by MVE Architects and Glotman Simpson Structural Engineers and is scheduled to open during the summer of 2018.

ACI Charles Pankow Award for “Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Concrete Construction” goes to the C3 Office & Parking Structure


Congratulations to the Culver City Creative (C3) team who helped us bring home the Charles Pankow, Jr. Award for “Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Concrete Construction”! The annual award is given by the American Concrete Institute and recognizes outstanding and innovative use of concrete in construction.

About the Project:

Largo topped out at the Culver City Creative (C3) Office Tower and Parking Structure in January of 2017 with general contractor KPRS. Designed by Gensler and Saiful Bouquet the commercial building stands seven levels tall with 4 mezzanine levels totaling 321,000gsf and is seeking a LEED Gold Certification. All the building concrete received an architectural finish and will remain exposed once complete. Typical levels are 14’ tall while decks with intermediate levels range from 22’ to 26’ between level 7 and the roof. Six private balconies on the east and west sides of the building cantilever 11’6” out and are accessible through the large operable glass façade. Other unique structural elements include columns so large they are practically walls, aka ‘walumns’, and ring beams on the perimeter of the building at the mezzanine levels. The high-volume ceilings and available raw space allow 33,800sf decks to be easily expanded to 45,000sf with vertical and horizontal expansion options.

Access to the adjacent nine level, long-span parking structure is provided through two pedestrian bridges on the third and fifth levels allowing for private access to upper level offices. Designed by Parking Design Associates and Miyamoto International this shear wall structure is two bays wide and will house 990 stalls across 326,741gsf. The pedestrian bridges connect to the structure on levels 5 and 8 with the end-to-end helix structure providing 30 electric vehicle stalls and 50 bicycle spaces. The exterior features semi-opaque colored panels attached to the shear walls which refract sunlight back onto the structure creating an ever-changing façade throughout the day. All concrete on the parking structure remains exposed including the elevator lobby. Largo poured 18,805CY of concrete in the office building and 10,874CY in the parking structure. The adjacent creative campus had to remain operational during construction and the biggest challenges came from protecting the existing parking structure and the cars inside of it.

UC Riverside Multidisciplinary Research Building Tops-Out

The Multidisciplinary Research Building topped-out this week at the University of California, Riverside. Working with general contractor Hensel Phelps, Smith Group JJR Architecture and Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers the building a basement with five levels above grade for a total of 179,540gsf. Located between the Dept. of Bioengineering and the Student Recreation Center, the main atrium entrance spans four levels off Aberdeen Drive. The facility will house research laboratories, support facilities, a vivarium along with faculty and academic support space. The building is scheduled to be open in the Fall of 2018 and is seeking the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification.

Focusing on the integration of life sciences, chemical sciences, medicine and engineering, this will be the fourth project Largo has completed on university campuses with the same collaborative STEM goal: The Chapman University Science and Technology Building in Orange, the USC Michelson Center for Convergent BioSciences in Los Angeles and the Stanford BioEngineering/ChemEngineering Building.

High-Rise Topping Out at 8th and Spring, Los Angeles

Located between downtown’s Historic Core and the Fashion District, this 32 level residential building is on the north corner of West 8th and Spring Street. Designed by MVE Architects and Glotman Simpson Structural Engineers, the building features 275 residential units across 19 levels and 612 parking stalls across 9 of the lower levels. The building façade incorporates the old with the new and features parapet walls and defined vertical elements from the ground floor to level 19 where an all-glass skin continues the rest of the way up. The amenities deck on level 7 includes a pool, spa, barbecues, outdoor lounges, a fitness room and a common area with additional public viewing area on the roof deck. Working with general contractor Holland Partner Group the development is scheduled to open during the summer of 2018.

1,000CY Mini Mat Pour at the Carte Hotel

Largo pour 1,000CY in two mini mat foundations at the Carte Hotel in San Diego today. Located downtown at 401 W. Ash this 17 level building features two levels below grade and 14 stories above totalling 174,470gsf. The building features 2 levels of underground parking holding 118 stalls, 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.

 

High-Rise at Wilshire & Crescent Tops Out

One block west of the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, Largo recently topped-out on a high-rise residential tower on the corner of Wilshire and Crescent Heights Blvd. Working with Matt Construction the high-rise building consists of 20 levels above grade and 3 levels below for a total of 393,137gsf. The building is designed by Steinberg Architects and Nabih Youssef Structural Engineers and features 150 apartment units, 7 levels of parking providing 411 stalls and a rooftop terrace complete with lounge, swimming pool, fire pit and a hot tub. Typical levels provide 10’6″ floor-to-floor heights while the level 17 penthouse and 18 skydeck are 14′ and 18′ respectively. The project also includes 6,000sf of retail space on the ground floor, a open space terrace at the back of the development and two levels of structural steel at the top housing MEP support facilities.

Paseo Colorado Retrofit

Largo is currently working on the seismic retrofit of a two level below grade precast concrete parking structure at the Paseo Colorado development in Pasadena. Located along South Los Robles Avenue between Historic Route 66 (Colorado Blvd.) and Green Street, the upgraded structure will provide support for the new commercial and hospitality space to be constructed above.

Largo’s team is busy drilling and epoxying dowels to expand footings and enlarge columns and using cast-in-place concrete to construct shear walls. With hundreds of corbels to be installed a custom steel form was created so the team could efficiently pour these support structures. Foam inserts in the deck are being used to lighten the load along Green Street instead of a thickened slab where the structure connects to street level. Placing embeds for structural steel and forming and pouring a new vehicular ramp are also included in Largo’s scope. The work includes additional utility rooms, new pedestrian access stairs and elevators, and modified exhaust, lighting and fire protection systems. Working with general contractor CW Driver, Gonzalez Goodale Architects and Englekirk Structural Engineers, Largo’s scope is scheduled to be complete early 2018.

Charity Golf Tournament with the Illumination Foundation

On July 31 Largo Concrete and the Sage Hill High School IF Club hosted a Charity Golf Tournament at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast. The proceeds benefited the Irvine based Illumination Foundation and their mission to “break the cycle of homelessness” in Southern California. Along with Platinum Sponsors Associated Readymix, Holliday Rock, Millennium Reinforcing and San-Mar Construction, the event raised $275,000 for the charity! The organization provides a myriad of services from housing and workforce training to medical and recuperative care to those in need. These funds will be allocated towards the Children’s Behavioral Health program which helps children thrive academically and emotionally with free meals, after school programs, counseling and more. The program addresses harm reduction and trauma informed care that help our kids meet important developmental milestones to ensure they do not fall back into the cycle of homelessness. Since July 2008 the foundation has provided nearly 2,000 children with educational services.

A special thanks to ALL our sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: CMC Reinforcing, Squires Lumber
Silver Sponsors: Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., Cemex, Inc., GC Solutions, Hub Construction Supplies, Mike Zarp, Inc., Pacific Steel Group
Bronze Sponsors: AJ Kirkwood Electric, Alamillo Rebar, Aluma Systems USA, Inc., Angelus Block Co., Inc., CalPortland Co., Choate Parking Consultants, Concrete Support Systems, Davis Reed, Englekirk, Ficcadenti, Waggoner & Castle, Gerdau Reinforcing Steel, Hackett Bonds, HD Supply, Herc Rentals, Inc., Jobsite Stud Welding, Inc., Ledcor, Merli Concrete Pumping, Mt. View Chevrolet, Parking Design Solutions, Project Management Advisors, Inc., Putzmeister, Schwing, Shaw & Sons, Steinberg Architects, Sunstate Equipment Co., Sure Forming Systems, United Rentals, Van Matre Lumber Co., Inc., W.E. O’Neil Construction, Western Concrete Pumping

Los Angeles Mega-Development Circa Tops-Out

Earlier this month, Largo topped-out at Circa, 1200 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. The focal point of this $500 million residential mega-project are the twin high-rises adjacent to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.  The development features two levels of below-grade parking, ground level commercial space, six levels of above-grade parking, an amenities podium deck, and 26 stories of residential condominiums above. Located near LA Live, the Convention Center and the Metro Pico Station in the city’s South Park district, the high-rise buildings feature a curved north face to enhance views of the skyline and mimic design themes from surrounding architecture. When complete, the project will total nearly 110,000 cubic yards of concrete installed over nearly 600,000 man-hours. Project Credits: Harley Ellis Devereaux, Architect; Cary Kopczynski & Co., Structural Engineer; LendLease Corp., General Contractor; Holliday Rock Co., Ready-Mix Supplier.