Decorative Concrete Council Award for USC Michelson

Congratulations to the USC Michelson team for bringing home the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) Award for Vertical Applications over 5,000sf! The award was presented at the annual DCC Award Ceremony at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, NV.

 

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 four 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 seven 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 five and eight 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.

First Quarter Update

2016 is off to a blistering pace for Largo Concrete, Inc. Listed below are some of the projects Largo is currently working on.

High-Rise Construction from San Diego to the Bay

All across California, Largo is building high-rise projects in the residential and hospitality markets. In San Diego, the Atmosphere affordable housing development with Suffolk Construction is coming out of the ground with 172 units across 12 stories and three levels of below grade parking. Only one mile north, the Park luxury condominium project with GC Balfour Beatty features 62 units and 131 parking stalls across three levels of underground parking and 14 stories above.

Immediately across from the Staples Center, Largo is working with Lend Lease on the Circa development at 1200 S. Figueroa. With 26 stories of residential above eight levels of parking and retail on the ground floor, the project is slated for completion in late 2017 with concrete topping out in January of the same year. In San Jose, Largo will be working on the Silvery Towers project for the rest of 2016. This 1.1m sqft residential development will boast 643 units across two 20+ story towers with a retail podium and three levels of underground parking.  On April 2, Largo will pour a mat foundation of nearly 5,000CY at the downtown location, the second of six mass concrete pours scheduled for the buildings.

Two major hospitality projects that Largo currently has under construction are the Argyle Hotel in Hollywood and the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. The Waldorf Astoria is a 12 story concrete building with 170 rooms and 314 parking stalls, along with a pool, spa and lounge on the roof deck. The Argyle Hotel is located one block north of the iconic Capitol Records building and features 216 rooms across 16 total cast-in-place levels. The development is nearly 200,000 gsf, and concrete is scheduled to be complete during the late Summer of 2016.

Parking Structures

After completing the first phase of the Sony Parking Structure Expansion in Culver City in the Fall of 2015, Largo is back onsite building another expansion to the west of the existing structure with C.W. Driver. The long-span building has a moment frame structural design which will hold 899 stalls across six levels, all above grade. The new structure will tie into the existing structure and will continue the art-deco façade through the expansion. In Burbank, the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund parking structure with McCormick Construction is nearly topped out. This five level, 157,323 gsf long-span parking structure features a moment frame structural design and will hold 437 stalls when it is completed in the Summer of 2016. Both of these jobs are being performed using the design-build project delivery format, with Largo acting as the general contractor and managing all subcontractors.

In Northern California, the Britannia Cove Parking Structure in South San Francisco stands 9.5 levels above grade and holds 2,080 stalls. This 721,250 gsf building is scheduled to start this Summer with Hathaway Dinwiddie and features a curved wall along Oyster Point Boulevard. Across the Bay in Hayward, the Creekside Parking Structure is nearly as tall at 8.5 levels and will contain 828 stalls. The Creekside project, with South Bay Construction, will start during the Spring of 2016.

American Concrete Institute elevates Chris Forster to the rank of Fellow

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) will honor Largo’s Operations Manager, Chris Forster, with the rank of Fellow during their opening session and awards program this April. Pursuant to the ACI bylaws, a Fellow is an individual who has made “outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products, and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction or management.” Congratulations Chris!

Great Wolf Resort Accolades – Engineering News Record, American Concrete Institute & Tilt-Up Concrete Association

With four different types of concrete on this project: cast in place, slab on metal deck, tilt-up and shotcrete, the Great Wolf Resort Waterpark and Hotel in Garden Grove has won the following awards from the Engineering News Record and the American Concrete Institute. With two of the 40 tilt-up concrete panels weighing 12.5 tonnes and standing 84′ tall the Tilt-Up Association of America ranks these panels 9th in the Top 10 Tallest and Heaviest Panels in the United States. Click the links below to view the complete article and view rankings:

ENR Best Project Article: Specialty Contracting Category
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ACI Pankow Award: Outstanding Performance in Design & Engineering

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Tilt-Up Association of America Top 10 Tallest & Heaviest Panels

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Best Project Award ReceptionGreat Wolf Project Team at the ENR Awards Breakfast (from left): Ali Koofigar, Lynn Call, Joe Arciero, Chris Wills & Bryan Peugh

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Great Wolf Project Team at the ACI Pankow Awards Lunch (from left): Chris Wills, Joe Arciero, Lynn Call, Jade Earlabaugh (Holliday Rock – Readymix Supplier) Bryan Peugh, Ali Koofigar

ENR California’s Top Specialty Contractor for 2015

Largo Concrete was named Engineering News Record California’s Top Specialty Contractor of the Year for 2015! Regional editors make this selection based on company revenue, innovation, philanthropy and safety. Largo also Ranked 1st in Concrete in California! Click the links below for the complete articles:

Top Specialty Contractor Feature Article:
Largo Concrete Builds a Solid Commitment.

Top Specialty Contractors Ranking:
2015 California Ranking

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PVJOBS Contractor of the Year Award

PVJOBS Contractor of the Year Award goes to Largo Concrete! PVJOBS works to place at-risk youth, adults, veterans and students in career-track employment in the construction and other industries in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Largo hired over 100 individuals through this program for the Runway, Playa Villas, Fountainview Gonda and USC Village projects and many of them went on to become indentured into the Carpenter and Cement Mason Unions. For more information check out their website: http://www.pvjobs.org/

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Chris Forster Receives the Sam Hobbs Award from the American Concrete Institute

As a testament to his 30 years of work in the concrete construction industry, and his contributions to the standards for concrete construction, the American Concrete Institute recently recognized Largo’s new Operations Manager, Chris Forster, with the Sam Hobbs Award.  The award was established in 1973, with the purpose of honoring Sam Hobbs, the founder of the ACI chapter system and significant contributor to the concrete industry. The award is made annually, if in the judgment of the Awards Committee there is a qualified recipient.

The purpose of the award is to recognize individual service to both the Southern California chapter of the ACI and the concrete industry overall.  Chris has been an active member of the ACI for 29 years, and his involvement has included positions on the ACI Activities Committee, Construction Liaison Committee and Committee 303-Architectural Cast-in-Place, along with serving as a past President of the Southern California chapter.

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Westfield Design-Build Parking Structure Wins ENR Top Projects Award of Merit!

Largo Concrete was recently awarded the ENR Top Projects “Award of Merit” for Specialty Contacting for the Westfield Century City Design-Build Parking Structure project. The structure will provide the retail facility an additional 561-stalls across five-levels of above grade and one-and-a-half levels of below grade parking. This two-bay wide, long-span parking structure utilizes a shear wall structural system and is designed with jump-ramps at the top and bottom to improve circulation. The cast-in-place spandrels on either side of the elevator core were poured with form-liners to create custom reveals in the façade.

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Largo Concrete Turns 25!

This year, Largo Concrete, Inc. celebrates its 25th anniversary as a company! From humble beginnings in Northern California to becoming one of the largest structural concrete contractors in the nation, Largo’s success is based on three basic principles: Quality workmanship, safe operations and conducting its business with integrity.

Founded in Campbell, California in 1989 by post-tensioning pioneer Hal Long and Senior Vice President Mark Carnathan, “Largo” is simply the Spanish translation of Hal’s family name. From its creation, Largo’s focus has always been elevated structural concrete structures, and Largo is currently ranked 6th nationally in ENR’s list of concrete specialty contractors, with over $211 million in revenue in 2013. Landmark projects such as the SFO long term parking structure, The Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay and Centennial Square at SFSU all contributed to the initial growth of the company.

In 1998, Largo opened its Southern California office and has since relocated its corporate headquarters to the Southern California office in Tustin under the supervision of current President, Ken Long. Largo’s expansion into the Southern California market came initially through large hospitality projects near Disneyland and parking podiums throughout Southern California. More recently, Largo completed such noteworthy projects as the architecturally stunning Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Skyline Towers and the massive Genesis solar power plant. The Northern California office continues to grow and has recently completed such projects as the Stanford University Bio-E/Chem-E building, the Verdant Apartments podium and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Over the past five years, Largo has expanded its operations to include offices in San Diego, California, Las Vegas, Nevada and Austin, Texas. Recently completed projects in these markets include the 22 story Harrah’s Rincon Hotel Tower expansion, the Shops at Summerlin Parking Structures and the Block 51, IBC Bank Tower. Largo has also expanded its services to include full-scope, design-build parking structures and such projects include the recently completed Westfield Century City parking structure and the Sony Studios parking structure and expansion in Culver City on which Largo is currently working.

As Largo looks forward to the next 25 years, it wishes to thank all of its employees, clients, partners, subcontractors and suppliers for all that they have contributed to making Largo’s first quarter century in business so successful. With over 850 employees committed to Largo’s success, Largo is confident that the quality work, safe operations and client satisfaction that led to its past success will allow it to have future success for many years to come. Largo thanks all of you for your continued support and looks forward to many more exciting years working with you in the future!

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