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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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
January 6, 2015
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.
April 7, 2014 When complete the Crescent Dunes Solar Plant will provide up to 75,000 homes with clean energy during peak hours, generate $47 million in tax revenue over its first 10 years of operation, and create 4,300 direct and indirect jobs. Largo poured 9,348 caisson foundations over 7 months at the 2,700 acre site, nearly 71,000CY and 145 jobs at peak production. Working in extreme environments can pose unique challenges when it comes to manpower, equipment and the environment; all of which Largo familiar with over after completing 500MW of renewable plant experience.
Largo Concrete was recently recognized by the American Equipment Manufactures for our contribution to the Crescent Dunes Solar project in Tonopah, NV. Ted Rebelowski, Project Executive and Alfonso Campos, General Field Superintendent for Largo Concrete received the Quality of Life Award at the Construction Expo in Las Vegas this March. The award focuses on projects which improve the overall quality of life for communities all across the country and the individual contractors whose hard work makes these projects possible.
April 7, 2014
When complete the Crescent Dunes Solar Plant will provide up to 75,000 homes with clean energy during peak hours, generate $47 million in tax revenue over its first 10 years of operation, and create 4,300 direct and indirect jobs. Largo poured 9,348 caisson foundations over 7 months at the 2,700 acre site, nearly 71,000CY and 145 jobs at peak production. Working in extreme environments can pose unique challenges when it comes to manpower, equipment and the environment; all of which Largo familiar with over after completing 500MW of renewable plant experience.