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.

1700 Webster Tops Out in Oakland

One block away from Snow Park and Lake Merritt, Largo topped out at the 1700 Webster high-rise project in Oakland, CA last week. The 23 level cast-in-place concrete building holds 206 residential units and 148 parking stalls all above grade. In addition to 8,200sf of retail space on the ground floor, the building features a plaza deck on level five with fitness center, lounge and a dog run. The roof deck includes another lounge area with a kitchen and a pool. Designed by architect Perkins & Will and engineer Tipping Structural Engineers, GC Suffolk Construction expects the building to open early 2019.

Silvery Towers Tops Out in San Jose

Located on the southwest corner of W. St. James and N. San Pedro in downtown San Jose, the high-rise towers will be two of the city’s tallest buildings when complete. The development sits on the 1.91acre lot one block east of CA87 behind the statue of Thomas Fallon, an early California pioneer and the 10th Mayor of San Jose. The east and west towers stand 22 and 20 stories respectively and sit atop of five parking levels, three of which are below grade. A two-story retail pavilion south of the towers acts as a visual extension of the downtown San Pedro Square Market and entertainment district. The buildings feature cast-in-place, post-tension decks with the east and west corner columns cast five degrees out of plumb. The “leaning” columns combine with meandering floor edges to lend a faceted appearance to the glass facade. The development covers a total of 1,105,716gsf and features 640 residential units and 656 parking stalls. Working with Developer/General Contractor Full Power Construction Inc. and designers C2K Architecture and MKA Structural Engineers, the development is schedule to open March 2019.


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.

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.

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 is 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.

Irvine Spectrum Marriott Tops Out

Largo topped out at the Irvine Spectrum Marriott earlier this week with general contractor RD Olson and design team WATG and PK Associates. This 16 level structure is all above grade and will feature 271 rooms across 205,000gsf. Located on the southeast corner of Irvine Center Drive and Gateway the hotel is scheduled to open during the summer of 2017. Largo poured a mini-mat foundation of 2,500CY and used our own formwork caddy to move perimeter deck tables from one level to another.

Waldorf Astoria – Pouring Concrete on one the Busiest Intersections in the Country

Located on the Southwest corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills, the Waldorf Astoria is being built on one of the busiest intersections in the country. The new development features 314 parking stalls across 2-levels of below grade parking, with convention space, retail and dining on the lower levels of the 12-story tower. When complete, 42 of the total 170 new rooms will be considered suites and a pool, spa and lounge offer panoramic views from the roof deck.

Due to its proximity to the prestigious Beverly Hilton, limited area on-site as well as the city’s stringent policies, our team took special steps and procedures regarding traffic for staging and concrete pumping purposes. We sand blasted, redesigned the lanes and set up extensive K-Rail along Santa Monica Blvd. This street is also known as Highway 2 which poses another challenge regarding overhead crane limitations. Fortunately, the City of Beverly Hills considers this small part of Highway 2 “Santa Monica Blvd.” as it passes through the city making the use of a tower crane possible along this stretch of property.

The mat foundation was completed in two pours: the first pour below the tower for the 8’ and 5’ thick areas of foundation totaled 7,120CY, and the second pour for the balance of the foundation at 3’ thick was another 4,800CY. A helix ramp connects the parking to street level and the typical elevated deck square footage in the tower is 14,366sf. Largo is working closely with general contractor Matt Construction, architects Gensler and structural engineer Nabih Youssef Assoc. to have concrete complete by March of 2016.

Construction Starts at The Current Residential High-Rise Tower in Long Beach

Largo Concrete began work at The Current residential high-rise tower in Long Beach, California this week. The concrete frame building features 18 total levels, 12 residential, 1 retail and commercial ground floor and 4 parking levels, two of which are below grade, an amenities roof deck with pool and helipad above. The 194’ tall, 415,000gsf project sits on a 43,700sf site located on the northwest corner of Ocean Blvd. and Lime St. features 223 residential units, 22,608sf of commercial space and 328 parking stalls.

Largo is working with General Contractor Driver Urban, BAR Architects in conjunction with Rockefeller Partners Architects and Structural Engineer Nabih Youssef & Associates to have concrete poured out by August 28, 2015. One of the major challenges of this project will be the coordination with the exterior façade contractors all vying for crane time in order to meet the schedule. Mounting the pre-cast concrete, aluminum and glass architectural panels to the exterior of the building requires an extraordinary amount of embed coordination and accuracy. This is the first development of its kind in over a decade in Long Beach with a scheduled completion in summer of 2016.