Building Under the Disney Height Cone at the Anaheim Resort District

Westin Resort
Largo recently topped out on the last of three hospitality projects in the Anaheim Entertainment District. The Westin Anaheim Resort is located on the south side of Katella Avenue from Disneyland next to the Convention Center. The development features 634 rooms spread across 9 above grade levels with 31,200sf of retail and restaurant space on grade. When the development opens during the summer of 2020 it will be Anaheim’s second, non-Disney four-diamond resort. Largo worked with general contractor KCS West, architect  Harley Eliis Devereaux and structural engineer Englekirk.

The Disney Height Cone
The Westin’s proximity to the Disneyland Resort meant the design had to conform with what local developers refer to as the “Disney Cone”. This height restriction on buildings surrounding the park allows visitors to be totally
immersed in the Disney experience with limited views of anything non-Disney . This effort began back in the 1960’s with a strategically placed landscaped berm surrounding the park and has evolved into a city mandate. Currently, the ‘cone’ limits heights of buildings immediately surround the park to 75′ gradually increasing to 240′ a half-mile away from the resort. 

JW Marriott
Just one mile east of the Westin along South Clementine Street Largo poured the concrete at the 466 room JW Marriott hotel with general contractor W.E. O’Neil. Construction on this 13 level structure began during the spring of 2018 with Largo pouring three large mat foundations totaling 5,796CY over the course of 2 weeks. Designed by Morris Architects and structural engineer Walter P. Moore, this 488,692gsf development is scheduled to open during the spring of 2020. When it is complete this development will be the first non-Disney four diamond resort in Anaheim.

Cambria Suites
One block further east on Katella Avenue, Largo worked with Nexus Construction and davisReed on the Cambria Suites project. Largo topped out on the one level below grade and 13 levels above structure in January of 2019. In addition to the 352 rooms the resort will feature a 30,000sf water park, outdoor movie viewing area and 15,000sf of restaurant and retail space.

Anaheim Resort District Projects
Largo Concrete has a rich history in the Anaheim Resort District which includes the following projects: Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, Worldmark, Disney Grand Californian Expansion, Little Mermaid, Frontierland Expansion, Great Wolf Hotel and Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center Expansion.

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.

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.

Homewood Suites in Austin Tops Out

Largo topped out at the Homewood Suites in Austin, Texas last month. Working with general contractor DD&B Construction and designed by Phillips Partnership and DCI Engineers, the high-rise concrete frame building stands 17 stories on the eastern boundary of Austin’s Rainey Street District. With a total of 150 rooms across 200,369gsf, the first four levels will be designated for parking and are hidden by a metal facade which carries up the building’s core to the roof.

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.

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

Pankow Award
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

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.