With the rat slab complete, the protection slab, waterproofing and the mat foundation will follow shortly at the 225 California commercial building in Burlingame, CA. The building has a structural concrete frame and features 3 levels of below grade parking with 130 stalls and 5 levels of retail and commercial space above. Working with general contractor Lusardi Construction and designers MBH Architects and ZFA Structural Engineers, Largo expects to be topped out during the summer of 2017.
Getting our foundation shop drawings together utilizing BIM in Autodesk Revit for the 1700 Webster project. Working with general contractor Suffolk Construction, Largo Concrete will begin work on the 23 story residential high-rise in Oakland, CA later this spring. This building is a structural concrete frame featuring four levels of parking below the residential with retail on grade. Designed by Perkins & Will and Tipping Structural Engineers the building is located on the northeast corner of Webster and 17th Street and will house 206 units.
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!
Largo Concrete is currently working on the 4-level Albright Parking Structure in Los Gatos, CA. Working with general contractor Devcon, this 930-stall, long-span, cast-in-place concrete structure. Located on 21.6acre lot along Highway 85 and Winchester Blvd., the structure will be used by the new 500,000sf corporate center where Netflix has already signed a 10-year lease to occupy a quarter of the new space. The building utilizes a shear-wall structural design and covers nearly 300,000gsf. Working closely with designers Form 4 Architecture and DCI Engineers, Largo anticipates topping-out at the end of July 2015.
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.
Largo Concrete started work on a 12 story hotel tower, 3 story casino expansion and 7-level parking structure at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, CA. The new tower and casino total 354,663gsf and will add 217 rooms, 45,000sf of gaming floor, a food court and rooftop pool deck. This is the second hotel tower Largo has worked on for the Indian Gaming Community in the past 2 years having completed the hotel expansion at Harrah’s Rincon in Valley Center in 2013.
The parking structure addition is contracted under a Structural Design-Build project delivery format where Largo selected Culp & Tanner as the engineer. Once tied in to the existing structure an additional 480-stalls will be available to valet and self-parking users. Working closely with general contractor Tutor Perini Building Corp. and architect Delawie, Largo anticipates topping out the tower on 08/14/2015 and the parking structure on 09/01/2015 with the entire project scheduled to be complete in late 2016.
One of the major challenges was relocating 900CY of dirt over a creek to another location onsite, a feat that would have taken a 110 Ton Crane 9-days to complete. In order to enhance the schedule we rented an Acrow HS-20, 72,000lbs capacity, modular bridge and ran front-end-loaders across it to move the same amount of dirt in a single day!
Largo Concrete is currently working on the parking structure at the Main Street development in Cupertino. The long-span parking structure has a total of 8-levels, 2.5 of which are below grade, 1,414-stalls across 450,000gsf. The building utilizes a Shear Wall structural system designed by architects Kenneth Rodrigues Partners and International Parking Design with structural engineer Hohbach-Lewin. Largo is working closely with designers and the general contractor Southbay Construction to have concrete poured out by January 2015.
About Main Street
The Sand Hill Property Company is developing 17-acre site previously owned by Hewlett Packard located at the intersection of Stevens Creek Blvd. and Tantau Avenue for an estimated $330 million. When complete it Main Street will feature 130,000sf of retail, 260,000sf of commercial office space, 120 rental unit and a 180-roon hotel.
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.
The East and Middle Parcels of the Sunset La Cienega Development is now under construction at the southern corners of the Sunset and La Cienega intersection in Los Angeles. The development boast two 10-story hotel towers to the East of La Cienega and two 8-story residential towers to the west. The East Parcel is 235,000gsf with 296 rooms and the Middle Parcel is 292,240gsf with 190 total units, with both parcels featuring retail and restaurant space on the ground floor and below-grade parking.
Largo will pour over 60,000CY of concrete between both parcels which includes specialty architectural concrete and board form finishes. Each parcel requires two tower cranes, which are under Largo’s contract, along with reinforcing steel and masonry. The logistically challenging site is located on a steep incline at the foot of the Hollywood Hills surrounded by high-end residential to the south and the ever-busy Sunset Blvd. to the north. The CIM Group purchased the property in 2011 and Largo Concrete is working with General Contractor Suffolk Construction, Architect/Engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP to be poured out in September 2015. Largo is also participating in the creation of a Level of Design (LOD) 300 Building Information Model, with weekly coordination meetings including all trades, to turn over to the client when construction is complete in Late 2016.
Largo Concrete recently began work on the 12-acre, outdoor themed, Great Wolf Hotel and Waterpark on Harbor Boulevard south of Disneyland. The 603-suite hotel is located at the back of the development behind the 3-acre indoor and outdoor waterpark, 30,000sf conference area and 18,000sf of retail and dining. Designed by architect Ware Malcomb and structural engineer Englekirk, highlights of the waterpark include the Howlin’ Tornado which drops riders 6-stories through a funnel and the Wolf Tail slide which takes riders in a 360 degree loop. The waterpark has designated zones for guests of different ages along with other child friendly entertainment such as miniature golf and bowling, an arcade, a resort-wide treasure hunt and story time each night in the lobby.
From a constructability perspective, perhaps the most unique feature on the project are the 84’ Tall Tilt-Up Concrete Panels at the waterpark. Panels of this height rank in the Top 10 tallest nationally according to the Tilt-up Concrete Association, and are believed to be the tallest free standing panels ever placed. Largo is scheduled to start erecting these panels this October. In addition to the waterpark, Largo is also constructing a 9-story cast in place hotel and a 3-story structural steel building with metal decks. Concrete-wise, there is a little of everything on this project.
During the lengthy pre-construction process Largo finalized design with all disciplines utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM). This powerful software is vital to the success of such a complex project as it provides the platform for the enhanced coordination, and collaboration, of all trades from schematic design through closeout. The General Contractor, Turner Construction Co., is working all areas of the development to meet the scheduled opening in the Spring of 2016. Largo Concrete estimates completion of our scope in March of 2015.