2013 Year in Review

Largo Concrete completed the year with landmark projects such as the LA Marriott, Stanford BioE/ChemE, Harrah’s Rincon Hotel Expansion and the Dodgers’ Stadium Renovation. Largo posted an annual revenue of $211 million in 2013. With no intention of slowing down, large scale project starts in West Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX and specialty work such as the concrete domes at Sufism Reoriented in Walnut Creek, CA and the Great Wolf Water Park and Hotel in Anaheim, Largo continues to grow every day.

The Harrah’s Rincon Expansion in Valley Center and the Marriott in downtown Los Angeles are both concrete frame hotel towers over 20-stories in height. The $150 million, 403-room expansion at Harrah’s also includes, additions to the pool area, convention center and parking. Largo poured over 22,000CY of concrete at Harrah’s between January and August and the expansion is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014. With both convention and leisure travel on the rise, the Courtyard Marriott located on the corner of Olympic Blvd. and Francisco St., the 392-room hotel is expected to open during the summer of 2014 and improve downtown’s thriving hotel market.

In the commercial office market, Largo completed the 500,000sf Hyundai Motors America Headquarters building in Fountain Valley this past August. The Korean based firm is currently the fifth largest auto manufacturer in the world and the 6-story office and technical service building, with a showroom visible from the 405 freeway, solidifies their commitment to southern California.

At Stanford University, Largo poured the concrete in the 210,000sf Bioengineering / Chemical-Engineering building, completing the definition of the Science and Engineering Quad. The new facility features wet and dry laboratories for both departments but is also designed to encourage cooperation between them. Across the San Francisco Bay at UC Berkeley, Largo worked on the 7-story, 82,000sf Campbell Hall Replacement Building which features instructional, laboratory, administrative and support space for the astronomy and physics departments.

During the MLB offseason Largo worked on the Dodger Stadium Renovation project on a fast-track schedule. A majority of the renovation occurred below the lower level of seating which was rebuilt after the new clubhouse and dugouts were complete. The renovation also included four levels of ADA upgrades, two retail stores, a medium voltage DWP structure and back-of-house improvements. Construction teams worked through the night to be ready for the Dodgers’ season opener on Monday April 1, 2013 against the San Francisco Giants.

Largo was the design-build general contractor for the parking structures at the UDR Development in Mission Viejo, CA and at the Westfield Mall in Century City. The UDR project is a “wrap” parking structure with residential apartments on three sides and contains 535 total stalls over 3 ½ levels of parking. The UDR structure is a flat-plate design so the parking decks would match the residential floors, in contrast to the Westfield structure which utilized a long-span design. The Westfield structure is 206,000sf with 1.5-levels below grade, 5-levels above grade and 561 total stalls. The exterior façade is almost completely covered by chameleon colors metal panels which reflect different colors depending on the angle of the sun. The Westfield structure also features a photovoltaic array on the roof deck, designated stalls for fuel efficient vehicles and a car-counting system which displays available spots.

Outside of California, Largo completed the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant in Tonopah, Nevada and began construction of two parking structures at the Summerlin retail center in Las Vegas. The two structures total 1,435 stalls and 520,000sf and with concrete expected to be complete in February, 2014. In Austin, Texas concrete is nearly complete on the 7-level parking structure with 6-stories of commercial space above IBC Bank Building. The 850,000sf Seaholm project in Austin also started in November, 2013 with a scheduled completion in 2015. This mixed-use development features two stories of commercial and retail space above 3-levels of below grade parking and a 20-story residential tower above 9-levels of parking.

Notable project starts in California include the G8 project in Los Angeles, Runway and Playa Villas in Playa Vista and the Sufism Reoriented sanctuary in Walnut Creek. With a combined contract value over $100,000,000 the G8 and Playa Villas projects are parking podiums for large residential communities. The Runway project, adjacent to Playa Villas, includes commercial, retail and above grade parking structure components along with below-grade parking podiums for residential apartments. In northern California the Sufism Reoriented project is a religious sanctuary which features 13 concrete domes, 5 of which are cast-in-place.

Our commitment to quality work and client satisfaction has allowed us to successfully grow into new markets and take on larger, more challenging projects. With over 800 employees, Largo has the resources and capabilities to meet your needs on any project. We appreciate all the opportunities our clients have entrusted us with, and all the hard work and support our subcontractors and suppliers have provided, and look forward to a bigger and brighter 2014!

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Largo Tops Out at the Long Beach Courthouse

The Long Beach Courthouse, originally constructed in 1959, recently received a much needed upgrade in order to meet the region’s growing demands for state-of-the-art judicial facilities.

This upgrade by the California Judicial Council, includes the construction of a new 531,000 square-foot Courthouse, and is a financed through a unique Public-Private-Partnership between the Administrative Office of the Courts and Long Beach Judicial Partners, LLC.  This revolutionary development for social infrastructure utilizes the principles of Performance Based Infrastructure (PBI), a project delivery method which appoints a privately held firm to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the facility for a period of 35-years. Nestled comfortably on a 6 acre parcel on the corner of Magnolia and Broadway, the new “L”-shaped building will house 31 state-of-the-art courtrooms, administrative offices, and a secure courtyard.

At the peak of construction this project provided nearly 450 jobs for local contractors, subcontractors, and journeymen, of which 60 proudly represented the Largo team.  As a whole, Largo poured a total of 32,746 cubic yards of concrete between a concrete podium, slabs-on-metal-deck, a new transportation tower, and the retrofit of a nearby 900-stall parking structure.  For the mat foundation alone Largo poured nearly 12,000 cubic yards of concrete, requiring three boom-pumps pouring at a combined rate of nearly 3,000 CY per day for five days. In order to maintain the high volumes of ready-mix deliveries coming south on the 710 Freeway, the work started at 3:00AM to mitigate delays during the rush hour.

When asked about the challenges of this design-build project, Largo’s Project Manager Justin Green explains, “I enjoyed the complexity of the design-build process. The design was constantly changing which made it a challenge but I feel that it made me a better project manager.” Justin continues, “This was a great job for Largo to showcase how well we can execute high-profile and complex concrete projects on a design-build contract.”  Justin also credits his field superintendent and layout crew for their long hours and dedication in contributing to the successful completion of this complex project.

One major obstacle Largo faced was the 18-foot tall concrete basement walls, which needed to reach completion by a date that had been locked in for over 2-years in order to accommodate a delivery of structural steel to the jobsite. The design team elected to use cast-in-place walls instead of shot-crete, which put added pressure on the Largo team to form and place over 1,250 lineal feet of walls. Largo’s Project Executive Ted Rebelowski fondly recalls, “We hadn’t even finished pouring the entire mat foundation before erecting formwork for the basement walls!”

Clark Construction, the project’s design-build GC, had previously used Largo in 2009 on the successful University Gateway project in Los Angeles, and this added to heightened expectations for Largo’s team.  Largo has successfully delivered on those expectations, with construction moving smoothly towards finish despite the project’s complexity and fast-track delivery schedule.  Largo would also like to credit their reinforcing and excavation sub trades performed by the Commercial Metals Company (CMC) and Mike Zarp, Inc., respectively.

Largo Concrete placed and finished their last yard of concrete on June 28th of this year, and the new Courthouse is on schedule to open Fall 2013.

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Westfield Century City Parking Structure Complete in Time for Holiday Shopping

Largo Concrete recently completed the Design-Build Parking Structure at Westfield Century City on Nov. 21 just in time for holiday shopping. 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.

Chameleon colored metal panels cover a majority of the facade reflecting different shades of green, blue and purple and creating a unique look depending on the time of day. CMU block and spandrels with hex pattern reveals make up the rest of the exterior facade. The structure is equipped with photovoltaic panels on the roof deck generating electricity while at the same time providing shade for those parked on the top level. Other environmentally conscious features include 28-stalls designated for Low Emission, Fuel Efficient (LEFE) vehicles and 18-stalls set aside for car/van pool parking located on the grade level with quick access to the mall entrance. A car counting system displays available parking by level and indicator lights direct patrons to available stalls reducing the time spent looking for parking.

ENR Top Specialty Contractors Ranking

Engineering News Record ranked Largo Concrete 6th nationwide in Concrete in the 2013 edition of Top Specialty Contractors with $139 million in revenue last year. High-profile projects such as the Marriott in downtown Los Angeles, the Harrah’s Rincon Hotel Expansion and the Dodger Stadium Renovation were major contributors to the leap from 14th in concrete last year to 6th.

Largo is currently working on the Elan Apartments, G8 and Runway parking structure podiums in California. In Nevada, Largo is working on two multi-level, long-span parking structures at the Summerlin retail center, and in Austin, Texas construction on the 31-story Seaholm development began in October. Having recently been awarded three parking podiums at Playa Vista in west Los Angeles Largo posted revenue of $211 million in 2013.