UCSD North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Center Buildings Three & Four

Largo recently topped out on the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Center at the University of California, San Diego. The project was designed by HKS Architect, Inc. and Magnusson Klemencic Associates is located on the southeast corner of North Torrey Pines Rd. and Muir College Dr. in La Jolla, CA. Largo’s scope only covered a portion of the overall development with buildings Three and Four consisting of 15 and 14 levels respectively, for a total of 600,000gsf. The development features 2,000 new beds for undergraduate students with related residential life space, new facilities for the Sixth College, social sciences, arts and humanities, dining and retail space, and 1,200 parking stalls. General contractor Clark Construction is aiming to have the development open for the Fall 2020 semester with a LEED Platium rating.

1066 Market Topping Out

Largo topped-out at the 1066 Market street high-rise this week in downtown San Francisco. The building features two levels of below grade parking with 97 total stalls and 4,000sf of retail at grade level. 303 high-end residential units span the following 15 levels above grade. Largo is working with general contractor Swinerton Builders, architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Assoc. and structural engineer Nishkian Menninger to have the building open in early 2020.

Miro Mat Foundation Pours

Over the course of the last two Saturdays, Largo poured a total of 13,100 cubic yards of concrete foundations at the Miro project in San Jose, CA. Each pour started at 2:00AM and took over 16 hours to complete using five truck-mounted boom pumps. Readymix supplier Cemex used 93 trucks to deliver over 1,300 loads to the site across the street from City Hall. When complete the development will feature two 28 story towers above three levels of below grade parking. The Miro towers will add 630 new residential units to one of the most expensive housing markets in the country along with 633 stalls of parking. Largo is working with Steinberg Architects, DCI Engineers and general contractor Suffolk Construction toward an opening date in the summer of 2020.

Circa and Disney win Pankow Awards from the American Concrete Institute

The American Concrete Institute’s Southern California Chapter has selected the Disney Frontierland Expansion and the Circa projects for the annual Pankow awards!

Charles Pankow Jr. Award – Circa at 1200 S. Figueroa

The focal point of this $500 million mega-project are the twin high-rises adjacent to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.  26 residential levels sit atop eight levels of podium parking, two of which are below grade, with commercial space at grade level. Designed by architects Harley Ellis Devereaux both towers stand 420’ and hold 648 total units. The 2-acre amenity deck complete with swimming pool and fitness center is located on the podium level above 1,645 stalls of parking. Situated between LA Live, the Convention Center and the Metro Pico Station in the city’s South Park district, the high-rise buildings feature an elliptical north face to enhance views of the skyline and mimic design themes from surrounding architecture.

Structural engineer Cary Kopczynski & Company utilized cast-in-place concrete with post-tensioned slabs which minimizes internal columns for maximum openness. The use of a two-way post-tensioned slab system allowed for continuity of framing between the retail/parking podium and the residential levels above, eliminating the need for transfer beams. A combination of shear walls and ductile frames resist seismic loads.

In June 2015, Largo started by pouring four large mat foundations totaling 15,985CY with ready mix supplier Holliday Rock.  Over the course of 24 months Largo poured a total of 110,000 cubic yards installed by 600,000 man-hours without any days away from work safety incidents.  All this was all accomplished across the street from the home court/rink of multiple professional sports teams and millions of convention center guests.

Outstanding Performance in Design and Engineering Award – Disney Frontierland Expansion

The goal of this project was to prepare the Disneyland park for the new Star Wars attraction. In addition to four tunnels, multiple retaining walls and a marina, Largo’s scope included a concrete trestle bridge for the railroad at the Rivers of America attraction. Although the visual aspect of the end product is exquisite, the details that were put into the fabrication of the two elements of the structure; the columns and hammerheads, and the concrete mix design used to simulate an aged wooden railroad trestle bridge, is also noteworthy.

The columns started in the back lots of Walt Disney Imagineering as an image in the mind of the design team. This image was transformed into approximately 50 lineal feet of hand carved foam positive. This was reviewed by the Disney team to confirm their vision and sent out to Fitzgerald Formliners to confirm that the positive would produce a usable form liner. A number of changes were made in the foam positive to ensure that no negative spaces existed in the positive to allow for smooth removal of the form liner. To allow for proper alignment of the four columns that attached to each of the twelve hammerheads, relative to each other, the column forms were fastened to a wall form.

With all of the details in the form liner, Largo contacted Holliday to discuss the appropriate concrete mix design to ensure a perfect positive from the very detailed form liner. Although self-consolidating concrete is not frequently used in the Southern California Market, it was determined that with the details, the importance of exact alignment of the columns and the limited space within the column form to allow for a vibrator, that this would be the appropriate mix design to yield the best finished product.

4000 psi @ 28 days Self Consolidating Concrete mix with a water to cement ratio of 0.44. The cementitious content was 8.5 sacks that was 70% Type II/V cement and 30% Type F Fly Ash. Nominal spread was 25” to 30” but it was usually in excess of 27”. It has a maximum aggregate size of 3/8”, but since the mix needed to reveal very fine details it was proportioned to contain 70% Washed Concrete Sand. All of the aggregates are from Holliday Rocks Upland California Facilities. The admixtures in the mix design included: a Type F High Range Water Reducing Superplastizing polycarboxylate, a workability-retaining admixture that provides flexible degrees of slump retention without retardation. And when needed (in this case it wasn’t but was always available) a viscosity-modifying admixture that is specially developed for producing concrete with enhanced viscosity and controlled rheological properties that increases resistance to segregation while facilitating placement and consolidation.

The hammerheads that span across the columns were formed out of rough sawn dimensional lumber of varying widths on top of the above-mentioned columns. Each of the twelve hammerheads were formed with no common joint plan of the rough sawn lumber. Steps were taken to raise the texture of the rough sawn lumber. Each board was soaked in water overnight and sealed with form release to accentuate the rough sawn look to the vision of the Imagineers. The hammerheads were also poured with the self-consolidating concrete mix design that was used in the columns.

Typically, these decorative types of concrete elements are a post installed façade covering a structural column, but with the load requirements of the train, envisioned size of the elements and the environmental concerns of the river, the above summarized use of concrete was developed and put to use.

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.

Two Residential Project Starts in San Francisco

1066 Market
The Market street development will hold 303 units and 97 parking stalls spread across 3 levels below grade and 16 levels above. Working with general contractor Swinerton Builders, Solomon Cordwell Buenz architects and Nishkian Menninger structural engineers, Largo expects to top our during the summer of 2019.

875 California
A couple miles north, the 875 California development is also being constructed with the same general contractor and structural engineer, with BDE Architecture. The building will house 44 units above 48 parking stalls on 100,000gsf. The structure will be 2 levels below grade and 8 levels above and is expected to top out during the summer of 2019.

Park 5th Tops Out

Across the street from Pershing Square, Largo topped out at the Park 5th development in downtown Los Angeles this week. The building rests on a 4,700CY mat foundation which was poured in August 2017, with two levels below grade and 25 levels above. Patrons of the 347 unit high-rise will enjoy a rooftop deck with a club room, fitness center, a bar/kitchen, TVs, a business center, and an infinity pool with cabanas. Designed by architect Ankrom Moisan and Nabih Youssef & Associates structural engineers, the buildings is seeking LEED Silver certification by the USGBC. Working with general contractor Suffolk Construction the building is scheduled to be open in the first quarter of 2019.

437 S. Hill Podium

The MacFarlane Partners are also developing the site adjacent to the high-rise into a new mid-rise apartment complex. Largo worked with Bernards on this project pouring the concrete in a 5 level parking podium with wood frame above.

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.