Miro Towers Become the Tallest Buildings in San Jose

The Miro Towers became San Jose’s tallest structures this month when Largo poured level 29 at 291′ above street level! Located on the north side of E. Santa Clara Avenue between Fourth and Fifth, the buildings are across the street from City Hall which used to be the city’s second tallest structure. Miro will feature a total of 630 two and three bedroom units and 633 parking spaces.

Stressing Procedure

Transfer girders utilize four rows of post-tensioned cables which are progressively stressed throughout construction. The girders are located on level five above grade and are up to 72” wide by 64” deep! The additional rows of PT cables are spaced 6” apart and lay below a row of tendons which are stressed after placing level five. Upon completion of level ten the bottommost row is stressed, then the second from the bottom row is tensioned at level 15, ending at level 25.

Steinberg Hart Architects, DCI Structural Engineers, and general contractor Suffolk Construction are on schedule to have the Miro towers open early 2021.

4 Diller Tops Out Along El Camino Real in Redwood City, CA

Largo topped out at the 4 Diller project in Redwood City, CA this month! The 555,736gsf building is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and 35 of the 350 total units are designated as for affordable housing. The development has three levels of below grade parking which houses 441 private vehicles and 89 bikes. In addition to 2,900sf of retail space at street level the development features a fitness room, a club room and rooftop pool deck. General contractor and developer Greystar, Studio T Sqaure Architects and structural engineer Cary Kopczynski & Company aim to have the development open late 2020.

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.

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.

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.

Station 1300 Mini Mat Pour

UAV Footage of a mini mat pour at the Station 1300 project in Menlo Park, CA.

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.