UCLA Margo Leavin Art Studio Wins Charles Pankow Award

Largo Concrete worked with Abbott Construction on the UCLA Warner Graduate Art Studio Project in Culver City, CA.

The overall project consisted of a 21,200sf renovation of the Graduate Art Studios existing building and a 26,800sf, L-shaped addition to the facility. Design by architecture firm Johnston Marklee, the building is organized in the fashion of a ‘community’ with small blocks of private studios in a cul-de-sac setting adjacent to communal, plaza like facilities connected by pathways akin to city streets. Specialized lab space for woodworking and ceramics are also included in the facility which is designed to be adaptable to accommodate future new technologies and working methods. The Margo Leavin Art Studio project anticipates a LEED Gold Certification.

The construction of this building utilized several different concrete assemblies to support the building and achieve the natural concrete look. This was especially important to designers and the University to integrate the facility into the former industrial zone know as the Hayden Tract. The exterior walls were designed as concrete tilt-up panels with 2′-0″ “pillows” or half-circles on the exterior face. Special single-use form liners were designed and fabricated out of state to achieve the “pillow” shapes. Cast-in-place stitch columns were used to connect the tilt panels at each grid line. The stitch columns also used the “pillow-shaped” form liner but were exceptionally challenging because they were poured full-height (28′-10″) between the panels and had to line up perfectly with no gaps or visible seams. Largo Concrete’s in-house engineering team designed custom falsework to support lintel panels which would eventually be suspended 15’-0” in the air. These panels also feature the “pillowed” exterior finish and are unsupported from below as they span the openings to the building.

The interior frame of the building consists of cast-in-place walls, columns and ring beams: all exposed with an “as-cast” finish. Shotcrete walls and beams were installed against the existing building walls on two sides to connect the new construction to the existing building. As was the case with the exterior finish, no sacking or other cosmetic enhancements were allowed on the interior as well. The buildings roof is designed as a grid of vaults with curved glulam beams covered by roofing membrane, curved polycarbonate or nothing at all to allow for natural ventilation in certain spaces.

Limited access to the building pad because of the existing structure made it difficult to form, place and hoist the tilt-up panels. The time frame to complete all of the building concrete was 8 months. Despite these challenges the concrete scope of work was completed in eight months with zero safety incidents over 29,213 hours. Some of the potential hazards that were endured included 30’-0” shotcrete walls and beams, 30’-0” shear walls and columns, 30’-0” tilt-up panels and hoisting the panels with a high voltage wire running along one side of the jobsite.

A special thanks to all those involved in this great project:
Owner: University of California, Los Angeles
General Contractor: Abbott Construction
Architect: Johnston Marklee
Structural Engineer: Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
Readymix Supplier: Cemex

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

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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

Poured Out at the Summerlin Parking Structures & Macy’s Tilt-Up Building

Largo Concrete poured the last elevated deck on two multi-level parking structures in Summerlin, NV today. Located immediately south of the Red Rock Resort and Casino both structures are on the west side of the development facing the 215 Beltway. Parking Structure #2, completed today, is 334,331gsf, 1-level below grade, 4-levels above with a total of 951-stalls, and PS3 is 186,233gsf, 3-levels above grade with 484 total stalls. Largo’s scope also included three pedestrian bridges connecting the parking structures to the retail center.

Largo also poured the foundations, tilt-up panels and slab on metal deck for the 2-story, 83,000gsf Macy’s department store adjacent to PS3. A pedestrian bridge connects PS3 to Macy’s second level. The 106-acre Shops at Summerlin development is scheduled to open during the Fall of 2014 and Largo worked with Whiting-Turner on the Macy’s building and VCC on the parking structure contracts.