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06 Bomel Construction The Dean of Parking Structure Construction in the West


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Construction, Inc. Steady Growth Through Honesty & Integrity Have Made Rosedale Concrete Construction, Inc. a Standout in Kern County

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Below: Set to open in 2016, USC’s new six-level parking structure will provide 1,300 stalls for its University Park campus.

ith high-profile projects recently completed or underway from L.A. to Las Vegas, from the San Fernando Valley to San Diego, it’s been a big year for Anaheim Hills-based Bomel Construction. The design-build concrete contractor, widely regarded as the dean of parking structure construction in the West, has completed major parking structures for developers and owners of many large shopping malls, casinos, stadiums, high-rise office buildings, colleges and universities. Established in 1970, the family-owned business generated $135 million in total revenue in 2014, a significant increase from the previous year. Its high-profile projects this year include the Del Amo Fashion Center (1,950 stalls), Cal Poly Pomona (1,800), Village at Westfield Topanga (1,665), Space Exploration Technologies (1,469), Hollywood Park Casino (1,435), the University of Southern California (1,300), Outlets at San Clemente (1,167), Citadel Outlets (1,004) and the University of La Verne (940).

New Design-Build Project for USC Bomel Construction recently broke ground on construction of a 1,300 stall parking structure at the University of Southern California’s University Park campus, located just a few miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The six-level, design-build garage will be the contractor’s first project for the university. It is being erected on the existing open-air, 250-space parking lot between heavily traveled Jefferson Boulevard to the south and 32nd Street to the north. To the west is the Shrine Auditorium; the high-rise Gateway Apartments complex will be the garage’s eastern neighbor. Both the Shrine and the


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apartments are less than 10 feet from the 570-foot by 125-foot footprint of the new garage. In addition to working in a constricted job site, Bomel Construction must also complete the project in just 12 months. “It’s quite an ambitious schedule,” said Kasey Shay, Bomel’s senior project manager and a 16-year construction veteran. To shave off three months from a normal schedule for a project of this size and complexity, Bomel will leverage four decades of impeccable parking structure planning, design and scheduling to complete the $20.3-million garage safely and on time. “The structure is long enough to be able to split it into two buildings, with an expansion joint in the middle,” said Shay, who is also managing three other complex parking structure projects for the Anaheim Hills-based design-build contractor. Bomel will begin building the southern half of the structure first, which should be relatively painless since crews will have the empty northern half of the lot on which to work and position equipment. The garage’s northern half, however, is where Bomel’s expertise earnestly comes into play. In addition to the constraints caused by the tight proximity of surrounding structures, the northern side’s west bay will make structural allowances for the Shrine’s active loading dock. “We will have a two-story high clearance on the ground floor of the west bay,” Shay explained, “which allows for trucks to navigate the narrow alley to load and unload materials.” Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the USC project, the eighth parking structure to be erected at the University Park campus, might very well be the unusual placement of concrete pumps for north-side construction activity. Shay compared the strategy for the garage’s north side to what Bomel has deployed when pumping concrete at many high-rise buildings throughout the West. “We’ll have pumps inside the decks,” he said of north side operations. “A pump will have to extend out from within the decks and then twist up because we’re so close to the Shrine.

Above: Established in 1970, family owned Bomel Construction has completed major parking structures for developers and owners of many large shopping malls, casinos, stadiums, high-rise office buildings, colleges and universities.

“We are seriously considering using slick lines, which are tubes ascending the sides of the building. It will be a very unusual and tough part of this entire project, but we have teams of experienced professionals to successfully tackle and complete this phase of work.” Building a structure on the USC campus means incorporating the university’s signature campus Gothic design, a blend of red brick, Gothic arches and articulations. The brickwork and arches are essentially an additional mini-structure unto itself, positioned just a few inches in front of the garage’s exterior walls. “The garage will be a moving structure,” Shay explained. “It shrinks, it swells, it moves, but we have a brick wall attached to it. It’s quite a challenge. The pre-cast portion is challenging as well.” Teaming with Bomel on the project is Irvine-based architect Parking Design Solutions.

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Right: Bomel began construction of the Outlets at San Clemente’s nine-bay garage in April 2014. Barely three months later, about 90% of the foundation, 80% of the first lift of columns, 100% of the shear walls and 15% of the elevated decks had been poured.

Key Partner in the Massive Redevelopment of Hollywood Park Bomel Construction began construction in June of a four-level parking garage that will better serve Hollywood Park Casino near the intersection of Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue in Inglewood. The 1,435-stall parking structure is being constructed while the cleanup continues following the May implosion of the grandstand of the Hollywood Park Racetrack, a 75-year-old venue that closed in 2013. All underground utility work and the slab on grade are now complete and the pouring of the three decks for the seven-bay garage has begun. During the last 15 years, Bomel has been a major participant in casino construction and expansions. Its roster of completed facilities includes more than a dozen parking structures at some of the most popular casinos in southern Nevada, many of which have more than five levels and several thousand stalls. In Southern California, Bomel built the first parking structure at industry giant Pechanga Casino, near Temecula.

Finishing Ahead of Schedule at Big and Busy Del Amo Fashion Center Bomel Construction’s recent completion of a feisty four-level parking structure at the bustling Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance was a creative success. Bomel executed a host of out-of-the-box strategies to deal with the tight site as it erected the 1,950-stall parking structure and three attached pedestrian bridges in close proximity to large new buildings under construction at the operating mall. “We were coordinating three different schedules with three different contractors: our ongoing work, the 140,000-square-foot Nordstrom


under construction and the expansion of the new mall. Plus, we couldn’t disturb the existing mall,” said Kasey Shay, Bomel’s project manager for the 14-month-long project. “We left out a piece of the structure’s roadway deck on the second level and set up the pump in the gap and pumped from there,” Shay explained. “The concrete trucks traveled underneath the deck and fed the pump. It worked out very well.” The $21.2-million project’s second significant challenge was triggered by the replacement of a 12,000kv line that serves two transformers powering the mall. The line was placed under the garage’s slab on grade since the first level has an 18-foot clearance. “We did have to leave out the northeast corner of the structure all the way up,” Shay said. “When we got to the top deck, the SCE excavation was done. They took out the old line and replaced with a new one and then we were able to start over with the foundations, slab on grade and the missing portions of the three elevated decks. On the lower decks, we left out the corners and created new construction joints. We left out the entire top deck and that was the last to be poured. We poured the footings, poured the columns and skipped over the slab on grade and did formwork on mud pads so we could get to the second level deck. We poured the slab on grade last.” How unusual was this process? “Very,” Shay said. “I’ve never encountered this kind of deck-pour sequencing in my 15 years here at Bomel.”

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Upscale Garage Completed for New Outlet Center in San Clemente Run-of-the-mill was never a phrase used to describe the $28.4-million parking structure recently finished this summer by general contractor Bomel Construction at the Outlets at San Clemente. “In terms of the finishes and the overall look, it is by far the most elaborate garage that I’ve been a part of,” said Bomel Project Manager Matt Prince, who has been with the designbuild concrete contractor for seven years. High-end features and finishes for the two-level, 1,167-stall parking structure include five entry towers with clay tile roofs; copper gutters and downspouts; pre-cast concrete balustrades, pre-cast stair treads and pre-cast planters. Foam shapes were integrated into the plaster system across most elevations. The entire exterior is coated in plaster with an undulating Spanish Colonial-style finish. And different concrete-formed archways, 62 in all, are part of each of the garage’s exposed elevations. Bomel began construction of the nine-bay garage in April 2014 and got off to a fast and productive start. Within a few months, about 90% of the foundation, 80% of the first lift of columns, 100% of the shear walls and 15% of the elevated decks had been poured. “We had vertical walls, slab on grade, elevated decks and foundations all going at the same time,” Prince explained. “When we started the elevated decks, we were still working to complete the foundations. We were averaging more than 1,000 yards of placed concrete a week. The big footprint facilitated an aggressive schedule and allowed us to work with multiple crews in several different areas at the same time. By early August, we had the flow of the project and pour sequences determined and had a very good idea when we’d be topped out.”


Above: The University of La Verne’s first parking structure will add 940 spaces to the existing 20 parking lots scattered on and off the campus. Bomel is scheduled to complete the five-level garage in August 2016.

Nine-Level Citadel Outlets Project Going Up in Record Time Craig Realty Group chose Bomel Construction to build a 1,004-stall, nine-level parking structure at its Citadel Outlets mall in Los Angeles. This is the third project Bomel has undertaken for the Newport Beach-based developer. The Citadel’s first garage, a 500-stall, five-level structure, was completed in 2013. Bomel recently completed a 1,167-stall structure for Craig Realty at the new Outlets at San Clemente, set to open later this year. “We wouldn’t have come back to them for a third time had we not been that pleased,” said Steven Craig, president and CEO of the full-service real estate development and management company he founded 20 years ago. “They do extraordinarily good work.” For Bomel to continue to receive such high praise, it will have to do extraordinarily swift work at the Citadel Outlets job site to finish the project in November. “Everybody needs to work fast,” said

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Left: The Outlets at San Clemente’s big footprint facilitated an aggressive construction schedule, allowing Bomel to work with multiple crews in several different areas at the same time.

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Scott Lessard, the Bomel project manager who oversees the breakneck pace of the nine-month schedule for a project that would normally take 12 months to complete. “We have to be done by Black Friday.” As if the short nature of the schedule wasn’t daunting enough, Bomel’s first order of business was demolishing an existing parking structure on the site where the new one will be built. That phase, which took place in March, was finished in just two weeks. “We’ll be working every Saturday in 10-hour-plus shifts. The grader and demo contractor worked at night and on a Saturday. We will do whatever it takes to get this done on time. Failure is not an option,” said Lessard, who has been with Bomel for 20 years.

Working Wonders for Westfield’s New $350-Million Mall Costco’s coming in September. And a new REI, Tender Greens and Burke Williams Day Spa are right around the corner. But before those establishments and another 100 retailers hoist a grand opening banner, Bomel Construction had to complete a five-level parking structure to accommodate the swarm of shoppers e xpected to visit the Village at Westfield Topanga, a 550,000-square-foot open-air mall to debut this fall in Woodland Hills. Adding to its impressive roster of parking structures built at many of the busiest malls in Southern California, Bomel Construction completed the 1,600-stall Village garage in May. That’s no small feat considering that Bomel got off to a later-than-expected start due to issues beyond its control. “They performed well for us,”


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George Winter, project manager for Westfield’s construction unit, said about Bomel Construction in early March. “Toward the end of last year, they were showing two weeks behind schedule, but they quickly made that up. They actually finished the pouring of all major concrete––the decks and the columns––on schedule and they are due to be completely finished ahead of schedule.” Bomel began working on the project in April 2014. Its first major task was completing a tunnel, a 450-foot-long concrete tube that will serve vehicles entering the Village from Topanga Canyon Boulevard. “The tunnel takes drivers below grade, under the mall and up into a helix ramp system within the garage,” explained Matt Prince, Bomel’s project manager. “Westfield hired and managed the tunnel’s excavation process. Bomel built the tunnel walls and lid, working with Westfield’s design team.” Working in close proximity to buildings under construction and the double helix ramp system were two of the more formidable challenges facing Bomel during construction of the $19.5-million parking structure. “The helix ramp introduced a wrinkle since we utilized a different formwork system to construct it,” Prince said. “Although the ramping system introduced its own set of challenges, incorporating it into this project’s design was critical to being able to load and unload a high volume of cars.” About Bomel Construction Founded over 40 years ago by Bob Matranga and Mel Reznicek, Bomel Construction Company has grown to be one of the largest concrete contractors in the U.S. After Mel’s retirement in 1989, Bob and current leadership operate the family run business. Bomel has successfully completed hundreds of concrete projects such as parking structures, office buildings, hotels, stadiums, bridges and more. Bomel’s capacity to build even the most complex projects is reinforced by the ability to design-build virtually any kind of concrete structure within its scope of expertise. For more information on Bomel Construction, please visit or call the Anaheim Hills headquarters office at (714) 921-1660. Cc


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obert M. Pickinpaugh started out in the concrete business in 1989, after meeting a gentleman in his church. Marvin Graves of Graves Construction offered Robert a job working for his concrete company. Marvin and Jeff Graves of Graves Construction taught Robert the concrete trade. That same year, Robert met his wife Michelle and they married in 1991. With a mind to take their lives to a level that would sustain a growing family, the couple decided to start their own concrete company in 1994. Their original company went



by the name, Pickinpaugh Concrete Construction, with humble beginnings from the carport of their home in Shafter, California. Robert began knocking on doors throughout the community to drum up small concrete jobs. His hard work paid off and in 1997, they moved their business off their carport to a small business complex in Bakersfield. In 1999 they were able to purchase a building on 5.5 acres of land on Burgess Court where they are now located. In 2010, due to the downslide in the economy, Pickinpaugh Concrete closed its doors. Shortly

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thereafter Robert began Rosedale Concrete Construction Inc. and operated on a much smaller scale. Robert and Michelle co-owned the business, with Michelle now working in the company full-time. She does most of the accounting and runs the office. Robert Pickinpaugh is the president of Rosedale Concrete Construction, Inc. and he spends much of his day estimating and designing jobs, ordering and managing materials and most importantly meeting with current and prospective customers. “My favorite part of my job is meeting the people and forming relationships.”

Robert oversees all the aspects of his business and in addition to his wife Michelle, he relies on his operations manager Jayson Thompson to keep all of the jobs running smoothly. Rosedale Concrete Construction Inc. has grown to 27 full time employees and one part time administrative assistant. They perform residential, commercial, and industrial work for private and public works agencies. Companies like, John Balfanz Homes Inc. out of Bakersfield, keep the company very busy. Rosedale Concrete Construction Inc. is a preferred concrete contractor of several homebuilders in and around Bakersfield and they do much of or all of the concrete and masonry work for these builders. They also stay busy doing repair and add-on work for local schools, particularly Wasco School District. In addition , they perform work for large farms and agriculture companies which they classify as industrial. South Valley Farms and Johnson Farms are

regular customers of Rosedale Concrete. Rosedale Concrete perform most all of their concrete and masonry work, including pouring pads for their irrigation pump stations and block walls and slabs for different types of enclosures. Rosedale Concrete is centrally located and works throughout Kern County with easy access to Bakersfield, Wasco, Shafter, Delano, McFarland, Lake Isabella, Tehachapi and other growing cities and towns. Michelle Pickinpaugh points out that while they do have competition, all the concrete companies seem to have their different specialties. Rosedale Concrete seems to be well rounded and handles various different aspects of the trade and in addition to concrete they do masonry work as well. “I have to say that my husband’s honesty and integrity is what has made our company what it is,” says Michelle. “He is truly a people person and dealing with the customers every day is what he loves.” Michelle

continues, “We also set very high expectations for all of our employees and how they interact with the customers out on the jobsite. As a result, we often receive compliments from our clients on the courtesy and purposeful work ethic of our team members.” Rosedale Concrete Construction Inc. has shown continued, consistent growth and Michelle Pickinpaugh points out that it can be a challenge ensuring that everything stays on schedule, while maintaining constant contact with current and future customers. “We purposely work at a rate where we do not over pace our growth and workload and we will not allow anyone or anything to simply slip through the cracks,” says Michelle. “ It seems like Bakersfield and the surrounding communities never stop growing and we have a backlog that proves my point. We like where we are at right now in terms of size, but we are open to slow, controlled, sustainable growth.”

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Along with growth, many times comes the need to purchase additional tools and equipment to remain at the leading edge. Rosedale Concrete Construction recently decided to add a new compact excavator in order to keep up with their constant workload. “We have always rented excavators in the past, but we are at a point now where owning just makes better economic sense,” says Robert. The company also owns skid steer loaders and a John Deere skip loader. “I have dealt with Coastline before and they have been great to work with, so I asked them to come out and demo one of their compact excavators.” Robert needed a machine that could dig footings and planter boxes and other general excavation work with ease. Coastline Equipment sales representative, had just the machine in mind. Shawn Price showed Robert the John Deere 50G compact excavator and it proved to be the perfect machine for the job. “The John Deere 50G is Final Tier 4 and just a great piece of equipment, and it came with a reasonable price tag,” says Robert. “Our operators love the enclosed cab, air conditioning and overall power and comfort and I like just like how easily everything fell into place. The folks at Coastline made our buying experience painless and that makes my job that much easier.” Robert and Michelle Pickinpaugh have four children, two girls and two boys, ranging in ages 14 to 22. All of their children have worked summers from high school and college for the company and one or


two may even have it in their blood to continue the legacy of the family business. “Our oldest daughter has done everything from filing papers to driving a dump truck and has recently graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Athletic Training. Our second daughter is a junior at Grand Canyon University and she has worked doing everything from office work to a material runner traveling as far as Fresno and back,” says Michelle. “Our 18 year old son just entered Grand Canyon University as well. He has worked during the summers learning how to finish concrete from the age of 13 and he and my husband are hoping to utilize his future business degree to benefit our company and possibly even try their hand in real estate development. Their youngest son is in eighth grade and he enjoys working with his dad during his summer breaks.” Robert and Michelle Pickinpaugh have worked hard to build a thriving family and business and their blessings are many. They have been at it for more than 20 years now it is all but certain that they will continue to serve Kern County with quality concrete and masonry construction for many more. For more information on Rosedale Concrete Construction, Inc. please visit their website at or call 661-588-3890. Cc

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(Below) Rosedale Concrete Construction, Inc. performs concrete, brick and masonry work for schools and private residences.

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argo Concrete, Inc. will soon be entering their 27th year as a full service self-performing structural concrete and general contractor. To say that Largo has made its mark in less than three decades would certainly be an understatement. With revenue of $217 million in 2014, and projected revenue of $310 million in 2015, it is easy to see why so many are talking about this impressive construction firm. To further illustrate this point, Largo was recently named the 2015 Specialty Contractor of the Year, as reported in the October 2015 edition of ENR California. The firm was selected by the editors of ENR’s regional editions based on its revenue performance, innovative practices, philanthropic


involvement and excellence in safety. Largo has more than 1,500 employees and has completed over 800 structural concrete projects, including parking structures, high-rise residential/mixed use structures, hotels, podiums, commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, and renewable energy fields throughout the Western United States. Largo provides design-build and design-assist capabilities to a variety of clients in the commercial, residential, health care, parking structure and renewable energy sectors. Last year, CalContractor Magazine featured Largo’s Great Wolf Lodge project, where the company erected some of the tallest freestanding concrete panels ever placed. In this

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year’s concrete issue, we will take a look at three projects: the Sunset La Cienega Hotel & Residential High-Rise Towers in West Hollywood, Sony Studios, Culver Parking Structures & Expansion and the Current Residential High-Rise Tower in Long Beach. Together, these three projects show a nice cross-section of the kind of work that Largo is currently doing to keep it as a leader in the industry. Sunset La Cienega Hotel & Residential High-Rise Towers in West Hollywood The Sunset La Cienega Hotel will include two tenstory high-rise hotel towers with nearly 300 rooms, while the Residential High-Rise Towers will have two eight-story residential towers with 190 units. There will

(Left Page) Overall view of Sunset La Cienaga Hotel & Residential High-RIse and Sunset La Cienega East Parcel, Building A. (Pictured Left) Sunset La Cienega East Parcel Buttress Walls and Sunset La Cienega Interior.

also be ground floor retail, a restaurant and an open-air plaza in this soon to be finished West Hollywood architectural beauty. Located at the heart of the Sunset Strip, this development will occupy the southwest and southeast corners of Sunset Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles. The CIM Group purchased the property in 2011, and Largo is working with general contractor Suffolk Construction and architect/ engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. The project is being completed in two phases and in two parcels. The 235,000gsf East Parcel is located on the southeast corner of the intersection on 2.48 acres, while the 292,240gsf Middle Parcel is on the southwest corner on 2.06 acres. Largo started work on the middle parcel in September 2014 and just completed its last concrete pour in early August 2015. Largo started work on the east parcel in December 2014 and is scheduled to complete its last pour in November 2015. Both parcels have been built with conventional rebar construction up to the second floor, followed by post-tension construction from floor three on up.

When the two projects are completed, Largo will have poured more than 60,000 cubic yards of concrete from concrete placing booms located at street level. Each parcel also required the use of two tower cranes, which are under Largo’s contract, along with reinforcing steel and masonry. Mike Daniel is a senior project manager for Largo and he has been overseeing the concrete work on this project since day one. “The logistics of working on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and La Cienega in West Hollywood can be challenging at times,” says Daniel. “The site is located on a steep incline and is surrounded by very high-end residential and commercial real estate. We have gone to great efforts, including installing four tower cranes, to assure that this job runs smoothly at all times. This job is also special in that it calls for a lot of exposed concrete and a higher end finish. In this case, we are utilizing a large amount of board form architectural concrete, which leaves a wood grain image on the finished face of the concrete. This has been one of our higher end jobs to date and I have enjoyed being part of the process.”

Sony Studios, Culver Parking Structures & Expansion Largo began construction on the Design-Build Parking Structure Expansion Project at Sony Studios in Culver City in November 2014. Largo’s design team includes IDG Parkitects as the architect of record and Ficcadenti Waggoner & Castle as the structural engineer. This is a complete turnkey project, where Largo self-performed the structural concrete work and oversaw everything from the demolition and grading to the reinforcing steel, painting, electrical, plumbing and HVAC work. C.W. Driver is the construction manager on the project and Largo has been working with C.W. Driver and Sony Studios since the inception of the job. Located off Culver Boulevard, the project includes two 6-level structures built on each side of the existing 5-level building, which will also receive an additional level of parking to match the two new adjacent structures. The entire project is 421,900sf with a total stall count of 1,357, east structure with 373 stalls, 899 stalls in the west structure and 85 stalls on the added level of the existing structure.

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(Left) Sony Parking Structure Expansion and East Parking Structure unpainted. (Top Right) Sony East Parking Structure from Culver Blvd. (Right) Basketball Court on the Roof Deck of Sony East Parking Structure.

The existing structure utilizes a shear wall structural system, while the two new structures will utilize a moment frame design. This is done to open up the structure to more natural light and ventilation and to provide a safer, lighter and brighter pedestrian experience. The art-deco façade of the existing building will be continued through the two new structures, and a basketball court will be installed on the roof deck of the east structure. The basketball court replaces the old court which was located on grade where the new east structure now stands. It was necessary to place the Cunningham beams 9 foot on center, instead of the typical 18 foot on center, due to the ‘live-load’ requirements and thickened slab for the basketball court. A parking structure is typically rated at 50 pounds per square foot, while live load requirements for people are rated at 100 pounds per square foot. Additionally, Largo surrounded the entire


court with an upturn beam and then poured a topping slab to level out the curve that post-tensioning creates. Fiber mesh was also used to create a crack free court, which will be appreciated by regular users like Adam Sandler. This project is being completed in two phases, as the east structure, along with the existing 6-floor addition are now complete and in use. The west structure will begin in October, with completion sometime in June 2016. Approximately 7,000 cubic yards of concrete were utilized on the east structure, with an estimated 9,000 cubic yards of concrete needed for the west structure. John Sorich is the Project Executive for Largo Concrete on the project and he comments that, “Largo’s use of Cunningham beams on this project was unlike most conventional projects in that we placed the beams 18 foot on center and then put an architectural column in-between the strutural frame column. A lot of

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attention and detail were given to this job in order to properly match the existing art-deco structures,” says Sorich. “We talked to the structural engineer and for support reasons, we wanted to go with the moment frame, allowing for maximum support, as well as ample natural light throughout the structure.” According to Sorich, the buildings were build around 24 or so inches apart to allow for seismic activity. There were other challenges, as Sorich explains, “We couldn’t drive the Cunningham beams inside the existing deck, because each floor fed into the existing building. So each night when the building was shutdown, we drove the beams through the parking structure, up into the next deck level. We also had to remain ever mindful of the active sets at Sony Studios, and this meant scheduling changes and logistical maneuvers when necessary.” [ Continued on page 22 ]

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The Current Residential High-Rise Tower in Long Beach The Current Residential High-Rise Tower job in Long Beach represents the more traditional work that Largo Concrete has done for many years. This particular project began in October 2014, and a topping out party was held on Sept. 11, 2015. The concrete frame building features 18 total levels, 12 residential, one retail and commercial ground floor and four 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 Boulevard and Lime Street, and features 223 residential units, 22,608sf of commercial space and 328 parking stalls. Approximately 20,000 cubic yards of concrete were utilized on this 18-story project. Largo worked closely with, general contractor, Driver Urban and BAR Architects, in conjunction with Rockefeller Partners Architects and structural engineer, Nabih Youssef & Associates, to


complete the concrete pours by Aug. 28, 2015. One of the major challenges of the project was the coordination with the exterior façade contractors, all vying for crane time in order to meet the schedule. According to Largo’s project engineer, Ieva Jastromskaite, mounting the pre-cast concrete, aluminum and glass architectural panels to the exterior of the building required 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 the summer of 2016. “We will place more than 4,000 embeds on this project, and this will not only require an extraordinary amount of manhours, but also tremendous coordination with all of the subcontractors on-site,” says Jastromskaite. As mentioned above, coordinating crane time on the project has also been a challenge. “We only have one crane onsite and with Clark Pacific doing the precast panel work, and the rebar and other subcontractors needing

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order to allow for two-way traffic. Stage III reconstructed the Main Street Overcrossing to widen the freeway underneath and Stage IV replaced the partial interchange at Mariposa Road with a fullservice interchange allowing access from all directions. During construction, the existing Highway 99 on and off ramps at Main Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Farmington Road and Clout Drive were completely removed to further improve Highway operation and congestion. During Stage 1, the Main Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard Bridges received new improvements, including expanded shoulders, new sidewalks and a new modern interchange at Golden Gate, between the Mariposa Road interchange and the Crosstown Freeway. The Main

Street/Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard intersection was reconfigured to accommodate the two-way traffic from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Caltrans has initiated a fairly new video information program that they call, “News Flash.� Through these informative videos, Caltrans allows motorists to get an inside look at what they do each day to keep our roadways safe and productive. On July 30, 2015, Caltrans highlighted the pouring of the concrete deck for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Overcrossing. The video emphasized many points, including just how important the day before a pour can be. It exclaimed how the Caltrans inspector was on-site from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. the day before, ensuring that the falsework and the framework were

constructed to the proper line and grade. It went on to show how important it is to also make certain that all of the reinforcement was in place, and also that the concrete finishing machine was set to the right elevation. The pour talked about in the video took approximately 10 to 12 hours to complete and included 500 cubic yard of concrete at a rate of 75 cubic yards per hour. Once the concrete was completed, the curing process began. This was a two-step process that began by applying a curing compound, followed by a water curing method that took 7 days to complete. You can view this 39th in a series of Caltrans News Flash videos at and view other videos at CaltransVideo. Cc

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Hawthorne Cat Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Dyno Shop Corporate Campus Expands with Engine, Generator and On-Highway Truck Testing Facility

Hawthorne Cat, the exclusive Cat® equipment and engine dealer in San Diego and the Pacific Region, is expanding its corporate campus in Rancho Bernardo with the addition of a state-of-the-art engine, generator and on-highway truck testing facility. Hawthorne Cat senior executives along with BarnhartReese Executives, the architect and general contractor, participated in the official groundbreaking ceremony today. As part of a 55,000 square-foot building upgrade, the new Dyno Shop engine testing capability will help Hawthorne Cat meet the growing market demands over the next 20 years. The 5,000 square-foot Engine and Generator Test Center will include engine flywheel dynamometer testing up to 4,250 horsepower, indoor generator resistive/reactive load bank testing up to 3,300 KW, outdoor


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Doosan DX140LC and DX140LCR crawler excavators move to Tier 4 compliance and boast multiple machine updates Doosan DX140LC-5

Two new Doosan crawler excavators have been added to the Tier 4-compliant lineup, featuring improved performance, operatorfocused comfort, fuel economy and jobsite durability. The 14-metricton DX140LC-5 and DX140LCR-5 Tier 4-compliant machines replace the interim Tier 4 “dash-3” models. The DX140LCR-5 model offers a shorter tail swing, allowing operators greater flexibility where space is a premium without sacrificing performance. Both the DX140LC-5 and DX140LCR-5 excavators are designed for long life with an extra-sturdy frame and reinforced superstructure. Smart Power Control (SPC) A new selectable feature, Smart Power Control (SPC), is available on both models and consists of two systems — Variable Speed Control and Pump Torque Control — that work together to improve machine efficiency while maintaining productivity and reducing fuel consumption.


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Pavement and Slab Replacement Project on the Foothill Freeway (I-210) Left: Median Barrier removal. Below: Demolished median barrier. Middle: Removal of the concrete barrier. Bottom: Concrete from the median barrier.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is currently making improvements along I-210 starting at the Dunsmore Avenue undercrossing in La Crescenta-Montrose to the North Los Robles Avenue overcrossing in Pasadena. The 9.7 mile project will include the cities of La Canada Flintridge and Glendale and improve overall traffic operations in the area. The contractor for this $148.5 million project is Flatiron West, Inc. of Chino Hills, California. They began construction in April 2015 and work will continue through mid-2018. The work will include both day and nighttime operations as crews work to replace concrete median barriers and guardrails, upgrade lighting and electrical systems and resurface the pavement with High Friction Surface Treatment in the I-210/SR-134 tunnels. In addition, Flatiron will resurface pavement and replace distressed slabs for 16 structures, as well as install and upgrade curbs to meet the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 at about 36 locations. They will also install and replace loop detectors and re-stripe traffic and pavement markers, using thermoplastic paint. The number three and four lanes and shoulders will be replaced with Jointed Plain Concrete Pavement (JPCP) and Precast Jointed Plane Concrete Pavement (PJCP) at the ramp crossings and on-ramp connectors. The distressed slabs in the numbers one and two lanes will be replaced with Individual Precast Slabs (IPS.) All lanes will be smoothed to improve ride quality. When complete, this Caltrans project will improve overall traffic operations, provide a smoother and quieter drive for motorists and extend the pavement for 40 years of life, thereby minimizing maintenance-related closures. Cc

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