A new religious retreat center and community is currently under construction in Sarpy County between Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Cloisters on the Platte is a multi-million-dollar Ignatian retreat community dreamt up and being built by TD Ameritrade founder, Joe Ricketts. The 931-acre oasis is nestled in the rolling hills along the Platte River situated roughly between I-80 on the west and Nebraska Highway 31 on the east. The Cloisters will be comprised of a chapel, the main retreat center, and seven guest lodges. Nishkian Monks is proud to partner with some of the world’s most respected team of architects and artisans to create a tranquil atmosphere that will blend seamlessly with the natural environment along the Platte.
Three of the seven guest lodges– the Campion Lodge, the Kircher Lodge, and the De Brebeuf Lodge—are being built by general contractor Big-D Signature with architectural design by JLF & Associates, and Nishkian Monks serving as the structural engineer of record. The design of the three lodges is inspired by traditional monastic life. The forms are simple and evocative of regional vernacular; the use of reclaimed materials evokes a sense of timelessness. The composition of smaller individual spaces linked by transparent connectors keeps one in touch with their surroundings, simultaneously providing modest contemplative spaces. The lodges are built at a relative level site with some building elements either very close to the water front of a lake or spanning over water features. The buildings are standard light frame wood construction with a combination of heavy stone and reclaimed timber/wood siding at the exterior walls. Steel moment frames and pre-engineered strong walls were required in various locations due to large walls of windows. Roof framing was accomplished with a blend of pre-engineered gang-nailed trusses and stick framing. The combined net area of the Campion Lodge, the Kircher Lodge, and the De Brebeuf Lodge for Lot 5, 6, and 7 is approximately 22,600 square feet. The three lodges are founded on conventional concrete strip and spread footings with bridged connections between structures.
580 Anton | Costa Mesa
The 250-unit, luxury apartment building project in Costa Mesa, CA is nearing structural completion and set to open in the near future. Work began in February of 2016 to demolish the existing 24,000-square-foot strip mall, built in 1990.
As construction is just about complete for this luxury apartment building project, the residence offers one of the best locations in Orange County, providing immediate access to the incomparable performances at Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts as well as to a panoply of gourmet dining options and couture fashion at the South Coast Plaza.
The structure includes three stories of parking with five stories of wood framing on a concrete post-tensioned podium slab, all founded on a concrete mat foundation. Collaborative, creative engineering solutions eliminated all exterior shearwalls providing limitless design opportunities for the building’s façade.
The units themselves will feature top of the line finishes, and residents will be able to enjoy the many offered community amenities, including a landscaped courtyard with barbecues and fire pits, a spacious pool, and multiple indoor and outdoor common areas.
For more information about this project and for availability announcements, visit http://www.580anton.com/
Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel | San Gabriel
Scheduled to open in early 2018, the Sheraton San Gabriel is a 288-key hotel located on Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel, CA. The hotel is adjacent to retail and dining destinations in the San Gabriel Valley, and a stone’s throw from many of SoCal’s major tourist attractions.
The main hotel structure is five stories of above-grade and three levels of below-grade parking. The lobby level offers large meeting rooms, several dining options, and banquet/conference space in the attached, 30-foot tall open by 112-foot clear span in a 11,500 square foot ballroom. The Hotel will feature an American steakhouse and Chinese restaurant, as well as high tea service in the lobby area and a full-service Starbucks café on site. A well-appointed fitness center, luxury day spa, terrace garden and recreational pool deck can be found on the second level.
The building is primarily composed of special concrete shear wall construction, and utilizes post-tensioned slabs for levels 2 thru roof. The ballroom boasts a long clear span constructed with a steel truss roof system capable of supporting operable partitions for dividing up the large ballroom area. Lateral loads are supported in the Ballroom space by buckling-restrained braced (BRB’s) frames to resist wind and earthquake forces.
Significant savings in time of construction and materials was realized by Nishkian Chamberlain, after inheriting the project from another structural engineering firm. Nishkian Chamberlain introduced post tensioned slabs, in lieu mild-steel reinforced slabs, resulting in a reduced slab thickness, building mass, reduced footings and overall shear wall reinforcement.
For more information about hotel amenities, please visit http://www.sheratonlasangabriel.com/
As spring gives way to summer, construction crews are making swift progress at Yellowstone Club Core Village’s ongoing, $312 million mixed-use base village project to add more amenities for its growing list of members. Andy Sandoval, GE Johnson Construction Company’s project superintendent, sheds light on the progress being made at the largest construction project ever to take place in the Rocky Mountain region.
The Menlo Gateway Project is part of a major development in Menlo Park, CA. The development sits just off Route 101, the main thoroughfare of Silicon Valley. Spread over two sites, the development features a hotel, office buildings, parking structures, a fitness center, and retail and outdoor space. Nishkian Menninger’s role in the project was the structural engineering of the hotel. Totaling nearly 200,000 square feet, the four-plus-star hotel will include 250 guest rooms/suites, meeting space, a ballroom, an outdoor pool and spa, and will be a certified LEED Silver building. Outdoor highlights include: balconies, a large terrace at the second level, and the landscaped courtyard around the pool. The hotel façade will feature stone, exposed concrete, and floor-to-ceiling glass for panoramic views.
Menlo Gateway Hotel combines several structural systems. The 11-story hotel tower is a concrete shear-wall building with concrete post-tensioned slabs supported on a pile foundation system. The first-floor restaurant and ballroom building is steel, utilizing ordinary concentrically braced frames supported on spread footings. The combination of these two starkly different structural systems proved challenging at the second level connection between the steel and concrete structures. Many hours were spent calculating and detailing how to transfer the forces between the two structures at two discrete locations. A portion of the poolside trellis, where the aesthetic of a braced frame was not desired, uses a moment frame as the lateral force-resisting system.
The architect on this project is Minneapolis-based Cuningham Group. The general contractor is Webcor Builders. For more information about the hotel project and development, please visit: http://www.menlogateway.com/hotel.
Renderings courtesy of the Cuningham Group
Construction continues at the Yellowstone Club Core Village in Big Sky, Montana. Situated next to the Warren Miller Lodge at the base of the private ski mountain, this new 475,000 square feet Club Core Village project expands and redefines the heart of the Yellowstone Club. Beginning with dirt work and grading the construction of the Village Core is moving full steam ahead as the project begins to transition from mud season to winter. The first lift of the parking ramp walls and the first slab on grade placement were also completed. New pieces for the precast floors and walls system are continuing to be erected every day. Work is progressing on the foundation elements, which includes spread footings, mat foundations, and grade beams supported by micropiles driven into the bedrock. Underground MEP work is moving quickly right behind the concrete crews. Nishkian Menninger headquartered in San Francisco is the structural engineer of record, and local office Nishkian Monks performed site observations as the project progressed. Check out this fun flyover video captured by a drone showing the status of the Club Core Village project as “moving on up” and “to the east side.”
Stay tuned for further updates on construction progress in the weeks ahead as both Nishkian offices continue to work with Hart Howerton, GE Johnson, FDG and Terracon on this exciting project.
Nishkian Monks is proud of its involvement with the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation’s main lodge renovation project in southwest Montana. The rolling hills of Belgrade’s farm country is the new home to local nonprofit Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW). Nestled on 112 acres of grass and wetland at the foot of the Bridger Mountains, the Quiet Waters Ranch is in its first year of operation as a therapeutic fishing ranch for injured post-9/11 combat veterans. Nishkian Monks’ engineers provided an in-kind donation of structural design services for the renovation of the Barnard Lodge– a 10,000 square foot, six bedroom main house where participants stay to rest, relax, and fly fish. Completed in May 2016, the renovation and modifications included making the property completely handicap accessible. Showers and bathrooms were renovated, a small elevator that goes between the basement rooms and the main levels of the house was added, and where necessary– paths and ramps were built. A buffet accessible by wheelchair was also added, and two ponds were constructed out front where visitors can practice their casting. Nishkian Monks worked closely with Vaniman Architects and Locati Architects to modify the existing structure to accommodate the planned remodel. Existing bearing walls were removed and replaced with new structural systems. A new large, feature stone fire place and chimney was installed on the existing main floor which required strengthening measures for the floor to minimize new foundation elements beneath the chimney.
Since 2007, WQW provides meaningful reintegration program for our nation’s combat veterans returning from the battlefield with unique challenges. In the past, the organization has rented vacation homes around southwest Montana to facilitate the fishing experience. With the new lodge up and running, WQW can now focus its efforts on hosting more warriors and expanding upon the current Fishing Experience (FX) program. To keep up to date with the WQW organization’s programs and goals, or to donate or volunteer, we encourage you to visit Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, Inc. Ten fishing experiences took place in 2016, running from May to October. This year alone, WQW served 84 combat veterans and their spouses/caregivers bringing the total number served to 545 veterans since the foundation’s inception. Also in 2016, 127 volunteers donated more than 6,701 hours of their time to support WQW therapeutic programs. Check out this video footage about volunteers sharing how the therapeutic fly fishing programs have impacted their lives and the lives of warrior participants: https://vimeo.com/172526523
“Nishkian Monks is thrilled to provide structural design services that will have long-term positive impact on our wounded veterans and their families,” says Ty Monks, Vice-President, Managing Principal, and one of the founders of Nishkian Monks PLLC. “This renovation project also served to promote collaboration, and to strengthen our firm’s teamwork philosophy.”
Each year Nishkian Monks commit to assisting on a number of pro bono projects to recognize non-profit organizations and individuals requiring our structural engineering services. Nearly 80% of our community investment is in Bozeman and southwest Montana because of our utmost commitment to this region. Our firm is deeply invested in helping to make the Bozeman area a robust, dynamic place to live, work, and raise families in.
Sheraton San Gabriel is located in the heart of historic San Gabriel, home to roughly 40,000 people, and within a short drive of multiple attractions, including Santa Anita Race Track, the Rose Bowl Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Staples Center, Disneyland, and Knott’s Berry Farm. The hotel will also be steps away from the San Gabriel Square Mall, which has been dubbed the “Great Mall of China,” housing Chinese specialty shops within its 220,000 square feet of retail space.
As the economy continues to grow, the next construction boom is underway. Currently, the Nishkian teams are designing multiple hotel projects in the bay area and in popular vacation destinations. Three ski lodges, three Silicon Valley hotels, and one adjacent to AT&T park are in various stages of development in the Nishkian offices.
At 144 King Street in San Francisco, a 12 story, 132 room boutique hotel is currently under construction. The site is directly across the street from the home of the world champion Giants. Tourism in San Francisco has steadily increased over the last few years, and this hotel will provide much needed rooms to the part of the city that has seen the most development.
Whether it’s for work or pleasure, Hospitality building projects need to accommodate a myriad of different travelers.
The Nishkian Chamberlain team is currently working on a numerous Hospitality projects of which we highlight two this blog. One project, pending permits from the building department, is the Courtyard by Marriott project in Santa Cruz, California conveniently located less than a quarter-mile from the beach and will provide over 160,000 sq. ft. of comfort and convenience for vacationing families, busy businessmen, and fun-loving jetsetters. Another project is the construction of a new swimming pool and bar area at the Terranea Resort, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California.
Bozeman’s newest motel, the LARK, at historic downtown’s Main Street and Grand Avenue welcomed its first guests last April 2nd after years of planning, challenges, and construction. Designed by ThinkTank Design Group, Inc. and engineered by Nishkian Monks PLLC, this 13,000 sq.ft. building remodel is a two-story “L” shaped motel with a footprint of approximately 6,500 sq.ft. The type of construction is reflective of the early 1960’s. The ground floor consists of a slab on grade with continuous spread footing below bearing walls. Above the street level, the perimeter support of the building is constructed of load bearing skipped grouted concrete masonry blocks. The floor framing consists of 2×10 joists at 16 inches on center with an approximate 12 foot span. The building has a flat roof, consisting of 2×8 joists at 16 inches on center which mirror the spanning direction of the floor joists. While the hotel room framing was essentially kept as existing, the front lobby was entirely reconfigured, seismically improved, and reframed.
Nishkian Chamberlain, Inc. congratulates Andaz Hotels for winning the Partnership Award at the 2013 LE Miami Awards brought to you by Travel + Leisure and DEPARTURES. The LE Miami Awards were designed to discover the edgiest and most creative pioneers in contemporary travel. The multi-year collaboration with Women for Women International (WfWI), a non-profit organization that helps female survivors of war move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, is integrated across Andaz hotels globally. It provides skills training and income opportunities for women in Iraq participating in the WfWI graduate program, teaching sewing and silk screening to produce laundry bags at a fair wage. Each hotel also sponsors the WfWI Life-Skills Training Program, which supplies school fees, access to food and water and start-up funds for women to open their own businesses.
Paradise Valley, MT — Erik’s Ranch, a premier residence and work place for adults with autism, located in Paradise Valley near Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park is currently under construction. Ideally suited for and aligned with this project, Nishkian Monks PLLC, one of the most respected structural engineering firms in Montana, has partnered with this nonprofit to design and develop this unprecedented model.