Engineering News-Record recently published a list of the largest new projects started in the Mountain States region last year. The list ranks the 60 largest projects that broke ground and real construction got under way on them between January 1 and December 31, 2016. The projects are located in the following states: Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and the Dakotas. The 2016 list of top starts is ranked in order by dollar volume, and shows the cost of the top projects in the region totaled over $4.5 billion. The list also enumerates an impressive mix of public- and private-sector work reflective of the growing economic diversity of most states in the region, with projects launched in the health care, hotels and resorts, transportation, educational facilities, office, mixed-use, and multi-family residential sectors.
At the top of this year’s regional list is our Yellowstone Club Core Village project, a 550,000 square feet mixed-use base village in which 48 ultra-luxurious residences, a spa, pool, fitness area, restaurants, and full-skier service facilities are being added to Yellowstone Club, a world-class private resort in Big Sky, Montana. With a $312-million construction cost, the Yellowstone Club Core Village is one of the largest projects in price and size in the history of Montana.
The Nishkian team is incredibly proud to be involved in the Yellowstone Club Core Village project. Credit and kudos also go to our project team: Hart Howerton, GE Johnson Construction/Jackson Contractor Group JV, Stresscon/EnCon United, Cross Harbor Capital Partners LLC, Discovery Land Co., Yellowstone Development, and everybody else involved. We are thrilled for a great start on the largest project in the Rockies!
For the full list of the top 60 projects, please visit ENR 2016 List of Top Project Starts in the Mountain States
By Robert A. Aman, PE, SE
This 7-Story, 202,200 square feet project with 162 living units located adjacent to the Conway District at NW 21st & Quimby in downtown Portland will be ready to rent out units starting next month. Nishkian Dean proudly worked with YBA Architects and Andersen Construction Company on this unique and challenging project. The project is highlighted by three-story tapered steel columns at the main entrance that form an “XXI” shape to symbolize the project name and street number location. These specialty columns were constructed with two tapered 12-sided steel sections welded together at the column midpoint to form a double-tapered member. A cantilevered post-tensioned concrete beam spans across the tops of the tapered steel columns to support four stories of structure above.
The Academy Square project is a new $300 million mixed used project being developed by Kilroy Realty Corp. and is located in the heart of Hollywood. The project has a 150,000+ square-foot footprint, the size of an entire city block, and over one million square-feet of office space. It is being designed with House & Robertson Architects, Inc. serving as the Executive Architect for the commercial portion, GBD Architects serving as the architect for the residential portion and Shimoda Design Group serving as the design and landscape architect.
The Rowan, located at 346 Potrero in San Francisco in the Potrero Hill neighborhood will complete construction by the end of 2016. Designed by Handel Architects for Trumark Urban, and constructed by Build Group, the Rowan includes a mid-rise residential building that will house parking, retail areas and residential units. The building stands 9 stories above grade with one level of both storage and utility space. The building will open with 70 residential condominium units, 5,000 square feet of open space and 41 parking spaces, with a basement level for parking, storage, and utility space. The total building area is approximately 88,000 square feet. There are also two outdoor common areas, one on the second floor and one on the ninth floor.
The Pierce is a new landmark structure bringing 232 luxury apartment and 8,730 square feet of retail space to San Jose’s South of First Area (SoFA) district. Project owner, Sares Regis, together with Steinberg Architects envision that this project will help to revitalize the area and become the gateway to downtown San Jose. In 2014, The Silicon Valley Business Journal awarded The Pierce “Best Mixed-Use Project.”
Standing seven stories tall – five stories of wood framing over a two-story concrete podium – The Pierce is an exceptional project from an engineering standpoint, as well. In order to maximize exterior window openings and allow for offset exterior walls, the wood frame portion of the building was designed using rigid diaphragm analysis. Traditional wood frame design uses flexible diaphragm analysis where lateral forces are distributed evenly between the short exterior shear walls and the long interior corridor walls. Using a rigid diaphragm approach, however, Nishkian Menninger was able to eliminate the need for exterior shear walls, instead distributing the lateral forces to the longer and more effective corridor and unit separation walls. Having been approved by the San Jose building department, the Nishkian offices are now applying this technique to other multi-unit residential buildings throughout the Bay Area.
During the past 15 years, Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames (BRBFs) have been used extensively in the United States as part of the seismic force-resisting system for buildings in regions of high seismicity. One of the first new construction projects in Montana that employed BRBFs was the Mill Street Lofts building located in north of downtown Bozeman. The Mill Street Lofts building construction was the first phase of a multi-phase urban renewal projects to revitalize an older, industrial sector of the city. The vision that the owner/developer, Mill District Partners, LLC had for the greater project was a main street lined with buildings, which paid tribute to the industrial sector while creating the look and feel of a downtown main street. Comma-Q Architecture, Inc. took on the role as lead designers and project managers for this project. Nishkian Monks served as the structural design consultant providing development and design of the structural system, construction administration, and special inspection of the building design collaborating with general contractor Martel Construction, Inc.
The transformation of a former pea cannery in Bozeman’s Cannery District on the northeast end of town into a four-story office/mixed-use facility is almost complete. Construction crews are hard at work throughout the site, finishing details and completing those areas not yet ready for public access. The developers, Cannery District Partners LLC, with Comma-Q Architecture, Langlas & Associates, and Nishkian Monks, hope to provide a new mixed-use and commercial/retail space to an up and coming live-work neighborhood.
Koreatown, a neighborhood in Central Los Angeles centered near Eighth Street and Western Avenue, is the most densely populated and diverse district by population in Los Angeles County, with some 120,000 residents in 2.7 square miles. The neighborhood lies near mass transit hubs including the Red Line and new Purple Line, 3 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, 4 miles south-east of Hollywood, 12 miles from Santa Monica Beach and 16 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. The boundary for Koreatown is approximately from Beverly Boulevard to the north to Olympic Boulevard to the south and S. Wilton Place from the west to S. Virgil Avenue to the east. And development is booming!
The surrounding areas are also actively growing; there is a resurgence of activity in residential, retail, and office in Downtown LA, the Westside is as strong as ever, and Miracle Mile is realizing huge growth in entertainment clients. Koreatown is the hub of all of these areas and begs new development as urbanization moves people from the suburbs closer to where they actually work. The population is looking to cut down their commuting time and carbon footprint and live somewhere with more infrastructure and amenities.
The Nishkian Chamberlain group of Consulting and Structural Engineers are currently collaborating with developers and architects on several new Multi-Family and Mixed-Use development projects. Here is a sample of a few projects we are currently working on:
Bryant Street Development in San Francisco, CA
The Bryant Street development, currently under design, is a collaboration with the owner, Nick Podell Company and the architect, BDE Architecture. The development consists of razing the majority of an entire Mission District block and constructing nearly 300,000 square feet of Mixed-Use development. The new building consists of a six-stories with two distinct architectural styles, 274 apartments, 4,300 square foot ground floor retail space and underground parking for 160 cars and 145 bikes all fronting Bryant, 18th, and Florida Streets. Special structural considerations include: a creative analysis approach of the structures lateral force resisting system to reduce the cost of construction by eliminating the need for exterior shearwalls; a post–tensioned concrete podium first floor slab – supporting first floor park- like landscaped setting with large trees and planted areas; a “Mat Foundation” system to eliminate the use of extremely large spread footings and minimize differential settlement due to varied soil conditions across the site; the design of an accessible roof top dining lounge area, BBQs, large wood arbors and trellises, and planting areas. The project is currently in design with construction slated to begin in 2015.
Nishkian Chamberlain is proud to be working with Kollin Altomare Architects on a new mixed-use development along the Valley Boulevard Corridor in San Gabriel, California.
Crossing 900 is the largest office project planned for Redwood City’s downtown area. The 300,000 square foot development boasts a planned LEED Gold rating, views of the bay and peninsula hillside, parking for over 900, and 5,000 square feet of retail or restaurant space. All will be located a short walk away from the Redwood City Caltrain Station, on a 2.3-acre site formerly occupied by a parking lot. The project developers, Kilroy Realty and Hunter/Storm Properties anticipate the office space for over 1,000 employees will be desirable and fill up fast when construction is completed in 2015.
Redwood City officials hope to bring new businesses and employees to the downtown area, and to be as environmentally friendly as possibly when doing it. With over 1,000 new residential units also planned for the downtown Redwood City area, the hope is for people to live and work in the growing area.
Five years ago in the morning of March 5, 2009, a gas main explosion and fire rocked the snow-covered Downtown Bozeman, destroyed five historic buildings and businesses on the north side of the 200 block of East Main Street, and killed one young woman. City building officials immediately worked with Nishkian Monks engineers to set up two-person evaluation teams to assess over 50 buildings in the six blocks affected by the blast, and cleared most of them for limited occupancy allowing the people whose homes and livelihoods were affected to start cleaning up and moving forward. Five years later, a lot has been accomplished in reconstructing the area and Nishkian Monks continues to work with the revitalization efforts.
Portland, OR – As part of the North Interstate Corridor Plan adopted by the Portland City Council in 2008, The Prescott is one of the five major developments meant to contribute to the urban “boom” in North Portland, and to set the precedent for future growth in the area. Sitting regally on the corner of Interstate Avenue and Skidmore Street, The Prescott mixed-use offers not only 9,500 sf. of ground floor retail space, but 155 market-rate apartments, and an underground garage with 111 parking stalls. Many of the apartment patios look out over the Willamette River toward downtown Portland and the West Hills with scenic views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainer in the background. The Prescott is meant to be the focal point of this gateway station, and Myhre Group Architects can be thanked for the creative design that truly embraces the future theme of the Interstate Corridor.