Construction for the Academy Square project in Hollywood – a new $300 million mixed used project being developed by Kilroy Realty Corp and designed in collaboration with House & Robertson Architects and GBD Architects – is underway. The project has a 150,000+ square-foot footprint (the size of an entire city block) and over one million square-feet of total area. The project comprises a total of four mixed use spaces along with a nineteen-story residential tower which all sit over a three-story underground concrete podium structure. The mixed-use spaces, Buildings A through D, include two multistory office buildings, a two-story office/retail space, and a single-story retail space.
Our Los Angeles office is happy to announce we’re growing to serve the needs of our clients and community. Please join us in welcoming four new additions to the Nishkian Chamberlain team – Inez Koe, Matthew Graham, Austin Perrin and Antonio (Tony) Lazar.
At Nishkian Chamberlain we strive to build trust and to develop long lasting relationships with our clients and teammates. So… we dug a little deeper to learn more about them on a personal level.
Built in 1908, and unused since 2005, the Rialto Theater has been given new life as a cultural resource and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown Bozeman. After an extensive two-year remodel and seismic retrofit the Rialto re-opened its doors to patrons early this year. The majority of the historic building’s interior was removed to fit the new architectural program. Developers including ThinkTank Design Group collaborated with general contractor North Fork Builders and structural engineers Nishkian Monks to repurpose the interior spaces, enhancing the patron’s experience, while maintaining the building’s existing exterior design.
By Deke Black, P.E.
Banging bolt syndrome happens when structural bolts, usually in a beam shear tab, slip from a friction condition into a bearing condition — the transition occurs instantaneously, releasing strain energy which creates a loud banging noise that sounds similar to a gunshot. The violent transition is followed by a small vibration in the building in the area of the connection. The noise and vibration associated with this phenomenon while very disturbing to building occupants is not something to be concerned about.
Since its construction in 1928, the historically significant Chapman Court structure has withstood the test of time in the heart of the densely populated Wilshire Center in Los Angeles, CA. This building is a unique example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with intricate Churrigueresque detailing, by a prominent Los Angeles architectural firm during the 1920s; Morgan, Walls & Clements. The original use, a sample of how history repeats itself, was a mix of retail and live/work spaces with the retail spaces on the ground floor and the studios and residential spaces adjoining a central corridor on the upper floors.
The entire team is looking forward to building on the substantial progress we have achieved over the past months in advancing the Yellowstone Club Core Village construction project in Big Sky, MT. Battling the Montana winter this year countless manhours and consumables have been spent towards keeping areas warm enough to install products on the exterior and interior of this 475,000 square feet (44,129 square meters) Core Village project. It takes a lot of manpower, propane and mental toughness to work in these damp, freezing conditions daily. As spring begins, frequent thawing and freezing cycles continue. Nevertheless, structural steel and structural concrete has been completed, metal roof decking on Area 4 (Spa Building) has been installed, and the roofers have battled the conditions and managed to continue to dry-in the roofs on Area 1, 2, and 5. The site concrete retaining walls are underway along with plenty of other exterior work. The exterior punchlist process began in March on Areas 1 and 5. Exterior sheathing is wrapping up on Areas 3 and 4 and windows installation is following right behind. Tower Crane #2 has been removed to allow construction crew to finish the plaza work.
By Edwin T. Dean, PE, SE
How devastating would an earthquake be to the Portland metro area? A recent report on the Earthquake Regional Impact Analysis for Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, Oregon was published by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral industries (DOGAMI) seeks to answer that question. The report is an assessment of the damage and casualties that could result from a major earthquake in the region.
Remember the destruction that occurred in 1994 when Northridge suffered a devastating 6.7-magnitude earthquake: freeways crumbled, apartment buildings collapsed and, as a result, more than 60 people were killed, 9,000 people injured and $25 billion in damage was reported. It’s a lesser-known fact that an estimated 49,000 housing units in Northridge alone were rendered uninhabitable from the Northridge quake.
Detached from everyday routine, the Bridger Mountain Range’s alpine setting provides a superb natural environment to host a wide spectrum of team bonding and relaxation opportunities. Nishkian Monks recently held its annual company ski day at Bridger Bowl, one of the most outstanding outdoor recreation areas located just a short 20-minute drive from historic downtown Bozeman, Montana. The combination of snow sports, sunshine, fresh air, mountain scenery and après-ski activities makes a ski outing an ideal vehicle for company team-building, incentive and social program.
By Serena Gilles, P.E.
The Oregon Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) was created to help fund seismic upgrades for educational institutions and emergency services buildings including hospitals, fire stations, and police stations. The purpose is to reduce losses in the case of a major seismic event, which has been predicted to have a 40% chance of occurring along Oregon’s Pacific coastline within the next 50 years. This program focuses on the safety of K-12 children and their educators, first responders, and hospitals that are expected to be operational following an earthquake. Higher education facilities are also eligible for funding.