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.
Construction is underway on a number of developments for Nishkian Chamberlain in Southern California. Here’s a highlight of a few of these recent starts:
A great deal of hubbub has surrounded the luxury real estate market in Downtown San Francisco in recent months. Newly completed is La Maison, a 28-unit luxury condominium building located at 241 10th Street between Howard and Folsom. Epitomizing comfort and sophistication, this 23,570 square-foot mixed-use residential structure offers a variety of one- and two-bedroom contemporary floorplans ranging from 518 square feet to 992 square feet, each individually custom designed to offer a unique living experience. Structural design was performed by Nishkian Monks. The structure is four stories of wood framing over one story of concrete construction (Type VA over Type IA). The wood framing consists of I-joist and glulam floor/roof framing with wood shear walls. The above grade post-tensioned concrete podium separates the residential units from the office/retail and parking spaces below. The structural foundation is an at-grade mat foundation.
By Aerik Carlton
While working with private space industry clients on launch complex structures, we have found some notable structural challenges. This article is meant to share some of Nishkian Dean’s recent launch site design experience. Specifically, an atypical structural load consideration that was identified and requested to be evaluated by our client.
Recently, launch tower structures, designed by others, near one of our project sites had been found to present weld failures at circular structural member support connections. The design and construction team that completed the nearby tower believed the weld failures to be representative of “bad welds” during construction. This conclusion was drawn because there appeared to be random failure locations. The failed connections were rewelded, but the repaired welds were found to have failed at the same locations in a follow-up inspection.
Welcome to 2018 and the first blog of the year from the Southern California arm of the Nishkian companies, Nishkian Chamberlain. We are excited to have the year underway with a number of new project designs starting, several major construction projects set to begin and significant positive signs for a great year!