Our Nishkian Dean team has been following the efforts of the URM Building Policy Committee and Portland City Council to develop a mandatory seismic retrofit policy for unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. This post is intended as an update to these previous posts, and to cover recent news.
We recently reported on a few outcomes from the Portland City Council meeting on June 13, 2018: a new proposal for the placement of warning placards on URM buildings, and one to require landlords (URM building owners) to notify their tenants that they reside in a URM structure. Read more here: https://www.nishkian.com/portlands-urm-seismic-retrofit-requirements-on-hold-for-now/
Voted as Bozeman’s Best Coffee and Coffeehouse four years straight, Cold Smoke Coffeehouse continues to grow and has opened its second location at Woodland Park Subdivision in 2017. Designed by Intrinsik Architecture in collaboration with owners Caleb and Laura Walker, and constructed by Walker Construction the 7,750-square-feet commercial building is located at 64 Willow Peak Drive just off of Huffine Lane. Nishkian Monks served as the Structural Engineer of Record. The new coffeehouse is predominantly a single-story structure with partial second story loft spaces utilized for offices and storage. The structure is built at a relatively level site with a concrete slab on grade ground floor. The majority of the structure is built using standard light frame wood construction with board siding at the exterior walls. Roof framing is accomplished with pre-engineered gang-nailed trusses and stick framing beam/rafter (vaulted) as required. The building net area is approximately 6,300 square feet at the ground level and 1,450 square feet at the loft level and is founded on conventional concrete strip and spread footings. Cold Smoke Coffeehouse Woodland has occupancy for 215 people and features a full bakery, kitchen, on-site roasting facility, and a warehouse. Other amenities include a conference rooms, easy drive-through and ample parking.
As Fitness Centers and Entertainment studios expand their locations, the challenges to acoustically isolate noise and vibrations from adjacent tenants increase.
While entertainment studios need to have internal noise levels carefully controlled, acoustic isolation is important to minimize external noise from say emergency vehicles or aircraft and internal noise from one area to another.
Construction of the 980,000 GSF, mixed-use residential and public stair project in Potrero Hill and Dogpatch neighborhoods has been an unusual spectacle for most San Franciscans. Align Real Estate, Perry Architects, Min|Day, Fletcher Studio, Build Group, and Nishkian Menninger are teaming up on this challenging project to put a 600-foot long building onto the east side of Potrero Hill.