Downtown Bozeman’s The LARK boutique hotel recently completed its new 17,600-square-feet, 4-story addition which the hotel is calling its West Building. The LARK hotel is located at the corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue and the addition is adjacent to the current LARK hotel building, a remodel of a traditional motor inn that was featured in our previous article. The new addition expands the hotel to include an additional 29 guest rooms and a ground floor event gallery and commercial space which is currently occupied by Treeline Coffee Roasters.
Operated by Columbia Hospitality, The LARK hotel has now close to 70 guest rooms available, an increase from about 40 rooms prior to the expansion. Designed by ThinkTank Design Group, the 4-story addition is the first hotel building project that employed cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction in Montana. North Fork Builders is the general contractor. Nishkian Monks served as the Structural Engineer of Record on this CLT project.
On October 9, 2018, Engineering News-Record (ENR) honored two Nishkian Menninger projects in its 2018 ENR Regional Best Projects Awards. The NVIDIA Headquarters at Santa Clara and the Hotel Nia at Menlo Park were recognized among the best design and construction projects throughout California.
With unique commitment to service, the recently completed 35,000-square-feet Park James Hotel in Menlo Park opened its doors last week on September 24, 2018. This wood-frame over concrete podium construction project of a 61-room boutique-style hotel includes an underground parking for 75 cars utilizing car stackers.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 hotel, the LARK, at historic downtown’s Main Street and Grand Avenue welcomed its first guests on April 2, 2015 after years of planning, challenges, and construction.
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.