2100 University Avenue in East Palo Alto was recently featured in the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The 210,000 square-foot office building features a four-story atrium with impressive skylights – an aesthetic designed by San Francisco-based Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects (KSHA). The expansive open floor plan paired with a warehouse aesthetic and an outdoor terrace has proven attractive to tenants. It has been confirmed that tech-giant Amazon will lease the entire space and fill it with 1,300 employees. This will increase the number of jobs in the city of East Palo Alto two-fold. The project has stirred much discussion about gentrification of the small city on the Peninsula – East Palo Alto’s Mayor commented on the impact the project could have not only on the city’s revenue, but also on the cost of housing.
Originally designed in 1968 by celebrated Los Angeles based modernist architect Craig Ellwood, 777 Aviation is now being renovated into a 309,000 square foot glass and steel building in the heart of El Segundo’s new creative office hub. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) led the design as the architect, with Nishkian Chamberlain as the structural engineer and WL Butler as the general contractor. Joint venture partners Embarcadero Capital Partners and Westbrook Partners have already signed a lease with the U.S. General Services Administration for 154,000 square feet – just under half the building footprint.
Construction on the Landbank development at Central and Wolfe is continuing at a rapid pace. The first elevated concrete slabs are currently being formed and poured. General contractor Level 10 is working quickly to deliver the 777,000 square foot office campus to Apple, who has leased the entire campus. More information on the project can be found here: https://www.nishkian.com/nishkian-engineers-help-add-to-iconic-headquarters-in-south-bay/
Over the past two weeks, the foundation has been poured for two office buildings at The Village at San Antonio Center in Mountain View, CA. The 6 story offices will provide 448,000 square feet of office space and will stand above a common underground parking garage. Devcon Incorporated is the architect and general contractor for this project, with the Nishkian Menninger team providing the structural designs.
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.
A new office building is soon to break ground on the edge of East Palo Alto. The University Square development will bring a classic San Francisco warehouse feel to the new 209,000 square foot office space. The Sobrato Organization, with Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects, Devcon Construction, and Nishkian Menninger, hope to provide a new space to an often looked over part of the San Francisco Peninsula.
University Square will be located at 2100 University Avenue, along highway 101. Sobrato is confident the convenient access to the highway and central peninsula location will have bring high demand for this office space and more like it in the future.
The structure will be four stories above one basement level. Each floor is around 55,000 square feet and features a 4,200 square foot atrium centered in the building. The atrium is one of the key features of the office space, by allowing for natural light to flood all areas of the workspace. Parking for will be provided in the basement as well as in an adjacent parking structure, which will be connected to the office by a three level bridge. Construction is slated to finish in late 2016.
In the new age of the tech office, efficiency and adaptability are necessary for any office space. Offices in the past were heavy with furniture, file cabinets and full partitions, and the spaces were designed as such. Now, as offices are moving toward all computerized files, the designs are becoming completely different from their predecessors. Less partitions, fewer heavy filing systems, and lighter computer equipment, combined with the desire to fit more people in less space have created design challenges for the structural engineer.
Actual live loads for offices are difficult to estimate. The California Building Code (CB) requires a 50 pound per square foot (psf) load for the typical office floor, with some additional load required in corridors or other high use areas, and a 15 psf load for partitions. This load can be reduced by a code equation that takes into account the fact that an office floor will not see the maximum load applied to the entire space at once.
The renovation of the old Harrington and Story warehouse at 212 South Wallace Avenue in Bozeman has been no ordinary task. In the 1900s the property used to be the Chicago, Milwaukee Co. East Main Depot where asbestos ore was stored for milling prior to being transported elsewhere. Since then, anthophyllite asbestos contaminants have been found in the soils on the site and on surrounding private property where asbestos ore was spread or used as fill. Extensive abatement and clean-up of the soils along South Wallace was performed in 2003 and 2009. Further clean-up was performed in 2014 prior to the demolition of the old warehouse and remodeling of the site. Although the process of removing the asbestos took longer than originally planned, the transformation was worth it.
The old historic structure was a combination of heavy timber beam and column floor construction to hold large commercial loading at the ground level, and light-frame wood stud construction at the upper levels. The roof trusses span 60 feet, and have no interior supports. The total building area of the remodel is approximately 18,600 square feet (1,723 square meters). The renovation project was built by general contractor Langlas & Associates with architectural design by Intrinsik Architecture and Nishkian Monks serving as structural engineers of record. Since the building went through a complete renovation from top to bottom, the City of Bozeman Building Department required that the structure be analyzed and proven to meet the performance requirement of the current building code. The structural scope of services, as performed by Nishkian Monks, included engineering of new window openings in exterior walls; analyzing and strengthening of existing lateral system to meet current code requirements; removing 1/3 of existing structural columns and introducing new load path to remaining or new columns to provide increased flexibility for future tenants; analyzing existing roof trusses for new loads and fixing damaged truss web members; adding a new elevator shaft and two new stair towers; and adding concrete exterior light-well, patio, and ramps.