What used to be a full-service auto shop which has seen many uses and occupants over time– including an electrical supply business–obscuring the building’s character is now a newly renovated delicatessen market and eatery building at 326 East Mendenhall Street in Bozeman, Montana. This adaptive reuse project transformed the longstanding building at the corner of Mendenhall Street and Rouse Avenue into Montana Provisions Deli Market and Eatery which opened its doors early this year. The renovation work included adding openings to existing masonry walls, a new canopy, and additional roof-top equipment that required a retrofit to the wooden roof joist and beam framing.
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.
Originally constructed as a medical office building, this four-story, semi-circular structure will be the new home to Nova Academy located in Santa Ana, California. In order to meet the increased design criteria required to convert the existing building to a school building, a series of fluid viscous dampers were installed into the structure to supplement the existing pre-Northridge steel moment frame system.
Aging and historic structures bring a style of their own into the skyline as they mesh with the sleek lines and polished surfaces of modern construction. Old age, poor or nonexistent drawings, past renovations, and other unknown conditions mean bringing these structures up to current code represents a unique challenge. The design team should be aware of the most up to date code standards and how they can be utilized in the project jurisdiction. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 41-13 is one such code that deserves attention.
After an extensive 16-month renovation and seismic retrofit the Joseph Phelps Vineyards Guest Center re-opened its original winery building to visitors this summer. Originally designed by renowned architect John Marsh Davis in 1973 the majority of the historic building’s interior was removed, an interior floor was added, and the old building seismically upgraded. The Phelps family and the executive team collaborated with Baldauf Catton Van Eckartsberg (BCV Architects), Brandenburger Associates AIA, Cello & Maudro Construction Company (General Contractor), and Nishkian Monks to repurpose the interior winery spaces, enhancing the guest experience, while maintaining the building’s existing redwood exterior design.
Timing and logistics were key challenges as work occurred with hundreds of guests visiting the winery campus located in California’s Napa Valley. The architects focused on creating lighter spaces and installing modern utilities, while preserving the classic character of the structure. One of the primary challenges of the project was the seismic reinforcement and safety of the 40 year old structure.
Bozeman’s newest motel, the LARK, at historic downtown’s Main Street and Grand Avenue welcomed its first guests last April 2nd after years of planning, challenges, and construction. Designed by ThinkTank Design Group, Inc. and engineered by Nishkian Monks PLLC, this 13,000 sq.ft. building remodel is a two-story “L” shaped motel with a footprint of approximately 6,500 sq.ft. The type of construction is reflective of the early 1960’s. The ground floor consists of a slab on grade with continuous spread footing below bearing walls. Above the street level, the perimeter support of the building is constructed of load bearing skipped grouted concrete masonry blocks. The floor framing consists of 2×10 joists at 16 inches on center with an approximate 12 foot span. The building has a flat roof, consisting of 2×8 joists at 16 inches on center which mirror the spanning direction of the floor joists. While the hotel room framing was essentially kept as existing, the front lobby was entirely reconfigured, seismically improved, and reframed.
The Tannery Arts Center, located along a river in Santa Cruz, California is a hub for artists of all types. The center provides live/work housing, digital media and creative arts centers, and a performing arts center. Nishkian Menninger has been working with Devcon Construction through multiple phases of the arts center. The next addition, the Hide House Theater will be the new home of the Santa Cruz Ballet, and is currently under construction.
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.
What used to be a dilapidated warehouse which has seen many uses and occupants over time obscuring the building’s historical character and significance is now a contemporary, high-performance and sustainable commercial building that is home to Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society, and other non-profits. Just two blocks from Main Street, the site is optimally located at the corner of South Wallace Avenue and Olive Street, next to the Bozeman Public Library and Greater Yellowstone Coalition, premiere green spaces, and the central hub of the Bozeman’s extensive trail system. Neighboring parks include Lindley, Bogert, Peets Hill, and the Bozeman Sculpture Garden. Olive and Wallace is another exciting addition to the ongoing revitalization of Bozeman’s downtown core.
Before and After photographs of the renovation