Menlo Gateway HotelMar 02 2017 · 0 comments · Hospitality, NISHKIAN MENNINGER ·0
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.
Menlo Gateway Hotel combines several structural systems. The 11-story hotel tower is a concrete shear-wall building with concrete post-tensioned slabs supported on a pile foundation system. The first-floor restaurant and ballroom building is steel, utilizing ordinary concentrically braced frames supported on spread footings. The combination of these two starkly different structural systems proved challenging at the second level connection between the steel and concrete structures. Many hours were spent calculating and detailing how to transfer the forces between the two structures at two discrete locations. A portion of the poolside trellis, where the aesthetic of a braced frame was not desired, uses a moment frame as the lateral force-resisting system.
The architect on this project is Minneapolis-based Cuningham Group. The general contractor is Webcor Builders. For more information about the hotel project and development, please visit: http://www.menlogateway.com/hotel.
Renderings courtesy of the Cuningham Group