We are excited to announce that this year the Nishkian firm is turning 100 years old! The Nishkian family established the San Francisco-based Nishkian engineering firm in 1919.
With appreciation and greetings of the season, we thank you and wish you a Happy New Year!
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.
The mixed-use development project at 1341 Vine Street in Los Angeles, CA has nearly completed the below-grade parking structure, and is now placing concrete at the ground floor and looking to go above grade.
Construction on the Academy Square on Vine project, a new $450-million, mixed-use project being developed by Kilroy Realty Corporation and designed in collaboration with House & Robertson Architects and GBD Architects, began earlier this year. Covering 3.5 acres and occupying a full city block bounded by Vine Street, DeLongpre Avenue, Ivar Street, and Homewood Avenue in Hollywood, the mixed-use development campus has over 150,000-square-feet footprint and over one-million-square-feet of total area. The entire project is comprised of five buildings on the podium including a 20-story residential tower in the northwest corner of the site which all sit over a three-story underground concrete podium structure. Entertainment giant and media services provider Netflix, Inc. has signed a long-term lease with Kilroy Realty for a whopping 355,000-square-feet at the Academy Square on Vine which means Netflix will occupy all the space in the three office buildings being built on the property. This large mixed-use construction project is expected to be completed in 2020.
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 an increased focus on resiliency as well as emphasis on the reuse of existing buildings, understanding when a building requires a seismic retrofit is becoming ever more important and can often not be so simple an answer…
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.
Nishkian Dean is thrilled to announce that the firm was recently awarded two awards from The Structural Engineers Association of Oregon (SEAO). The awards were given for two projects: SW 12th & Morrison in downtown Portland and the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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.
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/
The resolution that passed at the June 13th Portland City Council meeting states that, starting in March 1, 2019, URM buildings that have not been retrofitted must post placards that “state clearly in a conspicuous place at the entrance of the building printed in not less than 30-point bold type: ‘This is an unreinforced masonry building. Unreinforced masonry buildings may be unsafe in the event of a major earthquake.’” 
Since that meeting, the Portland Bureau of Development Services has been working to write an official ordinance that would require signs and tenant notifications for URM buildings, among other items.
In summary, the ordinance requires a placard on all URM buildings that have not been retrofitted to prevent collapse in the event of a “major earthquake.” The durable placard needs to be sized 8”x10” with lettering in a 50-point bold font, placed in a conspicuous location on the exterior at the main entrance with the following message in capital letters: “This Building is an Unreinforced Masonry Building. Unreinforced Masonry Buildings may be unsafe in an event of a Major Earthquake.” 
Additionally, the ordinance requires that URM building owners directly notify tenants/renters through rental agreements that their building is an unreinforced masonry building, which may be unsafe in an event of a major earthquake. 
From the City of Portland website, the ordinance requires URM owners to post a placard according to the following timeline:
• Publicly-owned buildings: On or before May 1, 2019
• Non-profit buildings: On or before November 1, 2020
• All other buildings: On or before November 1, 2019 
Another part of the ordinance is that URM building owners are required to strengthen existing seismic triggers for their buildings. This may include:
1. Roof replacement. (Removal of greater than 50% of total roof area within a 15-year period requires wall anchorage for both in plane and out of plane forces and parapet bracing.) 
2. Costs of alterations or repair. (When costs associated with building alterations or repair in a five-year time period or fifteen-year time period exceeds the square-foot costs outlined in the ordinance, entire building must be improved to resist seismic forces to meet ASCE 31 41 criteria.) 
Nishkian Dean will continue to monitor the development of this important issue that affects many of our clients. Please contact us if you have questions on how these policies may affect your projects.
1. Proposed URM Placarding and Tenant Notification Ordinance:
2. Portland City Council Resolution No. 37364: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/689174