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Getting Cozy with Godzilla at the Cinerama Dome

Sometimes it’s amazing what engineers do for their jobs. This week JAMA Associate Principal Matt Timmers and Project Manager Hossain Ghaffari got warm and cozy with Godzilla at the top of the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. When the two arrived for a site visit to check loads and cable anchors of the inflatable monster on top of the structure, they expected to simply take a look from the ground and discuss the installati
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LAX Tom Bradley Terminal Earns Top Transportation Award

The Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) Expansion at Los Angeles International Airport is, even years after its completion, still garnering attention. Selected by an international jury of top designers, architects, curators and academics, the project was named the winning Transportation category project of The Plan Award 2019. The award aims to disseminate knowledge of and improve the quality of work done by de
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JAMA Helps Prepare Japanese Samurai House for Transport to Huntington

After a 2-year study, JAMA is assisting The Huntington Library in moving forward with the seismic renovation and relocation of a former samurai house from Marugame Japan to the Huntington’s San Marino campus. The team for the project, referred to as the Japanese Heritage House, has grown to include two Japanese architects, one American architect, a general contractor, framers, and craftsmen. In March, Project Manager
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Hospital Project in China Making Headway

JAMA’s efforts on the conceptual design of the Fifth Xiang Ya hospital in ChangSha, China, are becoming a reality. Construction on the 2,500+ bed facility began earlier this year and is moving at lightning speed. JAMA worked on the design with Payette’s Boston office, which features a series of mega-structures to accommodate outpatient services for 100,000 people daily in an “eco-hospital in the garden.” In total, th
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Kaiser Baldwin Park Tops Out

JAMA’s team on the 60,000 square foot Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Office Building (MOB) have a lot to be proud of. On November 9th the team joined KP administrators and other design team members including Frank Webb Architects and Pankow Builders for the project’s topping out. The completion of the facility’s structure was due in part to the use of ConXtech – a modular, prefabricated structural steel
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AMPS Museum Readies for Final Glass Dome

JAMA Partner Steven C. Ball, SE has been busy at work with longtime structural and facade engineering collaborator Knippers Helbig on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (AMPAS) in Los Angeles. The project is one of the most anticipated in the City. AMPAS was designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Renzo Piano, but its 130’ tall glass dome with structural engineering by JAMA is the crowning piece of project. W
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Work with Morphosis Architects Heats up on OCMA Project

For years JAMA has been involved in the on-again/off-again effort to bring the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) to life. In May the Museum unveiled its latest plans for the new state-of-the-art facility, located adjacent to the Segerstrom Center which also showcases JAMA structural design. The new 52,000 SF venue focuses on connecting to the Segerstrom site and expanding art exhibition space and arts education. An
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Traveling to Japan for Flight of Dreams Project Installation

Partner Kal Benuska, SE recently travelled to Japan to oversee the Flight of Dreams, a large-scale installation featuring the first Boeing 787 airline inside Central Japan International Airport’s (Centrair) main terminal. Thirty-five percent of the Boeing 787’s components are made by Japanese suppliers and then shipped to the US for final assembly. In July 2015, Boeing donated the first-ever built 787 – the ZA0
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The Structure Behind the Broad Beach Residence

JAMA has recently begun sharing some of the interesting structural challenges we encounter on projects. The latest in this series is the Broad Beach Residence – a 2-story structure with irregularly shaped floor plan for Michael Ovitz, of Creative Artists Agency and Disney fame. The actual building area is 16,000 square feet and the roof is about 30 feet from slab on grade. The new home fronts Broad Beach in Mal
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Cal Poly Administrative Replacement Facility Tops Out

Cal Poly Pomona’s highly anticipated ARB (Administration Replacement Building) marked a major milestone this month as the last beam was placed on top of the steel roof. The 138,400 square foot facility which is comprised of two structures under a single, undulating and passive solar roof, will serve as the University’s new front door. The project, designed with CO Architects and constructed by C.W Driver, is expected
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