Structural Engineer Kent Kaewwaen was named a Project Manager at JAMA this month, a recognition of his leadership skills, technical expertise, and professional participation. A specialist in the education sector, Kent brings extensive knowledge of structural design and retrofits within K-12 and university environments. Current projects include the Venice High School Comprehensive Modernization with NAC Architects and the Grant High School Comprehensive Modernization with IBI Group, both for LAUSD. Kent is also a dedicated mentor, participating in JAMA’s internal program as well as spearheading two mentoring teams with the ACE Mentor Program of Los Angeles.
Located on the corner of Antelope and Keller Roads, the new Kaiser Permanente Murrieta Medical Offices are open! The 83,000 square foot facility offers care options for Kaiser Permanente members in the Murrieta, Temecula, and Wildomar areas. The Medical Offices feature an innovative, patient-centric design that takes advantage of natural light and ventilation. In addition to the Medical Offices, the facility provides a Thrive Walk, conference center, and an open and inviting reception area. The 2-story project was a structural collaboration between John A. Martin and ConXtech, offering a fast-track erection approach to the building’s structural steel moment frames.
JAMA takes our holidays seriously, and Halloween is no different. As part of the firm’s monthly happy hour gathering, a friendly pumpkin carving contest got everyone in the Fall spirit. Employees and friends displayed amazing skill and creativity in their efforts – with everything from scary to political to funny pumpkins. The winner was the Pumpkin Burger, complete w/ pumpkin fries!
One of JAMA’s latest classroom / multi-use buildings opened last month at Lincoln Elementary School in LA Crescenta, California. Developed as part of the State’s Overcrowding Relief or “ORG” program, 50% of the project funds were given by the State to reduce the number of portable classrooms on overcrowded school sites and replace them with permanent facilities. The ORG project at Lincoln Elementary consists of a new, 1-story, 6-classroom building, including technology and audio/visual systems, student and staff restrooms, and storage spaces. The new building is intended to replace older bungalows on the campus, displacing six aging bungalows and provide a beautiful new permanent building for Glendale Unified students attending Lincoln Elementary.
This September a group of JAMA high steppers took on 75 stories of the US Bank Tower in DTLA, which is home to the tallest stairwell west of the Mississippi. The effort was not only good for the group’s lungs but served as an important fundraiser for YMCA. Every dollar raised supported YMCA community programs in and around Downtown Los Angeles, including supporting YMCA program participation for children, teens, families, and seniors in some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in the city. Go Team!
The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) has honored JAMA’s design for the Broad Museum’s exterior “Veil” with a 2017 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award! The veil at Los Angeles’ Broad Museum is a structural exoskeleton that drapes over the building’s interior. As the defining feature of this world-class institution, this porous yet absorptive screen made of 2,500 fiberglass reinforced concrete (FRC) panels and 650 tons of steel forms a 3-D series of open cellular components that channels light into public spaces and galleries and activates connections between the museum and the surrounding Downtown streetscape. Congratulations to Partner Steven C. Ball on the honor.
Last Sunday, JAMA’s first triathlon team made up of Mike Brown, Sam Domiati and Larry Pitkin, took to the beaches and streets of Malibu to compete in the Malibu Triathlon Classic Relay. Money raised by the Nautica Malibu Triathlon goes to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program, which is dedicated to curing and preventing childhood cancers. The program provides groundbreaking treatments and therapies for children with some of the most serious and life-threatening forms of cancers. Covering a half-mile swim, 17-mile bike and 4 mile run, Team John A. Martin & Associates finished 15th out of 59 relay teams. Congrats!
JAMA was part of the winning Design-Build pursuit for Venice High School’s comprehensive modernization, and is getting underway on designs with Architect NAC and Contractor Hensel Phelps. The project, which will upgrade existing infrastructure and campus-wide structures, will also construct multiple new venues. New construction includes two, two-story classroom buildings, a gymnasium with faculty offices, specialty classrooms and locker rooms, outdoor athletic fields, a new parking lot and four small support buildings. Venice High, based on its physical state, was identified as one of the District’s 11 priority schools among a pool of 584 campuses district-wide.