The Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in Memphis, TN opened to great fanfare this past weekend. JAMA provided seismic retrofit and renovation design services for this complex project, which turned a 20,000-seat event arena into a Bass Pro Shop Retail space and wilderness-inspired hotel called the Big Cypress Lodge. As one of the largest retail stores in the world, the facility includes general and specialty retail areas, a boat launch directly onto the Mississippi River, a Waterfowl Heritage Center in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, restaurants and bars, a bowling center, and a 28-story freestanding glass elevator that connects visitors to a glass-floored observation deck.
After weeks of planning and days of “can-struction”, John A. Martin & Associates and RTKL Architect’s creation, “The Not So Very Hungry Caterpillar”, is ready for unveiling! This is the third year JAMA and RTKL have teamed in CANstruction LA, an annual fundraising effort that brings awareness to hunger by asking teams of designers to create structures exclusively out of canned goods. The team’s creation won an honorable mention, but more importantly was part of the effort that raised $4k and 44k cans for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Congrats to all who participated!
The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Board of Governors has selected the Emerson College Los Angeles Campus for an Award of Excellence in the category of Structural Systems Design. Conferred during the 2015 AEI Conference in Milwaukee, the event also announced that the project won best overall project/most innovative project honors. JAMA Project Manager Matt Timmers was asked to give a 10 minute presentation on the project during a presentation session held before the awards banquet.
Online fashion retailer JustFab needed an inexpensive yet edgy interiors look for their corporate headquarters in El Segundo. They, along with architect Moshiri Associates, turned to John A. Martin for guidance on structural engineering calculations for one of the most low-cost, yet ubiquitous materials around: shipping containers. With a space layout that establishes multiple “zones” within the office, the containers have been repurposed with windows and doors for functionality and light penetration to serve as everything from a kitchen space to eating pods to conference rooms.
JAMA’s BIM Director Marcello Sgambelluri has been certified as a Revit Structure professional for 2015. Marcello has been certified on Revit Architect for the last two years but this year marks the first that certification was available for Revit Structure. AUTODESK certification offers a benefit to project teams and clients who may require special skills in Revit or particular expertise in the integration of Revit Architecture / Revit Structural models. JAMA works almost exclusively in Revit Structure to more efficiently process architectural intent in the structural design and minimize information loss during the export of BIM models. JAMA is actively working on certifying additional staff members to meet the needs of our complex projects.
On Sunday, February 15th the Broad Museum offered a few thousand people, including some JAMA employees, the opportunity to see the third floor of the Broad Museum before exhibition partitions are permanently installed. The museum is officially scheduled to open in September 2015, but this event, titled “Sky-lit: Volume, Light, and Sound” offered visitors a chance to view the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed space as well as two temporary installations: one sound installation by Nilsen and a sound + light installation by L.A. artist Yann Novak. Civic figures, art stars, curious designers and our employees (interested to see our structural engineering for the veil of the building) all made appearances to soak up the excitement.
Design is scheduled to begin this month on one of the most anticipated projects on the Westside – the City Services Building for the City of Santa Monica. JAMA is pleased to provide structural engineering services on the 50,000 sf structure to be delivered by the Design-Build team of Hathaway Dinwiddie and Frederick Fisher Partners. The project, which will meet the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), will be located just east of Santa Monica’s historic City Hall and include 50,000 sf over three stories plus a basement. City departments that are currently scattered across the City will be united in this singular facility focused on sustainability and customer service.
JAMA has started the New Year off with a bang! Presentations and job fairs have been in full swing for several weeks, including a job fair at UCSD and a case study presentation to UCSD student engineers on our LAX Tom Bradley Expansion project, presented by Larry Pitkin and Jennifer Cheng. Additionally the USC Student Chapter of EERI paid a visit to JAMA’s office in Downtown Los Angeles to learn more about the firm, our portfolio, and how we continue to contribute to the growth and improvement of Southern California’s A/E/C industry as structural engineers. Several of JAMA’s emerging leaders including Jana Tokuhama and Ryan Anderson took the lead in presenting to this group. JAMA is headed to other local area schools for job fairs and presentations including the UCLA Job Fair on February 12th; a presentation to UCLA Civil Engineering students on February 13th; and the Cal Poly SLO Job Fair on February 19, 2015.