Architectural Record has featured the Emerson College Los Angeles campus as their cover story in the April 2014 issue. JAMA design the structure for this jaw-dropping addition to Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood. With a hybrid steel frame and concrete structure, the 107,000-square-foot building contains dormitories for as many as 217 Emerson students (about 130 are now in attendance) as well as classrooms and production studios. Read the full story here.
John A. Martin & Associates has been selected to Peer Review one of the tallest planned developments in Los Angeles. Standing 50 stories, 820 Olive Street will contain 583 residences above 4,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space. The project will be developed by the Onni Group, one of North America’s leading private real estate developers, and designed by Cannon Architects. This structure needs to undergo peer review because, like most other tall buildings currently under design and/or construction in the city of Los Angeles, it is being designed using performance-based design procedures requiring sophisticated nonlinear analyses and peer review is required by the city of Los Angeles for such designs. This is one of several buildings designed by this method that are currently being peer reviewed by JAMA.
Trailer Martin serves on a number of regulatory and oversight Boards in California and beyond. He has recently been unanimously renamed for another term on the Clark County, Nevada Combined Board of Building Appeals. Known as the CBBA, the Board hears appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by Building Officials relative to application and interpretation of technical codes. The Board is comprised of eight (8) members representing industry and the community in addition to the County’s Building Official. Congratulations Trailer!
The San Diego Airport expansion, with structural engineering design by JAMA, has been awarded a platinum certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The project is the first commercial airport terminal in the world to earn this designation, the highest possible achievement in sustainable construction. The project, dubbed the “Green Build,” included both a 460,000 square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 and 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas. Just some of the sustainable features include rooftop solar panels that will provide approximately 12.5% of the terminal’s projected annual energy use; an architectural emphasis on natural light sources, and a reflective rooftop that minimizes the building’s heat absorption and reduces the need for air-conditioning.
Marcello Sgambelluri, BIM Director at John A. Martin, has been acknowledged for his contributions to the global Autodesk Community with the title of “Autodesk Expert Elite”. Joining only 180 other participants across 23 countries, Marcello was nominated and accepted for his significant contributions in time, knowledge, and assistance to the larger Autodesk customer support community. Per Autodesk, Elite members “have demonstrated a strong sense of leadership and use an engaging style of collaboration that contributes to a healthy and valuable customer community”. Congratulations to Marcello on this unique achievement and for continually advancing the firm as a leader in BIM and REVIT processes.
Principal Steve Ball, SE, will be inducted into the West Virginia Academy of Civil Engineers for lifetime and notable achievements on May 2, 2014. Steve’s induction is a reflection of his distinguished career and his contributions and services to the profession, education, and professional achievement by his alma mater, West Virginia University. This prestigious honor has only been given to a handful of alumni over the years, and was a result of a call for nominations process and extensive review by existing members of the Academy. Congratulations Steve!
The ACE Program engages high school students as a means of encouraging career pursuits in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. This primarily takes place through group and one-on-one mentoring to expose students to real-world opportunities, and financial support through scholarships and grants. John A. Martin & Associates (JAMA) has been involved in ACE for decades, and has been honored as the 2014 Structural Engineering Firm of the Year. JAMA staff celebrated the distinction along with a handful of students from our mentor schools John Marshall High in Los Angeles, and the Applied Technology Center in Montebello, CA. at the ACE Spotlight Awards Gala on February 27th.
Since an initial campus opening in 2012, the LAUSD Valley Region Middle School #3 in Sun Valley has engaged students in new ways. With three main buildings totaling 48,000 square feet across 9 acres, the project is full of amenities and features, including a 6,000 square-foot amphitheater that seats up to 1,000. The steel and concrete structure extends from the south of Building C and utilizes tapered steel beams that span to an exterior 3-D truss atop two cantilevered concrete columns. The area is used as exterior class room space for the school’s theater program and also hosts awards, plays, musical productions and school assemblies.