On Tuesday, June 17th JAMA’s own Farzad Naeim served as a Moderator on a discussion of Resilient Cities at the US – Iran Symposium on Resilient Cities. Held at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, CA, the event focused on the development, atmosphere and utilizes of resilient cities where scientists from both Iran and the US shared knowledge and visions for minimizing the impact of environmental and other types of disasters. The event was sponsored by the University of Arizona, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Sharif University of Technology.
Emerson College has been in the news a lot lately; most recently as the Grand Prize winner of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Awards. The project opened to students in January 2014, and since then has continued to be in the news as one of the hottest projects of the year in LA. JAMA provided structural engineering to longtime client Morphosis on the design, which features two residential towers that bookend open-air courtyards and performance spaces over 10 floors and 107,400 square feet. For the Business Council awards, a jury of 25 notable design professionals honored entire project teams whose projects exhibited design excellence, commitment to sustainability, and community impact.
Three JAMA projects received honors at this year’s Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards. Emerson College Los Angeles won Grand Prize at the event while the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the MLK Jr. Inpatient Tower Renovation for the County of LA both won Healthcare Awards. Moderated by Sam Lubell of the Architect’s Newspaper, the 44th annual awards hosted approximately 500 top professionals. “The LA Architectural Awards celebrate truly outstanding projects that demonstrate an unyielding commitment to great design and meaningful sustainability,” said LABC President Mary Leslie. “Today’s winners enhance our quality of life and prove that Los Angeles remains a global hub for world-class architecture.” Congratulations to all of our team partners!
On May 22, 2014 the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) held its annual awards event to honor project excellence across all modes of transportation. Competing with built work across California in the public and private sector, the Green Build Expansion project at the San Diego Airport, the first LEED Platinum Aviation Project, took home the honor of “Aviation Project of the Year.” Principal in Charge Steven Ball, SE, attended the event along with team members from HNTB, Syska Hennessy and AECOM among others.
The Perot Museum announced an exciting partnership with the National Geographic Society this week, a move that showcases the continued evolution in the facility’s programming. The five-year deal will give the Perot Museum access to National Geographic’s inventory of films, special access to their traveling exhibitions and benefits for museum members with regard to National Geographic merchandise and travel. In turn, the museum will be the local host of the Nat Geo Live speakers series and will support ongoing efforts to create engaging films in the future. Click here to read more about the partnership and upcoming films at the museum.
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!