Cal Poly SLO’s Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics is complete! John A. Martin & Associates served as the Structural Engineer for this 189,000 square foot, six-story, multidisciplinary landmark building. Located in the center of campus to powerfully symbolize the central nature of science and mathematics in the university’s polytechnic curriculum, the facility was designed by ZGF Architects of Los Angeles and will be a focal point during the University’s upcoming Parent’s Weekend. The official dedication of the building will take place Friday, November 1, 2013.
When Eli and Edythe Broad gave a hard hat tour of the Broad Museum’s construction last week, invited guests and news media thought they would see soaring spaces and a flurry of construction activity. They got all of that and more, as the couple announced that upon completion in late 2014 admission to the museum will be free. John A. Martin & Associates has provided structural engineering on the building’s “veil”; a series of 2,500 white cast-concrete panels that make up the lacy facade. This honeycomb-like construction appears to hover over the building, and is almost an entirely separate structure from the facility’s “vault” as it is supported on three different points, including a 57-foot beam that plunges five feet below the sidewalk. This structural approach helps with seismic considerations since it was designed to (gently) rock independently from the rest of the building in the case of a seismic event.
The Grand Hall and five passenger gates at LAX’s Tom Bradley Terminal officially opened this week to traveler fanfare and visits by significant past and present City dignitaries. The unveiling ceremony took place on September 18 and in the coming weeks the full range of upscale, local restaurants and shops will open for business. In the interim, passengers can explore and enjoy duty free shopping, free wi-fi and amenities not previously available at LAX such as a children’s play area. JAMA’s design of the project’s curved moment frame concept enabled what Fentress Architects refers to as “putting travelers inside the curl of a giant wave.”
The UCI Contemporary Arts Center has been honored with a National Design-Build institute of America (DBIA) Honor Award. The Design-Build team included Ehrlich Architects and Edge Construction along with JAMA as Structural Engineer, and the LEED Platinum (pending) facility includes a unique mix of dance, performance and fine art galleries, studios, classrooms and specialty spaces. Two years ago the project won at the regional level while still unfinished, but since opening in November 2011 has begun catching the attention of publications and highly competitive awards programs as such as DBIA National.
JAMA Principal Steve Ball, SE, presented a live webinar on behalf of software company Bentley as part of the company’s “Structural Software User Spotlight” series. Held on July 30, the presentation focused on JAMA’s role in the Los Angeles International Terminal expansion and the RAM structural software used for the project. Highlights included the firm’s curved moment frame concept that utilized non-orthogonal moment connections, and the processes the team utilized in order to prove the technical validity of this unique design and gain approval in a high zone of seismic activity; a first within the region.
This month marked a milestone in the construction of the new Emerson College Los Angeles Center; the final construction beam was set on July 17th and activity is quickening in anticipation of the project’s January 2014 opening. Part of the final construction assembly included eleven 120’ castellated beams (a type of expanded beam) on the north side of the structure. The castellated beams at Emerson serve a dual purpose: to provide support for a rooftop helipad, and to act as a structural diaphragm connecting the project’s dual towers at the roof level. These unique types of structural elements start with a wide flange beam, pattern cut in half longitudinally. The two halves are separated, staggered, and welded together to form a castellated beam. This new component weighs the same as the original, but is 30%-50% stronger and 50% deeper, adding structural load capacity and stiffness without the weight and added material.
Earlier this month the Natural History Museum of LA County celebrated its centennial anniversary and officially unveiled the latest component of the campus renovation and construction effort; the Otis Booth Pavilion. This six-story steel and glass cube complete with multimedia will serve as the Museum’s official front door and connect the North Campus landscape to the 1974 Building via an arched pedestrian bridge. John A. Martin & Associates has been involved with the Museum’s campus wide modernization efforts since 2006, including historic renovation, seismic renovation and retrofit, and new construction projects.
The USC John McKay Center and LAUSD Valley Regional Middle School #3 Pedestrian Bridge earned top honors at this year’s Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) awards. The McKay Center is a flagship facility for USC’s student athletes and earned a Merit award for its multi-story design which includes a subterranean indoor football field. The LAUSD Middle School bridge was awarded an Award of Excellence for its cost-effective design and innovative detailing. The project, while small in scale, serves as an important symbolic and functional infrastructure component that connects the new Middle School #3 with an existing LAUSD Polytechnic High School.