What started as a design competition is now moving into the next phases of EIR and design as the Alvidrez! JAMA is once again pushing the envelope on this effort; this time through mass-timber modular high-rise design in a project that also provides much needed permanent supportive housing in LA. Located on East 5th Street in the Skid Row area of Downtown LA, the 14-story structure will offer 150 studio apartments for formerly homeless persons, a manager’s unit and ground-floor offices for case management services. Michael Maltzan Architecture is leading the design, or “collection of vertical ‘bundles” as it’s described, with tiered building heights that create terrace decks on the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th floors. In addition to providing open spaces for residents, the open areas would also provide natural light and ventilation for each apartment. Unlike most high-rise buildings in the Los Angeles area which are built from concrete an
Although the physical conference was cancelled due to COVID-19, we still thought you’d be curious to know about BIM Director Marcello S.’s two sessions developed for this year’s SEI Congress. The annual conference is a premier event within the profession, working to stimulate technological advancement and improve professional practice. We’re hoping the Congress gets rescheduled, but in the mean time here’s the run-down on Marcello’s sessions which highlight JAMA’s expertise in employing the latest BIM/VR technologies. Session 1 – VR For Structural Engineers: An Interactive Presentation This initial roundtable will center on VR in practice and features JAMA, Walter P. Moore, Thornton Tomasetti, and Odeh Structural Engineers. Marcello is going to focus on our use of VR in the engineering of Nancy Ruben’s Agrifolia Major sculpture. For those not familiar, this fascinating progressive technology usage in 2017 for large-scale art met the artistic vision, structurally
JAMA’s team of Satish M., Ben R., Pi C., Raytene H., Shane F. and Ben K. recently started construction on a new church for the Diocese of Fresno. Founded in 2011, the church – St. Charles Borromeo – is the newest within the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Visalia and serves the southwest portion of the City. The project’s roof structure is framed with plywood and wood I-joists supported by large glulam scissor trusses that span over 80 feet. The cupola roof structure over the alter is supported by a glulam tension/compression ring and struts, which visually frees up the central worship space from interior columns. Exterior walls are made up of reinforced concrete formed using insulated concrete formwork (ICF). The ICF walls are leave-in formwork that make it easier to construct the building and lessen the energy demands on the interior space by providing a high R-value.
Shop drawing detailer and project coordinator Kelly Kim is proving how JAMA can work across the contractor/ designer divide on the Menifee Justice Center project, currently in design. She recently created a TEKLA model to coordinate our structural work with Clark Construction – part of the design and translation process intended to develop structural drawings in parallel with steel details. As a 96,000 square foot, 5-story Superior Courthouse for the Judicial Council of California, the Menifee Justice Center is an excellent test for this process. The large-scale, steel structure is a replacement for the current Hemet Courthouse. With 9 courtrooms, jury deliberation rooms, administrative space, a self-help center, attorney/ client conference rooms and ample circulation for court visitors and staff, the Center will securely accommodate civil, family law, probate, small claims, and traffic cases and provide space for four new judgeships. JAMA’s architectural partner on the project i
We’re always searching for things to look forward to, right? At JAMA one of those things is the opening of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Museum. The December 14th opening date was announced alongside the unveiling of the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater on February 9th as part of the Oscars ceremony and celebration. JAMA is collaborating with NY and Germany-based Knippers Helbig on the facade engineering and glass dome of the Saban building, which houses the Theater.
It’s Job Fair season across California, which means our engineers get to meet amazing students, share our vision of engineering excellence, and give out lots of swag. If you’re a student interested in learning about JAMA’s internship opportunities or life in our NorCal or SoCal offices, stop by our tables at one of these upcoming events: • SEAOSC Job Fair – Wednesday, Feb 5 • Cal Poly SLO Job Fair – Saturday, Feb 8 • Stanford Job Fair – Tuesday, Feb 11 • Berkeley Job Fair – Wednesday, Feb 12
Senior Project Manager Ben Rogowski stumbled onto a little bit of JAMA history this week with As Built drawings of the Amestoy Elementary School in Gardena, CA. It turns out that JAMA founder John A. “Jack” Martin was the engineer of record for the original school, constructed in 1955. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this facility again, with a modernization and building addition currently in the works with CSDA Design Group!