JAMA engineers and production team members have been busy with a myriad of art/exhibition designs at LACMA. This work, which started about a year ago, comes despite demolition of approximately 50% of the campus to make way for the future expansion designed by Swiss Architect Peter Zumpthor. JAMA’s efforts are conducted in collaboration with LACMA’s Exhibition Design and Production team. Typically the work has involved engineering and permitting for loads expected to safely stand for months on often freestanding partitions as high as 18 feet. Working on the display of priceless art poses very different design and logistic challenges from typical construction projects. Material sizing and procurement is an issue – no heavy steel pieces or welding – as well as considerations for existing building impacts and reuse and dismantling provisions. While some spectacular work is mentioned below, a truly challenging and unique project is currently underway and expected to open this year. Re
Project Manager Hossain Ghaffari along with production Assistant BIM Manager Felix Olmos are working with HKS Architects on the complete renovation of a play area for pediatric cancer patients. Located on the 5th floor of the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, the existing space will be gutted and reworked to include dozens of new zones and amenities, including new reception and work desks with lockers and TV lounge. A pool table, general storage area, interactive Microsoft Wall, sensory gym and other themed play areas will be supported by art structures and specialty lighting systems. Concept designs are being finalized with hopes that documentation and construction moves forward soon!
JAMA Partner and Oakland office leader Kal Benuska wins the Zoom moment of the month with his participation on an “Impacts of COVID-19 on the AEC Industry” panel discussion. Speaking to Cal Poly College of Architecture & Environmental Design students, Kal and co-panelists Donna Clandening of AC Martin, Ted Boyce of Hathaway Dinwiddie and Alex Smith of Largo Concrete spoke about adjustments to day-to-day operations, implications to internships and general hiring, differentiation for job-seekers, and advice on how students can move forward from this terrible time. Kal represented JAMA (live from Oakland) perfectly.
On March 31, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved the LA County Natural History Museum’s (NHM) Commons Project. The effort – the second large-scale project JAMA has participated in for the institution – will provide an anchor for the institution and neighboring Exposition Park. JAMA’s first project for NHM was a decade-long expansion and renovation completed just before the Museum’s centennial in 2013, so to participate in it’s continuing growth is exciting for the team. The Commons project encompasses 50,000 square feet of renovated space in the existing Unit 2 building, 32,700 square feet of new construction in a 2-story West Wing Expansion Building, and landscaping, all on the southwest side of its Exposition Park home. The transformative project is designed to offer an inviting, transparent “front porch” to campus, create a free welcome center, deliver a new state-of-the-art theater and multipurpose space alongside increased exhibition spaces, and expand NHM’s b
Led by Partner Jackie Vinkler, JAMA’s team issued a DD package this month for the Hosteling International Santa Monica project, a unique renovation/new construction project just blocks from the beach. The project adds 46 new rooms without shutting down this popular location by incorporating prefab wood-framed modules: 6 per floor stacked 4-stories high on top of a concrete podium. Craned in place and complete with MEP systems and architectural finishes, the project requires partial demo and alterations to an existing wood and masonry structure to make way for the new seismically separated elements. The firm’s work also includes identifying acceptable crane placement locations around this tight site.
Construction is about to get underway with Whiting Turner on Kaiser Permanente’s Moreno Valley Expansion, a CO Architects-designed project that includes a new seismically separated two-level Diagnostic and Treatment (D&T) building as well as an addition to the Moreno Valley Medical Center (MVMC) campus. In total, the effort encompasses 93,192 square feet of new construction and 20,300 square feet of demolition/make-ready work. The D&T building will be steel framed with composite metal decks, and lateral systems include ConXtech bolted moment frame connections. The lower level is a half basement and utilizes special concrete shear walls. To support the D&T, a new 20,244 square foot, one-level central utility plant – also known as the Energy Center (EC) – will also be constructed with an open equipment yard. The EC will have a steel framed roof with composite metal decks supported by perimeter CMU walls detailed as Special Masonry Shear walls for lateral resistanc
The ZGF-designed William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation on Cal Poly SLO’s campus is about to get out of the ground! Approximately 75% of the footings are complete, and concrete walls and columns are beginning to be poured. The project is located just across the street from the Baker Center, another JAMA/ZGF effort, and when complete will house three colleges under one roof: College of Science and Mathematics: Supported by William and Linda Frost will be 13 modern laboratories designed for students to perform cutting edge research with their faculty mentors in each of the College’s disciplines. A new plant conservatory will be constructed on the hill overlooking Poly Canyon Village at the intersection of Village Drive and Poly Canyon Road. College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences: The Boswell Agricultural Technology Center will facilitate research and discovery in seven cutting edge laboratories to educate tomorrow’s leaders in food innovatio
We’re just a month or so away from completion of the Montclair Place AMC Theater Shell and Core. Rooftop equipment was placed at the end of March and the structure’s main waterproofing was completed on April 10th. Escalators were placed in position just last week, and as of the publishing of this post, installation of the aluminum facade was about 50% complete. Kudos to the JAMA project team, which included Scott Willard, Kurt Clandening, Parbi Boodaghian, Eric Jimenez, Richie Lubas, and Art Padilla on this terrific looking project!