The Wilshire Grand Center will be easy to spot in the Los Angeles skyline once it is completed in 2017. At 1,100 feet in total height, the 73-story, $1 billion-plus development will be the tallest structure in not only the city, but also the entire Western United States. Work on the Wilshire Grand Tower began in 2012 with the demolition of the 1.2 million-square-foot Wilshire Grand Hotel, completed in 1952, which the new tower will replace.
The building’s distinctive sail-shaped top – constructed of structural steel and glazing and highlighted with a spire on one end – will also be an eye-opener in a city known for flat-topped structures. “The owners (Hanjin International Corp., a subsidiary of Korean Air) requested and received a variance to city codes for this building because they wanted to change the skyline of the city,” says Michael Marchesano, general superintendent for Turner Construction, the general contractor on the project.
The Weitz Co. is overseeing the construction of an upscale retirement community located in a natural suburban setting in Plymouth, Minn., that will provide exceptional amenities for residents to maintain an efficient and comfortable lifestyle.
Trillium Woods is a new Life Care Services community for adults aged 62 and older, located on 46 acres nestled along a new extension of Cheshire Parkway with hilly woodlands, wetlands, lake and golf course views. Life Care Services, based in Des Moines, Iowa, has more than 40 years of experience in creating living experiences that enhance the lives of seniors.
Downtown Naperville, Ill. became even more appealing when Sequoia General Contracting Corp. completed phase two of the Main Street Promenade project – Main Street Promenade East. “It’s a great addition to the city of Naperville,” Project Manager Rob McKenzie says. “We have been able to make the north end [of downtown] a very prominent space and a destination where people want to come.”
Main Street Promenade East is located in the heart of downtown and was built in a space that had been sitting vacant for several years. Developing the northeast corner was at one time going to be part of a public/private partnership between developer Naper Main LLC and the city of Naperville. The plan was to build a development with retail, office and residential space around the city parking garage. The garage was completed in 2009, but the property went into foreclosure in 2010 and the rest of the development was never completed.
For Layton Construction Co. Inc., it is critical for employees to follow its philosophy of “constructing with integrity.” The general contractor notes that this commitment is a symbol of its business philosophy.
“It articulates our fundamental values of hard work, thrift, honesty and fairness,” Layton says. “It reminds us to extend respect to all people and honor their individuality. It means listening to understand – then fulfilling our commitments made.”
Layton is bringing that commitment to The Outlets at Tejon Ranch, an outlet shopping center project in Tejon Ranch, Calif. The Rockefeller Group and Tejon Ranch Co. are developing the 320,000-square-foot center, which will be located on a 43-acre site and open to shoppers in August.
The city of Houston has endured a rainy summer, but the weather is not slowing down E.E. Reed Construction L.P. as it builds the Legacy at Fallbrook project. Instead, “It has run smoothly,” Project Manager Brian White asserts.
The general contractor is currently building the first phase of the Legacy project for Liberty Property Trust. White notes that the first phase consists of the first of three buildings in the office park, a five-story structure that will cover more than 218,000 square feet.
E.E. Reed is also constructing a five-story parking garage that will cover more than 237,000 square feet, the infrastructure for the future buildings, a courtyard and a plaza foundation that will be part of the entrance.
Some general contractors might fall into a routine where they complete work without enthusiasm, but not DPR Construction. Instead, “[We are] a unique technical builder with a passion for results,” the company says.
Based in Redwood City, Calif., DPR Construction offers commercial contracting and construction management services. “Whether [it’s] a multimillion-dollar technical facility or a conference room renovation, we execute every project with relentless accountability,” it states.
Founders Doug Woods, Peter Nosler and Ron Davidowski started DPR Construction in 1990. “Armed with $750,000 of pooled resources and a steadfast determination, the three construction veterans set out to do something different in an industry traditionally resistant to change,” the company says.
As the fifth-busiest airport in the United States, Denver International Airport (DIA) is continually looking at ways to provide the best passenger experience possible. It is enhancing its offerings with its new hotel and transit center project, Program Director Stu Williams says.
Located in Denver near the Rocky Mountains, DIA originally opened in 1995, replacing Stapleton International Airport, which the city had relied on since the 1930s. “It was the first real airport in Denver,” Williams recalls.
When the city chose to build DIA, it invested $4.9 billion, gaining its financing from a combination of airport bonds, federal aviation grants and funds generated by Stapleton. DIA covers 53 square miles and served 53 million passengers in 2012.
Although Denham Blythe has been constructing the new Joe Craft Tower for the ARH Regional Medical Center in Hazard, KY, for the past two years, the design/build contractor’s involvement in the project dates well before that.
“The project development time was quite lengthy,” Executive Project Manager Michael Patterson says. “We started design in 2010 and developed a preliminary budget based on the concept drawings. At this point the project was deemed over budget and we initiated a round of value-engineering prior to final design and pricing. The project was bid in early 2011 and it then was delayed for almost a year while financing was being arranged. USDA financing was obtained and construction officially commenced in April 2012.”