Award of Merit, Residential/Hospitality: Lorena Heights Apartments
Completed in December 2011, the 112-unit, two-building complex aims to have an impact on the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles.
Each building has four residential floors above two subterranean parking levels. Upper-floor units of the $24.97-million affordable-housing project offer views of downtown. The site has two courtyards, playgrounds and a clubhouse.
The First United Christian Molokan Church, originally on the property, has been preserved, relocated and restored as a community center.
Once a dumping ground, the sloping 2.62-acre brownfield site required extensive mitigation, including permanent soil-nail walls and stormwater controls to minimize runoff. Existing buildings were shored to ensure structural integrity.
Lorena Heights Apartments
Owner: The Michaels Organization, Irvine
Contractor: VCC, LLC, Irvine
Lead Design: KTGY Group Inc., Irvine
Structural Engineer: Arciero Bros., Placentia
Civil Engineer: Sharma General Engineering Contractors, Moorpark
MEP Engineer: L D I Mechanical, Corona
Electrical: W.M. Masters & Assoc., Huntington Beach
Plumbing: AMPAM Parks Mechanical, Wilmington
Submitted by VCC