In this year’s Best Projects competition, the panel of industry judges rewarded projects that boosted efficiency through new technology and collaborative pre-planning and that provided essential spaces for the community.
This adaptive reuse project transformed an existing 29-story office building into an apartment community offering 418 units and many indoor and outdoor amenities in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood.
Structural concrete work for the 603-suite Great Wolf Resort included a nine-story cast-inplace structure for the hotel and 40 tilt-up panels of all different sizes for a three-acre indoor/outdoor water park.
Completed in October 2014, the certified CALgreen, 22-story, mixed-use tower in downtown Los Angeles has a structural system of reinforced concrete with post-tensioned decks, an all-glass facade and spectacular urban views.
The first major subway project completed in San Francisco since the 1970s, the $241-million tunnels provide two miles of rapid transit from the southeast corner of the city to Chinatown, one of the country’s most densely populated neighborhoods and a thriving commercial district and tourist attraction.
The $380-million project at Stanford University includes high-efficiency new-building standards and improvements to existing buildings, a high-voltage substation, state-of-the-art solar arrays and a new central energy facility (CUP) that incorporates the largest heat-recovery chillers ever installed in the U.S., according to the project team.
Dubbed by project officials as the world’s largest wastewater purification facility of its kind, the Orange County Water District Ground Water Replenishment System now treats up to 100 million gallons per day of wastewater.
Named after former lab director and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the three-story, 40,000-sq-ft laboratory at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) develops energy from sunlight using nanoscale photovoltaic and electrochemical solar energy systems.
The $30-million project included a NCAA basketball gymnasium, multipurpose wellness and physical therapy rooms, an office suite and an outdoor Olympic-size pool with future wave-generation capacity for survival courses required of all cadets.
The LEED Gold 1Tenth project, formerly 875 Stevenson St., shares a block in San Francisco’s resurgent Mid-Market area with the adjoining historic 1355 Market Street building; together the two buildings comprise the Market Square revitalization effort.
A hub for the Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, the 264,000-sq-ft building links academic, research and medical disciplines, including the University of California, San Francisco’s new medical center.
For San Francisco’s vibrant Castro neighborhood, this $8.8-million streetscape beautification and improvement project included widening the sidewalks, adding leaning rails and landscaping, paving, installing decorative rainbow crosswalks and matching tiles for the entryway to the landmark Castro Theater.
The website-building start-up Weebly moved in January into its San Francisco headquarters inside a renovated 36,000-sq-ft warehouse on the site of the 1890 production facility for the state’s second-oldest winery, Gundlach Bundschu.
A gateway to the Anaheim medical campus, the 16,500-sq-ft radiation-therapy building offers a calming environment to cancer patients through its unique shape, exposure to natural light, interior layout and materials.
The project team on this eight-year effort used a modified integrated-project-delivery method to control schedule and budget despite changing legislation, evolving workflow practices and a technological shift in the broader construction industry.