Best K-12 Education Project Photo courtesy of Hensel Phelps Hensel Phelps was the general contractor. Photo courtesy of Hensel Phelps Gonzalez Goodale was the architect. The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, constructed at the site of the historic Ambassador Hotel and Cocoanut Grove Night Club in Los Angeles, includes a K-5 grade school for 800 students, a grades 6-8 middle school for 1,000 students, a grades 9-12 high school for 2,440 students with five separate small learning communities, a new parking structure and the new RFK Inspiration Park.Designed to reflect the latest green building methods and materials, the project utilized
Award of Merit Green Building Photo courtesy of Swinerton Builders Swinerton Builders was the general contractor on the project. Located at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, the $21-million Sustainability Base consists of two, two-story steel-frame office and research buildings totaling 50,000 sq ft.In addition to the structures, the project included site prep, utilities, installation of 96 geothermal wells, parking, California-native landscaping, hardscaping and development of a stormwater management system. Functional spaces include open and enclosed office space with data and voice lines, conference rooms and common areas.Key PlayersOwner: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett
Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development Project Photo courtesy of Sasaki Associates The park lies adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Sasaki Associates The park lies adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles. The Wilmington Waterfront Development Program adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles attempts to transform the landscape. The project seeks to meet the challenge of helping a vibrant residential community coexist with a vital, active industrial neighbor.According to architect Sasaki Associates, following a collaborative planning and design process and public outreach, the first in a series of three public parks has transformed a brownfield site into
Best Cultural Project Photo courtesy of Watts Constructors Watts Constructors was the general contractor on the project. Photo courtesy of Watts Constructors The project met high expectations. The new $33.6-million visitor center for the USS Arizona Pearl Harbor Memorial expands the original center, built in 1980, to accommodate 1.6 million visitors annually, up from the original facility's capacity of 750,000.The campus-style complex has eight buildings and 55,000 sq ft of shaded or enclosed space. It covers more than 17 acres and has a shoreline walk, the USS Arizona anchor, Remembrance and Overlook Circles and walkways. The design and construction team
Award of Merit Multi-Family Residential/Hospitality Photo courtesy of Nibbi Brothers Nibbi Brothers served as general contractor on the project. Located on the Third Street light-rail line in San Francisco's Bayview district, the $31.6-million Armstrong Place is a new multi-generational affordable housing community for seniors and first-time homebuyers.The five-story, 116-unit project has a one-level concrete podium with four levels of wood-frame housing above. The podium contains parking and 9,000 sq ft of commercial space.Some sustainable building elements include flow restrictions on all faucets; a solar heating system; 50% FSC-certified wood for all cabinets, doors and formwork; and use of low-VOC materials.
Best Civil Works/Infrastructure Project Photo courtesy Shimmick Construction Big Tujunga Dam project faced challenges aplenty. Photo courtesy of Shimmick Construction The seismic retrofit project was built by Shimmick Construction. The $88-million Big Tujunga Dam project was a seismic retrofit to an existing variable radius thin-arch dam.For approximately 30 years the reservoir's operating level had been restricted by order of the California Dept. of Water Resources' Division of Safety of Dams to an elevation that resulted in reducing its storage capacity by 75%.In 2008 the Los Angeles County Flood Control District elected to incorporate a complete structural and hydraulic rehabilitation of
Best Transportation Project Photo courtesy of T.Y. Lin T.Y. Lin was the lead engineer on the project. With the construction of Petco Park, the San Diego Padres' downtown home, the need arose for a grade-separated pedestrian crossing of six railroad tracks and Harbor Drive, a four-lane major arterial.Construction manager/lead engineer T.Y. Lin International says the $27-million, 354-ft-long Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge is a graceful, single-cable self-anchored suspension bridge with a single inclined pylon and a curved deck suspended only along the inside edge.The bridge's main span is 354 ft long. The 131-ft tall pylon is inclined at a 60-degree angle
Award of Merit Higher Education/Research Photo courtesy of Lend Lease Lend Lease was the general contractor on the project. The $77-million project consisted of a construction management-at-risk delivery of a LEED-Gold academic multi-use building and an extensive sitework infrastructure package on CCSF's Ocean Avenue campus. The 110,000-sq-ft, three-story building includes classrooms, specialized laboratories, offices, study space and student development facilities. It features several sustainable design elements and collaborative construction initiatives.Supported by a massive geothermal exchange system, a new central utility plant was constructed in the building's basement and is capable of delivering demand-based chilled and hot water for five buildings.
Award of Merit Office Photo courtesy of ZGF Architects The project converted an old valve manufacturing facility into open offices. The 75,000-sq-ft Clif Bar & Co. headquarters transformed a World War II valve manufacturing facility into a workplace tailored for the outdoor enthusiasts who run Clif Bar, a leading maker of organic nutrition foods and snacks.The project is on track to receive LEED-Platinum certification and features an open office working environment, research and development kitchen, employee wellness area, onsite child care, theater space and a cafe. According to design firm ZGF Architects, the space functions as a medium to tell