Construction on Hyundai Motor America's new $150 million headquarters building and adjacent five-level parking garage is cruising on a fast-track schedule, heading for completion this fall. Located in Fountain Valley, CA, 35 miles south of Los Angeles, the two structures are being built separately by different project teams.
The 504,000-sq-ft Gensler-designed headquarters is being constructed by Hyundai AMCO; and the 502,589-sq-ft parking structure was designed by International Parking Design and is being erected by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Both projects share a roughly nine-acre site and are about 100 yards apart.
The HQ building, which is targeting LEED Gold, is currently about 35 % complete. It is being built with four stories of glass above a structural pedestal foundation, and is highlighted by a two-story main entrance leading to a spacious, open public courtyard in the building's center. A showroom of Hyundai vehicles will be visible from the freeway side of the new structure to entice new buyers in.
The façade work, led by Enclos, includes elaborate design/build services for four major wall types, including 27,000 sq-ft of captured channel glazing at levels one and two; and 135,000 sq-ft of custom curtain wall on levels three through six. The south, east and west elevation wall system includes enhanced acoustical properties. Additional scope items include 30,000 square feet of soffit panels, louvered metal panels, aluminum and glass swing doors.
The company will also design the center piece two-story atrium at the south elevation that leads to the courtyard. The atrium uses 9,000 sq-ft of point-fixed laminated glass with glass fins providing structural support. There will also be 3,800 sq-ft of glass handrails throughout the atrium.
The underground pipeline contractor on the project is Kana Pipeline, which is working on a $1.1 million contract to install more than 20,000 linear-ft of combined pipeline infrastructure. Englekirk Structural Engineers is serving as engineer on the project.
The design-build parking garage, which is currently about 50 % complete, will serve the HQ building with 1,533 car spaces, three bays and a ground level car wash. The structure will feature a sleek façade with painted cast-in-place concrete elements and decorative reveals. Inside it will boast two free-standing elevator and stair towers, built into the concrete on decorative metal panel walls, surrounded by ornamental metal panel canopies and full-height glass curtain walls.
To get the project done by summer, McCarthy is working on a fast-track construction timeline, which includes self-performing concrete and pouring decks every three days.
When the headquarters complex is complete is will more than double the size of the Korean automaker’s previous 20-yr-old headquarters in Fountain Valley. The new facility will house 1,300 workers, including 500 new local positions.