Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

News Release

August 03, 2012
July 2012 Student Housing Construction Update

With the completion of the upper parking deck, the building rises above ground level, growing taller every day. By the end of the month, the podium deck tops off the parking structure and serves as the ground level for the residential building and commons.

Wood forms and steel skeletons outline future walls and columns

July 2: Workers smooth out freshly poured concrete on P-1 parking deck, as wood forms and steel skeletons outline future walls and columns.


Wall forms rise higher and higher

July 5: Wall forms rise higher and higher as workers, working west to east, begin spraying shotcrete. Note distinctive curved radius wall in upper right (southwest corner of building).

Temporary wood shoring

July 5: Temporary wood shoring provides support for installation of steel rebar and shotcrete.

View of SW radius wall interior

July 5: View of the south west radius wall interior. Blocks of shotcrete waste will be removed and recycled.

Trowel and smoothing the wall

July 5: As one worker applies shotcrete through a high-powered nozzle, others trowel and smooth the wall.

View east of the upper level parking deck construction

July 5: View east of the upper level parking deck construction. Concrete block (CMU) will be used by masons to build storage and mechanical rooms, non-structural parking walls, and elevator and stairwell shafts.

Workers continue to build forms for walls

July 5: Looking west. Plastic sheeting protects exposed rebar from shotcrete spray. Workers continue to build forms for walls.

Exterior radius wall after forms removed

July 9: Exterior radius wall after forms removed. Later, the wall will be covered with stone.

Applying shotcrete

July 9: Specialty certified workers apply shotcrete, pumped from cement truck, in background.

Bike storage room nears completion

July 9: P-1 wall forming part of bike storage room nears completion.

Workers prepare to build temporary shoring for podium deck

July 9: Workers prepare to build temporary shoring for podium deck.

In front of rebar wall installation

July 9: Matt Construction Assistant Project Manager Bowdy Broeker talks with concrete subcontractor supervisor in front of rebar wall installation.

Storage room on P-1 level

July 9: Storage room on P-1 level.

Frame for main stairway

July 11: Architect Tony Stark stands in front of frame for main stairway from 7th Street.

Removed forms show wall

July 11: Removed forms show wall along Shatto Place. Parking garage emergency exit appears at top. Wall will be covered in dark, variegated granite.

Ramp to P-2 level

July 11: CFO Paul Kalush stands on ramp to P-2 level, as workers start to form supports for podium deck.

Columns rise on P-1 deck to support podium

July 11: Columns rise on P-1 deck to support podium.

Completed radius wall at P-1 level

July 11: Interior view of completed radius wall at P-1 level.

Completed radius wall at P-1 level

July 11: These columns were hand-formed by shotcrete applicators. Conduit extending from base of wall will provide outlets for charging electrical vehicles, which will have priority parking here.

Columns hand-formed by shotcrete applicators

July 11: P-1 elevator shaft takes form, as do storage and electrical rooms in background.

Shoring for podium deck

July 11: Shoring for podium deck starts at parking ramp as piles of support rods and lumber are readied. Two levels of shoring will be required here because of a larger ceiling height.

Temporary steel shoring

July 11: Workers set up temporary steel shoring, to support temporary lumber frames, over which will be laid temporary plywood floors. Steel rebar will then be installed, utility and low voltage conduit laid and concrete poured to a 10” thickness for the podium deck.

Forms for podium deck progress

July 16: Forms for podium deck progress, creating geometric patterns on parking garage floor.

Temporary shoring has now been removed

July 16: Temporary shoring has now been removed from 7th Street frontage and soldier piles cut to below grade, as P-I parking walls take shape. Planters will be installed in front of these walls.

The bike storage room

July 16: Storage and mechanical rooms rise in P-1 garage. This will be the bike storage room.

Excavator digs trench around curved radius wall

July 16: Excavator digs trench around curved radius wall for planter, as workers control dust with water.

Framing the podium deck

July 16: As many as 50 workers a day continue to frame the podium deck and complete the storage and mechanical rooms, remove perimeter shoring and excavate for planters.

Site visit

July 16: Dean Austen Parrish (center) visits the site with (from left to right) architect Tony Stark, CFO Paul Kalush, developer consultant Ted Snyder and Assistant Dean for Property Development Jim Camp.

Completed temporary shoring

July 16: Matt Construction Project Manager Charlie Mallers (left) talks with Ted Snyder and Dean Parrish. In background, a portion of the P-1 parking garage is darkened by the now completed temporary shoring.

Overview of first floor construction

July 25: Project overview of first floor construction.

Close-up view of podium decking

July 25: Close-up view of podium decking looking west.

Grand entry into lobby

July 25: Street level view of 7th Street grand entry into lobby.

View of first floor support

July 25: View of first floor support and P-1 parking ventilation openings.

First floor form work completed

July 30: With first floor form work completed, rebar and infrastructure installation begins with completion in time for floor foundation cement pours on August 16 and 18.