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Dampers Help Sacramento Light Rail Keep It Quiet
Engineers employ an innovative damper system to mitigate noise in tight spots at $270-million light rail expansion.

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Apple Campus Leads $20 Billion in 2014 Project Starts
The commercial, public transit and health care sectors top the annual ranking of large-scale projects to begin construction in California.

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04/13/15 Congested Power Plant Site Forces a Hunt for Space

The project team retrofits the aging Scattergood Generating Station while dealing with a tangle of utilities, cranes and critical infrastructure.
02/16/15 Historic Theater's Retrofit a Tough Act to Stage

Rising costs, unanticipated conditions and a delicate seismic upgrade complicate the War Memorial Veterans Building's preservation and renovation
12/01/14 Airports/Transit Award of Merit: Bob Hope Airport RITC

Multiple procurement packages allowed for a design-build approach to components that include a parking structure and rental car building.
12/01/14 Airports/Transit Award of Merit: San Francisco Intl. Airport Terminal 3E

The $117-million design-build project focused on elevating hospitality, efficiency and passenger comfort.
12/01/14 Airports/Transit: Green Build Expansion at San Diego Airport

The first LEED-Platinum certified commercial airport terminal in the world was completed on time and nearly $45 million under budget.
12/01/14 Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship: San Diego Central Library

The signature three-story dome provides visual drama to the exterior and a lofty interior space above the reading room.
12/01/14 Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship: The Arboretum at Christ Cathedral

The project team met an expedited delivery schedule while installing contemporary systems that remained faithful to architect Richard Neutra’s original vision.
12/01/14 Award of Merit, Government/Public Building: San Bernardino Justice Center

The $260-million San Bernardino Justice Center has become one of the Inland Empire’s most significant facilities in recent years.
12/01/14 Best Projects Awards Celebrate Successful Teams

Many of this year’s winners featured close collaboration among project firms.
12/01/14 Builder’s Home Exhibits Net-Zero Sustainability

With its San Francisco offices designed to achieve ‘net zero,’ DPR Construction proves affordability, viability of the highest green standard
12/01/14 Cultural/Worship: Carmel Mission Basilica Preservation

Crews completed the two-phase, $5.6-million project more than two years ahead of schedule and at a savings of $1.6 million.
12/01/14 Cultural/Worship: The Wallis

The project team repurposed a historic U.S. Post Office and joined it to a new, modernist-style building to create a performing arts center.
12/01/14 Energy/Industrial: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station

The largest solar project of its kind in the world, Ivanpah uses emerging solar thermal power technology to produce electricity.
12/01/14 Excellence in Safety & Best Sports/Entertainment: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

This renovation and addition provides unique meeting spaces that flow inside and out.
12/01/14 Government/Public Building: Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse

This fast-tracked design-build undertaking became the first social infrastructure project in the U.S. procured under the principles of performance-based infrastructure contracting.
12/01/14 Green Project Award of Merit: J. Craig Venter Institute Genome Lab Project

As a showcase of how science and environmentally sustainable building practices can align, the three-story structure is on track to meet net-zero performance and earn LEED Platinum.
12/01/14 Green Project Award of Merit: The Zero Net Energy Center

This large-scale commercial building retrofit now serves as a demonstration project to instruct thousands of electrical apprentices on renewable energy systems each year.
12/01/14 Green Project: Orange County Great Park - South Lawn Project

A former Superfund site becomes a system which captures and stores stormwater for irrigation in this $23-million project.
12/01/14 Health Care Award of Merit: Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion

The pavilion acts as a gateway to Cedars-Sinai’s sprawling hospital campus and unites outpatient care, research and teaching into one location to stimulate collaboration and spur innovation.
12/01/14 Health Care Award of Merit: Kaiser San Leandro Medical Center

The team delivered the project seven months ahead of schedule through meticulous pre-construction coordination and the use of jobsite technology.
12/01/14 Health Care: Kaiser Permanente Oakland Hospital

Crews installed and commissioned more than 4,500 pieces of equipment across 114 subsystems at this flagship hospital.
12/01/14 Health Care: Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton

This $455-million facility was delivered $100 million under budget and six months ahead of schedule.
12/01/14 Higher Education/Research Award of Merit: NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center

Designers mimicked the island’s ecology for air flow, water distribution and lighting systems.
12/01/14 Higher Education: Los Angeles Trade Technical College Mariposa Hall

A large skylight opens into the centrally located, three-story atrium and diffuses daylight throughout the heart of the LEED-Gold-certified building.
12/01/14 Highway/Bridge: Golden Gate Bridge Phase 3A

Access constraints at this $90-million retrofit to one of the world’s most iconic bridges made work treacherous.
12/01/14 Highway/Bridge: I-80 Truck Scales Inspection Facility

This $49.6-million project replaces a 50-year-old truck scale facility located in the middle of the confluence of three major freeways.
12/01/14 Historic Temple Gets A New Lease on Life

New shear walls, building systems and repairs to historic elements comprise a meticulously planned restoration at Wilshire Boulevard Temple
12/01/14 Interiors Award of Merit: Westfield TBIT Concessions Modifications

Crews built out 66,300 sq ft of core and shell space for 47 concessions tenants within the newly built international terminal at LAX.
12/01/14 Interiors/Tenant Improvement Award of Merit: Mozilla Headquarters

Openness and transparency, concepts central to software creator Mozilla’s corporate culture, are incorporated in this office space upgrade.
12/01/14 Interiors/Tenant Improvement: GitHub Headquarters

GitHub employees work in a fluid, mobile manner, moving between large open floor plans and intimate work spaces created by vintage shipping containers.
12/01/14 K-12 Education Award of Merit: Bishop O'Dowd H.S. Center for Environmental Studies

The laboratory classroom was designed as an indoor/outdoor learning environment for teaching sustainability.
12/01/14 K-12 Education Award of Merit: Camarena Elementary School

This sustainable campus requires 28% less energy than allowed under updated Title 24 code and features a sophisticated energy management system.
12/01/14 K-12 Education: E3 Civic High

This charter school project created a learning atmosphere aimed at encouraging social connections.
12/01/14 Landscape/Urban Award of Merit: L.A. Waterfront Downtown Harbor

An old parking lot transformed into a public plaza during this $20-million harbor improvement project.
12/01/14 Landscape/Urban Development: Admin Center Waterfront Park

The $40.6-million park in San Diego converts two surface parking lots around the historic Administration Center building into an open-space community area.
12/01/14 Manufacturing: Yakult USA Manufacturing Plant

The project team squeezed two buildings totaling 88,000 sq ft, parking spaces big enough for tour buses and routes for delivery truck circulation into a very tight, eight-acre site.
12/01/14 Office Award of Merit: 50 UN Plaza Federal Building

Designers of the LEED-Platinum project sought to showcase appropriate sustainable measures for historic buildings.
12/01/14 Office Award of Merit: La Jolla Commons Tower II

Developers expect this $81-million tower to become the largest carbon-neutral and net-zero office building in the U.S.
12/01/14 Office: East Valley Water District Headquarters

Value engineering and careful planning helped the project team deliver the $17-million East Valley Water District headquarters 71 days ahead of schedule and under budget.
12/01/14 Renovation Award of Merit: 140 New Montgomery

Seismic upgrades were performed, and all major building systems were replaced on this 1920s-era, 26-story tower
12/01/14 Renovation Award of Merit: Hollyhock House Barnsdall Park Ph. III

Stabilization, leakage mitigation and historic restoration have made the National Historic Landmark available once again for tours and study.
12/01/14 Renovation/Restoration: Atascadero City Hall

This $21.7-million project repaired damage from an earthquake and rehabilitated the structure.
12/01/14 Residential Award of Merit: 38 Delores

Built on a site with difficult geometry and bound by three busy streets, this slick mixed-used building provides retail space, 81 luxury condos and parking.
12/01/14 Residential/Hospitality Award of Merit: Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach

Reflecting Hawaiian island heritage through tropical design motifs, the four-story condominium addition includes 13 luxury units and a spa.
12/01/14 Residential/Hospitality: Wilshire La Brea

Since its opening in June, the $105-million Wilshire La Brea has served an integral role in the modernization of the Miracle Mile District streetscape in Los Angeles.
12/01/14 Safety Award of Excellence: Riverside Convention Center

There were more than 200,000 hours of work with no lost-time accidents.
12/01/14 Small Project Award of Merit: Kanan Road T2 and T3 Tunnel Lining

Crews on the $8-million project used a novel process to install 1.3 million lb of new steel liner.
12/01/14 Small Project: Caltech KISS Tolman-Bacher Compound

The $4.35-million renovation of a Mission-style house into office space includes the addition of a new LEED-Platinum conference center with offices and a lounge.
12/01/14 Specialty Contracting Award of Merit: S.F.-Oakland Bay Bridge Shear Key Retrofit

The project team installed massive post-tensioned saddles to ensure the bridge functioned as originally designed.
12/01/14 Specialty Contracting Award of Merit: Westfield Century City Parking

This two-bay wide, long-span parking structure has a reinforced concrete structure with shear walls and is designed with jump-ramps at the top and bottom to improve circulation.
12/01/14 Sports Award of Merit: Rose Bowl Stadium Improvements

Improvements focused on safety, enhanced fan experience and more efficient facility operations.
12/01/14 Sports/Entertainment: Graton Resort & Casino

In just 17 months, crews built a 340,000-sq-ft casino that includes a 9,000-sq-ft events center and over a dozen eateries
12/01/14 Water/Environment Award of Merit: Bair Island Restoration

Workers had to contend with bay muds, limited site access and protected wildlife species on this tidal restoration project.
12/01/14 Water/Environment: Robert B. Diemer Oxidation Retrofit

This $205-million project upgrades and modifies the existing plant to treat potable water with ozone in lieu of chlorine to better meet water quality standards.
10/06/14 Building a Giant Water Bunker in L.A. Is No Easy Task

The $230-million Silver Lake Reservoir Replacement Project reroutes drinking water into underground facilities to comply with EPA regulations.
07/28/14 Stealthy Tunnelers Bore Through Underground Maze

Twin boring machines overcome variable soils and avoid myriad obstructions to build San Francisco’s $1.5-billion subway extension.
07/08/14 Water Pipeline Designed to Surf Seismic Waves

Flexible joints and an articulated vault will allow a water pipeline in the San Francisco Bay Area to slide, compress and oscillate during an earthquake.
06/24/14 Crews Install Record-Deep Foundation Piles for San Francisco Tower

Deep piers support a megabrace structural system for the 802-ft-tall 181 Fremont tower.
06/02/14 Complex Green Curtain Wall Requires Model Synergy

Delivering the new science and engineering building at UC Merced took careful coordination by team members to achieve sustainability goals.
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