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Award of Merit, Residential/Hospitality: Lorena Heights Apartments

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Completed in December 2011, the 112-unit, two-building complex aims to have an impact on the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles.

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Kurtz
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Each building has four residential floors above two subterranean parking levels. Upper-floor units of the $24.97-million affordable-housing project offer views of downtown. The site has two courtyards, playgrounds and a clubhouse.

The First United Christian Molokan Church, originally on the property, has been preserved, relocated and restored as a community center.

Once a dumping ground, the sloping 2.62-acre brownfield site required extensive mitigation, including permanent soil-nail walls and stormwater controls to minimize runoff. Existing buildings were shored to ensure structural integrity.

Lorena Heights Apartments

Los Angeles

Key Players

Owner: The Michaels Organization, Irvine

Contractor: VCC, LLC, Irvine

Lead Design: KTGY Group Inc., Irvine

Structural Engineer: Arciero Bros., Placentia

Civil Engineer: Sharma General Engineering Contractors, Moorpark

MEP Engineer: L D I Mechanical, Corona

Electrical: W.M. Masters & Assoc., Huntington Beach

Plumbing: AMPAM Parks Mechanical, Wilmington

Submitted by VCC

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