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Desiderio Home Construction Progress

Some member of our team were in Pasadena last week (at the lovely Huntington Gardens!) for meetings on another project and we wanted to share some progress photos from the Desiderio Homes construction site. Things are coming along!

We also thought we'd take the opportunity to share a little of the history surrounding the site. Both photos are taken from the Colorado Street Bridge, built in 1912, which lends a truly lovely backdrop to the site. In the second photo, you can see the historic Vista del Arroyo Hotel building, which is another beautiful complement dating back to 1920-1930. During WWII, it became the McCornack General Hospital, later becoming Federal offices, and is now the Richard H. Chambers United States Court of Appeals. 

Much of Pasadena is beautiful, but the eight families who inhabit the project will have some pretty amazing architecture in their backyards. 

More to come!

 
Mandarin Oriental Honolulu Progresses to Design Development

For all the non-architects out there, a short explanation may be necessary. The design/construction schedule from our perspective is typically described in five stages (though there is some variation in how different architects mark their progress): 

1. Conceptual Design/Entitlements: Initial programming and conceptual layout, preliminary city approvals
2. Schematic Design (SD): Establishment of key relationships and functionality, early development of key design elements, early (and on-going) coordination with Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Structural engineering drawings
3. Design Development (DD): Early development of key details and further coordination with MEP/Structural drawings
4. Construction Documents (CDs): Production of documentation necessary to price and construct the project, including full coordination with MEP/Structural drawings
5. Construction Administration (CA): Continued coordination of documented elements with the construction process in the field

This whole process is also happening simultaneously within the interior design and landscape architecture disciplines, while also coordinating with the architectural team.

Whew! This is all to explain that the Mandarin Oriental Honolulu project is progressing according to schedule, with 100% SD (Schematic Design) having just been completed! We have updated our project page accordingly, with some brand new images and information. As part of developing the design, we've done extensive exploration and modeling in 3d, so we also wanted to share a quick video overview we produced. We're excited to move into Design Development as we begin the new year!

Ground broken on Lomita Townhomes

San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity has officially broken ground on the Lomita Avenue Townhomes! Our own Brian Betsill was in attendance at the August ceremony, and took the picture below of the families selected for ownership digging in. Construction is continuing in the new year through Fall/Winter 2018, so if you're in the Glendale area, click here to volunteer! SGV Habitat also has more information about their partnership with the Glendale Housing Authority and the families selected for the project at their website. 

Confluence Units Going Fast!

Presales for residential units in Confluence are currently underway, with nearly a third of the units already reserved! If you're interested in a residential unit or commercial space, please head over to the Confluence site to learn more before they're all gone!

Below is an example of the two interior finish options in the main living area. We have also added some new images at our project page, if you'd like to see more.

Confluence Featured in the Coloradoan

Confluence was featured prominently Sunday in the Business section of the Coloradoan, in a feature on buildings that are reshaping Fort Collins, alongside other projects that are revitalizing the River District. We've received lots of positive feedback on the article, so thank you! If you haven't read it yet, you can find it at the Coloradoan's website, or if you'd like more information on the project, check out our project page or go straight to the Confluence site

Presales are going on now, with units going fast!

Confluence Units Now Available!
 

We are excited to announce that residential units in Confluence are now available for presale! More information about presales and the commercial spaces available for lease is available at the updated project website. We have also added a few new renderings to our project page. We will have additional information about the individual units (and additional images) in the coming weeks, so check back soon!

 
Confluence on the Cover...
 

Confluence has been featured on the cover of the Spring 2017 issue of Colorado Construction & Design. The AIA Colorado North spotlight lists the project alongside the Ginger and Baker rehabilitation of the Feeder Supply building (another River District redevelopment project), the Windsor Mill Redevelopment, and Bohn Farm Cohousing in Longmont. 

You can visit their website here or read the full issue here; the article is on page 33. For more information on Confluence, be sure to take a look at our project page and confluencefc.com.

 
Andalucia featured on Urbanize LA

The Andalucia (previously El Molino Court) has been featured on Urbanize LA! We're excited to see the project finished and we're thrilled with all of the positive responses in the comments. 

Our project page has a number of Bernard Andre's other wonderful photos of the project, and the full Urbanized LA article is available here. Be sure to take a peek at the building's rental site as well.

This has been a very rewarding project and we're humbled that it has received such an overwhelmingly positive reaction. We're proud to have been a part of it. 

Ground Broken at Poudre Garage
 

Poudre Garage LLC hosted a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday at the project site at Remington and Oak in Old Town Fort Collins. Renovations to the interior of the historic Forest Service garage have already begun, and work on footings and foundations for the addition is scheduled to begin shortly.

David Diehl, one of the company's principals, said a few words, thanking the Downtown Development Authority for their contribution to the project, which he indicated made a big impact in the quality of the exterior materials that the project budget could accommodate.

It has been a fun and productive collaboration with the owner, and we are excited to see the project beginning to be realized! More information about the project is available at our project page, and we will provide updates as soon as a leasing website is available.

 
Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu Announced
 

[au]workshop is thrilled to announce that the world-renowned Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will be operating the Mana'olana Place Hotel and Residences as the Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu.

A few selections from the Mandarin Oriental and Salem Partners press releases:

“We are delighted with this opportunity to open a hotel in Honolulu and look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s legendary hospitality back to Hawaii,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. “This new development will be a welcome addition to the brand’s expansion around the world,” he added.
“We are proud to bring the award-winning Mandarin Oriental brand to Honolulu,” said James Ratkovich of Salem Partners. “Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu will set a new standard for luxury service in the islands and will offer a preferred choice to travelers and potential homeowners who desire the finest accommodation,” he added. “We look forward to revitalizing this area at the gateway to Waikiki with the first TOD project in the city and bringing jobs, economic benefits, housing and a world-class hotel to Honolulu.”

We are excited to have the privilege to continue to work closely with the Mandarin group as the project continues to develop. 

For more information about the project, please see our project page, or the Mandarin Oriental or Salem Partners press releases.