If you know San Francisco, you probably know the Grand Hyatt. Less than a block off Union Square, its enterance sits right on Stockton St. This large facility seems to host a never-ending chain of conferences, events, and important guests. The entry has always been somewhat “quirky”. The side-slope hill and assymmetric entrance to the right was originally designed with a set of steps leading to nowhere (see photo below).
The Whaler is a private condominium resort located on Kaanapali Beach on Maui in Hawaii. The complex is made up of two 12-story towers, and was built more than 30 years ago. The owner’s group, represented by construction manager Michael Wright & Assocs, undertook a major renovation in 2011. The design was freshened up by Maui Architectural Group with Sandra Tengan Interior Designs, and the renovation work done by Honolulu Builders. Continue reading
In the middle of 2009, we were approached by EHDD Architecture of San Francisco, who were in the process of designing the new Chinatown/North Beach campus of the City College of San Francisco. They asked if we would be interested in fabricating custom Wilshire Collection rectangles with integrated bench seating for the terrace of the new building. It was the first time that we’d been approached to do this, so we knew it would be a challenge for us. But, it was a major new construction project, in a time when there weren’t many around – of course we’d be interested! Continue reading
Tournesol Siteworks has been awarded a major contract for the production of our Wilshire Box hanging planters for the Canon U.S.A. Headquarters in Melville, NY. We look forward to working closely with Steven Dubner Landscaping, the installing contractor. Turner Construction is the general contractor, EW Howell the construction manager, and HOK the specifying architect. Continue reading
Our friends at Plant Solutions in Scottsdale just shared a fantastic slide show with us of their most recent installation of an interior living wall at the Del Friscos Grille in Phoenix. They’ve done great work in the past with our living walls (see here, here, and here), so we were anxious to share this with you.
We get a lot of questions about creating roofdeck and podium planter beds. The demand reamins strong for these features, but making them is more complicated than it seems.
We’ve done a lot of unusual projects over the years, but the KAFD Conference Center is probably the most exciting one we’ve come across. Located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the structure is covered with over 15,000sf of modular green roof, with nearly 10,000sf of living wall inside.
Tournesol Siteworks was invited to participate on the design team by HM White Site Architects, who are responsible for the breakthrough modular green roof design. The building, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York City, is the first major element in the new development slated to be the home of new banking and financial infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. The project will utilize a number of remarkable environmental construction technologies to reach an expected LEED Gold status.
We recently provided lightweight GFRC concrete containers for Shops at Park Place in Irvine, CA. This retail project is part of the 3 million square foot Park Place mixed-use project, containing class-A office, residential and retail areas. The design, by LPA, Inc. (also of Irvine), was purchased dircectly by the owner (Madison Marquette) and installed by general contractor JM Stitt.
There are more to some jobs than meets the eye. This is one of those.
When Diane Fazio of Land Images in Los Angeles called us about this project, the clock was already ticking. Because of structural problems, a reflecting pool slated to surround this Rafael Viñoly-designed lounge in the center of the new signature entrance to the university couldn’t be installed. Yet the opening of the building was only two weeks away! This building is a big deal, and the reflecting pool was a very obvious component of this building:
Kravis Center consists of the construction of a five-level, 162,000 square-foot academic and administrative facility and will serve as the western gateway to the Claremont McKenna campus. The overall project includes offices, classrooms, seminar rooms, an underground parking structure, and outdoor courtyards. (from the university’s website)
Diane wanted to know if we had enough material on hand to be able to provide them with planters to ring the area originally intended for the pool. That worked out to be nearly 330 linear feet of planters! Not only that, but could we finish it and deliver prior to the dedication in two weeks?