A previously-released development proposal for the so-called Broadway Block complex by Ratkovich Properties, Urbana, The Owl Companies, and Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) has been updated to include more residential units. The project features the work of architect Rob Wellington Quigley and landscape architect Office of James Burnett. The project update, first reported by Longbeachize, contains an additional 18 units over the previously-announced scheme and is articulated as a 21-story tower with an attached eight-story apartment block. The lower portion of the structure will front Broadway while the tower portion will sit on 3rd Street. The new complex is to be built over an existing parking lot in Downtown Long Beach. The complex will also bring a mix of other student-friendly uses to the university-adjacent neighborhood, including a 5,773-square-foot creative office space, a 3,873-square-foot flexible space component, and a 6,012-square-foot loft area. CSULB will occupy roughly 4,500-square feet of the complex, with 1,311 square feet dedicated to its ArtExchange gallery space and 3,200 square feet of multi-purpose space included in the development. Renderings for the project depict a street-hugging courtyard complex containing a variety of structures inside the courtyard area, including pedestrian-oriented paseos and a terrace-level pool outfitted with a mirrored ceiling that allows pedestrians to see what’s going on in the pool. The project was originally proposed with a student housing component in addition to market-rate apartments, but the updated proposal omits these units. It is expected that the loss of the student housing for the project comes on the heels of another CSULB-affiliated project planned for nearby block that aims to bring 800 new dorms to the area. That project is being pursued by Shooshani Developers and architects Studio One Eleven and is slated to begin construction this fall. Construction on the Broadway Block development is expected to begin in 2019.
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Brought to you with support fromRhode Partners, an interdisciplinary design studio that unites architecture, interior design, and master planning, has recently completed a student housing project situated just outside the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. A soft curvature along the exterior envelope of the tower organizes the residential portion of the building along an asymmetrical linear grid, while custom-designed clothespin-shaped columns help transfer the load of the tower structure down into a parking garage below. The design of the project was inspired by "avoiding stereotypes" of what typical apartment housing looks like, according to Brett Rhode, director of Rhode Partners. "We wanted to avoid the common L-shaped building scenario, so we developed a way to make a prominent widening of the footprint that gave us some interesting form to work with architecturally and also provided a way to increase the rentable square footage." The building envelope of the residential tower is constructed of light gauge non-load bearing metal framing with two cladding systems that respond to different areas of the building. The first is a rain screen system with a layer of mineral wool exterior insulation. Rainscreen materials vary from metal cladding to fiber cement and high-density laminate cladding. The other exterior cladding assembly was an exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS), which is employed in the curved sections of the primary facade. Below the tower sits a three-story parking garage podium that was clad with expanded aluminum sheet panels; these offer visual screening to parked cars. The panels are attached to horizontal tensioned cables, eliminating the need for a backup steel framework. This detailing, along with the modular panel size, offered an economical solution to the garage facade. One of the most recognizable elements in the building design is several projecting balcony elements that responded to the client’s program requirements of providing a select number of balconies for the building. The architects wrapped a cantilevered steel frame in perforated metal panels and used fiberglass gratings for flooring, treating the balconies as translucent figural shapes that project beyond the facade. Rhode said, "it seemed like an interesting opportunity to use them to enliven the facade. We turned them into objects that don’t immediately look like balconies.” A core focus of the Austin-based architecture firm is to integrate BIM and IES energy modeling on all of their projects, which span civic, multifamily, hotel, office, and retail markets. The project team for University House Austin was able to collaborate with the general contractor (Rogers O’Brian Construction) to develop an initial BIM model that was referenced throughout the construction of the project. “This was a big reason why we were able to get a more interesting facade within budget, “ said Rhode. “We also use digital fabrication techniques in our model shop, especially in the early design phases.” Rhode will be participating in Austin's upcoming Facades+AM conference, where he will be joining other local architects, engineers, and planners in a session titled “Austin’s Changing Skyline.” He will be focusing on the technological aspects of the envelope of one of their latest projects—The Independent—as they relate to aesthetics, energy usage, and cost. The event is part of a multi-city conference series on high-performance building enclosures. More information on Facades+AM, which organizes ten presenters into a three-session morning breakfast and networking event, can be found here.
Yesterday, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced a new partnership between Shooshani Developers and the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) that will bring an 800-bed student housing tower, designed by architects Studio One Eleven, to Downtown Long Beach. The project partners are working toward the implementation of the so-called CSULB Village development, a student-focused mixed-use district that will boost the university’s presence in Downtown Long Beach, as the city’s mayor aims to enliven the district via increased density and pedestrianization improvements. The new district will include a 22-story mixed-use tower containing student housing and 50 units of university staff housing. The complex will also house 16 meeting rooms, a 5,000-square-foot innovation center, a 10,000-square-foot CSULB-run art gallery and museum, and 45,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Studio One Eleven maintains one of its two offices in Downtown Long Beach in a recently-renovated portion of a former shopping mall located beside the proposed tower complex. The firm was also in charge of design for the mall renovation project, which repurposed a 34,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack department store into a creative office suite. In a statement announcing the new partnership, Michael Bohn, senior principal at Studio One Eleven said, “Once a place for consumption [Downtown Long Beach] is transforming into a vibrant mixed-use community with creative office and now educational-art-innovation components. Hopefully, this will set a foundation for other institutions to look at downtown as a future home.” A rendering accompanying the release by the developers depicts a rectangular tower rising out of a two-story podium. The blocky tower has multi-level loggia cut out from its mass at different heights along each the corners. The tower also features gridded facades along each exposure, with certain facades populated by vertical louvers. The tower will be located near another recently-announced CSULB project that will be developed by Ratkovich Company, Urbana LLC, and Owl Companies. The so-called Broadway Block complex would bring a new 375-unit mixed-use development to the area in a complex marked by a 21-story apartment tower. Construction on the CSULB Village complex is scheduled to begin Fall 2017; a completion date has not been announced for the project.