As we close the book on an immensely successful year at DCI Engineers, we can’t help but look forward to what 2015 will bring. Here’s a selection of the exciting projects around the country that our engineers are gearing up to start this year:
Spokane Convention Center – DCI will be putting the finishing touches on a major expansion of the Spokane Convention Center, leaving an indelible imprint on the city’s downtown. The $50 million, 90,000-sf expansion will provide an additional 20,000-sf of exhibition space, 25,000-sf of meeting and ballroom space and pre-function lobbies linking the convention center to the Centennial Trail and the Spokane River shoreline. The project includes a custom truss that carries the exhibition hall roof, floor, and outdoor plaza. At 30-ft tall by 225-ft long, it is the largest, most complex truss DCI has ever designed.
Spokane office move – In May, DCI’s Spokane office will be finding a new home in the city’s central business district. The beautiful older building, which DCI will be the sole occupant of, is being renovated to suit the company’s desire for a creative and collaborative work space.
Irvine office expanding – Three years after it opened with a staff of two, DCI’s Irvine office is getting a bit too cozy for its 13 employees. That will be remedied this spring, when the office expands to a neighboring space, tripling the capacity. With several large projects on the horizon, things are looking up in Irvine.
Parkmerced – DCI will be lead engineer on the first phase of this visionary redevelopment of a San Francisco neighborhood. The project includes a total of eight buildings ranging from four to 14 stories, totaling more than 1,000,000-sf. Our engineers will be using much of their toolbox of structural approaches during the project, with designs varying from Type VA wood-framed, to cast-in-place concrete and cold-formed steel.
Terry & Howell – 2015 will see a huge uptick in hotel space in downtown Seattle, with more than 3,150 more rooms in the pipeline in the coming years, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. DCI Engineers is playing a role in this booming market through our design of the 16-story, 300-room hotel at the corner of Terry Avenue and Howell Street. Colorado-based Stonebridge Companies is the developer of the project, which will include conference space, ground-level retail and above- and below-grade parking for approximately 225 vehicles.
Block 24 Mixed Use (The Independent) – At more 59 stories, this 660,000-sf mixed-use project breaks new ground for both DCI Engineers and the city of Austin – it’s the largest tower the firm has ever designed in the United States and will be the tallest building in the city. The project, located in the heart of downtown Austin at the corner of West Third Street and West Avenue, includes 436,000-sf of residential space, 120,000-sf of office, 13,500-sf of retail and approximately 618 parking stalls. The tower promises to be an integral part of the Austin skyline for generations.
Bigger, better golf tournament – This year’s annual Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Childhaven will include twice as many players this year, thanks to the premier sponsorship of Berntson Porter. The event, which takes place every year at Newcastle Golf Club, raised more than $40,000 for the organization last year. Stay tuned for information on how to get involved in this year’s tournament!
UCSD East Campus Housing and Parking Garage – This exciting project will forever change the built environment of the University of California – San Diego. The $178 million project includes an 880-stall parking structure, as well as five buildings containing more than 545,000-sf of residential space for faculty and graduate students.
Neptune Marina – This sprawling residential project will uniquely interface with the waterfront of Marina del Rey, California. The project consists of four six-story, wood-framed apartment buildings totaling 538,000-sf over two levels of parking in a concrete podium totaling 508,000-sf. The facility will include marina facilities, including a boater’s lounge, Dock Master’s office and locker room.
UCI UNEX – DCI will have a hand in a major addition to the campus environment at the University of California – Irvine. The five-story, 74,000-sf UNEX Classroom Building will include classrooms, conference rooms, a Dean’s area, staff and administrative space and a public courtyard. DCI is also designing the foundations and stairs for a pedestrian bridge that will access the building.
About the Author
Caleb Heeringa, Communications Coordinator | Caleb enjoys immersing himself in the A/E/C industry and informing audiences about DCI’s contribution to state-of-the-art structural development. Preferring a conversational style, he naturally narrates the firm’s design approach and project details to professionals in other industries. With a knack for adventure, he enjoys international travel and exploring the back corners of Washington’s wilderness.