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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a civil engineering marvel

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Is A Civil Engineering Marvel

July 6th, 2017 Posted by Architecture, Transit-Oriented Development No Comment yet

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Features Something for Everyone!

Imagine driving along a bridge over a large bay. All one sees is water to the left and right of the road deck beyond the sides; only the road ahead provides solace that you’re still on solid gr… Wait? Where’s the road?!? It’s gone!!! Aaaahhhh!!

No worries, it’s just the tunnel entrance.

See, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) is a monstrous, 17.6 mile civil engineering marvel that has connected Virginia’s Eastern and Western Shores for over 50 years. The CBBT is a bridge-lover’s delight as it features something for everyone: low-lying trestles (fun during choppy seas!) that serve as connectors for two, separate, mile-long tunnels along with two high-level bridges. A restaurant, fishing pier, and sightseeing stops are but a few of the amenities that exist on the route, all of which have helped millions of travelers take in the natural wonder and beauty of the majestic Chesapeake.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

*picture from http://www.cbbt.com/

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The Tiny Home Craze Is Hugely Popular In The U.S

June 8th, 2017 Posted by Architecture, Environmental News No Comment yet

Livin’ Small. The Tiny House Craze.

Consider the following… The average American home is almost 2400 ft2 in size.

However, the tiny home craze that took the U.S. by storm during the height of the Great Recession remains as popular as ever despite the vastly improved economic climate.

How can a 240 square foot home be compete?

For many individuals, the desire to downsize to a home 1/10 the size of the typical American dwelling is more about the personal and financial freedoms such a lifestyle change affords versus being tied to a mortgage for a third of one’s life. For others, it’s about the ability to simplify and disengage from an increasingly materialistic world to one where such constraints and competitiveness no longer matters.

Zoning laws are perhaps the biggest obstacle preventing just about anyone from embracing the ability to embrace a tiny home. Yet, the seemingly endless design and packaging options available mean the phenomena won’t disappear anytime soon!

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

*tiny house photo from: https://smallhousecatalog.com/

The Petersen Automotive Museum delights car buffs and architectural aficionados alike

Satisfying Our Love For Beautiful Architectural Designs

May 25th, 2017 Posted by Aesthetics And Renovations, Architecture No Comment yet

The Petersen Automotive Museum delights car buffs and architectural aficionados alike

For many people, cars and architecture go hand-in-hand.

On one hand, you have those who view both as simple, utilitarian necessities; the car moves people from Point A to Point B while the building provides shelter from the elements.

On the other hand, you have those who view both as much more; specifically, the design and engineering that goes into beautiful examples of each, thereby allowing them to serve as sources of inspiration and desire.

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles satisfies those who see both as something greater than their basic function… Something that is to be celebrated.

Located at the western end of Museum Row, the rather mundane, original museum structure was completely redone as part of a $90 million renovation in 2015 by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Consisting of 308 metallic stainless-steel ribbons, the facade was meant to give the impression of motion, and it doesn’t disappoint!

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

Google Eyes The Binoculars Building In Los Angeles

March 3rd, 2017 Posted by Architecture, Environmental News, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

Talk About an “Eye” For Design

Although it may look like someone took an outrageously kitsch movie prop from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and placed it between two buildings in the middle of Venice, CA, the reality is that the Binoculars Building was anything but!

Frank Gehry, in conjunction with Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, originally designed this 30’ tall structure for advertising agency Chiat/Day along with two other buildings at its site on Main Street. In true Gehry fashion, Binoculars Building functions as a pair of meeting rooms, complete with integrated skylights. After the discovery of toxic waste on the site led to some delays, Binoculars Building was completed in 1991. Chiat/Day has since moved to another facility and the site is now leased by Google. The irony of *Binoculars Building serving as a campus for the world’s most popular search engine is seen by many as more than pure coincidence! 

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

*Picture courtesy of: By Bobak Ha’Eri – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

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Is The Millennium Tower In San Francisco Sinking?

January 5th, 2017 Posted by Aesthetics And Renovations, Architecture, Environmental News No Comment yet

The Leaning  Millenium Tower

Rated one of the “Top 10 Residential Buildings in the World” by Worth Magazine, the stunning, blue-gray glass Millennium Tower in the Yerba Buena section of San Francisco nicely compliments an already stunning skyline at 58 stories. Serving as both the tallest residential building -and the fourth tallest structure overall in the city- the Millennium Tower is indeed the stuff of dreams for those fortunate enough to afford to live there.

Unfortunately, the dream has become a nightmare… one where that sinking feeling has segued into harsh reality since this 645’ Handel Architects-designed structure has descended approximately 16 inches (as of November 2016) into the soft soils & sands upon which it was placed. Already built on reclaimed land, the decision to forego anchoring the tower into more stable bedrock was done as a cost-cutting measure that has created a myriad of legal battles that may prove to be as costly as its remediation.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

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The Broad Museum In Los Angeles

December 1st, 2016 Posted by Aesthetics And Renovations, Architecture, City Planners in Los Angeles, Environmental News, Green Construction No Comment yet

Welcoming an Art Museum With Broad Appeal

The Broad Museum will add to LA’s vibrant Cultural District.

Designing a building that will serve as the centerpiece for one’s legacy means striving to capture the essence of the individual while ensuring the structure stands out amongst its peers. Within Los Angeles’ thriving Cultural District, regional philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad are doing just that. The newly-opened 120,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold-certified contemporary art museum that bears their surname joins other iconic structures such as the neighboring Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Broad features an underlying design theme known as “veil-and-vault.” A honeycomb exterior “veil” provides ample daylight in which to showcase numerous artworks from their impressive collection, while the “vault” refers to a darkened core, suitable for protecting sensitive & archival works. Among its most interesting architectural details can be found on the roof; featuring 318 skylights, they all face north in order to protect artwork from damaging sunlight… That’s intelligent design with a Broad appeal!

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

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Frank Gehry’s California Aerospace Museum

November 15th, 2016 Posted by Aesthetics And Renovations, Architecture, Environmental News No Comment yet

The California Aerospace Museum… Will It Help Dreams Soar Once Again?

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry has established an impressive portfolio of memorable buildings throughout his career. Although he has designed structures that proudly stand throughout the world, some of his most exceptional reside right here in California.

The California Aerospace Museum was Gehry’s first of many highly acclaimed designs. Indeed, this was his first major public work and it earned him instant global recognition! As part of the California Science Center, the museum was commissioned to celebrate California’s many contributions as a leader in the aviation and aerospace industries. Originally opened in 1984 in conjunction with the Olympic games being held in Los Angeles that year, the museum featured a giant, hangar-like structure which housed a variety of historically significant aircraft, space vehicles, and related artifacts. Sadly, the museum was closed in 2011. Despite being placed on the California Register of Historic Resources, its future is unknown.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

The Eiffel Tower Remains A Global Treasure And Engineering Feat

October 27th, 2016 Posted by Aesthetics And Renovations, Architecture, Environment, Environmental News No Comment yet

The Eiffel Tower… From Reviled Local Eyesore to Revered International Icon

The Eiffel Tower… From Reviled Local Eyesore to Revered International Icon

The Eiffel Tower remains a global treasure and engineering feat 127 years after its completion

Leading up to the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), which Paris would be hosting in 1889, event organizers hosted a competition seeking the design of an iron tower on the Champ-de-Mars featuring a square base 125 meters across and 300 meters tall. Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguie conceived the initial design we know today back in 1884. Unfortunately, the tower’s design was met with complacency by the person whose very name would be affixed to this global treasure… Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.

A civil engineer, architect, and metals expert who established himself as a highly respected bridge builder, Eiffel had architect Stephen Sauvestre improve the aesthetics of the original design. Happy with what he saw, Eiffel commissioned the project and construction began on January 28, 1887. Two years, two months, and five days later on March 31, 1889, the incomparable Eiffel Tower opened for the world to enjoy.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans.

To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

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The Los Angeles City Hall… Strengthening the Heart of a City

Updates To The Los Angeles City Hall

September 21st, 2016 Posted by Architecture, City Planners in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

The Los Angeles City Hall… Strengthening the Heart of a City

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Designed by prominent architects Austin, Parkinson, and Martin, the stunning LA City Hall proudly stood as the city’s tallest building for almost 40 years. Incorporating a mix of many design languages, including classical and Art Deco, this 454’ tall icon attracts visitors from around the world who come to admire its fantastic architectural details as well as revel in LA’s skyline from its observation deck.

To help ensure Los Angeles City Hall stands strong and tall for decades to come, the structure underwent a restoration from 1998 until 2001 that featured seismic retrofits meant to keep the building not only intact, but functional, even after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake. This project, undertaken by the world-renowned structural engineering firm, Nabih Youssef Associates, utilized a hybridized system of proven earthquake-resistant technologies including: seismic isolation bearings, viscous dampers, and shear walls to make City Hall stronger than ever!

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

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The Iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall

June 14th, 2016 Posted by Architecture, City Planners in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry has established an impressive portfolio of highly acclaimed buildings throughout his long and illustrious career. Although he has designed structures that proudly stand throughout the world, some of his standouts exist right here in California, including the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, donated $50 million in 1987 to help initialize her vision of honoring the unique climate, culture, and spirit of Los Angeles and its citizens. In addition to showcasing his contemporary design style, it was requested of Gehry that the venue feature the best acoustics in the world, which it achieved thanks to the efforts of Yasuhisa Toyota. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is considered an architectural masterpiece and the newest addition to The Music Center’s four venues. It opened on October 24, 2003, and is the permanent home of both the Los Angeles Philharmonic & the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans.

To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

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