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The Capitol Records Building. A Los Angeles Landmark For Over 60 Years

September 15th, 2017 Posted by Architecture, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

Vinyl Never Went Out of Style!

Although completely obliterated by aliens or natural disasters in no less than three major Hollywood productions, the Capitol Records Building, located just north of the world famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, has proven to be a well-loved (and wholly unscathed) fixture of the Los Angeles skyline for over 60 years.

Designed by Welton Becket – who also penned the rather mundane department store that wouldWelton Becket architect later become the stunning Petersen Automotive Museum – this 13-story structure opened in 1956 and holds the distinct honor of being the world’s first circular office building. Given Capitol Records standing as one of the most recognizable names in music, such a design philosophy makes sense… The floors are (supposedly) meant to resemble a stack of vinyl records. The coolest feature of the building, however, may be its steeple; it features a red light that continually blinks H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in morse code… Perhaps that’s what attracted the aliens!

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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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,

Making Homes Greener Is Reducing The Carbon Footprint

December 29th, 2016 Posted by Environment, Environmental News, Green Construction, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

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Energy Efficient Technology and Environmentally-Responsible Construction Projects

Conscientious homeowners are purchasing products that will make their homes greener by reducing their carbon footprint. Elaborating on this, Zillow released a report listing the top 100 cities possessing the greatest number of homes featuring energy-efficient technology.

The results were surprising, especially for citizens in five California cities.

Despite topping the list in which residents installed some form of energy-efficient technology on their homes, these same locations featured larger carbon footprints relative to cities (primarily found on the East Coast) that didn’t feature such technology.

At 24%, San Jose topped the list with the highest percentage of home listings featuring energy-efficient technology. Marring this achievement is the fact they have the fifth largest carbon footprint in the country at 53.4 tons/year. Conversely, Buffalo, NY has but a scant 3% of its home listings possessing energy-efficient technology, but they have the smallest carbon footprint in the nation at just 33.5 tons/year.

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 Los Angeles City Hall… Strengthening the Heart of a City

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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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Tomato, Tomato

August 16th, 2016 Posted by Environment, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

Off-site Construction Projects Are Gaining Popularity Around The Nation

Tomāto, Tomăto. Two ways of referring to the same thing.

No matter how you slice it (ha!), everyone envisions a highly delicious, extremely versatile, and incredibly nutritious fruit loved by millions. The same applies to certain types of buildings being built in rather non-traditional ways – inside controlled manufacturing facilities rather than at the actual job site. Whether you prefer to call them prefabricated buildings or modular construction, buildings with a majority of their shell manufactured off-site have been gaining popularity with contractors and developers around the nation as an alternative to traditional building methods.

Why Are Prefabrication Buildings Popular?

The primary benefits include: reduced construction time, reduced waste materials, and increased cost effectiveness. This is occurring because many construction companies are still struggling to adequately staff job sites with competent workers while being able to stick to rigorous project constraints. As a result, some companies have turned to modular construction as an option that offers more stability and certainty.

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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There’s a Good Reason Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day

August 9th, 2016 Posted by Green Construction, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

…Some things simply can’t be rushed!

The importance of construction apprenticeship programs.

In the construction trades, training highly skilled workers doesn’t happen overnight. Their journey begins as registered apprentices, individuals who endure rigorous classroom and on-the-job training. Once an apprentice completes his training, he’s considered journeyman, a fully educated tradesman, but not yet a master. The road from apprentice to master is difficult by design, ensuring that only the most thoroughly trained and experienced qualify to be the standard bearers.

A master tradesman possesses a comprehensive knowledge of his craft, which spans not just his specific practices but those, as well, that facilitate the various other aspects of the project. Still, a master tradesman is one person, and even the most straightforward construction project requires the efforts of many, from the architect through the local labor unions, the members of which, in their own diligence and skill, renew the master’s trust in them day in and day out.

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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Help Support Your Local Economy By Supporting Local Businesses

July 13th, 2016 Posted by Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

We’ve all been tempted to order a pizza from one of the national chains. Sure, they may have low prices and clever ads, but they offer gimmicky products with questionable taste. Now, think of local pizzerias… Their prices may be higher, but they make a pie good enough to warrant a parade in honor of gluten! Best of all, a majority of their business is generated from local referrals & reviews.

The typical American consumer is easily influenced by clever marketing. Larger businesses can afford the kinds of marketing programs that resonate with more potential customers relative to small businesses that simply can’t compete head-to-head on pure advertising budgets alone. However, the quality of the product may be vastly better from the smaller organization. This helps make their customer base quite stable & loyal, ensuring that local money remains in the local community, thereby helping to bolster the local economy.

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.

Dodger Stadium, Environmentally-Responsible Construction Projects

Dodger Stadium, Environmentally-Responsible Construction Projects

June 10th, 2016 Posted by Architecture, City Planners in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

Dodger Stadium… Bringing Baseball to Angelenos Since 1962

 

The moving of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles for the 1958 season signaled a new chapter in professional baseball as cities on the west coast were establishing franchises of their own. While the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers the first few years, a magnificent new stadium designed by architect Emil Praeger was being constructed in the rugged Elysian Hills.

One can imagine the excitement in the air local residents felt when the groundbreaking ceremony took place on September 19, 1959. However, constructing the stadium was not without its challenges. The topography of the area presented unique challenges that were overcome only by the grit and determination of the almost 400 workers from Vinnell Constructors. Tasked at bringing baseball to the City of Angels, these hardworking individuals battled geographical obstacles to create a structure beautifully integrated into the natural terrain. On April 10, 1962, Dodger Stadium hosted its first game to the delight of 52,564 fans… Unfortunately, the Dodgers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 6-3.

As much as we love and enjoy America’s pastime, the Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) especially loves and supports the many 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.

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.

We Get the Point (and the Nonpoint)!

May 4th, 2016 Posted by Environmental News, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

With respect to environmental awareness and protection, there exists Point-Source Pollution and Nonpoint-Source Pollution.

The former refers to pollutants entering the environment directly from easily identifiable sources, such as smokestacks, pipes, or even a large shipwreck (remember the Exxon Valdez disaster?) Such obvious sources of pollution makes it easier for government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor the pollutant, enforce their laws, and oversee cleanup.

Conversely, Nonpoint Source Pollution means the pollutant is nearly impossible to source since there are no easily traceable paths, such as the aforementioned pipes. Think of all the oil spots you see in the parking lot of the local mall. Whose cars did they come from? Nobody knows, yet those pollutants harm the environment just as much as oil oozing from a gaping hole in a supertanker because they go largely unaddressed. Most residential & commercial pollutants are typically categorized as such.

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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