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Project Overview - The Apex
Level 10 Construction designed and built a new hotel and an adjoining entertainment center known as The Apex, as part of Red Hawk Casino Hotel & Entertainment Center in Placerville, CA.
The hotel boasts a five-story structure spanning 135,000 SF, with a total of 156 keys. Room sizes range from 440 SF to 900 SF. Each room offers captivating views of the surrounding foothills through floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel also features an array of amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center and an inviting outdoor terrace with a refreshing pool.
The Apex offers extensive entertainment options within its 85,000 SF premises. Guests can experience the thrill of racing on a multi-story indoor electric karting track. Additionally, the center houses an 18-lane bowling center, golf simulators, a virtual reality arcade and an expansive sports bar, offering both indoor and outdoor seating.
The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians aim to thrive in the modern economy to preserve their cultural foundation which has been deeply undermined over the last centuries. The Red Hawk Hotel is part of the Tribe’s new economic engine, as they reaffirm their self-sufficiency and connection to their home.
The Miwok Indians generally, and the Shingle Springs Band specifically, have a deep and abiding connection to the ecosystem and the surrounding ancestral lands; the Hotel is sited carefully to engage with views of the land and to disturb as few of the oak trees which historically have provided an important staple of their culture.
The hotel structure was built into a steep hillside, with a large soil nail shoring wall retaining earth on the uphill side to create a basement space. Level 10 worked with the structural engineer to utilize the shoring wall in combination with horizontal rock anchors to help anchor the structural frame to the hillside, reducing the overall quantity of shear walls in the structure.
The entertainment center structure was a steel frame set atop a precast concrete parking structure. All steel anchor bolt connections to the concrete frame had to be closely coordinated between the surveyor, structural engineer and structural steel subcontractor. Anchor bolts had to be placed in eccentric patterns around the steel column due to existing reinforcing. Level 10 also increased drag strap steel plate size at BRB to concrete beam connections to allow drilling through congested rebar in the concrete beam.
Level 10 Construction is known for being early adopters of construction industry software and mobile-based apps that improve project efficiency, quality and safety. For example, Bluebeam, a cloud-based application, allows team members to review documents and make comments in a collaborative environment in which all users, including the design team and owner, may view. Comments were tracked within the application, and the report was issued to the design team with the comments directly on the drawings for quick review by the design team. The process eliminated waste and improved the efficiency of the constructability review process.
- ENR CA, 2023 Best Sports/Entertainment Project
- National Tile Contractors Association, 2023 Five Star Project of the Year, Commercial Elite Grand Prize
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Project Overview - One Beach Street
For the One Beach Street tenant improvement project in San Francisco, CA, Level 10 Construction completed a 98,000 SF seismic upgrade along with an added roof deck to create a single-tenant building. This existing building tenant improvement also included new MEP systems, lobbies and restrooms.
Located across from Pier 39 in San Francisco’s North Waterfront District, the 1920’s era manufacturing facility-to-office conversion was originally the home of Otis Elevator’s West Coast manufacturing operation. Improvements included the removal of slab-on-grade and replacement with reinforced concrete, adding ramp, canopy and elevator tower extension on the roof; remodeling of ground floor main lobby; cosmetic upgrade of existing egress stairs; new roofing system; new terrace at roof level; extension of existing stairs; new glass box stair; and new mechanical unit with a mechanical screen at roof level. Alterations to building systems included all new building wide MEPF. Additional structural work was required to reinforce roof and floor-to-floor openings.
This project has preserved a piece of history while modernizing the building to meet today's standards. The careful consideration of the building's history and architectural significance is evident in the final product. The building's character remains intact, while its functionality has been upgraded to meet the needs of modern occupants.
The seismic upgrade and reconstruction of the building have brought a renewed sense of pride and optimism to the community. The building is now a shining example of what can be achieved when history is preserved while modernizing buildings to meet current standards. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving our built heritage and the role it plays in shaping our communities.
One particular condition that required extensive coordination and innovative problem-solving was the height restriction of the planning department. The department only allowed the glass enclosure over the stair to be 7-5’ above the roof deck height. Initially, the enclosure had an open-air roof that was going to have water diverted through a gutter, which would have made the inside of the closure wet and allowed birds in. However, Level 10 worked with RMW Architecture to redesign the enclosure, and they came up with a door at the code minimum of 6-8” height. The tight tolerance and re-sloping of the roof made the project much more functional and ultimately satisfied the client.
The project was completed per the original schedule despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The glass enclosure had long lead glass from China, which was affected by the pandemic's shipping issues. However, RMW and Level 10 were undeterred, and continued to work diligently to complete the project on time.
Level 10 takes a flexible approach to new technologies, including software, allowing us to build a software stack for every project. Level 10 utilized Bluebeam, BIManywhere and PlanGrid/AutoDesk Build for the One Beach Street TI project. Level 10 also performed a complete laser scan of the space to identify the existing structural systems and utilities accurately. This process benefited the schedule as it eliminated the need for time-consuming conflict resolution during the BIM process.
- ENR CA, 2023 Best Renovation/Restoration
- LEED BD+C: Core and Shell
- Fitwel 1-Star Rating
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