MHP’s Design & Retrofit group focuses on supporting architects, developers, and building owners in executing the structural design for their projects. With group strength built around the diversity in experience of the managing partners, the design group is poised to tackle any structural engineering challenge. Under the guidance of Rick Beall, Terry Fernandez and Ken O’Dell each member of the team brings a unique approach, refreshing determination, and personal commitment to reach the project goals set forth by their clients. The group prides itself on providing creative yet cost effective solutions throughout the project timeline from schematics to completion of construction.
Use of appropriate state-of-the-art analysis tools provides MHP the ability to quickly assess the structural needs of projects. From straight forward new design to complex retrofit or renovation, the MHP team of engineers thrives on turning complicated challenges into opportunities to achieve the client’s vision of the end product.
At MHP the relationship between the client and engineering team is essential to a successful design. Throughout the stages of the design process, involvement of a MHP principal contributes to the success of the team. As the Partners work with the project engineers, each step is carefully planned keeping in mind potential problems and opportunities associated with the proposed design. This system offers valuable insight to the client and project Architect, heading off potential conflicts early on. With this approach it is the goal of the MHP team to continue building long-term relationships with valued clients by being a resource of knowledge for the current project or the next.
SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING
Playa Vista, California
Sunrise Senior Living, Inc.
Hill Partnership, Inc.
Completed in June 2006
The 68,875 square foot Sunrise Assisted Living community consisted of a 6-story, 85-unit assisted living facility sitting on 1.18 acres of land in a highly-dense, urban housing development bordered by streets on three sides.
CHALLENGES AND NEEDS
The project consisted of a steel frame building which required special attention to maintaining the owner’s goals of providing elderly occupants with a “home-like” environment which would also provide privacy, independence and an enhanced living experience.
SCOPE OF SERVICE AND SOLUTION
Structural steel with composite floor slabs were constructed in conjunction with a lateral system comprised of special concentrically braced frames. Design was further complicated by site soil conditions leading to a driven pile foundation system. Extensive 3-dimensional computer modeling was implemented to enhance the cost effectiveness of the design solution