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January 23, 2019

CKC project wins award for seismic system that streamlined permits and construction

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The 648-unit Circa complex was completed in September.

Circa, a complex in Los Angeles with two 35-story elliptical apartment towers, won the 2018 Charles Pankow Award from the American Concrete Institute of Southern California for innovative use of concrete.

Bellevue-based Cary Kopczynski & Co. was the structural engineer on the 2 million-square-foot project, developed by Jamison Properties of Los Angeles. It opened in September, and is across from Staples Center.

The team also included Harley Ellis Devereaux, architect; Lend Lease, contractor; Commercial Metals Co, post-tensioning supplier; Largo Concrete, concrete contractor; Holliday Rock, concrete supplier; and LRM Landscape Architecture.

The tower have 648 apartments over an eight-story podium, which houses retail, parking and an amenity deck with a pool at the eighth floor.

In a press release, Cary Kopczynski & Co. said the award recognizes Circa's design and construction. CKC said it developed a unique seismic system that streamlined permitting and construction. The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety completed its review of Circa's foundations, substructure and structural core just 10 months after CKC started work, the firm said.

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