Construction Notes from John:
This project was an expansion of the original cosmetic shipping plant situated on a site adjacent to the Los Angeles River channel.
The Client had additional acreage on the other side of the channel and couldn't use the site for expansion.
I met with Avon executives from Suffran, New York, and suggested it might be possible to span the channel and use the acreage and space above the channel for expansion. This would replace their plan to sell the property and use the sale funds to relocate to larger facilities.
I researched and negotiated with all the appropriate governmental agencies and
concluded that what I suggested was possible.
The project was a success, with Client and City delighted with the completed project.
||Tilt-up concrete with panelized built-up composition roof
Skylights and total HVAC system on roof
30 shipping-truck docks with air conditioned, truck accordion doors
||Total conveyor belt mechanical system for 120 work stations, used for filling cosmetic saleswomen orders
Fully air conditioned
Total fire sprinklers
Executive offices in mezzanine
Adjacent two-story executive offices
Facility supplied all Avon shipping west of the Mississippi River
||To span the channel, my structural engineer designed some of the longest, pre-stressed, post-tensioned concrete beams ever designed and utilized at that time
Pefab concrete panels formed the deck