Avenue 34 — Los Angeles, CA

Individuality for the Masses

 
Avenue 34 Los Angeles drone aerial of 3 apartment buildings under construction steel and light-frame wood construction
Size
766,000 SF
Architects
KFA Architecture
Contractor
Bernards
Developers
The Pinyon Group
RMS Corporation

Avenue 34 is transforming a former Lincoln Heights warehouse lot into a mixed-use complex. The transit-oriented development holds 468 apartments with 66 very low-income units bound by the Metro Gold Line. It comprises two four-story buildings, one five-story building, and two levels of underground parking covering half the site. Amenities include 11,000 SF of community-serving retail on the ground floor, as well as a public paseo winding through 1.5 acres. Holmes is providing structural engineering alongside fire and life safety code consulting.

Avenue 34 Los Angeles 3 Building Retail Apartment Facades

Holmes optimized the exposure of steel braces and trusses, unlocking major savings. Holmes’ structural fire analysis evaluated holistic building behavior under elevated temperatures. The team simulated realistic design fire scenarios to ensure that these elements could withstand temperatures without collapse or extreme deflection. Results justified the omission of costly intumescent paint and fireproofing on ~50% of the steel members—yielding repeatable time and cost benefits.

 

Avenue 34 Los Angeles Large-Scale Mixed-Use Apartments Southern California
Exposed steel construction structural fire analysis at Avenue 34 Los Angeles California
Wooden Apartments and Exposed Steel Under Construction at Avenue 34 Los Angeles

Structural design integrates open courtyards with apartments bridging the upper floors. Subtle vertical supports stretch up to 105 feet over native landscaping. Light-frame wood layouts allot for sizable windows and vaulted ceilings, while maintaining neighborhood view corridors. Holmes also overcame the challenge of erecting a building over different grade conditions.

Avenue 34 Los Angeles lawn concert evening public paseo
Avenue 34 Los Angeles exposed long-span steel truss courtyard with residents rendering

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