The Ten Thousand, a luxurious apartment building in Century City that borders Beverly Hills, was recently recognized as a “Gold Winner” in the category of the Best Multi-family Project from the LA Business Journal‘s Commercial Real Estate Awards. The Conco Companies were honored to provide concrete services on the 40-story, 483-foot residential tower, which is quickly becoming one of the area’s iconic architectural landmarks. The developer as well as owner of the $300 million project is Crescent Heights. The architect is Handel Architects and Shamir Shah Design the interior designer. Swinerton Builders is the general contractor.
Handel Architects explains that the modern all-glass structure was inspired by the work of 20th-century modernists. The exterior is composed of four crystalline quadrants and the sloping roofline stands out in sharp contrast to the surrounding flat-roofed buildings. The façade’s multiple panes of glass are slightly angled away from one another to refract sunlight during the day and transform the tower into an illuminated beacon at night.
Ten Thousand received LEED Gold certification and creates a sustainable living environment. Offering two and three bedroom residences, each unit has floor-to-ceiling windows and unobstructed site lines that provide panoramic views that span all the way from downtown Los Angeles, to the Hollywood Hills, and the Pacific Ocean. The building’s lobby and residences feature natural finishes such as titanium travertine from Italy, statuary marble, limestone, grained walnut, and cerused oak.
The building also has an on-site garage with a discreet private entrance to the building and 75,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor amenities and a house staff of 60 to provide 5-Star hotel-style services. Indoors, residents can enjoy the 75-foot lap pool with underwater speakers, sauna and steam rooms, a massage and spa treatment room, and fitness center. The outdoor area includes a great lawn, sunning pool and spa, tennis court, strolling gardens, chef’s kitchen, a theater with an 84-foot screen and a fire pit as well as a dedicated dog-run lawn.
The Conco Companies are one of the foremost suppliers of concrete services for the Western U.S. We got our start in 1959 in the Bay Area by offering clients the best value on a broad range of concrete services and products. Since that time, we have taken a leading role as top concrete contractors in the region. We have four regional offices serving California, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Washington.
Along with the trend to construct energy efficient high-rises and skyscrapers, there is a move to develop energy efficient neighborhood communities. In 2010 the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) joined forces with the Congress for the New Urbanism and the U.S. Green Building Council to launch LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND to formally rate a community’s environmental footprint.
Designed to acknowledge “communities that were truly doing things right—embodying the principles of smart growth rather than suburban sprawl,” the group set up LEED-ND to define the most important component to creating a smart community. The NRDC stressed that they only wanted to consider projects that were in smart locations such as “vacant city lots, old industrial buildings, or suburban sites adjacent to existing construction.” In addition they wanted to reject sites that would require new water and sewage infrastructure unless it had already been planned.
In other words, the NRDC’s vision was that LEED-ND certification would be given to communities that model historic city neighborhoods. This means they need to have walkable streets and nearby services such as retail, entertainment venues, restaurants and public transportation.
The committee agreed that, “LEED-ND should emphasizes sustainability, and respects both the human ecosystem, as described by urban activist Jane Jacobs, and the surrounding ecosystem of wetlands, biodiversity, and animal habitats.” NRDC states there were 401 certified LEED-ND projects completed or under construction as of 2015 worldwide. A NRDC consultant who also served on the LEED-ND’s launch committee, Jessica Millman, explains that it is much easier for communities to now understand the benefits of a project as they have a list of environmental measures they can use to evaluate it.
At The Conco Companies, we are one of the leading concrete contractors in the Western U.S. and offer a wide range of quality services and products. Our experience includes providing services for commercial, educational, parking and other construction development as well as public works projects. We serve California, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) prestigious rating system which certifies that a building, home, or community meets the highest standards of environmental sustainability. The certification, founded in 1998 and is now acknowledged as a worldwide standard, has had a major impact on sustainable design standards. In fact, over 1.85 million sqft becomes LEED certified each day.
What is LEED Certification?
LEED is essentially rating system created to benchmark the “green” performance of a building. Designed to be a practical framework for accomplishing green building design and construction, LEED focuses on performance in five core tenets:
How and When to use LEED?
Contrary to popular belief, the LEED rating system is not just for commercial buildings. It is also appropriate for implementing sustainable solutions in neighborhoods, community projects, and even residential homes. Additionally, the core tenets of the LEED certification can be applied to projects at all points of the development process—from initial designs and renovations to simple improvements.
What are the benefits of LEED certification?
Certifying a home or building using the LEED system offers sizeable financial, environmental and health benefits for both the building owners and the planet.
The Conco Companies’ mission is to be the best supplier of concrete services in the Western United States and to bring expertise, experience and quality to each project. We continue to upgrade and expand facilities to better serve the growing market for public works projects, commercial, parking structures, educational, and other construction development. We serve California, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada.