Bomel Construction completes four-level parking structure for Zelman Development’s new lifestyle center in Southern California

Some of the adults who will grab a bite to eat or catch a movie at the Yorba Linda Town Center when it debuts in the coming months weren’t even born when planning for the retail-entertainment district began.

In planning and purchasing stages for more than two decades, the 125,000-square-foot Yorba Linda Town Center in Orange County, California, a product of Los Angeles-based Zelman Development Co., will be anchored by a 10-screen Regal Cinemas and Bristol Farms grocery store. There will be more than a dozen eateries, including Blaze Pizza, The Habit Burger Grill and The Pie Hole. Club Pilates, Verizon and Modern Acupuncture will also be tenants. A 1-acre central plaza will host community events.

“We’re very happy with the tenant mix we’ve got,” Zelman Co-President Brett Foy told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. “We think it’s going to be a great thing for the community.”

Yorba Linda Town Center’s first structure was recently completed, courtesy of Bomel Construction. The Irvine-based contractor, widely regarded as the dean of parking structure construction in the West, erected a four-level, 450-stall garage that will provide convenient, shaded parking for visitors to the Town Center and nearby Main Street, the heart of Old Town Yorba Linda. The Yorba Linda Town Center is surrounded by Yorba Linda Boulevard, Imperial Highway, Lemon Drive and Lakeview Road. It sits on property purchased in multiple parcels over the years by the city of Yorba Linda, a community of 70,000 residents.

Extensive experience

Historically, when developers in Southern California are building or expanding a major mall or outdoor retail-entertainment center, they usually turn to Bomel Construction.

Bomel is currently building a 1,520-stall parking structure for an expansion at the Irvine Spectrum. In the last few years alone, Bomel Construction has completed parking garages for new and existing retail-driven developments in Southern California, including Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance (1,950 stalls), Village at Westfield in Woodland Hills (1,600), Outlets at San Clemente (1,167), Citadel Outlets (1,000) in Los Angeles and One Paseo (550 stalls) in San Diego. During the past 25 years, Bomel has erected multi-level garages for high-profile retail-oriented properties, including Fashion Island in Newport Beach, The Grove (Los Angeles), The Pike (Long Beach), The Shops at Mission Viejo, Irvine Spectrum and Birch Street (Brea), all vibrant destinations for shoppers, diners and moviegoers.
Overall, Bomel-built parking structures range in size from several hundred to several thousand stalls. Its roster of current projects includes a 6,500-stall garage for a large theme park in Southern California and a 3,600-stall garage at San Francisco International Airport, two of the largest parking structures under construction in the West.

Neighborly Support

While it is located in a suburban setting, construction of the parking garage for the Yorba Linda Town Center was by no means a slam dunk. Construction crews had to deal with an ancient structure just a few feet from the 159,000-square-foot garage’s footprint.

“Our biggest challenge was designing and installing the shoring to hold up the 100-year-old house that is in the fire department’s yard,” said Bomel Project Executive Kasey Shay.  “That work took a long time and the design was fairly complex.”

Shay said workers used a permanent shored wall instead of a typical steel beam and lagging system, which is considered temporary. The permanent wall is poured-in-place caissons that are about 50-feet deep, every 5 feet on center. 

“Instead of lagging, we installed a shotcrete wall between the caissons to tie it all in,” Shay said.  “The facing wall of shotcrete makes it look attractive.”

The shoring extends from the property line on Valencia to the property line on School Street. The sides outside the footprint are conventional temporary lagging with portions removed as needed for utilities and other purposes.
The garage possesses architectural embellishments commensurate with a parking facility that will serve a modern lifestyle center in an affluent community. According to the latest United States Census Bureau statistics, the median family income in Yorba Linda is more than double the national average and nearly double compared to the Orange County average.

“The façade was fairly complicated with brick veneer, EIFS, louvers, and synthetic stone applied to the concrete structure,” Shay said.

In addition to Shay, the Bomel project team included Scott Lessard, project manager, and John Sutherland, project superintendent. Other members of the parking garage team included Parking Design Solutions (architect), Culp and Tanner (structural engineer), Apollo Electric, Kaufmann Plumbing, Christian Brothers (mechanical engineer) and Epic Fire Protection.

ABOUT BOMEL CONSTRUCTION: Established in 1970, Irvine, Calif.-based Bomel Construction Co. Inc. is widely regarded as the dean of design-build parking structure construction in the western United States and one of the largest concrete contractors in the United States. It placed 117th on Engineering News-Record’s national ranking of the largest specialty contractors in 2017. In addition to its award-winning parking structure portfolio, Bomel is a one-stop source for all concrete construction needs. The company maintains a highly skilled staff for its in-house structural, architectural and site concrete divisions. Bomel works directly for property owners, developers and general contractors. Its portfolio of work includes a wide range of projects built at large, well-known casino-resorts, shopping malls, office buildings, mass transit centers, airports, universities and community colleges.  For more information: Bomel Construction Co. Inc., 96 Corporate Park, Irvine, CA 92606. Phone: 714-921-1660. Web site: www.bomelconstruction.com.

For more information, please contact Paul Napolitano at 626-852-9959 or paul@napolitanocommunications.com.

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