Bomel Completes Role in Landmark Orange County Project

Oct. 30, 2017 –– You won’t see a lifeguard stand or colorful beach umbrellas near this boardwalk. And a steady stream of bike riders will not be whizzing by on a bright sunny day.

The recently completed Boardwalk in Irvine may not be surfside but it does represent the largest new office building to be completed in Orange County this year, according to Colliers International, a global real estate company. And with a spacious, landscaped courtyard featuring cushioned lounge chairs, plank walkways and cabana-style meeting areas, working at The Boardwalk might just be a beach after all.

The 7.5-acre campus, at the intersection of Jamboree Road and Dupont Drive, consists of two-nine story structures forming a “T,” linked by outdoor and indoor walkways. It encompasses 540,000 square feet of office space and 5,000 square feet of space designated for restaurant and retail. An eight-level, recently completed parking structure is bordered by Dupont and Teller Avenue.

Trammell Crow is the developer of The Boardwalk. Gensler is project architect. Snyder Langston is general contractor for the office buildings and two-acre courtyard. Bomel Construction served as design-build general contractor with architect International Parking Design for the 2,170-stall parking structure. Bomel also was Snyder Langston’s subcontractor for the buildings’ structural concrete and placing and finishing concrete on the metal decks.

With floor plates as large as 64,000 square feet, officials with Trammel Crow said the goal of The Boardwalk is to meet the demand of users in need of large blocks of contiguous space that have been depleted over the course of the long economic recovery period. The Boardwalk features more-than-10-foot-high ceilings and high-performance floor-to-ceiling glass. Plans for onsite amenities include conference and training centers, a fitness center, bike lockers and concierge service.

“The structural phase of the project, to me, was a marvel to watch,” said Snyder Langston Project Manager Chris Voros. “We hit a rhythm and it went spectacularly well, between the structural concrete work, metal deck and concrete pours.”

Structural concrete work began in June 2016 and was topped out by November of the same year, said Matt Prince, senior project manager for Bomel Construction. About 14,200 cubic yards of concrete were used.

The project’s chief challenges, according to Prince, included productively sharing a construction site packed with workers and equipment while simultaneously erecting two brawny office buildings and a 670,000-square-foot parking garage. The schedule, he said, was reasonable. But a prolonged wet season had crews working faster to make up for lost time.

“We had to contend with an exceedingly rainy winter,” Prince explained. “We had rain all the way up through May. That said, we still met our obligations and schedule to the owner.”

The Bomel team included Garret Hoffman, project engineer; John Bibbens, general superintendent and Doug Smith, formwork superintendent.

The parking garage measures 464 feet by 186 feet. Pine and palm trees accent its west side. There are three entrances and exit points: on Teller, a driveway near the courtyard off Dupont and a driveway on the east side, accessible from Teller.

The focal points of the light-gray parking structure are two 94-foot-tall, glass-enclosed elevator towers on its courtyard side. These sections, painted in a darker gray shade, attractively interrupt the lengthy side of the garage that faces the office buildings.

Prince said working on the same site with Snyder Langston and its talented crews helped the project proceed smoothly. Voros felt the same way.

“Although we didn’t build the parking structure, we felt like partners through the whole process,” Voros said. “Since it was a small site with a lot of construction going on at any given time, the growing pains were few and far between in terms of coming to an agreement when certain elements of work would be phased and how we were going to utilize the site together. The whole team was very cooperative and did really good work.”

Bomel Construction has a long history with the developer of The Boardwalk, including the recently completed parking structure for Toyota of Downtown Los Angeles.

Matt Cramer, the Newport Beach-based Trammell Crow senior vice president who oversaw design and construction of The Boardwalk, has worked with Bomel Construction for 31 years.

“Bomel is arguably one of my most preferred contractors that I could work with,” Cramer said. “They always do an absolutely fabulous job for me and I’m very pleased with the parking garage at The Boardwalk.”

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