Whole Foods Opens in Burbank

Congrats to Whole Foods Market on the opening of their new Burbank location! Welcome to the neighborhood! 

From the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s article:

After more than a decade of trying, Amazon.com-owned grocery chain Whole Foods Market has opened in Burbank.

“Personally, I’m glad they took an extra 10 years – this is a great location.” Store Team Leader Dave Aebersold said. “Everyone I’ve talked to over the past several weeks has been so excited.”

Throngs of customers turned out Wednesday morning for the grand opening of the store, which sits at 3401 West Olive Ave. just across from the city’s corridor of film and television studios and not far from Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. The health food grocer previously had wanted to set up shop near the equestrian center in Burbank’s Rancho District, but was turned down in 2007 by the city due to traffic concerns, the Business Journal reported.

The 42,000-square-foot store is designed to cater to its studio and hospital neighbors: The prepared food station is larger than those of other Whole Foods stores, and there’s a restaurant and bar called Studio71. Part of Talaria at Burbank – a mixed-use project that was approved in 2014 despite some pushback from local residents – the store is situated beneath a 241-unit luxury apartment complex.

Read the full SFVBJ article here.


AFM Local 47 Grand Opening

A huge congratulations to AFM Local 47 on the Grand Opening of their new facility in Burbank! Hundreds attended the event to celebrate the grand opening which included live performances from AFM Local 47 musicians.

We are proud to have been the General Contractor for the project and happy to welcome them as neighbors!

Click HERE for more info and photos of the finished building!

AFM Local 47 President John Acosta speaking at the event

AFM Local 47 President John Acosta speaking at the event

Bronze plaque commemorating the grand opening

Bronze plaque commemorating the grand opening

A performance by AFM Local 47 musicians

A performance by AFM Local 47 musicians

Photos from the event provided by AFM Local 47. 

More photos from the event can be found on AFM Local 47’s Facebook page HERE.


Structural Engineers & GCs Unite!

seaoscOn March 7th, McCormick Construction’s Executive Vice President, Donald L. Shipley, served as a panelist for the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)’s presentation on contractor lessons for engineers.

Along with three other panelists, Mr. Shipley discussed the ways to leverage the contractor/engineer relationship and how to improve communication and coordination. He also shared some knowledge with engineers to aid in the project process including the development of construction drawings, RFI responses, and common mistakes that cause rework during construction. Engineers at any stage and from different sectors attended the presentation at the Doubletree Hilton in Downtown Los Angeles.

McCormick's Kaycee Conlee & Diego Perez

ACE Spotlight Awards 2018

For the second year in a row, McCormick Construction sponsored ACE Mentor LA‘s Spotlight Awards.

ACE Mentor LA brings Architecture, Construction and Engineering professionals into high schools twice a month to teach students and mentor them. Many of these students end up working in design and construction professions.

McCormick Construction’s two mentors, Diego Perez and Maysam Razipour, attended the event, along with a few special guests.

McCormick Construction's Kaycee Conlee, Maysam Razipour & Diego Perez at the ACE Spotlight Awards.

McCormick Construction’s Kaycee Conlee, Maysam Razipour & Diego Perez at the ACE Spotlight Awards.

McCormick Construction's Kaycee Conlee & Diego Perez

McCormick Construction’s Kaycee Conlee & Diego Perez


A Renovated Urgent Care

Malibu Urgent Care Magazine | January 2018 | By Caroline Laganas

After 60 years, Malibu Urgent Care is undergoing its own treatment and care in the form of renovations. Among other improvements the renovated Urgent Care will provide handicap access and new exam tables.


The Malibu Urgent Care Center recently announced its plans to renovate the 60-year-old building located on the corner of Webb Way and PCH. The renovations will begin in the later part of February and last for approximately three months, said Helene Eisenberg, the president of the non-profit Friends of Malibu Urgent Care Center. Barring unexpected projects during construction, the project is anticipated to cost $624,000, said Eisenberg. “With the hope that there will be no unexpected problems, we anticipate the cost to be approximately $624,000,” said Eisenberg. Friends of Malibu Care Center oversees funding for after-hours operations and all fundraising activities for Malibu Urgent Care Center, according to their website. “Our board’s responsibility is to ensure that the Malibu Urgent Care Center never closes,” said Marlene Matlow, the secretary of Friends of Malibu Urgent Care Center. “Thus far, donations have provided that commitment to be secure. However, we must continue to raise funds to cover the renovation as well as our dedication for the permanence of the Urgent Care Center.”


During renovations, the contractor, McCormick Construction, will place a trailer on the property to serve as the temporary housing for the staff and patient waiting room, said Eisenberg. “Most of the work will be done during the night,” said Matlow. “however, we’re hoping the patients will be understanding and tolerant during construction.” The renovation plans include creating an ADA compliant parking lot and building entrance, along with adding a second bathroom and new air conditioning system. “The most challenging aspect is to keep the business operating while the facility is being remodeled,” said Dr. David M Frankle, an ER physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA and Malibu Urgent Care doctor since 1994. “We’re going to have to adjust things on a phase by phase basis.”


Part of the improvement will include new flooring, cabinetry, ceilings, and walls. There will also be new furniture such as waiting room furniture, beds and exam tables. “It’s not just cosmetics,” said Dr. Jill Furguson, an ER physician at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura and Malibu Urgent Care doctor since 1994. “We’ve tried to identify things to enhance the patient experience.” Patients can expect an indoor and outdoor waiting area, enhanced privacy with a check-in alcove and an improved lab area. The renovations will incorporate a state-of-the-art x-ray machine, updated equipment and the use of electronic medical records. “This is a community I’m gald to serve and help,” said Frankly. I get a lot of satisfaction out of taking acre of my friends, neighbors and even people from out of town. It’s a privilege to practice here. For us, it’s a matter of providing good and quality service.” malibu-urgent-care-2


Despite the renovation costs, a patient’s amount per visit will hardly fluctuate, said Furguson. “Insurance companies work with us to decide costs and they don’t care what we look like inside,” she said. For Pepperdine University senior Emily Sparks, Malibu Urgent Care is an affordable option. “I think if the Urgent Care takes your insurance plan, then I’d recommend anyone in Malibu use it,” said Sparks.


Malibu Urgent Care is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with extended hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in July, August and September. “We depend on the Malibu community to show their agreement that the Malibu Urgent Care Center is a vital asset to Malibu,” said Matlow. “The best way is by donating money.”

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Donald L. Shipley Named Executive Vice President


McCormick Construction is pleased to announce the promotion of Donald L. Shipley to Executive Vice President.

Donald L. Shipley, Executive Vice President

Don has been with McCormick Construction for thirty years and has climbed the professional ladder with absolute adeptness.

Don started his career in the field mastering several trades, including electrician, elevator and escalator technician, among others. Don also worked as a Project Superintendent, which was his first job with McCormick Construction, before he graduated to General Superintendent, and then Vice President of Operations.

As VP of Operations, he has been instrumental in all aspects of growing the business. His influence on McCormick Construction’s projects and business retention has been substantial and he possesses an excellent record of customer relations and timely project delivery.

Please join in supporting and congratulating Don on his outstanding performance and his new position.

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Evolution Warner Center Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Evolution Strategic Partners and McCormick Construction celebrated with a ceremonial groundbreaking breakfast at the future site of 277 luxury apartment units in the heart of Warner Center. Evolution Warner Center, as the project is called is 1 block walk from the Orangeline Bus Expressway at Variel Ave.  The project includes several high-tech features and state-of-the-art amenity spaces such as a resort style pool/spa and fitness center, internet lounge, pet wash, bicycle repair, rooftop BBQ terraces, and outdoor community kitchen.

McCormick Evolution welcomed Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, a staple of the San Fernando Valley community, as its guest of honor and speaker at the event. Councilmember Blumenfield represents the 3rd Council District, which spans the northwest portion of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, including the communities of Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.

Todd Pratt, Founder and Managing Partner at Evolution, and Mike McCormick, President & CEO of McCormick Construction also said a few words commending the efforts of everyone involved in the project so far. Check out some photos from the event below.


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Rendering Courtesy: Urban Architecture Lab

Multifamily Development: Showing Off New and Interesting Trends

Connect Media | October 31, 2017 | By Michael McCormick


Multifamily developments continue to be in high demand across the United States, due to current economic conditions and shifting demographics. Particularly appealing for millennials and baby boomers downsizing from single-family homes, the trends for these communities are driven by the tenants themselves.

One of the major trends in multifamily development demonstrates a shift toward more urban-living conveniences. Multifamily now often incorporates mixed-use elements to offer residents shopping and dining options within walking distance. Developers are also paying attention to proximity to local transit, constructing these communities near public transportation stops to provide tenants with a more urban lifestyle. Staying on top of these trends and delivering what is highly sought-after is vital. One of McCormick Construction’s current multifamily projects, Evolution Warner Center, is located in LA’s Warner Center region, where transit-oriented development, walkability and sustainability are emphasized. The new development, which is under construction, is a one-block-walk from the city’s Orange Line, giving residents greater mobility, while reducing carbon emissions.

Custom amenities are another trend in multifamily developments. While offerings vary, reflecting the needs and wants of the region, some of the latest trending amenities include bike repair stations, pet salons and expanded fitness centers.

Instead of opting for a room with a few treadmills and some weights, many developers are instead offering a space where tenants can gather and socialize, incorporating classes for yoga, aerobics and kickboxing. Set for completion early next year, McCormick Construction’s Talaria At Burbank project puts this concept into practice offering its future tenants amenities galore, including specialty services like dry cleaning and wine storage, in addition to private spa facilities and a business center.

This leads into another important aspect of multifamily: The effect it has on the economy. Located in the heart of the media district in Burbank, CA, Talaria At Burbank is surrounded by several entertainment studio lots, including Warner Brothers, Universal and Disney. A large portion of Burbank’s economy is driven by the entertainment industry, with the majority of employees commuting to work each day. Once complete, Talaria will provide housing options for those working at nearby studios, while bolstering the economy, as tax and retail dollars follow these new developments along with new jobs.

Homeownership levels are lower than they have been in 50 years, which is causing the demand for multifamily housing to increase exponentially across the country. And, with more millennials seeking housing options than ever before, renting is an extremely appealing option as it provides greater flexibility and affordability as well as enhanced services and amenities — all within a more desirable location. While the American Dream might once have been to own a home, it has now evolved into the desire for greater experiences, communal spaces and hospitality-like amenities that come with today’s multifamily developments.


Click here to see full article on Connect.Media

Rendering Courtesy TCA Architects/Essex Property Trust

Essex Hollywood Breaks Ground on Sunset Boulevard

Urbanize LA | October 20, 2017 | Steven Sharp

New development will rise on a parking lot next to the Earl Carroll Theatre.

Essex Hollywood, a $54-million mixed-use development next to the historic Earl Carroll Theatre, has officially started construction.

The project, which is being built by McCormick Construction, will consist of a seven-story building at 6240 Sunset Boulevard, replacing what is now a surface parking lot.  Plans call for 200 multifamily units, in addition to 4,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space, two levels of underground parking, and amenities such as a dog park, a fitness center, a sky deck and a swimming pool.

TCA Architects is designing the podium-type building, which will incorporate a mid-block paseo spanning between Sunset Boulevard and Leland Avenue.  The pedestrian walkway will also link to the adjacent theatre.

Developer Essex Property Trust expects construction to occur over roughly 26 months, with a targeted completion date of December 2019.

See full article & more images on UrbanizeLA here.


More coverage of the Essex groundbreaking can be found at the links below:

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277 apartments getting underway in the Valley right now

CurbedLA | October 10, 2017 | Bianca Barragan

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Rendering Courtesy: Urban Architecture Lab

A 277-unit apartment building has broken ground in the San Fernando Valley’s Warner Center neighborhood, McCormick Construction announced today. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2019.

The complex, called Evolution Warner Center, is being developed by Evolution Strategic Partners. The Urban Architecture Lab-designed building will hold 57 studio apartments, 139 one-bedroom apartments, 73 two-bedrooms, and 4 three-bedroom apartments, plus four live/work units.

Residents will have access to a pool and spa, a gym, a rooftop barbecue area, an outdoor kitchen, and designated pet washing and bike repair areas.

Located near Kittridge Street and Variel Avenue, the 426,000-square-foot development will be close to the 34-acre Promenade Mall (which has a major reboot in the works), the Warner Center Business Park, and the Warner Center Plaza. It will also be within walking distance of the Orange Line’s Canoga Station, which might eventually become a light rail line.

“This development is an exciting one for us as we have seen the continued growth and housing demand spike in this area,” Michael McCormick, CEO and president of McCormick Construction, said in a statement.

Click here to read full article on CurbedLA.


Also, more coverage of this project can be found at the links below:

The McCormick Team with the family & finished home!

Another Baja Blast!

On October 7th, for the sixth year in a row, McCormick Construction volunteered a team for the Baja Challenge! Since 2011, McCormick Construction has been participating in this annual event that brings Southern California builders and real estate professionals together to build homes for deserving families in Mexico, just south of the San Diego border.

Organized by Project Mercy, a 501-C (3) non-profit agency based in San Diego, the goal is to improve the basic living standards and quality of life for impoverished families who live in conditions precarious to their health in the shantytowns east of Tijuana, Mexico. Each year for the Baja Challenge, volunteers build basic but sturdy houses for the poorest families in the outlying neighborhoods, or “colonias” of Tijuana, Mexico.

Each house is built for an eligible family who owns their small lot (qualified by Project Mercy’s 3 criteria here).

Check out the photos from the day!

The “Before” – a pile of supplies

Volunteers arriving and getting outfitted!


Busy painters!


The deserving family with their (almost) finished home!

The deserving family with their (almost) finished home!



The McCormick Construction Team with the family & finished home!

The McCormick Construction Team with the family & finished home!

For more information on the Baja Challenge or Project Mercy, visit their websites below.

Baja Challenge: http://www.bajachallenge.org/

Project Mercy: http://www.projectmercy.net/


Tackling Acoustical Issues in Broadcast and Recording Facilities

September 5, 2017 | Facilities Net | Michael McCormick

Of all the things Los Angeles is known for, it is most well-known as an entertainment hub. Various broadcast, motion picture, and recording studios claim the city as their home, and are continually constructing new facilities and renovating existing spaces to accommodate them.

When constructing a new studio, challenges arise right from the start. Demand for space is high, particularly in Hollywood, Burbank, Culver City, and other media-centric areas. The most sought-after building type for a studio is industrial, such as a warehouse, because they typically offer a “clear span,” providing substantial unobstructed inside heights.

However, the challenge doesn’t end with finding available space in the ideal geographical location. The surrounding tenants and businesses are also crucial to the success of the project. For example, entertainment studios must avoid areas directly adjacent to railroad tracks, busy street traffic, and airports due to the external noise and vibrations. Even “noisy” neighbors should be considered when choosing a space. If sharing a building, any and all adjacent tenants must be mindful of their sound output.

Larger studios often also require specialty lighting systems, so the roof structure of the facility must be designed to support the heavy loads of a grid system. This may include catwalks, lighting fixtures, speakers, electrical equipment, and more. Additionally, in order to accommodate large pieces of equipment, “elephant doors” — tall sound stage doors that often slide or pivot open — are another very important piece of the puzzle for studios. Often, these doors must also be designed to meet certain soundproofing requirements.

Acoustical requirements and accommodations are a primary concern for both new construction and renovations. Whether it is a broadcast, recording, or motion picture studio, each type has a different set of audio requirements depending on what is being produced and the equipment that is used. Sound transmission class (STC) requirements are key to ensuring the studios have the sound separation they need to effectively develop and produce their content.

Walls, windows, flooring, and other items must be designed and selected specifically to meet these STC requirements and minimize sound interference. One of the most common ways to meet these requirements is to create a “room within a room,” or a “box within a box,” where the floor, walls and ceiling are isolated from the main structure, so there is no outside sound transmission or vibration feedback. This method was used during construction of Nickelodeon’s Studio B — a voiceover recording studio — to meet the sound requirements for the voiceover recording studio.

When turning an existing building into a broadcasting space, the walls are often too thin for the necessary sound integrity. The solution may require tearing out walls entirely, but sometimes the problem can be fixed by adding a second wall in front of it or sealing the walls at the ceiling, floor, and around window and door frames. Sealing walls is often overlooked during construction of traditional buildings, and can be a quick fix for improving acoustics on a budget.

Machinery can pose another acoustical challenge. For example, one solution for a noisy HVAC system or mechanical room is relocation. However, when this option is not available, HVAC systems can still achieve satisfactory noise levels in studio and stage settings. For this to happen, air must be introduced at a very low velocity compared to more conventional ventilation and air conditioning systems. Ceiling diffusers and grilles quite often have bulkhead light fittings placed underneath them to prevent the “dumping” of cold air, and to optimize the directivity related to sound level at different frequencies. For the renovation of Westwood One/Cumulus Media’s facility in Culver City, Calif., the HVAC system was installed on a special platform isolating system.

Click here to see the full article on FacilitiesNet.com.


Westwood One Converges in Culver City

August 17, 2017 | Radio Magazine | Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

Eight studios were built-out during the 2016 remodel

You’ve probably heard of Culver City, Calif., but likely couldn’t place it on a map. It’s another media suburb in the greater Los Angeles area.

Origination point for the 400-station NBC sports network. In the back of the room, the producer’s workspace; in front, the board operator position.

The building was built in the 1920s, according to Cumulus Broadcasting Regional Director of Engineering for the Southwest/West Anthony Vitiello, whose office is located there. It originally served as a Ford and Maserati dealership.That it isn’t well known belies its importance in the country’s media and broadcast landscape, since it’s home to some rather large broadcast institutions (old and new), including Westwood One’s West Coast facility, the subject of our Facility Showcase this month.

“In the rafters, there’s still a Maserati logo up there,” said Vitiello. Brick walls and bow truss roofs were a typical construction style in the early part of the 20th century.

Westwood One bought the three buildings (one of which housed sales and admin personnel, including promotions) in 1990, and they became the headquarters for the national network. In 2003, Westwood One used McCormick Construction of Burbank, Calif., to build out the space. Studios for Metro Traffic were constructed — 28 independent studios for traffic reporters, along with three offices. The master control room was expanded to its current size, as well.

Lobby waiting areas for guests. The NBC Sports network producer work space can also be seen through the window.

As part of the process, the interior of the building was remodeled, and during construction, the staff of Westwood One squeezed into the building across the street, while McCormick Construction had unobstructed reign to build the studios.Metro Traffic was sold and moved out in 2012, and afterward Westwood One ran a split operation between two buildings: One is the current building, and the other is across the street where KABC and KLOS now reside. Once the sale of the land on La Cienega occurred (the former home of the KABC(AM) transmitter, as well as both the KABC and KLOS studios and office) arrangements were made to relocate KABC and KLOS into the Westwood One buildings in Culver City. This is what prompted the latest studio buildout.

Eight studios were built-out during the 2016 remodel: Studio A, for Zach Sang; Studios B&C, which are multipurpose; Studios D&E for the NBC Sports network; studio K, for the “The Big Time with Whitney Allen;” and Studio L, for production. Other studios in the facility were pre-existing from the split building operation.

Staff moved into the newly renovated facility in August of 2016.


The Zach Sang studio in Culver City. Custom furniture designed by Omnirax.

Sierra Automated Systems consoles and a three-frame 32KD router (supporting 1,536 inputs and outputs) make up the heart of the Westwood One west coast facility. On-air playback and automation is based on the ENCO system. All studio PCs, whether for general purposes or ENCO, are connected to the rack rooms via KVM extenders.

Furniture, next to consoles and routers, represents the greatest capital expense in a project like this, and so I asked David Holland of furniture maker Omnirax about their role in the project. He said collaboration with Vitiello was key to the success of the furniture designs.



Click here to see the full article on RadioMagOnline.com.

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McCormick Construction Announces Completion of Westfield’s U.S. Headquarters Renovation

June 22, 2017 / Real Estate Rama

McCormick Construction, a premier builder shaping the culture of buildings and businesses throughout the Western United States since 1914, has announced the completion of Westfield’s U.S. headquarters renovation, located at 2049 Century Park East in Century City, California.

“As the building was occupied throughout the construction process, McCormick Construction took tremendous care in ensuring work was completed during off-hours to avoid interruption of Westfield’s business activities,” said Michael McCormick, president and CEO of McCormick Construction.

In order to update the Westfield-designed space, McCormick Construction’s scope of work included the buildout of executive offices including a conference room, kitchenette and human resources offices on the 41st and 42nd floors of the office building. The remodel included architectural millwork in addition to incorporating glass and glazing throughout the space.

“McCormick Construction and the Westfield management team have developed a cohesive and collaborative relationship, resulting in the completion of several successful and efficient projects,” said Daniel Camin, director of construction at Westfield.

The McCormick Construction project management team members included Alan Hartley, director of tenant improvements; Hector Bocanegra, superintendent; and Andre Miyao, project manager.

In addition to Westfield, McCormick Construction’s recent office projects include Nickelodeon Animation Studio, a five-story, 110,000-square-foot production building which held its grand opening in early 2017; LINQ, an 80,000-square-foot former warehouse that was renovated into a creative campus; Element LA, a 12-acre, 300,000-square-foot adaptive reuse creative office campus which is fully leased to Riot Games; and Santa Monica Gateway, a 200,000-square-foot, Class A office project which is currently under construction in Santa Monica


Click here to see the full article on realestaterama.com