The Boardwalk | Minno & Wasko

The city of Long Beach is part of the NYC metro area and home to a $369M oceanfront luxury residential development right on the iconic boardwalk. Aptly named “The Boardwalk”, the project takes the place of a long-abandoned stretch of land known to locals as the “Superblock”. With over 400 condominium and rental units served by 40,000 SF of amenities and 6,500 SF of retail options, it’s clear to see their mission is to create a new coastal living experience.

A single 10-story building constructed of COMSLAB floors and light gage stud walls alongside a pair of 9-story reinforced concrete buildings are all supported off a 2-story reinforced concrete podium and parking structure. This base structure and its foundations were designed to support the heavy loads standard for this type of high-rise construction (the buildings above, pools and heavy vehicle traffic, and high coastal wind loads to name a few) in addition to the breaking wave and debris impact loads required in VE flood zones, all while ensuring the structure could access (but not disturb) the boardwalk structure after which it was named.

While always proud to work alongside Minno & Wasko Architects and B2K Development, we were particularly enthused to be a part of a project that would have such a transformative impact on the city of Long Beach and the greater NYC region.

Suncadia Resort | Architects Northwest

Suncadia is a resort community at the base of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, known for its luxury stays, amenities, and year-round outdoor activities throughout its mountains and meadows. This high-end custom home was designed and built in collaboration with Architects Northwest and KBM Construction to fit seamlessly into this landscape, with the complex elevations and sweeping roof profiles expected of any modern mountain lodge escape. Heavy timbers were used frequently in exposed roof and porch framing to complete the aesthetic and pair well with the structures of the nearby resorts.

As seen in any of the picturesque snow-capped photos of this community, they experience some serious snowfall. With that in mind, the structures in this region must be designed to support snow loads 5-10 times greater than much of the rest of the country. Supporting these heavy loads while maintaining a slender roof profile is challenging for wood framing, but thankfully fits right in our wheelhouse.