Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Federal Courthouse – Did You Know?

The Sacramento Federal Courthouse (Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse) is one of Sacramento’s most interesting high-rises in downtown. Built in 1999 at a cost of $134 million, its southern exterior wow’s you with its curved glass and attention to detail which is beautiful.
South side of the Sacramento Federal Courthouse



At 350 feet tall, this building looks dynamic when seen from the south on I Street, but if you’re in the Railyards or driving south on I-5 and viewing the north side of the building, the same building appears plain and does not even resemble the same structure. What you don't realize from the Fed Court design, is that the north side was built to be expanded- thus the plain facade.  The north facade is basic and simple to allow for the expansion in the future.  The footings, and the columns supporting the rear plaza and underground parking are huge to accommodate the additional loads for future development. At this time, no date is known for the courthouses expansion, just thought I would pass-on this fascinating info.
North side of the Sacramento Federal Courthouse. The left side of the
photo showing corner footing for future expansion.

North side of the Sacramento Federal Courthouse.  Looking down from above
the footings for future expansion can be seen in the corners of the parking lot.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Ground Testing for 19J

19J  - 11-story, 175-unit project





















The Sacramento Bee's reporting that Mohanna Development Co. will be conducting several weeks of ground testing for foundation piles on site, and formal construction should begin before the end of the month. The building would then open 16 months later. These are positive signs and way beyond my expectations... lets hope it all falls into place. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hotel Tower Nearing Completion (22 photos)

Sawyer Hotel and Golden 1 Center at 5th & L Street Sacramento














The 16-story Sawyer Hotel and condominium tower on the north side of the arena plaza is about 70% finished. The tower will have 250-room hotel and 45 upscale condominiums and could open by late summer or early fall of 2017. The hotel tower is expected to cost $500 million.
Sacramento skyline with the Sawyer Hotel left center.
Taken from West Sacramento

View south down 6th Street from Railyards

Sawyer Hotel as seen from J & 4th Streets

Sawyer Hotel - A closer look at the odd placement
where the hotel below meets the condos above

Sawyer Hotel at 5th & J Streets

Sawyer Hotel J Street entrance

Sawyer Hotel J Street entrance

Sawyer Hotel J Street entrance

Sawyer Hotel on J & 6th Streets looking west

Sawyer Hotel as seen from K Street next to Golden 1 Center

Sawyer Hotel as seen from K Street next to Golden 1 Center

Sawyer Hotel as seen from K Street next to Golden 1 Center

Construction continues on the western portion featuring retail & entertainment

Construction continues on the western portion featuring retail & entertainment

Construction continues on the western portion featuring retail & entertainment

Looking west from the 16th floor of the Holiday Inn.

A closer look at the lower floors of the Sawyer Hotel

A closer look at the upper floors of the Sawyer Hotel

Sawyer Hotel on K Street


Continued work on the retail & entertainment
western side of the Golden 1 Center

Panoramic view of Sacramento looking west from the 16th floor
from the Holiday Inn

Monday, July 10, 2017

700 Block of K Street

700K is a $55.4 million mixed-use project that will bring of 250,000 sq. ft. of retail space, 137 mixed-income apartments. Construction is scheduled to be complete in the Fall of 2017.
700K
700K

The Ice Blocks

Ice Blocks Sacramento













The Ice Blocks are a three block area on R Street between 16th and 18th streets. The estimated cost at more than $50 million with three phases of construction include 145 apartments, 55,000sf retail, and 106,000sf office. All three phases are expected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018.
Ice Blocks Sacramento

Ice Blocks Sacramento

Ice Blocks Sacramento

Ice Blocks Sacramento


Friday, July 07, 2017

21st & Capitol Ave. Parking Structure

21st & Capitol Ave. Parking Structure














Phase one of the proposed Whole Foods project is coming together. Even though Whole Foods is no longer going to be the ground floor tenant for the L Street second phase of the project, the parking garage intended to replace the parking structure that was to be demolished for the Whole Foods project is nearing completion.

21st & Capitol Ave. Parking Structure















The second phase is planned for 2001/2015 L Street that would include 41,000sf market on the ground floor. Above the market would be 141 residential units and parking. No date of when Phase two might start without a ground floor grocery store tenant.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

19J Demolition of Site

Demolition of building at 19th & J Street making way for
Mohanna Developments 11 story mixed-use building















The self-financed 11 story mixed-use apartment project started demolition of the site last Friday. The project would have 173 residential units and 6,600 sf of ground floor retail.

I’m surprised the city’s planning commission approved demolition without a solid date for when construction would begin. The central city has a terrible track record of clearing a portion of a block anticipating construction only to see it sit there empty for years or even decades. Mo Mohanna track record for finishing what he started is dismal as well. Back in 1978 his company built some homes in Rocklin, other than that his own website does not offer more than proposals that never were built. 

Demolition of building at 19th & J Street making way for
Mohanna Developments 11 story mixed-use building

Demolition of building at 19th & J Street making way for
Mohanna Developments 11 story mixed-use building

Demolition of building at 19th & J Street making way for
Mohanna Developments 11 story mixed-use building

Demolition of building at 19th & J Street making way for
Mohanna Developments 11 story mixed-use building






































































The cost of the project has not been stated but Mohanna Development bought the site last year for $2.5 million. I estimate the construction costs for the building to be around $50 million. Hopefully Mohanna will be able to build the project as planned, the central city could use some more housing. 

Monday, June 05, 2017

State Plans High-Rise at 7th & O Streets

It has been a while since the State built any office towers downtown, but plans are in the works to build an office tower that will accommodate up to 3,500 state workers and could begin construction at the end of next year. The building would replace the Resources Building on 9th Street and be approx. 20 stories, 300 feet tall, and 800,000 sf. The proposed project would be built on surface parking lot and around the Heilbron House, an historic 140-year-old home at the corner of 7th & P Streets. Due to the Capitol View Protection Act  enacted in 1992, height restrictions and setback requirements limits the to 250 feet on the northwest corner. The state requires large floor plates for new state offices, so expect the massing of the building to be huge and  bulky.

The state has a miserable track record when it comes to designing anything downtown. Does the BOE tower on N Street ring a bell? Its ugly and it makes people sick, and the East End Complex is hardly something to be proud of. When the state builds, they don’t need approval from anyone in Sacramento. Sure, they might hold a few meeting with residents and ask for the cities opinion, but it’s all a show and they will build whatever they want.

How many blocks south of Capitol Mall are surface parking lots owned by the state? Quite a few. They were all neighborhoods at one time and then in 1950’s they were demolished by the state and have sit empty ever since. Now the state picks a block that has one historic house built in 1881 for possible demolition? It’s unlikely but it’s being considered.

I expect nothing more than a mediocre building. It will be big filling up the entire block and put a few cranes in the air, but the design will suck just like all the other times the state has crapped out buildings downtown. Here's the EIR for the building by the state’s Department of General Services