Extraordinary Solutions for a More Lively and Livable LA

Urban redevelopment is revitalizing LA, but because infill design is typically complex, it’s best tackled by seasoned pros who have already faced and conquered the difficult challenges it presents. With more than 100+ LA area projects under our belts, Fuscoe Engineering’s staff actively employ full circle thinking® (FCT) and call upon our vast experience to resolve urban infill issues in the most innovative and cost-effective ways. These project predicaments have ranged from overcoming obsolete or impossibly tangled infrastructure to the challenges of surgically placing structures within tight site confines with zero lot line neighboring buildings. Also, stormwater management, often a struggle to implement within an urban environment, has been resolved with creative small footprint solutions via Fuscoe’s signature eco-adaptive® design. These urban infill projects (shown below) recently received the benefits of Fuscoe’s FCT design solutions:

Olympic & Olive

Olympic & Olive, 1000 Grand, Olympic & Hill

UNIQUE CHALLENGES/FCT SOLUTIONS

Fuscoe engineered an innovative stormwater pollution mitigation solution that captures rainfall and disperses it into the soil directly beneath the proposed buildings without compromising foundations or flooding subterranean levels. Stormwater is routed to the lowest parking level, where it enters four dry well features requiring a minimal BMP footprint, thus preserving the building’s floor areas for more productive uses. This FCT solution has been established as a model for future infill developments.

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The Lex on Orange

Lex on Orange

UNIQUE CHALLENGES/FCT SOLUTIONS

Lex on Orange Apartments sits on two adjacent parcels connected by a pedestrian bridge. Fuscoe incorporated unique SUSMP design features for this project, including sub-structure dry wells for on-site infiltration SUSMP objectives. Project coordination was intensive and involved geotechnical and structural consulting engineers as well as the City of Glendale Departments of Water & Power, Public Works and Building & Safety.

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1540 North Vine

1540 North Vine

UNIQUE CHALLENGES/FCT SOLUTIONS

This 11-story building is built out to the property’s lot line limits, resulting in virtually no exterior space for stormwater management systems. Fuscoe identified the large landscape planters on the 5th floor amenity as a key BMP. Fuscoe also assisted the plumber in designing roof drainage and podium deck biofiltration planter systems to remove stormwater runoff pollutants, a solution which allowed the developer the full use of the entire building.

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La Brea Gateway

La Brea Gateway

UNIQUE CHALLENGES/FCT SOLUTIONS

Due to the La Brea Gateway’s high water table and poor draining soils, Fuscoe creatively designed a stormwater management system utilizing a unique combination of biofiltration planters both on the podium deck and at ground level that meets the City’s stringent LID/SUSMP code requirements. Also, to prevent flooding from upstream landowners, Fuscoe developed innovative designs to intercept and divert site runoff, allowing the developer to maintain the original site building plans.

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Fuscoe takes pride in embracing full circle thinking® in shaping places people enjoy through creative designs with heroic service. full circle thinking® is an underlying approach and fundamental series of truths that guide how the firm operates, who is hired and the way each project is approached. Fuscoe has offices in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Ontario, El Centro and Danville. For additional information, please contact Robin Robinson at rrobinson@fuscoe.com or 949.474.1960.