The Conco Companies had the opportunity to provide concrete services for a development of multi-family homes designed to offer innovative solutions to meet demand for housing in the Bay Area. The Essex-Elkhorn Court Apartment Homes in San Mateo, California, a mixed-use project, is one of the many developments of its kind being built throughout the state and the country. The well-planned neighborhood offers many amenities and benefits to its residents and the surrounding community.
The project is being built by the Barry Swenson Builder and was designed by MVE & Partners, one of the nation’s premier residential and mixed-use architecture firms. The idea of today’s planned communities differs from past practices when city planners deliberately separated housing and commercial districts. This model purposely builds close to public transportation and jobs, and in places where pedestrians can walk to shopping, work, and recreational activities.
The Elkhorn offers residents all those benefits. The apartments will be attractively orientated to face out to the common areas and have green space for recreational activities. The location is a mixed zoning area so it is close to businesses and public transportation, and the hope is to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions with less traffic. The Elkhorn has 197 apartment units and 125,978 square feet of office space with below grade parking shared by both. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
This project presented challenges for Conco’s concrete services since the Essex-Elkhorn is sandwiched adjacent to a hospital, day care center and residential housing. We had to pay special attention to lessen the impact of work being done at the jobsite on the surrounding neighborhood. This meant scheduling large concrete pours on the weekends, and then, only during designated hours. We also reduced the traffic around the site by limiting the number of cement mixers in the area by pumping concrete from one pump to another.
Conco is a leading supplier of concrete services for the Western United States. We got our start in the Bay Area in 1959 by offering clients the best value on a wide range of concrete services and products. Since that time, we have steadily taken a leading role as one of the Bay Area’s top concrete contractors. Our concrete services include commercial, educational, parking and other construction development as well as public works projects and highways.