One Ala Moana Tower

Stearns was awarded the structural steel furnish and install package for this 23-story luxury condominium project in Waikiki being constructed above an existing parking structure. The scope consisted of installing a steel-framed sixth level for supporting an outdoor garden terrace, and thirteen two-floor deep trusses to support the tower above.

The challenges were numerous, including site congestion for deliveries, a single crane hook, limited tower crane reach and capacity, and limited load-carrying capacity of the existing parking structure deck for staging equipment and steel. Trusses were shipped "knockdown" to the site and erected "in the air" due to crane capacity limitations.

Utilizing 3-D modeling, Stearns developed an engineered erection plan that noted the truss installation sequence piece-by- piece, where each member was self-supporting when released from the crane hook. Temporary truss braces, located within future concrete shear walls, were left in place to provide lateral stability and assist the concrete contractor. Preplanning on paper and preassembly in the shop resulted in a safe and seamless field erection.


Project Details

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Client: HHMK Development, LLC.

Contractor: Albert C. Kobayashi

Architect: Ben Woo Architects

Engineer of Record: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Number of Levels: 23


The Beaverton Round

A five-story, 140,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art mixed-use structure complete with a two-level fitness center and three levels of residential living and executive office suites.

Stearns was brought on board early in the design phase to assist in the completion of the structural design and provide steel alternatives to meet cost and performance requirements.

Stearns’ steel solutions and accelerated construction capabilities helped to bring this project to completion on time and within budget.


Project Details

Client: Dorn-Platz Properties/LDP Beaverton II

Location: Beaverton, Oregon

Contractor: Howard S. Wright Construction Co.

Engineer-of-Record: Group MacKenzie

Size: 140,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 5

System Type: Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2003



The Beverly

This 242,000 sq.ft. mixed-use, hybrid structure features retail space and 53 condominium units above a castellated steel frame parking garage located in the trendy Hollywood district of Portland. This cutting-edge project received LEED Silver - Core and Shell Certification for its energy efficient design and economically friendly materials.


Project Details

Client: Hollywood Holdings, LLC

Location: Portland, Oregon

Contractor: R&H Construction Co.

Architect: GBD Architects

Engineer-of-Record: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Size: 242,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 3

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2006



LEED Silver - Core and Shell Certification


Madison Lofts

Designed for mixed-use, these 20 luxury condominium lofts compliment a good mix of retail space. This much anticipated project features spacious balconies, a rooftop deck over looking the arboretum, and a below-ground parking garage. The urban architecture of the condominiums lends itself to the growing style of the surrounding neighborhood. Stearns provided design assistance of the structural steel systems, procurement, fabrication, and a fast-track schedule for successful completion.


Project Details

Client: MDS Associates, LLC

Location: Seattle, Washington

Contractor: Schuchart Corporation

Architect: Linhardic Design Group

Engineer-of-Record: Voelker Engineers

Size: 27,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 3

System Type: Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2006




Mosler Lofts

A 12-story luxury residential tower with 148 condominiums and five townhouses that are accessed from the sidewalk through private terraces. This contemporary structure further includes 6,000 sq.ft. of retail space and below-ground parking. Exposed structural and mechanical elements enhance the loft feel. Mosler Lofts is Seattle's first LEED® Gold certified and 3-star BuiltGreen rated condominium. Stearns provided design assistance for the structural steel components, procurement, fabrication, and an aggressive construction schedule.


Project Details

Client: Belltown Development Partners, LLC

Location: Seattle, Washington

Contractor: JE Dunn Construction Company

Architect: Mithun, Inc.

Engineer-of-Record: Cary Kopczynski & Co.

Size: 14,220 square feet

Number of Levels: 12

System Type: Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2007



First Gold and Dual LEED Building and Condo High Rise Certification

Pillars Best High Rise Condo Community

Community of the Year

Golden Nugget's Best Project of the Year AND Best Sustainable Community

International Summit Award Bronze


The Nines

This monumental 16-story, 650,000 square-foot steel framed building was originally constructed for the Oregon-based department store, Meier & Frank, in 1909, and has been a landmark structure in the City of Portland for nearly 100 years. The Meier & Frank building was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1993.

This unique undertaking is considered one of Oregon's most complex preservation projects due to maintaining the integrity of the 100-year-old white terracotta façade while construction crews carefully demolished the interior, retrofit seismic upgrades, and erected the steel framing system inside the antiquated shell. The newly restored building includes a 331-room, 5-star luxury hotel, The Nines, which occupies nine floors atop an existing Macy's Department Store on the lower five levels. The renovation also includes 14,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space, an elegant atrium restaurant on the lobby level, and a rooftop lounge overlooking the beautiful cityscape of Portland.

The hospitality area received LEED Silver Certification for its energy-efficient design. The structure was ranked, "Best in Show" by DJC Magazine and ranked in Top 45 Best Hotel/Mixed-Use Buildings in the World by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The Nines was also featured as a Top Project by Northwest Construction Magazine.

Hoffman Construction approached Stearns in the early phase of project development to utilize their extensive structural steel knowledge, recommend the most economical system, and assist in the design of steel framing in conjunction with critical existing building components. Stearns provided on-site personnel to assist the design team and erector with design and detailing changes that were uncovered during the demolition of the existing structure due to unforeseen conditions. This included adding, removing, and moving main structural members, connection layouts, and coordinating the demolition needs for installing both retrofit upgrades and new framing connections to the existing structure.

A unique challenge was the removal of the 6th floor to the roof to make way for a central atrium and ballroom in the center of the building. This involved the installation of 70-foot beams weighing 12,000 pounds each. These beams were transported into the center of downtown Portland during the early morning hours and lifted into place without complications. The atrium is incorporated with a pyramidal structural tube frame covered in glass. The frame was delivered to the site in pieces and welded into large assemblies on the floor of the atrium, then lifted 7 stories into place to create a structural web support for the glazing. Guest rooms are accessible at the perimeter of the atrium area with views into the atrium or outside of the building.


Project Details

Client: Portland Hotel Developer, LLC

Location: Portland, Oregon

Contractor: Hoffman Construction Co.

Architect: SERA Architects

Engineer-of-Record: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Size: 650,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 16

System Type: Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2007



LEED Silver Certification

AIA Built Citation Award in 2009

National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award in 2009

“Best in Show” by DJC Magazine 2009

Best Hotel for the 2009 Boutique Design Award

Ranked in Top 45 Best Hotel/Mixed-Use Buildings in the World by Travel & Leisure Magazine

Ranked #2 Top Project of 2007 by Northwest Construction Magazine