Our projects in "Commercial" category

Latitude 42 Apartments – Twin Falls, ID

Latitude 42 is an apartment complex with seven, three-story buildings comprising a total of 130 units and a clubhouse. It also features a playground, pickleball court, and a dog park. The complex’s extensive footprint posed a challenge in meeting the city’s water retention requirements. The FOCUS team considered various options to address the challenge, including using a StormTech drainage system. However, after consulting with the client, it was determined that a seepage pit would provide the best solution.

EPIC SHINE – Nampa, ID

Epic Shine needed site plans and construction drawings for a new carwash location in Nampa, Idaho, and tasked FOCUS to complete the necessary deliverables in a very short timeframe. FOCUS accepted the challenge and allocated sufficient engineering and landscape architecture resources to ensure the project could be completed according to the client’s tight schedule.

Frito Lay Distribution Center

Frito-Lay has a large distribution center in West Valley City, Utah that required several improvements and expansions. FOCUS construction staking crews laid out the site’s expansions which included new building corners, bolt patterns, storage silos, and a parking lot. When the field crew arrived to stake out the bolt patterns the site’s concrete had not yet cured. As uncured concrete can change the locations of the bolts, FOCUS was tasked with monitoring the concrete for possible changes. The FOCUS crew set up an exterior control using a Tribrach and prism that could be rotated to verify that tolerances were being maintained.

Union Pacific Depot

The Union Pacific Depot is more than a hundred years old. Its age and the methods by which it was constructed pose settlement challenges, and variation in the construction materials used resulted in different settlement and compression behaviors. FOCUS was tasked with monitoring the building’s settlement and, to do so, placed 22 wall stations, each with three different vertical stations, and eight independent floor stations throughout the building. The stations are then relayed to a network of six reference stations mounted to stable structures and utilities. Measurements from wall and floor stations are taken in relation to the reference stations to detect minute movements in the structure. This process requires extreme attention to detail to ensure that the measurements are accurate and consistent. FOCUS’s skill at this process made it possible to detect unique behavior in the building that could not have been precisely quantified otherwise.

CC Bank Office Building

FOCUS engineers did the full scope of structural work for the three-story, 20,600-square-foot office building for CC Bank. This is the first of five or six buildings that will be constructed in the Battle Creek Business Park. The architect’s vision for the building presented some structural design challenges. Primarily, there was a large amount of glass in the exterior design, which created some torsional irregularities and pushed the limit of capacity of the masonry shear walls. Working closely with the architect, FOCUS was ultimately able to balance the building’s structural and design requirements, resulting in building that is not only structurally sound, but also aesthetically pleasing and in line with the architect’s vision and the tenant’s wishes.

Latitude 96 Apartments – Caldwell, ID

Latitude 96 development is located along east Ustick Road in Caldwell, Idaho. This 96 apartment development is located off of Ustick Road which has plans for a major widening of the main arterial road. The north portion of the property has a designated 25’ landscape buffer to enhance the main frontage along the road corridor. The developments main center core of the site provides amenities for all of the residents and includes: a 2,000 sf clubhouse, playground, pavilion and picnic tables, and open lawn space. The city and the client FSONE development both collectively agreed that providing 4 electric vehicle charging stations would be a great benefit for the growing users of electric vehicles. A variety of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs are proposed along the perimeter of the site to provide an enhanced planting buffer on site. The development is adjacent to many businesses and has great walkability and an 8’ wide trail throughout the development. There is one covered parking space allotted for each resident and provided parking for guests. The apartment units have a great variety of color and materials on the building facades that lend to a very aesthetic look. The planting palette chosen for the site compliments the building materials and creates a cohesive and appealing place to reside.

Challenger School

Challenger School tasked FOCUS with the survey and site civil engineering work for its 7.5-acre campus in Sandy, Utah. This included roadway design for UDOT along 700 East, and full site design, including circulation plans for student drop off, playground and field grading, utility design (storm drain, sewer, water, power, and gas), parking lot design, and sidewalk routing. The site’s significant slope, which falls 10 feet from east to west, presented challenges with storm water retention and ADA accessibility. The storm water outlet on 700 East was higher than the campus, so all storm water had to be retained on site. FOCUS utilized an underground storm water retention system to maximize the location of the building and playground. To ensure ADA accessibility, FOCUS designed an additional ramp to deal with the steep grade, and a raised, tabletop speedbump to maintain the sidewalk as an accessible route and to slow down traffic.

Utah Military Academy

The Utah Military Academy is a 2-story, 60,000-square-foot school sitting on 6 acres in Lehi, Utah. It is part of the Holbrook Farms master planned community and includes 1,200-linear feet of backbone roadway to provide access and utilities to the site. FOCUS provided boundary and topography survey, civil engineering design of the site, utility and drainage design, as well as the landscape architecture planting and irrigation plans. The site was located in the middle of existing agricultural land that was actively being farmed, which posed the challenge of keeping the farming operation going during development. FOCUS worked closely with the farmer to provide a temporary irrigation system that would function to their standards and allow them to keep farming. The irrigation system design had to work with the proposed site development and avoid conflicts with the proposed utility design. Close coordination between all parties was key to this project’s success.

Curtis Center

The Curtis Center is a 21,550-square foot arts and educational center for individuals with intellectual disabilities. It houses classrooms, fitness and athletic facilities, and a performing arts center. To accommodate the facility’s various needs, FOCUS engineers had to address several challenges. These included tying in large concrete masonry walls of varying heights (between 15 and 30 feet), and spanning 60- to 70-foot spaces over the gymnasium and auditorium with steel joist, while accounting for heavy loads due to several large rooftop air conditioning units, heavy auditorium lighting, and stage curtains. Close coordination between FOCUS and the architect on these elements was critical to the successful outcome of this project.

Hidden Ridge

FOCUS was hired to design the load path sequence for all structural elements from the roof down to the footing system and foundation, as well as retaining walls. Drag struts were designed to resist the effects of seismic loads and proper load path at the transition between the three- and four-story portions. Other load-bearing elements for the wood-framed structure include wood joists and shear walls.