Park Fifth development in DTLA will break ground in April

Based on its intimate knowledge of the City of Los Angeles plan checking requirements, Portland-based architects, Ankrom Moisan brought in Terra-Petra environment engineers to work with the firm's in-house design team to help with design as well as consult on code-complaint systems for the Park Fifth project. The mixed-use development will replace parking lot near Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles and is scheduled to break ground in April. 

Read more about this exciting project on Urbaniz.LA.

The project is being designed by Portland-based Ankrom Moisan Architects, and will be

Terra-Petra contributes to new projects transforming Downtown LA

As one of the most well-known environmental engineering and building waterproofing companies in the Los Angeles basin, Terra-Petra is currently working on or has completed some very high-profile projects in the Downtown LA area. Some of the most notable projects, among many others, include:

The Wilshire Grand Tower – the Wilshire Grand skyscraper will one day be the tallest west of Chicago. (Terra-Petra photo of project start to the right.)

The Metropolis, a $1B development is one of the largest mixed-use projects under construction on the West Coast.

Oceanwide Plaza will break ground in spring 2015. This $1B project will have a total of three towers and an expansive above-ground outdoor space. A five star hotel and 200k SF of commercial space will be included. There will be 504 condos and 183 hotel rooms.

South Park Mega-Project (Chinese developer Shenzhen Hazens) is a three towers along Figueroa Street across from L.A. Live. A 30-story hotel tower would rise at the northwest corner of Flower and Eleventh streets. A 30-story condo tower would be at Figueroa and Eleventh streets, and a 42-story condo tower would be at Figueroa and Olympic.

According to the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), the "flurry of activity" in the recent years is defiantly the biggest construction boom they have witnessed since the 1980s.

However, LADBS does say that it is yet to be seen if it's the biggest boom in history or not. 

Stay tuned.

Los Angeles Mixed-Use Jan 14, 2016 Jerry Liu, Bisnow, LA

We already told you about some of the mega-projects that will reshape Sunset Boulevard, perhaps one of the most famous thoroughfares in the world. But if you're really following what's hot in LA, it's all about Downtown. So we decided to take a look at some of the developments that will reshape the future of one of Downtown's most notable streets:

1. Circa
Location: 1200 Figueroa Players: Hankey Investment, Jamison Services, Falcon California Investments, Highlands Capital, Harley Ellis Devereaux, LendLease. Completion date: Late 2017. The $500M project will build twin 35-story towers housing 648 luxury condos on top of a seven-story retail podium. There will also be 48k SF of retail and 1,770 parking spaces. This project broke ground in summer 2015 and features a curved glass look that offers a panoramic view of LA, and many other neighboring high-rises, including the Metropolis. Bisnow chatted with Hankey president Scott Dobbins this week to get the latest status update on the development.

2. Oceanwide Plaza
Location: Figueroa and 11th Players: Oceanwide Real Estate Group. Completion date: 2018, condos hit the market in 2017. Breaking ground in spring 2015, this $1B project will have a total of three towers and an expansive above-ground outdoor space. A five star hotel and 200k SF of commercial space will be included. There will be 504 condos and 183 hotel rooms total. Chinese firm Oceanwide had previously acquired the development from New York City-based Moinian Group. This will be the first real estate venture for Oceanwide outside China.

3. Shenzhen Hazens
Location: Entire block bounded by Figueroa, 11th Street, Flower Street and Olympic Boulevard Players: Shenzhen Hazens, Gensler Completion date: After 2020. It's no secret Chinese firms are transforming the LA landscape. Shenzhen Hazens will add to the mix with a $700M redevelopment in the Luxe Hotel area. The project plans to break ground in 2017 and will be split into two phases. Phase 1 would build two 30-story towers, one residential and one hotel. Phase 2 would completely replace the Luxe Hotel with a 42-story residential tower. Expect the finished mega-project to have 650 luxury condos, 250 hotel rooms and 80k SF of retail space. We caught up with Shenzhen Hazens Group executive project director Sonnet Hui recently to get more on the company's plans.

4. MyFigueroa
Location: Four miles of streets from Downtown LA to South LA. Players: LADOT, Troller Mayer Associates, Melendrez, GEHL Architects. Completion date: 2017. Promising to make it easier for transit and bicycle users, this project will start in late spring 2016 and complete in 2017 under a $20M budget. It will link USC and Exposition Park to Downtown LA with better signals, signage, crosswalks, transit platforms, bikeways and trees. There will be on-street, fully separated bike lanes on each side of Figueroa for 27 signalized intersections. There will also be a lot more accommodations for public transit, including for the Silver Line and the upcoming streetcar service.

Terra-Petra at ICSC RECon 2015 – Las Vegas – May 17-20

#recon15Environmental Engineering firm, Terra-Petra, will once again have a booth in the “Green Zone”  booth N1665 on the Exhibition Floor at ICSC RECon 2015 in Las Vegas (May 17-20). For more information visit:

Contact Terra-Petra VP/GM, Justin Conaway,
to request/arrange a meeting day/time while at the convention.

Terra-Petra team attends Introduction to Brownfield Redevelopment seminar

An Introduction to BrownField RedevelopmentTerra-Petra's VP/GM Justin Conaway recently attended the “Introduction to Brownfield Redevelopment” seminar with Terra-Petra's Nate Shamosh.

The seminar (held in Oakland, California on February 11, 2015) was sponsored by the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR). Advertised as being for “individuals new-and not so new-to brownfield redevelopment," the workshop provided an interactive series of presentations, panels, and case studies. Both Justin and Nate found that the CCLR seminar did a great job of living up to its billing. There was a diverse group of professionals from many different levels in the redevelopment process including governing agencies, developers, environmental engineers and environmental attorneys in attendence.

According to Justin Conaway: "In the environmental construction and engineering industry there is always something new to learn and we acquired valuable information by attending this seminar. CCLR did a great job as the sponsor and host of this event. The speakers were very knowledgeable and experienced. They all provided great insight into the brownfields management process. The seminar was well attended and the audience was engaged throughout the event."

Terra-Petra Announces New Office and New Presence in New York City and on the East Coast


For Immediate Release
Contact: Laurie Pehar Borsh
Laurie Pehar Borsh PR
800-915-2151 x706

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December, 02 2014–Environmental Engineering firm Terra-Petra recently announced that it has continued to formalize its national expansion with the opening of its newest office in New York City. The environmental engineering firm, specializing in contaminated soil and groundwater conditions, has opened its newest office in One Penn Plaza, on the 36th Floor.

Terra-Petra’s expertise starts with soil gas characterization, remediation, and in the design and inspection of gas mitigation systems for buildings of all types – including commercial, multiple family, single family, industrial, institutional and retail. We are methane experts and methane gas specialists. With the NYC office officially in place, the firm has already taken projects in the surrounding areas.

“Our expansion out east allows for the opportunity to offer coast to coast coverage of Terra-Petra’s services. We have found that many of our clients that are based on the east coast have projects going on in the west coast, and visa-versa,” said Kevin Buchanan, CEO of Terra-Petra. “It’s a very unique situation with many of our clients, and for us to have a presence in New York simply strengthens our relationships with our larger clients. As we suspected, our clients on the east coast are faced with very similar environmental constraints that exist on the west coast.”

“Our national reach allows us to jump in with our expertise without missing a beat, when called on to perform our services,” Justin Conaway, Terra-Petra VP/General Manager added. “Terra-Petra is also looking at the possibility of opening up an office in the Midwest next year, in order to give us even better national coverage of our services. More to come on that as we move into 2015.”

Terra-Petra was founded, and is committed towards the purpose of creating a safe environment for building and structure occupants, free of toxic vapors and volatile organic compounds. Terra-Petra utilizes current expertise and state-of-the-art technology to engineer environmental solutions in concert with local and federal agencies to assure compliance with all code and regulations, and ultimately protecting people from unsafe building conditions.

More about Terra-Petra 
With its strong presence in the environmental engineering industry for over 20 years, Terra-Petra has many successful projects to lean on. The company started its operations focusing on the Los Angeles market to address the local "methane concerns" that quickly became a big issue in the early 1980s. Terra-Petra’s in-house experts were also a big part of the original team that developed the local Los Angeles Methane Code which has been mirrored by many other cities over the years. With more than 80 years of collective experience in the environmental and soil gas mitigation fields along with a staff of Construction Managers, Civil Engineers, Registered Environmental Assessors, and Registered Geologist/Certified Engineering Geologists, Terra-Petra has the ability to find compromise solutions for any environmental concern that may arise. .

New York Office:One Penn Plaza; 36th Fl, New York, NY. 10019 – (212) 786-7456 
Los Angeles Office: 700 S. Flower St; #2580, Los Angeles, Ca. 90017 – (213) 458-0494                         
San Francisco Office: One Sansome Street; Ste #3500, San Francisco, Ca. 94104 – (415) 590-4890

Terra-Petra will be an exhibitor at ICSC RECon in Las Vegas May 18-21


ICIS LOGOICSC, the "Premier Resource for the Retail Real Estate Industry" will hold it's annual Global Real Estate Convention, RECon, May 18 – 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

RECon is the global convention for the shopping center industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world. With over 34,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors it is the largest industry convention, making it an unparalleled opportunity to do a year's worth of business in just three days! If you are looking to meet retailers to discuss new or existing leases in your centers, view the latest industry products and services that are critical to your business, attend educational sessions or find the next deal, then you need to attend RECon.

Terra Petra is an exhibitor at RECon this year! 
Our Terra-Petra team will be ready to meet and greet in booth number 639
Check out the map of the exhibition hall (booth 639) before hand.

Hope to see you all there!

Feel free to post here on our blog, or call or email us if you're planning to attend RECon this year –especially if you'd like to set up time to meet while you're in Las Vegas for RECon.