New Trends in Construction – Mixed-use Developments


The Conco Companies have had the opportunity to provide concrete services for a number of mixed-use developments over the last several years. Many of these projects are designed to offer innovative solutions to meet housing demand and bring a range of amenities and benefits to residents and the surrounding community. One example is the well-planned Park 20 – Essex Apartment Homes in San Mateo, CA.

The concept of today’s planned communities is different from past practices that intentionally separated housing from commercial districts. Now many developments purposely construct residential units close to public transportation and jobs, and in pedestrian-friendly areas for shopping, dining, working and recreational activities.

The Park 20 was built by Barry Swenson Builder and designed by MVE & Partners, one of the nation’s premier residential and mixed-use architecture firms. In addition to 197 apartment units, the building has 125,978 square feet of office space with below grade parking shared by both. Each apartment unit is orientated to face out to common areas and include plenty of green space for recreational activities.

As the complex is in a mixed zoning area and close to businesses and public transportation, the plan is for residents to walk or rely on public transportation, thereby reducing traffic and greenhouse gas emissions. Along with the close proximity to a Caltrain Station and SamTrans buses, residents can walk to almost 20 restaurants and coffee shops as well as grocery stores, theaters, hospitals and churches.

The Park 20 project presented unique challenges for Conco since the Essex-Elkhorn property was sandwiched adjacent to a hospital, day care center and residential housing. Our crews had to lessen the impact of noise and congestion at the jobsite to the surrounding neighborhood. To accomplish this, we scheduled large concrete pours on the weekends, and then, only during designated hours. We also reduced traffic around the site by limiting the number of cement mixers in the area by pumping concrete from one pump to another.

The Conco Companies’ mission is to be the best supplier of concrete services in the Western United States and to bring expertise, experience and quality to each project. We continue to upgrade and expand facilities to better serve the growing market for public works projects, commercial, parking structures, educational, and other construction development. We serve California, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada.

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