Spring 2019 | Design + Build Quarterly Ventura

Overview of the Region in SPRING!

Spring has sprung in Ventura County.. and the hills are alive! Super blooms and AMAZING greenery has covered our hillsides from Thousand Oaks to Ojai. After a tremendous amount of rainfall this year…(Which also took us out of the drought..yay!) the sunshine has returned to the Central Coast. Check out some of these awesome hillside photos we took!

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The good weather equals good conditions for construction. Ground up construction projects are back in full force and effect! We have two ground up projects going vertical in Ventura County. Here are a couple shots from our projects!

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Office Trends Spring 2019 - Centralizing the Office…Millennial Design

Many companies recognize the value of creating a centralized work community. We’ve seen several office consolidations and moves to take advantage of new technologies and having all employees under one roof or within one central location or city. We have also seen designs that will have a massive "super floor" that spans across buildings either on a mezzanine or second story to provide multi-functional amenities and a centralized community space.

Because the current workforce is composed of four distinct generations—each with its unique needs, preferences, and values—office designers are building flexibility into the spaces they create.

Millennials and Gen Y employees are digital natives who prefer a work environment where they can choose how, where, and with whom they work and collaborate, while individual space keeps getting smaller, a new menu of custom-designed spaces and activities is on the rise.

Break area @ The Trade Desk Ventura. Built by NLP

Break area @ The Trade Desk Ventura. Built by NLP

To meet the varying preferences of a multi-generational workforce, designers recognize they must first understand the user experience. We have seen all to often an office space that looks amazing on paper but lacks in functionality. How do we at Nu-Line Partners solve this? We want to be on-board early on to offer constructability and feasibility of the design. We are not only general contractors, but design-builders. A prime example of this process is NLP’s Trade Desk project in Ventura. The project was heavily vetted through meetings between the office staff, the design team and the builders (NLP). In this design-build collab format, we were able to assist in the design and offer alternatives for functionality.

Because work, live, and play are no longer considered distinct activities, companies need to design their space to support every activity, including socializing, learning, and community building. This affects everything from how we think about work and co-working to mobility and buying trends, all of which can make a tremendous impact on how we approach and deliver a project.

The Trade Desk Ventura. Built by NLP

The Trade Desk Ventura. Built by NLP

Springtime Outings 2019

This spring we had the opportunity to check out the Salk Institute in La Jolla! This famed research institution built in 1960 and named after Jonas Salk (who found a cure for polio…NBD!) has amazing brutal/modern design features. The massive concrete walls have stood the test of time and create a beautiful backdrop for students an visitors.

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Winter 2019 | Design + Build Quarterly Ventura County

Overview of the Region

The winter quarter has had a rough start for the construction industry of Ventura County. General Contractors from Thousand Oaks to Ventura have been struggling to predict the unreal weather systems that have berated Ventura County for the last few months. The rain is a blessing and a curse. Of course, we at Nu-Line Partners are “green thinking” and the rains have help negate the long drought in California, especially in Ventura County. Although, being General Contractor’s, our business relies on construction and being outside against the elements. Storms and heavy rain can delay projects for weeks. For our active projects this means battening down the hatches, storing material and drying out until that Ventura sunshine returns. Due to the heavy rains, we have focused on interior tenant improvement projects, office remodel’s, and interior redevelopments throughout Ventura County.

Design + Build Trends - Open Office Concept…Mixed Use Boom…and Breweries!

We took a trip this January to a couple awesome buildings in Los Angeles. We noticed that the office design is becoming even simpler than it has been. Firms are cutting costs by creating functional spaces with little wall build out. The open concept-high ceiling-concrete floor regime rules supreme in the world of commercial office space. As far as cutting edge design, we are seeing spaces with very simple finishes and infrastructure, but high design conference rooms, break rooms, restrooms, and kitchenette. Glass accordion doors are becoming very popular in multi-purpose conference rooms. Every office wants a roll up door, concrete walls, bright white interiors, cool kitchen tile, and a beer tap in their break room. What’s not to love about this era of office design?

The building boom is here to stay. We here at NLP have been busy! (But never too busy for more projects!) We have seen a lot of Mixed Use Development construction come across our desk. We just finished an awesome mixed use project in Ojai, which was a 6000 SF redevelopment. We turned an old print shop building into a hip Ojai live+work. Check out 111 N. Blanche on our projects page here. —Back to the BOOM! Like we were saying, the construction industry is booming with multifamily construction, mixed use construction and residential construction. Ventura County is trying to catch up to other regions in California by mandating residential construction. Camarillo’s Springville developments are pumping out housing tracts and multifamily construction developments by the month! Oxnard’s Collection and Wagonwheel projects are also full speed ahead. In Ventura we are seeing multiple construction projects come to life. Ventura’s master plan has some amazing projects on the horizon. We are involved in some awesome mixed used development projects that are coming soon… and we are beyond stoked!

Our 111 N. Blanche Project finished this January 2019!

Our 111 N. Blanche Project finished this January 2019!

Holy Brewery! It seems like every day we are getting calls or emails on brewery construction projects in Ventura County. From Thousand Oaks and Camarillo to Ventura and Santa Barbara…breweries, craft cocktails and hip pubs are sprouting up like clovers. We recently tried out the new Topa Topa in Ojai and we were beyond impressed. Brewery Construction parallels our “Ventooklyn” style (see what we did there?) …. Brick walls, Concrete Floors, Wood Trusses… we love this look! We are stoked to be in Ventura County and building awesome spaces for our brewers and businesses!

Stay tuned for more!

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Ventura County Construction Trends 2018

It's no surprise that the construction industry in Ventura County has boomed since the start of the year. A major influx of construction is benefiting the region. Most of this boom is due to new investment within the commercial sector and a need for office space and living space for expanding companies. 

Within the commercial construction sector; outside businesses have been attracted to Ventura County's location, cost of living, and housing market. Technology companies and commercial office firms are beginning stray away from the hustle and bustle of LA, and invest in new office space within Ventura County, in particular the City of Ventura. 

The City of Ventura is host to a major technology company, the Trade Desk, which now has two locations in downtown Ventura. It is likely that other companies will follow suite and create a "hub" of business within the downtown sector. 

The construction design trends have noticeably been contemporary and modern office construction. As construction materials become more cost effective, businesses can have more design features. A major construction trend in Ventura County is the open ceiling  feature. This layout opens up the ceiling of an existing space to the roof structure, which exposes structural beams and trusses. This gives the construction of the space a rustic and industrial design. 

With the need of housing within Ventura County, numerous apartment construction projects have popped up to meet the demand of more housing for millennials and young families. An innovative way to minimize sprawl but maximize housing is the live/work or micro apartment development. This way there is a mix of apartment construction and commercial construction, which helps the cities grow into new urban environments. 

Lastly, there is still a large influx of tenant improvement projects within Ventura County. Small to large scale firms have been undergoing tenant improvement projects and expanding operations through interior construction. New development is still slow in Ventura County, but not unheard of. There have been numerous concrete tilt-up buildings constructed within the last year, and it seems that projects that were on hold are now proceeding to construction. 

Nu-Line Partners Inc. is consistently at the forefront of construction and design trends within Ventura County. We specialize in commercial construction, industrial construction, tenant improvements, live/work construction, new construction, concrete tilt-ups, and much more. We operate in Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Santa Monica, and San Luis Obispo. 

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