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ADMG Completes Unique High-End Sports Bar

Sportswatch Bar and Grill designed by ADMG in affiliation with Curtis Architecture, Phoenix, AZ.   The project is a tenant improvement of a 8,100 SF retail space in San Manuel Village, Highland, CA.  The one of a kind restaurant was constructed by Near-Cal Corp. General Contractors.

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San Manuel Village, neighbor to San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, is adding some iron and grit to its restaurant scene. The Sportswatch Bar & Grill is opening its doors, and turning on its giant screens Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m.

The 8,000 square-foot restaurant is aiming to become the premier sports watching venue, outside of the actually stadium, in the I.E. The bar and grill boasts 54 HDTVs, of which four are larger than 100 inches. The main dining room will seat 300 people, with an additional 32 at the bar, 40 on the patio, and a 32 seat private dining room.

Chef Joe Ledesma adds his own twist on the classic sport bar menu, taking the traditional American dishes, and adding high end products to them, such as his Lobster Corn Dogs. The bar will house 32 taps, with 26 micro-brews, including a local favorite from Redlands, Hangar 24.

In addition to great food, drinks, and of course, the live sports, the bar will be decorated with rare memorabilia from SoCal sports teams, like the Dodgers, Lakers, USC, UCLA, and even some items from Inland high schools.

The Sportswatch Bar & Grill will be open 7 days a week, with the kitchen open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Saturday’s grand opening will feature a t-shirt give-away and coupons for future visits. Fernando Valenzuela, legendary Dodgers pitcher, will be there to sign autographs for guests at 11:30 a.m.

The Sportswatch Bar & Grill is located at 27961 Highland Avenue in the San Manuel Village, just down the road from San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.


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Mi Cocina Restaurant Opens

ADMG Design Creates Unique Dining Experience

A little over a year from starting initial design studies, Mi Cocina Restaurant opens in San Manuel Village, Highland, CA.

Please see linked article for details.

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Holiday Design and Construction How-Tos

During the holiday season, while the real world processes of design and construction frequently slow to a crawl, you can still get your architecture fix by scaling down operations and moving to alternate building materials.  Check out the following links for some useful DIY tips to build holiday cheer away from the office.

Are you sustainability-minded?  Looking to reduce/reuse/recycle some of your old Kenny G CD’s?  No worries, make a holiday wreath out of them:

Perhaps you have a sweet tooth and have always wanted to design your own home.  Simply construct the holiday classic – how to build a gingerbread house:

Or maybe you are the extreme outdoors type…build yourself a survival shelter out of nothing but frozen precipitation.  How to make an igloo (there is snow up on Mount Baldy):

ADMG would like to extend our wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday season!


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Building Information Modeling: Back to the Future

Sean Meehan, LEED AP

In 2007, McGraw-Hill proposed that 2008 would be the year that BIM (building information modeling) would reach a ‘tipping point’ where it became the primary methodology for completing construction projects.  Three years later in 2010, their survey-based statistics show increased usage, but the ‘tipping point’ still does not appear to have been reached.  Roughly half of their survey respondents (made up of an industry cross-section of architects, engineers, owners and contractors) use BIM in some capacity, but very few use it exclusively on all projects.  Traditional 2D CAD software is still the primary methodology out there.  So why are we all stuck in the past?

The likely answer to this question is the recession.  While it has provided some of the downtime needed to allow BIM training to occur, the lean fees and scarce workload out there have had the opposite effect, forcing many organizations to stick with their current software and curtail expenditures like BIM training in favor of paying the rent and keeping the lights on.

The reasons to make a full switch to BIM are compelling though.  Most BIM users report a substantial ROI based on efficiency and productivity once they have adjusted to the software.  New marketing opportunities and expanding services go hand-in-hand with adopting building information modeling.  Another strong motivation is created by the risk of being left behind, as industry leaders like SOM and HOK have been effectively BIM-only for years now.  It is without a doubt the future of the design and construction industry.  The many benefits of BIM are nicely explained in this PDF slideshow:

ADMG is in the process of on-going training and certification with AutoDesk’s version of BIM, Revit.  We will begin incorporating Revit as our project design and documentation software on selected projects in 2011.  Time to put the plutonium in the flux capacitor, McFly!


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2011…A ‘Green’ Time Bomb?

Sean Meehan, LEED AP

While fall may not feel like it is in the unseasonably warm air, the days continue to pass on the calendar and in just about three months we will ring in 2011.  While we are all hoping for a prosperous new year and continued revitalization in our industry, there is change looming on the horizon…the 2010 California Building Codes.

The new 2010 Codes take effect on January 1, 2011.  While the building and fire codes will change based on the International Code Council’s 2009 model code, the big news here is the California Green Building Standards Code, now commonly referred to as CALGreen.   CALGreen is the nation’s first ‘green’ building code, mandating prescribed sustainability measures for most new construction projects (including initial tenant improvements) that are permitted in the state, beginning on January 1st.  Are these new requirements going to blow up in the face of the design and construction industry?

At first glance, CALGreen looks a lot like LEED.  There are requirements related to planning, energy efficiency, water consumption, sustainable materials, construction waste, and air quality.  There are additional optional tiers above the mandatory measures, very similar to LEED’s optional silver, gold, etc.  However, municipalities have the option of adopting the more restrictive tiers as mandatory, and likely will do so in the future as California pursues its long-term energy and emissions goals.

There has been some criticism of CALGreen, but it does represent a clear step forward by incorporating sustainability into the Code itself.  Despite the popularity of the LEED system created by the USGB C, there are a number of other third party green building certification programs and guidelines out there, and some Cities and government agencies have even adopted their own green building standards.  This has created a somewhat confusing landscape to navigate.  A statewide code levels the playing field for all of the parties involved – designers, builders, owners, and municipalities.

While the CALGreen standards do differ from LEED in some ways, the additional costs will be similar.  Required calculations and documentation will increase design costs, while construction waste management, environmentally-friendly materials, and high-efficiency equipment will impact construction costs.  Another potential cost to the developer will be the additional time and effort required during plan review to ensure that the new requirements are properly addressed on the construction documents.

There will certainly be some growing pains in the new year, but ADMG is actively preparing for the CALGreen requirements and will be able to offer our clients a smooth transition as possible.  Think of us as your personal green bomb squad!

The Building Standards Commission has published a relatively concise PDF guide to the nonresidential requirements of the new CALGreen Code.  Check it out here.


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Project Updates – February 2011





Construction is progressing on ~13,000 SF of high-end restaurants in Southern California. The project is in collaboration with Curtis Architecture (CA), Phoenix, AZ who is the Architect of record.

This was the first project of this type for ADMG and has proved to be quite the adventure.  Without a pre-defined program or prototype of any sort, ADMG and CA faced the challenge of not only designing two functional and operationally efficient spaces, but also, working with the owner to establish an identity for the restaurant brandings in order to hopefully bring the operations into competition on a National scale. Not to mention the fact that two separate, and very different restaurants types (sports bar and Mexican cuisine), are to occupy the same space under one roof made the endeavor all the more challenging in terms of programming, aesthetic considerations, infrastructure, and site/interior circulation.

One of the most challenging aspects of this project lies in the fact that it is a build out of an already existing, but empty, retail shell building which was already demised into several tenant spaces.  The constraints of the building footprint and infrastructure already being in place meant that the program was made to fit within the existing conditions ,while at the same time, providing for the owner’s operational and aesthetic wishes in totality.  This posed many structural and MPE challenges which through careful planning and coordination were resolved.

The project is slated to open late spring 2010.

Please check back for more update as we post them as they become available. Thank you!


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