UNIVERSITY VILLAGE PADS 5 & 6 - Concrete Walls Crane Lift
May 2016

ORR Builders ORR Builders began construction began in May of 2016 for University Village pads 5 & 6 office buildings, both with one section that is a two-story tower.

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May 2016

ORR Builders Desert Jet Center has broken ground on the newest fixed base operation (FBO) at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KRTM).

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July 2014

ORR Builders began construction in January 2014 of the Desert Regional Medical Center UCR Health Family Medical Center (DRMC UCR) T.I. project in Palm Springs. The Grand Opening was held June 25, 2014.

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November 2012

Coachella Kidney Institute represents more than just a new health services amenity for the City of Coachella residents; it is the culmination of diligent work by a team that includes Dr. NarenChandrashekarand Dr. J.E. Chandra Shekar, developer Orr Builders, the City of Coachella and the Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone...

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January 2012

Trilogy La Quinta encompasses three small projects for Orr Builders. Each project consists of renovating all three existing buildings as well as adding square footage to improve functionality...

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January 2011

Shaw Properties and Beard Land Development Company held a ground breaking ceremony on January 20, 2011...

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CVRM Ground Breaking Ceremony
December 2010

The Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission-CVRM was held Wednesday, 12/8...

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Who Says Pigs Can't Fly?
July 2010

The Coachella Valley is home to many famous and wealthy people...

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CVRM Thrift Store T.I.
June 2010

The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (CVRM) Thrift Store is located on 6th St & Harrison in Coachella...

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21st Annual DCA Golf Tournament
May 2010

Brian Orr, Doug Montgomery, Scott Werry and Joe Garcia win 21st Annual DCA Golft Tournament

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Animal Samaritans
May 2010

The recently completed Animal Samaritans project is a fully accredited...

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Acclaim Medical Care
April 2010

Acclaim Medical Care Building T.I. project started construction on October 5, 2009 and should be complete early April...

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Ramona Medical Building
March 2010

Ramona Medical Building is comprised of two separate Shell structures. Building A is 8,891 sq. ft...

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J. Russell Salon
February 2010

J. Russell Salon T.I. relocation began October 1, 2009 and is scheduled to be completed for their Grand Opening February 1, 2010...

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Papa Mario´s Pizzeria
January 2010

Papa Mario’s Pizzeria T.I. began the first week of November located in The River in Rancho Mirage...

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Goody’s Café in Indio
December 2009

Another Goody´s Café located in Indio off 42nd Avenue & Jackson has been completed. The format of this T.I. was a duplicate from the location in Palm Desert on Cook Street...

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November 2009

The Firestone Store located in Palm Desert started pre-watering over the fourth of July weekend 2009, and was walked with the Architect for completion October 15th...

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Atria Hacienda
October 2009

Atria Hacienda is an existing complex located in the City of Palm Desert...

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Warehouse Distribution
September 2009

The Warehouse Distribution project is located in the city of Indio and is a light industrial facility...

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Safehouse of the Desert
August 2009

Orr Builders started construction on the Safehouse of the Desert June of 2006...

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July 2009

The recently completed Colonnade project is a two-story shell building...

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Sacred Heart Church and School
June 2009

Sacred Heart was a special client for Orr Builders. This was actually 3 projects in one consisting of...

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Tolerance Education Center
May 2009

The Tolerance Education Center is a facility designed to help educate ...

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CVRM Major Building Fire Repair
April 2009

Close to 100 Coachella Valley Rescue Mission residents were displaced...

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Windermere Real Estate- Rancho Mirage
April 2009

Goody’s Café T.I. has finally been completed and the facility is now open ...

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Goody´s Café in Palm Desert
March 2009

Goody’s Café T.I. has finally been completed and the facility is now open to the public...

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Valley Plaza Meats – Cathedral City & Indio
February 2009

Valley Plaza Meats located in Cathedral City started on-site construction in...

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Boys & Girls Club Teen Center in Indio
January 2009

We broke ground the latter part of 2008 on the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center in Indio...

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University Village Pads 5 & 6 - Concrete Walls Crane Lift


ORR Builders began construction in May 2016 for University Village pads 5 & 6 office buildings, both with one section that is a two-story tower. Universtiy Village is an existing office and retail complex with pads 5 & 6 being the last of two of the few remaining parcels to be built out. Structural construction of both buildings is primarily pre-cast concrete tilt-up walls. Building 5 is approximately 13,000 square feet and building 6 is approximately 15,700 square feet.

ORR Builders hit a major milestone Monday, August 22, 2016 with raising the concrete walls of building pad 5, the 2nd of these two buildings. Building pad 6 was raised Friday, August 19, 2016.

The Building pads and sites are restricted on all sides by existing improvements, buildings and roadways that must be maintained and protected throughout the construction schedule. Neither building footprint was large enough to provide needed square footage for casting of wall panels therefore, casting slabs nor waste slabs were constructed to provide additional casting surface. Due to the limited area with in the construction zone it was necessary to utilize some of the existing parking and roadways as casting areas. ORR protected existing improvements and constructed casting slabs over the top of them.

Impact on the business park community, tight site constraints and the amount of exisitng improvements to protect in place were major factors in the crane selection for lifting the pre-cast wall panels. A 300 ton crawler crane requiring 16 semi-trucks for transportation was brought in for the lift. The crawler crane allowed for a much greater spread of the weight loads vs. a traditional rubber crane which was necessary to protect existing underground improvements and paving.

Additionally, the substantial reach potential of this crawler provided the opportunity to lift both buildings, in their entirety, from one side of the project, the West side. This minimized movement of the crane and distances required to carry panels weighing from 15,000 to 69,000 lbs. Ultimately, the size and abilities of the crawler crane enabled ORR Builders to prepare and lift both buildings with one crane operation and minimize the amount of time roadways and parking areas would be out of service and thus the overall impact on existing business operations and improvements.

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