McCadden Affordable Senior Housing

McCadden Affordable Senior Housing

Fast Forward was called in by a general contractor for a concrete coring and cutting project at a 70,000-square-foot building in Los Angeles for seniors.

Project Objective

The construction site had an existing underground parking deck with a podium structure upon which the housing was to be built. However, the existing concrete structure was mislaid, and existing holes were not properly aligned.

Project Details

Project Type: Concrete Cutting, Core Drilling
Location: 1127 N. Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA
General Contractor: Alpha Construction
Contact: Paul Novell

Start Date: May 2019
Finish Date: December 2020

lots of cores drilled for hold downs
fast forward employee drilling cores
aligning core drilling machine
fast forward truck on site
fast forward vehicles on site
fast forward crew at construction site
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Fast Forward was selected to provide coring in the podium for electrical, plumbing and HVAC, coring through concrete and steel hold downs. This was a challenging project, coring holes from 18” to 4’ deep, with obstacles impeding easy access. We drilled through vertical rebar and heavy steel plates, configuring special bits to drill 4’ deep. We completed over 2,000 cores of all different sizes from 1-14”.

In addition to the coring work, we completed wall sawing and excavation of planters which were too high and needed to be cut down by 18”. We also did concrete grinding and chipping to reduce the floor level by 1.5” in the building approach area.


  • Core drills
  • Wall saws
  • Diamond cutting wall saws
  • Bobcats
  • Backhoes
  • Hand saws
  • Flat saws

Special Considerations

This project had a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requiring that we use local hires of one apprentice for each company operator.

Client Testimonial

“I have worked with Fast Forward for many years and on numerous projects. They come from a high level of professionalism from the office to the field. Their field workers come to the site prepared, ready to work and the work gets completed as agreed.”

Paul Novell
Project Manager/Lead Superintendent for Alpha Construction