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W.E. O’Neil featured in BD+C 2023 Multifamily Annual Report

Building Design + Construction (BD+C) tapped W.E. O’Neil multifamily experts for their annual multifamily report, including COO John Finn.

For The Variel in Woodland Hills, Calif., general contractor W.E. O’Neil used prefabricated wall panels to expedite construction. The 413,111-sf senior living facility features eight stories of Type I-A construction over one level of subterranean parking.

About the senior living trend of aging in place, John Finn, Chief Operating Officer, says: “We are witnessing the integration of independent living, assisted living, and memory care units within the same development.”

Further on senior living, he shares about high-end amenities: “‘There is a growing emphasis on luxury in senior living, with an increased focus on amenity spaces.’ For The Variel in California, W.E. O’Neil included a variety of activity-oriented amenities such as an indoor swimming pool, spa, physical therapy room, library, art studio, lounge, and massage rooms.”

The article also shares about senior living that “with greater financial stressors, developers are leaning into more efficient design and construction, including modular builds. For The Variel, W.E. O’Neil expedited construction by using prefabricated wall panels.”

Finally, we were proud to feature The Hacienda at Mission San Luis Rey in the report’s Innovations Roundup: ‘Deep Soil Mixing’ Saves Six Weeks on Senior Living Project.

Prior to the start of this project, liquefaction was occurring at the site. W.E. O’Neil was able to solve this problem with an innovative solution called deep soil mixing, which in turn awarded us the project. The team mixed concrete with existing soil from the site to form hundreds of bearing piers deep below ground to save 4-6 weeks of strenuous work on the foundation. Learn more about this solution below.

Developers are placing more emphasis on the facility’s frontage, such as in Wisteria at Warner Center, Los Angeles, designed by KTGY.

Sections in BD+C’s Multifamily report include:


2024 Multifamily Construction Outlook: Tracking the current and future states of the multifamily markets: apartments, senior living facilities, and student housing.


Top 10 Trends in:


  • Kitchen and Bathroom Amenities
  • Multifamily Amenities Survey


2023: A Year of Innovation in the Multifamily Market


Product Innovations Boost Design and Construction Success