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    Nueva Vallarta · 2005.0816
    WWCOT/Archimexus, WWCOT’s Mexico venture, has been engaged by California nonprofit corporation Front Porch to design the company’s first retirement housing facility outside the United States, a 275-unit condominium complex in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The Villa Vallarta will be located on a 10-acre beachfront site within the 440-acre master planned resort development Paradise Village Resort near Puerto Vallarta. Envisioned as a 600,000 square-foot development, Villa Vallarta will feature two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet. The WWCOT/Archimexus team is providing full master planning and architectural services.  WWCOT’s project team is led by Adrian O. Cohen, FAIA, principal-in-charge and Miguel Maio, project manager.  The Mexico team includes Vincent Garcia Etchegaray, project designer; Alberto Lascurain Garcia, project architect; and Alberto Ramos y Bolaos, project architect.

    Houston · 2005.0815
    Doors officially open August 18, 2005 on the 18,000-square-foot Woodlands Peace Palace in Houston, Texas. The building is a dual-purpose facility that will serve as both the Houston area's principle teaching center for Transcendental Meditation programs as well as the national offices of Century Exploration Houston, an international oil exploration firm. The building was designed by Truitt Architectural Services in the vedic architectural tradition.

    San Diego · 2005.0815
    Phase one construction is nearing completion for the 335,000-square-foot headquarters for Biosite, located in Fenton Technology Center on Camino Santa Fe Avenue in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego, California. Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker provided full architectural services for the project, scheduled for completion in October. The project, two three-story, and two two-story concrete tilt-up buildings, is designed in a contemporary Bauhaus style unlike that of traditional tilt-up structures, with the buildings incorporating ribbon windows and large sections of storefront glazing that span across recessed concrete panels. Mike Wilkes is serving as principal-in-charge, with Frank Ternasky as lead designer/project manager.

    Tibas · 2005.0815
    Construction is underway for a new 67,000-square-foot PriceSmart membership warehouse store in the City of Tibas, a community of greater metropolitan San Jose, Costa Rica. San Diego, California-based Lyons Warren is providing complete architectural and structural engineering services for the project. The membership warehouse store is designed to include a Payless Shoe Source, tire center, food service and dining area, bakery, and meat departments. The site includes the design of up to 10-meter-high gravity walls, or gabions, which are situated on the sloping site, adjacent to an existing river. Lyons Warren provided project drawings in Spanish and used metric units. The project team for Lyons Warren includes Richard Warren, structural engineer; Glenn Mouritzen, project manager and structural engineer; and Jun Sarmiento, architectural designer.  LSW Engineers provided electrical and mechanical engineering services.

    Madison · 2005.0815
    Eppstein Uhen has opened a new office in Madison, Wisconsin. The firm is one of Wisconsin's largest, with about 140 staff, registered in 45 states. Steve Holzhauer, AIA, a long-time principal with the firm, will lead the new office. His growing team currently includes associates Jonathan Parker, AIA, Joe Lee, AIA, and five other professionals.

    Los Angeles · 2005.0812
    ICO Development, developer of the Pacific Electric Lofts, has announced that the historic building is now available for occupancy.  Completed in 1905 by Henry Huntington, the Pacific Electric Building was Los Angeles' first skyscraper, the largest building west of the Mississippi until the 1950s, and the center of Downtown Los Angeles for the first part of the twentieth century. The renovated building now features 314 apartment units for rent, with expansive hallways highlighted by the original floor tiles, marble wainscot, and massive wooden glass-fronted entry doors, as well as distinctive architectural cornices and columns dating back to 1905.

    Macau · 2005.0801
    The Sands Macau has announced the opening of the Sands Theatre, a 700-seat complex that includes fully accessible handicap seating, in Macau.  Designed by Paul Steelman Design Group, the theater features two VIP private rooms and vibrant panels of lighting throughout the stage and seating area.  The sunken stage allows everyone in the theater to get a spectacular view of the entertainment, and balcony seating gives the theater greater capacity.

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