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    New York City · 2006.0425
    Long Island University's new $27 million Recreation and Wellness Center has been completed. Located in downtown Brooklyn, New York, the 110,000-square-foot (10,200-square-meter) facility features a basement fitness center and Olympic-size pool; a street-level event space; a second-floor, 3,000-seat arena; rooftop tennis courts; and a Wellness Center with a separate lobby. Arquitectonica designed the building. Thornton-Tomasetti performed dynamic analysis of vibration issues.

    Milan · 2006.0424
    The new Milan Trade Fair (Fiera Milano) has opened for business in Milan, Italy. Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas designed the 8,000,000-square-foot (750,000-square-meter) complex around a 4,300-foot (1,300-meter) central axis. An undulating glass roof covers restaurants, meeting rooms, office spaces, and exhibition halls, connected at ground level and at footbridge level. Special photocatalytic titanium-based paints in several pavilions will actually reduce atmospheric pollutions by oxidizing pollutants. The plan for the 21,500,000-square-foot (2,000,000-square-meter) former industrial site includes 1,000 trees and a 22-acre (9-hectare) park.

    Minneapolis · 2006.0424
    The Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of LEO A DALY has hired two architectural technicians, Dawn Wirtz and Jiwon Kim, and two mechanical engineers, Jennifer Manning and Steven Sand. Dawn Wirtz previously served as architectural drafter and CAD manager on multihousing projects. Jiwon Kim previously worked for Parker Durrant in Minneapolis and Wonyang Architects & Engineers in Seoul, Korea. Jennifer Manning previously worked for HGA Architects and Engineers in Rochester, Minnesota. Steven Sand recently interned as a cabinet designer at Acorn Woodworks Inc. in Minneapolis.

    Portsmouth · 2006.0421
    The design has been revealed for a new museum to house the Tudor warship Mary Rose in Portsmouth, England, 20 years after the hull was raised from the nearby Solent sea where it sank in 1545. Wilkinson Eyre Architects designed the museum to fill a minimal volume, its curvilinear geometry derived from the dry dock where the ship is currently undergoing conservation. The building will be built around the ship to resemble a wooden jewelry box, clad in timber planks painted blank in the style of England's vernacular boat shed architecture. Viewing ports in the hull's conservation "hotbox" will allow visitors to witness the ongoing wet and dry conservation until the process is complete in 2016. Interior architect Pringle Brandon designed the 18,300 square feet (1,700 square meters) of gallery space. Completion is set for 2011 to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the first voyage of the Mary Rose.

    Charlottesville · 2006.0420
    Charlottesville, Virginia-based William McDonough + Partners welcomes two new staff members: David Johnson, AIA, as West Coast director and Suzanne Dvells as director of business development. Johnson has 20 years of experience in planning, interiors, and architectural design. His portfolio includes large-scale high-rises, office buildings, and mixed-use developments in the United Kingdon, Asia, and California, along with other commercial, institutional, transportation, and healthcare projects. In his new role, Johnson extends the capacities of the firm's practice and serves as the primary contact for clients and projects on the West Coast and in China.

    Chicago · 2006.0420
    April 20 marked the grand opening of The James Chicago hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects LLP and Gene Pressman, former co-chairman of Barneys New York, designed the building, composed of 191 guest rooms, 52 studios, and 2 penthouses, plus restaurant, bar, spa, members-only club, and 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) event space. The interior features deconstructed materials for walls and floorings, including a centerpiece staircase of steel, wood, and glass.

    Chicago · 2006.0413
    The Chicago, Illinois, office of OWP/P has promoted three senior associates to principal and rehired a former employee as principal. Mark C. Hirons, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, has been with OWP/P for 12 years, focusing on corporate interiors and higher education. Two of his current clients are OfficeMax and Comcast Spotlight. David R. Bibbs, SE, PE, head of structural engineering, has been with OWP/P for 14 years. Two of his award-winning projects are Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, and Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook, Illinois. Scott Kesler, PE, director of electrical engineering, has been with OWP/P for 8 years, focusing on healthcare. His clients have included the University of Chicago Hospitals and the ASHE Vista Award-winning Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Jeffrey Reinke, AIA, returns to OWP/P as a project director for healthcare clients after seven years directing hospital projects in the Midwest for Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK). He originally joined OWP/P in 1987.

    San Francisco · 2006.0407
    Construction has begun on the new California Academy of Sciences building, located across from the new de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. Designed by Renzo Piano of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in collaboration with San Francisco-based Chong Partners Architecture, the project won the 2005 Holcim Silver Award for Sustainable Construction/North America and is expected to receive a LEED platinum rating for all aspects of design and construction. The 410,000-square-foot (38,000-square-meter) building will fill a smaller footprint that the Academy's previous building while providing more usable space. Concrete was recently poured for a 25-foot (7.6-meter) tall, 212,000-gallon (800-cubic-meter) aquarium tank that will feature a living Philippine coral reef display. The estimated cost of the project is $429 million, including building, new exhibits, relocation, and interim operating costs at the Academy's temporary location downtown. Opening of the new Academy facility is planned for 2008.

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