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    Suzhou · 2006.0822
    The one million-square-foot (93,000-square-meter) Suzhou Industrial Park was recently completed in Suzhou, China. The Seattle, Washington, and Shanghai offices of San Francisco, California-based IA Interior Architects collaborated on the 12-month project with local design institute SMAD. Glass, stone, and metal define the 20-story administrative building, which includes offices, dining facilities, a conference center, and a 400-person auditorium on the upper floors, plus a rooftop observation platform. The two-story atrium includes a suspended light fixture of hand-blown Italian glass over a water feature that echoes Suzhou's reputation as a city of canals.

    Guangzhou · 2006.0818
    U.S.-based international architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) recently revealed its design for the Pearl River Tower, a 69-story building in Guangzhou, China, for China National Tobacco Corp. The curvilinear shape of the 994-foot- (202-meter-) tall tower will direct wind currents toward turbines on two floors, both to generate energy and to relieve structural pressure. Daylighting, greywater collection and reuse, and photovoltaic cells will further reduce building energy use.

    Deventer · 2006.0818
    Neutelings Riedijk Architects of Rotterdam has revealed its winning design for a new city hall and library in Deventer, The Netherlands. Located in the old medieval town center, the 260,000-square-foot (24,000-square-meter) building will combine library and municipal service functions in an egg-shaped structure centered around a sunken public "square" and atrium. A public garden will crown the building. Construction of the 30 million project is scheduled to begin in late 2007.

    Liverpool · 2006.0818
    The Mersey Property Company Ltd. has submitted a planning application for a mixed-use development at Princes Dock in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2006, pending planning approval. A 36-story tower will combine a 135-bedroom hotel with 183 apartment units. U.K.-based international architecture firm RMJM designed the building to preserve existing views to landmark buildings. The development also includes office and commercial spaces, parking, and a semi-enclosed central plaza with views over the dock.

    Monterey · 2006.0817
    Construction has begun on the Cannery Row Hotel near the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California. Hill Glazier Architects of Palo Alto worked with general contractor Devcon Construction on the design-build project. The hotel will include 208 rooms, plus 10,200 square feet (950 square meters) of meeting space and 18,500 square feet (1,700 square meters) of retail space. Construction is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

    Denver · 2006.0816
    4240 Architecture Inc. has announced the promotion of two staff members to senior associate in its Denver, Colorado, office: Andrea Lawrence Wood and Louis Bieker, AIA, LEED AP. The firm's new director of interior design, Wood is currently working on interiors for Vail's Front Door Spa and Skier Services in Vail and the five-star Crescent Mountain Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She previously completed a variety of commercial and residential projects with Andrea Lawrence Wood Interior Design. Bieker serves as project designer and project manager on several projects in Vail, including the Ritz-Carlton Residences at Vail, the one million-square-foot (93,000-square-meter) West Lionshead Redevelopment Master Plan and a 15,000-square-foot (1,400-square-meter) mixed-use building in Vail Village. His past projects include museums, academic facilities, transportation, and commercial projects. Bieker previously served as director of design for Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco, California.

    Newtown Township · 2006.0815
    The Episcopal Academy private day school has revealed designs for its new 123-acre (50-hectare) campus in Newtown Township, Pennsylvania. Four architecture firms are collaborating on the project: 1991 Pritzker Prize winner Robert Venturi and his Philadelphia firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates; the Philadelphia offices of Hillier Architecture and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; and Gund Partnership of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Venturi, a 1944 graduate of Episcopal Academy, designed the chapel. Hillier Architecture leads the group as master architect and is also responsible for the design of the lower school, middle school, upper school, and science building; renovation of three historic farm buildings; landscape architecture; signage; and the overall master plan. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the athletic complex. Gund Partnership developed the original campus master plan and designed the campus center. The new campus is scheduled to open in fall 2008.

    Fort Lauderdale · 2006.0815
    Jorge Luaces, AIA, has joined as principal Cubellis sgr, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office of Boston, Massachusetts-based Cubellis Associates Inc. Luaces has won a number of awards, including Crain Business Journal's "40 under 40" award and awards from the New York and New Jersey AIA chapters. He previously served as chief design officer for the Miami Dade Public Schools, where his projects included development of four prototype designs and conversion of a K-Mart store into a high school. Prior to that, Luaces was a principal at the New Jersey office of Hillier Architecture.

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