West Palm Beach · 2007.0130
Construction has begun on the 16-story City Place Office Tower in West Palm Beach, Florida. Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston, Massachusetts, is the design architect for the project. STH Architectural Group, Inc. of West Palm Beach is the architect of record. The concrete-and-glass office building with terracotta-colored exterior accents will include ground-floor retail and four levels of parking. Completion is scheduled for 2007.
New York · 2007.0130
The New York City showroom of Kimball Office recently opened with new interiors designed by the Atlanta, Georgia, office of TVS Interiors, a corporate affiliate of Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS), working with Kimball Office designers. Kimball is currently seeking LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors) certification for the 12,000-square-foot (1,100-square-meter) showroom. The space features a long central corridor, with structural columns expanded into rectangular piers with applied millwork panels to create gallery zones. The color palette includes warm creams, whites, and dark chocolates. An open floor plan, glass walls, and an interrupted ceiling plane create a light, open feel as well as maximizing daylighting and outdoor views. A procession of columns with applied sycamore-veneer panels visually usher guests into the reception area, where the Kimball name is showcased on a floating ebony-veneer wall.
San Antonio · 2007.0129
A new $40 million rehabilitation center for military patients and veterans has opened at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Washington, D.C., office of SmithGroup was the design architect for the new four-story, 65,000-square-foot (6,000-square-meter) facility, named the Center for the Intrepid – National Armed Forces Physical Rehabilitation Center. The building is elliptical in section, and designed for a feeling of permanence and monumental quality. It is clad in rose-colored granite with a black granite base. Three-story-high glazed openings punctuate the granite and allow light into the interior. A single horizontal glass band wraps around the building at the fourth floor. Generous use of glass provides views and daylighting. A central atrium rises from the stepped metal roof. The facilities comprise a variety of rehabilitation, exercise, and support spaces, as well as lounges and outdoor recreation areas for patients and their families.
Corby · 2007.0129
Planning permission has been given for construction of a £26.1 million civic hub in central Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. London firm Hawkins/Brown designed the Corby Hub, which will combine local government, commercial, and cultural facilities. It is part of the first phase of the Parkland Gateway development, which also includes a new swimming pool designed by British firm S&P Architects. Both buildings will be set within a new town square and linked to the rest of town by Corby Walk, a tree-lined multicolored walkway designed by landscape architecture and urban design firm Grant Associates of Bath. The Corby Hub has been designed as a building in the round, with four "live" elevations of black and reflective glass. A series of components, such as a cantilevered reading room and projected glazed entrance foyer, will spiral around the exterior to give each side of the building a unique character. Inside, a spiral ramp will connect the diverse facilities to be housed in the building. A variety of steel finishes will grace interior surfaces as a reference to the town's history as a steel industry center.
Chestnut Hill · 2007.0125
Kevin Kennon Architect of New York City designed the recent renovation of a retail store for Bloomingdale's in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The firm's design transformed the previous retailer's store into a more contemporary space with a layered metal-and-glass facade. A two-story glass panel marks the main entrance and allows natural light in, muted by a curtain of shear fabric hanging inside. Surrounding this window is a translucent curtainwall of white glass over silver metal. A long, low black canopy unifies these elements.
Orlando · 2007.0125
Architecture and interior design firm VOA Associates Incorporated has promoted three staff members to senior vice president: Tom Matzke and Daryl LeBlanc, AIA, NCARB, of the firm's Orlando, Florida, office, and Lora Martyn of the Chicago, Illinois office. Matzke has served as project architect and manager on a wide range of projects, with particular expertise in government and military projects, including design/ build of military quarters in Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana. LeBlanc oversees VOA's hospitality group, playing a lead role in such projects as Disney's Contemporary Hotel in Orlando, the Doubletree Hotel at the entrance to Universal Studios in Orlando, and the Agua Caliente Casino Resort in Palm Springs, Florida. Martyn is the firm's controller.
Evansville · 2007.0123
International firm Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK) and Hafer Associates of Evansville, Indiana, have unveiled their collaborative design of a new classroom and laboratory building for the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. The 117,000-square-foot (10,900-square-meter) building will serve the business school and the engineering department, with both dedicated and shared classroom and lab space, and a shared central atrium. The cladding will distinguish the two sections of the building: ochre brick for engineering, and limestone and masonry for business. Large areas of glass will provide light and views to building occupants. The new building will be located at the southwest corner of the university's southern quadrangle, positioned and shaped to maintain views to Reflection Lake from the quad and from Rice Library. The project is estimated to cost $31.9 million.
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