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The new Hopper-Danley Memorial Chapel and Memorial Wall in Grand Forks, North Dakota, designed by JLG Architects.

New York · 2007.0719
New York City-based Pei Partnership Architects has promoted three staff members to principal: Stanley Pinska, AIA; Dennis Egan, RA; and Toh Tsun Lim, RA. It has also promoted Un-Peng Chan, RA; Rossana M. Gutierrez, AIA; and Lawrence Osborn, AIA to senior associate, and Edward Park, AIA; Bing Lin; Marco Salcedo; and Andrea Symietz to associate.

Grand Forks · 2007.0724
A new interfaith chapel and memorial wall opened recently at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Grand Forks-based JLG Architects designed the structures, which are located near the English Coulee that flows through campus. The exterior of the Hopper-Danley Memorial Chapel consists of brick and concrete masonry units with rock face and burnish block finish. The facade features symbols of the 38 religions recognized by the federal government, with room for the addition of new symbols.

Daylight and exposed truss-work define the chapel's great hall. Its open plan, connected restrooms, storage space, and fully integrated HVAC system provide flexibility for events. On its east side, the chapel has four sets of double doors that open onto a patio, with pavers that continue uninterrupted into the great hall.

The nearby memorial wall honors the memory of those who have passed away while part of the university community. The memorial's main elements are a fountain, a walking path with reflective comments engraved in stone, and a sitting wall.

Modesto · 2007.0724
Booker Gery Architects of Modesto, California, has merged with WWCOT (Widom Wein Cohen O'Leary Terasawa), a full-service architecture firm based in Santa Monica. Booker Gery Architects will operate and expand under the WWCOT name. Gary J. Gery, AIA, will manage the Modesto office, lead regional projects, and expand the firm's education design practice. John G. Booker, AIA, will lead several of WWCOT's firm-wide initiatives focusing on construction technologies and quality-assurance programs.

Miami · 2007.0719
Architecture and design firm ADD Inc has promoted Jonathan W. Cardello, AIA, to principal. Cardello was recently appointed director of the firm's Miami, Florida, office. He previously spent ten years in the firm's Cambridge, Massachusetts, office designing corporate office buildings and large-scale residential and mixed-use projects, including the award-winning Atelier/505 in Boston.

ADD Inc also recently promoted seven staff members to associate principal: Michael Doiron; Liviu Marza; Filippo Soave, LEED AP; Carol Speredelozzi; Valya Trupos; Liz von Goeler; and Eric Weyant.

Bucharest · 2007.0717
de Architekten Cie. — an architecture, planning, research and development firm based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands — has revealed its design for the expansion of Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania. The extension will almost double the size of the palace to 495,000 square feet (46,000 square meters). The Amsterdam office of Arup will serve as structural engineer.

The addition is organized around a diagonal promenade that connects all floors and interior and exterior gardens. Its E-shaped layout will complement the existing building, organizing the complex around two central courtyards. The new facade will use the same stone as the existing facade, but with a randomized mix of polished and raw pieces, punctuated by an abstract window pattern.

South Mumbai · 2007.0717
Construction has begun on India Tower, a 60-story building in South Mumbai, India. FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS, PC of New York City and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, designed the building to meet the USGBC's LEED Gold standards. Solar shading, "green" roofs, natural ventilation, daylighting, rainwater harvesting, and green interior finishes and materials will decrease the building's environmental impact.

The tower will have a rotated form, with a different use at each rotation: hotel, retail, or residential. The facade will feature light-colored granite, glass, and stainless steel on the three-story podium, with off-white aluminum panels and insulated-glass operable windows on the upper floors. Completion is expected in 2010.

Arlington Heights · 2007.0712
Northwest Community Hospital has broken ground for the Renaissance Project, a $250 million redevelopment of the hospital’s Arlington Heights, Illinois, campus, involving over 332,000 square feet (30,800 square meters) of new and renovated space.

The cornerstone of the project is a new eight-story, 225,000-square-foot (20,900-square-meter) patient care addition on the south side of the campus. Chicago-based OWP/P designed the structure, which will house an expanded emergency department, a 24-bed critical care unit, and labor, delivery and postpartum units, as well as floors for medical and surgical patients, administrative staff, and support operations. All rooms will be private, with floor plans intended to optimize privacy and patient safety. Balconies on every floor will allow access to the outdoors, and extensive use of glass will allow daylight penetration into the building’s core. The hospital will seek LEED Silver Certification upon project completion. The opening is scheduled for 2010.

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