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Exterior overview of the recently-completed Student Academic Services Facility at the University of California, San Diego. Photo: Courtesy of McCarthy Building Companies

New York · 2007.0814
Jon P. Mendelson has joined BFI Construction Corp. of New York City, a construction management and general contracting firm specializing in high-end residential, retail, and commercial projects. Now vice president of new business development, Menselson was formerly the president of SCI Builders Inc.

Santa Monica · 2007.0814
Architecture and design firm WWCOT (Widom Wein Cohen O'Leary Terasawa) has promoted Kaveh Amirdelfan, AIA, to partner in the firm's Santa Monica, California, office. Amirdelfan has over 20 years of architectural experience, specializing in K-12 and higher education projects. He is currently serving as project manager on several projects, including two schools in RiverPark, a master-planned community in Oxnard, California; and renovations of science complexes at the University of California's Los Angeles and Riverside campuses. His design work has included elementary schools in Los Angeles and several facilities for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.

New York · 2007.0814
The new heaquarters of Mazama Capital Management in New York City are complete. Tobin + Parnes Design Enterprises of New York designed the 5,000-square-foot (460-square-meter) offices, located in the landmark Seagram Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

The firm sought to reinforce the original design intent of the building by emphasizing a functionalist aesthetic, natural light, clean lines, and an open plan. Rich natural-wood veneer panels and textural cast-wall finishes mimic elements of nature, evoking Mazama's Oregon roots. Hanging translucent, patterned acrylic screens separate the workspace from the reception area while allowing daylight through. The original 1956 ceiling lighting fixtures were retained in compliance with landmark-preservation guidelines

Oklahoma City · 2007.0813
Construction nears completion on an $8.6 million expansion of the Deaconess Hospital emergency department in Oklahama City, Oklahoma. Ascension Group Architects of Arlington, Texas, designed the project, which comprises 5,600 square feet (520 square meters) of renovated space and 17,000 square feet (1,580 square meters) of new space. The expansion is the first phase of a $24.7 million project begun in 2006.

Atlanta · 2007.0813
Leo Alvarez has joined the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Perkins + Will as a design principal. Alvarez will lead the firm's new urban design discipline. He has 25 years of experience practicing landscape architecture, urban design, and architecture. He was most recently managing principal at EDAW, for both the Atlanta and Miami Beach, Florida, offices. His work has included urban design plans, community designs, and transportation, education, healthcare, and commercial projects. Perkins + Will plans to form a team under his direction, and also hopes to add a landscape architecture discipline in the near future.

Ayios Yiannis · 2007.0813
A renovation project has been completed at the Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort in Ayios Yiannis, on the Greek island of Mykonos. The Athens, Greece, office of MKV Design, an interior architecture firm specializing in international hospitality projects, designed the project to mesh with interiors the firm designed seven years ago, when the hotel was new.

The project added seven new suites by extending the building and combining existing bedrooms. Three colors schemes were used: blue and white, orange and white, and beige and white. Bathrooms features white Greek marble and blue mosaic. All the guest rooms now feature new lighting for a more intimate ambience, and sheer white canopies over the beds. At the main pool, under-lit sandblasted glass cubes become glowing tables at night.

Independence · 2007.0810
The Kansas City, Missouri, office of Rosemann & Associates, P.C. has revealed its design for "The Sky's the Limit," a camp in Independence, Missouri, run by Doulos Ministries, Inc. The project consists of a redesigned site plan and two lodges similar to college dorms. The buildings will include large common spaces, kitchenettes, and administrative offices. Construction is scheduled to start this month and be completed by August 2008. Luke Draily Construction Company of Gladstone, Missouri, is the contractor.

Cambridge · 2007.0810
Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, has accepted the position of dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. His appointment begins in January 2008. Mostafavi's accomplishments during his deanship at Cornell, since 2004, include the appointment of Rem Koolhaas's firm, OMA, to design the planned Paul Milstein Hall for the college.

Chicago · 2007.0809
AREA Design, Ltd, a commercial interiors firm in Chicago, Illinois, has merged with SmithGroup, a national architecture, engineering, interiors, and planning firm. Angie Lee, FAIA, IIDA, the head of AREA Design, will become a SmithGroup vice president and serve as director of the firm's workplace studio in Chicago. The seven staff members of AREA Design will join SmithGroup and move to the firm's Chicago office.

Lee is a 25-year industry veteran. Before cofounding AREA Design, she worked for OWP/P, a Chicago-based architecture and engineering firm. During her 12 years there, she first lead the firm's interior architecture practice and then served as director of corporate practice.

San Diego · 2007.0809
Construction is now complete on the new $30 million Student Academic Services Facility at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA, of San Diego designed the five-story, 141,000-square-foot (13,100-square-meter) building, which recently received an Honor Award from the San Diego Chapter of the AIA. UCSD plans to "self-certify" the facility using the LEED rating system.

The concrete-and-structural steel hybrid building features many sustainable design features, including high-efficiency irrigation systems; Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber; high-performance glazing; daylighting that meets the majority of daytime lighting needs; full-spectrum fluorescent lights with high-efficiency ballasts; and distinctive recycled-plastic lumber sunscreens. Site selection took solar orientation into account, and the building's energy efficiency is estimated to be 20 percent better than current California Title 24 energy efficiency standards. The lobby millwork uses alternative agrifiber products and restroom tiles are made from recycled glass.

Other distinguishing features include immense floating steel stairways that overlook the central courtyard; a high-performance Pilkington glass system surrounding the upper-level cafe; corrugated concrete panels in the interior courtyard; and huge, tilted stucco panels that line the south side of the building. UCSD Senior Architect Pnina Goldberg provided project oversight. The project team also included the local offices of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., general contractor; KPFF Consulting Engineers, structural engineer; M-E Engineers, Inc. (formerly Bechard & Associates), mechanical and electrical engineer; Boyle Engineering, civil engineer; and Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC, landscape architect.

Seattle · 2007.0809
Teresa Burrelsman has joined Seattle, Washington-based Callison as its new sustainability program leader. Her technical specialties include concept design, daylighting, lighting, indoor air quality, site and stormwater management, green roofs, team integration, and project management. Burrelsman was previously a senior green building consultant at Paladino & Company, Inc. of Seattle. She has consulted on projects such as the Desert Living center in Las Vegas, Nevada, rated LEED Platinum, and the King County Headquarters Building in Seattle, rated LEED-EB Gold. She has also managed several sustainability programs including the King County Green Building Program, the City of Seattle Performance Evaluation Program, and the USGBC LEED Retail Application Guide.

New York · 2007.0808
hanrahanMeyers architects of New York City has revealed its design for the Chapel of the Light, a 4,800-square-foot (450-square-meter) sanctuary within the newly renovated Queens Herald Church in the Queens borough of New York City. The chapel will feature a continuous line of light on four sides of the room. At the altar podium, two lines of light will intersect to form a cross. The firm is also the design architect for other public areas in the building, including the lower-level chapel. Construction is slated to begin in September 2007.

Montclair · 2007.0808
The new Amanti Vino wine store has opened in Montclair, New Jersey. MADLAB (Morozov Alcala Design Laboratory) of Montclair served as architect for the 1,500-square-foot (140-square-meter) store. The entrance is flanked by backlit displays of punts (the dimpled bottoms of wine bottles) laid out in grids on white acrylic sheets. The store's elongated proportions are dramatized as sequenced experiences with wine bottles: one-on-one, in pairs, in clusters, and in a row. All the wine bins were custom-designed and fabricated using computer-numerically controlled milling technology. Heritage Home Design Corporation of Montclair provided general construction.

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