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Bogen Lofts, by Rosemann & Associates, P.C., is a newly completed renovation of a 1903 building in the Washington Avenue Historic District in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: Courtesy Rosemann & Associates

Raleigh · 2007.0905
Joe Stein, AIA, has joined JDavis Architects, PLLC of Raleigh, North Carolina, as director of residential design. Stein will serve as the principal design architect for the firm’s new residential architecture design studio. He has over 28 years of industry experience. Prior to joining JDavis Architects, he served as vice president of research and design for Columbus, Ohio-based M/I Homes, and as mid-Atlantic regional architect for Centex Homes in Raleigh.

Chicago · 2007.0901
Dawn Schuette, AIA, has joined Threshold Acoustics LLC of Chicago, Illinois, as a full partner. Schuette has experience in architecture, acoustics, and the performing arts. She previously worked at Kirkegaard Associates of Chicago and Boulder, Colorado, where she led the design and management of such projects as the Schwarts Center for the Performing Arts at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Benedict Music Tent at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

St. Benedict · 2007.0901
Construction nears completion on the new bell tower at Mount Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, Oregon. Soderstrom Architects P.C. of Portland completed the final design, drawing on architectural plans from 1927, which were created in response to a fire that leveled the campus. Construction began only after funds were provided by a benefactor in 1994. Robert Gray Partners, Inc. of Tualatin, Oregon, is constructing the tower. The dedication is scheduled for October 30, 2007.

St. Louis · 2007.0831
Construction is complete on Bogen Lofts in the Washington Avenue Historic District of St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis office of Rosemann & Associates, P.C. designed the $22 million renovation project. All exteriors of the 1903 building were chemically cleaned, restoring the natural brick and terra cotta to their original colors. Architectural details such as an ornamental parapet along the roofline, original window fenestration, and a variety of decorative elements, such as arch keystones, cartouches, spandrels, and triglyphs, were restored to their original aesthetic.

The 243,000-square-foot (22,600-square-meter) building comprises 125 units. The lofts feature open floor plans, exposed brick walls, sandblasted wood columns and beams, granite counter tops, replacement windows that match the original profiles, and circular showers made of glass blocks and concrete. The building also includes an underground parking garage. The developer was Jacob Development Group. The St. Louis office of Paric Corporation served as general contractor.

Santa Monica · 2007.0831
Callison has hired Jorge Sciupac, AIA, APA, as a director in the firm's Santa Monica, California, office. Sciupac has over 20 years of experience in design, development, business, and project leadership. He previously served as executive vice president at Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, principal at MCG Architecture, director at Arquitectonica, director at Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, and senior project director for J.P. Getty Trust in Los Angeles. Sciupac's past projects include the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, and Playa Tambor Resorts in Costa Rica.

Scottsdale · 2007.0829
The new Arabian Branch of the Scottsdale Public Library has opened in Scottsdale, Arizona. richard+bauer architecture of Phoenix designed the 20,000-square-foot (1,860-square-foot) building to echo the nearby mountain range and other regional geologic formations. The library includes spaces geared toward different patron age groups, including an area that teenagers helped design. As an unbuilt project, the library won a 2006 Library Interior Design Award from the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Woodland Hills · 2007.0828
The Saban Center for Health and Wellness has opened on the Wasserman Campus of the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California. SmithGroup designed the 34,000-square-foot (3,160-square-meter) land- and water-therapy and fitness facility. The firm previously designed the master plan for the Wasserman Campus and also designed the award-winning Fran and Ray Stark Villa located there.

The Saban Center exterior features slate, sandstone, and metal. Multiple gently curved rooflines harmonize with the rest of the residential campus and are reminiscent of the look of early motion picture studios in the region. The building’s L shape and full-height glass walls enable people in one program to see the activities of the other. A glass curtainwall and a large skylight allow natural light in. The building opens up to gardens on two sides. The flexible design will allow for future expansion. Bill Diefenbach served as principal-in-charge for SmithGroup.

Dallas · 2007.0828
The George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation has announced its selection of Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP of New York City to design the presidential library and museum for President Bush. The facility, which will also include a policy institute, is planned for Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, although the final project location on campus is yet to be finalized. The design was commissioned to be compatible with the university's Georgian architecture.

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