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The South Tower facility of West Georgia Health System, designed by Ellerbe Becket. Image: Courtesy Ellerbe Becket

New York · 2007.1010
A new Tiffany jewelry store has opened in a historic building on Wall Street in New York City. With an 11,000-square-foot (1,000-square-meter) retail space, Tiffany will be the exclusive retailer in the 25-story Beaux Arts-style building, constructed in 1907. The original facade, 35-foot- (10.7-meter-) high ceilings, marble walls, crown moldings, and carved cornice columns have undergone extensive restoration according to State Historic Preservation Office guidelines. The New York office of Toronto, Canada-based interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg designed the modern interiors, dominated by glass and light. German lighting designer Ingo Maurer designed a 75-foot- (23-meter-) long floating sculpture for the store.

Dallas · 2007.1009
Dallas, Texas-based Corgan Associates, Inc. has promoted four staff members to vice president: John Trupiano, AIA, LEED AP; Ross Payton, AIA; Gabriel Clark, AIA, LEED AP; and Dav Rice.

Trupiano has been with Corgan since 1998, and continues to support the aviation group with design and management responsibilities for all forms of aviation projects. Payton has been involved with the architectural and aviation teams during his twelve years with the company. Clark has worked for the firm for nine years, and continues to support the architectural group. Rice has been named vice president of Corgan Technology Services. He has worked in several different areas in his 12 years with the firm, including with the aviation architectural team and the Corgan Media Lab.

Macon · 2007.1008
The new Munroe Science Center has opened at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. The $12.5 million building the first new academic building constructed on the 79-year-old Wesleyan campus in over 40 years features classical Georgian-style architecture to blend with the existing buildings.

Atlanta-based Lord, Aeck & Sargent designed the 42,000-square-foot (3,900-square-meter) structure, which comprises classrooms, office space, and teaching and research laboratories in two wings on two floors, with public gathering space in the central area between the wings. The third floor includes a rooftop greenhouse, astronomy platform, and enclosed mechanical penthouse. Dunwody/ Beeland Architects of Macon, which designed the two buildings on either side of the science center, served as associate architect.

Clad in brick and cast stone, the building's exterior features both Flemish-bond and basket-weave brickwork patterns. Three arches grace the entrance on the south facade, which faces the campus quad. Six Doric-style columns ornament the front entrance on the north facade. Two vertical brick chimneys on the roof conceal the laboratory fume-hood exhaust. Vertical stair towers serve as visual bookends.

Resource-sensitive measures include use of locally crafted Wesleyan Brick and local landscape plantings. The cut and fill of the earth was minimized in siting the structure. Energy- and water-saving devices include occupancy sensors and waterless urinals.

Double Bay · 2007.1008
A small high-end apartment complex aimed at retirees has opened in Double Bay, an eastern suburb of Sydney, Australia. fitzpatrick + partners of Sydney designed the AU$3.5 million Oasis project, which comprises three single-level, three-bedroom apartments of 275 to 295 square meters (2,960 to 3,180 square feet) each. Each unit comprises two pavilions linked by a glazed bridge. Features include large covered balconies and fixed and operable screens. The simple materials palette includes stone and timber. The construction combines concrete frame and load-bearing masonry walls.

LaGrange · 2007.1005
West Georgia Health System has broken ground for its new South Tower facility in LaGrange, Georgia. The $65 million project will feature a new intensive care unit, cardiovascular center, labor/delivery and mother-baby center, and emergency department. The 130,000 square-foot (12,100-square-meter) facility will incorporate natural wood finishes, soothing colors, artwork, and contemporary design elements, and has been designed to maximize natural light. All patient rooms will be private, each with a place for a family member to stay. The main lobby will open onto an outdoor garden park.

The South Tower will accommodate future vertical expansion. The groundbreaking marks the first phase of construction of the four-story hospital, which will be completed in late 2009.

The Washington, D.C., healthcare design studio of Ellerbe Becket is leading the design process, working with several local Georgia consultants. The Atlanta office of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the builder, and Richmond, Virginia-based KLMK Group, LLC is providing facilities planning.

New York · 2007.1002
Influential architecture critic Herbert Muschamp died of lung cancer in New York City on October 2, 2007, at age 59. Known for his passionate and wide-ranging critiques, Muschamp served as the architecture critic for The New York Times from 1992 to 2004.

Muschamp was born in Philadelphia in 1947. He started college at the University of Pennsylvania, leaving to study architecture at Parsons School of Design in New York and later architectural history and theory at the Architectural Association of London. He taught at Parsons starting in 1983 and became the director of the graduate program in architecture and design criticism. Muschamp wrote architectural criticism for several magazines, including The New Republic, before joining The Times, and later wrote for T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

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