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Rendering of 303 Third Street, a residential development under construction in Cambridge, Massachusetts, designed by Cetra/Ruddy. Image: Courtesy Cetra/Ruddy Incorporated

San Diego · 2007.1030
Bluemotif Architecture of San Diego has revealed its designs for two new retail locations of Organic To Go, an organic fast-food chain. The new San Diego and Los Angeles cafes will feature a palette of sustainable, renewable, and recyclable building materials and finishes, such as bamboo-plywood cabinetry and tabletops; cabinetry accents made of recycled-plastic and organic materials from 3-Form; and cafe signage and wall art made of Kirei board, a material made from sorghum wheat.

Cambridge · 2007.1030
Construction continues on 303 Third Street, a residential development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that recently topped out. Architecture and design firm Cetra/Ruddy of New York City designed the sprawling, eight-story, 605,000-square-foot (56,200-square-meter) project, which consists of 292 rental apartments and 167 co-ops around a landscaped courtyard.

John Cetra of Cetra/Ruddy says, "We carefully crafted the building facades to create a rhythm of bay windows projecting from the facade and a variation of materials running vertically." The firm's intent was to create a sensitive urban design, including highly articulated street elevations that incorporate traditional Cambridge building materials in a modern vocabulary, and carefully planned public and private outdoor spaces for residents and retail establishments.

The units have been designed with retirees in mind, and are being marketed to members of the University Residential Community, comprised of faculty, staff, and alumni of MIT, Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital. The apartments are large and feature high-end finishes, including glass cabinetry and backsplashes, and granite countertops. Amenities include a dual club and library, a private dining club, flexible meeting spaces, fitness rooms, and an onsite medical office.

San Francisco · 2007.1027
Claire Bonham-Carter has joined AECOM Technology Corporation as director of sustainable development for DMJM H&N and EDAW. Based in San Francisco, California, she will be responsible for implementing sustainability throughout every practice line and in the daily business operations for these entities.

Bonham-Carter has experience in managing sustainable energy projects for private and public-sector clients including local, regional, and national government. Her past successes include policy guidance on climate change in the United Kingdom and advising on renewable energy opportunities in the construction of new schools. She has also worked with design teams to improve sustainability strategies for new developments and planning projects.

DMJM H&N specializes in facilities design, technology, and management services, and EDAW offers landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental and economic planning services. Both are operating brands of AECOM, an international provider of professional technical and management support services.

Washington, D.C. · 2007.1026
Corey B. Brinkema has joined the Forest Stewardship Council-US (FSC-US) as president, effective November 5, 2007. FSC-US is the national initiative of FSC International, a nonprofit organization that develops standards for certifying sustainable, well-managed forests.

Brinkema previously served as executive director of the Green Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and as principal and founder of Trillium Planning & Development, specializing in industrial ecology and eco-industrial development. He has extensive experience in nonprofit management, business development, and fundraising. He also has significant experience in standards-development for green building programs, and in management of a business unit that has FSC chain-of-custody certification for distribution of FSC-certified building products.

Dubai · 2007.1025
Spanish architecture and urban design firm A-cero has revealed its design for Nebula, a mixed-use development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The firm won a restricted international competition of ideas for its design for the coastal development, which will include a hotel, high-end apartments, commercial space, offices, a marina, and recreation zones, constituting 450,000 square meters (4.8 million square feet) of built surface. The project comprises three fused clusters: a low-rise 10-story development, three apartment towers of 20 to 30 stories each, and two 50-story towers. Water features serve as key landscape elements and natural climate conditioners. The firm drew inspiration from the ephemeral architecture of the local nomadic culture and from the works of artist David Nash.

Chicago · 2007.1025
John Hopkins, LEED AP, has joined the Chicago office of IA Interior Architects as design director. Hopkins joins IA from Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), where he served as vice president and senior designer.

Alpharetta · 2007.1025
Construction is underway in Alpharetta, Georgia, on a new additional concert venue for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based KKE Architects, Inc. designed the facility, named Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. The signature element is a fan-shaped, upward-curving roof of translucent fabric suspended over a steel-framed structural system made up of large box-truss girders and columns set 60 feet (18 meters) above the seating area.

Within the covered area are 4,750 fixed, stadium-style seats and 46 box suites, plus 2,068 removable seats. An additional 5,000 people can be seated outside on a lawn area surrounded by two plazas with decorative facades. The Watertown, Massachusetts, office of Sasaki Associates served as landscape architect, collaborating on the design of the 46-acre (18.6-hectare) wooded site.

Ground was broken in June, and opening is slated for May of 2008. The total project cost is estimated at $35 million.

Muscat · 2007.1023
International hospitality design firm WATG (Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo) has revealed its design for the House of Musical Arts in Muscat, Oman. The venue will be flexible: it can be arranged as a 1,000-seat concert hall or as a smaller space for opera and theater performances. The hall's shell will be a mobile structure that can be detached to allow an adjustable proscenium to drop into place, creating a traditional theater format. The design is sympathetic to the style of modern Omani public buildings. It features colonnades, terraces, and sculptural tower forms, finished in locally sourced light-colored stone and complementary stucco.

WATG is leading the team for master planning, architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture, as well as design management of the decorative lighting, kitchen design, graphics, signage, all engineering services, and acoustic design consultants. The hall is part of an eight-hectare (20-acre) development that will include a formal landscaped park; a cultural souk (marketplace) with museums, retail, and coffee shops; and a public square. Construction began on the superstructure in April 2007. The project is expected to open in 2010.

Stony Brook · 2007.1016
Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook) has broken ground for the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center in Stony Brook, New York. The facility will provide laboratory space for universities, public laboratories, energy providers, and private corporations to research alternative energy sources and energy efficiency.

The Stamford, Connecticut, office of Flad & Associates designed the facility to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. Sustainable design features include photovoltaic cells, an efficient air-pumping system, and rainwater harvesting for use in toilets. Use of recycled building materials will exceed 20 percent, and 75 percent of construction waste will be recycled. Landscaping will not be irrigated, and will be used to manage stormwater runoff. Joseph Ostafi, AIA, LEED AP, served as project architect and designer for Flad Architects.

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