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Construction was recently completed on a new community center in Newport Beach, California, designed by Dougherty + Dougherty Architects. Photo: Courtesy gkkworks

San Diego · 2007.1106
Construction is underway for 48,000 square feet (4,500 square meters) of tenant improvements for the corporate headquarters of Peregrine Semiconductor in San Diego, California. Architects | Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker of San Diego is providing design and construction administration services for the $1.5 million project, with Michael Asaro, AIA, serving as principal-in-charge. The two-story, concrete tilt-up shell building will house research and development labs, a clean room, and new office space. Construction was phased to accommodate an existing tenant that was swapping facilities with Peregrine.

Oconomowoc · 2007.1106
Construction is underway on a ProHealth Care medical campus in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The 85,000-square-foot (7,900-square-meter) complex will comprise a single-story primary-care clinic, a two-story musculoskeletal institute, and a three-story physician office building. Connolly Architects of Milwaukee designed the facility to project a strong image at night and to connect architecturally with the original hospital a few miles away. Landscaping, walkways, and gardens will create a parklike setting.

Galway · 2007.1106
The Briarhill Shopping Centre recently opened on the eastern boundary of Galway, Ireland. Paul Dillon Architects of Galway designed the 15,000-square-meter (160,000-square-foot) facility, which consists of three floors over basement parking.

Newport Beach · 2007.1105
Construction was recently completed on a new community center in Newport Beach, California. Dougherty + Dougherty Architects of Costa Mesa designed the single-story, 17,000-square-foot (1,600-square-meter) facility, which comprises a gymnasium, community rooms, kitchen, and office space. Irvine-based gkkworks served as construction manager, and San Fernando-based Bernards was the general contractor. The construction cost was $8.5 million.

Houston · 2007.1105
Ground has been broken for 2125 Yale, a full-block residential development in Houston Heights, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston, Texas. Meeks + Partners of Houston planned and designed the high-end 195-unit development for Allied Realty Services. The four-story structures will enclose two courtyards on the two-acre (0.8-hectare) site, surrounded by preserved oak trees.

The material palette for the exterior includes glass, masonry, structural steel, and metal siding, with pedestrian-friendly street-facing walls. A switch to brown metal siding on the side facing single-family houses is intended to replicate wood and to soften the industrial aesthetic. A curved glass wall will lead into a two-story glass-enclosed clubhouse and leasing center. The 5,880-square-foot (546-square-meter) space will feature 12-foot- (3.7-meter-) high brick interior walls and restored southern yellow pine flooring that was salvaged from the retail facility formerly located on the site.

Amenities will include a billiard room, lounge, open demonstration kitchen, and fitness center. An opening between the two-level parking structure and residential building will afford a view of downtown Houston. A green metal screen covered in ivy will wrap the parking structure, providing natural ventilation.

New York · 2007.1103
A collaborative project is underway to upgrade a substance abuse clinic and wellness center in midtown Manhattan run by the nonprofit Women In Need, Inc. Designers from Pei Partnership Architects, Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects, Perkins Eastman, Polshek Partnership Architects, Santiago Calatrava, Inc., Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, and Studio JTA are participating, along with Turner Construction Company, to provide pro-bono design and construction services. The project will increase the number of counseling rooms, brighten tired interior finishes and furnishings, and provide other improvements.

Houston · 2007.1102
Kirksey of Houston, Texas, has promoted senior associate Lisa Alfonso, AIA, to team leader of the firm's interior architecture group. Alfonso joined Kirksey in 2006 as a member of the corporate interiors team. She has extensive experience in designing and constructing interior renovations for local, national, and international projects.

North Las Vegas · 2007.1031
CertainTeed Gypsum, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, has broken ground for a new plant in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The 100,000-square-foot (9,300-square-meter) joint-compound manufacturing plant is expected to begin production in late 2008. The company also has an existing gypsum-wallboard plant nearby.

San Diego · 2007.1031
The design has been revealed for the expansion and renovation of the Hahn University Center at the University of San Diego in San Diego, California. Kevin Hom + Andrew Goldman Architects, PC of New York City and Architects Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson of San Diego are collaborating on the $28 million project.

The design adheres to the 16th-century Spanish Renaissance architectural style of the campus, with the incorporation of a green roof. The 53,000-square-foot (4,900-square-meter) addition will add a dining area, greenhouse market, and office space for student groups to the 33,000-square-foot (3,100-square-meter) Hahn Center. Completion is scheduled for May 2009. Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. is the general contractor.

Nashville · 2007.1031
Fowlkes and Associates Architects of Nashville, Tennessee, has changed its name to Centric Architecture. The new identity is intended to communicate the firm's focus on three core principles: sustainability, design, and community. Founded in 1955, the firm has a staff of 19, and is working toward having all of its architects and associates LEED-accredited by January 2008. Current projects in Tennessee include the Cool Springs Life Sciences Center in Franklin, Long Hollow Baptist Church in Sumner County, and Tollgate Village mixed-use building in Thompson Station.

Detroit · 2007.1024
McIntosh Poris Associates of Birmingham, Michigan, has revealed its design for a residential development at DuCharme Place in Detroit. Sixty-six market-rate townhouses and one-story secondary apartments will be added to a blighted site adjacent to Lafayette Park and the modernist Lafayette Towers. Construction is expected to begin in 2008.

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