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    Kaiser Permanente's new hospital in Antioch, California is the first of three planned hospitals based on a template designed by SmithGroup and Stantec Architecture. Photo: Courtesy SmithGroup

    Portland · 2007.1112
    Ankrom Moisan Associates Architects of Portland, Oregon, has revealed its design for Mirabella Portland, a continuing-care retirement facility planned for the South Waterfront neighborhood of Portland. Pacific Retirement Services, Inc. is the developer and facility manager.

    The design for the 30-story building recently received a merit award from the AIA Design for Aging Review program. The tower will provide views of Mt. Hood, the Willamette River, and the Portland skyline from the residential units and from spaces such as a 24th-story dining room and a 25th story observation patio, and separate patios for each level of care. The facility is expected to open in 2010 in a location close to transit, retail, restaurants, and other urban attractions.

    Douglas · 2007.1112
    A new residence hall recently opened at South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia, along with a student center in a historic former gymnasium. The Atlanta office of Lord, Aeck & Sargent designed both the $9.1 million Tiger Village dorm and the $2.1 million rehabilitation of Clower Hall (1936).

    The 252-bed dorm is a U-shaped building located just south of Clower Hall, creating a courtyard and reinforcing the axial organization of the campus. Tiger Village has a masonry facade using two tones of buff brick that tie in with the existing buildings on the campus. Brick accents break down the scale of the three-story, 77,000-square-foot (7,200-square-meter) building. Large masonry arched windows, inspired by historic Clower's clerestory window openings, mark the lobby entrance and exterior stairs.

    Clower Hall's hardwood floors were restored and the existing steel-framed windows rehabilitated. The remnants of a suspended ceiling were stripped, making the ceiling about 20 feet (six meters) high. Insulation pavers were added on top of the uninsulated roof to improve energy efficiency. A series of ten-foot- (three-meter-) high, three-foot- (0.9-meter-) thick acoustical wall installations subdivide the interiors while allowing passage of light from the large clerestory windows.

    The site plan was configured to maximize preservation of indigenous tree groves. Joe Greco served as principal-in-charge for the project.

    Detroit · 2007.1109
    Construction nears completion on a $158 million master-planned renovation and expansion project at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan. Michael Graves & Associates designed the project, which expands the building to the east. The grand opening will be on November 23, 2007.

    The renovations improved gallery space, clarified public circulation with a new north-south spine, improved existing horizontal circulation between galleries, and provided vertical circulation between the main floors. Space was added for galleries, educational programs, new dining and special-event areas, and administrative offices. The mechanical system was also upgraded to meet art conservation requirements.

    The project also included recladding of the existing north and south wings, with composition, materials, and color chosen to compliment the original Beaux Arts-style building designed by architect Paul Cret in 1927. SmithGroup served as architect of record for the expansion and renovation.

    Chicago · 2007.1109
    Terry McDonnell, PE, SE, has joined the new Chicago, Illinois, office of Halcrow Yolles as principal. McDonnell previously spent nine years with the Chicago office of Thornton Tomasetti, where he participated in such significant local projects as UBS Tower, US Cellular Field renovations, and the adaptive reuse of Soldier Field. Toronto, Canada-based Halcrow Yolles is the structural engineering group for international consulting engineering firm Halcrow.

    Barcelona · 2007.1109
    Roldán + Berengué, arqts. of Barcelona, Spain, has revealed its winning design for the new headquarters of the Catalan Institute of Economists in Barcelona. The building will occupy a narrow 380-square-meter (1,200-square-foot) site with 32 meters (105 feet) of street frontage.

    The building will appear to be a series of two-story rectangular volumes stacked on top of each other, forming a pillarless shell. The facade will be monochrome white on the exterior and a combination of greens, yellows, and oranges on the interior. It will be constructed of transparent, translucent, and opaque glass modules. At night, different programmatic areas may be selectively illuminated to create a variety of light patterns.

    The 2,000-square-meter (21,500-square-foot) building will comprise six main floors and two basement floors. Foyers, waiting areas, and circulation spaces will be located along the length of the facade. On the first three floors, those spaces will overlook the Plaza Galla Placídia, while on the upper floors they open to the rear facade. The interiors feature movable partitions of textile and glass.

    Antioch · 2007.1109
    The first of three new Kaiser Permanente hospitals has opened in Antioch, California. A joint venture of SmithGroup and Chong Partners Architecture (now part of Stantec Architecture) designed a single template for the three facilities. The template combines a hospital and a medical office building. Standardized clinic modules are arranged around each building’s daylit central spine.

    Daylight serves as a reference point for movement throughout the building. The entry curtain wall, floor penetrations, and skylights admit wanted light with minimal heat buildup and glare. Circulation endpoints are marked by elevators flanked by large windows. Waiting spaces are washed in daylight. Translucent panels are used to define informal seating groups.

    The joint venture worked with and beyond Kaiser Permanente’s "Eco Toolkit," a system of corporate guidelines relating to indoor air quality, energy efficiencies, less-toxic finishes, materials, and furnishings. The building perimeter and parking areas are landscaped with xerispace plantings that minimize water use and maintenance costs. The two other template hospitals, in Modesto and Irvine, California, are scheduled to open in 2008.

    Orlando · 2007.1108
    Construction recently began on the new Orlando Lutheran Towers building in downtown Orlando, Florida. Orlando-based Baker Barrios Architects, Inc. designed the $18 million assisted-living development. The 102,500-square-foot (9,500-square-meter) project will include 105 residential units and 12,000 square feet (1,100 square meters) of support and amenity space.

    Escondido · 2007.1107
    CO Architects of Los Angeles has revealed its design for Palomar Medical Center West in Escondido, California. The 360-bed facility was designed for easy future rearrangements of interior walls and addition or redesign of HVAC, electrical, and water systems. It features open floor plans with minimal vertical obstructions.

    The facility is a pilot project using the Green Guide for Healthcare rating system. The building is oriented with expansive windows facing north and south to capture daylight but avoid direct sunlight. A rooftop garden doubles as a green roof for insulation and stormwater management. The medical center will also feature efficient lighting systems and will recapture waste heat. Completion is slated for late 2011.

    London · 2007.1107
    The Olympic Delivery Authority has unveiled the design for the flagship venue of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, United Kingdom. HOK Sport is the architect of the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, designed for conversion down to a 25,000-seat permanent stadium after the Games. Buro Happold is providing structural and building-services engineering.

    The playing field will be located in a sunken bowl. A cable-supported roof 28 meters (92 feet) wide will provide cover for about two-thirds of the seats. A fabric curtain will wrap the stadium structure.

    Site preparation, including demolition, is underway at the southern end of the Olympic Park in the Stratford area of east London, on a spot surrounded on three sides by waterways. Some existing woodland and waterside areas are being preserved. The stadium cost is expected to be £496 million. Completion is scheduled for summer 2011.

    New York · 2007.1107
    The principals and staff of two New York City-based firms with strong international practices have joined New York City-based Perkins Eastman. The new principals include Shawn Basler, AIA, and Ibrahim Mosa of Basler Mosa Design Group, and Theodore Liebman, FAIA, and Alan Melting, FAIA, AICP of The Liebman Melting Partnership.

    Assen · 2007.1107
    Rotterdam-based Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects has revealed its winning design for a new entrance and addition for the Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands.

    The new wing will comprise about 2,000 square meters (21,500 square feet). A staggered, organic roof will form a publicly accessible park that connects existing gardens and parks in the city. Openings in the roof will allow light penetration into exhibit spaces below. An existing coach-house will serve as the museum's new main entrance. It will be raised one meter (3.3 feet) to rest on a glass plinth above the ground, preserving the historic facade. Completion is planned for 2011.

    Chicago · 2007.1107
    The Chicago, Illinois, office of Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum (HOK) has named Rich Drozd, AIA, director of architecture.

    Drozd has nearly 40 years of experience as a practicing architect. He began his career in 1968 at the office of Mies van der Rohe. Drozd is a thirteen-year veteran of HOK, having worked in the firm's London, United Kingdom; Los Angeles, California; and St. Louis, Missouri offices. Prior to that he worked in Chicago for Fujikawa Johnson Gobel Architects and Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM). Significant past project include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the early 1980s and the Barclays Bank at the Canary Wharf development in London.

    Two other staff members recently joined HOK Chicago: David Dike as senior designer for the international studio and Scott Lumsden, AIA, as senior project manager for the architectural practice.

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