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The new building for the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, designed by Krueck + Sexton Architects, recently opened in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Courtesy Krueck + Sexton Architects

The Bronx · 2007.1204
The Bronx County Hall of Justice in the Bronx, New York, has reached substantial completion. The New York City office of Rafael Viñoly Architects designed the L-shaped structure, which houses 47 courtrooms, seven grand jury rooms, offices, and underground parking. The building is organized along the commercial streets, with a large public plaza on the other side. The cylindrical jury assembly room rises from the plaza. The courtyard, loading docks, and mailroom are all designed to resist an explosive blast.

The facility features extensive daylighting, including in the innermost spaces, such as the below-grade arraignment courtroom. An accordion-fold curtain wall with ceramic frit provides both security and daylighting. Double-glazed clerestory windows in courtrooms also act as acoustic barriers.

Other energy efficiencies include high-performance, low-emissivity insulated glass; energy-efficient supplemental lighting; and heating and air conditioning systems that incorporate displacement ventilation. The building is slated to open in early 2008.

Biloxi · 2007.1201
Construction continues at the Ohr–O'Keefe Museum of Art campus in Biloxi, Mississippi. Four metal-skinned "pods" designed by Frank Gehry are currently being erected. Along with a glass-and-steel atrium, the 40-foot- (12-meter-) high pods constitute the George Ohr Gallery, one of five buildings Gehry designed for the campus. The pods' aluminum skeletons will be covered by skins of brushed stainless steel.

The museum campus was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, during the original construction. It is unclear whether all of the Gehry-designed structures will still be built. The project will include construction of a replica of the Pleasant Reed House, built by a former slave, which was destroyed by the hurricane. The Biloxi office of Guild Hardy Architects is serving as the executive architect.

Chicago · 2007.1130
The new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies building (pictured above) has opened in Chicago, Illinois. Krueck + Sexton Architects of Chicago designed the 11-story, 155,000-square-foot (14,400-square-meter) facility, which houses galleries, classrooms, a theater, a kosher cafe, a library, and space for community events, as well as storage for collections.

The building's irregularly faceted front facade contrasts with the predominantly masonry-faced buildings surrounding it on Michigan Avenue. The average size of the 726 individual panes of glass is comparable to the standard window size in the neighboring buildings. In addition to providing the standard functions of daylighting and views outward (toward Lake Michigan), the glazed facade is also intended as a symbol of transparency.

The building was designed to LEED Silver standards. Environmentally friendly features include efficient lighting systems and HVAC, and a 6,700-square-foot (620-square-meter) green roof.

New York · 2007.1129
The New York City office of Handel Architects LLP has revealed its design for a new 19-story tower on New York's Upper West Side. The building will include 48,000 square feet (4,500 square meters) of retail space spread over five floors, with rental apartments above. Gary Handel, AIA, firm president, and Amar Sen, senior associate, designed the $200 million tower, with its curving facade. Construction is scheduled to begin soon and be completed in 2009.

St. Louis · 2007.1128
Construction is underway on the $8.5 million Roberts Galerie & Lofts in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis office of Rosemann & Associates, P.C. is providing architectural services for the mixed-use project, which involves renovation of a historic building. On the first floor, 12-foot- (3.7-meter-) high glass corridors will define five retail spaces. Residential units will occupy the third through eighth floors. The project also includes office space and underground parking.

Another Rosemann project, Cheyenne Village privatized military housing at Fort Leavenworth, recently opened in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Maple Grove · 2007.1127
Construction continues on a new headquarters for Great River Energy in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The electricity wholesaler will seek LEED Platinum certification for the building, which was designed by the Minneapolis office of Perkins + Will. The 166,000-square-foot (15,400-square-meter) building will include such features as energy-efficient lighting, multiple daylit atriums, a concrete structural frame of almost 60 percent fly ash, rain gardens, native landscaping, rainwater harvesting systems, rooftop photovoltaic panels, and a geothermal heating and cooling system with underfloor displacement. A 150-foot- (46-meter-) tall wind turbine has been installed on the site, although it will not operate until the building is occupied in April 2008.

Gatlinburg · 2007.1126
The Twin Creeks Science and Education Center has opened in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Atlanta, Georgia-based Lord, Aeck & Sargent designed the 15,000-square-foot (1,400-square-meter) building, which provides space for the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory project. LEED Silver certification is expected for the $4.4 million facility.

The building features a high central bay with five gabled dormers that introduce natural light through clerestory windows. It is clad in regional river stone around the base, with cedar and glass above. Twelve salvaged cedar columns run down the structure's central space on two sides of the building.

High-efficiency automatic lighting controls minimize the use of artificial lighting. An energy management system controls operable clerestory windows, allowing natural ventilation. Offices also have operable casement windows and individual HVAC temperature sensors. The thermal envelope consists of high-efficiency wood-frame windows and R-30 roof insulation, with manufactured structural insulated panel decking over the central vaulted ceiling space. Gypsum board with high recycled content was used to finish walls throughout the building. The stormwater management system includes a planter zone, a swale, and three cascading ponds. Pervious paving further reduces stormwater runoff.

The Rocky Mountain Institute's Built Environment Team consulted on daylighting and energy optimization.

Nausori · 2007.1121
Studio Pali Fekete architects of Culver City, California, has revealed its winning design for apartment towers as part of a gated development in Nausori, Fiji. A series of pipe-shaped terra cotta planters will cover the facades, the vegetation within providing a filter for sunlight and also managing water drainage. The firm is also designing other buildings for the project.

Construction is expected to begin in 2009. The development will also include a two-tower hotel-retail complex designed by Lab Architecture Studio, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Dallas · 2007.1120
Corgan Associates, Inc. has promoted three staff members to vice president in the firm's Dallas, Texas, headquarters: Susan Smith, AIA; Mary Hart, AIA; and Tina Larsen, AIA.

Smith has worked on a variety of educational projects. In her new role, she will continue to support the Corgan schools group with design and management responsibilities. Hart has been with Corgan for ten years, during which time she has worked with almost every team, including the aviation, education, interiors, and corporate groups. She will continue to support the corporate architecture team and will help the firm increase opportunities for new business. Larsen has been named vice president of Corgan Technology Services. She has been with Corgan since 2004 and has worked on a number of healthcare projects.

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