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At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, construction continues on an expansion designed by Rick Mather Architects of London. Image: © 2004 Rick Mather Architects Extra Large Image

Cincinnati · 2008.0416
Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum (HOK) has revealed the design for the Great American Building in Cincinnati, Ohio. HOK founding partner Gyo Obata designed the 41-story, 800,000-square-foot (74,000-square-meter) office tower with a tiara-shaped crown.

The anchor tenant will be American Financial Group, Inc., with subsidiaries such as Great American Insurance Company. The tower is the final element planned for the Queen City Square development. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2008 and be completed in 2011.

Pune · 2008.0416
Ground has been broken for Sahyadri Park, a 2.5 million-square-foot (230,000-square-meter) development in Pune, India. A design team including architect Frank Glynn of El Segundo, California; the Los Angeles, California, office of Perkins + Will; and the Pune office of Edifice Architects developed the master plan for the 50-acre (20-hectare) campus and is designing 15 buildings.

Intended to accommodate 20,000 engineers when complete, the campus will be constructed in three phases, with each phase designed to be independent, with its own parking, cafeteria, and employee recreation areas.

The primary buildings will be oriented east-west to reduce heat gain and glare. Detached perforated metal screens will provide shading on southern facades. The building exteriors will include both modern architectural finishes and local, traditional materials. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2010.

Walnut Creek · 2008.0415
Ground was recently broken for a new patient care tower at the Walnut Creek, California, campus of John Muir Medical Center. Ratcliff of Emeryville designed and master planned the five-story, 380,000-square-foot (35,000-square-meter) building, along with a parking garage and 20,000-square-foot (1,900-square-meter) central plant for the campus.

The patient tower's column-free zone from the perimeter of the building to the center core allows for future changes in room locations. New patient rooms were designed for privacy, noise reduction, and natural lighting. Ratcliff developed a long-term program for remodeling and expansion of the entire Walnut Creek campus to address growth and seismic safety issues.

Two other Ratcliff healthcare projects have opened at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California: the 4,500-square-foot (420-square-meter) Family Resource Center and the 11,500-square-foot (1,100-square-meter) Breast Health Center. Healthcare interior architecture firm Jain Malkin Inc. of San Diego designed interiors for the latter.

Richmond · 2008.0409
Construction continues on an expansion (rendered above) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Rick Mather Architects of London, United Kingdom, designed the project, which will add over 165,000 square feet (15,300 square meters) to the museum, increasing the gallery space by 50 percent.

On the east facade, a large glass wall will reveal activity within the museum. The insulated glass wall will be 40 feet (12 meters) high and 72 feet (22 meters) wide. A three-story skylit atrium will connect the new wing with two existing wings. A glass-enclosed stairwell on the north facade is intended to highlight the new main entrance. From inside, visitors will have views of a new sculpture garden, an adjacent historic residential neighborhood, and downtown Richmond. Opening is expected in late 2009.

Honolulu · 2008.0407
Sustainable development and architecture firm Group 70 International, Inc. of Honolulu, Hawaii, has promoted Tom Young, AIA, to principal. He will serve as a strategic leader and project supervisor, as well as a principal-in-charge of marketing. Young has over 20 years of architectural experience, with a focus on resort, timeshare, and high-rise residential resort projects. Past projects include the Marriott Vacation Club International at Ko'olina and the Grand Waikikian.

Baltimore · 2008.0407
GWWO, Inc./ Architects of Baltimore, Maryland, has promoted Paul L. Hume, AIA, LEED AP, and Mark A. Lapointe, AIA, to principal. Hume joined the firm in 1993, and has worked on laboratories, "green" buildings, and K-12 schools. Lapointe joined the firm in 1994. His portfolio includes education and cultural projects and National Park Service visitor centers.

Jacksonville · 2008.0404
Ervin Lovett & Miller of Jacksonville, Florida, has revealed its design for a shopping center in the Bartram Springs residential development near Jacksonville. The project consists of over 18,000 square feet (1,700 square meters) on almost 18 acres (seven hectares), and is intended to be pedestrian-friendly and walkable. The design features elements of classical Mediterranean design; two retail buildings in the first phase will share a common central courtyard.

Plano · 2008.0403
Construction is complete on the Wilcox Center | 190, a three-story, 185,000-square-foot (17,200-square-meter) commercial office building in Plano, Texas. The Dallas office of Omniplan planned and designed the project, which has been pre-certified LEED Silver in the Core and Shell category. It is expected to achieve a LEED Gold rating when the certification process is complete.

The building perimeter is composed of nine-foot- (2.7-meter-) square windows that transmit daylit throughout the office floors. The concrete exterior wall panels are structural and architectural; the structural steel at the lobby glass is exposed, not clad; and the lobby floor is of polished concrete.

Sustainable features include low-E insulated glazing, careful solar orientation, and optimized mechanical systems, low-VOC interior finishes, composite wood products free of added urea-formaldehyde resins, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and waterless urinals. All of the structural steel was fabricated from recycled cars, the concrete incorporates fly-ash, lobby wall paneling is of renewable bamboo plywood, limestone is regionally quarried, and bathroom counters are made from Paperstone™, a solid surface material made of recycled paper and resin from cashew shells.

The building site previously comprised three agricultural fields separated by two fence rows lined with mature trees. The existing tree rows were worked into the overall site design. A system of swales landscaped with indigenous and drought-resistant species help filter site runoff. Mark Dilworth, AIA, LEED AP, served as principal-in-charge and LEED director for Omniplan.

New York · 2008.0326
The renovation and expansion of a Manhattan building for Affirmation Arts was recently completed. Peter Matthews, AIA, and his New York firm Matthews Architects designed the project, which added 3,000 square feet (280 square meters) of space to an existing structure built around 1900 and renovated in 2000. The building, located in the Hudson Yards district, includes gallery space, offices, studios, and artist-in-residence quarters.

Outdoor terrace areas were added on the third and fifth levels. The original brick was clad with zinc panels, similar in appearance to the exterior galvanized steel framing. A balance of natural and artificial light is provided by a variety of glass types, including translucent glazing panels, used with retractable sun shades and light-blocking curtains.

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