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Construction has begun on Five Franklin Place, a 20-story Manhattan residential tower designed by UN Studio. Image: © Archpartners 2008 Extra Large Image

Kidwelly · 2008.0429
A restoration and improvement project nears completion at the medieval Kidwelly Castle in Kidwelly, Wales, United Kingdom. Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment service, is coordinating the project, which includes resurfacing throughout the gatehouse, parking improvements, and the installation of a new footbridge, by Opus International Consultants Ltd.

The work has also included archaeological excavations in the gatehouse, which revealed historic cobbled surfaces about a foot (0.3 meters) below the present ground surface. The floors, which may belong to an earlier gatehouse which predates the existing 15th-century structure, were recorded and reburied for protection.

New York · 2008.0429
Construction has begun on Five Franklin Place (rendered above), a 20-story residential tower in New York City. Ben van Berkel of UN Studio, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, designed the project, which is located the Tribeca district of Manhattan.

The building will be wrapped in a pattern of horizontal black metal bands of varied widths. The facade bands will form balconies for half the building's residential units, terraces for the penthouses, and sunshades for the entire structure.

The project will include 55 residential units in three distinct zones. The curvilinear form that the bands create on the facade will be echoed inside the residences.

Boca Raton · 2008.0424
Florida Atlantic University has revealed the design for a planned engineering building on the university's Boca Raton campus. The project is being designed to qualify for LEED Platinum certification. Schwab, Twitty & Hanser (STH Architectural Group) of West Palm Beach is the architect, with LEED consulting provided by the Orlando office of Green Building Services. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2008 and be completed by late 2009.

Mexico City · 2008.0423
The International Union of Architects (UIA) has announced that its 2008 Gold Medal will go to Mexican architect Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon. After working in Le Corbusier's studio in the late 1940s, Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon returned to Mexico, where he designed public works, housing, urban spaces, and parks. His projects include the Mexican embassies in Brasilia, Brazil, and Berlin, Germany, and the Superior School of Music in Mexico. He will receive the award on July 2, 2008.

Washington, D.C. · 2008.0422
Ellerbe Becket has named Adrian Hagerty, AIA, LEED AP, managing principal of the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Hagerty has been with the firm for over 20 years, serving as principal and senior project manager on many healthcare and government projects. His current projects include the new Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, Maryland; the West Georgia Medical Center redevelopment in LaGrange, Georgia: and the Baptist Hospital East Eastpoint & Bardstown Road Campus development in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dallas · 2008.0422
Students have returned to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, after a $55 million renovation and expansion project. Brad Cloepfil, principal of Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Oregon, and New York City, designed the project, with Booziotis & Company Architects of Dallas as associate architect.

The renovation organized spaces in a pinwheel around a central open-air amphitheater, with loft spaces facing four-story atriums. Materials include brick and concrete, with exposed systems. The school is located in the Dallas Arts District.

Fontana · 2008.0421
The Lewis Library and Technology Center has opened in Fontana, California. The Los Angeles office of RNL Design designed the $65 million building with a mix of traditional Mission-style and contemporary architecture.

Located on 2.1 acres (0.8 hectares) in the new Civic Center Park, the two-story, 93,000-square-foot (8,600-square-meter) center is framed by a large plaza with a clock tower, fountains, and rotunda. The facility includes a 330-seat auditorium, public meeting rooms, and a cafe.

LEED certification is being sought for the building. The Los Angeles office of Heery International served as construction manager.

New York · 2008.0418
The 24-hour Community Residence at the Dynamite Youth Center in Brooklyn, New York City, is complete. New York-based Rafael Viñoly Architects designed the project, which expanded the building's third floor and added a new fourth floor. The new residential center includes four bedrooms to house 16 residents, plus a kitchen, pantry, laundry facility, and open-plan common area. A truss system was added to the second-floor auditorium to support the additions above.

The project included extensive restoration and renovation of the building's facade. The original brickwork and cast-stone arch were cleaned and restored, and the street-level storefront was replaced, with new translucent windows protecting privacy while transmitting daylight. The addition of an elevator improves accessibility. A phased construction process allowed the center to remain open throughout construction.

St. Cloud · 2008.0411
BC Architects AIA, Inc. of Celebration and Coral Gables, Florida, has revealed its design for the St. Cloud Medical Arts and Technology Park in St. Cloud, Florida. The 100,000-square-foot (9,300-square-meter) facility will consist of a 10,000-square-foot (930-square-meter) imaging center, a surgical center of the same size, and a 30,000-square-foot (2,800-square-meter) "incubator" space for the University of Central Florida Technology Incubation Program. The center will also include 50,000 square feet (4,600 square meters) of medical office leasing.

LEED certification will be sought for the project. Proposed sustainable features include open air circulation to reduce heating and cooling loads, tensile fabric roofs in some areas to reduce lighting load, collection of condensation as reclaimed water, photovoltaic cells, and low-e glass to reduce heat gain while allowing daylighting.

American Canyon · 2008.0405
Quattrocchi Kwok Architects of Santa Rosa, California, has revealed its design for a new high school in American Canyon, California. The school will be organized around an elliptical campus green flanked by four "small learning communities," each with its own smaller courtyard. The public front of the campus will include buildings housing a library, administration space, a theater, and a gymnasium.

Sustainable features will include a ground-source heat pump, extensive daylighting, and a 500-kilowatt photovoltaic array expected to provide over 40 percent of the school's electricity.

Phoenix · 2008.0405
The newly renovated Cactus and Succulent Galleries have opened at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. The design team included Steve Martino, FASLA, principal of Phoenix firm Steve Martino & Associates; Scott C. Scarfone, ASLA, principal of Oasis Design Group of Baltimore, Maryland; and Tom Schleifer, Ph.D., a member of the board for the garden, who developed an experimental open-air climate-control system to protect nonnative desert plants from weather extremes of the Sonoran desert.

Chicago · 2008.0404
Leo V. Mendez, Jr., AIA, has joined OWP/P Architects of Chicago, Illinois, and Phoenix, Arizona, as design principal for the firm's retail group. Mendez has 20 years of experience, and was previously a principal and retail market sector leader for DFD Cornoyer Hedrick (now Davis) of Phoenix and a senior designer for JPRA Architects of Novi, Michigan. He has completed projects for such developers as The Forbes Company, Forest City, and Simon Properties.

Americus · 2008.0403
A temporary building for Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus, Georgia, has been completed. Stegenga + Partners of Alpharetta, Georgia, designed the 76-bed hospital building to replace one destroyed by a tornado. The facility consists of prefabricated steel-framed and -walled units.

Construction of the replacement permanent hospital is expected to begin in late 2008 or early 2009. The temporary structure will be disassembled after the replacement building is complete.

Ljubljana · 2008.0403
Sadar Vuga Arhitekti of Ljubljana, Slovenia, has revealed its winning design for a new air traffic control center at the Ljubljana Airport. The 2,400-square-meter (26,000-square-foot) building will consist of three components: the 100-meter- (330-foot-) tall tower, a four-story block with the control center, and underground parking. The compact control center portion comprises two administrative wings connected by a central hall. It will be made of reinforced concrete, clad in glass and aluminum panels. Construction is expected to begin in late 2008 and be completed in 2010.

New York · 2008.0401
The Sutton, an 11-story building in Harlem, New York City, was recently completed. Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC of New York City designed the mixed-income cooperative apartment building, which comprises 133 residential units and approximately 3,500 square feet (330 square meters) of ground-floor retail space.

Greenwich · 2008.0401
Construction has begun on an expansion of the Greenwich, Connecticut, offices of CitationShares, a division of Cessna Aircraft Company. Gerner, Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, PC (GKV Architects) of New York City is providing space evaluation, programming, and full architectural services for the 10,000-square-foot (930-square-meter) project, which will add offices, open-plan work spaces, and training rooms. Completion is scheduled for May 2008.

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