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The Indio Teen Center, designed by WWCOT | Mills, recently opened in Indio, California. Photo: Courtesy Mark Davidson/ Davidson Photography Extra Large Image

Hamilton · 2008.1015
The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center in Hamilton, Ohio, has received LEED Platinum certification. Architecture and urban design firm glaserworks of Cincinnati designed the $3 million, 10,800-square-foot (1,000-square-meter) visitor center, which opened in August 2008, and Megen Construction Company of Cincinnati built it.

Sustainable features include a geothermal-based heat-pump system, high-efficiency electrical and plumbing fixtures, window placements that optimize daylight in all seasons, and low-VOC finishes. Of the building materials, 23 percent contain recycled content and 43 percent were sourced locally.

The 1,050-acre (425-hectare) Fernald Preserve is a Superfund site that was home to a uranium processing facility from 1952 to 1989. A two-decade, $4.4 billion environmental cleanup project converted the site into a nature preserve run by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Legacy Management.

Dallas · 2008.1009
Lindsay Case Wilson has returned to Dallas, Texas-based Corgan Associates, Inc. as vice president of interiors. Wilson began her career with the firm in 1998 as an intern interior designer. Prior to rejoining Corgan, she worked for several other companies and gained extensive commercial interior design experience, most recently serving as director of business development for East Greenville, Pennsylvania-based workplace furnishings company Knoll, Inc.

Incheon · 2008.1007
The Songdo ConvensiA Convention Center has officially opened in Incheon, South Korea. Designed by New York City-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the $155 million ConvensiA is the first completed building in Songdo International Business District, the 1,500-acre (610-hectare) master-planned financial district on the Yellow Sea.

The new convention center includes a 145-meter- (476-foot-) long column-free exhibition space. The sculptured roof resembles overturned boat hulls separated by gabled sections at each end. The hulls form the roofs of the exhibition halls, while the gabled sections house entranceways and foyers. A curved head-house area contains meeting rooms, ballrooms, and administrative spaces. The building is designed to be expanded from its current 27,900 square meters (300,000 square feet) to 120,000 square meters (1.3 million square feet).

Washington, D.C. · 2008.1007
International engineering and design firm Thornton Tomasetti has promoted several staff members. Those promoted to the position of senior vice president/ principal include R. Wayne Stocks, P.E., in the Washington, D.C., office; Chris Christoforou, P.E., and Anjana Kadakia, P.E., in the Newark, New Jersey, office; and W. Steven Hofmeister, P.E., S.E., in the Kansas City, Missouri, office.

Also in Kansas City, H.B. Warner, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, was promoted to senior vice president. Mark Tamaro, P.E., of the Washington, D.C., office was promoted to principal.

Indio · 2008.1001
The $7 million Indio Teen Center (pictured above) recently opened in Indio, California. WWCOT | Mills, the Palm Springs office of WWCOT, designed the 12,500-square-foot (1,160-square-meter) facility, located on four acres (1.6 hectares) across from Indio High School.

Angled columns support the extended roof, and a prominent glass curtain wall marks the building's main entrance. Canopies shade the structure from direct desert sunlight. Three large glass-paned rolling garage doors in the two multipurpose rooms open up to the outdoors.

Interiors feature exposed ceilings, rubber flooring, glass, and metallic plastic laminate, with vibrant turquoise, red, deep orange, and lime green colors. Spaces include a reception area, internet cafe and library with a small kitchen, game room, TV lounge, recording studio, classroom, and multipurpose rooms joined by moveable walls.

Pam Touschner, FAIA, managing partner of WWCOT | Mills, served as partner-in-charge, and Andrea Cohen Gehring, FAIA, LEED AP, served as design partner. The teen center is the first of two facilities on an "intergenerational campus." WWCOT is providing master planning, programming, and design services for the Indio Senior Center, which is now under construction.

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