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Campus M Business Park in Munich, Germany, designed by Weickenmeier, Kunz + Partner, recently received a BREEAM Excellent rating. Image: Weickenmeier, Kunz + Partner/ Courtesy AIG/Lincoln. Extra Large Image

Beijing · 2009.0429
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based KlingStubbins has named Xiaoyi Ma, AIA, LEED AP, the manager of its new office in Beijing, China. Ma previously worked as a project designer in the firm's Cambridge, Massachusetts, office.

Washington, D.C. · 2009.0428
Construction is complete on 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, a commercial office building in Washington, D.C. Pritzker Prize-winning British architect Richard Rogers designed the ten-story, 225,000-square-foot (20,900-square-meter) building, which is targeting LEED Gold certification.

The building cantilevers eight feet (2.4 meters) over New Jersey Avenue, providing views of downtown Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Capitol. A nine-story glass atrium spans the lobby, connecting the structure to the neighboring Acacia Building. The atrium is braced by boomerang trusses at the ceiling and a bright yellow structural steel "tree" that houses mechanical systems. The building also features floor-to-ceiling windows and six levels of below-grade parking.

The project team also included Dallas, Texas-based HKS, Inc. as architect of record, and Bethesda, Maryland-based Clark Construction Group, LLC.

Washington, D.C. · 2009.0424
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced a projected budget shortfall for 2009, and has indicated plans to implement cost-cutting measures, including reductions in face-to-face meetings, staff travel, and the use of consultants, and efficiencies gained through greater reliance on technology. The AIA's April 24, 2009, statement implied that a mandatory furlough for all employees would be enacted, but did not specify the timing or duration of the furlough.

Johannesburg · 2009.0423
Construction continues on the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Boogertman Urban Edge + Partners of Johannesburg designed the 95,000-seat stadium, which will host the opening and final matches of the FIFA World Cup 2010. The colorful curved outer shell combines transparent polycarbonate elements and fibreC glass-fiber concrete.

Manitowoc · 2009.0422
A new technology center for Orion Energy Systems Inc. has opened in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Jim Pankow, Inc., based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, designed and built the project. The 70,000-square-foot (6,500-square-meter) facility is oriented for passive solar heating. It also includes a shared loop heating and cooling system to minimize energy use, and features Orion's own integrated lighting system, including its Apollo Light Pipes for daylighting.

Budapest · 2009.0422
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners of New York City has revealed its concept designs for the restoration and adaptive reuse of Exchange Palace, a historic landmark in Budapest, Hungary. The renovated building will house 246,000 square feet (22,900 square meters) of Class A commercial office space, with cafe and retail space on the ground floor.

The Beaux-Arts building was originally built in 1905 to house the Budapest Stock and Commodities Exchange. It has since been used and modified for several different purposes, including most recently as headquarters for Hungarian state television.

The proposed design and preservation approach will restore the major historic elements of the interior, most notably the main entrance stair and central domed rotunda. Long-concealed features, such as ornamental pilasters, cornices, brackets, and balustrade, will be restored and incorporated into modern office spaces. The original ornate stone and stucco facades will be restored, existing wood windows will be replaced or refurbished, and ground-level storefronts will be rebuilt.

Burbank · 2009.0420
Warner Bros. Entertainment's new Stage 23 in Burbank, California, was recently completed. The Santa Monica office of HLW International designed the 21,600-square-foot (2,000-square-meter) building, which is pending LEED certification.

Sustainable features include FSC-certified lumber, recycled steel, concrete foundations with 35 percent recycled fly ash, energy-efficient lighting, and a perimeter of pervious asphalt. The building is designed to support a 100-kilowatt photovoltaic installation. The 1930s set lighting and grip storage facility that previously stood on the site was carefully deconstructed, and 92 percent of its building materials were reclaimed for reuse and recycling.

Munich · 2009.0401
The Campus M Business Park (rendered above) in Munich, Germany, recently received a BREEAM Excellent rating. Architects Weickenmeier, Kunz + Partner designed the project, part of the Am Moosfeld Business Park. Campus M consists of four buildings, with a total rentable area of 18,500 square meters (200,000 square feet), plus a multistory parking garage.

Sustainable features include natural ventilation, daylighting, low energy usage, excellent public transit accessibility, and extensive facilities for bicyclists. Highly efficient gas condensing boilers providing the space heating. The brownfield site required removal of contaminated material prior to construction.

Building 2 was completed in November in 2008, and Buildings 3 and 4 are slated for completion in mid-2009. Building 1 is expected to be finished at the end of 2009, pending tenant. The developer is AIG/Lincoln.

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