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A kindergarten by kadawittfeldarchitektur has opened in Sighartstein, Austria. Photo: Angelo Kaunat, Salzburg, Austria Extra Large Image

West Chester · 2009.0707
Construction is complete on the new West Chester Medical Center in West Chester, Ohio. The $116 million acute-care hospital and medical office building complex was designed by the Dallas, Texas, office of RTKL. The firm used retail design principles to enhance customer service and wayfinding in the five-story, 162-bed, 385,000-square-foot (35,800-square-meter) facility. In addition to architectural design, RTKL provided comprehensive medical equipment planning through RTKL Healthcare Technologies. The RTKL team included Brad Barker, AIA, executive vice president in charge, and John Castorina, AIA, ACHA, senior designer.

Miami · 2009.0707
The W South Beach hotel has officially opened in Miami, Florida. Costas Kondylis and Partners of New York City designed the hotel, with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates (NBWW) of Coral Gables as architect of record. The exterior composition of interlocking balconies creates a cubist design. The hotel includes 408 hotel residences with interior design by Yabu Pushelberg of New York City and Toronto, as well as a restaurant, three bars, meeting space, and other amenities. The lead architect for NBWW, Bruce F. Brosch, was recently promoted to president.

Lake Oswego · 2009.0706
Multidisciplinary design firm Otak, Inc., based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, has named five new team leaders. Don Hanson, in the Lake Oswego office, is the new team leader for urban design: architecture, planning, and landscape architecture. Two team leaders were named for transportation infrastructure services: Nico Vanderhorst in Kirkland, Washington, and Mike Peebles in Lake Oswego. Russ Gaston, in Kirkland, now leads the water and natural resources team, and Fares Kekhia, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is the team leader for Otak International.

Sighartstein · 2009.0618
A new kindergarten and day care facility (pictured above) designed by kadawittfeldarchitektur of Aachen, Germany, has opened in Sighartstein, Austria. The building has a facade of stylized green "grass" to blend in with the surrounding meadows. Inside, the kindergarten areas have open access to the gardens, while the day care is located on the upper floor. At the midpoint of the building is a multipurpose "interaction space." Construction cost 1.2 million.

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