The Cleveland Museum of Art recently opened its new East Wing by Rafael Viñoly Architects, connecting the museum's original 1916 building and a 1971 addition by Marcel Breuer. Photo: Brad Feinknopf Extra Large Image
Chicago · 2009.0828
Perkins + Will has earned a LEED Platinum certification for its renovated offices in Chicago, Illinois. Sustainable features include low-flow bathroom fixtures and daylight and occupancy sensors to help reduce energy use. The project incorporated casework, countertops, faucets, ceiling tiles, glass walls, and doors from floors in the same building.
Irvine · 2009.0727
The Granite Court Apartment Homes development in Irvine, California, has celebrated its grand opening. The affordable housing project was designed by Irvine-based KTGY Group, Inc. for nonprofit developer Jamboree Housing Corporation.
Located on 1.23 acres (0.5 hectares) in the city's urban core, the project features a compact infill design, with four residential floors over two levels of underground parking. The 71 units, ranging from one to three bedrooms, are complemented by common areas including a central courtyard, a community center and fitness room, and a computer lab.
The building exceeds California Title 24 energy-efficiency standards by more than 15 percent. Sustainable features include a photovoltaic system, recycling of construction waste, and a recycling trash chute for residents.
Baltimore · 2009.0727
Lance K. Josal, FAIA, has been named president and CEO of RTKL Associates Inc., the international planning, design, and engineering firm based in Baltimore, Maryland. Josal succeeds President and CEO David C. Hudson, AIA, who is retiring from the firm.
Josal joined RTKL in 1979, and over the years has been involved in some of the firm's largest and most complex projects. For the last seven years, he has directed the commercial practice group, which accounts for more than 30 percent of the firm's gross revenue. He will officially assume the role as president and CEO on September 1, 2009, and will become a member of the senior management committee of ARCADIS, RTKL's parent company.
Washington, D.C. · 2009.0724
Shelley Poticha has been appointed Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD is working with Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) on legislation to create an Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at HUD; if the bill becomes law, Poticha will direct the office.
Poticha has been president and CEO of the national nonprofit Reconnecting America since 2004, where she has become a national leader for the reform of land use and transportation planning and policy. She also co-chairs the Transportation for America campaign. Poticha was previously the executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Her writings have appeared in several books, including The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development and Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities in the 21st Century, as well as the Charter of the New Urbanism and many reports and white papers.
Wichita Falls · 2009.0720
Fowler Hall, one of the original buildings at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, has been extensively renovated inside and out to house the McCoy School of Engineering. Plano, Texas-based SHW Group designed the $6.2 million project. The renovation incorporated three high-bay laboratories, with new "study pods" overhanging into the labs, and added a translucent glass box that cuts through the exterior of the building.
Cleveland · 2009.0715
A new wing recently opened at the Cleveland Museum of Art (pictured above) in Cleveland, Ohio. New York City-based Rafael Viñoly Architects designed the 139,200-square-foot (12,930-square-meter) East Wing to connect the museum's original 1916 Beaux Arts building and the 1971 addition by Marcel Breuer, unifying formerly disjointed spaces and architectural vocabularies.
The stone cladding of the addition consists of alternating bands of granite and marble. Inside are double-height special exhibition galleries and an entrance lobby, as well as additional galleries and work space for the conservation department.
The East Wing is the first of three planned new wings. The design by Rafael Viñoly Architects restores the focus to the original building, set within a continuous ring of expansion space that includes the renovated Breuer building. Other later additions are being demolished to make way for a vast indoor piazza around which the museum will be organized. The full expansion project is expected to be completed in 2012.
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