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The design has been revealed for MahaNakhon, a 77-story tower in Bangkok, Thailand, by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Image: © OMA/ Ole Scheeren 2009 Extra Large Image

Folsom · 2009.0805
The design has been revealed for the new headquarters of the California Independent System Operator Corporation (California ISO) in Folsom, California. Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects of Sacramento is leading the design team. The 278,000-square-foot (25,800-square-meter) building will comprise three wings, housing a lobby, training rooms, an education center, offices, mission-critical facilities, and support facilities.

LEED Gold certification is targeted. Planned sustainable features include daylighting and an underfloor air distribution system. Completion of the project is expected in March 2011. Clark Design/ Build of California, Inc., part of Bethesda, Maryland-based Clark Construction Group, LLC, is providing design-build services. California ISO is a nonprofit public-benefit corporation that operates the state's wholesale transmission grid.

Houston · 2009.0805
Rice University in Houston, Texas, has named Sarah Whiting dean of its architecture school, starting January 1, 2010. An expert in urban and architectural theory, Whiting joins Rice from Princeton University's architecture faculty. She was previously at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for six years, and has also taught at the University of Kentucky, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Florida.

She is cofounder and partner of WW Architecture with her husband, Ron Witte. Previously she worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where she was a principal designer for the Euralille master plan in Lille, France. Whiting has published dozens of articles on urban and architectural theory, edited several journals and books, and is the author of the forthcoming book Superblock City.

Los Angeles · 2009.0805
Nirmal Mangal, AIA, FIIA, has joined Cannon Design as vice president, based in the firm's Los Angeles, California, office. Mangal has over 30 years of experience in planning, architecture, and interior design. He previously served as vice president at the Friedmutter Group in Las Vegas, Nevada, and as vice president and managing principal for Leo A Daly in Phoenix, Arizona. Current assignments for Cannon Design include an expansion project for the University of California, San Diego Medical Center.

Shrewsbury · 2009.0804
A new ReadyMed by Fallon Clinic has opened in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Margulies Perruzzi Architects of Boston designed the 5,000-square-foot (460-square-meter) walk-in medical clinic. Construction management services were provided by Cutler Associates of Worcester, Massachusetts.

New York · 2009.0803
Architect Charles Gwathmey, FAIA, died in New York City on August 3, 2009, at age 71. He is known for his take on modernism, influenced by Le Corbusier. A former student of Paul Rudolph's, Gwathmey recently completed the restoration of Rudolph's Yale Art and Architecture Building and added the adjoining Loria Center for the History of Art.

Gwathmey was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1938. He attended the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his master's in architecture from Yale in 1962, then traveled to Europe and observed the work of Le Corbusier. A Long Island house he designed for his parents, collaborating with then-partner Richard Henderson, garnered early attention.

In 1968, he founded Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects with Robert Siegel. The firm's work has ranged from a high-profile addition at the New York Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright to a range of private residential projects, including several for celebrities. Gwathmey Siegel received the AIA Architecture Firm Award in 1982.

Gwathmey received a variety of awards over the course of his career, and also taught at Yale, Harvard, the Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, Princeton, Columbia, the University of Texas, and UCLA.

Chesterfield · 2009.0729
Work has begun on the Walton Hospital, a facility for elderly mental health patients in Chesterfield, England, United Kingdom. Architecture firm Race Cottam of Sheffield and Knutsford designed the £11 million project for Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust. The design features a figure-eight layout to avoid dead ends, with wide corridors to maximize daylighting. Two vacant buildings will be demolished to make way for two 24-bed wards, both with all private rooms. Completion is slated for February 2010.

Bangkok · 2009.0723
The design has been revealed for MahaNakhon, a 77-story skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand (rendered above), designed by Ole Scheeren, partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With its cascading ribbon of terraces, balconies, and protrusions, the building will look as if a portion of its curtain wall has been stripped off in a long spiral.

The 150,000-square-meter (14,000-square-foot) building will include 10,000 square meters (930 square feet) of high-end retail space, with gardens and terraces spread over several levels; The Ritz-Carlton Residences, with 200 residential units; The Bangkok Edition, a boutique hotel with 150 rooms, a collaboration between Marriott International and hotelier Ian Schrager; and a multilevel rooftop sky bar and restaurant. An adjacent freestanding seven-story building called the Cube will define a public square at the tower base.

Condominium units located in the "pixelated" portions of the tower will occupy projecting skyboxes with sweeping views of the city and the Chaophraya River. Other residences will have retractable bifold balcony windows that open to the outdoors. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2009 and be completed in 2012. The project is being developed by PACE Development Co., Ltd. of Bangkok with joint venture partner Industrial Buildings Corporation Public Company Ltd (IBC).

Honolulu · 2009.0706
Group 70 International of Honolulu, Hawaii, has received LEED Platinum certification for its offices in the 102-year-old McCandless Building, located in Honolulu's Chinatown District. The 5,700-square-foot (530-square-meter) second-floor space comprises staff offices, common areas, and the recently opened sustainable design center, which is a resource center and showroom.

The renovation project was completed at a cost of $84 per square foot ($903 per square meter), and was certified under LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI). Sixty percent of the existing materials were reused, including portions of the walls, exterior windows, flooring, lights, and the air-conditioning system. Group 70 reduced usage of electricity and water, and used recycled-content carpet, carpet tiles, and office chairs.

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