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Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates has completed the restoration and renovation of Robert Venturi's Guild House (1965) in Philadelphia. Photo: Matt Wargo for VSBA Extra Large Image

Ames · 2009.0817
At Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, construction is complete on the LEED Platinum-targeted King Pavilion, which will house classes starting on August 24. The Des Moines office of RDG Planning & Design designed the $6.6 million addition to the College of Design building. The 23,700-square-foot (2,200-square-meter) facility features a two-story central "forum" surrounded by instructional studios.

The King Pavilion's numerous sustainable features include a green roof, onsite stormwater management, natural ventilation through operable windows (and no air conditioning), daylighting through clerestory windows, sensor-controlled fans and artificial lighting, dual-flush toilets, and materials such as 75-percent-recycled steel and recycled denim insulation. Ninety percent of all construction waste generated was recycled.

Kevin Nordmeyer served as lead designer for RDG; he has since become director of the Iowa Energy Center.

Philadelphia · 2009.0813
The restoration and renovation of Guild House (pictured above) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is complete. Robert Venturi originally designed the 1965 building. He and his Philadelphia firm, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, returned to the project to design the recent renovation. The six-story structure, now also known as Guild House East, continues to be operated by the Friends Rehabilitation Program as subsidized rental housing for the elderly.

The building rehabilitation safeguards the exterior finishes, enhances the outdoor spaces, and modernizes the interior systems for the comfort of residents and longevity of the structure. The project included replacing original windows with energy-saving, easily operated windows; replacing damaged exterior brick and exterior doors; installing all new mechanical, electrical, plumbing , and sprinkler systems, using Energy Star devices; replacing through-wall units with centralized air conditioning; rehabilitating the interiors; providing a new exercise room; and restoring the iconic "Guild House" sign to the original font and color scheme.

Robert Venturi said, "I had fun doing 'wrong' things with this building. While everyone else was putting up Corbusian slabs, I wanted this to fit into the existing neighborhood. I put in an arch, a column, a sign for heaven's sake, and said I know I'm going to architectural hell. But the client was completely supportive, and the residents, then and now, love their apartments."

The team of consultants included the Philadelphia office of Keast & Hood, structural engineering; Marvin Waxman Consulting Engineers of Philadelphia, MEP engineering; and Andropogon Associates of Philadelphia, landscape architecture. Domus, Inc. of Philadelphia was the general contractor.

Houston · 2009.0812
Morris Architects has promoted senior designer Dallas E. Felder, AIA, LEED AP, to associate principal, and has promoted two employees to senior associate: Alain Belanger, AIA, project architect, and Ron Czarnik, information technology Orlando. The 150-person design firm has offices in Houston, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Los Angeles, California; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nine employees have been promoted to associate: Arlene Alberson; Marsha Bowden; Richard Calloway, RA; Ramon Janer; Heather Rogers; Kiril Sirakov; Jamie Smith; Anthony Taylor; and Arturo Zepeda.

London · 2009.0810
BAA has revealed plans for the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London, United Kingdom. London-based Foster + Partners created the initial designs for the building, which were then developed by HETCo, a joint venture between construction companies Ferrovial Agromán, based in Madrid, Spain, and Laing O'Rourke, based in Dartford, UK. The £1 billion terminal will become the new home for Star Alliance airlines.

Large north-facing windows in the roof will provide ample daylighting in the 11,300-square-meter (122,000-square-foot) terminal, and ten-meter- (33-foot-) high windows in the two-level departure lounge will provide views of Heathrow's airfield. The phased construction — including demolition of the existing Terminal 2 and Queen's Building and construction of Terminal 2 and a second satellite building — is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Pittsburgh · 2009.0809
The Rivers Casino has opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bergman Walls & Associates, Ltd. of Las Vegas, Nevada, served as both design architect and architect of record for the 480,000-square-foot (44,600-square-meter) facility.

Located on the Ohio River, the casino features extensive glazing to bring outside views to the gaming floor. The front facade curves alongside the river. The two-story building opens to a 1,000-seat amphitheater that steps down to the water's edge. The focal point of the building is an 86-foot- (26-meter-) high glass cylinder called "the Drum." The use of steel, aluminum, and glass refers to Pittsburgh's industrial heritage.

The principal architect on the project was Scott Walls, AIA, president of Bergman Walls. Strada Architecture, LLC of Pittsburgh collaborated on exterior architecture and landscaping. Cleo Design of Las Vegas provided interior design for the casino gaming and related spaces, the five bars and lounges, and the buffet. The Rivers Casino is owned by Holdings Acquisition Co., LP in Pittsburgh.

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