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                                                    . . . THIS WEEK

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has revealed its winning design for a new National Library in Astana, Kazakhstan. Image: BIG Extra Large Image

Ithaca · 2009.0826
Construction continues on a renovation project at Cornell University's Statler Hall in Ithaca, New York. KSS Architects of Princeton, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, designed 14,000-square-foot (1,300-square-meter) project, which is converting part of an auditorium and theater in the building's tower into new programmatic spaces to support the School of Hotel Administration.

Within the tightly constrained tower space, KSS created new floor plates aligned with existing floor levels in the rest of the building. The architects also cantilevered several floors to add usable space. A three-story glass curtain wall opens up the tower's formerly windowless facade. The design also adds public gathering spaces, including a roof-level multipurpose room.

Construction is scheduled for completion in December 2009. The total project cost is estimated at $11.6 million. David Zaiser, AIA, is serving as partner-in-charge for KSS, and partner Allan Kehrt, FAIA, is the project designer. The firm previously designed the 2004 Beck Center addition to Statler Hall.

Astana · 2009.0825
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of Copenhagen, Denmark, has revealed its winning design for a new National Library in Astana, Kazakhstan (rendered above). The design for the 33,000-square-meter (355,000-square-foot) building combines four archetypes: the circle, the rotunda, the arch, and the yurt, all merged into the form of a Möbius strip encircling a central courtyard. The relative location of public spaces and support functions will vary throughout the building: in some areas, they will be next to each other, and in other places stacked on top of each other. Peripheral spaces will provide expansive views of the city and landscape.

Construction is expected to begin by late 2009. Bjarke Ingels is serving as partner-in-charge for BIG, with Thomas Christoffersen as project leader. Arup's Advanced Geometry Unit collaborated on the competition entry. The client is the Kazakhstan Presidential Office.

Evansville · 2009.0820
Populous (formerly HOK Sport Venue Event), based in Kansas City, Missouri, has revealed its design plans for the new Evansville Arena in downtown Evansville, Indiana. The 278,000-square-foot (25,800-square-meter) arena is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. Sweeping curved forms will evoke the shape of the nearby horseshoe bend in the Ohio River. The exterior will include native Indiana limestone at the arena's base and the focused use of glass to give frequent views out of and into the building. The multipurpose venue is designed for basketball and hockey, as well as concerts and exhibits, with a maximum capacity of 11,000 seats.

Boston · 2009.0820
Michael Tillou, P.E., LEED AP, has joined Cannon Design as associate vice president and leader of the Energy Services Group. As a integrated, full-service firm, the group will work closely with design teams throughout Cannon Design to improve building energy efficiency. Tillou previously established Tillou Engineering, LLC in Williamstown, Massachusetts, from which five staff members will also be joining Cannon Design: Susan B. Abrams, Anne H. Karbinos, Daniel R. Louis, Lisa Carey Moore, and Charles J. Stevenson.

Portland · 2009.0818
Bob Gerding, cofounder of Gerding Edlen Development Company of Portland, Oregon, died of cancer on August 18, 2009, at the age of 71.

Gerding Edlen was instrumental in the development of Portland's highly regarded Pearl District. The Brewery Blocks development there encompasses both historic preservation and sustainable building, including the LEED Platinum-certified renovation of the First Regiment Armory Annex (1891) to house Portland Center Stage theater company. The developer's portfolio also includes the LEED Platinum-certified Center for Health and Healing, part of a large-scale redevelopment project for Oregon Health & Science University.

A Portland native, Gerding started his career in science, teaching at Purdue and practicing at a hospital in Portland before founding Gerding Edlen with Mark Edlen in 1994. The firm has become Oregon's largest developer, according to the Oregonian.

Atlanta · 2009.0818
The new Southface Eco Office in Atlanta, Georgia, has received LEED Platinum certification. The Atlanta office of Lord, Aeck & Sargent designed the three-story office, demonstration, and training facility for the nonprofit Southface Energy Institute. A three-story atrium connects the 10,100-square-foot (940-square-meter) building to the existing Southface Resource Center, a sustainable residential demonstration building.

Performance models project that the new building will use 84 percent less potable water and 53.3 percent less energy than a comparable code-built building. Site orientation, glazing allocation, and exterior shading controls maximize daylighting while controlling unwanted solar heat gain. The high-performance thermal envelope includes insulated concrete form walls and low-e insulated glazing with thermally broken frames.

The building features a 1,900-square-foot (180-square-meter) extensive green roof, a 6.4-kilowatt photovoltaic canopy salvaged from a decommissioned BP gas station, and rainwater collection cisterns. Materials with high recycled content include floor tiles made from recycled cork and rubber, and concrete countertops with high fly-ash content. Ninety-eight percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.

The building has also qualified for Energy Star certification and meets the goals of Architecture 2030's 2030 Challenge.

Salt Lake City · 2009.0818
Restoration and renovation of the Oquirrh School (1894) in Salt Lake City, Utah, to house a children's mental heath program is complete. Local firm ajc architects designed the renovation of the the four-story, 46,700-square-foot (4,340-square-meter) building for The Children's Center. The project included restoration of over 225 windows and use of low-VOC paints. LEED Silver certification is being sought. The architects have also submitted the school, originally designed by Richard K.A. Kletting, for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

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