Engine Company 201 by RKT&B has been completed in Brooklyn. Photo: © Albert Vecerka/ Esto Extra Large Image
Waltham · 2009.1111
The Autodesk AEC Division Headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, has received a Platinum certification under the USGBC's LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) rating system. Designed by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based KlingStubbins, constructed by Tocci Building Companies of Woburn, and managed by Jones Lang LaSalle, the project involved an interior retrofit of an existing 61,000-square-foot (5,700-square-meter) speculative office building.
The headquarters interiors earned 46 LEED credits, exceeding the 42-credit level required for a Platinum rating. The building also received LEED Gold certification for its exterior shell. Sustainable features include extensive daylighting, use of recycled-content building materials, bicycle storage, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Team members implemented sustainable design, digital design-to-fabrication, and integrated project delivery (IPD) as part of an overall building information modeling (BIM) process.
Beijing · 2009.1110
Charles Peace has joined international multidisciplinary firm Leo A Daly as the regional director for Asia. He will be based in Beijing, China. Peace brings more than 12 years of experience in international business development to the position. He has previously worked with clients in several countries, including China, the United Kingdom, and Russia.
In the firm's Las Vegas, Nevada, office, Thomas J. Czech has been promoted to vice president/ managing principal. Czech has over 40 years of experience in architecture, construction, facilities management, and logistics. Most recently,he served as the project executive for MGM CityCenter's $8.5 billion Vdara and Harmon Circle projects in Las Vegas, for which Leo A Daly is the architect-of-record.
New York · 2009.1109
Construction continues on 8 Stone Street, a 43-story Doubletree hotel in lower Manhattan. Gene Kaufman, Architect, P.C. of New York City designed the 399-room, 148,000-square-foot (13,700-square-meter) hotel, which has been topped out. Located within the Stone Street Historic District, the hotel features a limestone-and-curtain-wall entrance, extensive custom stone and millwork in the lobby and public spaces, aluminum-framed windows, and limestone flooring in guest bathrooms.
Axis Design Group International LLC is the structural engineer. CNY Builders is the construction manager for the $72 million project on behalf of ABI and AL-Stone LLC. The opening is slated for late 2010.
Cambridge · 2009.1108
The newly restored and expanded main library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has opened. William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. of Boston served as lead architect on the project, with Ann Beha Architects of Boston as associate architect. The facility includes a new glazed 76,700-square-foot (7,130-square-meter) addition to the 27,200-square-foot (2,530-square-meter) historic library building, designed in 1887 by Van Brunt & Howe.
A double-skin curtain wall with movable sunshades maximizes visual transparency between the library and the adjacent park while limiting solar gain. Other sustainable features include a 33,000-square-foot (3,100-square-meter) intensive green roof and a neighborhood-wide stormwater management facility. The project has been submitted for LEED certification.
The original brownstone and granite facade was cleaned and restored, and a new Vermont red slate roof and copper roof trim were installed. Historic windows were repaired and some upgraded to custom thermal wood units. The removal of a 1967 addition revealed the original west facade. In the old Delivery Room and Main Reading Room, a deep, rich Victorian color scheme was reinstated and period lighting was installed.
Brooklyn · 2009.1028
The new Engine Company 201 building (pictured above) in Brooklyn, New York City, has been completed. Architecture and urban design firm Rothzeid Kaiserman Thomson & Bee (RKT&B) of New York City designed the fire station with glass apparatus doors at ground level to foster a visual connection with the Sunset Park neighborhood. The building features brightly glazed red brick throughout, and the third-floor facade features an embossed Maltese Cross in an illuminated light box.
The new firehouse is one of the first to be completed as part of the City of New York Department of Design and Construction's Design Excellence Program. RKT&B's design gives the highest priority to operational efficiency of the shared spaces on the ground floor. The second floor contains offices, bunk rooms, toilets, lockers, and storage facilities, with quick horizontal and vertical circulation allowing access to the front and rear of the apparatus trucks on the ground floor. The third floor is devoted to the private spaces of the firefighters and includes a dormitory bunk room, study facilities, and locker rooms.
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