The Burj Khalifa, designed by SOM, known until this week as the Burj Dubai, has opened in Dubai as the tallest building, and also the tallest human-made structure, in the world. Photo: Joi Ito Extra Large Image
Ghent · 2010.0106
Construction of the Riverside Gardens residential complex in Ghent, Belgium, has been completed. Dirk Bontinck of Ghent architecture and engineering firm G+D Studiegroep Bontinck designed the five-story, 110-unit project, which includes an underground parking garage. The complex surrounds a landscaped courtyard that opens onto a pedestrian esplanade along a canal, with a ceramic-panel rainscreen facade designed to define and highlight the private entrances to each unit. CNY Builders of New York City managed development of the $28 million project on behalf of Riverside Garden Koepoortkaai.
Mishawaka · 2010.0106
The new Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center has opened in Mishawaka, Indiana. HOK provided the architectural design, planning, structural engineering, and interior design services for the new $224 million replacement facility, located on the 90-acre (36-hectare) Edison Lakes Medical Campus.
The Trinity Health project includes a new 254-bed, 663,000-square-foot (61,600-square-meter) hospital and connected 155,000-square-foot (14,400-square-meter) medical office building. At the core of the campus is a two-story diagnostic and treatment center with a six-story bed tower that includes an emergency department, imaging center, diagnostics and 16 operating rooms. The overall hospital campus is organized by a two-story public concourse that provides access to all services and amenities, including food service, conference and educational facilities, and retail areas.
The campus includes a series of ponds and walkways, and features water-efficient landscaping. Predevelopment hydrology was maintained through effective stormwater management techniques, combining dry detention, wet detention, and bioswale designs. The project targets a reduction of 50 percent in potable water use.
The Woodlands · 2010.0106
The new Lakeside Hospital has opened on the campus of St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas. Designed by the Dallas, Texas, office of RTKL, the $28.5 million facility focuses on cardiology, sports medicine, and orthopedic/ spine care. The new 90,000-square-foot (8,400-square-meter) standalone hospital includes 30 inpatient beds, six operating rooms, and three cardiac catheterization labs. The facility has been planned for growth, with shell space and the flexibility to add on.
Adjacent to the main lobby is a glass chapel and a hospital restaurant overlooking a three-acre (1.2-hectare) lake on campus. Patient rooms and public spaces also enjoy lake views through large windows. RTKL provided architectural, master planning, interior design, and equipment planning services for the project.
Seattle · 2010.0105
IA Interior Architects has promoted Kim Parsley, Assoc. IIDA, LEED AP, to principal in the firm's Seattle, Washington, office, and Shannon L. Medina to senior associate in the Irvine, California, office. Newly promoted associates include Gregory C. Garcia II, RA, NCARB, LEED AP, in Atlanta, Georgia; Josh Khanna in Seattle; and John Varholak in Washington, D.C.
Dubai · 2010.0104
The tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai (pictured above), renamed the Burj Khalifa, has opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At an official height of 828 meters (2,716.5 feet), the 160-story tower rises far taller than the previous record-holder, the 508-meter (1,667-foot) Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building according to all three criteria of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: height to architectural top, height to tip, and highest occupied floor.
The Chicago, Illinois, office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) designed the tower, with former design partner Adrian Smith as lead architect and structural and civil engineering parter William F. Baker as lead structural engineer. Developed by Emaar Properties, the building houses high-end condominiums, offices, an Armani Hotel, a mosque, and an observation deck. The building was renamed the Burj Khalifa after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates and emir of Abu Dhabi.
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