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The new Oxnard College student services center by Nadel Architects has opened in Oxnard, California. Photo: Y.K. Cheung Photography Extra Large Image

Herzliya · 2010.0203
The Wolf Foundation of Herzliya, Israel, has named two architects to receive the 2010 Wolf Prize in the category of the arts: American Peter Eisenman, for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin's Holocaust memorial; and Briton David Chipperfield, for the reconstruction of Berlin's Neues Museum.

Cohin · 2010.0202
Ground has been broken for Choice Marina, a high-end resort condominium in Cochin, India. Architecture and interior design firm CetraRuddy of New York City designed the 13-story, 138,000-square-foot (12,800-square-meter) waterfront building. Each floor will contain two three-bedroom residential units of over 3,000 square feet (280 square meters), each of which offers 300-degree water views.

The siting and orientation were selected to reduce solar heat gain and to minimize the impact of monsoons without compromising views. Each of the towers will have an array of fixed and operable exterior screening and sun-shading devices to improve energy efficiency. Occupancy is slated for July 2011.

Atlanta · 2010.0201
At Atlanta, Georgia-based multidisciplinary firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Antonin Aeck, FAIA, managing principal since 2000, has assumed the new role of board chair and will continue in active practice. Joseph Greco, AIA, a 19-year veteran of the firm and a principal since 2000, has assumed the new position of president, while also leading the design of projects. Most recently, Greco directed the firm's education, arts and culture studio. This expanding studio leadership role will now be filled by principals John Starr, AIA, and Ken Higa, AIA.  

New Haven · 2010.0201
Kroon Hall, the new home of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, has received LEED Platinum certification. The building earned 59 points under LEED for New Construction 2.2.

Featured in ArchitectureWeek No. 457, Kroon Hall was designed to use 81 percent less water and 58 percent less energy than a standard comparable building. It was designed by Hopkins Architects of London, United Kingdom, in collaboration with executive architect Centerbrook Architects and Planners of Centerbrook, Connecticut, and sustainable design consultants Atelier Ten.

New York · 2010.0201
The renovated Johnson Chapel has opened at the Trinity School, a 300-year-old college preparatory school on New York City's Upper West Side. Architecture firm Butler Rogers Baskett of New York City designed the 1,000-square-foot (93-square-meter) project, with Robert Vuyosevich as partner in charge.

Daylight enters through a slot along the north wall, reflecting diffuse light deep into the space. The light slot is mirrored on the floor with a rock bed and stone fountain. The ceiling plane floats, disengaged from perimeter walls, and is lit indirectly, creating a cloud-like effect, punctuated by a large light cone. Doors, seating, lighting, hymnal slots, and a sound system are integrated into a wide ribbon of maple woodwork, which wraps two sides of the space, providing a warm counterpoint to the crisp white plasterwork.

Edmonton · 2010.0131
The Art Gallery of Alberta has reopened in its remodeled and expanded home in downtown Edmonton, Canada. Randall Stout Architects, Inc. of Los Angeles, California, designed the 85,000-square-foot (7,900-square-meter) project, which features a dramatic angular glazed form wrapped in a winding 620-foot (190-meter) stainless steel ribbon that extends inside the gallery. In addition to high-performance glazing and stainless steel, the exterior features patinated zinc. The original gallery building was designed by Edmonton architect Don Bittorf in 1969.

Oxnard · 2010.0127
The new student services center (pictured above) has opened at Oxnard College in Oxnard, California. Los Angeles-based Nadel Architects designed the $18 million, 38,500-square-foot (3,580-square-meter) structure, which consolidates a number of services, including the cafeteria, student business office, admission and records, financial aid, career and transfer center, health services, and disabled student services.

Centrally located on the 118-acre (48-hectare) campus, the building features colored masonry units, precast concrete, and tinted glazing to be compatible with the exteriors of adjacent facilities. A vertically accented glass atrium contributes an individual identity. The separation of the food services building from the main building creates a courtyard and allows for pedestrian movement from the east side of the campus.

San Diego · 2010.0127
Construction has begun for Harbor Point, a new two-story, 24,000-square-foot (2,200-square-meter) office and retail building in the Point Loma area of San Diego, California, along the San Diego Bay. F.L. Hope Architecture & Planning of San Diego designed the building to achieve LEED Silver certification for Core & Shell and to be 30 percent more energy-efficient than California's Title 24 requires.

The structure will comprise nine office suites above three ground-floor retail suites, with high-end stone finishes on the exterior and in the elevator lobby. San Diego-based Johnson & Jennings General Contracting is performing ground-up construction of the building. The Peckham Family Trust is the developer, San Diego-based SENTRE Partners is the development manager, and B&G Consultants of San Diego is the construction manager. Completion is scheduled for August 2010.

St. Louis · 2010.0125
The new wing at Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis, Missouri, has received LEED Platinum certification. The 9,100-square-foot (850-square-meter) addition houses a library and science classrooms. Sustainable features and strategies include daylighting, a solar hot-water system, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, bioswales and a rain garden for stormwater filtration, permeable walkways and limited hardscape, and diversion of more than 95 percent of the construction and demolition waste from the landfill.

The project team included the St Louis office of TR,i Architects, sustainable design consultant Vertegy of St. Louis, engineering firm William Tao and Associates, Inc. of St. Louis, and general contractor Lawlor Construction. The developer is St. Louis-based McCormack Baron Salazar. The team also renovated 18,000 square feet (1,700 square meters) of the main school building, a former grocery store.

Honolulu · 2010.0121
William Brizee, AIA, CSA, CCCA, LEED AP, has been named CEO of Architects Hawaii Ltd. of Honolulu. Brizee joined the firm in 1995. Former CEO David A. Miller, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has assumed the role of chairman of the board, and continues in his role as project principal.

Bettina Mehnert, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to chief operating officer. She has been with the firm since 1988. Former COO Lloyd Arakaki continues as a director and principal.

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