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02 June 2010
Architecture People and Places

In Frankfurt, Germany, construction has begun on the European Central Bank's new headquarters, designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au. Image: © Courtesy Coop Himmelb(l)au Extra Large Image

Dallas · 2010.0602
Architecture and interior design firm Corgan has promoted four staff members to vice president: in the firm's Dallas, Texas, headquarters, Andrew Kirchhoff, LEED AP; Brett Sumrow, AIA, LEED AP; and Dan Drennan, AIA; and in the New York City office, Dmitri Guerriero, AIA.

Kirchhoff joined the firm in 1999, and was promoted from associate in less than four years. Currently on assignment in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, he continues to support the firm's aviation group. Sumrow joined Corgan over a decade ago as an intern, and continues to specialize in project and contract management for the education team. Drennan has been with the firm for 12 years, and continues to support the critical facilities and corporate architecture teams. Guerriero is in his 13th year with the firm. His new role will involve leadership of the New York office's critical facilities studio.

The Bronx · 2010.0602
The Brook housing project has officially opened in the Bronx, New York City. Designed by New York firm Alexander Gorlin Architects, the $43.3 million, 90,000-square-foot (8,400-square-meter) building contains 190 units of supportive and low-income housing. About two-thirds of the units are reserved for formerly homeless adults and about one-third is reserved for low-income single adults from the South Bronx. The building also includes a 2,400-square-foot (220-square-meter) community event space, available to neighborhood residents and organizations, as well as a large courtyard garden, computer lab, fitness room, and onsite laundry facilities.

The building has been LEED Silver-certified. Sustainable features include a green roof, building management system for temperature control, low-VOC paints and finishes, and high-efficiency boilers. The project was developed by the nonprofit organization Common Ground with support from the City of New York. The general contractor was Mountco Construction and Development Corporation. Occupancy began in January 2010.

Panama City · 2010.0528
Construction was recently completed for the first phase of the International Business Park at Panama Pacifico in Panama City, Panama. The Panama City office of Ware Malcomb provided master planning, architectural, site development, and core interior design services for the 26-hectare (64-acre) office and industrial park. Phase I comprises two office buildings: a three-story, 5,000-square-meter (54,000-square-foot) building and a four-story, 5,640-square-meter (60,700-square-foot) one. The business park includes a variety of green corridors, plazas, and a water feature. The developer is London & Regional Panama.

East Rancho Dominguez · 2010.0526
Casa Dominguez has been dedicated in East Rancho Dominguez, California, in unincorporated Los Angeles County. Designed, developed, and managed by Abode Communities (formerly Los Angeles Community Design Center), with support from the County of Los Angeles, the housing project contains a health center, preschool, and computer lab, along with apartments for families who earn 50 percent or less of the area median income.

LEED certification is pending under LEED for Homes (Multi Family) 1.0, with a Platinum rating targeted. Sustainable features include a graywater irrigation system that irrigates landscaping, high-efficiency low-e windows, an 84.87 kilowatt (DC) solar-power system to meet 100 percent of the energy needs of the common areas, and Energy Star appliances.

Islip · 2010.0525
The Suffolk County Environmental Center recently opened at Scully Estate in Islip, New York. Peter Caradonna Architecture and Planning of Setauket designed the project, which encompassed renovation of the existing 1917 mansion designed by architect Grosvenor Atterbury, along with extensive site work and landscaping. LEED certification is pending under LEED for Core and Shell v2.1, with a Gold rating targeted.

The facility includes a 1,300-gallon- (4,900-liter-) per-day Nitrex wastewater treatment and disposal system, selected due to the distance to the municipal sewer line and the property's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and a protected marsh. Other sustainable features include energy-efficient lighting fixtures and equipment, a water-conserving plumbing system, and recycled materials. Stalco Construction, Inc. served as general contractor.

Suffolk County owns the property, and the not-for-profit Seatuck Environmental Association operates the center, which encompasses 70 acres of salt marsh, freshwater wetlands, mature upland forests, and the historic mansion.

New York · 2010.0524
The new production studio for Democracy Now! in New York City has achieved a Platinum certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors 2.0. Bogdanow Partners Architects of New York City designed the 9,000-square-foot (840-square-meter) facility, located on the 11th floor of a former industrial printing house, including 2,100 square feet (200 square meters) of studio space for radio and television broadcasts.

All the wood is FSC-certified. Materials include low- and no-VOC finishes. Many elements of the existing space were reused, and more than 82 percent of construction debris was recycled. Brooklyn Interiors of Brooklyn managed the construction project and assisted with sustainability consulting.

Las Vegas · 2010.0521
At the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada, the new Life Activity Center by Frank Gehry has opened, marking the completion of the building. The 9,800-square-foot (910-square-meter) Life Activity Center is a full-service event space, open for public rental, within the larger 61,000-square-foot (5,700-square-foot) facility, which also houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuro-imaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories for clinical research, and a caregiver library.

An irregularly shaped stainless-steel canopy structure covers the Life Activity Center, which cost $2,100 per square foot ($22,600 per square meter) to construct. Each of the 199 windows in the canopy is equipped with a computerized shade, and three or four layers of glass improve energy efficiency.

Manassas · 2010.0521
The Hylton Performing Arts Center has opened in Manassas, Virginia, at George Mason University. Designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York City, the four-level, 85,000-square-foot (7,900-square-meter), $44 million facility includes a black-box theater and art gallery in addition to the main performance space, Merchant Hall. An opera-style venue with variable acoustics and a variety of stage/ pit configurations, the 1,140-seat hall places the audience within 95 feet (29 meters) of the proscenium.

The building is organized into three distinct building forms. Merchant Hall stands under an elliptical roof and is clad in standing-seam copper panels. The two-story rehearsal performance space and various support spaces are located in a rectangular building clad in red-brick masonry to complement the existing buildings on campus. The two-story lobby is enclosed by a glass wall with a large roof overhang

Mill Run · 2010.0521
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has revealed the winning design for cottages in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, at the site of Fallingwater, the landmark house by Frank Lloyd Wright. The design concept by Patkau Architects of Vancouver, Canada, buries the six small cottages in the earth, resulting in rounded, low-profile forms. This concept will serve as the basis for a final design, to be implemented following regulatory approval and fundraising.

The Conservancy, which preserves and maintains Fallingwater, plans to build the cottages on the grounds of the 5,000-acre (2,000-hectare) Bear Run Nature Reserve that surrounds Fallingwater, some distance from the house itself. The structures will expand lodging capacity for participants in Fallingwater Institute's educational programs. Competition entrants were asked to design low-maintenance, energy-efficient cottages that would include graywater recycling and take advantage of natural heating and cooling opportunities to minimize environmental impacts.

Frankfurt am Main · 2010.0519
Construction has begun on the new headquarters (rendered above) for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Designed by Vienna, Austria-based Coop Himmelb(l)au, the project includes the adaptive reuse of the 1920s Grossmarkthalle (wholesale market hall), located next to the river Main, and the construction of an adjacent pair of twisting office towers. The foundation stone was recently laid, and the construction of the basement floor slab is slated to run from June to September. Completion of the facility is scheduled for the end of 2013.

The energy-efficiency goal for the headquarters is 30 percent greater than stipulated by the Energieeinsparverordnung 2007 (German energy-saving directive of 2007). A rainwater harvesting system will be installed on the 10,000-square-meter (108,000-square-foot) roof of the historic Grossmarkthalle, and its roof and windows will be insulated. The tower facades will incorporate efficient sun screens to limit heat gain, and motorized ventilation elements will allow for natural ventilation of offices. Heat generated by the computer center will be used to help heat offices, and the development will be connected to the energy-efficient combined heat and power system of the City of Frankfurt. The project will also feature daylighting and geothermal heating and cooling.

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