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21 July 2010
Architecture People and Places


Saint Joseph-London Hospital in London, Kentucky, designed by Leo A Daly, is set to open in August. Photo: Courtesy Leo A Daly Extra Large Image

London · 2010.0721
Saint Joseph-London Hospital has held opening celebrations for its $152 million new facility (pictured above) in London, Kentucky. Designed by Omaha, Nebraska-based multidisciplinary firm Leo A Daly, the 120-bed, 325,000-square-foot (30,200-square-meter) hospital replaces an 89-bed acute-care hospital. The hospital will open officially on August 19.

Each patient room is private, with views to the 50-acre (20-hectare) site's lake and natural landscape. The hospital also offers areas for family members to stay with patients, a cafe, and a paved walkway around the lake. A shelled sixth level can accommodate an additional 30-bed unit. Sustainable features include efficient mechanical systems, light sensors, and daylighting.

Salalah · 2010.0719
New York City-based Klingmann Architects & Brand Consultants has revealed its design for Khawr Awqad in Salalah, Oman, designed to be a permanent, pedestrian-friendly environment for locals and an eco-tourism destination. The scope of the plan includes a residential community and a "green"-themed resort and park. The architecture, materials, and construction are based on local culture, and the development is planned around a government park.

Dallas · 2010.0719
A new "green" mixed-use project designed by Good Fulton & Farrell of Dallas has officially opened in Dallas, Texas. The project consists of 17Seventeen McKinney, a 19-story office tower, precertified LEED-CS Gold; and Park 17, a 25-story residential tower, currently seeking LEED-NC certification. The towers are connected by a six-level parking garage podium, with 15,000 square feet (1,400 square meters) of new retail and restaurant space wrapping three sides of the block.

17Seventeen McKinney is a 361,500-square-foot (33,580-square-meter) Class AA office high-rise of concrete, steel, and glass, with a lobby finished in polished wood, travertine, granite, and limestone. The frontage along three streets is planted with native trees. Other sustainable features include transit accessibility, daylighting in 81 percent of occupied space, drought-tolerant landscaping, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, recycled-content and regional materials, and low-VOC finishes. Refrigerants are not being used in the project. Tenant design and construction guidelines include requirements to meet LEED-CI certification.

The 292-unit Park 17 apartment building features oversized balconies and ten-foot (three-meter) ceilings, with exterior concrete, stone, and aluminum finishes. A one-acre (0.4-hectare) rooftop deck on the parking garage includes a swimming pool, fitness center, and garden.

The Dallas office of TBG Partners served as landscape architect and site planner. The developers are Dallas-based Granite Properties (office building) and Gables Residential (residential building).

Cardiff · 2010.0716
Construction has begun on a new drama production center for BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Foundations are currently being laid for the approximately 170,000-square-foot (16,000-square-meter) site in a historic part of Cardiff. Holder Mathias of London, Cardiff, and Munich is acting as architect to construction company Vinci. The project is being developed by the igloo Regeneration Partnership, an Aviva Investor's Fund that seeks to deliver regeneration while cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Basic building work is due for delivery from the developer in summer 2011.

Los Angeles · 2010.0715
Ground has been broken for the new Los Angeles Civic Park in downtown Los Angeles, California. Multidisciplinary firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios of Los Angeles is the landscape architect for the 12-acre (five-hectare) linear park, which will stretch across four blocks as part of the larger Grand Avenue Plan to revitalize the city's civic and cultural center.

Tree-lined perimeter promenade paths will form a 0.66-mile (one-kilometer) pedestrian loop, and meridian paths will connect the promenades at varied intervals. Bunker Hill's natural incline is integrated into the design, with pedestrian-friendly and ADA-accessible ramps and broad steps. New plazas, terraces, and lawns are designed to host diverse cultural, civic, and social functions. Many of the site's mature trees will be preserved, and new plantings will be added. A historic fountain will be restored and revamped. Other elements will include a dog run and children's play areas.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios is also designing two support structures to house a cafe, gathering space, and park services, and is creating custom site-specific furnishings in brightly colored metal. The client is The Grand Avenue Committee/ Related Companies.

Rotterdam · 2010.0714
Blaak 31 has been completed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. KCAP Architects & Planners of Rotterdam and Zurich designed the 12-story, 23,000-square-meter (248,000-square-foot) office building for Dutch developer Provast. The structure is located in inner-city Rotterdam, next to the site of another Provast development: the Rotterdam Market Hall, designed by MVRDV and under construction since November 2009.

The volumes composing Blaak 31 are slightly rotated relative to each other, and shift 2.7 meters (8.9 feet) every three floors. This form was developed partly to allow maximum daylight and privacy for both the office building and the Market Hall. The underground metro line also influenced the massing. The facade's horizontal lines of glass and stone emphasize the building's shape. With the use of sustainable materials and techniques, the building reaches a GreenCalc+ score of over 200 points.

The interior has an open structure, with large, flexible office floors combined with atria and waterfall stairs. A transparent library and auditorium adjacent to the street are connected by an elegantly curved staircase to the restaurant and meeting center on the first floor. The building's primary occupant will be legal and tax service provider Loyens & Loeff, for which Fokkema & Partners Architecten of Delft designed the interiors.

New York · 2010.0714
New York City-based engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti has announced staff promotions. W. Steven Hofmeister, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, and Yi Zhu are now senior principals. Newly promoted principals include Tanya de Hoog, CEng, MIStructE; Ronald Jezerinac, P.E., S.E.; Will Laufs, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP; and Steven Pacitto. James Kent has been appointed chief marketing and communications officer. Eight employees have been promoted to vice president: Colin Brown, CEng, MIStructE; Mark Dannettel, LEED AP; Guoyong (Paul) Fu, P.E.; Wayne Hostetler, P.E.; Robert Kornfeld, AIA; Robert Otani, P.E., LEED AP; Steven Witkowski, P.E., LEED AP; and Qing (Steve) Zuo, P.E.

San Diego · 2010.0714
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has broken ground for a new police substation and adjacent 828-space parking structure at San Diego Miramar College, located in the Mira Mesa/ Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, California. Harley Ellis Devereaux, which has an office in San Diego, is the design architect for the $17.8 million project, with International Parking Design as the architect of record.

The single-story, 6,000-square-foot (560-square-meter) police substation is designed to attain LEED Platinum certification. A green roof grid system will cover the majority of the roof deck, with modular panels and xeriscape plantings. Other sustainable features will include pervious pavement, operable windows, skylight tubes, terra cotta rain screens that create a vented facade and increase building envelope energy efficiency, curtain walls with vertical fins to the east and a large glazed area facing north, Cradle to Cradle-certified finishes, and low-emitting casework materials.

The four-story, above-grade parking structure will be constructed with poured-in-place reinforced concrete. Its west elevation will feature a vegetated screen.

The project team also includes Jessen Wright Structural Engineers, structural engineer; Randall Lamb Associates, electrical engineer; SC Engineers, mechanical engineer; Burkett & Wong Engineers, civil engineer; Schmidt Design Group, landscape architect; and Gafcon, Inc., program manager for San Diego Community College District's Propositions S and N construction bond program.

Amiens · 2010.0708
Serero Architects of Paris has revealed its winning design for a new library and auditorium for the University of Amiens in Amiens, France. The auditorium floor will follow the natural slope of the site. In between the library and auditorium volumes, a reception hall will connect the lower level to the garden. A full-height glass curtain wall will be protected by a wood shading system with vertical louvers.

Belfast · 2010.0706
McClay Library has officially opened at Queen's University Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Architecture firm Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston, Massachusetts, designed the 196,000-square-foot (18,200-square-meter) building in association with Robinson Patterson Partnership of Belfast and Derry, and engineer Buro Happold. The late Sandy Howe of Shepley Bulfinch was the design architect.

The building has 2,000 reader places and space for 1.2 million volumes, and also includes a multistory atrium, IT training rooms, a language center, library and computer support areas, a cafe, and, in the tower above the entrance, the C.S. Lewis Room. Sustainable features include natural ventilation and operable windows, a chilled-beam system, rainwater harvesting system, and heat-recovery systems. The thermal mass of the building serves as a heat sink.

Another Shepley Bulfinch project recently opened in Lebanon, New Hampshire: the Outpatient Surgery Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Lynge · 2010.0629
Hearing-aid manufacturer Widex has opened its new headquarters in Lynge, Denmark, just outside Copenhagen. Designed by White arkitekter A/S to be carbon-dioxide-neutral, the 36,600-square-meter (394,000-square-foot) high-tech production facility can accommodate 900 employees. The facade includes 20,000 integrated solar cells, and all heating and cooling in the building is provided by a geothermal system. An onsite wind turbine is expected to deliver more power annually than Widex uses, delivering excess power to the electricity grid.

Antwerp · 2010.0628
Construction is underway on the restoration of the original Red Star Line harbor sheds in the old Het Eilandje harbor district in Antwerp, Belgium, on the banks of the River Schelde. The buildings will accommodate the new Red Star Line Museum of Migration. Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners of New York City is designing the project, including a new observation tower, and is also coordinating the main exhibition design. The firm previous designed the restoration and renovation of the main building at Ellis Island for use as the U.S. National Museum of Immigration. The Red Star Line shipping company brought more than two million passengers from the port of Antwerp to the United States and Canada between 1873 and 1934.

Dallas · 2010.0626
Construction continues on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, Texas, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Construction workers have placed the keystone piece at the top of the 400-foot (122-meter) arch. The bridge is scheduled to open in 2011.

Calatrava recently revealed his design for another project: the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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