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18 August 2010
Architecture People and Places


Designed by Kevin Roche, the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, nears completion. Photo: Courtesy Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC Extra Large Image

Dallas · 2010.0818
In Dallas, Texas, an extensive, $10 million renovation is complete at the Le Meridien Hotel. San Diego, California-based Graham Downes Architecture designed the transformation of the 11-story, 258-room atrium hotel, formerly the Hilton Suites Galleria, to include flexible seating areas and "floating" furniture in the lobby and entrance areas, and brightly colored raspberry and fuchsia fabrics and accents in the restaurant.

All guest rooms were remodeled. Formerly arranged in suites, the sitting areas and bedrooms were combined by removing partitions to create open, loftlike spaces. The palette includes gray woods, white marble, polished stainless steel, and rich pink accents. The renovation of the hotel, now owned by HEI Hotels and Resorts, was undertaken by American Property Management Corporation of San Diego.

Mumbai · 2010.0815
The Palace wing of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, India, has reopened after an extensive restoration by designers Lissoni Associati of Milan, Italy; BAMO of San Francisco, California; DesignWilkes of Malaysia; and the Singapore office of James Park Associates. Dating to 1903, the hotel had closed the Palace wing after it suffered damage in the terrorist attacks of November 2008. The hotel's Tower wing reopened previously.

Hawthorne · 2010.0813
Multidisciplinary firm Ware Malcomb has completed the design of the new corporate headquarters for 9 to 5 Seating, the mid-market seating division of Cyrus Business Furniture, in Hawthorne, California, within Kearny Real Estate's Century Business Center. Ware Malcomb is providing architectural, interior design, graphics design, and site development (civil engineering) services for the new 100,000-square-foot (9,300-square-meter) manufacturing facility, which will include daylit offices and a warehouse.

LEED-NC Gold certification is targeted. The project is a brownfield development, with sustainable features such as solar panels, water-efficient landscaping, and a white roof to decrease the heat-island effect. Client representation and project management is being provided by Creative Space of Hollywood.

Chicago · 2010.0813
The Greenway Self-Park parking garage designed by HOK was recently completed in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the River North neighborhood, the 11-story garage is currently pursuing LEED certification. Sustainable features include wind turbines, a cistern rainwater collection system, and electric car plug-in stations.

In a departure from the typical closed-exterior-wall parking-garage design, which requires 24-hour mechanical ventilation, the design team developed a naturally ventilated exterior wall design, using a glazed screen that eliminates the need for a mechanical system entirely. The screen consists of a visually layered fabric of breathable glass channels that progressively reveal the inner concrete superstructure of the building. The ground level of the garage is reserved for retail space. The client was Friedman Properties.

Chengdu · 2010.0812
Bellevue, Washington-based MulvannyG2 Architecture has revealed its winning design for a mixed-use commercial development slated for the central business district of Chengdu, China. Suning Real Estate Development Co. of Nanjing orchestrated the design competition. The 175,000-square-meter (1.9 million-square-foot) development is planned to include a 45-story tower housing a high-end hotel and corporate offices, set upon a 12-story podium housing hotel amenities and retail shops. Ming Zhang, president of MulvannyG2, is the project's senior design principal.

The tower form was created from three overlapping, curved curtain walls, which will allow two-thirds of the tower's offices and rooms to receive some degree of southern exposure. The podium design incorporates planted roofs and gardens. Dark gray terra cotta panels at the lower level of the retail podium will help relate to adjacent historic buildings. Sustainable features in the design include a building orientation that maximizes daylighting; reclaimed rainwater and graywater; operable windows and narrow tower floorplates to facilitate natural cooling; insulated, low-e glass; and locally sourced building materials.

San Diego County · 2010.0812
The $54.5 million Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Headquarters at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California, has been completed. Local architecture and planning firm RJC Architects, in partnership with RQ Construction, Inc. of Carlsbad, California, designed an 89,000-square-foot (8,300-square-meter) headquarters building and a 21,000-square-foot (2,000-square-meter) academic instruction building at the 33-acre (13-hectare) MARSOC complex.

The new headquarters building includes command offices, an auditorium, medical department, and a secure compartmentalized information facility. The complex also has vehicle maintenance facilities, an armory, paraloft, and supply warehouse, designed and built by RQ Construction.

Earlier this year, RJC Architects was awarded a contract, in a joint-venture design-build partnership with Joseph Wong Design Associates and general contractors Hensel Phelps and Soltek Pacific, for a $127 million 1,600-unit residential community on the Marine Corps base. RJC also previously planned and designed the $14 million lodging facility at the base.

The Overlook Pavilion at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylannia, designed by Overland Partners Architects. Photo: Courtesy Overland Partners Architects Extra Large Image

Olympia · 2010.0812
A new wastewater treatment plant has opened in Olympia, Washington. Designed by Seattle architecture firm The Miller Hull Partnership, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance's new Regional Services Center is on target for LEED Platinum certification.

The project included renovation of the existing administrative and laboratory building, and creation of a new four-story Regional Services Center to house administrative offices, an emergency operations center, boardroom, and education center. Designed with an industrial aesthetic, the plant includes water features that showcase the Class A reclaimed water it produces.

In addition to the use of reclaimed water for toilet flushing and for irrigating grounds and the building's green roof, the project includes sustainable features and strategies such as daylighting, external louvers to minimize solar gain, and timbers salvaged from a demolished warehouse. The energy use for the project is estimated to be 50 percent less than that of a comparable conventionally designed building.

San Francisco · 2010.0811
Ground has been broken for the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, California. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, based in New Haven, Connecticut, the $4.2 billion, one million-square-foot (93,000-square-meter) multimodal facility is planned to accommodate 11 transit operators and serve more than 45 million passengers per year. The Transit Center comprises the first phase of the overall project, which also includes a downtown rail extension.

The five-story Transit Center will include one above-grade bus level, a ground-floor entrance on Mission Street, a concourse level, and two below-grade rail levels serving Caltrain and future California High-Speed Rail. The structure of glass, steel, and concrete will feature a 5.4-acre (2.2-hectare) rooftop park, with an outdoor amphitheater, cafes and restaurants, a children's playground, public art, and a lily pond.

It has been designed to meet the LEED Gold certification standard. The center will be entirely naturally ventilated and largely daylit, and will include a geothermal system and a graywater recycling system.

The new Transbay Transit Center is scheduled to open in August 2017. The Transbay Temporary Terminal opened on July 6, 2010, and closure of the existing Transbay Terminal started August 7.

London · 2010.0811
The new Whitmore High School in the London (UK) Borough of Harrow has been completed. Croydon-based architecture firm Howard Fairbairn MHK designed the building, which was built by contractor Kier, based in Sandy, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

The 42 million school includes a daylit atrium that leads to the two main teaching wings; a colorful reception area with a choice of dining facilities; a hub kitchen to prepare meals for several schools; and sports and fitness facilities design for both school and community use. Sustainable systems include water recycling, solar and geothermal systems, heat-recovery systems, and automatic lighting and ventilation controls.

The final phase of the program, expected to be complete by the end of 2010, includes demolishing remaining school structures, removing temporary structures, and preparing the grounds for play and sports areas.

New York · 2010.0810
Two new directors have joined the New York City office of architecture and design firm Callison. David Kepron, AIA, LEED AP, joins the firm's retail design practice. Kepron has over 20 years of experience, most recently with Little & Company. Kenneth Lill, AIA, joins the firm's national financial and corporate interiors practice. Lill has specialized in both ground-up architecture and corporate interiors for nearly 25 years. He was previously a principal at Mancini Duffy, and prior to that ran his own practice, KAL Architecture, in New York City.

Sydney · 2010.0810
The third stage of the Top Ryde City retail development in northwest Sydney, Australia, is complete. Located on a 3.5-hectare (8.6-acre) site, the project includes about 290 retailers in 78,000 square meters (840,000 square feet) of retail space, along with 3,055 parking spaces. Bovis Lend Lease was responsible for the project management, design, and construction of the project, developed by Defined Developments. Master planning and architectural design was completed by Lend Lease design, part of Bovis Lend Lease. "Green" features and strategies include natural ventilation, resource-efficient fixtures and fittings for water and energy, improved public transit access, and a 240,000-liter (63,000-gallon) tank for water collection and reuse. About 93 percent of construction waste was recycled.

Saint-Tropez · 2010.0809
Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez has opened in an wooded park outside Saint-Tropez, France. The 37-room resort consists of low buildings grouped around a central pool area. Architect Jean-Jacques Ory combined traditional and Mediterranean materials with modern elements; large walls of glass and oversized windows provide a counterpoint to the heavy stone walls and roof tiles. The accommodations include five 30-square-meter (320-square-foot) bungalows, 30 "cocoons" measuring 40 square meters (430 square feet), and two 90-square-meter (970-square-foot) villas with private pools.

Designer Christophe Pillet used a 1950s-style color palette of white, light gray, dark brown, light blue, and saffron. All the furniture was also designed by him for various Italian and American furniture brands.

University Park · 2010.0805
At Pennsylvania State University's arboretum in University Park, Pennsylvania, the first phase of the master plan for the 56-acre (23-hectare) H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens is complete. The project's architectural anchor is the Overlook Pavilion (pictured above), designed by Overland Partners Architects of San Antonio, Texas. MTR Landscape Architects of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, developed the master plan and the design for Phase I of the gardens, which serve as a gateway to the 365-acre (148-hectare) Arboretum at Penn State.

The pavilion comprises two stone volumes linked by a soaring roof structure and exterior porches made of steel and wood. The volumes contain public restrooms, volunteer offices, tool storage, and mechanical spaces, while the roof structure and porches create a variety of outdoor areas and terraces that can accommodate up to 200 guests for events.

A key sustainable strategy for the pavilion was to reduce enclosed, conditioned program space, and provide visitors and staff with comfortable exterior space. Currently seeking LEED Silver certification, the pavilion also includes efficient geothermal ground-source heat pumps, local and recycled-content materials, a reflective roof to reduce the heat-island affect, and a stormwater management system.

Phase II of the master plan includes plantings of species from around the world, plus new educational and research facilities, including a visitor center, conservatory, and children's education center.

Chicago · 2010.0805
Architecture, interior design, and construction firm The Dobbins Group of Chicago and Lake Forest, Illinois, has appointed Jenna Nelson, LEED AP, director of interiors. Formerly vice president of strategic planning services at Grubb and Ellis, and a designer/ project manager at Whitney Architects for nine years, Nelson has more than 15 years of design and project management experience.

Johannesburg · 2010.0802
Kenneth Harlan Simmons, a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, died of cancer in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 6, 2010, at age 77, as announced by UC Berkeley on August 2. He was known for his work in equal rights, urban planning, and community development. A memorial service for will be held on August 21 at Merritt College in Oakland.

Simmons was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1933. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard University in 1954 and a bachelor's in architecture from UC Berkeley in 1969. He joined UC Berkeley as a lecturer in architecture in 1968 and became an associate professor in 1969. Simmons played a lead role in helping the university to divest from South Africa, and helped establish the university's Black Environmental Student Association.

Simmons was also a partner with Ishimaru, Oneill and Simmons and with the Community Design Collaborative, both in Oakland, California, and with the Bay Group Associates, an architectural, planning, environmental research, and design firm in San Francisco. His work includes the Dock of the Bay restaurant near the Berkeley Marina, the Black Repertory Community Center in Berkeley, and the Robert Pitts public housing development in San Francisco.

After retiring from UC Berkeley in 1994, Simmons taught at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and worked for the city planning department in Sandton, near Johannesburg.

Dublin · 2010.0729
The Convention Centre Dublin (pictured above), designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates of Hamden, Connecticut, nears completion in Dublin, Ireland. Designed to be carbon-neutral, the 494,000-square-foot (45,900-square-meter) facility is located on North Wall Quay along the River Liffey, on what was once an abandoned National Railway rail yard. Spencer Dock Development is redeveloping the area.

The building's signature form is a tilted glazed cylinder containing the lobby and circulation foyers. Exterior walls are clad with stone. The atrium glazing system is stepped and consists of stainless-steel framing and high-performance, curved, laminated glass with low-e coating. Continuous LED lights cap the east-west stone wall panels and at each step in the atrium. Slated to open in September, the center includes exhibition and banquet halls, meeting rooms, administration, a 2,000-seat auditorium, and support facilities.

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