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28 September 2011
Architecture People and Places

OMA in Ithaca, New YorkVOA Associates and Berners-Schober Associates in Oshkosh, WisconsinAlbert Kahn Associates and Pratt Design Studio in Elmhurst, IllinoisAmerican Structurepoint, Inc. in Madison, IndianaDiller Scofidio + Renfro with EHDD in Berkeley, California  

Milstein Hall, designed by OMA, has opened at Cornell. Photo: © Cornell University Extra Large Image

Ithaca · 2011.0916
The new Milstein Hall recently opened at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Designed by the New York City office of OMA, the 47,000-square-foot (4,400-square-meter) building provides additional space for the university's College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), linking two existing buildings at the northern edge of campus.

Milstein Hall's large horizontal plate connects the second levels of AAP's Sibley Hall and Rand Hall to provide 25,000 square feet (2,300 square meters) of studio space with panoramic views of the surrounding environment. Enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass and a green roof with 41 skylights, this "upper plate" cantilevers almost 50 feet (15 meters) over University Avenue to establish a relationship with the Foundry, a third existing AAP facility. The wide-open expanse of the plate, structurally supported by a hybrid truss system, allows flexible use over time and is intended to foster interaction.

Beneath the hovering studio plate, the ground level accommodates major program elements, including a 253-seat auditorium and a dome that encloses a 5,000-square-foot (460-square-meter) circular critique space. The dome serves multiple functions: it supports the raked auditorium seating, it becomes the stairs leading up to the studio plate above, and it is the artificial ground for an array of exterior seating pods intended to foster public activities.

OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, director of the New York City office, led the design, along with Rem Koolhaas. The architect of record was KHA Architects, LCC. The hall's studios opened for students in late August 2011, and building completion is scheduled for October.


At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the new Sage Hall academic building, designed by VOA Associates and Berners-Schober Associates, has opened. Image: VOA Associates Incorporated Extra Large Image

Oshkosh · 2011.0923
In Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the new Sage Hall has officially been dedicated at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The academic building was designed by architecture firms VOA Associates Incorporated, based in Chicago, Illinois, and Berners-Schober Associates of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The building is home to administrators, faculty, and program offices for the university's College of Business, along with five departments and five programs of the College of Letters and Science.

The four-story, 191,000-square-foot (17,700-square-meter) building contains 27 classrooms, two lecture halls, 23 labs, a bagel shop, a courtyard, and dozens of breakout, study, and project rooms. As a result of consultations with students, faculty, and staff, the building features faculty offices and classrooms located together on all four floors rather than in a hierarchical arrangement.

LEED Gold certification is expected. The orientation of the building's wings and the placement and size of windows are intended to facilitate daylighting and reduce heat gain. Climate control will be provided by a combination of forced air and radiant floor heating. Other sustainable design features include a rooftop photovoltaic array, a vegetated roof, and native landscaping.

VOA and Berners-Schober also teamed up for Horizon Village, a new residential hall at UW Oshkosh that is currently under construction and scheduled to open in fall 2012.


The new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital recently opened in Elmhurst, Illinois. Photo: Courtesy Hammes Company Extra Large Image

Elmhurst · 2011.0921
The new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, Illinois, officially opened to patients on June 25, 2011. The master architect for the project was Albert Kahn Associates of Detroit, Michigan. Pratt Design Studio of Chicago performed design of the exterior, enclosure, and public spaces. Set on a 50-acre (20-hectare) campus, the 259-bed greenfield hospital totals 866,000 square feet (80,500 square meters).

The facility features Prairie-style architecture, with wood detailing and furnishings. All inpatient rooms are private, with individual climate controls and natural lighting. The rooms are all oriented the same way to help streamline staff procedures. Related critical care components are adjacent to each other, including the emergency department, the intensive care unit (ICU), operating rooms, and sterile processing.

Cost management shows in the choice of visually rich but relatively inexpensive finishes such as oak, and in the decision to offer extensive surface parking to avoid the multimillion-dollar cost of building a parking structure. The hospital is master-planned to facilitate expansion, including potentially doubling its size and adding a parking structure in the future.

The development cost $450 million. The owner is Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. The project team included Hammes Company, Brookfield, Wisconsin, project manager; Korda/ Nemeth, Columbus, Ohio, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineer; Gilbane Building Company, Providence, Rhode Island, construction manager; V3 Companies Ltd., Woodridge, Illinois, civil engineer and site planning; and Mariani Landscape, Lake Bluff, Illinois, landscape architect.

A four-story, 84,000-square-foot (7,800-square-meter) medical office building connected to the new hospital is expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2011.


The fire-damaged Jefferson County Courthouse in Madison, Indiana, has been restored. Photo: © Susan Fleck Photography Extra Large Image

Madison · 2011.0919
The Jefferson County Courthouse in Madison, Indiana, reopened on August 26, 2011, following a $6 million restoration project. Located in the downtown's National Historic Landmark District, the 1854 courthouse had been severely damaged by a fire in May 2009.

Jefferson County Commissioners enlisted Indianapolis-based multidisciplinary firm American Structurepoint, Inc., to provide investigative/ forensic services and assess the damage to the courthouse roof and other key interior and exterior structural components.

The firm also undertook the restoration project, working with historic preservation consultant Architecture Trio, Inc. of Indianapolis; MEP engineer R.E. Dimond & Associates, Inc.; and Edificio Specifications, Inc., which prepared historic and architectural specifications. The project focused on the exterior facade, roof, cupola, interior courtrooms and offices, and a new relocated elevator addition for ADA-specified access. American Structurepoint's architecture group performed the design work on the replacement cupola.

The team uncovered some crown molding and plaster work above the third-floor ceiling, portions of which were salvaged and restored. Upper-floor windows were custom-built with true divided lite panes to replace windows that had been installed during a 1960s remodel, while the building's lower windows, original to the courthouse construction, were restored. During the roof restoration, sections of the historic brick-and-wood entablature were salvaged and used as templates for the creation of the new entablature.


The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has revealed Diller Scofidio + Renfro's design for a new museum and theater facility in downtown Berkeley, California. Image: Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro Extra Large Image

Berkeley · 2011.0914
The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) has revealed the schematic design for its new facility, slated for a high-visibility site in downtown Berkeley, at the western edge of the UC Berkeley campus. The design architect is Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York City, and the architect of record is San Francisco-based EHDD. LEED certification at the Silver level or higher is expected.

The design for the 82,000-square-foot (7,600-square-meter) facility combines an unoccupied former UC Berkeley printing plant with a new metal-clad structure. The art deco-style concrete printing plant, a one-to-three-story building dating to 1939, will be adapted to house the museum galleries, while the new building will contain the main cinema.

The design preserves the printing plant's sawtooth roof and distinctive facade. Ground-floor galleries will provide 10,800 square feet (1,000 square meters) of museum exhibition space. The plans call for a lower level to be excavated to provide additional gallery space, along with education spaces and a film-screening room. The total number of linear feet of wall space for exhibits will be about 30 percent greater than in the museum's current building.

The 30,000-square-foot (2,800-square-meter) new structure will contain the 230-seat PFA Theater in a volume that seems to hover above the excavated lower level. The forms and materials of the theater structure will appear to drape over the roof of the printing plant's administration building and cut through the eastern end of the sawtooth skylights to create a dramatic connection to Center Street, where they will resolve into a double-height atrium and a cafe that cantilevers over the museum's main entrance.

BAM/PFA began planning for a new facility in 1997, when an engineering survey determined that its current building does not meet present-day seismic standards. In 2006, the museum engaged Toyo Ito & Associates of Tokyo, Japan, to design a new building on the downtown site. However, the museum opted to explore design alternatives in 2009 due to economic uncertainties. Completion of the new facility is targeted for late 2015.

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