A new educational complex designed by Perkins + Will has been completed at Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, California. Photo: Stephen Whalen Photography Extra Large Image
Carlsbad · 2012.0119
At Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, California, a new educational complex designed by Perkins + Will and built by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been completed. The $47 million project comprises 11 one-story and two-story buildings, totaling 99,000 square feet (9,200 square meters) of space, along with a new central plaza.
Built on the site of the school's former parking lot, the new steel-framed stucco buildings were designed to harmonize with the surrounding structures while giving the campus a more contemporary aesthetic. The buildings feature curtain walls on one side, and cantilevered walls with metal sunscreens on the opposite sides to help reduce energy use. Masonry was incorporated in some areas, including the plaza ticket booth.
In addition to more-standard classrooms, the buildings feature specialized spaces such as a broadcast studio, a wood shop, rooms for performing arts and visual arts instruction, a full-size commercial kitchen, and a standalone prefabricated wrestling building. Some older classroom buildings will now be demolished to make way for a new, larger parking lot.
The project team also included John A. Martin & Associates, structural engineer; Leighton Engineering, geotechnical engineer; Cornerstone Engineering, Inc., civil engineer; Johnson Consulting Engineers, Inc., electrical engineer; Donn C. Gilmore & Associates, mechanical engineer; and Lightfoot Planning Group, landscape architect. The Planning Center provided the Environmental Impact Report. Gafcon is the program manager, and Erik Reuter has been serving as director of school construction on behalf of the Carlsbad Unified School District.
The project represents the third phase of an overall $87 million renovation and modernization of the 1957 high school.
At Los Angeles International Airport, construction continues on the new central utility plant designed by Gruen Associates. Image: Courtesy Gruen Associates Extra Large Image
Los Angeles · 2012.0130
Construction continues on the new central utility plant at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California. The 64,000-square-foot (5,900-square-meter) steel-framed building will provide a 20,000-ton (18,000-metric-ton) cooling capacity. Designed by Gruen Associates of Los Angeles, the building is targeting LEED Silver certification. Construction is currently on schedule for completion in summer 2014. The new plant will replace the existing 50-year-old facility, which will be demolished.
The project development cost is $438 million. The general contractor is Clark/ McCarthy, a joint venture between Clark Construction Group and McCarthy Building Companies, both of which have local offices. The project team also includes Arup, Los Angeles, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and commissioning engineer; Capital Engineering Consultants, Rancho Cordova, California, mechanical consultant; Greenform, Los Angeles, sustainability consultant; and PID Engineering, San Diego, cogeneration consultant.
At Dilworth Plaza in Center City Philadelphia, ground has been broken for a transformation designed by KieranTimberlake, Olin, and others. Photo: © Center City District, 2011 Extra Large Image
Philadelphia · 2012.0130
Ground has been broken for the $50 million transformation of Dilworth Plaza, located immediately west of historic City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Created in 1977, the existing multilevel, hard-surface plaza will be converted into a barrier-free public space and improved gateway to the subway and trolley lines below.
Brought up to street level, the plaza will feature a gently sloping lawn and borders of trees and shrubs. The centerpiece will be an interactive, lit, rainwater-fed scrim fountain that includes an installation by artist Janet Echelman. A garden cafe will be located at the north end of the plaza. On the west side, a pair of arcing glass structures will provide access to the transit concourse below. New elevators will make transit platforms accessible for the first time.
The project design team includes Urban Engineers, Inc., project manager and civil engineer; KieranTimberlake, architect; Olin, landscape architect; CVM Structural Engineers, structural engineer; Marvin Waxman Engineers, Inc., MEP engineer; CMS Collaborative, fountain consultant; Ricca Newark Design, food service consultant; Janet Echelman, artist; C&G Partners, environmental designer; and Local Partners, media designer; with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and BLT Architects. The general contractor is Daniel J. Keating Company.
The Center City District (CCD), a private-sector-sponsored improvement district, has a 30-year lease with the City of Philadelphia to construct, maintain, and manage the plaza. The CCD's owner's representative is Gilbane Building Company.
BRB Architects designed the new campus center at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. Photo: Courtesy BRB Architects Extra Large Image
Rockville Centre · 2012.0118
BRB Architects of New York City designed the new campus center at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. The 57,000-square-foot (5,300-square-meter) building and associated main quadrangle are the centerpiece of the college's transformation from a commuter college into a 24-hour learning community. The building's sand-cast red brick, oak doors, and warm natural color palette relate to the existing campus fabric.
The facility is organized as a series of three layers separated by open-ended circulation spines. The masonry-clad westernmost layer houses support spaces and enclosed offices. The loftlike central layer of the building, with its exposed steel structure, is designed for maximum flexibility. Punctuated by a skylit atrium, this open zone contains larger spaces, such as a multipurpose space, art gallery, student club workrooms, and information commons.
The glass-and-zinc-clad easternmost layer of the building acts as a veranda, visually connecting lounge and study spaces to the quad. A 550-seat theater forms the southernmost mass of the building, and is articulated as a discrete pavilion. The slight rotation of the theater volume begins to gently enclose the main quad while creating a pedestrian gateway from the western parking area through the lobby to the quad.
The project was completed in September 2011. LEED certification is pending. Robert Vuyosevich, AIA, served as partner in charge for BRB Architects.
HMFH Architects designed the new Hanover High School in Hanover, Massachusetts. Photo: Anton Grassl/ Esto Extra Large Image
Hanover · 2012.0118
HMFH Architects of Cambridge, Massachusetts, designed the new $50 million Hanover High School in Hanover, Massachusetts.
The design of the 157,000-square-foot (14,600-square-meter) building, which replaces a 1950s-era facility, is intended to encourage cross-disciplinary learning, with classrooms organized in clusters instead of rows. The academic wing contains four U-shaped learning pods that each contain five general classrooms, one computer lab, and two science labs, grouped around a central breakout space furnished with soft seating and marker boards to foster small-group learning. Other facilities include a 12,000-square-foot (1,100-square-meter) gymnasium, 540-seat auditorium, library, and dining commons.
The building was designed to meet the standards of the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) program, and features daylighting and natural ventilation, rooftop photovoltaic panels, and a central kiosk that relays information about energy usage.
The new school opened in September 2011. HMFH Architects also recently completed an $85 million multiphase renovation project at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge.
The firm also recently promoted Julia Nugent, AIA, to principal. An architect and planner with more than 20 years of professional experience in higher education, Nugent joined the firm early in her career and returned to the firm in 2010 as a senior associate after running her own practice.
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