Pace-setting Commissions: June, 2004

June 15, 2004 · by DesignIntelligence

Sectors reported: Academia, Federal, Hospitality, Medical, Museums, Transportation

Academia
The new 120,000 sf College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University will be designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca.

Dartmouth’s new Studio Arts Building will be designed by Machado & Silvetti Associates, Inc. of Boston.

Plans are well underway for Indiana State’s new Forensic Laboratory with Ratio Architects; A2S04; McClaren, Wilson and Lawrie, Inc.; and CUH2A as architects for the 180,000 sf, four-story structure. Estimate: $25 million.

HOK is designing the new International Institute of Philosophy & Ethics for the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Ukiah, Calif. The 332,000 sf project involves 16 buildings spread over 14 acres, and budget estimates range from $36-44 million.

Wesleyan University’s 1892 building is undergoing addition/renovation. The $20-25 million project has Kallman McKinnell & Wood Architects of Boston as designer.

Design Strategies of Greenville, S.C. is architect for the $10+ million athletic complex at the College of Charleston.

The Texas A & M Science & Tech building is in masterplanning by Jennings Hackler & Partners of Dallas.

The Citadel’s Daniel Library is undergoing a $5-10 million masterplan/alteration (with potential for replacement) by Liollio Associates, Inc. of Charleston.

The Elon University Law School in N.C. has proposed an alteration of the law school with Spillman Farmer Shoemaker Pell & Wildin of Pennsylvania as architect for a proposed conversion of existing library buildings into a law campus.

Shepley Bulfinch Richardson Abbott recently clinched two major academic design projects: the master plan for the South Quad of Johns Hopkins’ 140-acre Homewood campus that will also involve design for new buildings, including a new undergraduate admissions office and visitor center and 250,000 sf of new academic space. Also, the firm will design the new 190,000 sf library at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. The building will have space for 1.5 volumes and seating for 2,000 users. The new library is expected to be the flagship building for the 23,000 student university.

Federal
Upon completion in 2011, the San Diego county station at the Mexico border is expected to handle more than 120,000 crossings daily, making it the busiest land port in this hemisphere. The GSA has chosen URS Corporation as construction manager for the $125 million, 200,000 sf project that will involve reconfiguring Interstate Highway 1-5 and creating up to 50 northbound primary inspection booths, all under the new specs of the Department of Homeland Security.

Hospitality
Sasaki Associates has won the design competition to regenerate a three-kilometer stretch along the South China Sea. The Sanya waterfront project represents the gateway to the resort island of Hainan, the second largest island in China. The development will largely support tourism, and the mix includes a marina, convention center, offices, homes, amphitheater, beach parks and a “cultural village.” Also, an existing man-made island will be used for a new cruise ship port, along with an observation tower and botanical gardens.

Carrier Johnson is architect for preliminary plans to build the 300,000+ sf Tarsadia Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. The 12-story project has a $55 million estimated budget.

The $175 million Harbor Walk project in Ridgeland, Miss., is being designed by Barranco Architects of Jackson. The 1.75 million sf undertaking includes 100,000 sf of offices and another 225,000 sf of living space.

Medical
The $40 million new hospital at Martha’s Vineyard is designed by Thomas Miller & Partners of Brentwood, Tenn.

The Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey is undergoing a $20 million renovation designed by STV of New York City.

The new seven-story, $114 million research tower at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., has SmithGroup as architect.

Museums
The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West has planned a $3-4 million alteration; Kha Le Huu Partners of Orlando, Fla.

The new International Seafarers Center in Port Arthur, Texas, will be designed by Bert Lamson Design.

Transportation
The new international airport in Myrtle Beach, S.C. is an estimated $123 million project with design by HTNB and Parsons Brinkerhoff as construction manager.

The Old Court Metro Station in Baltimore, Md., has planned a transit-related development cluster of habitats to include apartments, condos, day-care, gym, stores and parking over a 13-acre site. Design Collective has been chosen as architect.

In Oswego, N.Y., Lockheeds new contract with the U.S. Navy to build helicopters/parts means a $30 million expansion at the company’s existing plant. Architect is Highland Associates of Pennsylvania.

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