Pace-setting Commissions: September, 2003

September 15, 2003 · by DesignIntelligence

sectors reported: Commercial/Retail/Offices, Corrections, Federal, Higher Education, Hospitality/Habitat, Medical, Sports/Entertainment, Transit, Zoos/Aquariums

Commercial/Retail/Offices

Wal-Mart continues to expand its “neighborhood market” concept with a new store in Louisville, Ky. Plans include a non-supersize 40,000 sf building—designed by Kansas architect Boice Raidl Rhea Architects.

A $600-million project at the Avenue of the Americas and 42nd Street, One Bryant Park, was on hold pending financing at press time. Architect for the 53-story, 1.8 million sf building is Cook + Fox of New York City.

In Southlake, Texas, Good, Fulton & Farrell Architects, Inc., of Dallas is designing the $300 million Adventerra Complex retail center.

High Point (N.Y), has a new $75 million 750,000 sf office/restaurant space going up, designed by Boncke Mueller Eldred Associates of Fairport, N.Y.

The $100-million Natick Mall Expansion in Massachusetts has Beyer Blinder Belle Architects as designer. It’s a 375,000 sf redevelopment of the Continental Baking Co. parcel that includes a 200-room hotel.

Corrections

Death row at San Quentin is getting a new $155 million home, designed by HMC Architects of Ontario, Calif. The “Condemned Inmate Complex” will have 1,024 units.

Federal

Looney Ricks Kiss Architects will be handling a large building/renovation for Ft. Campbell in Clarksville, Tenn. The plan involves about 2,000 dwellings for military housing.

And at Ft. Bragg (Fayetteville, N.C.) Cromwell Architects of Little Rock, Ark., is masterplanning a $40-45 million, 500,000+ sf barracks/battalion headquarters project, entailing eight buildings.

SmithGroup’s Phoenix office has designed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new 12-building industrial lab in Maricopa, Ariz. Estimate: $10 million.

In Savannah, Rosser International is architect for the proposed U.S. Federal Courthouse Annex Building. The $50 million project is a four-story, 167,000 sf building.

Higher Education

The University of Illinois’ new $16 million, 210,000 sf Natural History Survey Building will be designed by CUH2A of Chicago.

The Fitzsimmons Library at the University of Colorado is a $25 million endeavor to be designed by the Davis Partnership of Denver. The building will serve the Health Sciences discipline and includes space for the school’s history of medicine collection.

Auburn (Ala.) University has several projects in the works: Crawford McWilliams Hatcher of Birmingham is designing the Building Science Facility; Seay, Seay & Litchfield of Montgomery is handling an alteration/addition to Ross Hall. Emory Kirkwood & Associates of Birmingham had the Luther Young Tennis Center project and Woodham & Sharpe of Montgomery is designer for alterations at the Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.

As does Cal-Poly in San Luis Obispo: the colleges of Engineering and Architecture and Environmental Design are raising a new 45,000 sf building, designed by Austin Veum Robbins Parshalle of San Diego. That project also includes another 165,000 sf of renovations. Local firm RRM Design has a $12.5 million renovation project that includes expansion of the campus energy management facility; and AC Martin Partners of Los Angeles has a $20 million project also associated with the College of Engineering.

Atlanta’s Emory University is in the masterplanning phase of a new 73,000 sf home for its Candler School of Theology. Architect is the local firm Collins, Cooper Carusi.

The University of Akron’s Global Business Institute will be designed by Bialosky & Partners Architects of Cleveland.

The $40 million Towson University Center for the Arts in Baltimore will be designed by Wilson Butler & Lodge of Boston and locals Design Collective.

Hospitality/Habitat

The new $285 million San Diego Hilton Convention Center has John Portman & Associates of Atlanta as architect. Specs: 32 stories, one million+ sf and 1,200 units, sited on 13 acres.

Also in San Diego: the 184-unit Metrome Condominium will be built on the demolition site of the former San Diego Rescue Mission Men’s Center. Local firm Salerno/Livingston Architects is designer.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Chicago) has been awarded the architectural and engineering design contract for the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai, in Dubai, UAE. It will surpass the 452-meter Petronas Towers in Malaysia, and the recently announced 492-meter Shanghai World Financial Centre.

In Utah, the $25 million Snowbird Ski Resort has Magda Jakovchev-Ulrich Architects of Salt Lake City as designer.

Medical

HOK is masterplanner for two new buildings at Indiana’s Deaconess Hospital and Medical offices. The $40-60 million project includes a 100-bed hospital.
Museums

Crawford & Stearns Architects of Syracuse will restore Harriet Tubman’s brick home in Auburn, N.Y. as well as the Tubman home for the aged.

Muhammad Ali’s $20 million museum in Louisville, Ky., will undoubtedly be the greatest: the architect is Beyer Blinder Belle of New York City.

Motown Center in Detroit is apparently on the fence as to redevelopment/or demolition of the former soul headquarters. However, architects have been named, and estimates range from $28 to $60 million. They are: Detroit’s Hamilton Anderson Associates, Inc.; and Rockwell Group along with Architecture Research Office both of New York City.

Sports/Entertainment

Hard Rock is coming to Biloxi, Miss. Architect for the casino/hotel is Paul Steelman, Ltd. of Las Vegas.

The new $30 million Bangor (Maine) Historic Raceway Complex will be designed by Harriman Associates of Auburn. The project includes rebuilding the racetrack, along with a hotel, restaurant, arena and clubhouse.

Washington’s Olympic Sculpture Park is the Seattle Art Museum’s 8,000 sf, two-story project to be designed by Weiss/Manfredi Associates of New York City. Project estimate: $24 million.

The $350 million Pinnacle Entertainment Casino rising in Lake Charles, La. has Bergman Walls & Associates (Las Vegas) and Rodney E. Lay & Associates of Jacksonville, Fla. as architects.

Ellerbe Beckett is designing the proposed $60 million South Jersey Civic Center in Pennsauken. The 6-10,000 seat auditorium will be home to minor league hockey.

Transit

The San Antonio International Airport is set for renovations/additions that include replacing a terminal, new concourses, expanded parking, an elevated roadway and an elevated interior walkway. Architect for the $200 million project is Carter & Burgess, Inc. of Austin.

Viewing the specter of Atlanta’s transit woes, Charlotte, N.C., is in preliminary stages of designing a new 10-mile, $371 million light rail system. Architects named so far are locals Odell Associates, Inc. and Parsons, Inc. Sasaki’s Watertown, Mass., office is also on the roster.

Zoos/Aquariums

The Citizens for a Seacoast Aquarium in Portsmouth, N.H. have hired Lyons-Zaremba, Inc. of Boston for a proposed 55,000 sf Aquarium/Science Museum, estimated at $17-22 million.

North Carolina’s Zoological Park in Asheboro has awarded a $6 million masterplanning project to Cherry Huffman Architects of Raleigh. New/renovated spaces for elephants, rhinos, antelopes and a new pavilion/exhibition center are planned.

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