Pace-setting Commissions

October 15, 2003 · by DesignIntelligence

Sectors Reported: City, State, Federal; Education; Housing; Museum/Arts; Transportation

City, State, Federal

The Los Angeles Federal Building and Courthouse project could run up to $300 million and designs by Perkins & Will’s Chicago office are in the masterplanning phase. So far, plans say 1 million sf, 30 stories.

The city of Redmond has hired MulvannyG2 Architecture of Bellvue to design their $30 million city hall, now in the masterplanning phase. The 100,000 sf building will be four stories with parking for 400.

John Milner Associates of Alexandria, Va. is architect for a $1-2 million restoration of Washington D.C.’s Jefferson Memorial.

New offices for the FBI in Chicago are estimated at $125 million for a 10-story, 395,000 sf building complex that includes three structures. Architect is the local firm, Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects.

DMJM + H & N is designer for the $240 million Tennessee State Air National Guard Base at Memphis. Initial plans for offices, work and housing call for 15 buildings, including three aircraft hangers. And in West Virginia, DMJM + H & N is designer for a two projects totaling $64 million aircraft maintenance building in Martinsburg. CH2M Hill is engineer for all three projects. Construction isn’t expected for the latter two until 2006.

The Air Force’s sprawling Langley Hospital in Virginia has plans for an addition of 100,000 sf and extensive renovations to the present facilities. Odell Associates of Richmond is architect for the $25-100 million project, expected to start in January 2005.

The city of Detroit is client for a $147 million alteration of the Renaissance Book-Cadillac Hotel Building at Michigan Avenue and Washington Boulevard. Plans list nearly 400 hotel rooms, 30,000 sf of meeting space and 70 upscale apartments to be converted into condominiums.

A $10 million, 12-building industrial lab complex for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Maricopa, Ariz. will be designed by the Phoenix office of SmithGroup.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing a $10-25 million new development at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas, which center around student dorms.

The Wilkes County (N.C.) Visitor Center is a $4 million project designed by Innovative Design Inc. of Raleigh, but plans say the center and rest area building are to serve as “green” architecture demonstration.

Education

The Santa Fe Public Schools have commissioned a restoration of four historic schools dating from the 1930s-‘50s. Masterplanning is being done by Fanning Bard Tatum Architects of Albuquerque.

The $20 million Convocation Center at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va. will be designed by Hastings & Chivetta Architects of St. Louis.

Burt Kozar Rittelmann Associates of Philadelphia is architect for the $30 million Miami University School of Engineering in Oxford, Ohio. Plans call for a new building and rehabilitation of the former facility.

Ohio State’s Mechanical Engineering Building is estimated as a $70 million project with initial planning done by Baxter Hodell Donnelly Preston of Columbus.

Plans for Virginia Tech’s Stadium Expansion call for 1,600 seats over seven stories and 166,000 sf. Moseley Architects of Virginia Beach is designer.

The new press box at Finley Stadium at N.C. State has a $28 million budget and Corley Redfoot Zack, Inc. of Chapel Hill. Specs say two buildings, four stories, 110,000 sf and concessions are included.

An eight building expansion (mostly dormitories) at Villa Julie College in Owings Mill, Md., will be designed by local Fishman-Curry Associates and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott of Washington, D.C.

The Prairie School Sports Complex in Racine, Wis. is a three-story, $12 million project with a copper roof. Designers are Zimmerman Design Group of Milwaukee and Taliesin Associated Architects of Spring Green.

Housing

Schematics are done for Durrant’s 107-story tower in Pusan, South Korea—destined to be the world’s tallest building at 1,620 feet. Initial site work for the 5.7 million sf Lotte World II Tower is in progress; the retail/entertainment portion is slated to open in 2006, with the tower expected to be complete in 2008. Stephan Huh is principal-in-charge.

Museum/Arts

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca has been chosen to renovate a former Masonic temple for use as a new multicultural music center for Ethos, Inc. of Portland, Ore. The 18,000 sf building has been empty for more than 20 years and will serve as a teaching and performance facility, and the group’s headquarters. Ethos helps address the shortage of music education in public schools. The project is seeking platinum LEED certification. The $3-4 million project is expected to be complete in Spring 2005.

The $20 million African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh is in the masterplanning phase, by Lord USA of Washington, D.C.

Design Collective of Baltimore is masterplanner for the new $12 million building for the 100-year-old Art Academy of Cincinnati. The 120,000 sf building will be sited on six acres.

Another city wants the Gehry effect: the $50 million Connecticut History Center in Hartford calls for a 180,000 sf building designed by Gehry Partners LLP. Bruce Mau of Toronto is listed as consulting.

The Fresno Metropolitan Museum is a 7,000 sf agriculture museum on Van Ness, now in the masterplanning stage by Michael Maltzan Architecture of Los Angeles, with a budget of $40-50 million.

The Rosa Parks Museum Children’s Annex in Montgomery, Ala., will be designed by local firm Sherlock, Smith & Adams. Budget: $2 million. The second floor will be a dedicated repository for oral history recordings.

Transportation

Parsons Brinckerhoff is undertaking a major transportation project in Tampa. A new eight-lane highway on Interstate 4 is to be constructed outside the existing four lanes, which will be removed to create a median for HOV lanes and/or high-speed rail. The 2.7 mile project involves 18 new buildings and 20 drainage ponds. In the Ybor City historic district, improvements will include fountains and walkways. The $150 million project is due to be complete in 2007.

The Bridge of Americas in Laredo is being improved on a budget of about $12 million. Local firm Frank Architects is designer, and the project is due to start early next year.

Seattle’s monorail is still quite the tourist draw, running through the city’s Gehry-designed “Experience Music Project.” Two separate projects with a total of seven stations are planned. The four west locations are being designed by Mithun; the three Ballard stations are under the direction of Carolson Architects, both local firms.

HOK is designer for the new terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport. The $945,000 project is slated to begin next August.

And the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport expansion will include a new 1,100 space parking garage designed by Leo A Daly’s Atlanta office. Gensler is also architect on the four-story project.

At San Antonio’s airport, a $200 million expansion has been designed by <b of Austin. Plans include replacing a terminal, adding three concourses and a 3,000-space parking garage.

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