Pacesetting Commissions, August 2005

September 8, 2005 · by DesignIntelligence

13 pacesetting commissions.

The Carl T. Curtis National Park Service Midwest headquarters building designed by Leo A. Daly received a gold LEED certification, making it the first of its kind in Nebraska.

Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood has seenits fair share of churches, and the new fourstory,188,000-sf church aptly named Buckhead Church, will be built in Tower Place's last remaining vacancy.To be designed by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart & Stewart & Associates Inc., the church will take on some of the elements of the progressive office buildings in the development and will not look like a typical church. Construction should be complete by fourth-quarter 2006.

The Stubbins Associates Inc. (TSA) has been commissioned for the $90-million Kellogg/Brehm research building project at the University of Michigan that will concentrate on opthamology and diabetes research.

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg has been commissioned to design Manitoba Hydro's new $188-million, 22story, 690,000-sf energy-efficient headquarters, which will include public, retail, and commercial space.The building will feature a geothermal heat pump system, a living "green" roof, atriums providing fresh air, a solar chimney, and windows designed to maximize daylight and reduce artificial lighting, all of which are set to achieve the building's energy reduction target of 60 percent.

Museum Square in Peoria, Ill., which will encompass the 110,000-sf Central Illinois Regional Museum built by Caterpillar Inc., as well as Caterpillar's 50,000-sf visitor's center, will be designed by the Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership in collaboration with PSA Dewberry and STS Consultants.The $100-million project will sit on 7.4 acres and is slated to open in mid-2009. It is likely to include underground parking, a large-format theater, and a planetarium, and its goal is to spur Peoria's downtown growth development.

The MacPhail Center for Music is moving to a new, larger space--a 55,000-sf flagship on the downtown Minneapolis riverfront--to be designed by James Dayton. The $12.5-million, six-story tower of music studios will frame a two-story, 225-seat auditorium and will include such materials as tin, steel, and glass. Improvements to the new space include more auditorium seating, air conditioning and acoustical control, and community spaces where parents can wait for students.

To be located next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is the $1.8billion, 3.8-million sf Grand Avenue redevelopment project, a series of hotels, apartments, restaurants, and retail and entertainment space designed by architect guru Frank O. Gehry, who also designed the concert hall.The project hopes to create more than 5,300 long-term jobs and more than $28 million annually in local, county, and state taxes.

A new Holocaust museum is being built in Rome in a plot of land next to Benito Mussolini's former residence, Villa Torlonia. Luca Zevi and Giorgio Tamburrini are the architects in charge of the $7.4 million, 3,000-sm project.

The Gund Partnership/Dore & Whittier Associates collaboration was chosen to build Newton, Mass.'s Newton North High School, a $104.5-million endeavor.

Four architectural firms known as The Associates have been chosen for the $230-million downtown revitalization project, Renaissance Square, in Rochester, N.Y. LaBella Associates, Bergmann Associates, SWBR Architects, and DeWolff Partnership Architects form a joint venture with more than 50 architects that has been involved with the design of the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial and Bausch & Lomb Inc.'s headquarters. Sal LaBella has been named project manager for this project, the most expensive publicprivate development in the county.

Thomas J. Klutznick Co. is building CityNorth, a 144-acre, mixed-use community in Phoenix that will incorporate residential, retail, office, dining, entertainment, and lifestyle spaces in a pedestrian-friendly setting. Landscaped open spaces in the development will serve as venues for concerts, art exhibits, and other outdoor cultural events.

URS Corp. and Quinn Evans Architects are collaborating on the $55million expansion of the Yankee Air Force and Yankee Air Museum at the Willow Run Airport in Michigan.The Michigan Aerospace Foundation selected the two firms to create a campus reminiscent of a English World War II airbase, since this is where Henry Ford told the War Department he could turn out an airplane every hour on his assembly line.The old schoolhouse on the property will be converted into an aviation library, and the project is expected to be completed in 2018.

ROMA Design Group had the winning design proposal out of more than 800 entries for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC. The $100-million structure will cover four acres and will feature water in the form of individual streams and wellsprings, stones, and trees (oaks, pines, magnolias, and cherries), which will illustrate the themes of justice, democracy, and hope.

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