Transitions: July 2002

July 15, 2002 · by DesignIntelligence

A partial compilation of sidebar information from printed edition of DI

Two former senior associates were recently promoted to principals in the firm of OWP/P in Chicago. They are: Robin M. Ellerthorpe director of facilities consulting and Trung Le, Design Representative for the K-12 group. In May, Ellerthorpe was elected one of three vice presidents of the American Institute of Architects; he is director of OWP/P’s consulting services. Le, who joined the firm in 1990, is a member of the firm’s quality council and in 2001 he led a firm-sponsored trip to Vienna for eight education architects, interior designers and engineers to study the city’s outstanding school building program. OWP/P was named 1998 firm of the year by AIA of Chicago.

Gensler has recruited Joe Romano, a 20-year aviation design veteran, as lead architectural designer. Ramano’s most recent projects include the 32-gate, $227 million expansion at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas. He has also worked at Los Angeles and Denver International Airports and had a four-year assignment at Pittsburgh International Airport. His master planning commissions include aviation design in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Ulaan Baatar and China.

Jeff Floyd Jr., president of John Portman & Associates for the past eight months, has left the firm. Floyd was formerly partner at Sizemore Floyd, LLC of Atlanta.

Matthew Rohr has been named a new senior project manager at Hillier’s Washington D.C. office. During the past 15 years, Rohr has managed and designed interiors for business, government, finance, hospitality and academia. He is currently shepherding the 2.5 million square-foot headquarters for Capitol One in Richmond, Va., which will eventually be home to more than 10,000 employees.

New associates at Morris Architects in Houson are: Robine Hendricks; Janice Ives; Coye Morgenweck; Bill Tomlinson, AIA; Scott Watkins and Melba Williams.

VOA Associates Inc. has promoted Christopher F. O’Brien to senior project manager for its Higher Education Studio. O’Brien’s portfolio includes the Fine Arts Center at Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago); the James Allen Center, a facility at the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern and the renovation of the Arie Crown Theater and Halas Hall, all in Chicago.

TRENDSETTING COMMISSIONS

Maltzan to design $24 million Sonoma County Museum
Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan is expected to produce a design for the wine country's $24 million renovation and expansion project by next spring. However, officials say they still need almost $19 million to complete the work, with a target opening of 2005. The 42-year-old Maltzan, formed his own firm in 1995 and has since designed projects including the Museum of Contemporary Art's Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo; the renovation of the UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood and Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena. He also oversaw the completion of New York's the Museum of Modern Art's temporary quarters in Queens, which opened this month. The His 160,000-square-foot structure will be the MOMA's base of operations and exhibition space until the permanent facility is completed in 2005.

Japanese Water-Theme Park Selects West Coast Firm
A 45-story resort that plans to offer the world’s largest indoor water park (The Ocean Dome, with room for up to 10,000 people) has selected Wimberly AllisonTong & Goo as architects. The project specs also list plans for eight themed restaurants, a zoo, amusement park, convention space. The project is a renovation of the Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort, Seagaia Resort, Miyazaki Prefecture.

Iowa Selects Zimmer Gunsul Frasca
The contract to design the planned $60 million Science Center of Iowa went to Zimmer Gunsul Frasca of Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., following proposals from 23 firms around the country. Director Mary Sellers said ZGF was chosen because of its experience in designing large-scale science enters that double as retail and entertainment complexes. he new center will include an IMAX theater, another theater for live performances, a discovery center for children less than 7 years old and its already-established preschool.

Shepley Bulfinch Chosen to Lead Women's' College Planning
Meredith College (Raleigh, N.C.) chose Shepley Bulfinch in June to develop a Campus Master Plan. for the small liberal arts college, founded in 1899. The plan will be presented this fall.

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