Trendsetting Commissions

February 14, 2003 · by DesignIntelligence

sectors include: Corporate, Cultural, Federal/Government, Higher Education, Living, Medical, Municipal, Otherwise Remarkable

Corporate

Retailer Pier I has three phases set for a 21-story, 600,000 sf office building in Ft. Worth, Texas. Plans also include an 800-car below ground garage. Architect is Kendall Heaton Associates of Houston and designer is Duda/Paine Architects of Durham, N.C.

Cultural

Ann Beha & Associates of Boston will guide the addition/renovation of the Portland (Ore.) Art Museum’s north wing project. The project includes 37,000 sf of new work, and renovation will affect another 100,000 sf. The six-story project is to include a library and media center, a glass overlook, penthouses and renovation of the building’s ballrooms and hospitality areas.

Federal/Government

SEM Partners of Beckley, W.V. is designing the new $1.5 million National Astronomy Radio Observatory in Greenbank, W.V.

The U.S. General Services Administration has commissioned masterplanning for a major ($125-135 million) renovation of its 85-year-old headquarters to create a “high-performance” building. Architect is Shalom Baranes Associates of Washington, D.C. and Syska & Hennessey of New York, N.Y. are engineers.

The Border Patrol is beefing up its Texas presence with commissions for two new stations: a $28 million fire/police facility in Edinburg and another such structure in Brownsville. HDR Architecture of Dallas is architect for both.

The Fort Benning (Ga.) Urban Assault Complex is a new 20,000 sf, five-building endeavor valued at $1 to 5 million. The Army Corps of Engineers will be handling this one.

DMJM + H & N is architect for a new Texas Air Guard Security Forces Training facility in Ft. Bliss. The 45,000 sf building is estimated at $4 million.

Higher Education

GLPM Architects is designer for a new $50 million biomedical research facility at the University of Kansas. The 210,000 sf building contains labs, offices and an animal facility.

Washington, D.C.’s historic Galludet University has selected Kestle Boos Associates of New Britain, Conn. for $13 million in renovations to its 40,000 sf Galludet Hall.

Ohio State University is in the masterplanning phase with NBBJ’s Columbus office for a new $35 million psychology department building.

Written inquiries only are being accepted for the Chapman University (Orange, Calif.) School of Film and Television. Bastien & Associates of Tustin is architect.

The price tag is more than $20 million for Clemson University’s new civil engineering/ textiles building. Payette & Associates of Boston is architect for the office, lab and research facility.

AC Martin Partners of Los Angeles is designer for California State University’s combined sciences building, a three-story 100,000+ sf building, estimated at $29 million.

Lockwood Greene of Cincinnati is masterplanning the new, smallish (24,000 sf) Purdue University School of Pharmacy’s industrial drug-manufacturing lab.

OPN Architects of Des Moines is the masterplanner for Iowa State University’s new $17 million Union Drive Suite Building.

Jova Daniels Busby and Small Kane Architects of Raleigh is architect for N.C. State’s new 100,000 sf veterinary medical center, estimated at $30 million. It is described as a companion animal hospital, including an equine sports medicine center.

It’s not a college, but it sure looks like one: David Childs of SOM is architect for a new $45 million math and science building at Massachusett’s elite prep school, Deerfield Academy. Specs call for a 78,000 sf, three-story building.

Living

Moule & Polyzoides of Pasadena are architects for a planned restoration of the Vista del Arroyo Hotel bungalows, to conversion into 16 residential units, in addition to 47,000+ sf of new housing (29 condominiums spread among three buildings).

Medical

A new $150 million medical/retail complex in Oakland, Calif. went to Moule & Polyzoides. The 12-story building includes two subterranean levels of parking, on a 10-acre site.

Studios Architecture of San Francisco and Harley Ellis of Michigan are architects for the University of Cincinnati’s new $97 million, 239,000 sf medical sciences building.

The Memphis Biotech Foundation is building a new 1.2 million sf research facility (The University of Tennessee Baptist Research Park). TRO (formerly JMGR) is architect for the $160 million project.

HOK is architect for a new $7.3 hospital/cancer unit in Sugar Land, Texas.

Medtronic Sofamor Danek, a manufacturer of spinal/cranial surgical products is planning a $42 million, five-story office building in Memphis, Tenn. Architect: Weston Companies of Memphis.

Municipal

The city of Camarillo (Calif.) is building a new 65,000 sf, $25 million library. Architect is Charles Walton Associates of Glendale.

Portland, Ore., is planning a $16 million overhaul of the former Bath Iron Works Pier. Winton Scott Architects is designing expansion plans that will accommodate cruise ships. Woodard and Curran is a design consultant for the project, which is to include renovation and new construction of accompanying buildings.

HOK of Kansas City is designer for a long-awaited, often-stalled plan to build a minor league baseball stadium in Montgomery, Ala. Reports say the $15-20 million stadium could have its opening day in April 2004. Plans include a restaurant and sky boxes.

Another Alabama project for TVS of Atlanta: the state’s Retirement Systems of Alabama has plans for a new $100 million, 42-story, 700,000 sf office and hotel building on Waters Street in Mobile.

Otherwise Remarkable

Moshe Safdie Associates has done conceptual drawings for new offices for the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Specs list a single 100,000 sf, six-story building.

Memphis’ famed Mud Island is the site for a proposed new performing arts facility. Springwood Group of Scranton, Pa. is in the masterplanning phase for the auditorium and park.

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