Pace-setting Commissions: April, 2004

April 15, 2004 · by DesignIntelligence

Sectors reported: Colleges, Federal, Habitat, Laboratories, Medical, Museums, Sports/Entertainment.


A new $20 million library, bookstore and coffee shop is being designed by Carow Architects & Planners for the Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Davis Brody Bond has been chosen as architect for Rensselaer Polytechnic’s new $120 million Electronic Media and Performing Arts Center.

Flad & Associates is architect for a new five-story, 130,000 sf medical research facility at the University of Indiana. Flad is also designing a $50 million comparative medicine complex at the University of Missouri that would integrate the school’s veterinary programs.

A six-building, $35 million residence hall project at the University of Vermont has Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Co. as architect.

Kieran Timberlake Associates is architect for a $13-$20 million renovation/addition at Yale’s Davenport College in New Haven.

The $12.5 million alteration at the University of California-San Diego library has Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates as designer.

Cochran Stephenson & Donkervoet is designing a masterplan for Delaware State University.

The new science building at Tidewater Community College in Virginia is an 80,000 sf project with Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates as architect.


Three new federal courthouse projects for Graves Associates/Miller Partners and Ricci Greene Associates of Princeton and New York City, respectively: Nashville ($80 million); El Paso ($51 million); and Las Cruces, N.M. ($51 million)

NASA’s new two-building, 200,000 sf, $50 million Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be designed by HOK.

The $30-$40 million alteration of the GSA’s Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Ore., has James Cutler Architects as designer.

A new $45 million courthouse for the 19th Judicial District is planned in Baton Rouge. Architects are Post Architects and KPS Group, Inc.

And the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will have new quarters in Austin, Texas. Designer is Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects.


Robert A.M. Stern is architect for a large three-phase mixed-use project in Arlington, Va. Estimates for the whole Metropolitan Place are $900 million. Initial plans show hotel, retail, residential space, including roughly 400 apartments and 70,000 sf of sales space on the first floor of a nearly half-million sf project at 15th and Fern Streets.

A couple of venerable New York hotels are up for conversion: The Helmsley Windsor and the Empire Hotel are being made into condominiums by architect Costas Kondylis and Associates. Both are estimated at $100 million.

Seattle continues its push for public housing: Mithun is architect for a $38 million project to provide 308 units of low-rise, low income housing.

And the $80 million renovation of the San Francisco Ritz Carlton (circa 1889) is being designed by Charles F. Bloszies along with Page & Turnbull, Inc. The conversion to a time-share will involve adding eight floors and removing the present steel-cladding to reveal the building’s original brick exterior.

Another California retrofit: the 1950s Hyatt in Palo Alto is being redeveloped by Hill Glazier / The Steinberg Group Architects to create about 300 apartments and a new 300-room hotel.

Colorado’s Denver Seminary is undergoing a $500 million transformation into townhomes, condos, retail and club house. Designer is David Owen Tryba Architects.


G.E. Medical Systems is building an $85 million lab in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. The 475,000 sf building will be sited on 25 acres and designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects. Listed separately is a $30 million global operations center for G.E.’s medical monitoring devices and patient information systems.
n HDR Architecture, Inc. is designing the new Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. The $70-$80 million lab is a two-story, 85,000 sf building.


A new $20 million+ research facility for the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., is being designed by Deutsch Associates of Phoenix. Co-owner is Translational Genomics Research Institute.

Arrasmith Judd Rapp Chovan, Inc. of Louisville is architect for the new $35 million Jewish Hospital Medical Center in Hillview, Ky.

Ellerbe Becket is designer for the new Sutter Eden Medical Center is Castro Valley, Calif. The 370,000 sf hospital project has a $275 million estimated budget, and Skanska as contractor.

Kaiser Permanante’s new medical center in Los Angeles County will be designed by HMC Architects-Ontario West; the 800,000 sf, five-building project is estimated at $100 million.


The University of Maine is renovating and expanding the Hudson Museum in Orono. The project includes a 65,000 sf performing arts center and anthropology museum. The two-phase structure includes a planning study by Cooper Robertson & Partners of New York City.

The National Flight Interpretative Center at Paine Field in Snohomish, Wash. is a $15 million new project with Freiheit & Ho Architects as designer for a 68,000 sf museum.

Ann Beha & Associates will design the alteration/addition at the New Britain (Conn.) Museum of American Art.

Architect Rudy Ricciotti has been chosen to design the $180 Million Museum of European and Mediterranean culture, scheduled to open in Marseille in 2009. His design was selected from a shortlist that included Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and recent Pritzker winner Zaha Hadid. Ricciotti's design for the Marseilles museum will be a minimalist cube and will be built near the Fort Saint-Jean, a medieval stronghold in the harbor area.

Colin St. John Wilson, architect of the British Library has donated is collection of around 600 works of art to Pallant House Gallery in West Sussex, via the National Art Collections Fund. The value is estimated to be about $7.5 million.

The Brooklyn Museum has opened the expanded and updated buildings under a redesign by Polshek Partnership Architects. The new contemporary face on the stately 1897 Beaux-Arts building designed by McKim Mead and White has New York abuzz. The makeover costs were estimated to be $63 million dollars. Further expansion is anticipated, according to the museum’s board.

Foster Partners Architects has been selected for the new design of a glass canopy for the vast courtyard at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, a part of the Smithsonian in Washington DC. The total restoration is about $216 million and is being paid for with $166 million from Congress and an additional $40 million from private donors.

The new museums being planned for Qatar's capital Doha are progressing on schedule. The architects will include I.M. Pei, Jean Nouvel, and Arata Isozaki. Additionally Santiago Calatrava will design the new Museum of Photography center which will consist of two immense curved "wings" which will open and close with the light. The Scottish architect Catherine Findlay has been chosen to renovate an existing castle in the center of Doha which will become the Museum of Traditional Culture of Qatar.

The Greek Government has halted design and construction of the Acropolis Museum. The proposed $130 Million building, designed by the New York architect Bernard Tschumi has been controversial from the beginning by those who say the building would destroy archaeological remains under and around the project. Tschumi had won the competition for the project in 2001.


The proposed new 42,000-seat stadium for the Minnesota Twins is being designed by HOK.

The University of Iowa has planned a $73 million alteration of Kinnick Stadium with HNTB Corporation.

The University of Kentucky has a 100,000 sf addition/alteration at its basketball stadium with a $25 million budget and Sherman-Cartner-Barnhart Architects.

URS, Inc. is architect for the new $8 million Duquesne Athletic Complex in Pittsburgh.

The $60-million+ renovation of Norfolk, Va.’s Scope Arena is being designed by Ellerbe Becket and Clark Nelson.

The Plover Aquatic complex in Wisconsin is a new $97 million project with Architectural Design Consultants as designer for a three man-made lake plan (72 acres, total) to include docks, piers, water-ski pavilion hotel, convention center and Water Park.

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