Pacesetting Commissions: September 2005

September 26, 2005 · by DesignIntelligence

10 new commissions for September 2005.

BTM Development, a unit of The Related Cos., has announced the start of a more than $300-million mixed-use development in the South Bronx called Gateway Center at the Bronx Terminal Market to be opened in 2008. The 1 million-sf project near the Yankee Stadium will be designed by architectural firms Greenberg Farrow and Brennan Beer Gorman Architects, who are in charge of a shopping center, a 250-room hotel, and a banquet center, as well as a potential waterfront park and esplanade.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is the architect in charge of the redevelopment of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., and the 77 acres surrounding it. The $1-billion project, which is supposed to be completed by 2013, will include an observatory, athletic complex, sport technology center, conference center, and plaza. Also included will be a 600-ft luxury condo tower and five-star hotel located under a spotlight and observation deck.

The city of Denver is welcoming a new $378-million downtown justice center project, which will include a courthouse with more than 40 courtrooms, a 1,500-bed detention facility, and a parking garage. David Owen Tryba Architects will be the master urban design architectural firm for the project, and individual architects will be hired for each building.

The University of Michigan (Dearborn) chose Lord, Aeck & Sargent to design a $12.8-million, 46,000-sf, wheel-shaped addition to the existing engineering building. The new building will feature a 12,000-sf, two-story, high-bay laboratory on top, which will house a 30-ft, 5-ton pivoting radial crane. Construction will be complete in December of 2006.

Don Evans of the Evans Group has been chosen for the redevelopment of the Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa, in Clearwater, Fla., which may incorporate a new town hall, library, and park. DeBartolo Development has a contract to purchase the hotel and its 18-hole golf course.

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has been selected to design the new Parrish Art Museum facility in Southhampton, N.Y., which is scheduled to open in 2009. The 800-sf structure will include galleries, a cafe, a gift shop, and a park.

Group Health Cooperative has chosen Ellerbe Becket, in association with Northwest Architectural Company, to design and construct the new $120-million medical specialty center in Bellevue, Wash. Among other things, the center will be home to the outpatient practice of physicians in more than 20 specialty areas, a women’s health care center, a cancer treatment center, and diagnostic imaging.

In November, Hawaii’s Bishop Museum will open its new Science Adventure Center, which will feature 16,500 sf of interactive exhibits designed by Gyroscope, an exhibit design firm. The $17-million space will include an “erupting” volcano and live insect habitats, among other exhibits that will spotlight Hawaii’s natural environment.

Community Mercy Healthcare Partners has selected the architecture firm for its $280-million healthcare campus project in Springfield, Ohio. NBBJ will design the new campus, which will include a medically and technically advanced hospital and medical office buildings, and future plans include a mental health center, daycare center, and an education center. Construction is to begin in 2007 and to be completed in 2010.

Polshek Partnerships Architects and Gillies Stransky Brems Smith have been chosen to design the new Utah Museum of Natural History, and Ralph Applebaum Associates has been chosen as the exhibit designer. The $60-million project will have space to feature more of the museum’s existing collections, 95 percent of which are in storage because of lack of existing exhibit space. The new museum will open in 2008.

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