While its eventual existence is still very much a question, a jury chosen by the Guggenheim Foundation has approved plans to have the Mexican firm Enrique Norten/Ten Arquitectos develop conceptual plans for a branch in Guadalajara.

While its eventual existence is still very much a question, a jury chosen by the Guggenheim Foundation has approved plans to have the Mexican firm Enrique Norten/Ten Arquitectos develop conceptual plans for a branch in Guadalajara. One reason the design was selected was to counter the city’s “overwhelming horizontality,” according to jurors including Frank Gehry. If built, the design of irregularly-sized and stacked white steel boxes would be an icon—towering by day and glowing at night. Its designer compared it to “3-D Tetris.” Norten is working with engineers Arup and Guy Nordensen.

While Daniel Libeskind will lead the Royal Ontario Museum’s Renaissance project along with Toronto’s Bregman and Hamann Architects, interiors and retail will be handled by II BY IV Design Associates. In addition to a bistro bar and fine dining, the firm will also plan one of the museum’s inaugural exhibits, “Canada Collects,” scheduled to open in July 2006.

Hayes & Oakley Architects designed San Jose’s Regional Medical Center for HCA. The $74 million hospital includes a 138,000-square-foot patient tower and 24,000 square feet of renovations. The construction phase is expected to begin late this summer with completion in 2008. Skanska is project manager—the hospital will be the construction company’s maiden voyage in the Golden State.

City College of San Francisco has chosen LMN Architects and Tom Eliot Fisch to design a 75,000 sf performing arts center at its Ocean Avenue Campus. The project also includes a 97,000 sf class/lab complex for theater, music, film and media arts studies. Almost a third of the school’s enrollment is in these disciplines. The two lead firms will collaborate with an impressive group of subconsultants, including Jaffe Holden Acoustics. Other firms involved in final conceptual design were BOORA with Cavagnero Associated Architects; HGA; and Gensler with Hamilton Aitken.

Taylor & Whitney Architects of Lexington, Ky., is masterplanning a new three-building addition to Western Kentucky University’s Science facilities, a $27 million commission.

Gensler’s Center on Halstead in Chicago broke ground earlier this month. The $24 million, 175,000 sf facility combines community and retail, including a Whole Foods grocery and underground parking. Sustainability is built into the three-story undertaking in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood, with completion expected in 2007.

Design for the Michigan Hill medical project in Grand Rapids continues, with architect URS. The $150 million project involves four seven-story office towers and parking for 2,000. It is going up on a former five-acre brownfield site.

The B.B. King Museum will open in Indianola, Miss., in 2007. It entails more than two acres of space designed by Gallagher & Associates and Stephen Perkins. Phase One involves restoration of the last brick cotton gin/mill on the site, where part of the $10 million museum will be located. King worked there before lighting out for blues greatness. Among the exhibits will be several “Lucilles” King has retired during his 60-year career.

In Scottsdale, Ariz., 85-year-old architect Paolo Soleri has designed a sundial bridge for the city’s waterfront. The 100-foot bridge crosses a 65-foot canal with two 60-foot high cylinders that track the sun’s path and cast shadows over the bridge, designed with the annual solstices and equinoxes in mind. Construction on the $1.5 million+ project is to begin in February. The Arizona Republic reports all of Soleri’s previous 60 designs for bridges have never gone past drawing; this is the first to be built.

Leo A Daly is masterplanning a $15 million addition to the Georgia State University Library in Atlanta.

On May 31, the Art Institute of Chicago unveiled Renzo Piano’s masterplan for its new $200 million expansion. In addition to Piano, the team includes local architects Interactive Design, Inc.; Gustufson, Guthrie, Nichol (landscape architecture); The Rise Group (project management); Arup (engineering); and Turner Construction Company. This month, the Institute announced the hire of Joseph Rosa as the John H. Bryan Curator of Architecture and Design, effective Sept. 15. Rosa comes to Chicago from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

A new art loft project in Las Vegas will also include an art gallery, movie theater, and roof-top pool. Designer Hue Lofts at Art Central is RNL Design of Denver. Budget for the half-million sf, 38-story project is estimated at $70-90 million.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects has been chosen for a $5-10 million renovation of the State University of New York administrative offices in Albany.

Leeser Architects of Brooklyn is the designer for a $25 million addition/renovation at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image. Included are plans for a new five-story 35,000 sf addition with an outdoor film theater. The project also includes renovation of the existing building’s first floor.

The American College of Building Arts now owns Charleston, S.C.’s old city jail. It has hired Glen Keyes Architects to stabilize, preserve, then renovate the cell blocks into administrative and community-use space.

Orcutt/Winslow Partnership has been commissioned for an $83 million phased project, Beatitudes, in Phoenix, Ariz. The development includes apartments, garden homes, nursing care and a small village of services including bank and library.

Boeing’s interior renovations of 500,000 sf of its offices in Everett, Wash., are being done by NBBJ, with an estimated budget of $2 million.

In Riverside, Calif., 4 Design Architecture is architect for a mixed use development, Mission Market Place, which has a $25 million budget. Plans include more than 100,000 sf of retail, restaurants, 300 life/work lofts and 550 condominiums. Owners anticipate four phases of development.

The city of Soledad, Calif., is investing more than $30 million on new affordable housing. Existing units will be demolished and new two-story dwellings will follow. The architect is Wald Ruhnke & Dost of Monterey.

Watkins Hamilton Ross is masterplanning a new outpatient center for Methodist Hospital in Houston. Estimates are 300,000 sf, 10 stories and a $70 million budget.

Florida State University has chosen Ponikvar & Associates as architect for a new engineering research building to include a home for the school’s Florida Advanced Center for Composite Technologies. The two-story $14 million building has an estimated 75,000 sf of space.

This month, a whole lot of press surrounded Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s unveiling of HOK’s plans for a new baseball park in New York City. The $800 million park for the Yankee’s was said to have used the team’s original home in the Bronx as a model, down to the situation of the bullpens, returning to features changed during a ’70s renovation. It will seat 51,000-54,000 fans, which is a few thousand short of the existing park’s seating. But the number of luxury boxes will at least triple from 18 to up to 60. Get out the checkbook, Mr. Steinbrenner.

Matthei & Colin of Chicago is working with Turner Construction on a new outpatient center for Edward Hospital & Health Services in Chicago. The 100,000 sf, $35 million center is expected to open next summer. Also, BSA Life Structures is architect for a companion 60,000 sf medical office building.