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Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee are masterplanning for a new food/retail center at Duke University, part of an overall village concept to improve student services.

Masterplanning at the University of Michigan’s biomedical laboratory is being designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership.

Living and workspace for artists at Arizona’s International Sonoran Desert Alliance school is being designed by Thompson-Pollari Studio of Scottsdale. The estimate is $8.5 to $10 million.

BMW and Clemson University are collaborating on a new $15 million Automotive Research facility. The automotive giant’s Spartanburg plant opened down the road in 1994 and manufactures the BMW X5. Architect: Design Strategies of Greenville.

A new multidisciplinary science building at the University of Indiana has Flad & Associates as architect. Estimates stand at $54 million.

A $40 million recreation center/student building at Central Washington University is being designed by BJSS Duart Bryant Architects of Olympia and Ellerbe Becket.

Masterplanning for St. Edwards University’s new natural sciences facility in Austin, Texas, is being done by Moore Ruble & Yudell Architects of Santa Monica. The 60,000 sf project has an estimated budget of $20 million.

At Cascadia Community College, Miller/Hull Partnership is designing a new center for the arts, technology and global interaction, estimated at $35 million.

Conceptual drawings for a biocontainment lab for primate research at Tulane University (in Covington, not New Orleans) are being done by CUH2A’s Atlanta office. Estimates: $20 million, 39,000 sf over a 500-acre site.

And another National Institutes of Health containment lab project: The FWA Group is designing a new 39,000 sf facility for study of biodefense and emerging infectious diseases. Budget is estimated at $30 million.

A $40 million, 250,000 sf Level-4 biocontainment lab will be raised at the University of Texas-Galveston, designed by Perkins & Will’s Atlanta offices.

A cellular and molecular biology research center at Rutgers University has commissioned Woolley Morris Architects of Princeton, N.J. as architect.

A new consumer studies building at Los Angeles Mission College has hired SmithGroup as architect. Budget: about $18 million. The firm is also masterplanning a $13 million technology building for Los Angeles Harbor College.

Ayers, Saint, Gross of Baltimore, Md., developed the draft concept plan for UNC-Chapel’s development of the Horace Williams tract, property willed to the university from a former professor. Initial outlines are for a seven-phase project, nearly 8.4 million sf of offices, homes and shops on 240 acres. Hopes are that it will develop into a new research/academic hub for the Research Triangle.

CUH2A and local Charles E. Williams Architects have been selected for planning a new $10 million, five-story research support building at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Demolition and new construction at Simmons College’s Library has Fletcher Harkness Cohen Moneyhun, Inc. of Boston as architect. One existing two-story building will be taken down to make way for a new five-story, 70,000 sf structure.

NBBJ and LS3P Architects of Charleston, S.C. are involved in an ambitious hospital project and renovation/relocation of the Medical University of South Carolina. Reports say the new 500,000+ sf hospital should open in 2006 and represents $291 million of a planned, phased $1 billion project.


Ellerbe Becket is masterplanning the new U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Missouri, estimated as a $90 million project, 600,000 sf.

There are two new U.S. Army Reserve Center projects; one in Fort Meade, Md. and another in Forest Park, Ga. Architect for both is Mason & Hanger Group, Inc. of Kentucky. Estimates are $20-30 million for each.

At least it’s not the Great Dismal Swamp: the new $1.5 million Bitter Lakes Visitor Center has Design Collaborative Southwest Inc. of Albuquerque as architect.

Place Architecture of Bozeman, Montana, is designer for a new $7-12 million U.S. Port of Entry facility in Portal, N.D.

Oklahoma City’s Benham Companies is designing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. The $100 million, 350,000 sf office project is expected to start this spring.


The proposed Canterbury Condominiums on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga., is estimated at $325 million. The 150-unit, 36-story, 750,000 sf complex will also include 34 hotel suites. Architect: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates.

The Creek Nation has C.H. Guernsey & Co. of Oklahoma City as architect for a new $75 million entertainment complex in Tulsa that includes a casino, hotels, restaurants and bar over a 100-acre site.

Brennan Beer Gorman Architects and Harold Massop Associates have been selected to design the new 41-story Hyatt convention center in Denver.

Baltimore’s great hope to revive its convention draw will include a new 750-unit Hilton Convention Headquarters Hotel, estimated at $100 million. RTKL is designer for the project, that will also include 200,000 sf of office space for Catholic Social Services, as well as a 25,000 sf ballroom.

A new residential development in Redding, Conn., has Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. as designer. Plans include rehabbing a former weaving mill into artists’ lofts, studios and shops.


Local firm, CDH Partners of Marietta, Ga., is masterplanner for Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, a $93 million, 140-bed tower.

In Duluth, Ga., Perkins & Will’s Atlanta office has been selected for the new Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital.

URS has been selected to design for Grant Medical Center Surgical Tower in Columbus. A $59 million budget includes a 125,000 sf facility and 18 operating rooms.

Masterplans for work at the Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee include a nine-story, 270,000 sf office/research building, parking facility and skywalk connecting both to the existing hospital. The $97 million plan is being masterplaned by Zimmerman Design Group, Inc.


The Vallejo, Calif. Plan to revitalize its downtown has selected McLarand & Vasquez Partners, Inc. of Oakland as designer. The $125 million project includes restoration of historic buildings and a mix of condominiums and retail.

Pabst City’s entertainment complex in Milwaukee has an estimated $300 million budget and nearly a half-million sf sprawl. Plans include offices, lofts, amphitheater, outdoor skating rink and a movie suite. Designer selected is Eppstein Uhen Architects.

Dowler Gruman Architects is designer for Neurocrine Bioscience Center’s Phase II in the San Diego area (an estimated $62 million project).


Lancaster, Pennsylvania has a $20 million minor league baseball stadium on the way. Architect is Tetra Tech of Delaware.

The Deep South’s (or perhaps its transplants’) love of hockey continues. In Manatee County, Fla., architects Stadium Consultants International, Inc. of Toronto, is designer for a minor league team. The privately-funded 7,400-seat arena is being billed as multipurpose.

Duany Plater-Zyberk Co. is designer for a sports center in McKinney, Texas, with owners Craig International. The 60,000 sf plan includes an indoor training, soccer fields, water park and a 6,000-seat covered stadium—and an estimated budget of $40 million.

El Paso has commissioned an 18-hole golf course, estimated at $9.5 million. Masterplanning is being done by locals ECM/Gilbane.


HOK’s work at the Indianapolis International Airport continues. The three-story mid-field terminal is part of a $947 million project.

The $10 million regional airport project in Eau Claire, Wisconsin will be designed by Mead & Hunt, Inc. of Madison. It includes eight hangers, air traffic tower and attendant passenger/commercial space.

Gensler’s work at San Jose Airport includes 10 gates at the north concourse ($275 million) and another 40 gates at the central terminal ($430 million). Also associated with the project: Parsons Brinkerhoff and Flack & Kurtz.

Downtown Buffalo’s Erie Canal Harbor development includes a 13,000 sf naval museum, wharf, festival plaza and recreation of a canal-era truss bridge. Architect for the $40+ million project is local firm, Flynn Battaglia.