Firms to watch by region and by market sector:

Commercial

David Leasure Architectural is attached to a proposed mixed-use conversion of a former wool mill in Winthrop, Maine that would include commercial, health and fitness, residential and day-care spaces.

DMJM + H & N is designing a set of commercial towers (one 9-story, the other 16) in La Jolla. The Centre III & IV office buildings involve about 550,000 sf and parking for nearly 2,000 vehicles.

Cultural/Entertainment

An $11 million addition to Utica’s Stanley Performing Arts Center has been proposed. The heart of the center is architect Thomas Lamb’s 1928 Mexican baroque style theater, which nearly became a parking lot before the arts community purchased the building in 1974. Van Dijk Westlake Reed Leskosky is designer for the project.

The Greensboro, N.C. Bats minor league baseball team is looking at new quarters. Local architects Moser, Mayer Phoenix Associates is doing masterplanning for the proposed $20 million, 6,200 seat stadium.

Ace Architects are in design development for a 12-story Ferris Wheel and 50-story hotel on the banks of a man-made lake in Las Vegas. Budget: $650 million.

Vaughn & Melton Engineers and Architects of Asheville, N.C. is designing a motor speedway. The Canton Racetrack will include an expo center.

Federal

Leo A Daly will be working with the U.S. Army on a $4 million alteration to the Armed Forces Infection Lab in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be working with Atkins America for a new 350,000 sf Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Described as an “automated instruction building,” the $20 million+ project will include classrooms, distance learning facilities and secure buildings.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is building a new Animal Health Facility in Ames, Iowa. Merrick & Co. architect for the structure, which will include examination, food preparation, kennel, lab and observation rooms, in addition to administrative space.

Higher Education

Howard Montgomery Steger Architects of New Orleans is involved in masterplanning for a new 600+ seat concert hall at the University of South Carolina.

The budget for Temple University’s new Medical Center is $150,000,000 and The Ballinger Company of Philadelphia is architect for the 14-story, 485,000 sf building. Also, Temple is moving on with its renovation/addition of its multi-use student building. Plans call for 50,000 sf of new space and renovation of another 73,000 sf. H2L2 Architects and Planners is heading that project.

Architectural Nexus of Salt Lake City is designer for the University of Utah’s new 100,000 sf orthopedic facility.

There’s not much definition yet for alterations at Wake Forest University’s Baseball Stadium. “Full Scope Undetermined,” but Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce are listed as architects and masterplanners.

The University of New Mexico has chosen Fanning Bard Tatum Architects of Albuquerque to design its new research lab.

The Virginia Thomas Law Performing Arts Center at West Virginia’s Wesleyan College is pending financing, but Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership has completed masterplans for the new theater and auditorium.

Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz is designer for a new 1,000,000 sf, $45 million Health and Wellness Center for City College of San Francisco, expected to break ground in Fall 2004.

Living

WBRC Architects/Engineers of Bangor is leading a project to convert a historic waterworks complex along the Penobscot River into apartments.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is partnering with Cetra/Ruddy, Inc. of New York to convert a vacant 12-story industrial building in Philadelphia into a mixed-use project with 175 apartments and 14,000+ sf of retail space on the ground floor. Estimated at: $40 million.
n Perkins Eastman Architects has completed its masterplan for the sprawling Parc Wilshire Senior Housing Center on Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard. The $70 million project includes a half-million sf, three buildings, (one, a 19-story independent living tower; the others skilled nursing and assisted living buildings) and 400 units total.

Medical

Leo A Daly is architect for a Veteran’s Administration hospital that specializes in treatment of the blind and those with spinal cord injuries. Budget for the center in Hines, Ill., is estimated at between $20-50,000,000. The project involves two buildings.

NBBJ is building a replacement hospital valued at $65 million for the Medical University of Charleston, S.C. Masterplanning shows three buildings and 570,000 sf that includes a 210-bed heart/vascular center and parking for 1,500 vehicles.

Ewing Cole Cherry Brott is planning a new cardiology center for Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Dele. The two-story, 161,000 sf project is estimated at $21 million.

Municipal

The Kubala Washatko Architects is developing plans for a $5 million Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. The project calls for five learning centers, a “citizen science research lab,” native animal lab, green roof garden, an outdoor animal rehabilitation center, observation tower, solarium and climbing wall.

The Durrant Group’s Phoenix office is masterplanner for a new $10 million technical service building for the City of Mesa’s Justice Complex.

Major renovations and improvements are slated for New York’s transit system, including up to $5 million for rehab of Grand Central Station’s interior. Other sites mentioned include the Sixth Avenue Line Vent Plant, and installation of new escalators at the Herald Square Station. Also mentioned, the installation of an asynchronous transfer mode network that includes the foundation of a fiber-optic cable network to carry video, voice and data, with ATM switches at each of the 281 stations.