Pacesetting Commissions: Colleges/Universities, Corporate, Cultural/Entertainment, Federal, Habitat, Historic/Museums, Hospitals, Laboratories, Sport, State/Municipal, Transit, Unusual


Davis Brody Bond is designing the University of Connecticut’s new School of Pharmacy in Storrs. The 145,000 sf, five-story building is estimated at $32 million.

The University of Texas at Galveston has a $37 million, 130,000 sf expansion planned for wet and dry research labs. Designer is P & W Architects of Houston.

Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer has been selected by Shepherd College to design its new $35 million performing arts center. The West Virginia college has also chosen the firm to perform masterplanning for the campus.

Virginia Commonwealth University has chosen Hillier for its new School of Business, a 100,000 sf building at Linden and Floyd Streets in Richmond City. Budget could go to $24 million.

The Polshek Partnership is masterplanning for Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. The $137 million commission includes addressing space problems and planning for new academic buildings, labs and faculty offices.

Lockwood Andrews & Newman, Inc. of Houston will design the new Baseball Stadium at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

HOK’s Tampa office will be handling a project at Florida State University’s art gallery/ collection space. In addition to expansion in the north wing, a sculpture court and studio area, plans call for additional space to process and care for the university’s collection.

Acock Associates of Columbus will design the $95 million addition/alteration at Ohio State University’s library.

Chicago’s Kennedy-King College has hired VOA Associates, Inc. to design a three-story, multi-use building of nearly 500,000 sf. The building will include an auditorium, classrooms, gymnasium and day-care center. The budget is $91 million.


Wells Fargo’s new bank office in Chandler, Ariz. will be designed by DLR Group of Phoenix. The 400,000 sf project has a $75 million estimated price tag.


Pasadena’s new Convention Center is expected to start in November 2004, with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca as designers for the nearly 200,000 sf addition on Green Street, with a $71 million budget. The current exhibit hall is slated for demolition.

In Alvin, Texas, they plan to build the Houston Super Speedway; a tri-oval 1.76 mile speedway, conference center and golf course on a 3,000-acre site. Architect for the $300 million project is Hermes Architects of Houston.

The Oneida Indian Nation of New York has commissioned several large projects in Verona, including: a $10 million winter garden, event center and casino hotel. Architect for all three is Bertino and Associates Architects. Combined budgets are near $65 million.

In Lemoore, Calif. the $50 million addition at the Palace Indian Gaming Casino/Hotel will be designed by FFKR Architects/Interior Design.

West Hartford, Conn., has contracted with the Deep South firm of Howard Montgomery Steger Architects (New Orleans) for a $14 million alteration of its Center for the Arts.

And in Tyler, Texas, the $25 million Great Cats Resort is being designed by Sinclair & Wright Architects. Plans for the theme resort include an 85,000 sf lodge, a 15,000 sf waterpark and another 20,000 sf of restaurant/convenience store space.


The U.S. Border Patrol is typically associated with the Rio Grande; but up in Maine a new border station in Hackman will be designed by Orcutt Associates of Yarmouth. An existing station is to be demolished; tenants in the new three buildings will be customs, immigration and naturalization and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Budget could go as high as $10 million.

And in Texas, the patrol continues to beef up its presence in Eagle Pass and Brownsville. At the former, HDR Architecture Inc. is designer and in Brownsville, architect is Huitt-Zollars Inc.

A new maintenance training facility for the U.S. Air Force’s lumbering C130s is being built in Little Rock, Ark., with Atkins Benham of Lowell as architect. The 34,000-sf facility is to be sited on 6,000 acres.


Gary Handel & Associates will be collaborating with Philippe Starke for the Bond Street Hotel in New York City. The 90,000 sf, 10-story new project will include 130 rooms and a rooftop terrace. The façade is to blend with the existing cast-iron facades that currently adorn Bond Street.

Crawford Long Hospital has long been a fixture of downtown Atlanta. Leo A Daly is handling the conversion of the 12-story medical building into a hotel. Down the street with a larger budget, Leo A Daly is also rehabilitating another medical building into a four-story Crown Plaza Hotel on 10th Street. Budget is $20 million.

Corgan Associates has the $30 million commission to transform Kansas City’s (Mo.) 25-story Fidelity Bank building into 180 apartments.

Childs Berman Tseckares Inc. will design a new mixed-use development on East Boston’s Sumner and Lewis Streets. The Clippership Wharf project will involve four primarily residential buildings with about 400 condominiums. Seven stories.

The former home for Franciscan seminarians in Rensselaer, N.Y., is being converted into 53 apartments and a dozen or so cottages for senior housing by Lammon Architects of Troy. The budget: $6.5 million.


The United States Golf Association has its eye on New York’s fabled Russian Tea Room. Beyer Blinder Belle Architects will be altering the West 57th space, increasing the stories from four to six. Plans indicate minor structural changes, and alteration of the façade and interior.

New Orleans’ Presbytere on Chartres Street will be undergoing a $2.1 million roofing project, shepherded by the hometown team of Yeates and Yeates Architects.

The home to what began as Pierpont and J.P. Morgan’s private library—including a Dickens’ manuscript, sheet music by Mozart and Henry David Thoreau’s journals—is undergoing a $7.5 million addition that involves more than 600,000 sf, six stories and two buildings. Architect is Beyer Blinder Belle.

Racine Wisconsin needs museum display space for the tractors that fed America: Hammel Green & Abrahamson will be designing the three-wing, 50,0000 Heritage Museum that also includes space for the city’s ship-building past.

A memorial marking the race riot of 1921 in Tulsa, Okla., will have EWC, Inc. as designer. Project budget of $17.6 million.

The Diamond Theater in Schenectady, N.Y. will undergo a $10 million alteration. Size and scope: 98,000 sf and three stories. Synthesis Architects is designing the project.

Calloway Johnson Moore & West has completed drawings but the Virginia Museum of Natural History is waiting on funding for the $10-$15 million 74,000 sf structure, to be sited on three acres.

The West Orange Visitors Center in New Jersey includes preservation of the Thomas Edison National Historic Site. Beyer Blinder Belle will be designing a new visitors center in harmony with the existing buildings and museum collection. Estimated budget is $1.3 million.


Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership is designing UNC’s new $30 million+ clinical cancer center. Specs for the Chapel Hill health center call for a single 292,120-sf building that replaces an existing center.

A new hospital in Rogers, Ark., owned by the Mercy Health System, Inc. will be designed by Perkins & Will’s Atlanta office. Estimated value: anywhere from $20-45 million for a 500,000 sf building sited on 75 acres.

Iasis Healthcare has chosen Thomas Miller & Partners of Brentwood, Tenn. as architect for a new $50 million, five-story, 300,000 sf hospital in Port Arthur, Texas.

Borgess Health Alliance of Kalamazoo, Mich. didn’t go far to find an architect for its outpatient diagnostic center, part of a $77 million hospital addition. The contract went to healthcare leader URS of Grand Rapids. Estimates put the sf at 120,000 for offices, clinics and laboratories.

The Brown County Mental Health Center in Green Bay, Wisc., will be designed by hometown design firm, Millennium Architects. The scope: 230,000 sf, three stories and a $39 million budget.

Boston’s Yard’s End Research Center will be designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates. The medical, biotechnological and pharmaceutical research firm’s $120 million offices are expected to be sited on five acres at First and Second Avenues; it will involve more than a half million sf, spread over two buildings, the tallest seven to eight stories.

A seven to nine-story addition to Grand Island, Nebraska’s St. Francis Medical Center is in the masterplanning phase (by ACI/Boland Associates of St. Louis, Mo.). The budget is $40-60 million.

The addition of a cancer clinic, ICU, ER and bed tower is expected to run $35 million for St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. Architect is RTA, Inc. of Colorado Springs.

The Medical College of Georgia has commissioned a new Cancer Research Building: Cooper Cary & Associates is designer for the $30 million, 150,000-sf university hospital.

RTKL will design Houston’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital’s new patient care addition. The $80 million project includes 540,000 sf and 11 stories, two below ground. Estimated start date: Summer 2005.

Cornell University has picked Polshek Partnership to design its new Weill Medical College Ambulatory Care Building at 70th Street and York Avenue. The $117 million project entails roughly 300,000 sf, to be built in one to two years.

Gresham Smith & Partners will be building the $55 million St. Joseph’s Community Hospital in West Bend, Wisconsin.


The Western National Center for Biodefense and Emerging Diseases has chosen CUH2A of Atlanta to design a new $50 million laboratory on the campus of the University of California-Davis.


The Rochester (N.Y) Rhinos soccer team will have a new $25 million home, designed by HOK Sport. The 170,000 sf, five-story building will have 13,000 permanent seats and space for an additional 4,500 temporary ones. Plans also include 20 luxury suites, a plaza for vendors and 400 parking spaces.

Work could begin next January on HKS, Inc.’s $650 million plan for the Dallas Cowboys Sports Complex. The 70,000+ seat stadium will include a retractable roof, movie theater and botanical gardens(!) in addition to the usual means of purveying food, drink and sports media information.


Robert A.M. Stern Architects will be designing the new Jacksonville (Fla.) Main Library. The 300,000 sf, five-story building has a $95 million budget. Architects Rolland Delvalle & Bradley are also associated with the project.

The new, sprawling California Transit District Office at First and Main in Los Angeles will be designed by Morphosis. Plans call for 750,000 sf and 14 stories, with three below ground. Budget is $75-80 million.


Masterplanning just began for communications and security upgrades at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. URS Corp. will be doing work that includes relocation of the communications center and improvements to video, voice data and surveillance systems.

A new $25 million, 40,000 sf terminal at the San Luis Obispo Airport will be designed by Odell Associates of Richmond, Va.


Owners hope to start on the non-profit Chimp Haven in Springdale, La., this fall. The park for chimpanzees formerly used in biomedical research, entertainment, etc., would include four large habitats, an educational complex, nature trails, observation posts and support buildings, spread over 20 acres. Architect for the $14 million project is Budd Beets Harden Kolflat Architecture of Houston. Landscape architect: Ursa International of Atlanta.

The 1904 Flight Cage at the St. Louis Zoo is undergoing a $2.2 million alteration by architects SWT & Associates; the goal is to create a more natural setting and winter quarters.

The art of wine on the East Coast will get a boost from a lab in western New York(Fredonia), associated with Cornell University. The 21st Century Vineyard Laboratory, a $2 million endeavor in phase one, will be designed by Sear Brown Group of Elmira. The lab is 6,000 sf and two stories.

Johnny Cash will not be doing a benefit. Folsom Prison State Hospital is due for a $10 million retrofit that includes demolition and renovation of two buildings. Cannon Design/Dworsky of Los Angeles is architect for the job, expected to begin in December.