Kimberley, South Africa’s Big Hole, a historic landmark that attracted thousands of diamond prospectors in 1888 and for the following 26 years of operation, will feature a new visitors’ center to open in 2006. FUSE Communication South Africa has been awarded the contract to design the new center, which will include the installation of exhibits, films, and interactive elements.

Baltimore-based Development Design Group Inc. is the architect in charge of the 1.4-million sf Village at Queensridge, a multi-faceted Las Vegas-based project that includes retail shops, restaurants, cinemas, executive office space, and 340 condo units. Estimated to cost between $300 and $500 million, the project is slated for a 2007 completion.

Goody Clancy & Assoc. has been selected to preserve and renovate the J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center in Salem, Mass. The project site includes two historic buildings, The Probate & Family Court/Registry of Deeds and the First Baptist Church, which are both to be incorporated with extensive renovations. The $70-million project will feature a total of 260,000 sf.

Historic airplane hangars on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor will be reused in construction of the new Pacific Region National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) headquarters in Hawaii. HOK San Francisco has been selected in collaboration with Hawaii-based firm Ferraro Choi to design the 100,000-sf, $165-million facility, which will include lab and office space for a variety of NOAA employees, including the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Weather Service, National Ocean Service, Marine Mammal Protection Agency, and the International Tsunami Warning Center. LEED Gold has been set as the minimum target for this “deep green” project.

Workstage is in charge of a LEED-certified project, the design of a 200,000-sf customer service center in Springfield, Ore., for cruise giant Royal Caribbean. The design team has attempted to achieve 20 out of the 37 possible LEED points available in such areas as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It is expected that the energy savings will be about $41,000 per year based on current pricing schedules. Steelcase will provide the furniture, which is certified by the Greenguard Environmental Insitute, for the project.

Gae Aulenti, a top architect from Milan, Italy, has been chosen to design a posh wine cellar at the Campo di Sasso estate near Bogheri. Aulenti is one of a few architects called upon to create “designer” wine cellars for winemakers who have invested in the Maremma, also known as Italy’s “gold coast.” The new underground cellar, which is scheduled to open in 2008, will feature a design that relies on simplicity and refinement, according to owner Lodovico Antinori.

The new $40-million Santa Monica main library project is seeking a silver certification under the USGBC LEED Green Building Rating System. Moore Ruble Yudell, the project architect, is working with the other members of the design team, which includes Syska Hennessy Group, to implement green strategies, which will include high-efficiency, high-performance lighting systems, automatic dimming controls, variable primary flow chilled water distribution, and an integrated energy management system. Aside from traditional library materials, the library will feature a central courtyard, café, computer lab, auditorium, and public meeting spaces.

Weinstein A/U has been selected for the $40 to $50-million renovation of the Nakamura Courthouse administration building in Seattle. The newly designed facility will accommodate the appellate court jurisdictional functions, and there will be the addition of a secured underground space with a mail processing center, loading dock, and parking. The courthouse is a Class 3 historical site, so certain areas will be preserved.

Wichita Mid Continental Airport is gearing up for a brand new terminal, which will be designed by Gossen Livingston Associates. The $100 to $132-million terminal aims to provide more efficient access from the road to the terminal and from the parking lots to the terminal, improve congestion around the baggage claim devices and security screening areas, and update the fire sprinkler system and HVAC units.

Lord, Aeck & Sargent is the architect in charge of Southface Energy Institute’s Eco Office, an environmentally healthy commercial construction project that will allow Southface to increase its educational outreach by 50 percent to the commercial building industry regarding green building strategies and techniques. The approximately 10,000-sf, three-story office to be completed in spring 2006 is hoping to earn the company’s first LEED platinum-level rating for new construction and is being built by a collaboration of builders called Eco Office Contractors: A Green Building Consortium. The office will feature insulated concrete foam walls, natural stormwater management, and a high-efficiency dedicated outdoor air ventilation system.

HOK will provide design services for a new professional baseball park for the New York Yankees, which will be located adjacent to the original Yankee Stadium. The new stadium will provide 51,000 seats, and the clubhouse will offer 50 luxury boxes. The $800-million project is slated for a 2009 opening.