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Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA by SMP Architects

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: SMP Architects

Youth United for Change, a teenage activist group in this distressed urban neighborhood, was instrumental in charging the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to create a smaller high school that would encourage students to graduate rather than drop out with little hope for the future. Coupled with this request was their desire for “a green school” that would provide a bright, healthy learning environment, in contrast to their home living conditions.

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  • Architects: SMP Architects
  • Project: Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Joint Venture or Associate Architect: SRK Architects
  • Project Completion Date: September, 2010
  • Project Site: Brownfield Site
  • Project Type: Education – K-12 School
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 88,450 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • BOMA Floor area method used: Yes
  • Hours of Operation: 8 AM – 4PM, but open to public 7 days a week and after 4:30
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $25,000,000.00

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Iowa Utilities Board Office of Consumer Advocate Office Building in Des Moines, Iowa, USA by BNIM

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: BNIM

Located within the State of Iowa Capitol Complex, this project is an infill development on the 6-acre site of a former landfill. As a gateway to the complex at its Southeast corner, the project is a figural and literal threshold to the powerful example of government — supported by location and by its demonstration of replicable strategies for performance and savings. It further proves that the challenge of elegant design and exemplary performance can be solved even within limited budgets.

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  • Architects: BNIM
  • Project: Iowa Utilities Board Office of Consumer Advocate Office Building
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
  • Project Owner: State of Iowa
  • Project Completion Date: January, 2011
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 44,640 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • BOMA Floor area method used: No
  • Hours of Operation: 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $10,127,923.00

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Vancouver Convention Centre West in Vancouver, USA by LMN Architects + MCM/DA

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: LMN Architects + MCM/DA

The design of the new Vancouver Convention Centre West presented an opportunity to fully engage the urban ecosystem at the intersection of a vibrant downtown core and one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America. Certified LEED Canada Platinum, the project weaves together architecture, interior architecture, and urban design in a unified whole that functions as a living part of both the city and the harbor.

Image Courtesy LMN Architects + MCM/DA

  • Architects: LMN Architects + MCM/DA
  • Project: Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • Location: Vancouver, USA
  • Project Owner: BC Pavilion Corporation
  • Project Completion Date: April, 2009
  • Project Type: Office – 100,001 or greater, Public Assembly – General
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 1,200,000 square feet
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $883,000,000.00

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OS House in Racine, Washington, USA by Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Located in an old downtown neighborhood in Racine, Wisconsin, this house for a young family demonstrates how a small, sustainable residence built with a moderate budget can fit into a rust belt city suffering from decades of economic decline.

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  • Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
  • Project: OS House
  • Location: 1761 South Main Street, Racine, Washington  53403, USA
  • Project Owner: Robert Osborne and Vera Scekic
  • Project Completion Date: March, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
  • Project Type: Residential – Single-Family attached
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 1,940 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New

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ASU Polytechnic Academic District in Mesa, Arizona, USA by Lake|Flato Architects

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Lake|Flato Architects

The design for the Arizona State University Polytechnic transformed a decommissioned airbase into an inviting pedestrian campus that celebrates the desert landscape and creates a new identity for the program. Located in Mesa, about 30 miles southeast of Phoenix, the ASU Polytechnic campus was formed in 1996 with 1,000 students occupying re-purposed buildings of the former Williams Air Force Base.

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  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
  • Project: ASU Polytechnic Academic District
  • Location: 7001 E Williams Field Rd, Mesa, Arizona, USA
  • Joint Venture or Associate Architect: RSP Architects
  • Project Completion Date: August, 2008
  • Project Site: Brownfield Site
  • Project Type: Education – College/University (campus-level)
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Suburban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 245,000 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • BOMA Floor area method used: Yes
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7am-10pm
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $64,000,000.00

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LOTT Clean Water Alliance in Olympia, Washington by The Miller Hull Partnership

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership

Making the invisible visible

While most sewage treatment plants are invisible to their communities and separated by a chain link fence, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Service Center is a visible and active participant in the public life of Washington’s capital city. The LOTT Clean Water Alliance provides Class A reclaimed water and emphasizes water conservation through a strong community outreach program, in addition to providing wastewater treatment services to 85,000 people in four local communities. The new facility, located on the site of its existing Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, brings all management and staff together in one location. The facility includes three major elements:

-a renovated 7,700 ft2 water quality laboratory

-a new 21,300 ft2 office

-a 3,500 ft2 education and technology center

Image Courtesy The Miller Hull Partnership

  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Project: LOTT Clean Water Alliance
  • Location: Olympia, Washington, USA
  • Project Completion Date: July, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Laboratory,Mixed – Use, Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 32,500 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded:$13,500,000.00

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High Tech High Chula Vista in Chula Vista, California by Studio E Architects

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: Studio E Architects

High Tech High Chula Vista is a public charter school serving 550 students in grades 9 to 12 with an approach rooted in project-based learning. The school fosters student engagement by knowing students well, tapping into student experience and interests, and building a strong sense of community. Through internships and projects based in the community, students collaborate with adults on work with meaning that extends well beyond the school walls.

Image Courtesy Studio E Architects

  • Architects: Studio E Architects
  • Project: High Tech High Chula Vista
  • Location: 1945 Discovery Falls Drive, Chula Vista, California, USA
  • Project Owner: HTH Learning
  • Project Completion Date: March, 2009
  • Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
  • Project Type: Education – General
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Suburban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 44,395 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $11,543,800.00

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‘Stormcloud’ Installation in Los Angeles, California by Oyler Wu Collaborative

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: Oyler Wu Collaborative

Designed and built by the office of Oyler Wu Collaborative along with students of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Stormcloud is the third project in a series of installations designed for SCI-ARC.   The previous two installations, Netscape and Centerstage were designed for the school’s graduation ceremonies in 2011 and 2012 respectively.  With SCI-Arc celebrating its 40th anniversary, the school commissioned the new pavilion for the after-party of its April 2013 gala.

Image courtesy Oyler Wu Collaborative 

  • Architects: Oyler Wu Collaborative
  • Project: ‘Stormcloud’ Installation
  • Location: SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Photography: Scott Mayoral, Art Gray, Clifford Ho, Dwayne Oyler
  • Video Production: Luisa Martinez, Mike Piscitello, Patrice Chang, Adam Fujioka, Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu
  • Project Design and Fabrication Team (Oyler Wu Collaborative): Dwayne Oyler,Jenny Wu, Mike Piscitello,HuyLe, Sanjay Sukie
  • Project Fabrication and Documentation Team (SCI-Arc): Sandra Reyes, Justin Tan, Jennie Sun, Dan Lu, Daniel Lee, Helena Yun, Noni Pettinger, Jonathan Bruen, Jocelyn Basseporte, Justin Kim, Vaishail Shah, Adam Fujioka, Arnold Kim, Melody Javahevian, Jacky Huang, Patrice Chang, Cody Miner, Shawn Rassekh, Bailey Shugart, Ryan Roark, Chuck Diep, Jennifer Diep, Cathy Qu, Elliott Freeman, Matt Pugh, Deysi Blanco, Stephen Rafferty
  • Structural Engineering: Nous Engineering,Matt Melnyk
  • Videohttps://vimeo.com/65188712

Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego, CA by Colkitt & Co

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: Colkitt & Co

Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is an organization that provides inspiration, awareness, and mentoring so that physically challenged athletes are accepted and respected in the community. Their mission is to make sure people with physical challenges have the same freedom to enjoy sports as everyone else.

Image Courtesy © Cheryl Ramsay 

  • Architects: Colkitt & Co
  • Project: Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Location: 9591 Waples St San Diego, CA 92121, USA
  • Photography: Cheryl Ramsay
  • Project Owner/Developer: Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: February 2011
  • Awards: SDAF 2011 ”Orchid” Winner for Adaptive Reuse
  • Collaborators: Hollis Brand Culture ­ All environmental graphics, branding, interactive exhibits and signage.

Bridge-Studio in Easton, Pennsylvania by Hanrahan Meyers Architects

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: Hanrahan Meyers Architects

Bridge-Studio is a new artist studio building in Easton, Pennsylvania, designed for a couple who are both artists and gallery owners in New York City. Bridge-Studio houses a painting studio for the husband on the east side, and a writing studio on the west side. An open air breezeway runs through the center of Bridge-Studio, connecting back to the site with an entry ramp to the north. Bridge-Studio is entered by walking up the entry ramp, into the open breezeway overlooking the Delaware River, approximately 120 feet below the site.

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