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Taubman Museum of Art – Roanoke, Virginia

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Project: Taubman Museum of Art
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Architect: Randall Stout Architects, Inc
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
Geotechnical Engineer: Froehling & Robertson, Inc., Roanoke, VA
Civil Engineer: Mattern & Craig
Structural Engineer: DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Mechanical/ Plumbing Engineer: IBE Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Kocher, Schirra & Goharizi Consulting Engineers
Rainwater Harvesting System Engineer: Rainwater Management Solutions
Lighting Consultant: LAM Partners
Status: Completed
Completed: November, 2008

AE Interests: Complex geometry, passive solar, daylighting, thermally efficient envelope, computerized building management system

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Built

Beekman Tower – New York City, New York

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Project: Beekman Tower
Location: New York City, New York
Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP
Structure Engineer: WSP Cantor Seinuk
Developer: Forest City Ratner
Status: Under Construction
Expected Completion: 2011

 

AE Interest: complex geometry, will contain hospital as well as an elementary school below the residential tower.

Written by Jimmy Principe

December 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Posted in Under Construction

National Museum of African American History and Culture – Washington, DC

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Building: National Museum of African American History and Culture
Location: National Mall, Washington DC
Client: Smithsonian Institution
Architect: Foster & Partners
Status: Proposed Design
Budget: $500 million

AE Interests: Complex spiral geometry, large cantilevered volume.  Sunken courtyard / entry.

Written by Jimmy Principe

October 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

Nanjing Museum of Art & Architecture – Nanjing, China

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Building: Nanjing Museum of Art & Architecture
Location: Nanjing
Status: Under Construction
Client: Nanjing Foshou Lake Architecture and Art Developments Ltd
Designer: Stephen Holl
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Lighting Design: L’Observatoire International

AEInterest: Galleries composed primarily of cantilevered walkways. Full story box truss above a rammed earth base.

Written by Jimmy Principe

October 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Posted in Under Construction

Free University Library, Berlin Germany

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Building: Free University Library
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed: September 2005
Owner: Free University
Architect: Foster + Partners

AE Interests:  Double skinned facade that uses natural ventilation, separation of the flooring structure from the outer facade allows natural light to penetrate into the stacks, interesting dome shape and interesting floor slab shapes.

Written by Jimmy Principe

September 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Posted in Built

United States Capitol Visitor Center, Washington DC

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Building: United States Capitol Visitor Center
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Completed
Date Completed: 2008
Architect: RTKL Associates Inc.

AE interests: Large excavation in historic area, glass roof

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Posted in Built

Denver International Airport – Denver, Colorado

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Building: Denver International Airport
Location: Denver, Colorado
Status: Completed
Date Completed: 1995
Architect: Fentress Bradburn Architects
Roof Engineer: Horst Berger
AE interests: Fabric Structure Roof

Written by Jimmy Principe

April 21, 2010 at 9:49 am

Posted in Built

Irving Convention Center, Las Colinas Texas

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Expected completion date: November 2010
Owner: City of Irving/Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau
Owners Project Manager: Beck Group
Architect: RMJM Hillier Architecture
Construction Manager: Austin Commercial
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers
MEP Engineer: Vanderweil
Civil Engineer: Jacobs Carter Burgess
Operators: SMG Worldwide

AE interests: Complex steel structure as well as pier foundation system.  Some of the spans are in excess of 150 feet.  The main convention floor is spanned by a combination of 3 catenery trusses and one arch truss that are approximately 1 1/2 stories, extending into the partitions walls of the third floor. The concept is a box on top of a box with the upper level rotated approximately 20 degrees.  Additionally, the terrace on the second level over the main entrance is supported by two cantilevered trusses.  The skin of the building is a combination of glass and perforated copper.

Written by Jimmy Principe

February 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Under Construction

Parco della Musica Auditorium – Roma, Italy

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Building: Parco della Musica Auditorium
Location: Roma, Italy
Completed 2002
Designer: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Structural engineer: ARUP
Client: City of Roma

AEInterest: The inside of the auditorium is cherry wood which is the best material for acoustics, the form of the halls is geometrically complex

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

Posted in Built

Fiumicino Town Hall – Roma, Italy

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Building: Fiumicino Town Hall
Location: Roma, Italy
Completed 2002
Designer: Alessandro Anselmi
Client: Comune di Fiumicino

AEInterest: the building has an abstract geometry, as well as having the roof double as a usable floor.  There is a large glass curtain wall along one side

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 27, 2010 at 9:24 am

Posted in Built

Leffe Privat House – Bergamo, Italy

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Building: Leffe Privat House
Location: Bergamo, Italy
Completed 1998
Designer: Archea Associati
Structural engineer: Gianfranco Calderoni
Contractor: Madaschi

AEInterest: the precise deconstruction of the building that originally existed and then was rebuilt.  The facade is a solid wall with small slits to allow light in.

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Posted in Built

ENEL Bagnore 3 Geothermal Power Station – Santafiore, Italy

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Building: ENEL Bagnore 3 Geothermal Power Station
Location: Santafiore, Italy
Completed 2001
Designer: Stefano Boeri
Structural engineer: M Giuliani
Landscape design: L Caravaggio
Client: ERGA – ENEL

AEInterest: the enclosure is constructed from self supporting Cor-Ten steel ribs and is designed to mimic the hills that it is nested in.

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Posted in Built

Rimini Exhibition Center – Rimini, Italy

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Building: Rimini Exhibition Center
Location: Rimini, Italy
Completed 2001
Designer: Von Gerkan Marg & Partner
Structural engineer: Favero & Milan, Venedig
Landscape design: Studio Land, Mailand
Client: Ente Autonomo Fiera di Rimini

AEInterest: The exhibition spaces are modular parts that can be combined for larger exhibits and each module has no columns.  Also utilizes a large timber dome roof in the rotunda.  Facades are constructed of steel and glass.

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Posted in Built

Banca Populare di Lodi Headquarters – Lodi, Italy

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Building: Banca Populare di Lodi Headquarters
Location: Lodi, Italy
Completed 2001
Designer: Renzo Piano Build Workshop
Client: Banca Populare di Lodi
Glass Roof: Rice Francis Ritchie

AEInterest: repurposing of an old dairy products factory, interior courtyard covered by a glass roof

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Built

Archimboldi Opera Theatre – Milano, Italy

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Building: Archimboldi Opera Theatre
Location: Milano, Italy
Completed 2003
Designer: Gregotti Associati International
Client: Milano City Council

AEInterest: Moveable glass panels act simultaneously acoustically and reflect light into the space.

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Posted in Built

Giovanni and Marella Agnelli Art Gallery – Torino, Italy

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Building: Giovanni and Marella Agnelli Art Gallery
Location: Torino, Italy
Designer: Renzo Piano Build Workshop
Client:Lingotto SpA and Palazzo Grassi

AEInterest: Contains a partly cantilevered wedge shaped box.  The roof is constructed from 16,000 glass fins above the gallery providing an interesting light quality.

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Built

Hypo Alpe Adria Centre – Klagenfurt, Austria

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Building: Hypo Alpe Adria Centre
Location: Klagenfurt, Austria
Completed: 2002
Architect: Morphosis
Client: Karntner Landes-und-Hypothekenbank

AE Interests: utilizes passive cooling and lighting. also uses a large, curved, perforated aluminum roof surrounds the majority of the structure, reducing dependency on electrical cooling.

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Posted in Built

Bell Tower – Judenburg, Austria

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Building: Bell Tower
Location: Judenburg, Austira
Status: Complete
Architect: Markus Pernthaler

AE Interests: Geometry, materials choice

Written by Jimmy Principe

January 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Posted in Built

GSW Headquarters – Berlin, Germany

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Building: GSW Headquarters
Location: Berlin, Germany
Status: Complete
Architect: Sauerbruch-Hutton
Engineer: Arup

AE Interests: Because building’s long side faces east-west, the west side is a double skin facade.  Natural ventilation is drawn through the double skin to ventilate the building.  Also, for reducing solar gains, the building has automated coloured blinds that block the afternoon sun, yet maintain excellent daylighting

Written by Jimmy Principe

October 11, 2009 at 1:45 am

Posted in Built

U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters – Suitland, Maryland

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Building: U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters
Location: 4700 Silver Hill Rd, Suitland, Maryland
Completion: Completed
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill

AE Interests: minimal site impact, water reclamation, recycled building materials, solar collection, underfloor air distribution, daylighting, solar shading, green roofs

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 29, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Posted in Built

Harvard University Northwest Science Building – Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Building: Harvard University – Northwest Science Building
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Completion: Completed
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill

AE Interests: green roof, daylighting, HVAC zoning, curtain wall

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Posted in Built

201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower – London, United Kingdom

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Building: 201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower

Location: 201 Bishopsgate, London, United Kingdom

Completion: Completed 2008

Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill

Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill

Contractor: British Land

AE Interests: expressed structural bracing, construction process over railway tracks

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Posted in Built

University of California Merced Library and Information Technology Center – Merced, California

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Building: Library and Information Technology Center
Location: Merced, California
Completion: Completed
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Fernau & Hartman
Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Client:University of California Merced

AE Interests: orientation, sustainability, daylighting, louvers

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 29, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Posted in Built

Poly International Plaza – Guangzhou, China

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Building: Poly International Plaza
Location: Guangzhou, China
Completion: Completed
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Client: Poly Real Estate Group

AE Interests: sustainability, structural, solar shading, offset core, daylighting, natural ventilation; floor-by-floor mechanical systems, under floor air distribution, green roof, external structural dia-grid

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Posted in Built

University of North Carolina Genome Science Laboratory Building – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Building: University of North Carolina Genome Science Laboratory Building
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Completion: In Progress
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Client: University of North Carolina

AE Interests: green roof, sustainability, glazing, HVAC, structure, heat recovery

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 27, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

Infinity Tower – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Building: Infinity Tower
Location: Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Completion: In Progress
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Contractor: Projacs, CAYAN

AE Interests: structure, helix shape, curtain wall, solar shading

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Posted in Under Construction

Virginia Beach Convention Center – Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Building: Virginia Beach Convention Center
Location: 1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Completion: Completed
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Contractor:  Turner Construction Company

AE Interests: daylighting, intuitive layout, sustainability, rainfall collection

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Written by Jimmy Principe

August 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Posted in Built

Manulife Financial Headquarters – Boston, Massachusetts

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Building: Manulife Financial headquarters
Location: 601 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Completion: Completed
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Contractor:  Clark/Suffolk

AE Interests: daylighting, sustainability, building envelope, green roof

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 27, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Posted in Built

City Performance Hall – Dallas, Texas

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Building: Dallas City Performance Hall
Location: Dallas, Texas
Completion: In Progress
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Structural Design: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Construction: McCarthy

AE Interests: daylighting, structure, intuitive layout, LEED Silver being pursued

Written by Jimmy Principe

August 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Posted in Under Construction

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