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World Financial Center – New York City, New York

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Building: World Financial Center
Location: 220 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281
Architect: Cesar Pelli
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Completion: 1988
Client: Brookfield Properties
Value: $800,000,000 (US)

AEInterest: consumes 25 percent less energy than regular office building; first “free cooling” system in New York; sophisticated automation system for the complex’s energy outlets turn off lights at predetermined times

Written by Nick Dassow

February 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Posted in Built

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology – San Diego, California

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Building: Atkinson Hall (Calit2)
Location: University of California, San Diego
Architect: NBBJ
Electrical and Mechanical Systems: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Completion: 2004
Value: $57,000,000 (US)

AEInterest: mechanical systems for Class-100 and Class-1000 spaces; exhaust for flammable, pyroforic and corrosive chemicals

Written by Nick Dassow

February 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Posted in Built

Gaylord National Hotel – National Harbor, Maryland

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Building: Gaylord National Hotel
Location: 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745
Architect: Gensler
HVAC and Electrical Engineering: WSP Flack + KurtzCompletion: April 2008
Client: Gaylord Entertainment
Project Value: $800,000,000 (US)

AEInterest: radiant heating/cooling floor; displacement ventilation; high performance glass; advanced daylighting controls; complies with strict state energy codes

Written by Nick Dassow

February 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Posted in Built

Ramot Polin Apartments – Jerusalem, Israel

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Building: Ramot Polin Apartments
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Architect: Zvi Hecker
Completion: 1972
Team: Meir Drezner, Shmuel Groberman
Contractors: Mordecai Aviv Ltd., Matetiahu Lifshitz Ltd.
Budget: $45,000,000

AEInterest: beehive clattered design; almost no straight walls or windows; overall project shaped like five fingers; totaled 720 units with untraditional design; units prefabricated off site

Written by Nick Dassow

September 2, 2010 at 1:48 am

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Menara Mesiniaga – Subang Jaya, Malaysia

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Building: Menara Mesiniaga
Location: SS 16 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Architect: Ken Yeang (TR Hamzah and Yeang Sdn Bhd)
Completion: August 1992
Client: International Business Machines (IBM)

AEInterest: bio-climatic design; implements idea of vertical landscaping; natural ventilated core; two spirals of green gardens are incorporated into side of building for both shade and natural beauty; outer shading windows on east and west sides

Written by Nick Dassow

September 2, 2010 at 12:38 am

Posted in Built

Leon Levy Visitor Center – New York Botanical Garden, New York

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Building: Leon Levy Visitor Center
Location: 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126
Architect: Hardy Holzman Pfeifer Associates
Completion: May 2004
Partner-in-Charge: Hugh Hardy
Project Manager: Stewart Jones
Project Designer: Gabriel Hernandez
Construction Architect: Jonathan Strauss

AEInterest: trellises around supports covered with vines; “gull-winged” roofs; designed to contour with mature trees; design allows for open airflow

Written by Nick Dassow

August 31, 2010 at 4:10 pm

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Heinz Galinski School – Berlin, Germany

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Building: Heinz Galinski School
Location: Waldschulallee 73-75, 14055 Berlin
Architect: Zvi Hecker
Completion: 1995
Structural Engineer: Gerhard Pichler
Contact Architect: Inken Baller
Construction Firm: Pegel and Sohn BmbH and Co.
Client: Judische Gemeinde zu Berlin
Budget: 23,200,000 €

AEInterest: “sunflower” shape as each petal forms a classroom; no parallel walls allow building to capture sunlight; consists of painted stucco, concrete, and corrugated aluminum

Written by Nick Dassow

August 31, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Posted in Built

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