Case Studies

Eastlake Studio, Chicago

Blending Historic with Modern

Studio unites historic architecture and modern design for collaborative office space. Eastlake Studio was faced with adversity when plans to convert the building that had been their long-time residence to a hotel and condos became a reality. The studio had been residing in Chicago’s Tribune Tower, for approximately three decades. The change of vocation of the tower from commercial to mixed-use residential provided the architecture firm an opportunity to address the challenges of the former office while opting to move to another historic building. The limitations of the original office were motivators for designing the new space. According to Kevin Kamien, principal at Eastlake Studio,

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Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, Calif.

Casino Lobby Maintains Design

Pechanga Resort & Casino has undergone a major expansion that nearly doubled the size of the existing lobby and registration area. To maintain continuity of design with the existing lobby, the design team chose a custom linear metal ceiling in a wood-look finish. The growing popularity of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., triggered a major expansion that nearly doubled the size of the existing lobby and registration area.When designing the new addition, which features a glass atrium that streams daylight into the expanded lobby, the design team from Klai Juba Wald Interiors, of Las Vegas, was charged with incorporating some of the existing feature elements into t

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University of the District of Columbia Student Center Entrance

A Sense of Place

The new student center at the University of the District of Columbia was designed to create a sense of welcome to an urban campus that has long been seen as something of an afterthought. The four-year college has undertaken a major redesign to reposition itself in the dense, Van Ness neighborhood, and the student center’s entrance plaza certainly sets a stage for the upgrades that have taken place.Landscape architects with D.C.-based Lee and Assocs. took the lead on the plaza design—the student center was the work of CannonDesign, in collaboration with Marshall Moya Design. The entire project is one of only two student unions in the U.S. to earn leed Platinum.The university has t

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University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Sciences

Driven by Data

The University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y., began accepting students to its new Goergen Institute of Data Science program in fall 2015, and two years later the school opened the doors to an ambitious new facility to house the effort.The building features a creative façade design by Kennedy & Violich Architects (KVA) that plays with the theme of a data-centric mission, offering a “coded” indicator of the work going on within its walls. At the same time, it also ties this very modern building to the larger campus, with its roots back to the 1930s.The campus is the university’s third home and was originally built as its College for Men in 1930. Its oldest buildings fe

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Suspended Animation

On the campus side, light-colored brick, along with concrete, predominates, drawing on the limestone shades of the school’s oldest structures. The town side, however, features brick in deep red tones. For this building, New York City-based Weiss/Manfredi brought those downtown hues onto campus, combining millennia-old masonry technology with cutting-edge architecture to create a high-performance structure that’s also become a teaching tool.Aiming for LEED Platinum certification, Weiss/Manfredi’s architects selected brick that was produced locally. And they got their own lessons in how brick is fired and in how its color can shift based on how it’s produced from suppli

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Univ. of Delaware Reimagined

By using non-traditional materials, like undulating coiled wire fabric walls and ceiling treatments, the new iSuite boasts an impeccable, award-winning design. Designed by Page, the former metal foundry turned iSuite includes a cyber range, collaborative hub and a maker space. Working with the college directly, the facility was designed using Page’s 3D printers and a student-created virtual reality model, developing a half-scale mockup to demonstrate that inverting the metal fabric would, in fact, be successful.“We’ve seen metal fabric draped as a catenary before, but this is the first time someone has used Fabricoil in the ‘wrong direction,’” says Lou Kru

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UCLA Athletics, Los Angeles, Cailf.

UCLA Scores Big with Smart Lighting Retrofit

The university’s athletics department featured a lighting control retrofit, which helped the football team’s operations and assisted in meeting California’s stringent energy codes. Implement a lighting controls retrofit that would serve UCLA Athletics, as well as help meet California’s tough energy codes. Given Title 24’s stringent requirements, the most efficient light is one that is off. In fact, the quest to retrofit began when someone said, “Hey, turn the lights off.”

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Climb Every Mountain

Effectively simulating a natural outdoor environment thanks to Solatube Daylighting Systems, climbers are flocking to the indoor Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center in San Diego. A combination of amplifiers, diffusers and daylighting systems are thoughtfully designed to throw light in different directions creating a natural depth perception. 

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Colorful Solution

Designers with Missoula, Mont.-based In2itive Architecture decided late in the building process to punch up the color of the façade for a new medical facility in their hometown. The four-story headquarters for Consumer Direct Care Network now features more than 18,000 sq. ft. of Envelope 2000 composite panels in Regal Blue, Sky Blue and Silver Grey. 

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