Case Studies

Park Transformation Creates Sense of Discovery

From a public landfill in the mid-1800s to a world-class public park in a Midwestern city of 100,000, South Bend, Indiana’s Howard Park has become the city’s marquee park. The park has undergone several iterations since its opening in 1899, but over the decades had fallen into disrepair. The park grounds and community center were aging and underused, and the ice rink no longer operational. That all changed in November 2019 when the community celebrated Howard Park’s transformation. Alliance Architects was selected to design the 13-acre park. Alliance Architects’ Bill Lamie, aia, the principal leading the project, tapped Landscape Architect Kevin Clark, from The Lakota

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Mesh Screens Underline Exclusivity of Qatar Airport

Hamad International Airport places emphasis on extraordinary design, maximum efficiency when handling passengers and freight, and a luxurious atmosphere and sustainability. The Hamad International Airport (HIA) in the capital city Doha, Qatar, is open for passengers after a decade of pioneering design, engineering and construction work. Once all work has been completed, up to 50 million passengers and 2.5 million metric tons of freight will be processed every year. The strategically important location between East and West makes it an important international hub.In order to convey the country’s culture, which is equally oriented towards the future and tradition, the airport places emph

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University of Central Missouri Elliott Student Union, Warrensburg, Mo.

Enhancing the ‘Campus Living Room’

KWK Architects, partnering with CannonDesign, has completed a 15- to 20-year renovation masterplan for the University of Central Missouri’s Elliott Student Union, a 165,000-sq.-ft. social hub affectionately known as the “campus living room.” Most recently, kwk completed design and construction administration for implementing Phase 1 of the masterplan, which included a redesigned, modern main entrance and a new 280-seat multi-purpose auditorium addition. The total construction cost of Phase I was approximately $7 million. The new entrance was completed in fall 2019, while the new auditorium was completed in spring 2020.The planning team worked closely with university leaders

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Rhode Island Hotel Waterfront Deck on Schedule with Decking Installation Innovation

Behan Bros. completes Newport’s Hammetts Wharf Hotel Property and massive waterfront deck on schedule. Located along the district’s historic America’s Cup Ave., Hammetts Wharf Hotel, a three-story boutique hotel, will serve as the focal point for this ambitious mixed-use expansion. The $29 million endeavor includes 84 guest rooms, a 4000-sq.-ft. restaurant, 3000 sq. ft. of dedicated retail space and 1000 sq. ft. of office space. Behan Bros. coordinated multiple aspects of the Newport Wharf expansion, including construction of a 20,000-sq.-ft. tropical hardwood “Ipe” horseshoe-shaped deck connected to the hotel, which will provide guests and pedestrians with swee

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Grand Concourse Academy Charter School, Bronx, NY

Color and Protection Highlight New Charter School

The Bronx’s Grand Concourse Academy Charter School found the right mix that helped the school stand out in the neighborhood—becoming a bright, engaging, inviting place—and stand up to the elements as well. Lubrano Ciavarra Architects (LCA) saw two great challenges when they set about designing Grand Concourse Academy Charter School. One, they needed to make the school stand out amid the sea of red brick that pervades the Bronx neighborhood. And two, they had to design a building that would stand up to the elements—wind, rain, snow and, of course, kids being kids.

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Getting in Tune

When it made the decision to relocate its Washington D.C. office, Michael Best LLC mapped out a laundry list of both critical and aspirational items it wanted to incorporate into the design of its new space. Being a firm that was growing its intellectual property book of business, it had first-hand knowledge of new and emerging technologies that could make the new space one of the most innovative, comfortable and appealing in the entire city.LED lighting controlled by color temperature tuning capabilities was at the top of the list. What began as an item on the wish list is now one of the first commercial office environments where SpectraSync Color Tuning Technology from Hubbell Control Solu

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Waterfront Magic

The idea for The Wharf light display began with the desire to create floating circles of light for The Wharf, a waterfront development in Washington, D.C. Debra Gilmore, president and Principal of Gilmore Lighting Design, utilized layers of light to establish a visual hierarchy relating to activity within the locations. One challenge was selecting entry plaza lighting. Functional light with a minimal energy footprint was needed and Gilmore wanted a more unique solution than typical festoon string lighting. The team developed an innovative entry solution comprised of an angled catenary system using suspended, glowing custom LED rings that provide functional egress illumination while adding an

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Aloft Hotel, Ocean City, Md.

Dovetailing the Benefits

A long-span, “thin slab” floor structure, the Dovetail composite floor deck was used by Iott Architecture & Engineering to build the new Aloft Hotel in Ocean City, Md. Dovetail long-span composite floor deck helped the architect of this hotel project save millions in construction costs and shorten the project timeline by months. The project took 14 months from foundation to certificate of occupancy—2.5 to 3 months quicker than what would have been possible using post-tensioned concrete. Compressing the schedule was important in order for the hotel to book the entire summer tourist season. Along with meeting the opening date, crucial to the project was containing costs a

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Bottega Veneta Storefront, Miami, Fla.

Curved Windows Add Aesthetic Touch

Fenex provided beautiful curved windows for a renovation project for a high-end retailer in the Miami Design District, Bottega Veneta, a luxury fashion house from Milan, Italy. The district is home to many flagship international luxury stores, art galleries and award-winning restaurants, so meeting the look and feel for this project was key.Fenex worked with the design team to create this unique one-of-a kind window system, that was impact-rated, but also met the client’s aesthetic desires. Due to Miami’s strict standards for wind and impact protection, this window system had a custom configuration of structural interlayer along with its unique frame that would protect this store

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The Heights, Arlington, Va.

Stacked for Success

While public schools may not be known for their forward-thinking designs, The Heights Building in Arlington, Va., is the exception. Merging two existing secondary schools—the H-B Woodlawn Program and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program—into a new 180,000-sq.-ft. building housing 775 students. The building exemplifies modern architecture, energy efficiency and a sense of community that connects students with the surrounding neighborhood as well as a focus on indoor-outdoor learning.Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in connection with Leo A. Daly, designed the school with a bold, energetic vision to support both schools’ unique student bodies—H-B Woodlawn’s visual and per

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