October 2012: New Projects Portfolio

Hong Kong’s pre-certified LEED Platinum building; 36,000-sf academic building at Middlesex County College; UC San Diego parking structure.

October 13, 2012 |

Region’s first platinum pre-certified building opens in busy Hong Kong luxury shopping district

Located in Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts, Hysan Place is a Grade A office building developed by Hysan Development Company and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. The 36-story mixed-used office and retail building totals around 710,000 sf in floor area. Hysan Place is the region’s first commercial project pre-certified LEED Platinum, and features enhanced daylighting, individual occupant control of natural ventilation, and public access to sky gardens. It opened in August. Gammon Construction served as contractor.

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Healthcare communications firm moves up in Chicago’s West Loop

Healthcare communications consultant Emmi Solutions’ new corporate headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop was completed by Summit Design + Build (on-site construction) and Eastlake Studios (project architect). The company was previously located on a different floor in the building, and when additional space was needed, Emmi Solutions chose to relocate and take over the entire top floor of the 12-story structure. The 20,455-sf headquarters features loft-style space with exposed masonry and mechanical systems, two large rooftop skylights, and private offices with full glass partition walls.

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New Middlesex County College building earns LEED Silver stamp

The $10 million David B. Crabiel Hall is a 36,000-sf academic building designed by DMR Architects on the main campus of Middlesex County College in Edison, N.J. The two-story project includes classrooms, computer labs, administrative offices, kitchen facilities, and meeting rooms. Certified LEED Silver, the building is fitted with occupancy sensors in each room as well as daylighting, drought-resistant plantings, low-flow water fixtures, and a highly reflective elastomeric roof coating. The Building Team also included Epic Management (construction manager), Concord Engineering (MEP), Remington & Vernick (civil/landscape engineering), and Arco Construction Group (general contractor); all firms are based in New Jersey.

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Arkansas Geriatrics Institute gets a 54,000-sf vertical facelift

The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock has undergone a 54,000-sf vertical expansion. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the expansion provides an additional four stories, including multidisciplinary research, education, and administrative spaces. A 400-foot pedestrian bridge links the institute to the network of medical center facilities and services. Others on the Building Team: Polk Stanley Wilcox (associate architect), Kenneth Jones & Associates (structural engineer), and Nabholz Construction (construction manager), all based in Arkansas.

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UC San Diego parking structure set to handle up to 1,200 vehicles

A new 500,000-sf parking structure complex serves visitors and staff of the Thornton Hospital Cardiovascular Center at the University of California, San Diego’s East Campus in La Jolla. Designed by International Parking Design, the $24-million facility includes 1,200 stalls in two adjoining garages, one of two levels, the other of five. The design-build project also features a synthetic-turf soccer pitch and archery range on top of the two-level garage. Bomel Construction, Wolf Architecture, Hope Engineering, and RBF Consulting were members of the Building Team.

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Largest stone mill in Maryland repurposed into mixed-use complex

Formerly one of the largest cotton duck producers in the world, the historic 86,000-sf Union Mill in Baltimore was restored into a mixed-use complex development for the surrounding community. Baltimore-based Seawall Development Co. repurposed the former industrial space to support local nonprofit organizations and provide housing for public school teachers new to the city. The complex features one- and two-bedroom apartments, 30,000 sf of office space, and a 1,500-sf café restaurant. Other firms on the Building Team: local firm Marks, Thomas Architects; Fairfax, Va.-based Sustainable Building Partners (energy engineer); and Columbia, Md.-based Allen & Shariff Engineering (mechanical engineer). +

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