The new $165.2 million home to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 7 will feature 1,142 parking spaces, a vehicle repair shop and warehouse space. The design-builder is Main and First Design/Build Associates, an entity composed of contractor Clark Construction, Bethesda, Md.; design architect Morphosis, Santa Monica, Calif.; and architect of record Gruen Associates, Los Angeles.
The Municipal Art Society and New Water Street Corp. have named six finalists in the design competition for the elevated public plaza at 55 Water Street, Manhattan. The winning design will be chosen Sept. 23. Finalists include: Architecture Research Office LLP, New York; William McDonough + Partners and VMDO Landscape Studio, Charlottesville, Va.; Weisz and Yoes, Judith Heinz, Michael Singer, and the Sam Schwartz Co., New York; Elyn Zimmerman and Gensler, New York, and Cheryl Barton, San Francisco; Rogers Marvel Architects and Ken Smith Landscape Architect, New York; and Chan Krieger & Associates and Carol R. Johnson Associates, both based in Cambridge, Mass.
Ohio State University has commissioned Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, Portland, Ore., and JBA Architects, Newark, Ohio, to design its 233,739-sq.-ft. Physics Research Building ,which will house offices, conference space and research laboratories.
World-renowned architect Cesar Pelli will join Philadelphia-based architect Bower Lewish Thrower in designing a 28-story, state-of-the-art multiuse building, including more than 500,000 sq. ft. of office, conference and retail space. The $150 million Cira Centre will be built just west of the current Philadelphia skyline and will connect the central business district to University City, home of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Dallas-based Turner Construction Co. is the construction manager. Completion is scheduled for late 2005.
The new Science Center at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., will be a 171-room building with molecular cell, organismal, anatomy and biology labs. The L-shaped building, designed by local design-builder Cutler Associates, will feature a 3,600-sq.-ft. greenhouse with fog, mist, wind and rain controls. The project is the third phase of a $50 million expansion.