September 2012: On the Drawing Board

Luxury apartments in Irvine, Calif.; new HQ for Kansas Health Foundation; Atlanta data center powers up; Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music.

September 07, 2012

Long-delayed luxury apartments take a step closer to reality

Carlyle at Colton Plaza is a residential community in Irvine, Calif., designed by Los Angeles-based KTGY Group. Developer/owner New Pacific Realty Corp. acquired the project in 2009 after plans stalled due to the financial downturn. Commercial builder Bernards is now set to construct the project, located near Orange County’s John Wayne Airport. The development consists of 156 luxury units, including two- and three-bedroom and penthouse residences; units range in size from 1,240 sf to 1,580 sf. Building amenities include a resort-style pool and spa, fitness center, two-story lobby, and controlled-access entry. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2013.



Nanjing University to build 650,000-sf engineering/applied sciences complex

The new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences building at Nanjing University in China will house four academic departments as well as six interdisciplinary research centers, a conference center, and common areas. The 650,000-sf building will accommodate more than 1,600 students and faculty. Design firm HDR was selected to provide conceptual and schematic design services and a master plan for the new facility, which will be located at the university’s new Xianlin Campus.



Kansas Health Foundation readies new HQ for its leadership affiliate

A new 36,000-sf state headquarters and conference center for the Kansas Health Foundation broke ground in July. The three-story building, located near the Foundation’s existing facility, will be home to the Kansas Leadership Center, a leadership development organization established in 2005, and will feature offices, classroom spaces, and a 210-seat auditorium. Completion is slated for July 2013, with Opus Design Build serving as design-builder and Opus AE Group as architect and engineer of record. Both firms are part of the Minneapolis-based Opus Group family of real estate companies. 



New seating, ADA-compliant facilities head lineup of PNC Field renovations

Reconstruction is under way at Lackawanna County’s PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. With Ewing Cole serving as designer and Alvin H. Butz as construction manager, more than 90,000 sf of the stadium will be renovated. New suite and club level seating will replace the upper deck. Concession stands, restrooms, locker rooms, and administrative areas will be upgraded to ADA compliance. Following the project’s planned completion in spring 2013, PNC Field will have a 10,000-seat capacity for fans of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.



Atlanta data center powers up with an 80,000-sf expansion

Internap Network Services Corp. is adding 80,000 sf to its data center in Atlanta to meet growing demand for high-performance IT infrastructure services. The expansion will include scalable, high-density power and high-efficiency cooling options, and also incorporate a Symmetra MW uninterruptible power supply from APC by Schneider Electric, enabling power configurations of up to 12 kW per rack. Additional spaces include customer amenities, conference rooms, and offices. Kajima Building & Design Group and Randy Ortiz, Internap’s Vice President of Data Center Engineering and Design, are collaborating on the project. 



Northwestern’s music school awaits new home on Evanston campus 

The new home of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music will be located just south of the school’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the southeastern edge of the Evanston campus. The 152,000-sf building will feature a 400-seat recital hall and a 150-seat opera rehearsal room-cum-black box theater. The project is slated to achieve at least LEED Silver certification. Building Team: Goettsch Partners (architect), Thornton Tomasetti (structural engineer), Cosentini Associates (MEP engineer), and Power Construction (general contractor). Planned completion: 2015.+


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