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July 2012: New Projects Portfolio

July 2012: New Projects Portfolio

Revel resort in Atlantic City; Harlem community center; home for sailors.


By By Nicole Bowling, Associate Editor | July 13, 2012
This article first appeared in the July 2012 issue of BD+C.

New entertainment resort invites guests to ‘Revel’ in Atlantic City

Revel is a $2.4-billion beachfront resort in Atlantic City, N.J., covering 20 acres and more than 6.3 million sf. The complex includes a 130,000-sf casino, four-story nightclub, retail spaces and restaurants, more than 1,800 guest rooms with ocean views, a performance venue with capacity for more than 5,000 fans, a 50,000-sf warehouse with full loading dock access, and a 7,000-vehicle parking garage. The Building Team: design architect Arquitectonica, architect of record BLT Architects, and construction manager Tishman Construction.

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Community center provides residents of West Harlem with new program spaces

A new 23,000-sf community center in Upper Manhattan is providing West Harlem residents of low- and middle-income housing with spaces for recreational, educational, and social programs. Programs provided by the Children’s Village, a public-private partnership that works with area youth, will make use of a gymnasium, classrooms, multipurpose spaces, a commercial kitchen capable of serving 200, a basketball court, a performance stage, and an arts and crafts studio. The $13-million Polo Grounds Community Center was completed by a Building Team that included New York-based architects MDSzerbaty+Associates, general contractor Omni Construction, and MEP engineers George Langer Associates.

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New facility offers a home away from home for sailors while ashore

The $67-million LEED-Gold certified John William Finn Hall–a nearly 200,000-sf residence consisting of 264 modules to house more than a thousand sailors–is now ready for move-in. Located on California’s Naval Base Coronado, the project is part of the Navy’s Homeport Ashore initiative designed to improve the quality of life for young, single sailors by giving them a place to live ashore while their ships are in port. The facility also includes a community center, multipurpose rooms, and recreation areas, and was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Building Team: San Diego architecture firms RJC Architects and Joseph Wong Design Associates, along with Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

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California elementary school promotes security, sustainability, and technology

The new Ford Elementary School in Richmond, Calif., was designed by Sally Swanson Architects to create a learning environment from a child’s point of view. The two-story, 68,000-sf building serving grades K-6 features 100% daylight in classrooms, insulation made from recycled blue jeans, and a two-pronged security system that allows for varying levels of access at different times of the day. Advanced technologies include closed-circuit cable and five internal-channel TVs that allow programs and teaching lessons to be recorded and replayed. The brightly colored school features windows, openings, and other architectural details that are reduced in size for children, as well as formal classroom spaces with educational play equipment and outdoor programs. Ford Elementary was built by Alten Construction, with assistance from SGI Construction Management.

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