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March 2012: New Projects Portfolio

March 2012: New Projects Portfolio

California apartment project brings together young and old; DOD’s largest inpatient hospital completed; and the nation’s first LEED Silver sorority house.


By By Leslie Streicher, Associate Editor | March 2, 2012
This article first appeared in the March 2012 issue of BD+C.

Claremont, Calif., apartment project brings together young and old

Jamboree Housing Corp. has completed construction on the Courier Place Apartment Homes in Claremont, Calif., one of only a few affordable housing projects in the Golden State designed to achieve LEED Platinum. A transit-oriented development, the multigenerational apartment building serves both working families and senior citizens. William Hezmalhalch Architects designed the building, and Advent Companies provided construction services. Green features include low-VOC interior paint and ultra low-flow toilets.

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60-bed hospital in Alabama admits first patients, gets new president

Madison Hospital in Madison, Ala., has officially opened for patient care. The 60-bed facility was built by Robins & Morton (GC) of Birmingham and was designed by Chapman Sisson Architects of Huntsville, Ala. HKS Architects provided healthcare design support. An emergency department, surgical center, medical imaging laboratory, and sleep center comprise the 75,000-sf facility. Executive staff from Huntsville Hospital managed the project, and Mary Lynne Wright, a 33-year-veteran nurse executive, has been appointed president of the new facility. Total project costs are estimated around $71 million.

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Defense Department’s largest inpatient hospital completed in San Antonio

The Washington, D.C., office of architecture firm RTKL Associates has completed a new hospital tower for the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas. The two-million-sf tower adds more than 100 beds, bringing the fully operational facility to 425 inpatient beds with expansion capability of more than 50 beds. Financed with more than $450 million in Base Realignment and Closure 2005 funds, the tower is the U.S. Department of Defense’s only Level 1-certified trauma center with a world-class burn and eye center and a rooftop helipad. It is the DoD’s largest inpatient hospital and ambulatory service facility in the U.S. The building is designed to recycle 50,000 gallons of water a day and achieve 21% energy cost savings over a  comparable conventional hospital. The project is set to receive LEED Silver certification.

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Nation’s first LEED Silver sorority house opens at Mississippi State

The Mississippi Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, at Mississippi State University in Starkville, has achieved LEED-NC Silver certification on its sorority house. CxGBS, the commissioning agent, worked with Pi Beta Phi and its facility management entity, Fraternity Housing Corp., to ensure project specifications and requirements for LEED certification were met. The new Pi Beta Phi House is nearly 20,000 sf and incorporates numerous sustainable features. Building Team members include Pryor & Morrow Architects and West Brothers Construction.

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Renovation of senior living community enhances tranquil residential life

Nauset Construction recently completed the renovation of The Gables at Winchester, an independent and assisted living retirement community owned and operated by Five Star Senior Living of Newton, Mass. Designed by architectural firm Levi+Wong Design Associates, the 40,000-sf project includes a stadium-style theater, library, fitness center, and bistro within the Winchester, Mass., campus. The multi-million dollar project was completed in three phases over a 14-month period to minimize disruptions to the residents. A new activity room with a grand main entrance features traditional architectural details with high-end finishes. Residents enjoy landscaped outdoor patios with stone wall seats, blue stone in-lays, and warm exterior lighting.

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Orthopedic care office repurposed to facilitate physical therapy and rehabilitation services

The Barrington Orthopedic Specialists in Elk Grove Village, Ill., has been renovated and expanded by Meridian Design Build. The project, which was completed in just 64 working days, involved the full renovation of an existing single-story office building to repurpose it for medical use. The design includes a physical therapy gym, exam rooms, cast rooms, imaging areas, and full-service rehabilitation facilities. The addition accommodates reception and waiting areas and a covered patient drop-off canopy. Arete-Knight provided architectural, structural, MEP/fire protection, and interior design services.

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