News - 2003

June 01, 2003 |

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., will get a $10 million facelift from CM/GC McCarthy Building Companies, St. Louis. Improvements to the museum, which opened in 1939, include improved handicapped access in the exterior courtyard; upgraded security, fire alarm, building automation, and M/E systems; and a connection between two existing structures, allowing for new elevators and a grand staircase. Completion date: early 2005.


Turner Construction Co. is the contractor for the $24 million Transitional High School in Cedar Hill, Texas, with Booher McGee & Associates, Duncanville, as architect and Huckabee/Dikita, Cedar Hill, as program manager. Spring 2005 is the anticipated completion date.

Ground has been broken for construction of a 208,271 sq. ft. satellite and operation facility in Suitland, Md., for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The designer is Morphosis, Santa Monica, Calif., with engineering by A/E Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Albany, N.Y. The facility will contain the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Services, which controls the $3 billion operational Earth-observing satellite system of the U.S. It will house $50 million in high-tech equipment and will feature a 140,000 sq. ft. “green” roof.

Fox & Fowle Architechts

Neither fox nor foul: Robert F. Fox, Jr., co-founding principal of Fox & Fowle Architects, has left the firm to set up his own practice in New York City. Fox & Fowle, known as one of the premier “green” design firms, will continue to practice under that name. Co-founder and senior principal Bruce S. Fowle, FAIA, has added Daniel J. Kaplan as senior principal. He’s working on the New York Times Building and did the Conde Nast Building and the Reuters Building in Times Square.

Boston’s RF Walsh Co. has restructured the 22-year-old PM/CM firm so that Robert F. Walsh, now chairman/CEO, can focus on new business opportunities, while Timothy J. Bonfatti, the new president/COO, manages day-to-day operations. Recent projects include Channel Center, a $400 million mixed-use warehouse redevelopment in South Boston, and Biosquare, a $350 million biotech park in the South End.

Ken Lerch is the new development director in the San Francisco office of A/E Flad & Associates, headquartered in Madison, Wis.

Across the pond, Tim Forsyth, formerly VP at RIBA, becomes executive chairman at the UK’s RPA Architecture, Ashford, Middlesex, specialists in retail design.

Nashville A/E firm Gresham, Smith & Partners has named James E. Jeffers, P.E., to its transportation engineering team. Jeffers had served 32 years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, most recently as operations director.

Julie Dunne has joined Paul H. Schwendener Inc., Westmont, Ill., as VP of business development of the family-owned CM firm.

At William A. Berry & Son construction and management firm, Danvers, Mass., Michael A. Willett is a new senior project manager, from Saylor Consulting Group, San Francisco. Engineer Kevin C. Healey, formerly with Carlson Implementation Associates, becomes a project executive.

Promotions at New York-based structural steel firm Gilsanz Murray Steficek: Joseph T. Blanchfield, RA, and Tim Barnard, P.E., to principal.

James Alotta joins HKS Inc., Dallas, as VP and construction administrator.

Joseph Collins, AIA, and Dusty Rhoads, AIA, have been named partners at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, Portland, Ore.

M. Malia & Associates, one of the top security consulting and design firms in the gaming/hospitality industry, has been acquired by North American Video, Brick, N.J., a design/build firm servicing the professional security market.

PSA Constructors, an African-American-owned PM/CM firm headquartered in Orlando, Fla., has expanded to a new office in Oakland, Calif., headed by director of business development John Clayton. PSA, founded in 1994 by Patrick Aliu, is prime PM for The Pinnacle, a $300 million historic redevelopment in Tampa, and the $1.25 billion community redevelopment for the city of Riviera Beach, Fla.

A/E Ballinger has new digs. The 200-person firm has rented 44,000 sq. ft. at 833 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. “The growth of the firm made the need for more space very evident,” says Terry Steelman, principal and design director.

Leslie E. Robertson Associates has opened an office at 170 Hamilton Ave., White Plains, N.Y. Partner Richard Zottola and senior associate Benjamin M. Cornelius will manage the consulting structural engineer’s new office.

Skanska USA Building Inc., Parsippany, N.J.,has agreed to acquire BFW Construction Co., an employee-owned construction firm in Temple, Texas, for $19 million. BFW, with 150 employees, had sales of $100 million last year. Its current order backlog, primarily in education and healthcare, is $172 million.

Bellevue, Wash.-based MulvannyG2 Architecture has opened an office in Irvine, Calif., to better serve one of its biggest clients, Costco Wholesale. VP Jim Hillier will head the new branch. The firm has also expanded operations to Shanghai, under Remond Qi, and acquired Cornerstone Architecture, a Seattle-based firm specializing in healthcare.

Omaha, Neb.-based A/E HDR has set up 15-person HDR Security Operations in Orlando, Fla., under W. Douglas Fitzgerald, an anti-terrorism expert with 25 years’ experience. Scope of activity includes vulnerability assessments for utilities and water systems.

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