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  • Security measures top the list of priorities in airport construction projects these days, but the new Delta Air Lines’ Terminal A at Logan International Airport in Boston also successfully addressed aesthetic and environmental concerns. Completed in September 2005 at a cost of $492 million, the 362,000 square-foot main terminal and 284,000 square-foot satellite concourse is the world’...
  • Until last fall, the Oklahoma History Society was in a 1930s-era, limestone-clad building with few windows and a “very heavy look,” says Robert Thomas, deputy executive director for the historical society.In November 2005, the society moved into the new Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, a $59 million, 215,000-square-foot museum with a three-story glass atrium that provides...
  • The $66.5 million, 370,344-square-foot addition to the Frazier Rehab Institute, part of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, made the building two times wider and three times taller. And workers built the addition while the institute and adjacent hospital remained fully open to patients.“We added 10 floors built on top of the existing five stories,” explains Bill Stone, president and chief...
  • The major addition to Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, challenged workers who had to add three stories to the five-story structure without disrupting hospital operations, says David Griffin, project manager for DGB Glass Inc. in Fort Worth. The hospital schedule dictated construction schedules, he says.DGB sent weekly construction time lines for approval from hospital...
  • A six-story glass tower and adjoining transparent atrium greet visitors to the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.The grand entrance that glows like a lantern in the evening and allows ample natural light in during the day represents quite a change from the mostly brick and windowless buildings that previously welcomed medical students,...
  • The curved façade of solar modules that greets visitors to the $25 million Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif., represents a growing trend in architecture, says Tom Mifflin, engineer for Wausau Window and Wall Systems in Wausau, Wis.“The trend in [building-integrated photovoltaics] and the solar industry in general are just growing phenomenally,” Mifflin says....
  • The architecture of the new building for the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Structural Biology Research Center in Buffalo, N.Y., expresses one overriding idea: openness.“We wanted to take the mystery out of our science,” explains Jane F. Griffin, principal research scientist at the institute. “We were very interested in having a very open building so people in the...
  • Architects from the Chicago office of DeStefano + Partners Ltd. had two design goals for Chicago’s RiverView II: blend in with the surrounding traditional brick buildings, and offer views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. To achieve this, designers used a combination of brick, precast, glass and aluminum composite on the 32-story, $110 million building.“It is not overly...
  • Owners of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto wanted the recent $52 million expansion to transform the complex into an outdoor shopping environment. However, they wanted that outdoor environment inside, under a barrel-vaulted, all-glass roof.Designers from Toronto-based MMC International Architects took on the challenge to create a point-supported glass roof without heavy steel supports...
  • Architects of the new Bronx Library Center in New York City chose to use glass to make the building stand out in a neighborhood of brick apartments and shops. The glazed building sends a welcoming message, says Daniel Heuberger, project designer from Dattner Architects & Partners in Manhattan.“The main design concern of the library was to make it appear open and accessible,”...
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