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Age in Place

Belzberg Architects to bring 100 senior housing units to L.A.'s Westside
With a newly proposed plan for a 100-unit senior housing complex by Belzberg Architects, the Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) is making clear its plans to expand outside the San Fernando Valley are serious. The LAJH, with over 1,000 residents, is already the largest single-source senior housing provider in Los Angeles. Still, it seems its latest expansion can’t come soon enough. Although LAJH has yet to wrap up construction on a new, Gensler-designed campus in the coastal Playa Vista neighborhood, all 199 units in that $100 million project have already been reserved. This recently-revealed proposal will provide 100 additional units in a second location a few miles away. The new mixed-use complex, located in the Beverly-Fairfax area in L.A.’s Westside, will feature 40 independent living, 40 assisted living, and 20 guest rooms in a structure that will also contain a new synagogue for the Orthodox Jewish Congregation of Beth-Israel and a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (P.A.C.E) clinic that will be available for use by the public as well as residents. Belzberg Architects’s preliminary designs for the new six-story housing complex is a terraced apartment block whose pixelated, multi-planar facades step back from each street line to create terraces, balconies, and overhangs. Some of these areas turn the building’s corners, creating wrap-around mezzanines and loggia in a series of compositions that also include large, punched openings denoting individual apartment units. The similarly-variable ground level storefronts aim to activate the street while a rooftop terrace overlooks everything below. This approach mirrors LAJH’s Playa Vista outpost where neighborhood amenities include a library, gym, and community gathering spot. Evidently, the senior housing services provider is making a bet toward mixed-use development in an effort to keep its residents integrated with the wider community, and vice versa. According to materials released by LAJH, the mixed-use design aims to alleviate high rates of loneliness among the elderly population. The project’s public profile will surely get a boost from the P.A.C.E. clinic that both residents and community members age 55 and older will be able to use. The complex also contains a two-level, 137 stall parking garage. A timeline for construction has not been announced.
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Very Lit

Construction on NYPL's Rose Main Reading Room is complete, ahead of schedule
The New York Public Library (NYPL) has announced that the Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room will reopen to the public in October after a head-to-toe renovation. The 1911 rooms on the third floor of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (main library) on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street were closed to the public for a two-year, $12 million renovations that recreated the 27-by-33-foot James Wall Finn mural on the ceiling of the public catalogue room; restored the Rose Room's chandeliers; replicated the fallen rosette that started it all; and reinforced its 900 siblings in the two rooms. The rooms reopen to the public on October 5; visit that week to see an accompanying exhibition that is on view through October 9. Under the direction of its project manager, AECOM's Tishman Construction Corporation, renovations were completed a few months ahead of schedule. “The Library has eagerly anticipated the reopening of these glorious rooms, architectural gems which for over 100 years have been home to scholars, writers, students, and all members of the public who want to access our renowned research collections, learn, and create,” NYPL president Tony Marx said in a statement. “As great stewards of all of our libraries, we are proud of this important project, which ensures that these spectacular spaces remain as inspiring as they were on they day they opened.” This project was completed almost concurrently with Gensler and Tishman Construction's collections storage project in the same building, two levels below ground. The storage and conveyance system can accommodate 4.3 million research volumes; the library will transfer materials to its new bunker through early 2017.
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Going Up

New renderings revealed for Gensler’s C3 "vertical creative office" in Culver City
Gensler’s Los Angeles office and IDS Real Estate Group are coming together to bring a new coworking office space to Culver City, California. The project, referred to as Culver City Creative, or C3 at Culver Pointe, is currently well into construction: the concrete slabs, beams, and columns of the first two floors are already in place. A third floor is framed and underway. Ultimately, the latest addition to the region’s thriving “Silicon Beach” area will rise seven stories up, encompassing a 280,000-square-foot “vertical creative office campus.” Each floor plate is due to contain between 38,000 to 45,000 square feet of leasable space. Architecturally reminiscent of the early 20th century manufacturing structures being converted to offices elsewhere in the city, this wholly new construction will feature subdued architectural massing, with the building’s structural concrete frame and expanses of glass walls figuring prominently. Renderings for the project depict operable double height glass walls in some areas. Two of the facades contain projecting, building-wide balconies. Alternating floor plates that rise along the height of the structure, pushing beyond the building envelope, create the aforementioned balconies. Along one exposure, these balconies are connected by brightly colored staircases. The building also extends a series of Pratt truss-framed skywalks connecting the office tower to an adjacent parking garage.You can watch construction as it happens via a live camera feature on the project website.
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Kicking the Car

L.A.’s expanding menu of transit options is challenging the city’s auto-urbanism

Los Angeles’s newly completed Expo Line extension creates the first rail connection between Downtown and the Pacific coast in almost 60 years. An east-west route linking residential and employment centers at either end, the line represents an opportunity to change the characteristically low-rise region by enabling a 15.2-mile-long spine of mixed-use development. In the four years since the first spur of the Expo opened, developers have begun to wake to the untapped market for transit-oriented development along the corridor, signaling a shift not only in the ways in which Angelenos get to and from work, but where and how they live their lives beyond business hours. Now that the line has been completed, development along the western length of the corridor has sped up. Because of the transit-oriented nature of Expo-adjacent sites, designers must juggle multiple urban considerations such as density, parking, and pedestrian access. The following projects, all still under design and permitting, emphasize mixed-use configurations, offer an array of unit types, including affordable apartments, and are connected by generous, public open spaces.

Our trip down the Expo begins in Culver City, the former terminus of the line, where developers Lowe Enterprises, AECOM, and Cunningham Group have designed the 5.2-acre Ivy Station complex. The new development will sit on a current park-and-ride lot for the Expo Line and contain 200 apartments, a 150-room hotel, 200,000 square feet of offices, 75,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and 1,600 parking spaces, with 300 spots reserved for transit riders. The wedge-shaped site offers an office complex designed by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, who also serve as architects of record for that portion of the project, and a retail block along Venice Boulevard, with a multiarmed courtyard apartment complex sandwiched between it and the hotel at the eastern end of the site.

Since completion of the master plan by Cunningham Group, Killefer Flammang Architects has taken over the project’s design documentation through the development’s completion. Landscape architects Melendrez also provided site and landscape design services for the project.

On its southwest corner, the site hosts a transit stop as well as a paseo bounded along its perimeter by porous ground floor connections, including colonnades and heroic staircases. The buildings have stepped and sharply angled facades, with each of the glazed office and retail floors bound by terraces. Meanwhile, the apartments and hotel are clad in modular metal sheathing articulated as coursed masonry or geometric panels, for the apartments and hotel, respectively. Renderings showcase red floor plates and structural walls in the office and retail areas with carved out loggia and projecting balconies along the facades of the apartment blocks.

The 4.76-acre Martin Expo Town Center development at the Bundy Station further west is located on the current site of the Martin Automotive Group’s Cadillac dealership. Gensler, with landscape design by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, designed a terraced, 10-story, 160-foot tower containing 200,000 square feet of creative office spaces at the corner of the site, jaggedly staggering back and forth across its height, creating variable outdoor spaces accessible from the offices within. A mid-block paseo below is flanked by 99,000 square feet of commercial space, including a proposed 50,000-square-foot grocery store. The site’s 516 mixed-income residences are organized in a similarly terraced, seven-story perimeter block formation, with residences directly overlooking either the paseo or an interior courtyard. The complex will feature 192 studio, 181 one-bedroom, 137 two-bedroom, and six three-bedroom units. Of the total, 20 percent of residences will be affordable, with three-fourths of those affordable units operating as workforce housing and the remainder consisting of “very low income” units. “We wanted to design this project as a model transit development for L.A. by combining two things that have historically been perceived to be incompatible [here]: desirability and density,” Gensler’s design director for the project, Tom Perkins, said. “We are planning for multimodal access—including bus, metro, automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian—in order to connect with the neighborhood and create an active outdoor environment surrounded by new retail, residential, and office uses that attract local residents, office workers, and transit users.” As a part of this multimodal effort, the complex features parking stalls that are “decoupled” from the apartment units, allowing apartment dwellers to opt into renting a parking spot if they own an automobile while opening more parking spots for transit users. At the western terminus of the Expo Line in Santa Monica, two notable projects apiece by Koning Eizenberg Architects and Michael W. Folonis Architects aim to bring a variety of multifamily configurations to the coast. Koning Eizenberg Architects’ 84-foot-talldevelopment, 500 Broadway, features 249 market-rate residences and is organized as a bundled quartet of buildings connected by 35,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. The building features generously fenestrated and bifurcated facades, with louvered siding and simple, stucco walls alternating along courtyard faces. An unzipped, rumpled facade made up of extruded floor plates, canted walls, and corner windows marks the project’s northwest-facing front along Broadway. The development is notable for its commitment to exceeding the city’s affordable housing requirements, providing 64 deed-restricted affordable units around the corner at 1626 Lincoln Boulevard. This five-story structure will rent entirely to households earning 30 to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). Owners of the complex preferred an off-site location for affordable units to better provide support services for residents, like after-school tutoring and healthcare. Also, the off-site location allows for more affordable units to be built overall, since integrating as many affordable units within a market-rate complex would have been impeded by height limitations imposed on 500 Broadway’s site. 1626 Lincoln consists of 17 three-bedroom apartments, 18 two-bedroom apartments, and 29 one-bedroom apartments, and features simply rendered massing that incorporates a mix of punched windows and doors across expanses of stucco walls with storefront glazing along the ground floor. Michael W. Folonis Architects (MWFA) is working on two mixed-income projects that also push the envelope in terms of urban program and form. MWFA’s Lincoln Collection, a 90-unit, mixed-income complex featuring 13,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, is organized as a tight mass of apartment blocks connected by exterior circulation. The complex will have 18 affordable units, half of which will be set aside for households making 80 percent or less of the regional AMI, while the remaining nine affordable units are for those earning less than 50 percent of the AMI. The building’s white stucco facade is chopped up by inset, and sometimes interlocking, balconies. Walls along recessed areas are clad in blond wood or glass, as is the ceiling of a triple-height corner loggia space supported by a massive Y-column. The apartments themselves are organized around a central courtyard with a swimming pool and other leisure areas. This balcony-lined courtyard allows the building to utilize natural ventilation for individual units, while also providing an interior urban condition that is uncommon for L.A.

This “rear window” quality is better exhibited in MWFA’s 1415 5th Street project, an 84-foot tall mixed-use block that experiments with the city’s setback requirements by utilizing a mid-building doughnut hole to maintain a monolithic cornice line. MWFA’s stocky and pixelated apartment is carved into

by the designers, who, by removing more building mass than typical step-backs require, have arrived at a provocative method for embedding traditionally urban frontage in a community where development is highly contentious. “We thought we were going to have a huge fight on our hands,but [city officials] were very enthusiastic about it and encouraged us,” Folonis said. The project contains 64 units, 13 of which are affordable, and includes a mix of unit types that look out onto the complexly articulated, carved-out courtyard. These projects are among the first to make their way through planning and permitting phases since the Expo opened. Though with early ridership estimates already surpassing projections, it is likely that L.A.’s new transit corridor will soon be home to many more residents and workers.
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Daily Dose

Center for Architecture announces "Building of the Day" tours for Archtober
The Center for Architecture in New York City is organizing Building of the Day tours throughout the month of October as part of their yearly Archtober programming. Also known as Architecture and Design Month, the sixth annual edition of Archtober will feature a range of exhibitions, conferences, films, lectures, and more. The Building of the Day is a daily architect-led tour of a New York City building, starting with the Samsung 837 event space in the Meatpacking district. Tickets are now available at the Archtober website. Here is a complete schedule of tours: Oct. 1 Samsung 837 Morris Adjmi Architects; Interiors by Gensler 887 Washington Street, New York, NY 100142 Oct. 2 The Lowline Raad Studio 140 Essex Street, New York 100023 Oct. 3 Ocean Breeze Track and Fieldhouse Sage and Coombe Architects 625 Father Capodanno Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 103054 Oct. 4 David Zwirner Gallery Selldorf Architects 537 West 20th Street, New York, NY 100115 Oct. 5 Turnstyle Architecture Outfit Columbus Circle subway station, New York, NY, 100236 Oct. 6 New York State Pavilion Philip Johnson (1964) Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, NY 113557 Oct. 7 Metro Pictures Gallery 1100 Architect 519 West 24th Street, New York, NY 100118 Oct. 8 Weeksville Heritage Center Caples Jefferson Architects 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 112139 Oct. 9 Bronx Historic Post Office Studio V Architecture 558 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 1045110 Oct. 10 Schermerhorn Row Original Architect Unknown 12 Fulton Street, New York, NY 100381 Oct. 11 Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Salt Shed Dattner Architects with WXY architecture + urban design 500 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
Oct. 12 Horizon Media A+I 75 Varick Street, New York, NY 1001313 Oct. 13 New York Public Library – 53rd Street Branch TEN Arquitectos 20 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 1001914 Oct. 14 St. Ann’s Warehouse Marvel Architects 45 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 112011
Oct. 14 - 16 Open House New York Weekend Oct. 17 Pivot Architecture Workshop 201 West 16th Street, New York, 1001118 Oct. 18 Edible School Yard at PS 7, East Harlem WORKac 160 East 120th Street, New York, NY 1003519 Oct. 19 St. Patrick’s Cathedral James Renwick, Jr. (1910); Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects 625 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 1002220 Oct. 20 CRS Studio Clouds Architecture Office 123 4th Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 1000321 Oct. 21 Museum of the City of New York Joseph H. Freedlander (1932); Ennead Architects (2015) 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 1002922 Oct. 22 Industry City William Higginson (1906) 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 1123223 Oct. 23 Lever House Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 390 Park Avenue, New York, NY 1002224 Oct. 24 520 West 28th Street Zaha Hadid 520 West 28th Street, New York, NY 1000125 Oct. 25 Met Bueuer Marcel Breuer (1966); Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners (2016) 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 1002126 Oct. 26 Gould Memorial Library, Bronx Community College Stanford White 2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 1045327 Oct. 27 Knowledge Center, Columbia University Mitchell | Giurgola Architects 701 West 168th Street, New York, NY 1003228 Oct. 28 Hudson Yards Various architects Oct. 29 Japan Society Gruzen & Partners 333 West 47th Street, New York, NY 1001730 Oct. 30 The Battery Quennell Rothschild & Partners Battery Park, New York, NY 10004 Oct. 31 Pacific Park: 461 Dean Street SHoP Architects 461 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217  
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Full Crit Coming Soon

See Iwan Baan's photos of DS+R's Vagelos Education Center
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) with Gensler as executive architect, the Vagelos Education Center is filled with high-tech classrooms and facilities meant to keep Columbia University's medical students at their field's cutting edge. The Architect's Newspaper has already covered the center's facade design, and our upcoming regional East issue (available September 7) will feature a full "Crit" by professor, editor, and scholar Edward Dimendberg. We've included an excerpt of that article below, and in the meantime, enjoy the Iwan Baan pics!

This 100,000-square-foot, 14-story tower—the tallest realized by DS+R and one of the rare medical school facilities designed as an integral vertical structure—inevitably raises the question of how successfully DS+R has negotiated the jump to the larger scale and challenge of a Manhattan high-rise. Happily, nothing in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, except perhaps the somewhat perfunctory lobby, misses a beat, from the circulation and separation of complex programs to the small footplate that eliminates long, alienating corridors and the soundproofing that admits city sounds while maintaining a welcome silence. The "study cascade" side of the tower evokes the "folded noodle" of DS+R’s unrealized Eyebeam design. But here, it is subject to a rigorous logic that is likely to establish the Vagelos Center as a textbook example of a much discussed design strategy, in the late 1990s and early twenty-first century, but not often realized in an effective and definitive form.

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Glass vs. Gravity

How L.A.'s glass Skyslide stays strong 1,000 feet in the air, even through an earthquake

What is it like to whiz through a glass slide 1,000 feet above Los Angeles with nothing to hold on to other than a gray wool mat? The experience is so terrifying one would be forgiven for blocking out the memory entirely—but, thanks to the structural engineering capabilities of Brooklyn-based M. Ludvik Engineering, it is also incredibly safe. “We tested the pants off of absolutely everything,” Michael Ludvik, a structural engineer, told The Architect's Newspaper as he discussed the structural design for L.A.’s newest thrill-seeking-tourist attraction, the Skyslide at OUE Skyspace L.A.

OUE Skyspace is part of a Gensler-designed, $60 million overhaul of the public areas of the 1,018-foot-tall, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners–designed U.S. Bank Tower; the renovations include a new ground-level plaza and lobby and, on the 54th floor of the tower, a snaking labyrinth of “digital interactivity” spaces, with moody hallways, panoramic video displays, and movement-sensitive light installations.

The real big-ticket item, however, is the OUE Skyspace $8-per-ride Skyslide, a 1¼-inch-thick glass-panel slide that exits the building’s envelope at the 70th floor, curves out over the city 1,000 feet below, and swoops back onto an outdoor terrace at the 69th floor, where the rider is unceremoniously dumped onto a red, padded mat. Ludvik explained, “The majority of the glass is tempered and laminated with a special structural interlayer called SentryGlas [made by Kuraray], which is the same product used for hurricane glazing in Miami-Dade County. We also have some glass with a complex bent geometry, where tempering was not possible, so we chemically strengthened the glass to be as strong as steel.” It is no wonder that the slide, located as it is in a seismically active region, atop a building designed to sway as many as 30 feet during an earthquake, was engineered with a complex array of articulated, “soft touch” connections, containing ball joints that allow the slide to move independently of the massive building, that can carry a purported 40,000 pounds of pressure per connection (that’s the weight of a New York City subway car). “It would be scary as hell, but the glass wouldn’t break,” Ludvik said of the unlucky experience of riding the slide during an earthquake. “There is a system of pins which allow the glass to pivot and to be undamaged by the building’s inelastic seismic movements, plus a 2.4 g-force seismic acceleration capacity, all with a large factor of safety. This thing is a machine as much as a structure.”

Since each sheet of glass requires a structural joint that not only creates a point of potential structural weakness but, for the slide user, also the opportunity for a bumpy ride, Ludvik and his team designed Skyslide using Nastran, a stress analysis software used by NASA, to include as few pieces of glass as possible. They also worked with a complex, multinational team of fabricators to complete different portions of the slide. Renowned, China-based industrial-glass manufacturer North Glass fabricated the straight run of the slide, while the Italian company Sunglass crafted the curved portions.   

Also important to the design of the slide were maintenance and cleaning operations, concerns about which resulted in the installation of operable windows along the tower’s facade facing the inboard side of the slide, so a traditional window-washing rig can reach it. “I will let you know how it all works after they hang me off the side for the first maintenance inspection,” Ludvik said. 


Structural Engineering Services M. Ludvik Engineering

Structural Glass North Glass Sunglass SentryGlas by Kuraray
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Towering Ambitions

More details emerge on the massive Port of Los Angeles redevelopment

Gensler’s Los Angeles office has revealed plans for a $150 million expansion to the Port of Los Angeles by marine science and business innovation group AltaSea. Revealed plans detail a 280,000-square-foot facility encompassing a new waterfront promenade, aquaculture research center, and science hub that combines the existing dockside warehouses with a new visitor’s center and signal-house.

Three formerly industrial warehouse shells with exposed composite steel beams and original overhead trusses will house dedicated research and business development facilities for aquaculture and underwater robotics endeavors. The project’s development will be divided into phases beginning with the redevelopment of Warehouses 58 through 60, which will add 180,000 square feet of combined research and business hubs to the site. This phase also incorporates an education pavilion and wharf plaza. The second and third phases entail renovating Warehouse 57—which will contain 60,000 square feet of laboratory and classroom space—and the construction of the site’s two new structures.

Those new constructions, Berth 56 and a tower dubbed “the Viewing Structure,” are located between the arms of the two docks housing the science warehouse spaces. Berth 56 is a landscape-oriented community center with educational and exhibition spaces, as well as amenities like viewing platforms and a theater. The five-story viewing tower is located at the foot of a Berth 56’s roof terrace, which has been sculpted to blend with a street-level plaza.

Gensler expects to begin construction on the first phase of the project in 2016 with the community center set to open in 2023. 

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First look at DS+R's new 14-story "Study Cascade" at Columbia University Medical Center
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  The Vagelos Education Center is a new state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building at Columbia University Medical Center. The building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, is a 100,000-square-foot, 14-story glass tower that incorporates technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center to reflect how medicine is taught, learned, and practiced in the 21st century. The design seeks to reshape the look and feel of the medical center and create spaces that facilitate a medical education. The project, which broke ground in September 2013, comes amidst a wider campus revitalization plan for CUMC that involves increases to green space, renovations to existing buildings, and the construction of new facilities. All new construction and renovation projects within this plan work toward the goal of minimizing CUMC’s carbon footprint and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025. On a larger scale, the Vagelos Education Center will help to define the northern edge of the campus, providing a bridge to the surrounding Washington Heights community. In a press release, Elizabeth Diller, founding partner at DS+R said, “Space matters for structured and informal learning. To support Columbia’s progressive medical education program, we designed a building that will nurture collaboration.” This is reflected in the most captivating feature of the building: A highly transparent south-facing 14-story “Study Cascade,” designed to be conducive to team-based learning and teaching, that opens onto south-facing outdoor spaces and terraces. The organization of the interior spaces produces a network of social and study “neighborhoods” distributed along an exposed, interconnected vertical staircase that extends the height of the building.
  • Facade Manufacturer Josef Gartner (Glass Fin Curtainwall); Permasteelisa North America, (Unitized Curtainwall)
  • Architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (design architect); Gensler (executive architect)
  • Facade Installer Josef Gartner (Glass Fin Curtainwall); Permasteelisa North America, (Unitized Curtainwall)
  • Facade Consultants Buro Happold Consulting Engineers P.C. (curtain wall)
  • Location New York, NY
  • Date of Completion 2016
  • System GFRC panels, Unitized aluminum mullion curtain wall, and an insulated stick built glass fin curtainwall enclosing a reinforced concrete core with post-tensioned concrete slabs
  • Products Bischoff Glastechnik AG (glass) ; Josef Gartner (glass fin curtainwall); Permasteelisa North America (unitized curtainwall); David Kucera Inc. (precast glass fiber reinforced concrete cladding), IMETCO (metal panels); Bilfinger (metal screen); Resysta Tru Grain Wood Composite (exterior wood); Blumcraft / C.R.Laurence (doors)
DS+R’s design takes advantage of an incredible view of the Hudson River and the Palisades. The building is composed of cantilevered post-tensioned concrete slabs cast with Cobiax void formers to achieve a lighter weight long span system. These slabs form the basis of the Study Cascade, and spring from a site-formed reinforced concrete core providing structural shear capacity for the building. The vertical core programmatically divides the education center into two halves: a south-facing active collaborative zone, and a north-facing series of specialized spaces that include classrooms, administrative offices, and a “Simulation Center” of mock examination and operating rooms. The facade system works to visually express these two types of spaces from the exterior. The Study Cascade reads more as a continuous unfolding of the ground plane in large part due to a highly transparent stick-built curtainwall system that incorporates glass fin supports, low iron glass, and a low-e coating. GFRC paneling follows the trajectories of the formal folds of the slab edges, further defining each interior zone. Around the side and rear of the building, at the location of specialized educational spaces, the slabs normalize into a more typical repetitive spacing, and are clad with a unitized aluminum mullion curtainwall integrated with GFRC elements to provide a more controlled day lit environment. Ceramic frit glazing, set in one large gradient pattern, transitions from transparent to opaque along the side elevation, filtering and diffusing sunlight while mitigating solar gain. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the building integrates a range of sustainable features, such as locally sourced materials, green roof technologies, and an innovative mechanical system that minimizes energy and water use. In addition to specialized glazing coatings and assemblies, the facade incorporates both fixed and operable shading to optimize the regulation of daylighting and solar gain by program area. “The Vagelos Education Center started with a clear vision as a place of excellence for higher learning that would also act as a much needed social center,” said Madeline Burke-Vigeland AIA, principal at Gensler. “Because of everyone’s deep involvement, it has transformed into something that exceeds even those high expectations: a vibrant new hub for Columbia's Medical Center campus.”
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Coming to Boston

Gensler releases renderings of GE's new Boston HQ
  Fresh images of General Electric's new Boston headquarters have surfaced, courtesy of GE and architecture firm Gensler, which is based in San Francisco but has an office in Boston. Earlier this year General Electric (GE) announced they would be leaving their Fairfield, Connecticut headquarters, which they originally moved to in 1974. A new location was chosen in Fort Point on the Boston waterfront. GE will remodel two historic brick structures on the site and build a new 12 story building. The company says their new site—which will accommodate 800 employees—will encourage public employees to commute by public transportation, biking, and walking. According to Bldup, only 30 new parking spaces will be constructed on site as part of an underground garage. GE's new location, which they describe as a "campus," will include a public coffee shop, restaurant, and 1.5 acre public outdoor space. Among its other sustainable features are a rooftop solar system and vegetated roof areas. GE isn't the only major corporation to move into an urban center this year. McDonalds recently announced that they would move their headquarters from the suburb of Oak Brook to Downtown Chicago. Kraft made a similar move after their merger with Heinz. Companies who once deliberately moved out to expansive suburban campuses are finding new financial and logistical incentives to return to cities. Cities are also more attractive than suburbs to the younger generation of workers, whom GE is actively courting. According to a press release the campus will include a "Maker Space" for tech startups as well as university and high school students. The move is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2016 with employees relocating to a temporary Boston location. Their Fairfield campus will be sold, along with their offices in the building at 30 Rockefeller Center that once bore its name. This, along with incentives from the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts, will offset the moving and construction costs. The company expects the move in to be completed by the end of 2018.
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Redevelopment of Chicago's Old Main Post Office moves forward
After over 20 years sitting empty, Chicago’s Old Main Post is set to be redeveloped. The City of Chicago announced a court-approved agreement which will allow 601W Companies LLC to begin the renovations and restoration immediately. 601W is also the owner of Chicago’s AON Center, Prudential Plaza, and the former Montgomery Ward warehouse. Over the next five years, 601W will transform the multi-million-square-foot structure into office space for an estimated 12,000 workers. As part of the agreement with the city, 601W will start the renovation by replacing the roof, refurbishing the building’s facade, and restoring the buildings historic Art Deco lobby. A series of deadlines have been established for the work over 2016, 2017, and 2018. Improvements will also include new high speed elevators, public space along the river, new mechanical systems, and updated plumbing and electrical. The previous owner, International Property Developers North America, have agreed to pay $800,000 to the city for building code violations that began in 2012. 601W will work to remedy those violations as well. The Post Office was built in phases from 1921 through 1932. Designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Gensler is the design architect for the redevelopment. “With Gensler’s prior experience on the Post Office, we come with a long standing familiarity to the site and building. Additionally, our design for the redevelopment of 600 West Chicago, and our work with tech office and creative spaces in both the Merchandise Mart and Fulton Market brings added planning experience and redevelopment expertise to the Post Office project,” remarked Grant Uhlir, Principal and Managing Director of Gensler Chicago.
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For Fall 2016

Lumsden Design to revamp MoMA Design Store
The MoMA Design Store has announced plans for a renovation, courtesy U.K.-based Lumsden Design. The latest redesign of the space, which opened in 1990 and was renovated in 1999 by 1100 Architect, will allow more light into the shop. Bespoke lighting will allow the retailers to better feature the objets d'art, furniture, kitchen, and impulse-buy tchotchke collections, while a custom-made bead-blasted steel-and-glass jewelry display case will highlight the Design Store's accessories. Additional improvements will strengthen store circulation, upgrade sales systems, and enhance connections to the museum. Gensler is the executive architect. “The MoMA Design Store renovation has been a great project. Our single focus was to design a shopping experience that best showcases the unique design pieces offered in the store,” said Callum Lumsden, director of Lumsden Design, in a press release. “Our job has been to enhance the presentation of the merchandise and every decision during the design process has been significant, because the end result elevates the entire shopping experience within the store.” Among other institutions, the firm has created stores for the British Museum, Tate Modern, Universal Studios, and the National Gallery of Canada. The store, which sits across from MoMA on Manhattan's West 53rd Street, is scheduled to reopen this fall.