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Fluid Dynamics

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s water-inspired facade
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The School of Freshwater Sciences is the first of its kind in the country, supporting a regional initiative to establish Milwaukee as a global hub for water-related research and technology. Located in the city's Harbor District, the project is an anchor for the re-utilization of industrial brownfield sites. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Milwaukee-based architecture firm Continuum, the project is a long, linear addition to an existing building that was once used as a ceramics factory. The facility accommodates a dock for research vessels that have direct access to Lake Michigan. Natalie Gentile, ‎associate principal at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, said the design concept was about discovering a facade solution inspired by the visual qualities of water. She said flying into Milwaukee over Lake Michigan gives a unique vantage point of the water, and provided a departure point for the school's facade concept: “We loved the way the water responds to different daylight conditions, and we were hoping to capture some of that in the building elevation." The building integrates custom TAKTL panels with a Kawneer curtain wall into a thoughtful composition of horizontal and vertical regulating lines. The majority of the exterior shell is flat, but the project team was able to produce depth and curvilinearity through subtle two-dimensionally profiled shapes. Curves were rarely—but impactfully—incorporated into the facade. Custom-profiled louvers cast undulating shadow lines over the building, while a parapet wall camouflages the reading of the facade as a flat surface.
  • Facade Manufacturer TAKTL (UHPC); Kawneer (curtain wall); Goldray Industries (glazing)
  • Architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (Design Architect); Continuum Architects + Planners, S.C. (Architect of Record)
  • Facade Installer JP Cullen
  • Facade Consultants n/a
  • Location Milwaukee, WI
  • Date of Completion 2014
  • System rainscreen, curtain wall
  • Products TAKTL panels in Kalahari finish; Centria panels; Kawneer 451T curtain wall
The primary section of the facade is flanked by a set of gently curved bays and an elliptical stairwell inspired by boat hull geometry. The curtain wall incorporates extended mullion cap extrusions of varying length, evoking verticality of dripping rain, and cantilevered panels that give the facade a sense of movement akin to the flow of water. The curtain wall system picks up the geometry established by ribbon windows on the central portion of the facade. The compositional logic of the resulting grid is a response to a state of Wisconsin requirement that limits view glass percentage on facades dependent on solar orientation—in this case, the south-facing building was allowed to be composed of 30 percent openings along its primary facade. A set of ribbon windows set to this target established a grid with spandrel glass and rainscreen panels infilling opaque areas. The project team conducted numerous color studies looking at how to add dimension to the flat facade. The team arrived at a solution that incorporated five colors into a specific patterning that utilizes a proportioning system of one-thirds of a standard panel size to limit material waste. Gentile said the panels played a significant role in producing the water-inspired visual effects she sought: "I'm really pleased with how the TAKTL panels are performing in terms of meeting our architectural goals for replicating the way water reflects light under different lighting conditions.” She said photography taken in the morning versus the evening shows how the building—clad in blue panels—can range anywhere from golden to violet hues. “We were very concerned about the sheen of the panels. We knew this modest sheen was important to getting us that changing coloration and reflectivity." Bob Barr, principal of Continuum, said the project successfully worked with the state's regulations on view glass percentage to producing an impactful facade: “To have something very visible after the limitation of the glazing is why we played so much with the patterning of the spandrel glass."
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Open Tomorrow

AN gets a glimpse at the new Apple Store coming to the WTC Transportation Hub
Tomorrow, Apple will open their newest stores inside Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center hub. Currently only Apple employees and construction staff are allowed inside the premises but The Architect's Newspaper (AN) was able to get a sneak peak. The store was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's San Francisco office. The firm is also behind the Palo Alto (Stanford) Apple Store, as well as six New York City locations: Upper West Side, Fifth Avenue, Soho, West 14th, Upper East Side, and the newest Williamsburg store in Brooklyn. With regards to their Midtown glass box design unveiled in 2006, the cubic creation spurred hysteria among Apple fans and the media, though the furore surrounding their latest Apple outlet has been slightly more subdued. For two years it's been confirmed this Apple Store would be part of the Westfield shopping complex; it will join eight other official Apple Stores across the five boroughs. The closest will be in Soho, a mere one-and-a-half miles away on 103 Prince Street. While Bohlin Cywinski Jackson doesn't specialize in retail design, the firm has established a pedigree of producing a minimalist aesthetic synonymous with Apple Stores across the globe. Here in Calatrava's all-white $4 billion “Oculus”—seemingly taylor-made for an Apple store location—the firm has not bucked this trend. Employing a glass wall that spans the store's frontage, the transparent entrance emulates their two previous designs for Apple outlets in the city. The result is, as always, a light and apparently spacious interior. Two large screens displaying products are placed at either end of the store, while Apple's typical wooden furnishings fill the open space. To the far left, a staircase can be seen heading to a floor above, however as of yet, there are no clues as to where this leads. For now, those dying to know will just have to wait until 12:00 p.m. tomorrow when the store officially opens.
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Frick'n Green

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson unveils Pittsburgh’s Frick Environmental Center
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Frick Environmental Center (FEC) in Pittsburgh will be publicly unveiled September 10th. The FEC is the first municipally owned, free and public Living Building Challenge targeted facility. The project is also built to LEED Platinum standards. The FEC will act as an environmental education center for an estimated 20,000 students from Pittsburgh public schools, along with thousands of other visitors. Located in the 644-acre Frick Park, the project will provide support spaces, fully equipped classrooms, and offices for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The FEC will be free and open to the public, and available for event rental by spring 2017. A public “living room” and gallery will welcome visitors to learn about the park’s history, its extensive trails, the building itself. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson collaborated with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on the project. The team also worked with more than 1,000 community stakeholders on the design. Along with the new building, other portions of the park will be restored, including historic gatehouses, an alleé, and fountain. To achieve the Living Building Challenge and LEED Platinum standards, the project uses 35% less energy than baseline structures. With a goal of net zero energy and water, the building will also ground-source heat pumps, radiant floors, a photovoltaic array, and a reclaimed water system. All building materials were sourced within 1,200 miles of the site and subcontractors and tradespeople were hired from the region. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has also had a local office in Pittsburgh for the past 40-years. “The September 10 celebration will give a sampling of the beautiful building and grounds, environmental education programming, and community spirit that the Center will have to offer our city for generations to come,” explained Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy founder and CEO Meg Cheever.
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Defiant Provincialism

Iwan Baan’s first look inside the Manetti Shrem Art Museum by SO-IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is set to open in Davis, California on November 13, as construction is wrapping up. The building is a collaboration of associated architects SO-IL of New York, and the San Francisco office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The museum has been in a smaller space, but this building will give it space to show off its collection, which grew from the "spirit of defiant provincialism" that took root in the Central Valley city in the 1960s to 1990s. A group of artists that is sometimes called "funk artists" included Wayne Thiebaud, who has donated 72 of his own works and 300 works by other artists to the permanent collection. In the new building, the iconic roof structure "channels the intense light of the region into constantly changing shadows and silhouettes that animate one of the museum's primary gathering spaces, the entrance plaza." The canopy evokes the surrounding hillsides and agricultural fields as it swoops from 34 feet on one side, and 12 on the other. Perforated metal infill beams—910 of them, totaling 15,200 feet—are calibrated at varying densities to provide shade, modulate light, frame spaces and passageways, and provide a new symbol for UC Davis. Just 40 small columns hold up the canopy. The museum is meant to gather students and other passersby in its transparent and open relationship to the site. Florian Idenburg, founding partner of SO-IL, called the Manetti, "neither isolated nor exclusive, but open and permeable; not a static shrine, but a constantly evolving public event." Karl Backus, design principal for Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, described a collaborative process where "teamwork has been essential and uniquely fruitful" in creating a "diverse spatial experience that encourages interaction and learning." The museum is set to open with Hoof & Foot, a performative video installation by Bay Area artist Chris Sollars, a participatory installation by Pia Camil called A Pot and a Latch, and an exhibition of SO-IL's process work called The Making of a Museum, which will include drawings, video, artifacts, and models that illustrate the entire design process from interpretation and inspiration to design and construction.
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Getting Schooled

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designs lecture hall at UC Davis
In November 2015, the University of California Office of the President mandated that the state's ten universities increase its overall enrollment by 10,000 students over the next two years. With many of the system’s urban campuses hemmed in by development controls, certain rural campuses, like those in Santa Barbara, Davis, and San Diego, were designated as high-growth sites expected to absorb most of the increased enrollment.   As a part of that expansion, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) recently began construction on a 16,365-square-foot, 580-seat lecture hall designed to offer state-of-the-art facilities for the university’s growing student population and relief from the campus’s overcrowded classrooms. The $22-million hall features a clamshell design that allows for a larger interior lecture space. This digitally-savvy lecture space features three large retractable projection screens and is flanked by two generously-proportioned and interconnected interstitial lobby areas designed to accommodate study and social functions. In a press release concerning the hall’s design, Karl Backus, design principal from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's San Francisco office stated, "The new Lecture Hall is designed to provide much needed instructional space for the University's growing enrollment. We received valuable input from administration, faculty, and students to create a highly interactive learning environment with state-of-the-art technology and advanced sustainability." The classroom is one of many projects currently under development at the university, including new international student, veterinary medicine, and graduate student centers, as well as a new recital hall, refurbished student union, and the nearly completed Manetti Shrem Museum of Art designed by Brooklyn-based SO-IL, for which BCJ is also the associated architect. These projects, completed under the banner of the university’s so-called “2020 Initiative,” will help UC Davis expand total undergraduate enrollment from about 23,844 in the 2011-12 school year to 28,850 by 2020. BCJ’s lecture hall is due to be completed in late 2018.
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Big box retail

Glass cube of retail and offices will sit next to Viñoly-designed supertall 432 Park
New York-based real estate investor Harry Macklowe, behind the Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-designed Fifth Avenue glass cube Apple Store, is working on bringing another cube to Manhattan, this time on Park Avenue. “On Tuesday, Macklowe Properties unveiled renderings for what it calls a ‘Park Avenue Cube’—a low-rise retail building adjacent (and connected) to its luxury condominium tower,” The Real Deal reports. The cube was designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects. “Together, the cube and tower will hold 130,000 square feet of retail and office space.” The cube is sited for 432 Park Avenue—also designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects—and will host two floors of retail space totaling 6,600 square feet and a Zion and Breech-designed marble plaza featuring birches. The cube will connect to the supertall condo tower via a below-ground 30,000 square-foot concourse. 432 Park Avenue, which opened at the end of 2015, is currently the tallest residence in New York City, topping out at 1,396 feet. The property was previously the site of the 1926 Drake Hotel which once accommodated celebrities (Judy Garland, Muhammad Ali, among others) and musicians and bands (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Frank Sinatra). Macklowe bought the property and hotel in 2006, and demolished the hotel in 2007. 432 Park Avenue will also feature 17,600 square feet of office space above 20,000 square feet of retail.  “There are only two markets, ultraluxury and subsidized housing,” Rafael Viñoly told The New York Times in May 2013, at the start of 432 Park construction. At the time, the first ten floors were finished, with 78 left to go.
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UNVEILED> Expedia comes to Seattle

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson reveals design for major commercial project on Puget Sound

Early this March, online travel giant Expedia released a first batch of renderings of its new campus. The company, founded in Redmond, Washington, in 1996, and now headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, has grand plans to move close to downtown Seattle on a site overlooking Puget Sound.

The company hired Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), of Seattle, to lead the design. BCJ is working on a new four-story, 600,000-square-foot building and has plans to renovate four existing buildings—once laboratories for the biopharmaceutical company Amgen—into open-style office spaces. Expedia bought the 40-acre Amgen property last spring for $229 million.

The images reveal lots of glass and green. Details are reminiscent of major West Coast tech campuses: There are hints of Apple’s curves and courtyard, along with Google’s openness. For Expedia, BCJ collaborated with PWP Landscape Architecture, campus landscape architects on projects for LinkedIn, Pixar, IBM, and Boeing. Expedia’s campus will connect to the Elliott Bay Trail—a biking, running, and walking path that links Ballard and the Olympic Sculpture Park.

If all goes as planned, construction on the first phase will start late this year, with a target move-in date of 2019. The new and renovated spaces from this phase will total 1.2 million square feet. There are two more phases under development, which could include a total of 730,000 square feet of office space, built over 15 years. The final cost of the project has not yet been set. 

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The awards aim to promote the importance of "good housing as a necessity of life."

The American Institute of Architects has chosen ten firms for the 2016 Housing Awards
Eligible projects needed to have been completed after January 1, 2011. They could be renovations or new buildings of any size, budget, or style, including mixed-use projects. Awards are be divided into four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing; One/Two Family Production Housing (none selected this year); Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. This years jury included Jamie Blosser, AIA (Chair), Atkin Olshin Schade Architects; Ariella Cohen, Editor-in-Chief of Next City; Kevin Harris, FAIA of Kevin Harris Architect, LLC; David Lee, FAIA of Stull and Lee, Inc. and Suman Sorg, FAIA of Sorg & Associates, P.C.

One/Two Family Custom Housing

This award recognizes work for custom and remodelled homes. Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, Texas - Lake|Flato Architects "Towering heritage oak trees, a steeply sloping site and aggressive setbacks from the water created challenging site constraints thoughtfully answered by the home's L-shaped footprint and orientation. A long exterior boardwalk connects a series of structures that stair step down the hillside, crossing a 75-foot lap pool and terminating at a screened pavilion by the water’s edge." Jury Comments: "Nicely detailed, fully cohesive design strategy with water and nature being primary influences. This feels very place based and perfect for its setting in Texas. Artful composition of masses. Delicate placement amidst mature landscape and Creek waterfront views." Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, CO - Bohlin Cywinski Jackson "The house stretches between two knolls, forming a threshold to the views. A series of textured Vals quartzite walls extend into the landscape on either side, giving weight to the lower level. The upper volume is a glass and wood pavilion with a roof that floats on slender stainless steel columns. Its position on the site, linear shape and the use of glass, steel and quartzite gives great strength to this mountain home." Jury Comments: "Beautiful use of stone and lines to frame views of conservation land. A stunning house. A simply spectacular house totally attuned to its Aspen setting. The views are spectacular at every angle." Island Residence; Honolulu - Bohlin Cywinski Jackson "Situated on the Ocean’s coastline at a corner of an ancient fishpond, this private residence reflects the culture of the Hawaiian Islands by embracing its lush surroundings. The house has diverse outdoor spaces and a highly transparent envelope with intimate views of the landscape, the coastal reef and the surf. Jury Comments: "Excellent place based design marrying modernism with hand crafted details. An exciting take on a vernacular, providing a real warmth and openness. Lovely cultural references to both Hawaii and Japan." Newberg Residence; Newberg, OR - Cutler Anderson Architects "This single-family 1,440 square foot residence and 550 sf guest house was designed so the owners can connect with the wild creatures that come to water regularly. The design attempts to make the pond and residence a single entity via entry through the forest, over a bridge from the north end of the pond." Jury Comments: "Elegant design demonstrates joy of living with nature - not requiring a grand vista or dramatic landscape. Thoughtful siting as bridge over pond, elegantly detailed. Simple, clean proportions, warm wood interiors." Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MS - Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. "This house, located in Jackson, Mississippi, is designed as a scaffold for the experience of moving between these conditions, to inhabit and interpret each of them over time. It is shaped to draw the outdoors in, lure the family out, and provide an environmentally rich palette of spaces to accommodate the process of habitation." Jury Comments: "Understated, well designed home. Multiple functions of builtins nice feature, as is choice of materials - slate and pecan. A really, really nice L shaped residence."

Multifamily Living

This award looks at the integration of the building(s) into their site, using both open and recreational space, transportation options and features that contribute to liveable communities. Both high- and low-density projects were considered. 1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco - Mithun | Solomon (initiated as WRT/Solomon E.T.C.)* "The project occupies a full city block with a multi-level courtyard accessing tenant services, daycare, community gardens and common spaces. A generous community room serves the larger neighborhood as well as the project. Amenities emphasize fitness, nutrition, education and community life. It houses 150 low income and formerly homeless households, plus 10,000 square feet of restaurants and retail." *Associate Design Architect: Kennerly Architecture & Planning Jury Comments: "This is a really cool project! It does some really neat things architecturally and is rich in many ways. San Francisco sorely needs affordable housing and this is a perfect location re: transit and accessibility. To live here you have to won the housing lottery!" Cloverdale749; Los Angeles - Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects "Cloverdale749’s integration with its surroundings is upheld by carefully considered deck, window, and walkway placements wherein LOHA established a veil of transformable layers to promote a hybridized relationship between private and public spheres. Incorporating passively sustainable elements in the exterior cladding helps reduce the solar heat load on the building and its energy expenditures for cooling." Jury Comments: "Nice understated design. Rigorously developed and is an upgrade in its context. Very well thought out, detailed, and elegant resolution from a simple, rather banal ships container reference."

Specialized Housing

The Special Housing award acknowledges design that meets the unique needs of other specialized housing types, including housign for the disabled, residential rehabilitation programs, domestic violence shelters, and among others. Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA - William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. "The Commonwealth Honors College Community brings together all classes of students in a mix of unit types that provides 1,500 beds in seven new buildings. The buildings are organized around intimately scaled courtyards that step down the hillside, creating the sense of an academic village for the University of Massachusetts Honors Community." Jury Comments: "Rich mixture of campus buildings resembling an Italian hill town. So impressed that at every scale it was well thought out and integrated. They spent so much time on careful spaces for social engagement." Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles - LEO A DALY "As part of the Nation’s vanguard effort to house its homeless veterans, the design team of Leo A Daly took a historic structure on the VA’s West Los Angeles medical campus, a building that had been vacant for decades, and repurposed it, turning Building 209—a 1940’s-era clinic building—into an inviting new home for veterans. In the process, the building’s exterior, designated a historic landmark by the Secretary of the Interior, was fully restored, and the former mental hospital transformed into modern therapeutic housing for 65 formerly homeless veterans." Jury Comments: "Spaces, landscaping, and rooms afford a believable sense of importance of and gratitude towards the residents. Respectful of the original building, and respectful of the occupants on the inside. This carefully considered the specific building users and their particular therapeutic needs." Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MN - HGA "Nestled into the hillside of a new regional park, three camper cabins riff on the idea of a tree house entered from a bridge at the crest of a hill. Built on concrete piers to minimize environmental impact, the 227-square-foot cabins with an 80-square-foot deck feature red cedar glulam chassis, cedar and pine framing, and red cedar cladding. Two full-size bunks, dining and sitting areas accommodate four individuals, with a sleeper sofa and folding seating accommodating up to two more. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame views of the forest." Jury Comments: "Beautiful simplicity. Colors, materials, and textures reinforce the undisturbed natural habitat. The light footprint is lovely and the low impact on the environment is wonderful."
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Construction underway on SO-IL–designed UC Davis Art Museum
UC Davis is set to open the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art to the public on November 13. After choosing SO-IL to design its on-campus museum in 2013, the school has been hard at work constructing what it envisions as a "hub of creative practice." Working alongside San Francisco-based firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Whiting Turner, the museum features a 50,000-square-foot canopy made from aluminum triangular beams. The canopy is supported by straight and curved glass walls interweaving both open and closed spaces. Its shape, according to SO-IL, represents a "new symbol" for the campus with its natural surroundings of long, green plains making up the sensory landscape of UC Davis. In its designs, SO-IL emphasized the importance of capturing the essence of the California Central Valley. Changes in season and lighting will be reflected from within the museum which will play host to a variety of activities and programs both informal and formal. The inaugural show will feature work from artists Arneson, William T. Wiley, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebaud and Ruth Horsting among others. And with the date for its grand opening months away, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum looks set to become a site of interactive and cutting edge learning.
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Armour All
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson overhauls a waterfront big box store into Under Armour's corporate headquarters.
Jeffrey Totaru Photography/Courtesy Under Armour

Eighteen months ago, the former Sam’s Club in south Baltimore was one of hundreds of “dead” big-box stores that were abandoned by their former operators due to poor sales.

Today, the Sam’s Club has been reborn as a bustling workplace for up to 600 employees, complete with a fitness center, auditorium, commissary, and a wide range of work settings.

Under Armour, the sports apparel giant based in Baltimore, saw opportunity where others saw misfortune. It hired Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) to transform the vacant big-box store into a high-performance workplace for its financial and accounting, IT, supply chain, legal, and corporate real estate divisions.

The result is an adaptive reuse project that gives Under Armour 170,000 square feet of flexible workspace. Renamed Building 37, it’s the first structure to be completed
on a 50-acre waterfront campus where Under Armour plans to build a new global headquarters with up to 3.9 million square feet of space for 10,000 employees and BCJ as the master planner.

 

Besides addressing Under Armour’s space needs, Building 37 provides valuable lessons in ways to recycle big-box stores that are sitting vacant all around the country, such as the 154 U.S. stores Walmart closed in January.

“We really turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse,” said BCJ partner Frank Grauman, principal-in-charge of master planning for the Under Armour campus. “White elephant buildings like this are a national problem. I think a lot of communities would benefit from a solution like this.”

Grauman believes that the same design approach would work equally well for vacant big box stores in the suburbs, which tend to be surrounded by housing.  “Being near where people live,” he said, “makes it even better.”

The vacant Sam’s Club wholesale store had 130,000 square feet of space and ceiling heights ranging from 25 to 30 feet. It was sitting on a peninsula that was purchased for Under Armour’s new headquarters and offers sweeping views of the Patapsco River—a condition Sam’s Club didn’t utilize.

 

Under Grauman, principal-in-charge Mike Maiese, and project manager Monica Barton, BCJ made a series of design moves that transformed the building for its new use and helped it take better advantage of its waterfront setting.

First, the architects reoriented the building to the waterfront by opening up its rear wall and inserting floor-to-ceiling windows that provide framed views of the river beyond. “That was our aha moment,” Grauman said.

To help reorient the building to the water, the designers set aside a circulation zone just inside the newly glazed wall facing the river and made it all collaborative space, with sofas, chairs, and work stations not assigned to any one employee.

The architects also located all private offices near the center of the building to “democratize” the perimeter and give every employee access to natural light and views. They added a mezzanine level with 40,000 square feet of workspace but kept double-height spaces around most of the perimeter to retain a sense of openness. To avoid a claustrophobic feeling, BCJ removed the cornices, parapets, and piers, and introduced open stairways, giving the building a clean, modern look. Then, they shifted the main entrance to the building’s north side, where they used super graphics and a projecting wall to mark the arrival point.

For all its innovative ideas, Building 37 is not considered a permanent part of Under Armour’s campus. In the master plan showing the full build-out of the global headquarters, it’s nowhere to be found. Grauman said that even though the recycled building suits the company’s needs now, there likely will come a time when the land is too valuable for a two-story structure, and it will make economic sense to replace it with a larger one.

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Energy strategist Sangeetha Divakar on the role of digital techniques in facade design
Digital techniques including parametrization play an increasingly important role in the work of many architects, engineers, and builders, especially those involved in the design and fabrication of high performance facades. "Parametrization is a critical path for facade design," observed Perkins+Will energy strategist Sangeetha Divakar. "A choice set of digital tools are being used to achieve this, especially when design options are optimized in response to several end goal parameters." Divakar will share lessons learned from her work in Seattle and elsewhere next week at Facades+AM Seattle. Her co-presenters on "Combined Modeling Efforts for the Optimized Facade: Models, Methods, Materials" include Morrison Hershfield principal Stéphane Hoffman and Richard Green, of Front, Inc. As someone particularly attuned to environmental performance, said Divakar, "What excites me the most in facade systems optimization now is that the line demarcating design parametrization and energy analysis parametrization is fast disappearing." But while the worlds of aesthetics and energy analysis are more integrated than ever, gaps remain elsewhere. In particular, Divakar pinpointed a need for "a direct integration of facade parametrization with engineering parametrization." Hear more about cutting-edge digital design tools including parametrization from Divakar, Hoffman, and Green on December 4 at Facades+AM Seattle. The symposium, a half-day version of the popular Facades+ conference series, features three sessions on hot topics in facade design and construction, with a special focus on designing and building for the Pacific Northwest. Learn more and register today at the Facades+AM website.
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Bohlin in Baltimore
The Waterfront at Canton Crossing, by Elkus Manfredi Architects.
Courtesy Corporate Office Properties Trust

For years, a massive car repair shop sat dormant and awaiting redevelopment near the south Baltimore waterfront, part of a “proposed $110 million aquatic life center that never materialized. But now the building is finally getting recycled for a different use—a 21st century “maker space” where activities will range from 3D printing and shoe design to glass blowing and blacksmithing.

The garage conversion is one of several projects underway by Sagamore Development, the real estate arm of Kevin Plank, CEO of the Baltimore-based sportswear giant Under Armour. Sagamore and its affiliates have acquired 230 acres in South Baltimore to build a new headquarters for Under Armour.

The team wants to create an urban waterfront campus that will mix office and manufacturing spaces with housing, recreational areas, commercial space, and even a whiskey distillery called Sagamore Spirit. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Philadelphia is the master planner for the multi-phase project, which is expected to cost well over $1 billion.

But Under Armour is not the only company in town raising eyebrows with a billion-dollar development project. Cranes are filling the Baltimore sky like never before.

 

Around the city, there are no fewer than six projects by single-developer teams that are each expected to represent investments of more than $1 billion. (A seventh is just outside the city limits on the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. steel mill site at Sparrows Point.)

All of these were in the works before the civil unrest in late April following the death of West Baltimore resident Freddie Gray, who died after suffering injuries while in police custody. At least one of these projects has actually grown in scope since the spring.

“While some might expect that the recent unrest had a chilling effect on development, Baltimore has experienced the exact opposite—developers are working with a sense of urgency and resolve to ‘build it now,’” said William H. Cole, president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corp., a quasi-public agency that oversees development citywide. “That type of resolve is encouraging and hopefully will lead to a more successful future for all residents in Baltimore City.”

Developers say their projects are moving ahead because most were so far along in the pipeline—with funding sources in place—that the riots didn’t stop them. They also note that the mega-developments are mostly in East or South Baltimore, miles away from the epicenter of the civil unrest, a poor section of West Baltimore known as Sandtown.

Three of the billion-dollar projects represent the continued march of development eastward from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor renewal area, where redevelopment began in the 1960s.

The Exelon Tower site is part of Harbor Point, one of a host of billion-dollar projects underway in Baltimore.
Courtesy BHC Architects
 

They include:

Harbor East: This mini-city of hotels, condominiums, offices, and shops is located just east of the Inner Harbor. Stan Eckstut, then with Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn of New York, along with Cho Benn Holback + Associates of Baltimore, provided the original master plan. The developer is Baltimore baker John Paterakis’ H&S Properties.  One of the latest projects is an addition to the Four Seasons Hotel that will contain condominium residences. Beatty Harvey Coco is the architect.
Harbor Point: A mixed-use community sits on the site of the former AlliedSignal chromium plant, a Superfund property that has been cleaned up and capped for redevelopment. Ayers Saint Gross provided the master plan for Beatty Development.
The Waterfront at Canton Crossing: This mixed-use community will be on a former industrial site farther east in Canton that includes more than two million square feet of office and retail space, a residential tower up to 40 stories high, a 200 slip marina, recreational open space, and 7000 parking spaces. Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston is the master planner for Corporate Office Properties Trust of Columbia, Maryland. Architect David Manfredi says the eastward march of development along Baltimore’s waterfront—which is turning Baltimore from a compact urban center into a linear city—is “kind of manifest destiny.”
Health care and medical research are also driving three other billion-dollar projects.

Johns Hopkins Hospital Expansion: Completed in 2012 for $1.1 billion, Johns Hopkins Medicine expanded its existing hospital to included a 12-story adult care tower and a 12-story children’s tower, both designed by Perkins + Will, following a master plan by Cooper, Robertson & Partners. Hopkins is now renovating nearly a dozen buildings that were fully or partially vacated when their occupants moved to the new towers, in a $250 million, 300,000-square-foot “back-fill” project that is one of the largest adaptive reuse projects in the country.

Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins: North of Hopkins’ medical campus, Forest City Enterprises and the New East Baltimore Partnership are building this 31-acre community with research labs, offices, a hotel, and commercial space around a central park. Sasaki Associates prepared the master plan.

University of Maryland BioPark: Another fast growing hub of research labs and medical facilities on the west side of downtown.

Sparrows Point redevelopment: The biggest project in terms of acreage, James C. Davis and Redwood Capital Investments are transforming the former Sparrows Point property, which, in its heyday during the 1950s and 1960s, was the largest steel mill in the world. With roughly 3,000 acres, it is expected to become one of the largest commercial developments on the East Coast.