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AN’s annual resource list may be published every year but it is never the same. Painstakingly drawn from extensive interviews by our editors with the architects and builders of the best architecture of 2011, these names are the too-often unacknowledged cornerstones that guarantee the quality and excellence of today’s architecture. We both herald and share them with you.
General Contractor / Project Manager
Arroyo Contracting Corp.
Brad Feinkopf (left) AND Albert Vecerka/Esto (right)
“Arroyo Contracting did a good job on the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator. It was a complicated project with many angled walls and corners. They looked into new ways of working, moving from their background in traditional design to contemporary design.”
“Graciano has experienced masons that know how to work with terracotta and its reinstallation, using pieces that were reconditioned and some that were brand new.”
“We were fortunate to have RC Dolner build the Atrium. They had just finished the Greek and Roman galleries at the Met; we were confident they could make elegant and refined traditional detailing. At the Atrium they were able to apply their same high standards in a modern setting.”
“Yorke’s level of service was outstanding. The site superintendent in particular was exemplary and always in contact with us about how the construction was affecting the design. That attitude then filtered down to the contractor and subcontractors.”
“John Riner of PW Grosser is one of the handful of consultants in this area who has substantial experience with open loop wells.”
“We have worked on several historic buildings in New York, but when they are as high profile or popular as the Puck Building, you need a consultant who understands these types of spaces. EBM Structural Engineers is one of the preeminent firms in New York with vast experience in adaptive reuse in a historic context. We worked with Ken Eipel and Rich Grabowski on the REI Soho project and their expertise as historians on New York architecture made them valuable partners for Callison.”
“Joseph R. Loring and Associates anticipated issues at NYU SCPS and worked creatively with the design team to insert contemporary mechanical systems into an existing building with a complex new program.”
“Cantor Seinuk developed a core outrigger wall design that eliminated a lot of sheer walls, which helped a lot with the very complicated unit layouts at 8 Spruce. We just find them to be the best when it comes to structural engineers.”
“Edward Messina at Severud Associates is known as ‘Fast Eddie’ around our business because you call him up and he’s right over.”
“DeSimone designed the tree column and the big spans for Centra. It was a big effort to make that happen. They’re a really great engineering firm, and one thing that they’re great at is keeping the design team and client comfortable with very complicated things and also working with the construction team, while keeping everything on schedule.”
“The North Carolina Museum of Art is really all about daylight, and Arup did an extraordinary job calculating the amount of natural and artificial light and how it combined throughout the space.”
“At Clyfford Still, everything you see is structure. So KPFF's role was very key, especially in translating the structural design so it would be read in the perforated ceilings where the tolerances were very tricky, combined with reinforcing with rebar to maintain a crack-free finish.”
Facade & curtain wall
Island International Exterior Fabricators
david seide (left) AND Robert Garneau (right)
“Gordon Smith is a tried and true Manhattan curtain wall consultant. He kept us out of trouble and found good value for the wall at Centra. We could barely afford a curtain wall for this building and he helped us sneak it in and detail it really well so we can sleep at night.”
“There’s a learning curve on installing a European curtain wall system. Architectural Metal Fabricators took a real interest in jumping in and getting a technical understanding of the system.”
“Front was the key to unlocking the prefab facade at Via Verde. It cost a bit more, but it was faster to put together on site. They helped us translate that.”
“They protected me! At 8 Spruce, the extremely unique wall was largely aesthetically driven but it's just as advanced in performance and Heitmann took care of everything behind the wall in terms of feasibility, budget and schedule.”
“Island Fabrications knows how to bring all the components together; they ordered material globally and fabricated them locally.”
Fittings & Furniture
Carpet & Textile
Custom Fixtures & Signage
Doors & Frames
Kitchen & Bath
Michael Moran (left) AND Courtesy Forest City Ratner (right)
“Interior glass subcontractor A-Val worked creatively to ensure design intent in extremely complex conditions including the three-story open elliptical stair at the NYU SCPS.”
“You can get good window R-value in the United States but you can’t get the quality of high solar heat gain as you can with Walch. The combination is unmatched.”
“CBO out of Buffalo did the glass veil and other curtain wall systems for the Buffalo Courthouse. The most difficult part was printing the Constitution on the glass with ceramic fritting. It took a lot of editing and laying it out and a very long time on our side and theirs.”
“John Lewis Glass would work closely with Tony Dominski at West Edge Metal. Even though it was a custom bench, it was even more custom because of the collaboration of the two firms.”
“Aircuity did the recovery wheels and air handlers at Penn Medicine. Their system helped the owner meet their energy goals. It monitors the occupancy and the amount of CO2 in a space and optimizes the number of air changes so you wind up saving energy and money.”
“Crescent was good in assisting the contractor in LEED complience during construction and helped focus the team on elements that really mattered.”
“Bright Power did a great job of administering and coordinating the LEED application and they were responsible for designing the photovotaic system which was an important part of the building's design.”
“We used Veridian as the sustainability consultant on Centra. Originally, we were just aiming for LEED certification. Now the numbers are coming in and they're very good. It looks like we're going to get Platinum.”
“Julie Bargmann of D.I.R.T.’s knowledge of brown fields, Navy Yards, and their detritus, was a really nice fit.”
Paul C. Steck
Ty Cole / OTTO (left) AND Robert Garneau (right)
“Armstrong worked closely with us in providing customized, perforated metal ceiling panels that met the design intent of the Frick Chemistry Laboratory. Additionally, they did a excellent job field coordinating the installation of those panels with adjacent elements.”
“The project involved finishing hundreds of custom fabricated steel elements—KC Fabrications was extremely flexible with the schedule and was able to turn around material on short notice. They are always willing to do what is necessary to achieve the highest quality finish work.”
“For custom metal work that requires demanding precision and meticulous crafting, Metalman is an invaluable resource. If you can't find the right piece of hardware from a manufacturer, he will design and fabricate a custom piece to fit the requirement.”
“Mani from Millenium Steel is very accurate, and very budget-oriented. We worked with him before. He was able to make big steel pivot pieces.”
“We sent our drawings of pleated metal panels to a few people and got the impression that something custom would be too expensive. But a rep introduced us to Gage, who worked with our contractors to make our designs for the panels in a cost competitive way.”
Custom Fabrication/ Carpentry
“The careful execution of the FSC certified teak screens and planters at Carnegie Hill House resulted from the close collaboration between our design team and Ivory Build. Their skill and rigorous approach to craft enabled us to unify this sequence of outdoor spaces through the meticulous stacking and subtle articulation of teak slats.”
“Bob Seetin is irrepressible and has a 'bring it on' attitude. He created the metal tables, wine racks, and counters we needed for the Film Society cafe quickly and even joyfully, turning everything around within a few weeks.”
“Tom Kozlowski is an exceptional carpenter. He was able to think around unpredicted problems. He comes up with very straightforward and quick solutions. It no longer looks like construction work, it starts to resemble millwork.”
“A pivotal design goal for REI Soho was the adaptive reuse of the materials from the existing historic Puck Building and its subsequent transformation into a retail space. Callison’s vision from the outset was to bring the space back to its original context, from the wood cladding that was repurposed from the interior brick piers to the timber from the ceiling above the ground floor that was remilled and reused for the monumental staircase treads. Terra Mai was a collaborative partner through the entire reuse process providing expert guidance and advice.”
Iwan Baan (left); david seide (center); AND Ori Dubow (right)
“Paul Marantz's lighting design is one of the most mesmerizing aspects of the 9/11 Memorial and plaza.”
“A company in California called Holly Solar fabricated the LED lights in the facade of the Nitehawk Cinema. It’s a small little company, but they do custom light fixtures. They’re good.”
“Kugler Ning is on board with understanding the world architects work in—working with tectonics—to create the right effect. Sometimes lighting designers can be more interested in the fixtures than the final effect. Kugler Ning helped to make the lighting fixtures disappear.”
“We worked with Lumen Arch on the lighting design of Penn Medicine. They just did a fabulous job. We implemented a lot of lighting controls, occupancy sensors, daylight sensors, and things of that nature in the labs to bring down the energy usage and Lumen really knew their way around those systems.”
“We worked with Lighting By Gregory who helped us get the most energy efficient fixtures for the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator. We as architects know what’s out there, but Lighting By Gregory opened our eyes to more LED opportunities.”
Paul Warchol Photography (left) AND peter aaron/esto (right)
Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects (left) AND don pearse photopgraphers (right)
Concrete, Masonry, Stone, & Tile
ADM Concrete Construction
Helical Line Products
Reginald D. Hough Concrete Construction
“Peter Dagostino at ADM Concrete made it possible to get the building up. He coordinated everything. ADM is a very smart company and did a quick job.”
“Boston Valley is one of the premier companies to go to for very careful matching of terracotta.”
“The excellent stone work by Port Morris Tile & Marble helped us make this a place of permanence and beauty. They worked with our vision and found the spectacular green marble for the benches.”
“The slate siding from Vermont Structural Slate was naturally resistant to spray paint.”
“We used Reginald Hough as a concrete consultant for Milstein Hall. They came in during construction process to facilitate the subcontractor, Pike, and help us to decide on some of the materials to test and techniques to use. The lower levels have a smooth concrete dome ceiling with integrated lighting. Because it is both architecture and structure, it required a very precise installation method. Hough was invaluable in achieving that.”
A/V & Acoustics
Fire Protection/ Code Consulting
Montroy Andersen DeMarco
Food Facility Planning
Radiant Consulting Services
Turf and Sports Regulations
“Acoustic Dimensions was great. They were really hands on, heavily involved in the Nitehawk. We have apartments above the movie theater so acoustic isolation is a big part of this project. They designed the second floor’s ceiling to hang on springs. They also tested the sound transmission when it was all done and you can’t hear a thing.”
“Richard Demarco is the most informed architect in New York City about building code and law. This guy is a joy to work with.”
“Clarity Custom is a terrific 'full system' provider and installer who took the lead on specifying A/V equipment and lighting control systems. There was an excellent interface with the general contractor and architect to minimize coordination issues. Clarity did a great job of integrating hardware, wiring and controls in a project where every detail matters.”
“Building Conservation Associates have areas of expertise that bring refinement and an ability to find the resources.”
“At the Museum of the Moving Image, Scharff/ Weisberg and Jaffe Holden had a real hand in setting the stage to accommodate different uses in terms of all the data and audio visual systems that allow the museum to be a plug + play environment.”
“Bob Powers is very keen in navigating the historic restoration tax break. He's tech savvy and politically savvy, which helps get city, state, and federal approvals.”
“Laurent Corradi of Vertical Garden Technology has created two grand and beautiful green walls that are loved by all. His knowledge of the botany and technical aspects of plant walls will insure that these features will thrive for generations to come.”
“The Musuem of the Moving Image faced a lot of challenges not to mention being a publicly-funded project in hard economic times. Levien took it all in stride and helped us meet the extra demands on budget cutting without sacrificing quality.”
Other Services & Suppliers
Graphic Design/Signage & Wayfinding
Enclosure Testing / Facade Maintenance
Epoxy Specialists and Supply
Finishes and Coatings
Heat Recovery Ventilator
Light Fixture Restoration
Painting & Epoxy Installation
Riggers to the Arts
Security Bollards/ Traffic Barriers
peter aaron/esto (left) AND courtesy wxy (right)
“At Queens Plaza, we collaborated with Michael Singer, an artist whose commitment to the public realm complements Margie Ruddick's environmental sensibility for landscape. He designed and produced special pre-cast components integrated into the architecture of new social spaces that withstand the site's powerful infrastructural presence.”
“Claudy Jongtstra’s artistry is present in two monumental tapestries that cover both long walls of the Atrium. These extraordinary artworks were made possible by her artistic vision as much as her involvement in the technical aspect, managing all from Europe.”
“Fountain consultant Dan Euser is really familiar with the potentials and limits of water dynamics. He's visionary in terms of creating things of beauty and simplicity.”
“When the graphic designers Karlssonwilker joined the team, the design of the Museum of the Moving Image was fairly well resolved, but they were able to complement and add to its strength in a way that carried through the branding of the entire institution”
“The reception desk at the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator is custom designed and Panelite made it easy for me because they built a model on site for approval and I was able to see our 3-D computer drawings in real life before the desk was fabricated.”
Lincoln Park Apple Store
1801 West North Avenue
Designer: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson with Hoerr Schaudt
Taking a cue from its earlier venture, Apple has opened its second store within Chicago city limits on what is perhaps the Michigan Avenue for locals: the North Avenue shopping corridor in Lincoln Park. Apple takes center stage with its architecturally ambitious new building on the triangular site of the North/Clybourn Red Line L station, which they also invested millions in renovating. A new outdoor plaza, the site’s strongest design element, divides the station from the store. Designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, the plaza is bordered by three raised planters, and Bertoia side chairs and small round cafe tables surround a fountain sitting at grade. The cumulative effect feels worthy of a museum sculpture garden.
The building itself, clad in brushed metal panels, sits on a north/south orientation, with glass walls and entrances at each end and a third facing west into the shared plaza with the El. If customers tear their eyes away from the products and look up into the soaring room, they’ll find a massive skylight running the length of the building that fills the space with natural light. What they won’t see is the green roof that caps the sleek structure.
Orange County’s Newport Beach is a resort town known for its marinas and its political conservatism. But when it held an open competition for its new civic center, city leaders ended up picking an unconventional design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which is best known for creating a luminous cube for Apple’s most prominent store in New York City, presented a compelling case for contemporary design, unfettered by references to Spanish tile or pink stucco: A silhouette clearly inspired by the ocean. The main building has a roof that undulates like a wave, and the adjoining double-height council chambers feature a curved fabric “sail,” a decorative scrim of Teflon-coated fiberglass mesh over a steel frame. The zinc cladding of the council chambers will create a shimmering effect through the sheer material. “It’s a poetic move that becomes their iconic front-door image,” said Mottola.
The structure itself is also Southern California climate-friendly. To bring in the bright sun without gaining too much heat, a series of north-facing clerestory windows draws in indirect light. The roof extends on either end in the shape of a broad overhang to shade outdoor gathering areas. Inside, six large bays are designed to be open, flexible spaces that can be modified as city departments grow and shrink over time.
As is often the case with coastal sites, there are severe height limitations, in order to preserve views of the ocean and harbor for the neighborhood on the surrounding bluffs. Much thought was devoted to staggering the two-story building down the slope. And since it is in Southern California, parking requirements were also steep, with 450 on-site spaces required. To save costs, rather than excavate for below-grade parking, a straightfoward, two-story parking garage runs parallel to the city hall. The plan is to cover it with a large hedge, so the garage will appear as the landscaped edge of a park that lies between it and the civic building.
The project also includes a 15-acre park with wetlands restoration to the east of the civic center, which is being designed by Berkeley’s Peter Walker and Partners. An addition to the existing library rounds out all the components of the $100 million project, which is scheduled to be completed by fall 2012.
Sherwood Design Engineers
“What sets Buro Happold apart is their ability to engage in the architectural discussion— regardless of the degree of engineering difficulty. Their involvement often results in a growth of the architectural ambitions, rather than the more typical dumbing down. In other words, they do more than simply solve the problem. They help better define it.”
“Eckersley “O’Callaghan Structural Design, who do all of the structural and glass engineering for our Apple work, are in a league of their own. Very young, very bright, and very cutting-edge. Good collaborative people.”
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
“IBE Consulting Engineers are committed to a sustainable approach and innovative solutions. Great in developing concepts.”
“Sherwood Design Engineers are a very forward- thinking group. Sustainability leaders. Very creative.”
Charles F. Bloszies
Office of Charles F. Bloszies
“SGH are excellent engineers and envelope consultants.”
Barton Myers Associates
“Peter Yu of Yu Strandberg combines a creative vision for problem solving and a quick mind for engineering solutions when he works with us to achieve the artistic goals of our custom homes. In the Tea Houses, he elegantly detailed a series of freestanding cast- in-place concrete structural cores to support steel channel rim joints, which form cantilevered roof and floor platforms. The engineering design reflects the guiding design principles to minimize impact on the landscape and provide a quiet simplicity for these structures, which are designed for intimate gatherings and creative thinking.”
Swatt | Miers Architects
“Quarra Stone has a pretty good gig as the only U.S. distributor of the Vals Quartzite material, but they do their job very well and work with architects to provide the product they’re looking for.”
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
“Trespa is a maintenance-free substitute for real wood and it can be installed as a rainscreen, which keeps the building thermally stable and has other environmental features. It’s highly durable, it’s very crisp.”
Abramson Teiger Architects
“Trex is a fantastic material because it’s made of recycled materials (plastic and sawdust), it’s durable and low-maintenance, and although it is marketed for decking, it can make an interesting building skin material as a rainscreen.”
“Parklex provided a very soft and natural material juxtaposition to the hard-edged metal siding and roofing. It allowed the building to appear to belong in its agrarian setting.”
Mark Horton Architecture
“Paul Phillips, Sarnafil regional director, is excellent to work with. He will review details for appropriateness and is also very good at translating our design intent into buildable solutions.”
Barton Myers Associates
“CoveringsETC looks both utilitarian and fancy at the same time.”
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Blomberg Window Systems
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Hardman Glazing Systems
828 Montague Ave.,
San Leandro, CA;
Hope’s Steel Windows
84 Hopkins Ave.,
Nathan Allan Glass Studios
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2425 Olympic Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA;
325 Newhall St.,
San Francisco, CA;
14858 North Bloomfield Rd., Nevada City, CA;
14600 Romine Rd.,
Supreme Glass Company
1661 20th St., Oakland, CA; 510-625-8995
2934 Riverside Dr.,
450 Old Brickyard Rd., Greenwood, SC;
800 Park Dr., Owatonna, MN; 507-451-9555
“Jada Beyer at Sierra Woods was fantastic. We met him on the Creekside House, where he fabricated an integral cedar slat and glass wall. When we were having trouble finding someone to produce acoustic ceiling panels, he was able to knock those out, too. We then used him again for the window system at the Lake Tahoe residence we did.”
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
“When it comes to specialized glazing conditions, we have found that Giroux has tremendous skill with in-house design and construction.”
“Our experience with Taylor Brothers has been incredibly positive, particularly in the area of follow-up. They really stand behind their products, and work with you through all of the inevitable challenges that come with customization and intricate detailing.”
At 67th Street and Broadway, a pavilion of marble and sheer glass walls opened in November, a composition as austerely purposeful as a classic Greek temple. Is this elegant glass-roofed room the home of a cash-flush hedge fund? A Renzo museum?
It’s an Apple Store.
As retail reels in the recession and even established stores look like temporary pop-ups, Apple lavished expanses of Tennessee marble with end-matched vein patterns as soft as wisps of smoke. Because the store is that Manhattan rarity, a freestanding building, it is an even more alluring display of costly investment than the famous glass cube that tops the computer company’s underground store on Fifth Avenue. According to Ron Johnson, Apple’s senior vice-president of retail, these stores merit lavish outlays because “they are the most profitable.”
At a press preview, Johnson described the Broadway location as one of the company’s “significant” stores. (It’s not a “flagship,” a word Apple people utter with contempt, since other companies don’t approach store design with the steely obsession of Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO and co-founder.) Johnson said that Apple will continue to make architectural investments in “landmark” locations where there is “enormous activity, lots of street life,” such as along the busy Upper West Side corridor that runs from Columbus Circle to Lincoln Center.
According to Karl Backus, the principal-in-charge at architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson who designed this and the two other significant Manhattan stores, Apple prefers to build one large selling room in order to “present the entire interior to the street.” The mullion-free glass walls ascend 40 feet high to meet the gently vaulted all-glass roof with an almost invisible joint. “That openness is the invitation,” Backus added.
The all-glass roof is an exercise in bravura minimalism, engineered by James O’Callaghan, of London-based Eckersley O’Callaghan. He mounted fritted, insulating- glass panels on thin metal purlins that incorporate lighting, and (invisibly) sprinklers and security systems. Elegant trusses cross under, with tension cables picked out in machined stainless steel. All that glass bathes the room in sunlight. Shadows move slowly across the uninterrupted expanses of marble. The room feels as diaphanous as a bubble.
Ventilating grilles? Ick. Stone floor panels are perforated to supply air. To all but banish untidy cashier counters, 30 or so red-T-shirted associates swarm the floor, each brandishing a checkout device built from an iPod Touch. (Cash drawers concealed in display counters handle old-economy cash.)
The help desk, the shelves of accessories—anything even slightly messy—have all been banished to the basement. Even the iconic spiral glass stair, a spectacular engineering feat all its own, barely registers at street level. (To keep those stairs pristine, Apple replaces the glass treads when they show wear. And human window washers, not high-tech gizmos, will scrub the roof of pigeon defilements.)
With such attention to detail, the space feels stripped of artifice. Everything about it seems as inevitable as the iPhone’s touch screen. The blocky, blond-wood display tables become the center of attention, with products set out as if exhibited in a museum. No one at the famously secretive Apple would say how much the store cost, nor describe the design process. “We have always succeeded by first doing the right thing,” was all Johnson would say. “The profits have followed.” Aggressive plans to open more stores are in the works.
Architects at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which is based in Wilkes Barre, PA, work closely with the company out of its San Francisco office, but are not store-design specialists. The firm’s *award-winning portfolio ranges widely, which suggests why the stores don’t look like they fit the standard retail-design mold.
Apple is that rare retailer that has learned to use means more fundamental to architecture than retail to powerfully extend its brand. As ever, an authoritative orchestration of space, light, and materials is a winning combination.
Peter Bohlin was selected today as this year’s winner of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Gold Medal, the highest honor attainable by an individual architect. Bohlin is a founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which has received over 400 design awards in its forty-four year history, including the AIA Firm Award in 1994.
“I’m so pleased and I’m surprised,” Bohlin said in a statement. “We all believe in architecture,” he added. “Like athletes, we all know that it’s hard work to make it look easy, and we’re all constantly striving to do that.”
Overseeing a 200-person firm with offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Seattle; and San Francisco, Bohlin has championed a nuanced approach to contextuality. In New York City, the firm's most iconic building is arguably the subterranean Apple store on Fifth Avenue, whose entrance is marked by a pristine, 32-foot structural glass cube that houses a transparent glass elevator and circular stair leading down to the store below. On the West Coast, he is also known for Seattle’s LEED-Gold certified city hall, a 200,000-square-foot building with a planted roof and gently curving curtain walls of steel and glass, built jointly in 2005 with Bassetti Architects.
These urban icons notwithstanding, Bohlin has done some of his most characteristic work in natural settings, earning plaudits for his environmental sensitivity and contextual materials. His portfolio includes numerous private residences, including a partially earth-integrated, 66,000-square-foot home for the Gates family in Medina, Washington, built with Douglas fir and surrounded by a recreated wetland.
In New York, a chain of low-lying buildings stretches along the edge of one of the Finger Lakes to form the award-winning Combs Point Residence. Bohlin’s rural institutional work has a similarly light touch: the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, is a simple shed topped with an overhang roof and outfitted with a host of green features, such as south-facing windows and shingles cut from locally scavenged tires.
Along with the Gold Medal, the AIA also awarded top honors in two other categories today. The 35-year-old Pugh + Scarpa Architects garnered the 2010 AIA Firm Award, the highest award bestowed on an architecture firm, with the AIA praising its “seamless blending of architecture, art, and craft” and its “nurturing of in-house talent.” The Firm Award comes on the heels of Pugh + Scarpa winning the 2010 AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award in October. Finally, the AIA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education went to Michael Graves, who has taught architectural design and theory for more than 40 years and is now a professor emeritus at Princeton University.