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Glenstone II Museum – Potomac, Maryland

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Building: Glenstone II Museum
(new building, part of Glenstone Museum)
Address: 12100 Glen Rd. Potomac, MD 20854 [map]
Location: Potomac, Maryland
Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Landscape Architect: PWP Landscape Architecture
General Contractor: DPR Construction and Hitt Contracting Inc.
Civil Engineering: VIKA, Inc.
Façade Design: R.A. Heintges & Associates
M/E/P/FP Engineering: Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC
Natural Lighting Design: ARUP 
Sustainability: Buro Happold

204,000 total sf of new building which includes 50,000 sf of new gallery space.
Rectilinear galleries arranged in water-garden courtyards.  Daylighting includes skylights, clerestories.  Cast in place architectural concrete structure with some steel+conc. hybrid solutions.
“Clad in cast-concrete blocks, which measure approximately six feet long, one foot high and one foot deep (1.8 by 0.3 by 0.3 metres). These were left to cure outdoors, causing variations in their tone”

Article: 1, 2, 3

PDF: 1

Written by Gregory Brooks

February 27, 2019 at 10:56 am

Posted in Built

111 West 57th Street – New York City, New York

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Building: 111 West 57th Street – New York City, New York
Architect: SHoP Architects
Structural Engineer: WSP
Construction/Developer: JDS Development Group + Property Markets Group
Completion: 2019

AEInterests: 1:24 slenderness ratio.  82 floors. 435m tall (1427 feet). Lateral stability via tuned mass damper, concrete core, shear walls, outrigger and belt systems.

Articles: 1,
Video: 1 (architect & engineer)
Silvian Marcus, director of building structures at WSP




Written by Gregory Brooks

November 3, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Posted in Built

Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, Texas, U.S.

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2018 NEWS:
3 new buildings on the MFAH campus:
(named the Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus)

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Buildings shown above / listed below.

The Glassell School of Art
Opened May 2018
Architect:  Steven Holl Architects
Architect of Record:  Kendall Heaton Assoc.
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Climate Engineers: Transsolar
Facade Engineering (incl. str. glass): Knippers Helbig
93,000sf, $90m.

The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building
Expected Completion: 2020
Architect:  Steven Holl Architects
Architect of Record:  Kendall Heaton Assoc.
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Climate Engineers: Transsolar
Facade Engineering (incl. str. glass): Knippers Helbig

The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation
Expected Completion:  late 2018
Architect: Lake|Flato Architects
MEP: Collaborative Engineering Group


Buildings shown above / listed below.

Audrey Jones Beck Building
Completed: 2000
Architect: Rafael Moneo
Design Firm: Vignelli Associates, New York
Design Team: Massimo & Lella Vignelli (Principals in Charge), Peter Vetter, Mischa Leiner, Yoshiki Waterhouse, Christian Altmann, Yuji Yamazaki at Vignelli Associates; Rafael Moneo, Eduardo Miralles, Cristina Carriedo at José Rafael Moneo, Architect; Bill Kendall, Larry Burns, John Goodman at Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.
Fabricators: Graphtec, Schlitzberger
Consultants: Hines (project), CBM Engineers, Inc. (structural engineer), Altieri Sebor Wieber (mechanical/electrical engineer), Fisher Marantz Stone (architectural lighting design), Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. (civil engineer), Ulrich Engineers, Inc. (geotechnical engineer)

AE Interests: Natural daylighting, James Turrell tunnel.
More info

MFA-Houston also includes:

Caroline Wiess Law Building
Completed: 1974
Architects: two additions by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958 and 1974), original building by William Ward Watkin (1924).

Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden
Completed: 1986
Landscape architect: Isamu Noguchi

Central Administration and Glassell Junior School of Art Building
Completed: 1994
Architect: Carlos Jimenez

Video link: 2018 [Museum] Campus Redevelopment



Written by Gregory Brooks

September 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Built

Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3 – Shenzhen, China

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Project: Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3
Client: Shenzhen Airport Group Co. Ltd.
Developer: Shenzhen Airport Group Co. Ltd.
Architect: Massimiliano und Doriana Fuksas
Architect of Record: BIAD (Beijing Institute of Architectural Design)
Structures / Facade / Parametric design: Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering
General Contractor: China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Lighting Consulting: Speirs & Major Associates
Size: 500,000sm, 1.5km long.
Completed: 2013

AEInterests: complex geometry, parametric design, daylighting.
“..spring-loaded bearing bolts of the steel structure permit uniform distribution of temperature and especially seismic loads on the supports.”

Articles: 1


Written by Gregory Brooks

November 19, 2017 at 10:16 am

Posted in Built

Tower – Dallas, Texas

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[Breaking news March 2017]

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Project: 70-story tower (proposed)
Location:  Dallas, Texas
Architect: Foster + Partners
Developer: H. Ross Perot Jr.’s Hillwood real estate firm

AE Interest:  70-story, 1 million-square-foot tower, round plan, diagrid mega-frame lateral stability system.  If built, will be tallest building in Dallas, Texas.

Article: [1]



Written by Gregory Brooks

March 29, 2017 at 11:12 am

Posted in Proposed Design

Oceanwide Center – San Francisco, California

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Building:  Oceanwide Center
Location: San Francisco, California
Address: 50 1st Street (S. Mission St. / 1st St.)
Architect: Foster+Partners
Collaborating Architect: Heller Manus Architects
Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
M+E Engineer: Foster + Partners/Taylor Engineering/Engineering Enterprise
Size 219,885sm (2,366,822sf)

AE Interest:
mixed-use high-rise, 2 towers, 605-foot tall residential tower, new public space [c], 850-foot tall hotel, residential and office tower – it will be the tallest residential project on the West Coast, 1.35 million square feet of office space and 650,000 square feet of residential units.  Open layout is supported by an innovative orthogonal structural system [d] developed for seismic stability. [a]

Sources: [a,b,c,d,e]

ArchDaily16May2016-Oceanwide Center Receives San Francisco Planning Commission Approval [e]



Written by Gregory Brooks

August 10, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Posted in Built

Floating Solar Array – London, U.K.

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Project: Floating Solar Array
Location: London, U.K. (Queen Elizabeth II reservoir)
Engineering, installation:  Lightsource Renewable Energy

AE Interests:
Largest floating solar array in Europe, size of 8 soccer fields,  over 23,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

“It will have a total installed peak capacity of 6.3 megawatts and is expected to generate 5.8m kilowatt hours in its first year – equivalent to the annual consumption of around 1,800 homes.”

Article: 1




Written by Gregory Brooks

April 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

Posted in Built