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The Sage Gateshead – Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, U.K.

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Building: The Sage Gateshead
Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
Completed: 2004
Architect: Foster and Partners
Specialist Engineer: Buro Happold
Structural Engineer: Connell Mott MacDonald
Contractor: Laing O’Rourke

AE Interests: curved glass and stainless steel building with three performance spaces that are acoustically insulated from each other; acoustics were improved using concrete containing extra air bubbles; ceiling panels can be raised or lowered to manipulate the room’s sound profile; the three main performance halls (Hall One, Hall Two, and the Northern Rock Foundation Hall) are not contiguous and have gaps between the walls and ceilings

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Written by Priscilla Nguyen

December 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

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Vacheron Constantin Headquarters & Factory – Geneva, Switzerland

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Building: Vacheron Constantin Headquarters & Factory
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Completed: 2005
Architect: Bernard Tschumi Architects
Structural Engineer: ARUP (Matt King) and SGI
Mechanical and HVAC Engineer: ARUP (Nigel Tonks) and Enerconom
Construction Coordinator: Ortech

AE Interests: thin, flexible envelope concept; metallic sheet covering a concrete structure; wood veneer interior; direct northern lighting and filtered lighting from the south; naturally lit parking space; stairs, elevators, and three story atrium are made out of glass; composed of two wings with varying heights to meet functional needs

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Written by Priscilla Nguyen

December 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

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Shure Technology Center – Niles, Illinois, U.S.

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Building: Shure Technology Center
Location: Niles, Illinois
Completed: 2004
Architect: Krueck & Sexton Architects
Structural Engineer: Tylk Gustafson Reckers Wilson Andrews, Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: CCJM Engineers, Ltd.
Contractor: Harbour Contractors

AE Interests: silent, polished steel and glass elevators; exposed mechanical systems; high bay steel frame; natural light controlled by fixed louvers; steel panels; some rooms have acoustic isolation for microphone product testing; and occupants can control the amount of light and air in the room

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Written by Priscilla Nguyen

December 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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Porter Boathouse, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.

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Building: Porter Boathouse, University of Wisconsin
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Completed: 2005
Design Architect: VJAA Architects
Architect of Record: KEE Architecture
Structural and Civil Engineer: Strand Associates, Inc.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: KJWW Engineering Consultants
Contractor: Miron Construction Co.

AE Interests: high ceiling space that accommodates for the vast amount equipment rowers use; two rowing tanks of water for use when lakes are frozen; poured concrete apron leads to Lake Mendota; roof is shaped like sails; naturally ventilated; and natural stone used on exterior walls

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Written by Priscilla Nguyen

December 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

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Paul Klee Center – Bern, Switzerland

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Building: Paul Klee Center
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Completed: 2005
Architect: Renzo Piano
Structural Engineer: Arup (Bob Lang)
MEP Engineer: Arup (Andrew Sedgewick)
Façade: Emmer Pfenninger
Acoustics: Müller BB

AE Interest: Bold curvilinear design; has studios for art education, a 300-seat auditorium for concerts, and a library; arches are made out of bent steel that dig into the earth; amount of natural light going into the building is controlled by exterior blinds; roof was soldered by hand

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Written by Priscilla Nguyen

December 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

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Integrated Science Complex, College of the Holy Cross – Worcester, MA

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Building: Integrated Science Complex
Location: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Completed: January 2011
Architect: Gale Associates, EYP Architecture and Engineering
Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.
Cost Analysis Consultants: Vermeulens Cost Consultants

AE Interests: Reuse of shell, structure, and floor slabs of original building; energy recovery wheel to capture energy from outgoing airflow to preheat and pre-cool incoming airflow; light colored materials help reflect heat gain; LEED Gold Certified; atriums serve as public spaces

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Written by Priscilla Nguyen

September 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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Copenhagen Arena – Copenhagen, Denmark

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Building: Copenhagen Arena
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Status: Projected Completion in Fall 2015
Architect: 3XN, HKS, and Planit
Structural Engineers: Arup, ME Engineers
Project Manager: Davis Langdon

AE Interests: multi-function indoor arena, facade will be constructed out of yellow terracotta and glass, will maximize the use of public space for leisure activities, public foyer for markets and exhibits will be illuminated by natural light

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Written by Priscilla Nguyen

September 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

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Santa Maria del Pianto Metro Station – Naples, Italy

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Building: Santa Maria del Pianto Metro Station
Location: Naples, Italy
Status: Under Construction – Projected Completion: 2015
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Roof Structural Engineer: Expedition Engineering
Landscape Architect: AWP
Cost Consultant: Metropolitana di Napoli

AE Interests: Hyperbolic-shaped canopy roof resembles a honeycomb, use of thin steel plates and concrete supports, geometric design, facilitates the use of public transportation, mesh roof lets natural light into station, density of mesh roof increases in the middle to shade the platform

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2012fallmwf

Written by Priscilla Nguyen

September 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Expansion – Phoenix, AZ, U.S.

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Building: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Expansion
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Completed: 2011
Architect: HKS
Structural Engineer: HKS
MEP Engineers: CCRD Partners
Construction Manager: Kitchell Contractors

AE Interest: Tower resembles a  night-blooming desert flower, colorful lights illuminate halls, 25% lighting reduction with use of natural light, uses local materials and recycled materials, “natural” architecture to blend with environment; building serves as an oasis with stunning views from patients’ rooms

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2012fallmwf

Written by Priscilla Nguyen

September 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm

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GE Renewable Energy Global Headquarters – Schenectady, NY

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Building: GE Renewable Energy Global Headquarters
Location: Schenectady, NY
Completed: April 2010
Architect: EYP Architecture & Engineering
Engineer: EYP Architecture & Engineering
Construction Manager: LeChase Construction

AE Interest:  sustainable design, powered by renewable energy, four-story atrium with scale wind turbine model, LEED Silver Certification, sun shades control solar gain

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Written by Priscilla Nguyen

September 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Posted in Built