Five state capitals will get help from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop green infrastructure that could help mitigate the cost of natural disasters and climate change.Â Resiliency, whether it be in the context of global warming or natural and manmade catastrophes, has become a white-hot topic in the design world, especially since Superstorm Sandy battered New York City in 2012. Read More
The picturesque Longwood Gardens outside of Wilmington, Delaware hasÂ announced a $90 million plan to revitalize its 83-year-old fountain garden. The expensive undertaking will include replacing the fountainâ€™s aging electric and plumbing infrastructure, restoring limestone reliefs, installing new plantings and pathways, and improving guest access to the garden. The historic renovation is being led by Beyer Blinder Belle with West 8 overseeing the gardenâ€™s public space design.
The historic Wardman Tower in Washington D.C. is getting an interior update courtesy of Deborah Berke. The New Yorkâ€“based architect has been tapped by JBG Companies to update all of the buildingâ€™s interior spaces and its 32 private residences. According to JBG Companies, the renovation â€œwill pay tribute to the opulence of mid-century Paris while adding an open and contemporary feel to the spaces.â€ If it wasn’t obvious, that’s code for: Expensive. As in, these condos will be very expensiveâ€”priced between $2 million and $8 million. According to the Washington Post, that could make the Wardman condos â€œthe most expensive units ever to hit Washington.”
Architectural Record along with its sister construction publication,Â Engineering News-Record, and other products,Â Dodge and Sweets, have been sold to Symphony Technology Group (STG), a “strategic private equity firm” in Palo Alto, California, for $320 million. McGraw Hill Construction, the current owner of these publications, announced in a market-jargon-filled press release today that, while there were multiple prospective buyers, they sold to STG because that companyÂ understands how to build on McGraw Hill’s “storied past of nimbly adapting to changing market conditions and pursuing new growth opportunities in the construction market.” STG has a global portfolio of 22 companies with a combined revenue of $2.7 billion and 17,000 employees. Will Cathleen Mcguigan and her editorial team be leaving their Pennsylvania Station tower for the green lawns of the Silicon Valley soon?
As the economy continues to hum along, it’s time once again for merger mania. By far the most significantÂ example is Los Angelesâ€“based construction giant, AECOM, which in the span of just a couple of months has more thanÂ doubled its size. In past years theÂ company has boughtÂ firms like DMJM, EDAW, Ellerbe Becket, and Tishman, but it’s been nothing like this year’s spree.
Earlier this week, AN went up to the 67thÂ floor of the recently-opened 4 World Trade Center to get a progress report on the 16-acre redevelopment taking shape below. Inside theÂ wide-open and raw space, Larry Silverstein, the siteâ€™s developer, told reporters that his vision for a new World Trade Center had finally become a reality. â€œIâ€™ve gotten a bit of a reputation as a wild-eyed optimist,â€ he said in front of a wall of windows. â€œBut even I have to admit that I didnâ€™t see all this coming.â€ Noting that it had been 13 years since the attacks, he went on to refer to the anniversary as theÂ siteâ€™s â€œbar mitzvah.â€
One of Manhattanâ€™s most historic streets could soon become one of its most pedestrian-friendly. That is, if a plan for a revamped Orchard Street from the Lower East Sideâ€™s Business Improvement District (BID)Â isÂ approved by the city. The plan, which was unveiled at a community board meeting last week, calls for curb extensions, bike corals, planters, tree beds, and benches along a six-block stretch of the street. The plan also calls for a pedestrian plaza on adjacent Broome Street.
A six-story office building could sail into the boat yard site of Chicago’s Goose Island in the near future, if plans from Hartshorne Plunkard and developer South Street Capital can navigate logistical and regulatory difficulties surrounding the industrial districtÂ on the city’s near north side. Read More