Boott Cotton Mills
The Counting House (1838) and Boott Mill No. 6 (1871) were part of the nineteenth century Boott Cotton Mills, one of the most significant surviving textile mill complexes in America.
The two structures have been rehabilitated by the National Park Service to house one of the largest industrial exhibits in the nation. Portions of the mill were restored to the conditions that existed in the 19th century to house exhibits about the history of cotton manufacturing in Lowell, the Mill and its inhabitants. The museum features a recreated weaving room, the Boott Gallery and the Tsongas Industrial History Center, and a hands-on interactive education facility to teach visitors about the Industrial Revolution. The facility also includes a gallery for temporary exhibits, a theater, a museum store, park staff offices and conservation laboratories, the New England Folklife Center of Lowell, the North Atlantic Historic Preservation Center, the Lowell Historical Society, and a trolley maintenance and storage facility.
This project involved the historic preservation, renovation and adaptive reuse of the 1871 mill building and attached Countinghouse into an industrial history museum.
Duke University Medical Sciences Research Building
The Medical Sciences Research Building (MSRB) houses 80 modular laboratories and support facilities in four levels encompassing 178,000 square feet. The ground level contains a large lecture room, a satellite research animal facility, and a receiving dock area. Precast concrete panels relate to its immediate medical center neighbors; “Duke Stone” trim and collegiate gothic allusions recall the nearby main campus. The hub of the building is a dramatic stairway at the intersection of the laboratory corridors and the entrance walkway axis connecting the MSRB to four existing research buildings.
The Medical Sciences Research Building includes generic laboratories that provide flexibility when assigning users. Floors are arranged such that each group of labs has faculty offices, tissue culture rooms, instrument areas, special support space and environmental rooms close by. Faculty offices are grouped at each end and in the middle of the floors. Shared instrument rooms, open through the core from north to south, act as informal passages and increase opportunities for interaction between groups of scientists.
Hotchkiss School Athletic Complex
The Monahan Athletic Complex was constructed in the 1930s, and additions were made in the 1950s. The complex plays host to a full complement of boys’ and girls’ sports. Modernization and additions are to include new natatorium with 25-meter pool and diving well; second hockey rink; new field house with three basketball courts and a suspended running track; four new indoor tennis courts and four new squash courts; new locker room buildings and new entry road, gate, and parking.
This four-story combined elementary/middle school is the first building to be completed in a five-school, phased construction plan currently underway in the City of Everett. The school accommodates approximately 950 students in Pre-K-grade 8. In addition to general classrooms, the program includes two large computer laboratories, a sophisticated science lab, art rooms, a cafetorium, and a large gymnasium. Extensive site developments include two baseball diamonds with an overlaying soccer field, a basketball court, and a tot lot for the younger students.
Logan Airport Modernization Program
East Boston, MA
The new Logan, which will service up to 45 million passengers a year, is being modernized in time to bring the Boston area into the 21st century. The $1.5 billion upgrade consists of over 30 capital projects. Seven projects are replacement, rehabilitation and mitigation projects planned for immediate design and construction. The remainder are mid-range terminal, infrastructure and airport edge/waterfront improvements.
A critical component of the LAMP will be the improvement and consolidation of parking areas. The goal is to design replacement parking with an efficient airport-wide plan. The parking plan represents a significant improvement over current arrangements. One of the most visible projects is the redesign of airport roads. Massport has been engaged for many years in an aggressive program of encouraging the use of multi-passenger vehicles to and from Logan. Modernization of the roadway system and the design of terminal curbsides will encourage use of environmentally desirable forms of transportation.
Lorenz School accommodates a primary school (K-5) and a middle school (6-8) programs within one complex. A four-story curvilinear wing houses the K-5 program on the first three floors, and grades 5-8 on the fourth level. A separate four-story common wing houses shared core facilities including: a double-gymnasium with spectator seating for 600, a 450-seat auditorium, music and band rooms, a cafeteria/kitchen that serves breakfast and lunch, and a 7,000 square foot media center and an adjacent TV production suite. Additional shared program elements include an integrated CADD/Shop; administration and guidance suites; and a Health Suite affiliated with a local hospital, staffed by two doctors and run as a comprehensive outpatient clinic. A linear atrium/spine serves as a connector between the two wings and provides convenient access to all major program elements. The primary school program includes 6 Kindergartens, separate 6-classroom clusters for grades 1-5, a computer lab, a large art room, and 6,000 square feet of SPED breakout space. The middle school program incorporates a team-teaching concept. Each of the three grade levels (6-8) has its own designated classroom for Science; Math; Computer Skills; Reading and Social Studies and English/Homeroom.
Main Center Development
This 72-story complex is the tallest in Dallas. The 2 million square foot tower sits atop underground shopping with connecting tunnels to adjacent buildings. A 16-story, 570,000 square foot parking garage completes the project.
Hired directly by the owner to validate the construction manager’s GMP, we undertook a complete and highly detailed construction documents estimate. This document became the basis for subsequent negotiations. We uncovered substantial errors in the C/M’s GMP both in quantity take-off and pricing. We also found more economical sources of materials previously overlooked by the C/M.
The end result of our efforts was a $10 million reduction in the GMP and the successful implementation of a project that had been decades in the planning but had never gotten off the ground due to cost constraints.
Sage Hall/Cornell University
Historic Sage Hall at Cornell University had structural problems, including failing foundations and trusses. Constructed in 1870, it did not meet current fire codes and fell well short of current standards for accessibility. The Victorian Gothic Revival facade of the country’s first women’s dormitory was well worth saving, however. Just to keep the building in continued use as a women’s dormitory would have cost $15 million.
After considering several alternates and fully exploring the building’s remaining useful life cycle cost, a course of action was decided. University officials obtained permission to gut the building, declared a local landmark in 1990. The original 80,000 SF wood framed interior was replaced with a new 145,000 SF steel structure housing the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. A temporary steel exoskeleton helped save the original exterior. Total cost of the project was $38 million.
University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
This state-of-the-art outpatient center fosters interaction between medical specialties. The project team set out to design a facility which responds to the climate and culture of Miami, thus enforcing the cultural identity and dignity of the user. The complex includes a five-story building strong enough to front the metrorail, a courtyard and a main entrance. A facing building contains an outpatient residence.
The courtyard, which links the existing medical campus buildings, is the hub of activity, serving the hospital, the cancer clinic and the outpatient residence, with an entrance portal on the main street. On the interior, public and clinical spaces are oriented toward this courtyard as well as a 5-story atrium pulling the courtyard into the heart of the building. The atrium is the focus of activity in the center, forming an alternate entry to the campus from the public street.
The complex provides a wide variety of waiting areas for patients and their families: secluded seating alcoves, high-backed banquettes, and more public community areas. The same theme is echoed in the courtyard space, where niches are carved into the ground level exterior wall, providing an intimate space where patients may recuperate under the two-story arcade or shade trees. Materials throughout the complex consist of stucco with cast and natural stone trim.
VAMC Boston Ambulatory Care Addition
This new 100,000 SF addition is the model for ambulatory care practices for the VA in the 21st Century.
The building is oriented along South Huntington Avenue, continuing the relationship that neighboring buildings have with the street. Its smaller scale and brick colored stone facade mediated the tensions between the 1950s hospital tower and its low-rise brick surroundings. A new glass-enclosed lobby serves both the existing hospital and the new addition.
The ambulatory care space is organized into clinical modules and pods. A lighted canopy leads the patient from the reception desk in the lobby/waiting area into the clinical modules. Each module contains examination rooms, consultation rooms, and administrative and clinical support spaces shared by a group of physicians. An examination room pod has two examination areas, two office/examination rooms, a toilet and a utility room. This layout improves patient privacy and saves the nursing staff time and energy.
VAMC Providence Ambulatory Care Addition and Renovation
The VA Providence is seeking to improve its outpatient services with a new ambulatory care addition and renovation. The focus of the medical center complex, a copper-clad entrance pavilion, provides a new entry sequence and also engages a clinical model that serves as a national primary-care prototype.
West Virginia University Life Sciences Building
West Virginia University is redefining the former site of Mountaineer Field, the Lower Bowl, on their Uptown Campus with a 185,000 GSF, $27,000,000 Life Sciences Building and a long range master plan that would add an additional 300,000 SF adjacent to the new LSB site, as well as a parking garage with a pedestrian walkway. The LSB will consolidate two departments, Biology and Psychology into one facility including 15,000 SF of general purpose classrooms, 30,000 SF of Biology Teaching labs serving over 400 students per hour, as well as research labs for Biology and Psychology. A state-of-the-art 8,000 SF greenhouse occupies the roof and a shared Animal facility occupies the basement. Using the steeply sloping site as an advantage, shared classrooms are dispersed across the three floors with grade level access, bringing students into the core of the building and fostering interaction between departments and the university community at large in an exciting and dynamic environment for science.