San Francisco is a world-class city, but we have always missed one thing – a real, world-class train station. That is about to change. After years of planning, we are ready to break ground on a new, multi-modal, state-of-the-art public transit facility – the Transbay Transit Center – which will connect regional bus lines, including AC Transit, with BART and Caltrain and eventually, California High Speed Rail.
In 1992 a study commissioned by the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) confirmed the need for a new midfield terminal complex. In 1996, the annual passenger volume exceeded seven million for the first time, and the following year a new Terminal Master Plan Update for the airport put forth a new terminal project, in preference to expanding the existing terminal.
The Hyde Park Center of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business opened in September 2004, uniting a dispersed community of faculty and students previously located in five buildings throughout the Hyde Park campus.
The award-winning adaptive reuse of Chicago’s historic Soldier Field tackled complex geometry and steel construction innovations within a 20-month construction schedule, making it one of the NFL’s fastest built stadiums.
Practically in the center of the country, the city of Tulsa, Okla. seems as good as any a focal point for the new $178 million, 18,500-seat Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Center, and there’s even more incentive for teams and musicians to drop in.
A 15,400 m2 project currently underway in London’s Strand Conservation Area, a historically important district in the city of Westminster, will bring modern design and engineering to a prominent structure without in any way detracting from its historical character.
At a 975-foot height, Comcast Center is Philadelphia’s tallest building—a distinction that should last at least as long as the recession. The tower, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York (with Kendall/Heaton Associates of Houston as architect of record), brings a trim and tailored presence to a skyline pumped up with spires and tops vying for public attention for 20-odd years.
Contractors have heard a lot of lofty claims about building information modeling in recent years: millions of dollars in savings, months of schedule gains and greater quality control. Now, as the technology gains broader acceptance in the contracting world, many of those promises are turning out to be real payoffs.
The main lesson learned by the construction manager who recently completed a pioneering four-year, BIM-enabled project to build a replacement ballpark for the New York Yankees is “the more trades modeling, the merrier,” says James Barrett, manager of virtual design and construction for Turner Construction Co., the CM at-risk.
Masdar announced today that it has chosen Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) to design its headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste city fully powered by renewable energy.