New 150-Acre Healthcare Campus in Central India Includes Interconnected Hospital, Higher Education, and Residential ComponentsView full press releasePDF of press release
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Perkins Eastman Joins Atria Senior Living for Ribbon Cutting in Foster City, CA, Celebrates Grand Opening of Atria at Foster SquareFebruary 3, 2017
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Perkins Eastman Celebrates Groundbreaking of The Central Arkansas Veterans Homes in North Little RockJuly 30, 2015
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Perkins Eastman Joins Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi For Cornerstone-Laying Ceremony of AIIMS NagpurApril 25, 2017
Mumbai, India (April 25, 2017) International design, architecture, and planning firm Perkins Eastman recently joined Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dignitaries from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Nagpur, Maharashtra, for the cornerstone-laying ceremony for the new, ground-up AIIMS Nagpur campus. The formal ceremony was held on 14 April 2017. The 150-acre campus comprises healthcare, academic, and residential zones to create a holistic environment that reinforces AIIMS’s position as India’s premier medical sciences institution. Perkins Eastman, together with the India firm Edifice Consultants, is designing the entire development, estimated for completion in 2020.
AIIMS is a group of autonomous medical institutes of higher education that currently has seven functioning campuses throughout the country. The Nagpur campus will be located in the MIHAN (Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur) project, establishing the first AIIMS presence in Maharashtra, India’s second-most populous state. The mixed-use healthcare campus and its care facilities are being designed to accommodate enormous outpatient demand, thus AIIMS Nagpur is projected to eventually serve a population of 365 lakhs (or 36.5 million) from the Maharashtra’s eastern and southern regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada, respectively.
The Nagpur campus adopts a unique urban form and will comprise a mix of uses and building types, including new healthcare, academic, and residential complexes, knit together by comprehensive landscaping—befittingly including an orange grove—and infrastructure, along with carefully considered transit and pedestrian circulation plans. The development vision for the entire campus and its sub-components will be carried out simultaneously.
In order to accommodate the future growth and expansion needs of the campus, the formal planning approach utilizes geometric concepts of flexibility and modularity. The main component of the campus is the medical zone, which will feature a 960-bed hospital and connected outpatient building that will incorporate best practices in evidence-based design and patient-centered care. This zone is seamlessly stitched to the academic quad in order generate rich inter-professional relationships, while the latter also aims to generate active learning environments through student-centric and technology-rich spaces, including simulation-based medical teaching and learning. The residential units were designed for privacy and include social spaces that foster kinship and a co-working spirit.
Managed by Supriya Thyagarajan, Associate Principal and Office Director of the firm’s Mumbai office, the Perkins Eastman team comprises design leaders and building-type experts from seven offices—Charlotte, Dubai, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC—illustrating the firm’s global capacity to deliver a project of this scale, schedule, and programmatic complexity.
The AIIMS Nagpur campus is one of three comprehensive AIIMS campuses Perkins Eastman is designing and planning in partnership with Edifice Consultants. The other two, AIIMS Kalyani in the state of West Bengal, and AIIMS Guntur in the state of Andhra Pradesh, are projected to begin construction shortly and will further expand the reach of India’s premier medical colleges to parts of the country not currently served by these “institutes of national importance.”
Perkins Eastman Expands Presence in Latin AmericaApril 12, 2017
Guayaquil, Ecuador (April 12, 2017) The Board of Directors of global design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the expansion of its design, consulting, and planning operations in Latin America, based out of the firm’s regional office in Guayaquil, Ecuador, which opened in 2008. This announcement coincides with a major development concerning the lands surrounding the soon-to-be-decommissioned José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. Perkins Eastman has been hired by the city to develop the master plan for this parcel, which comprises approximately 3.4 square kilometers and borders the Río Daule. Stephen Forneris AIA, Managing Principal of the Guayaquil office, joined Mayor Jaime Nebot for a press conference on March 28 to share news of this development and to proffer what the future holds for Ecuador’s largest city.
The ambitious task of developing a master plan for the site represents a major milestone for Guayaquil’s ongoing urban regeneration campaign, started by Mayor Nebot in the early 2000s. The master plan itself, currently in its nascent stage, is envisioned by Perkins Eastman to become a major and long-term economic driver for the city, combining best practices in planning & urban design, public transit & infrastructure, education, healthcare, hospitality, and commercial mixed-use – all project types for which the firm is internationally renowned.
“It is an honor to be partnering with the city and its civic leaders on this project,” says Forneris. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help lay a path for Guayaquil’s future. Every city eventually tackles challenges related to planning, density and transportation, and considers ways in which new technologies will determine how those challenges are met.” He continues: “Designing for the health and sustainability of this growing city and its citizens is paramount. We want to create a city of the future.”
Among Perkins Eastman’s notable projects in the region are San Alberto Hurtado, a residential and mixed-use urbanization development located on Guayaquil’s western end, designed in partnership with charitable foundation Hogar de Cristo; the master plan for the modernization of Hospital Luis Vernaza, Ecuador’s largest public hospital; and Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The American School of Lima, an independent preparatory school serving the international business and diplomatic community in Lima, Peru.
More recently Perkins Eastman partnered with Degenkolb to send a team of architects and seismic engineers to Ecuador following last year’s devastating earthquake. The team assessed damage to critical infrastructure—namely schools, hospitals, and civic buildings—and developed recommendations for advancing seismic building codes for greater earthquake resilience.
Bradford Perkins, Chairman and CEO of Perkins Eastman, says, “When we opened our Ecuador office in 2008, we did so with the objective of gradually introducing our unique design expertise and global resources to South and Central America. Nearly a decade later, our Guayaquil office is now firmly established and poised to become a competitive leader in the region. With the full support of the firm’s international network of offices and design studios, we’re always improving our regional capabilities, which enables us to provide award-winning design on a variety of project and building types.”
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Grand Opening of Moorings Park at Grey Oaks in Naples, FLMarch 30, 2017
Washington, DC (March 30, 2017) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman, a renowned industry leader in the design and planning of residential and care environments for seniors, joined long-time business partner Moorings Park in Naples, FL, yesterday for the grand opening of Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, the new satellite campus of the renowned life plan community in Southwest Florida. Following the success of Perkins Eastman’s repositioning of Moorings Park’s main campus, completed in 2014, the senior living provider sought a similar strategy to creating a dynamic complex of buildings and green space to anchor its 16-acre Grey Oaks campus. With the opening of Grey Oaks, the larger campus network is now better equipped to offer a comprehensive continuum of care to residents of varying ages and treatment needs.
The Grey Oaks community’s centerpiece is a five-story residential building, designed in a contemporary Mediterranean architectural style. The clubhouse comprises 38 assisted living memory support rooms and 24 assisted living guest suites, 13 penthouse-style independent living apartments, a clubhouse on the second floor, parking garage, bistro overlooking the outdoor swimming pool, and a Center for Healthy Living (CHL). One standout design choice is the main building’s two distinct front doors, on the north- and south-facing sides. The south side offers exclusive access to the assisted living and assisted living memory support suits, located on the third and fourth floors, and the north side entrance leads to the building’s central piazza, independent living apartments, the bistro and pool, and clubhouse entrance for residents and guess.
The standalone, 6,000 square-foot CHL offers a diverse program designed to promote holistic wellness for all residents. The facility includes a salon and spa, fitness center, classrooms, lecture hall, pharmacy, and is surrounded by landscaped green space and gardens for added privacy. Additionally, a premier senior healthcare program and physical therapy services will be provided at the Center for Healthy Living.
According to Dan Cinelli FAIA, Principal with Perkins Eastman’s Washington, DC, office and the project’s design leader, “At Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, our objective was to create a spacious and state-of-the-art home that by design embodies the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.” He continues: “The amenities in place here at the Grey Oaks campus, along with the orientation and architectural character of the buildings, all come together to evoke a resort-style community. But more importantly, what we have designed is a beautiful home where residents have access to the best possible healthcare services and are enabled to lead their daily lives in a manner that suits their individualized life plans and care needs.”
In partnership with Perkins Eastman, the design architect and master planner for Grey Oaks, local architecture firm BSSW Architects served as associate architect, Suffolk Construction served as the project’s general contractor, and Wegman Design Group provided interior design services.
The American Institute of Architects Elevates Sandy Silverman to the College of FellowsMarch 23, 2017
Washington, DC (March 23, 2017) Top international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman is proud to announce that the 2017 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated Sandy Silverman, Principal of Perkins Eastman, to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made exceptional contributions to the profession. Mr. Silverman is one of 178 candidates elevated this year. Only three percent of the AIA’s 90,000 members are distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship.
An expert in multi-family, senior living, mixed-use, and other commercial and institutional building types, Mr. Silverman leads Perkins Eastman’s Housing Practice in the Washington, DC office. He has brought design excellence to more than 50,000 units of housing, transforming the fabric of communities with innovative urban mixed-use housing across multiple market sectors.
“From when I went to Washington University in St. Louis, I’ve always been interested in housing,” said Mr. Silverman, whose thesis was a housing complex along the Mississippi River waterfront. Upon graduation, when he served in the Peace Corps in Peru, he worked at the Peruvian government housing agency designing affordable housing projects. After the 1968 riots in Washington, DC, Mr. Silverman settled in DC and helped to begin the replanning of the areas damaged by the riots. “The areas most destroyed were 7th and 14th streets,” he said. Ironically, Perkins Eastman’s new DC office is along the revitalized 14th Street at Thomas Circle.
Mr. Silverman has been an active member of housing committees throughout the Washington, DC area, including the District of Columbia Building Association (DCBIA), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he is a member of the ULI’s District Council Advisory Board and was recently co-chair of its Housing Initiative Council.
On April 27th, Mr. Silverman will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA’s Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, Florida
Perkins Eastman Releases State of Senior Living 2017 Survey: "An Industry in Transition"March 21, 2017
New York, NY (March 21, 2017) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman, a renowned industry leader in the design and planning of residential and care environments for seniors, is pleased to announce the publication of its 2017 Survey on The State of Senior Living: “An Industry in Transition.” For this, the third in a series of industry surveys conducted by Perkins Eastman Research, led by Associate and Senior Design Researcher Emily Chmielewski EDAC, nearly 200 respondents from mostly not-for-profit life plan communities share their expertise and insights on five key issues that “keep them up at night”: Baby Boomer expectations, healthcare reform, staff recruitment and retention, for-profit competitive growth, and the needs of middle-income residents.
Some of the respondents’ feedback for “An Industry in Transition” was recorded at the 2016 LeadingAge Conference in Indianapolis, conducted at Perkins Eastman’s exhibition booth, in which a random sampling of senior living providers—mostly from the not-for-profit sector—volunteered to answer an on-the-spot survey question about the key issues facing the industry.
Further survey results and feedback revealed that, among the key focus areas being examined, staff recruitment and retention was the #1 concern among respondents. On this topic, many of those surveyed expressed unease toward how wages significantly outpaced job empowerment, benefits, and/or training, while as many as one in three respondents cited recent improvements in recruitment and retention with the help of job role empowerment interventions. Boomer expectations and healthcare reform were close seconds in terms of respondents’ chief concerns for their respective communities and the industry at large going forward.
The first two State of Senior Living surveys conducted by Perkins Eastman Research were published in 2009/10, in the immediate wake of the Great Recession, and in 2015, which was sub-titled “An Industry Poised for Change.” The reason for the relatively brief turnaround time between the second and third surveys has to do strategic alliances, in particular the expressed importance of partnering with healthcare providers. According to the Survey’s authors, “Our 2015 survey saw a remarkable gap between the current alignment with healthcare systems (29% had no relationship) and their belief that an alignment was in the future (74%). What a difference two years makes! Models involving strategic alliance, partnerships and primary referrals all saw significant growth” during this time.
As a rapidly aging Boomer population reevaluates its priorities going forward, and senior living models readjust to accommodate greater demand for everything from urban settings and intergenerational apartment environments to a la carte services for middle-income residents, the 2017 survey’s findings strongly indicate that strategic partnerships with healthcare systems is on the increase industry-wide. “Given some of the shifts in concerns and priorities, we believe [this latest] survey does speak for an industry already in transition and not just poised for change.”
“An Industry in Transition” is available for free download here.
Perkins Eastman and Three H Co-Publish New White Paper Examining the Evolution of the Work Place, and How Design Can Inform Employee Productivity and WellbeingMarch 2, 2017
New York, NY (March 2, 2017) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to join innovative furniture designer Three H in announcing the publication of the joint white paper “The Effect of Individualized Work Settings on Productivity and Well-Being.” This thoroughly researched paper is the first in a planned three-part series of studies on the evolution of diverse office environments and how the contemporary activity-based workplace (ABW) can be uniquely tailored to support a range of employee personalities, tasks and work modes. And while the premise of ABWs is based on the practice of allowing workers to remain mobile and flexible within the workplace, this paper argues that up until now, little attention and scant resources have been paid toward looking at the importance of individualizing such environments.
In examining the various topics that relate to the physical workplace, the paper’s authors open with a historical overview of modern-day office design, followed by summaries of studies that examine emerging trends in workplace design (including organization case studies), and most importantly, take an in-depth investigative look at the complex and evolving relationship that exists between common personality types—including individual strengths and shortcomings—and the physical conditions of the workplace. Throughout this study, the authors’ findings are informed by the existing variety of ABW types, from open bar-height workstations and semi-partitioned areas with modular walls to more traditional enclosed spaces fitted with mobile and customizable furnishings.
According to the authors, “The importance of creating a work environment that satisfies an individual’s specifications and preferences has been well-documented; the activity-based work environment begins to address this need by offering a variety of settings suited to various tasks and working styles. Why not take this a step further by leveraging available data (i.e. employee preferences, working habits, activity patterns, and personality type) in order to provide an optimal work environment?” Further, in the white paper’s overview of ABW types, the authors offer, “Uncovering how people’s needs and potential success in an office differs based on their personality can arguably help overcome some of the current shortcomings in ABWs, and in office design in general.”
According to Gary Hierlihy, Three H’s VP of Sales and Marketing, based in Toronto, “The notions of personalization and customization are a perfect fit for us at a time when Three H is undertaking its two-year ‘Diversity’ program, in which we’re developing new approaches to office furniture design for evolving workplaces … The integration of the finding of this joint study represent a crucial component to how we design and shape workplace environments of the future.”
The white paper’s primary authors comprise Perkins Eastman Associates Rebecca Milne, Scott Fallick, and Katherine Gluckselig, based in New York, and Designer Danya Hakky, based in Washington, DC. The second phase of this joint Perkins Eastman-Three H study will examine a host of personality and intelligence types, using subjects in an office setting, and study how the physical environment may be shaped to support both the employee and organization as a whole.
The entire white paper is available for free download here.
John Marinello Joins Perkins Eastman as Chief Information OfficerFebruary 6, 2017
New York, New York (February 6, 2017) Global architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to welcome John Marinello as its first Chief Information Officer (CIO). Known in the industry as a hands-on Information Technology strategist, Mr. Marinello brings more than 25 years of experience in the field of Information Technology with a focus on the challenges specific to Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). He provides a proven track record of delivering complex IT projects on time and on budget. Mr. Marinello has provided technical vision, leadership, and a business acumen for aggressive growth for some of the AEC industry’s best known consultants. His core business strengths include strategic and operation technology planning, IT infrastructure design and implementation, as well as talent management.
“I’ve been a longtime admirer of the staff and the Perkins Eastman brand. You cannot be in our business for any length of time and not be impressed by their reputation for innovation and dedication to client service. Perkins Eastman has maintained their long-term relationships and well-earned reputation due to their high level of principal participation,” said John Marinello, CIO of Perkins Eastman.
“John Marinello’s exceptional technical expertise, his ability to react with creative solutions to complex technical challenges, and the spirit of humanity he brings to Perkins Eastman are unique,” said J. David Hoglund, President and Executive Director of Perkins Eastman.
Before joining Perkins Eastman, Mr. Marinello was CIO at Syska Hennessy Group, a global leader in engineering, design, and commissioning, for five years in New York, New York. Earlier in his career, he worked as CIO at Flack + Kurtz US (now WSP Group) in New York, New York for over 16 years.
Mr. Marinello also noted that he greatly admires how involved Perkins Eastman is in each of the communities where it has offices. “It didn’t hit home for me how important outreach is until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit my beloved city of New Orleans,” said the Louisiana State University graduate, who earned his MBA in Information Systems and Decision Science. Mr. Marinello and his wife Suzanne return several times each year to New Orleans to volunteer for organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, and its “Reach for The Stars Society” on behalf of Volunteers of America NOLA, which provides after-school programs for the children of the Crescent City.
Perkins Eastman Joins Atria Senior Living for Ribbon Cutting in Foster City, CA, Celebrates Grand Opening of Atria at Foster SquareFebruary 3, 2017
San Francisco, CA (February 3, 2017) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman, a renowned industry leader in the design and planning of residential and care environments for seniors, is proud to have joined Atria Senior Living for last night’s ribbon cutting ceremony for Atria at Foster Square. The new six-story, 190,000 SF retirement community offers innovative and state-of-the-art independent living, assisted living and memory care services in the pristine settings of Foster City, situated along San Francisco Bay and just north of Silicon Valley. Of the building’s 155 rental units, 24 are designed for memory care residents, while the ground floor and the adjacent Town Square are devoted to recreational common spaces, bistro dining, and diverse retail amenities.
Atria at Foster Square represents the flagship building for the larger Foster Square development, an ongoing and worthwhile initiative to develop more than 15 acres in Foster City with a variety of senior-friendly housing, commercial and dining options, and neighborhood retail. By virtue of Atria Senior Living’s site selection, Atria at Foster Square is carefully planned to maximize mobility and accessibility. Located within a few blocks of the public library, the Foster City Community Center, the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, City Hall, a waterfront park, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, retail, and a future civic auditorium, Foster Square and its residents are joining a vibrant and fully integrated neighborhood in the heart of downtown.
Perkins Eastman’s design of the new building is characterized by modern urban living all within a diverse and walkable suburban community, and enlivened by expansive garden courtyards. Atria at Foster Square’s design is also in response to a host of site-specific environmental factors, such as protecting the building from prevalent northerly winds, optimizing views of the Bay and distant mountains, and orienting southeast-facing common areas to receive generous natural light. Additionally, the building’s layout prioritizes the use of secure and private courtyards for residents.
In developing this new standalone residential building, Atria Senior Living expressed a desire to partner in creating a campus for seniors with all manner of lifestyles and daily needs, from active and independent living, assisted living and memory care, to those who prefer apartment living or larger townhomes. Best of all, Foster Square residents can count themselves among a growing, safe and vibrant neighborhood that by design encourages walking, socializing, and all types of activities that are supported by robust community infrastructure.
Atria at Foster Square boasts many environmentally-friendly design features and is seeking LEED Silver certification. The project also received Special Recognition as part of the American Institute of Architects’ 2015 Design for Aging Review Awards.
According to Leslie Moldow FAIA, Principal with Perkins Eastman’s San Francisco office and design lead for the project, “Creating a community like Atria at Foster Square presented us with some unique challenges and opportunities. We wanted to establish the building as the new center of this exciting and diverse community, where a host of amenities could be easily accessed. Its position along the Bay, on the Foster City peninsula, also obliged us to consider crucial environmental factors, like soil conditions and flood lines, and design a home for people that was exceptional and exceeded the larger community’s expectations. I'm proud to say that we have accomplished just that.”
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Groundbreaking of McMillan Sand Filtration Site in Washington, DCDecember 7, 2016
Washington, DC (December 7, 2016) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to share the news of today’s groundbreaking ceremony for McMillan, the new mixed-use community on the 25-acre rectangular site formerly occupied by the McMillan Slow Sand Filtration Plant. Scheduled for completion in 2018, McMillan will comprise a mix of uses and introduce more than 2 million sf of development devoted to medical office buildings, multi-family housing, row houses, retail, and a grocery store. Perkins Eastman served as the Urban Designer and Master Planner for the revitalized McMillan site.
In addition to new construction, the McMillan plan is defined by its historic preservation and resilient landscape architecture. The parcel’s most notable feature is the rows of cylindrical towers—previously used as sand storage bins—that cut through the site. Rather than doing away with these relics, all 20 will be preserved and stabilized, as will the site’s four brick regulator houses and two underground sand filtration beds, recalling a time when works of civic infrastructure were considered integral to the urban aesthetic. The neighborhood will also include more than six acres of publicly accessible parks. McMillan is designed to achieve LEED-ND Gold.
The McMillan Slow Sand Filtration Plant, constructed at the turn of the 20th Century by the federal government, was the first large-scale water purification facility in the District of Columbia. This critical infrastructure was eventually complemented by a landscape design, led by Frederick Law Olmstead, which transformed the elevated, plinth-like site into a popular destination for recreation and public enjoyment, including a walking path along the plant’s perimeter. By the time the U.S. entered World War II, however, McMillan was closed to the public and has been inaccessible ever since, even after plant operations ceased in the 1980s. Today all that changes and this storied industrial site begins its new lease on life.
According to Principal Matthew Bell FAIA, who led the design and planning of McMillan, “Together with the District and Vision McMillan Partners, we are beyond pleased to have played a role in designing the future of this unique and historic parcel in Northwest DC, and help create a vibrant, sustainable and timeless neighborhood that residents can be proud to call their own.”
This morning’s event took place at the site’s northeast corner, at the intersection of Michigan Ave. NW and North Capitol Street NE, and was hosted by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development (DMPED). Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner, and several DC-based Perkins Eastman team members involved in the design and planning of McMillan were in attendance.
Perkins Eastman Wins NAIOP Northern Virginia Award of Excellence for WeWork: WeLiveNovember 23, 2016
Washington, DC (November 23, 2016) Perkins Eastman was honored to receive an NAIOP Northern Virginia 2016 Award of Excellence for Adaptive Re-Use recently (11.16.16) at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The award was given for WeWork/WeLive, one of the original office buildings in Crystal City, Virginia that Perkins Eastman, Architect of Record, transformed into a vibrant co-living, micro-unit residential building—WeLive Crystal City—which is part of the international creative platform and shared workspace provider WeWork. The top two floors of this 12-story building, owned by Vornado/Charles E. Smith, are WeWork offices. The nine floors below have been imaginatively converted into WeLive apartments. These 216 micro-units are a mix from studios to four-bedroom units.
For decades, Crystal City, across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, near the Pentagon, was filled with federal agency headquarters and government office buildings. Because of Base Closure and Realignment, however, many office buildings have been vacated as former military tenants have left.
“Winning the Adaptive Re-Use category is a great recognition of how we can creatively repurpose obsolescent building stock—a tired 60s office building is reborn as a new type of residential community. This is good for communities and the ultimate expression of sustainability,” said Barbara Mullenex AIA, Principal of Perkins Eastman, and the Principal in Charge of the WeWork/WeLive project. Mullenex’s team included Takehiro Nakamura, Tilden Cooper, and Katie Johnson of Perkins Eastman, who all collaborated with ARExA, Interior Designer, and the James G. Davis Construction Corporation to revitalize this building.
At WeWork/WeLive, multipurpose communal spaces, ranging from fully-equipped chef's kitchens to cozy living spaces and laundry rooms with arcade games, were created. In addition to shared spaces, " members" can relax in reading nooks, grab a cup of joe at fully-stocked coffee bars, or buy a late night snack at the " Honesty Market" . Members access their units, communicate with each other, and pay for concierge services through a mobile app.
Creating a vibrant live/work community presented an opportunity to think about the way physical space brings neighbors together and fosters friendships. Clustering floors, connecting them with stairs, and linking them with amenities creates smaller " neighborhoods" within the larger community. Each unit is fully furnished with a Murphy bed, linens, towels, dishes, cutlery, a Bose speaker system that supports AirPlay and Bluetooth, high definition televisions, and premium cable and high-speed Internet connections. Both WeWork and WeLive are pet-friendly, offer catered dining options, and have an outdoor garden for all to enjoy.
Just as open floor plans in offices spur spontaneous interactions among co-workers, shared amenity spaces at WeLive encourage neighbors to meet, mingle, and build a community.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Grand Opening of Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little RockNovember 11, 2016
Chicago, IL (November 11, 2016) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman, a renowned industry leader in the design and planning of residential and care environments for seniors, is proud to join the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) this Veterans Day to cut the ribbon on the new Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock, situated on a pristine and brand new 31-acre campus on Fort Logan H. Roots. This milestone marks the grand opening of ADVA’s Community Living Centers (CLCs), which broke ground on July 29 of last year, and represents the first such developments in the State of Arkansas built for the sole purpose of providing long-term care for aging veterans, including skilled nursing care, dementia care, and rehabilitation services. The Chicago office of Perkins Eastman provided architecture, planning and interior design services; Polk Stanley Wilcox, based in Little Rock, is the Architect of Record.
These eight new CLCs are built on the unique “small house” model of care, and are each fitted with 12 private bedrooms and adjoining private bathrooms. (Two rooms in each household are able to accommodate double occupancy if the need arises.) The CLCs are designed as integrated community households, wherein caregivers can attend to residents’ respective needs in a homelike and socially active environment, as opposed to the more common institutional model of nursing facility.
The ADVA’s move toward offering aging veterans—as well as Gold Star parents and spouses—a more thoughtful, resident-centered model of care demonstrates a clear commitment to fostering a sense of community and personalized living for those in need. In keeping with the small house model, each 10,000-square-foot home features universally accessible common areas including living room, study, dining room, kitchen and den, and front and pack porches, all oriented to receive abundant natural light and ventilation, as well as assist with wayfinding and prioritize social interaction.
Additionally, a new Community Building sits in the heart of the new Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock’s campus, providing a centralized destination for residents and staff, as well as the ideal venue for large events, performances, classes and other community activities.
According to Principal-in-Charge Jerry Walleck AIA, in attendance at today’s ceremony, “Our team is very proud to partner with the ADVA and to help make this important community a reality. The vision for the Veterans Home all began with a desire and need to offer veterans and their families a hospitable and homelike environment that fosters independence, a better quality of sustainable living, and a great gathering place for the veteran community of Central Arkansas.”
Perkins Eastman Joins Rutgers University in Unveiling Design of Multisport Training ComplexNovember 7, 2016
New York, NY (November 7, 2016) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman congratulates Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey on the recent groundbreaking of the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center in Piscataway Township, New Jersey.
Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 295,244 sf, four-story building will provide a state-of-the-art practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics. It will be completed by June 2019.
Principal Scott Schiamberg AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, leader of Perkins Eastman’s Sports & Exhibition practice area, says: “Perkins Eastman is pleased to be a part of the team supporting Rutgers University and celebrating the groundbreaking of the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center. The facility will anchor a new Livingston Campus quadrangle in front of The RAC, serving as a vibrant new destination and face of Rutgers Athletics.” He continues, “We are proud to have designed this high-performance facility that will help support the championship culture for the student-athletes at Rutgers University.”
The building will complete and activate a new Athletics Plaza, integrating existing pedestrian routes and linking the academic campus with the athletic fields—a visibility that will strengthen the identity of Rutgers Athletics.
This project realizes the first major initiative from Rutgers’ 2015 Athletics Big 10 Build. The building will include spaces for sports medicine, strength and conditioning, nutrition and training table, and a sports performance lab to support the athletic program. A “Hall of Fame,” Spirit Shop, and training table will operate off of the main public entrance lobby. An integrated multi-story parking deck will provide hundreds of parking spaces.
“This pivotal project signifies an affirmation of Rutgers University’s commitment to its athletics program and its exceptional student-athletes who represent Rutgers on a national stage. The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center will create an environment that will provide student-athletes outstanding support facilities for their athletic, academic, and social performance, and foster a sense of pride in the Rutgers community,” said David C. Schulz AIA, Vice President of Planning, Development, and Design at Rutgers University. “It will have a dramatic and wide-ranging impact on Rutgers athletic programs for years to come.”
The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center will be constructed adjacent to the Rutgers Athletics Complex (RAC) and the Rutgers Business School.
Perkins Eastman Research Releases White Paper on "Centers for Healthy Living" and Whole-Person WellnessOctober 31, 2016
New York, NY (October 31, 2016) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the publication of its latest white paper, “Centers for Healthy Living: Providing Whole-Peron Wellness to Seniors,” co-authored by Associate and Senior Design Researcher Emily Chmielewski EDAC, and Associate Claire Dickey AIA, who are based in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, offices, respectively. This report is the culmination of a comprehensive design research study, conducted by the firm’s in-house research group, which examines what existing centers for healthy living (CHLs) are doing today and how they may evolve to better serve the complex needs of seniors.
Centers for healthy living, a new building typology that supports seniors through all eight dimensions of wellness, are currently being developed all over the U.S. in various forms and serving a diversity of needs, either within Life Plan Community campuses or as stand-alone community centers. Rather than adhering to a one-size-fits-all model, today’s CHLs vary widely in terms of services offered, which in turn reflects the fact that there are many definitions of “wellness.” According to one survey participant, the COO of a prominent residential and care provider in a suburb of Washington, DC, “With so many definitions of wellness, a successful CHL needs to be able to adjust and adapt to be all inclusive and participatory.”
“The CHLs we studied,” write the authors, “indicated that in addition to supporting whole-person wellness and encouraging healthy living, they were developed to address changing consumer demands, leverage partnerships, reach a greater cross-section of the community … and to create a superior alternative to the competition,” one based on choice and an individualized approach to those seniors—both residents and non-residents—who actively use the facility.
With the number of older adults in the U.S. in need of long-term services and support projected to grow from 15 million to 27 million by the year 2050, there is a distinct need to explore where and how senior services are delivered.
Furthermore, “CHLs help bridge the gap between the senior living and healthcare sectors, yet they go beyond the typical provision of clinic and exercise spaces to address all eight dimensions of whole-person wellness.” While this holistic approach is optimal, research study findings suggest that some providers tend to focus more on residents’ physical and social wellness, and pay less attention to accommodating the other six. This white paper explores the causes behind this (e.g. certain dimensions of wellness are easier to support and quantify), among other things, and offers informed, research-based recommendations for how CHLs of the future and corresponding models of care can better meet the wellness needs of seniors.
Among the spotlight projects used as case studies for this white paper are C.C. Young, Dallas, TX; Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana, IL; Moorings Park, Naples, FL; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham, MA; Rockwood Retirement Living: The Summit, Spokane, WA; Saint John’s on the Lake, Milwaukee, WI; and Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa, CA, not to mention a select host of other communities and CHLs designed by other firms.
Perkins Eastman and EwingCole Co-Publish New White Paper Examining Benefits and Challenges of Design ResearchOctober 11, 2016
New York, NY (October 11, 2016) International design firm Perkins Eastman and EwingCole are pleased to announce the release of their new joint white paper “Where Are We Now?: Elevating Design Practice through Design Research,” co-authored by Emily Chmielewski, EDAC, Associate and Senior Design Researcher at Perkins Eastman, and Nicholas Watkins, Ph.D., Director of Research at EwingCole. The paper takes an in-depth look at the current state of the design research field, dissects the many challenges researchers face, and contemplates broad solutions for advancing the practice of design research for the overall betterment of the architectural design field.
In March 2016, the Perkins Eastman and EwingCole research teams, led by Chmielewski and Watkins, developed and instituted a comprehensive online survey of 29 questions, in partnership with the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). The survey was available online for three weeks and was completed by a mix of students, educators, designers, and design research professionals. The results of that survey were then presented at the 47th Annual EDRA Conference (EDRA47), in Raleigh, NC.
The survey’s questions focused on such topics as: Defining one’s role; the value and credibility of design research; research methods, knowledge sharing, and sustainability of design research in practice, among others. “Many of our respondents wear multiple hats,” says Chmielewski. “An educator will also participate in research practice, for example, and many others do not have one area of specialization. Most are conducting research in multiple sectors and on varied project types.”
At EDRA47, the teams engaged in conversation with various conference attendees about the many challenges related to conducting design research as well as solutions for promoting the incorporation of design research in design delivery. The survey’s findings, combined with input from the EDRA conference, informed the content produced for “Where Are We Now?”
According to Watkins, “A key challenge for all researchers in practice is to communicate our studies’ findings in such a way that attracts the attention of designers and clients, as well as conveys insights that can effectively impact the design industry. One of our intentions in writing this paper was to help our industry peers in tackling those challenges, and consequently, finding more receptive audiences for their important work.”
The entire white paper is available for free download at www.perkinseastman.com/white_papers
Perkins Eastman Announces 2016 PromotionsAugust 10, 2016
New York, NY (August 10, 2016) Top international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce senior leadership promotions for 2016, reflecting the company’s commitment to building and maintaining a strong and dynamic leadership team across its many practice areas, multiple offices, and network of affiliates.
The following individuals have been promoted to Principal:
Maureen Carley-Vallejo IIDA (New York, NY): Maureen Carley-Vallejo is the Senior Healthcare Interiors Leader across all offices at Perkins Eastman. Over the past 20 years, Carley has designed beautiful and thoughtful environments that humanize and elevate the overall experience for the firm’s most high-profile healthcare projects. She was recently named Healthcare Design’s Interior Designer of the Year.
Jana Silsby AIA, LEED AP (Boston, MA): Jana Silsby has more than 20 years' experience on a diverse portfolio of academic, residential, and healthcare projects, and has been instrumental in helping to build and grow Perkins Eastman’s Boston office. Silsby promotes an integrated design process and constantly investigates how to incorporate green and sustainable design in all of her projects.
Joanne Violanti AIA, LEED AP (New York, NY): Joanne Violanti has more than 25 years of experience designing significant medical and laboratory facilities, where she has channeled her particular strength in delivering projects with demanding schedules, elaborate programs, and complex technical requirements. As such, she is a leading member of Perkins Eastman’s technical leadership committee.
“Perkins Eastman is fortunate to have a diverse group of emerging leaders—many of whom were recognized in this year’s promotions,” says CEO and founder Bradford Perkins FAIA, adding: “I am particularly pleased to recognize those promoted to principal—Maureen Carley, Jana Silsby, and Joanne Violanti—each of whom has played a key role in the development of our growing national practices in healthcare architecture, healthcare interiors, elementary and secondary education, and sustainable design.”
In addition to the newly promoted Principals, 8 employees were promoted to Associate Principal, 22 to Senior Associate, and 48 to Associate—totaling 81 promotions firmwide.
Perkins Eastman Announces Start of Construction for Astrophysics Building at University of ChicagoJuly 21, 2016
Chicago, IL (July 21, 2016) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the start of construction on a two-story expansion and renovations to the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research (LASR) building on the University of Chicago campus in Chicago, Illinois. Once complete, the 63,500 sf building will be the renewed home to the University’s renowned Department of Physics. The building is expected to be complete in summer 2017.
A two-story addition and complete renovation of the existing LASR building will create a new campus center for physics that will allow the Theoretical and Experimental research groups to work and collaborate under the same roof, and provide a permanent home for the Enrico Fermi Institute, which strives to harness the synergies of collaborative research spanning disciplines in the Physical Sciences, and the Kadanoff Center for Theoretical Physics.
Jerry R. Walleck, Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman’s Chicago office and Principal-in-Charge of the project, says: “We are so pleased to contribute to the architecturally distinguished University of Chicago campus. In addition to bringing into modern use an existing campus building, the new LASR building will contribute to the University’s vibrant North Science Quadrangle and create a strong and mature building befitting the quality and caliber of intellectual pursuits by the Department of Physics.”
The original building was designed by SOM in 1964 and has seen few modifications since. An embodiment of the architectural spirit of its time, the square, monolithic cast-in-place concrete structure features a storefront window system at the perimeter and a symmetrical interior layout.
Perkins Eastman’s architectural response in both the renovation and the two-story addition extends the life of LASR while transforming it into a building that is more responsive to the future of experimental and theoretical physics and reinforcing the evolving campus context. A contemporary steel-hung glass and stone façade will complement the existing structure’s clean lines, clear building massing, and restrained material palette, while at the base, the identity of the existing design will remain intact.
A mix of offices and collaboration spaces will line the building’s interior perimeter, bringing daylight and views into the corridors. Light-sensitive laboratories will be located in the basement and interior of the building.
The addition’s two largest gathering spaces are clearly expressed on the building’s exterior. In order to provide an unobstructed interior space that could accommodate large groups of people, a cantilevered seminar room with a large picture window will extend beyond the existing building’s structural footprint, creating dramatic views out and providing those outside a glimpse of the activity inside. A double-height commons will connect with an outdoor roof terrace overlooking the Quad to provide a place for the physicists to gather informally and socialize, while generous natural light will stream in through the double-height glass wall.
Designed to achieve LEED Silver, the new building will use daylighting to significantly reduce the need for artificial lighting. Perimeter glazing is sized to maximize views while still protecting against excessive solar heat gain. Overhead chilled beams provide hydronic heating and cooling throughout the building, a more efficient solution than conventional forced air systems.
Perkins Eastman and Wilson Butler Architects Selected to Design Boston Arts AcademyJuly 14, 2016
Boston, MA (July 14, 2016) The Boston office of international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman/DPC, in association with Wilson Butler Architects, was recently selected to design the new Boston Arts Academy by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).
“I had the opportunity to be part of the selection process, and I was blown away by the team’s in-depth understanding of the BAA community—our values, our program, and our aspirations for our students,” said Anne Clark, BAA Headmaster. “Most impressive to me is the team’s commitment to including the community in the process, particularly students, in a very meaningful way.”
Boston Arts Academy is Boston's first and only high school for the visual and performing arts. The current state of the facility limits the school's ability to carry out its unique arts and academic program and serve as the only audition-based arts high school in BPS. During the initial phase of the project, the team will conduct a year-long feasibility study for a phased renovation and rebuild program within the Academy’s existing building—originally constructed in the 1920s as a post office warehouse—and site on Ipswich Street in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.
Perkins Eastman’s Sean O’Donnell, Principal-in-Charge of the project, says, “Our team is looking forward to working with the entire Boston Arts Academy community and the City to develop a far-reaching design that fulfills their vision for a campus environment aligned with the extraordinary talent and drive of BAA students.”
Boston Arts Academy was founded on the conviction that academics and the arts are equally important to student development and achievement. A pilot school within the Boston Public Schools district, it is a laboratory and a beacon for artistic and academic innovation; it prepares a diverse community of aspiring artist-scholars to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of a democratic society.
“We have enjoyed a longstanding connection with the Boston Arts Academy and its mission,” said Scott Wilson, Director of Boston-based Wilson Butler Architects. “We are proud and thrilled to be selected as part of the Perkins Eastman team and to have a role in shaping a promising future for the arts in Boston by designing an inspiring place for study, performance, and nurturing artistic talent.”
The teaming brings together two architecture firms with complementary skills matched to this assignment. Perkins Eastman is a global architecture firm recognized for award-winning educational design in the Boston area and around the world. Wilson Butler Architects is known for designing arts, performance, and hospitality spaces for academic and entertainment clients throughout the United States. Perkins Eastman recently combined its staff and portfolio with Design Partnership of Cambridge (DPC), a firm with 32 years working in and around the Boston area on education and civic facilities.
Groundbreaking Held Today for Perkins Eastman-Designed Civic Center Station in Downtown DenverJuly 7, 2016
New York, NY (July 7, 2016) Perkins Eastman is pleased to join the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors in announcing today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new Civic Center Station in Downtown Denver. This revitalized hub was designed to better accommodate the more than 15,000 daily transit riders who use the station, as well as offer a series of safe and iconic public spaces that strengthen the area’s transit ridership experience and create lasting value for the surrounding plaza, for transit and non-transit users alike. The current 30+ year-old station has been decommissioned and the site will be closed to commuters for the next year while construction of the new station commences.
Situated on the southern end of the 16th Street Mall, one of the city’s most trafficked thoroughfares and the main connector to Union Station on the northern end, Civic Center Station has long been in need of major upgrades. The new station is designed using the principles of Open Transit and will offer a more inviting frontage at the end of the mall, a major gateway to nearby Civic Center Park and the Colorado State Capitol Building.
At ground level, the new station is fitted on all sides with glass walls, which creates enhanced visibility throughout the site and offers riders greater security and openness within the bustling hub. Visitors and transit users will also benefit from Civic Center Station’s open site plan and inviting staircases on either end of the plaza, which lead to an expansive Terrace, a great new public asset for Downtown Denver that affords uninterrupted views of Broadway and the Capitol dome.
“It’s a true honor to design this important transit-oriented development for the city of Denver,” says Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA, Design Principal for the project. “This new Civic Center Station is designed to be more than just a transit stop for commuters. We set out to create an iconic and timeless civic space that integrates transit with culture, encourages new development in the area, and above all appeals to everyone. We feel we’ve designed a place that the city and its citizens can be proud to call their own.”
In addition to accommodating increased traffic by bus, car, bicycle and pedestrian, the new Civic Center Station will benefit from its close proximity to the city’s cultural center, which includes the Denver Public Library, Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, and History Colorado Center.
Perkins Eastman is serving as Design Architect for Civic Center Station, and Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) is the Architect of Record. Construction is expected to last 12-18 months. The revitalization of the Civic Center Transit Center area is a joint consensus between the City of Denver, the Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., and RTD.
International Award-Winning Architect Sean Huang Joins Perkins EastmanJuly 7, 2016
New York, NY (July 7, 2016) Sean Huang AIA, LEED AP, who recently joined Perkins Eastman as a Principal, brings an exceptional depth of experience in international healthcare design, master planning, large scale/mixed use, science and technology, higher education, primary and secondary education, and other practice areas to the award-winning, international architecture and design firm. Mr. Huang is based in the Perkins Eastman office in Dubai. Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, Mr. Huang was Design Principal and Board Member of KMD Architects, where he recently grew and led the firm’s Middle East practice.
“One of the main things that attracted me to Perkins Eastman is the firm’s design ethos of creating architecture that serves humanity, within a stable, diverse, and dynamic business platform,” Mr. Huang said. “Perkins Eastman is about creating value for society and clients and improving the human condition.”
“The caliber and diversity of projects Sean Huang brings in his portfolio are stellar. He has led major projects in North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. With his proven talent, leadership, and experience, Sean will be an asset to Perkins Eastman. He will be an important addition to our leadership as we continue to expand our international practice,” said Brad Perkins FAIA, MRAIC, AICP, Co-founder and Chairman of Perkins Eastman.
Among the many significant projects Mr. Huang has led over the years, three emerge as highlights. The Ford Field mixed-use development in Detroit, Michigan, the 750,000 SF, 65,000-seat Detroit Lions stadium complex, which included a 200-key hotel, retail, offices, restaurants, and entertainment facilities, is the first integrated mixed-use stadium in the National Football League. Mr. Huang particularly enjoyed this challenge because, “The idea of a stadium development acting as a catalyst of urban renewal was very positive. We were revitalizing a derelict part of Detroit and creating a new typology that didn’t exist in the past. We created a vibrant, mixed-use development that created year-round value beyond just sports,” he said.
Of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, a 750,000 SF Ambulatory Care Cancer Center that provides outpatient services with clinics, a research center, an imaging center, and patient support spaces, Mr. Huang noted, “We were trying to rethink healthcare from the perspective of the emotional needs of people. Cancer touches everyone, so we were looking at and trying to get an understanding of the psychological aspects and using an ‘emotional mapping’ approach to choreograph how patients, families, and practitioners could interact with the architecture to address the various emotional needs concurrently with the functional needs.”
Regarding the Al Maarefa University and Teaching Hospital, a recent project Mr. Huang led in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, he said, “Research has shown that more than half of learning comes outside of the classroom.” He noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “is trying to create a knowledge society, relying on dramatic changes to the educational system away from a rote learning approach and more into a culture of inquiry. Our strategy for the design was to focus on creating greater interaction of student, faculty, and the public. One of the key areas was in expanding the non-programmed areas for public education on wellness and preventative care related to diabetes, which is a major concern for the Kingdom.”
Perkins Eastman Commits to Greening International Design Projects With EDGE, IFC's Certification SystemJune 24, 2016
New York, NY (June 24, 2016) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman has pledged to apply EDGE, the green building certification system for emerging markets, to at least five of its clients’ projects in the next year. EDGE, which stands for Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies, is an innovation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. The partnership agreement was signed between Perkins Eastman and IFC in Washington, DC.
Perkins Eastman and IFC decided to collaborate in recognition of their shared aspirations that architectural firms can play a pivotal role in influencing the construction industry to follow a more low-carbon, less resource-intensive path. Through the partnership, the entities will work together to promote sustainable design practices in emerging markets, with an emphasis on India and China. Perkins Eastman’s pioneering of EDGE is intended to encourage other major design firms to follow its lead.
EDGE was created to respond to the need for a measurable solution to prove the financial case for building green and help jumpstart the proliferation of green buildings. EDGE includes complimentary software to empower building professionals to quickly and easily determine the most cost-effective ways to build green based on occupant behavior, building type, and the local climate.
Perkins Eastman has a strong commitment to sustainability that can be seen in many of its projects around the world, such as Huishan North Bund in Shanghai, a dynamic mixed-use development and marina on the Huangpu River, comprising several new buildings that have achieved LEED Gold, China 3-Star Rating, and BREEAM Excellent Certifications; and the Kartal Towers in Istanbul, a residential and mixed-use development that is projected to achieve energy savings of 30 percent. The firm is a signatory to the 2030 Commitment, an industry initiative to reach carbon neutrality within the next two decades.
“We’re impressed that IFC has assembled a team fully committed to addressing this global issue and turning it into an opportunity for emerging markets,” said Scott Kilbourn, Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Perkins Eastman’s international practice. “We think EDGE is a valuable forecasting tool that will help us shape and grow our sustainable design practice abroad, while helping to establish strong communities and smart placemaking.”
“Perkins Eastman has attracted brilliant creative minds to its practice who inspire design that emphasizes environmental performance,” said Christian Grossmann, IFC’s Director of Climate Change. “We are grateful that such a prominent firm has taken a leadership role in supporting IFC’s quest to help mitigate climate change through the mainstreaming of green buildings in emerging markets.”
IFC’s ambition is to transform 20 percent of the construction market in 125 industrializing countries with the support of industry leaders, governments, and financial institutions. Resource-efficient buildings provide a tangible value that can be passed from the developer to customers in the form of utility savings. They also have less negative impact on the environment and reinforce a more sustainable corporate brand.
IFC has a green building investment portfolio of nearly $2 billion, which includes its own direct investments and mobilized financing. Complementing its investment work, IFC advises governments on green building regulations in Colombia, Indonesia, Peru, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Perkins Eastman Releases White Paper That Examines Potential Impacts of Biophilic Design in Senior LivingMay 16, 2016
New York, NY (May 16, 2015) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the publication of its latest white paper, “Biophilic Design: An Alternative Perspective for Sustainable Design in Senior Living,” co-authored by Associate Hillary DeGroff IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, and Architect McCall Wood, who are based in the firm’s Chicago and San Francisco offices, respectively. This paper examines the relatively untapped idea of Biophilic Design, studies the various ways by which it lends focus to the evolving topic of sustainability, and, most importantly, revisits a number of the firm’s most successful projects to promote an understanding of the potential benefits of applying Biophilic Design principles in Senior Living environments.
“Biophilic Design is a focused area of research that brings people to the center of the sustainability discussion,” notes DeGroff and McCall. “It attempts to scientifically understand how people interact with their environment and, consequently, how their environment can be designed to better support them.” While this idea has existed for nearly three decades, its use within the field of architecture has not been common practice, which could be considered a missed opportunity, until now. Establishing Biophilic Design as a guiding principle throughout the design process, especially as it concerns Senior Living environments, is to recognize the imperative role the built environment plays in resident health, well-being, and quality of life.
According to the authors, “As designers, we can better understand how our environments impact us psychologically and physiologically to create architecture that promotes positive and transformative interactions. This white paper presents knowledge of how the brain and body respond to their environment and how the application of this knowledge helps demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.”
Among the spotlight projects used as case studies for this white paper are Camphill Ghent, Chatham, NY; Moorings Park, Naples, FL; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham, MA; North Chicago VA Community Living Centers, Chicago, IL; Rockwood Retirement Community, Spokane, WA; Saint John’s on the Lake, Milwaukee, WI; Sun City Park, Yokohama, Japan; and Westminster Village; Scottsdale, AZ. This white paper was produced and edited under the guidance and design expertise of Perkins Eastman’s Senior Living leadership team.
The entire “Biophilic Design” white paper is available for free download at www.perkinseastman.com/white_papers.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Grand Opening of New Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Cambridge, MAMarch 15, 2016
Boston, MA (March 15, 2016) Perkins Eastman joined the City of Cambridge; Cambridge Public School District; academic administration, faculty, and students; and the community recently to celebrate the grand opening of the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Putnam Avenue Upper School, and Department of Human Services preschool, after-school, and community school programs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 170,000 sf building—expected to achieve near Net-Zero Energy results—opened in December 2015.
Associate Principal Jana Silsby AIA, LEED AP, who led the project’s design at Perkins Eastman, says: “It has been the highlight of my career to have worked with the Cambridge Public School District and the City of Cambridge; students; administration, faculty, and staff; and community to create a school building that embodies high-performance sustainable design and that has been embraced by its community. We designed the building to be a hands-on learning laboratory, where every design decision and every sustainable feature is a learning moment that the students will carry with them throughout their lives.” She continues, “Through its daylight-filled learning environments, engagement with the community through shared spaces, and sustainability initiatives that seek to achieve near net-zero energy results, this new school complex reinforces the joys of learning and embodies social justice and environmental stewardship at once.”
In support of the students’ education and the District’s high-performance energy goals, Perkins Eastman’s design created a building that uses as little energy as possible while producing as much energy as possible, while every useable square foot of the building is utilized as a learning space. The 21st-century technology-rich environment was designed to be the center of its community and, as such, includes spaces open to the community for after-hours use.
It also is itself a teaching tool; designers and educators are hoping to change students’ understanding of and relationship to energy as they are the future stewards of the planet. Cutouts in the school entrances reveal the insides of the super-insulated exterior walls hard at work saving energy, while internal corridor windows expose the underbelly of the building’s mechanical system so students will understand how the energy they use, and save, manifests. Bold child-friendly graphics throughout the building explain these systems and processes.
In addition to targeting Net Zero Energy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School is targeting LEED Platinum certification—the highest level of certification by the U.S. Green Building Council—and is projected to have an Energy Use Intensity 60% less than typical educational buildings in New England. Included among its many sustainable design attributes are:
· 65 geothermal wells that support the heating/cooling system;
· 1,615 photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roof, which are estimated to provide 47% of the school’s required energy;
· two 10,000-gallon cisterns for stormwater reclamation (located under the parking garage);
· all materials are either no or low VOC-emitting materials and many are recycled or regional materials; and
· proper orientation and plentiful daylight and views throughout.
Dr. Jeffrey Young, Superintendent of Schools, says: “We are committed to living up to the ideals expressed by the names of the two schools that share the building: our faith in education as the means to social justice will keep Dr. King alive in everything we do, and the history and spirit of the neighborhood, as represented by the name Putnam Avenue, will help us strive to keep true to the goodness of our community.” He continues, “Cambridge students, staff, and families thank the city for its vision and generosity in building this remarkable facility.”
Perkins Eastman-Designed Turkevi Center to Begin Construction Later this YearMarch 7, 2016
New York, NY (March 7, 2016) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that its design for the Turkevi Center, the new 200,000 sf Mission, Consulate and Residential building for the Republic of Turkey in New York City, has been formally approved and construction will commence later this year, following demolition of the existing on-site Turkish House building. The Turkevi Center will be located at the corner of First Avenue and East 46th Street, directly across from the United Nations. The building is scheduled for completion in 2018.
The Turkevi Center will stand 32 stories over Manhattan’s First Avenue. The shining glass tower will feature prominent loggias along the upper floors of the south and east faces, and be stacked atop a podium wrapped in perforated metal paneling, making the mixed-use building the city’s newest iconic pillar. At the podium’s roof will sit a public terrace with panoramic views of the East River and Downtown, while at its base, a grand yet inviting entrance will greet all who approach its doors to a place of stateliness and great cultural significance to the Turkish people.
Inspired in part by the Turkish crescent, the Center’s curving façade will ascend seamlessly into the skyline, departing from the surrounding cityscape of rectilinear structures.
“So many dignitaries, designers and other stakeholders have invested so much time and work into making the new Turkevi Center a reality,” says Principal Jonathan M. Stark, “and we are so pleased to join our partners in seeing this process through. When it’s completed, the Turkevi Center will be a true cultural beacon for the Republic of Turkey and its visiting citizens, as well as a grand addition to the New York City skyline.”
Situated on a stretch of Manhattan’s east side, colloquially known as “Consulate Row,” which includes many foreign missions and other diplomatic offices, the Turkevi Center’s proximity to the UN will allow for expansive views of New York City from multiple vantage points. The building will include a passport and visa branch office, lounges, kitchen, reception area, conference rooms, multi-purpose prayer room, fitness center, auditorium, and underground parking garage. The design team is led by Principals Jonathan M. Stark FAIA, Michael K. Lew AIA, Design Principal Gilles Le Gorrec, and Senior Associate Tadeusz (T) Rajwer. Ercüment Gümrük from Dizayn Grup in Istanbul is the development’s Turkish Design Consultant. The project is targeting LEED Silver.
Perkins Eastman Announces Three Key Promotions in the Firm's Mumbai OfficeFebruary 19, 2016
New York, NY (February 19, 2016) The Executive Committee and Board of Directors of international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the following promotions in its Mumbai office:
• Supriya Thyagarajan to Associate Principal and Office Director
• Chhavi Lal to Senior Associate
• Prithi Venkatram Pendharkar LEED AP, to Senior Associate
According to Principal J. Scott Kilbourn AIA, LEED AP, “On behalf of Brad [Perkins] and the entire Board of Directors, we are extremely excited to be announcing these promotions and placing three extraordinary designers and project managers at the head of our India practice. Our continued growth in the region means we are able to better serve many of India’s top institutions and developers with both local and international design expertise.”
Supriya Thyagarajan joined Perkins Eastman in 2013, and becomes the firm’s third legal Office Director of its Mumbai office, including CEO & Chairman Bradford Perkins and Principal J. Scott Kilbourn. Thyagarajan is an architect with more than 10 years of design and project management experience on various projects throughout India and the UK, principally with a focus on large scale mixed-use projects, residential developments and higher education. Her portfolio includes master plans, campus planning and design work for Ashoka University in Sonipat, and Godrej Properties’ new high-rise residential development in Mumbai, among many others. She is a Registered Architect with India’s Council of Architecture.
Chhavi Lal brings more than 10 years of experience focused primarily in the Indian market, with projects ranging in scale from university master plans to creating dynamic large-scale urban destinations. Since joining the firm in 2011 as a Project Designer, Chhavi has also played an integral role in construction administration, client management, and marketing efforts on behalf of the Mumbai office. She is a Registered Architect with India’s Council of Architecture.
Prithi Pendharkar is an architect with more than 14 years of experience in programming, planning and the design of healthcare, higher education and research facilities, among other building types, with built projects in India and North America. She joined the firm in 2014 and has since become a key member of the design team for the new campus of Ashoka University in Sonipat and the Dhaka campus of the American International School. Pendharkar is a recipient of the Arthur N. Tuttle AIA/AHA Graduate Fellowship and the James J. Souder award for her research and design proposal focused on the housing and care of patients with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. She is a Registered Architect with India’s Council of Architecture and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional.
Perkins Eastman Principal David J. Segmiller Elevated to AIA National College of FellowsFebruary 12, 2016
Charlotte, NC (February 12, 2016) The Board of Directors of international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that David J. Segmiller, Managing Principal of the firm’s Charlotte office, has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. Election to Fellow status (FAIA) is awarded by a jury of peers and recognizes architects who have made significant contributions to society on a national level and achieved a standard of excellence in their profession. For the last 28 years, David has committed his career to improving resident quality of life, principally within the senior housing and care industry.
“I am honored to join this distinguished group of architects,” said Segmiller. “It is the culmination of a decades-long journey within the senior living design and development community that I have long been a collaborator in, to establish the high standards of care and quality of life that our most senior citizens enjoy today.”
Out of a total AIA membership of nearly 88,000, there are fewer than 3,100 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship, with 158 being added to that elite roster this year. The 2016 Fellows will be officially honored at the annual Investiture of Fellows Ceremony, being held at University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium on Friday, May 20, during the AIA Convention in Philadelphia.
David J. Segmiller, FAIA, joined Perkins Eastman in 2011. His work encompasses a transformative understanding of quality of life in campus settings, high rise buildings, urban solutions, and smaller care settings. Beginning in 1988, and faced with an industry mired in institutional models of care, he has led and personally designed over 35 Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in addition to more than 20 smaller, single care facilities. These projects are located throughout the U.S., as well as in the UK and China, and have been recognized with dozens of awards in senior housing design.
“We are very pleased that the AIA has recognized David’s many accomplishments as the head of our Charlotte office and as an innovative national leader in senior living design,” said Bradford Perkins, FAIA, Chairman and CEO of Perkins Eastman.
David has served his profession as a leader of AIA Baltimore, The Maryland Society of Architects, The Urban Land Institute (ULI), LeadingAge, and the Assisted Living Federation of America. Among his myriad accomplishments, David was instrumental in engaging Active Adult and CCRC developers into the ULI Senior Housing Council for the open sharing of ideas and philosophies. His most recent white paper, “The State of Senior Living in the Carolinas,” was the result of David’s extensive surveying various CCRC leaders and service providers in the Carolinas.
100 Resilient Cities to Partner with Perkins Eastman, The First Architecture & Planning Firm to Join 100RC PlatformFebruary 10, 2016
NEW YORK – 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) today announces that Perkins Eastman will join 100RC’s roster of Platform Partners. The announcement will make the global firm’s design, architecture, and planning services available to select 100RC Network members as they create and implement comprehensive Resilience Strategies. Through this partnership, Perkins Eastman will conduct one-day design integrated resilience planning workshops and provide design and consulting services around specific challenges related to the built environment. Perkins Eastman becomes the first architecture firm to become a 100RC Platform Partner.
Perkins Eastman joins an elite group of Platform Partners that have committed to helping cities around the world prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the ‘shocks’ – catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires, and floods – and ‘stresses’ – slow-moving disasters like water shortages, homelessness, and unemployment – which are increasingly part of 21st century life. The Platform Partners are a vital component of 100RC’s efforts, both providing cities with tools they need to build resilience and influencing the market as other resilience tools are developed. Current Platform Partners represent a wide array of private sector, public sector, NGO, and academic sector leaders. The addition of Perkins Eastman expands upon the design and architecture resources available to member cities.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Perkins Eastman led multidisciplinary efforts throughout the New York Metropolitan area to create innovative plans and strategies for rebuilding communities, climate adaptation, and long-term resilience. Perkins Eastman has also led an innovative interdisciplinary consortium to address the phenomena of aging populations. This work has been recognized with numerous awards, and in the process helped areas of New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey receive millions of dollars in additional funding for rebuilding efforts.
“As extreme weather and climate events occur with greater frequency, as they have in recent years, it’s critical that cities partner with firms like Perkins Eastman,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “Their design vision and community work, particularly since Superstorm Sandy, has helped communities throughout the New York Metropolitan area and elsewhere bounce back from the storm, and to rebuild the foundation that will make these communities resilient in good times and in bad times.”
“This is an exciting proposition,” said Eric Fang AIA, LEED AP, AICP, Principal with Perkins Eastman and head of the firm’s resiliency planning initiatives. “100RC recognizes the importance of design thinking when it comes to addressing complex challenges like climate adaptation and aging populations. In turn, Perkins Eastman appreciates the power and value of forging ties with 100RC so that we can continue to search for the most innovative solutions to the challenges facing the cities we work with throughout the world.”
100RC is dedicated to helping cities become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century. Each city in the 100RC network receives four concrete types of support:
• Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts;
• Technical support for development of a robust Resilience Strategy;
• Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public, academic, and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
• Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.
Kendal at Ithaca Cuts Ribbon on Newly Expanded and Enhanced Senior Living Community in Upstate NYFebruary 5, 2016
New York, NY (February 5, 2016) This afternoon in Ithaca, NY, Perkins Eastman will join The Kendal Corporation for the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the first phase of the repositioning and expansion of Kendal at Ithaca, a full-service senior living community situated on a 105-acre campus in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Today’s milestone marks the substantial completion of the provider’s $30 million expansion, which began in 2012, and coincides with the Life Plan Community’s 20th anniversary.
As the marketplace for housing and caring for America’s growing 65+ population continues to expand, providers are recognizing the increasing need—with the guidance of design firms like Perkins Eastman—for specialized offerings such as skilled nursing as well as expanded amenities in their communities, from diverse dining options to integrated healthcare services. Today, Kendal makes good on its commitment to expanding opportunities for sustainability and resident wellness with the unveiling of its repositioned community, which now boasts a new inviting entrance and reception area, expanded fitness center, new casual dining bistro, 24 new high-end apartments for independent living, and most importantly, a new skilled nursing center, which replaces the original care center. In phase 2, the former nursing rooms will be converted to an enlarged health clinic for the community.
Kendal at Ithaca’s new single-story skilled nursing center was designed on the neighborhood model, in which the center is divided into three distinct neighborhoods, each with its own kitchen and pantry, dining and living rooms, and 16 private resident rooms with sensitively designed outdoor space. This layout enables residents to, according to Stephen Bailey, Project Director of The Kendal Corporation, “thrive in a culture where participating is valued and care is customized to meet the changing needs and preferences of every individual.” In addition to the new buildings and facilities, Perkins Eastman also has planned interior and exterior renovations to Kendal’s main dining room and common areas.
Richard Rosen AIA, LEED AP, Principal with Perkins Eastman and the project’s design lead, says, “Throughout our many discussions with Kendal about their future needs, and the ensuing design process, the team consistently placed the emphasis on expanding resident choice and wellness. This meant not only offering modern amenities and the highest standard of care, but also a commitment to environmental stewardship. In all these regards, Kendal at Ithaca is now a model community.”
Perkins Eastman’s master plan also introduced a variety of new passive and active outdoor courtyards, and an expansion of the community’s preexisting walking paths, all in an effort to promote the myriad benefits of walkable communities, wherein residents interact on a daily basis.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Grand Opening of MonteCedro, New Luxury Senior Housing Development in Altadena, CAFebruary 4, 2016
New York, NY (February 4, 2016) Later today team members from Perkins Eastman’s renowned Senior Living design studio will join Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) for the grand opening of MonteCedro, the new luxury Life Plan Community situated on an idyllic eight-acre site in the foothills of Altadena, CA. Perkins Eastman provided design and planning services for the new community, comprising 186 apartments, 20 Assisted Living and Memory Support residences, and coordinated in-home care, as well as a host of common activity spaces and landscaped courtyards that take full advantage of the surrounding views. The community is the first of its kind to be built in Los Angeles County in over 20 years.
Pasadena-based ECS offers Southern California residents a continuum of care and services through the organization’s three distinct communities: The Canterbury, in Rancho Palos Verdes; The Covington, in Aliso Viejo; and now MonteCedro. MonteCedro’s design, services and amenities embody what it means to be a " Life Plan Community,” a term first introduced to the public at the 2015 LeadingAge Conference, and which has replaced “CCRC” (continuing care retirement community), a moniker used by nearly 2,000 senior living communities and facilities throughout the U.S. MonteCedro provides a continuum of care for residents of varying ages (65+), care needs, and expectations of lifestyle.
Communities such as these, which offer a range of accommodations, dining options and the like, are focused on offering seniors the flexibility to determine the right plan for the next stages of life. Amenities include but are not limited to a fitness center, fine and casual dining venues, an outdoor heated saline pool, creative arts studio, library, salon, cocktail lounge, and movie theater. MonteCedro’s architectural features such as terracotta roof tiles, arcades, private balconies, wood and iron detailing, and exposed support beams all come together to evoke elements of California Mission and Spanish Colonial Revival motifs.
According to David Hoglund FAIA, Perkins Eastman Principal and the project’s design lead, “MonteCedro truly represents the best of what the senior housing industry has to offer. This community practices a philosophy of life enrichment, which means everything from apartments with high ceilings and large windows to flexible dining options, inviting outdoor spaces, and architecture that responds to the landscape.”
Groundbreaking Ceremony Held Today in Jersey City for Perkins Eastman-Designed 99 Hudson St.January 28, 2016
New York, NY (January 28, 2016) Earlier today design team members from Perkins Eastman joined Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, representatives of the Jersey City Council and Planning Board, developer China Overseas America, Inc., Plaza Construction, and a host of other dignitaries for the groundbreaking of 99 Hudson St. (aka 99 Hudson). At 79 stories tall and measuring 900 feet from sea level, 99 Hudson will be the tallest building in the state of New Jersey, surpassing the 781-foot tall Goldman Sachs building at 30 Hudson. The new tower will comprise nearly 800 condominiums and will further enhance the city’s ongoing campaign to “dramatically remake the Jersey City skyline,” according to Mayor Fulop.
As the Jersey City housing market continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, 99 Hudson will become New Jersey’s first large-scale condominium project in more than five years and create an iconic new skyscraper along the Hudson riverfront. The development will include 7,500 sf of new public plazas and open green space as well as key additions to existing commercial and retail storefronts situated along Greene, Grand, and Hudson Streets.
Mr. Ming Wu AIA, Principal with Perkins Eastman, was in attendance along with key members of his design team. Speaking at today’s ceremony, Wu said, “99 Hudson will mark a new milestone for Jersey City’s resurgence as a truly great city in which to live and work. For decades now, people on the west side of the Hudson have marveled at Manhattan’s skyline, but today Jersey City is developing its own dynamic city, along with a world-class skyline. To play a part in this transformation is quite an honor.”
The new tower, once dubbed “the most significant condo project ever in the State,” is a development of China Overseas America, Inc. The development is part of a broader effort by Mayor Fulop’s administration to transform Jersey City into the state’s leading job creator, attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment to the region, and ultimately make it New Jersey’s largest city in 2016.
Perkins Eastman Continues Domestic Growth with Establishment of Dallas OfficeJanuary 26, 2016
New York, NY (January 26, 2016) The Board of Directors of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the firm’s newest domestic office, in Dallas, Texas. The firm recently combined its practice with ForrestPerkins, an international luxury hospitality and high-end residential interior design firm, which has had an office in Dallas since 1998. Perkins Eastman joins ForrestPerkins at its current location at 3131 Turtle Creek Blvd., establishing Perkins Eastman’s 15th global location and first in Texas.
Perkins Eastman Chairman Bradford Perkins FAIA noted: “The joining of our two firms brings several important benefits to our overall practice. It brings internationally recognized hospitality and luxury residential interior design leadership that complements and strengthens our growing hospitality, residential, senior living, and healthcare architectural practices. Moreover, after working on a wide variety of projects throughout Texas for many years, we finally have a base to better serve our many clients in the region. We look forward to building the Dallas office so that we can offer the firm’s full capabilities in Texas and the surrounding states.”
The office will be led by Principal Deborah Forrest FASID, ISHC, who joins the firm from ForrestPerkins and who will lead the luxury hospitality and residential interiors practice firmwide. As such, the Dallas office will continue to work in this practice area while also building on the established practice areas of the larger firm.
Current luxury hospitality projects in the Texas region include The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel in San Antonio; the Sinclair Forth Worth Autograph Collection; and The Westin Downtown Dallas at One Main Place.
In addition to ForrestPerkins’s work in Texas, Perkins Eastman had, prior to the establishment of this office, worked on many projects for a diverse array of clientele throughout the state, including two projects for the C.C. Young assisted living retirement community in Dallas; the recently completed VIA Centro Plaza in San Antonio, a mixed-use transit facility that enhances the livability of its neighborhood; Houston Main Street Square, a three-block civic “room” that integrates light rail and transit implemented along the Main Street corridor; and Blue Skies of Texas (formerly named Air Force Villages), a repositioning of and additions to its retirement community facilities in San Antonio.
Perkins Eastman Announces Expansion of Washington, DC, Office to New Downtown LocationJanuary 22, 2016
Washington, DC (January 22, 2016) The executive committee of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that the firm’s Washington, DC, office has moved to a new space at One Thomas Circle. The new office occupies the second and third floors, including an outdoor terrace, of the 12-story building, which was completed in 1982 and renovated to meet LEED-Gold certification in 2003.
Upon the relocation of the staff of ForrestPerkins—which formally joined Perkins Eastman at the start of 2016—the total employee count in Perkins Eastman’s Washington, DC, office will be 120 people.
Dan Cinelli FAIA, Executive Director and Managing Principal of the Washington, DC, office, says of the move, “Our new, expanded location at One Thomas Circle will allow us to continue enhancing our ability to serve our clients at the highest level. This move supports our continued growth and expansion and the design of the new space underscores our commitment to creativity, collaboration, and sustainability—to both our clients and our employees."
Major projects underway in the Washington, DC, office include: Warwick Paradise Island, a transformation of the former all-inclusive property to a more exclusive destination that takes inspiration from its Bahamian culture; a series of projects for St. Johns College High School, the latest of which encompass a new arts wing, new student center, and expansion of the athletic center; Ingleside at King Farm, an expansion and renovation of the existing continuing care retirement community campus in Rockville, Maryland; and George Mason Academic VII, a new health sciences building that will help position Mason as the premiere research university in the Washington, DC, region.
42 Broad Street West Breaks Ground Today in Mount Vernon, NYDecember 29, 2015
New York, NY (December 29, 2015) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is proud to celebrate today’s groundbreaking of 42 Broad Street West (42 Broad), the new 16-story luxury residential and commercial development in the heart of Mount Vernon’s downtown Fleetwood business district. Located on the corner of Broad Street W and Fleetwood Avenue, the new building will feature 16,000 sf of storefront retail space, 205,000 sf of residential space (249 apartments), and amenities including a new courtyard with pool on the second floor, private terraces, and a landscaped roof. 42 Broad is Mount Vernon’s first planned luxury development to be erected in over four decades, and will enable the community to further capitalize on its transition into a pedestrian-friendly city of regional commerce.
According to Perkins Eastman Principal Stuart Lachs, the development’s design lead, “42 Broad is bringing to Mount Vernon more than just new luxury rental apartments and storefronts; the entire development is designed to improve the surrounding commercial district by supporting safer streets, a better pedestrian experience, and vibrant retail opportunities that support the community. It’s something special when an apartment building can achieve this and more.”
The site for the new mixed-use development is surrounded on three sides by one of Mount Vernon’s growing commercial districts. The building’s design leverages this growth by stepping back from the main intersection of Broad and Fleetwood, establishing an ample plaza for greater pedestrian usage and increased business opportunities.
With a façade that combines limestone, brick, glass, and metal accents, 42 Broad’s design evokes Mount Vernon’s industrial character while also providing a new gateway for the city. Located just minutes from the Fleetwood Metro North train station, 42 Broad is promoting a safe and walkable community in an otherwise car-congested Westchester County.
Today’s afternoon groundbreaking ceremony and holiday reception is being attended by Stuart Lachs AIA, LEED AP, Mark Alexander of Alexander Development Group, and hundreds of others comprising Mount Vernon elected officials, business leaders, clergy, non-profits and area residents from Westchester and New York Counties.
Perkins Eastman and Ford, Powell & Carson Celebrate Dedication Event of Centro Plaza at VIA VillaNovember 20, 2015
New York, NY (November 20, 2015) Perkins Eastman and San Antonio-based Ford, Powell & Carson are proud to help announce the dedication of VIA Metropolitan Transit’s Centro Plaza at VIA Villa, downtown San Antonio’s newest public plaza and multimodal transit center. The dedication ceremony inaugurates a grand town square in one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., offering residents a major access point for public transportation and an iconic community space all in one. The dedication took place at 123 N. Medina Street, in front of the historic and newly renovated I&GN Station, which now serves as VIA’s executive offices and was a major inspiration for Perkins Eastman’s design of Centro Plaza.
Centro Plaza is envisioned as more than just a transit stop. Programmable lighting throughout the Plaza, custom art and cultural amenities, and 58 newly planted local cedar elms transform Centro Plaza into a community space intended to become fully integrated into the city’s DNA. The 2+ acre site also features a system for capturing all storm water runoff in 20,000-gallon cisterns to be used for irrigating the trees, and a large photovoltaic panel array of 272 modules, situated atop the Plaza’s curved canopy to deliver 68kW of continuous energy to the property. The Plaza is a sustainable public asset that will encourage future private development in the surrounding district.
“Many of the world’s truly great plazas seamlessly integrate transit, art, and public space into the urban fabric,” says Jonathan Cohn AIA, LEED AP, Principal with Perkins Eastman and the Plaza’s design lead. “That foundation, combined with a recognition of the surrounding historic buildings and the city’s unique cultural context, is what inspired our designs for Centro Plaza. As San Antonio continues to grow, the demand for mobility and sustainable mixed-use development will grow along with it. Centro Plaza supports VIA’s response to that challenge in grand fashion.”
According to Michael Guarino, Senior Associate at Ford, Powell & Carson, “Centro Plaza has already sparked redevelopment projects in the buildings of the Cattleman’s Square Historic District, including the historic Washington Hotel that is part of this project. The Plaza brings together better transit options, a direct link between both UTSA campuses, and a stunning new home for community celebrations.”
Perkins Eastman partnered with Ford, Powell & Carson to preserve historic structures in the area, restore the historic street grid, improve overall pedestrian access, and ultimately, create an iconic public square for San Antonio residents to enjoy open green space and access to the city’s growing network of transit services.
A signature light tower, designed by acclaimed artist Bill FitzGibbons, will mark the Plaza from miles around, and it will be honored with its own dedication ceremony in early 2016.
Internationally Recognized Design and Architecture Firms Perkins Eastman and ForrestPerkins Join ForcesNovember 16, 2015
Dallas, TX, and New York, NY (November 16, 2015) ForrestPerkins is pleased to announce that it will combine practices with international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman effective January 1, 2016. The combined practice will enhance the ability of both firms to expand their reach in luxury hospitality and residential projects worldwide while continuing to provide the high level of design and client service for which both firms are known. The combined international firm will total almost 1,000 employees.
In joining Perkins Eastman, ForrestPerkins will remain a distinct brand for luxury hospitality and high-end residential interior design.
“I am thrilled to join forces with Perkins Eastman, a firm for which I have enormous respect. The opportunities our combined practice provides for my team and the ability to expand into new markets worldwide as well as retaining and building on the ForrestPerkins brand are all compelling reasons, most important of which is our shared philosophy and collaborative culture,” says Deborah Lloyd Forrest, who will remain president of ForrestPerkins and will lead the global luxury hospitality and residential interiors practice.
Shawn Basler AIA, an Executive Director and Principal of Perkins Eastman and leader of the firmwide hospitality practice area, says, “It is with great pleasure that Perkins Eastman welcomes ForrestPerkins. With the firm’s clear commitment to design excellence and collaborative nature internally and also with clients, we can think of no better partner with which to expand our hospitality and residential practices.” He continues, “We are excited to offer employees of both firms enhanced personal and professional growth opportunities through ForrestPerkins’ unique design vision combined with Perkins Eastman’s global reach and broader architectural platform.”
Both firms were founded with similar beliefs—that highest-quality architecture and interior design enhances peoples’ lives. Particular to hospitality work, both firms believe successful hotels surpass guest expectations to create unforgettable, inspiring experiences that resonate with authenticity and character. Both Perkins Eastman and ForrestPerkins have built their reputations on nurturing relationships with their clients.
Following are some key facts:
• ForrestPerkins will retain its name and continue to focus on interior design and interior architecture for luxury hospitality and high-end multi-residential projects. It will launch a new practice area within the firm united under the leadership of ForrestPerkins’ president Deborah Lloyd Forrest FASID in collaboration with Perkins Eastman’s hospitality practice leader Shawn Basler AIA.
• As of January 1, 2016, ForrestPerkins will open a New York office as an atelier within the Perkins Eastman office. ForrestPerkins is excited to build on its New York portfolio, which includes the iconic Marriott Marquis at Times Square, and in combination with Perkins Eastman, will now include the Quin, a luxury boutique hotel on West 57th Street.
• Early in 2016, ForrestPerkins will relocate to new offices in both Washington, DC, and San Francisco. Perkins Eastman will open a 15th office, its first in Texas, joining ForrestPerkins in its Dallas office at 3131 Turtle Creek.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Groundbreaking of the Tower at Morselife, New Independent Living in West Palm BeachNovember 12, 2015
New York, NY (November 12, 2015) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is proud to share the news of today’s groundbreaking ceremony of The Tower at MorseLife, the new luxury Independent Living tower and the final phase of the renowned senior care organization’s Campaign to Transform MorseLife Health System’s 37-acre campus in West Palm Beach, FL. The ten-story, 300,000 sf Tower will ultimately feature 182 one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as a restaurant and casual-dining bistro, display cooking area, resort-style wellness spa and salon, art room, indoor lounge, outdoor pool, multipurpose auditorium, and a host of other amenities. The Tower is scheduled to open in 2017.
The common areas will be located in a gallery-style corridor designed as a matching component to the adjacent The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, the campus’ rental community for Independent and Assisted Living. In addition to the new and enhanced luxury amenities, Perkins Eastman’s design includes the expansion of the existing dining room and enclosing the existing veranda for the corridor that will connect the new Tower to the existing building.
Interior design concepts were inspired by The Tradition yet The Tower will feature more modern furnishings to suit the expectations and aesthetic tastes of future residents. The Tower will have its own dedicated entrance in the form of an elegant porte cochère which leads into an expansive, hospitality-inspired lobby with concierge service and an adjoining library with double-height ceiling.
David Hoglund FAIA, Principal and COO of Perkins Eastman, and the project’s design lead, says, “Designing this final phase of the campus transformation is a wonderful challenge that we don’t take lightly. MorseLife’s reputation for excellence and creating environments that support active and healthy lifestyles are key factors in our design vision for this new tower, and it will be an honor to see that vision being built in the coming year. Altogether we have worked with MorseLife for nearly 30 years, and it’s wonderful to see this great relationship continue.”
“The Tower will be built contiguous to our inaugural senior residence, The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, which opened in 2014 and consistently remains at 100% capacity with a waiting list,” says Keith Myers, President and CEO of MorseLife. “Additionally, while the goal is to enable our residents to live active and healthy lives, they will have priority access to the spectrum of healthcare and supportive services we offer, including short-term rehabilitation, assisted living, home healthcare, memory care, care management and long-term care.”
Most recently, Perkins Eastman provided planning and design services for The Tradition, completed in 2009, and the Sondra and David S. Mack Pavilion, a household-model short-term rehabilitation center completed in 2014, both situated on the MorseLife campus.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Topping Out at Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford, ConnecticutOctober 1, 2015
Stamford, CT (October 1, 2015) The Stamford office of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman congratulates the Town of West Hartford, Connecticut, and West Hartford Public Schools on the recent topping out of its new elementary school, Charter Oak International Academy. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 86,800 sf building will accommodate 560 students in grades Pre-K to 5. The building is expected to be complete in time for the 2016-2017 school year.
Perkins Eastman’s Joseph Costa AIA, Principal-in-Charge of the project, says: “Our approach to the design of this new school has been influenced largely by the input we received from the school community during our planning workshops. The idea of promoting global inclusion and cooperation for the common good is a theme we heard over and over.” He continues, “We are pleased that the Town encouraged a creative design approach that reflects the IB program within the architecture.”
An intra-district magnet school that delivers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), Charter Oak International Academy’s curriculum is centered on inquiry-based learning, where all concepts are examined through the investigation of current world issues. The school’s distinctive circular design addresses this method of learning through four distinct quadrants that organize the students’ activity and progression through the day, radiating outward from a central exterior courtyard. At the same time, the building itself is a teaching tool—much of the building systems will be left exposed to view with energy performance displayed on interactive monitors. The central interior courtyard includes an amphitheater, where the back of the auditorium stage opens up to allow for exterior or interior performances.
The design recalls the current 1929 building in its use of brick materials, its scale, and in retaining the historic entry off of Oakwood Avenue, which ties it to its neighborhood. With large glass facades that let in ample natural light, the school is envisioned as a pavilion in a park-like setting. Other features of the design include separate playscapes for pre-kindergarten, grades K-2, and grades 3-5, and an earth mound and space for a learning garden.
Utilizing heat pumps, a geothermal well field, and a roof-mounted 100kW photovoltaic array, the new Charter Oak International Academy is anticipated to receive LEED-Gold certification. This is the first entirely new school West Hartford Public Schools has constructed in a generation.
Huishan North Bund Waterfront Redevelopment in Shanghai Achieves Distinction for Sustainable DesignSeptember 29, 2015
New York, NY (September 29, 2015) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is proud to announce that Huishan North Bund, the new mixed-use redevelopment and marina situated on Shanghai’s Huangpu River, has achieved distinction for comprehensive sustainable design from the China Green Building Assessment Standard (GBAS), the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). These certifications are a first on all counts for Perkins Eastman’s work in China. On a broader level, this official recognition reinforces the fact that an increasing number of developers are investing in sustainable and eco-friendly design in China.
With “front row seats” facing Shanghai’s iconic Pudong skyline, the 255,000 sm (2.8 million sf) redevelopment comprises the marina, riverfront esplanade, public plaza, underground retail concourse and eight new office buildings. Of the buildings submitted for certification, all have achieved LEED Gold from the USGBC, and multiple have earned a 3-Star rating (the highest possible rating) from the China GBAS and BREEAM Excellent or Very Good certifications.
Beyond its individual certifications, Huishan North Bund has set the benchmark in China for comprehensive sustainable design on a large scale. Among the myriad features that contribute to its appeal, the most noteworthy is the new 12,000 sm marina and lock, the first of its kind in Shanghai. As the redevelopment’s focal point, the marina underpins the complex’s District Energy System. As river water flows in and out of the marina, it functions as a heat sink, serving a submerged HVAC central plant and pump room that utilize the cold river water for heat rejection from the buildings – obviating the need for cooling towers; supplemental cooling is provided through ice-making from captured rain water.
The marina also doubles as the development’s reservoir, collecting 100% of storm water from green roofs and the ground plane. Further, the marina backs up the greywater reuse system which serves all on-site office buildings as well as site-wide irrigation. The marina creates a year-round micro-climate, which benefits the surrounding plaza through evaporative cooling during the warm months, and as a moderating body during the cold months.
Principal Ming Wu, who led the design team along with Associate Principal Mathew Snethen, says that “For more than 150 years, this sequestered docklands site cut the city off from its riverfront. But former commercial maritime uses have given way to new “highest and best” uses; Huishan North Bund is now Shanghai’s next great place for all to enjoy. The city has been reconnected with its waterfront, and best of all, while sustainable design is at the core of everything we did there, the components that make it so are hidden in plain sight.” Functioning as a mini-multi-modal transit hub, Huishan makes direct connections to two subway lines via its retail concourse, cross-river ferry service, and multiple bus lines on nearby Dong Da Ming Road.
Within the office buildings, high ceilings (up to 5.5m floor-to-floor), shallow core-to-exterior-wall depths, and offset cores maximize daylight penetration. Further enhancing the functionality and comfort of the workplace, all buildings feature raised floors, motorized operable windows, increased fresh air ventilation, low-flow sanitary fixtures, and high performance facades that control the absorption of sunlight and reflected light.
Huishan North Bund was joint venture between developer Franshion Properties and owner Shanghai International Port Group, whose new headquarters and trading facility are located on-site. Design of the site was awarded to EE&K Architects in 2008, prior to the firm’s merger with Perkins Eastman. The development officially opened to the public in 2014.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Groundbreaking of Clark-Lindsey's Small Homes for Dementia CareSeptember 28, 2015
Chicago, IL (September 28, 2015) Last Thursday, September 24, in Urbana, IL, team members from the Chicago office of international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman joined leadership from Clark-Lindsey for the groundbreaking of the CCRC’s new small homes for specialized dementia care—one devoted to assisted living and the other for skilled nursing care—that will follow the GREEN HOUSE® model. Each home will feature 12 private bedrooms, individualized care from specially trained caregivers, and home furnishings. The Perkins Eastman design team is led by Principal Jerry Walleck AIA and Associate Principal Ramu Ramachandran AIA, LEED AP, two key members of the firm’s renowned senior living practice area.
Clark-Lindsey has partnered with The Green House Project and Perkins Eastman to help usher in a new and superior standard of care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses. The introduction of these homes not only marks the first Green House project in Champaign County but also a major step forward for how Illinois providers and regulatory officials are looking to institute efficient and innovative care models for seniors. Green House homes are designed to provide a personalized model of care within a real home setting, replete with an open kitchen, dining room and other common areas, setting them apart from the traditional institutional model that can resemble a hospital or nursing home.
The new homes, situated on a 10,000 sf footprint, will feature an architectural design where every inch of space has been carefully considered in order to transform the physical environment to feel more like home. From the outdoor courtyard, library and den areas to the open kitchen providing home cooked meals, these amenities encourage social contact among elders and caregivers. The homes’ design is tailored to maintain existing on-site trees as well as acknowledge the natural surroundings with respect to building proportion, scale and form, while also taking full advantage of the expansive views of adjacent Meadowbrook Park.
“Clark-Lindsey is already known within the industry as a leader and innovator when it comes to care,” says Jerry Walleck, the project’s design lead, “and the new Green House homes are a continuation of that. They will provide invaluable care and services to dementia residents and their families, and it’s an enormous privilege to have played our part in making that happen.” Both homes are scheduled to open in late 2016.
Clark-Lindsey Village was founded in 1978 and is the area’s first and only CCRC. It is one of only eight certified Centers for Successful Aging in the U.S. In addition to its forthcoming dementia care small homes, Clark-Lindsey Village offers extensive independent living accommodations, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapy services, assisted living and skilled nursing care at its Meadowbrook Health Center.
The Green House Project is a radically new national model for skilled nursing care that returns control, dignity and a sense of well-being to elders, their families and direct care staff. In the Green House model, residents receive care in small, self-contained homes organized to deliver individualized care and meaningful relationships between residents and care staff.
Perkins Eastman Announces Expansion of San Francisco Office To New Downtown LocationSeptember 15, 2015
San Francisco, CA (September 15, 2015) The executive committee of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that the firm’s San Francisco, CA, office has moved to a new space at 100 Montgomery Street in the heart of the Financial District. The new office occupies the entire 23rd floor of the 25-floor tower—also known as the Equitable Life Building—which was designed by American architect William Peugh and completed in 1955.
The new space will bring together in one location the firm’s full San Francisco staff, which upon the merger with Lee, Burkhart, Liu (LBL Architects) at the beginning of 2015 brought the total employee count in San Francisco to 60 people. It also positions the firm for continued growth throughout 2015 and into 2016.
Managing Principal Erich Burkhart FAIA says of the move, “We are excited to continue Perkins Eastman’s growth in the San Francisco area, and the move to a larger space will help to foster expanded capabilities and increased client value.”
Major projects underway in the San Francisco office include the Stanford University Medical Center Replacement, the new 824,000 sf facility designed in association with Rafael Viñoly Archiects; UCSF Medical Center Radiology Services; and Atria Foster City, a vibrant new mixed-use senior living development in the South Bay.
Perkins Eastman Announces 2015 PromotionsAugust 18, 2015
New York, NY (August 18, 2015) Top international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce recent senior-level promotions in several offices and affiliate companies. The promotions occur annually and reflect the company’s commitment to building and maintaining a strong and dynamic leadership team across its many practice areas, multiple offices, and network of affiliates.
Ten employees were promoted to Principal:
• Hilary Bertsch AIA (New York, NY)
• Laurie Butler IIDA, NCDIQ, LEED AP (Pittsburgh, PA)
• Eric Fang AIA, AICP, LEED AP (New York, NY)
• Susan Favate (affiliate BFJ; New York, NY)
• Stephen Forneris AIA (New York, NY, and Guayaquil, Ecuador)
• Tommy Huang (Shanghai, China)
• David Levo AICP (New York, NY)
• Robert Marino AIA (New York, NY)
• Lynne Rizk Assoc. AIA (Stamford, CT)
• Scott Schiamberg AIA, AICP, LEED AP (New York, NY)
“All of the talented staff promoted this year have made important contributions to our practice,” says CEO and founder Bradford Perkins FAIA, adding, “We are very proud to add them to the firm’s senior leadership.”
In addition to the newly promoted Principals, 13 employees were promoted to Associate Principal, 15 to Senior Associate, and 45 to Associate.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Groundbreaking of The Central Arkansas Veterans Homes in North Little RockJuly 30, 2015
Chicago, IL (July 30, 2015) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the start of construction on Phase 1 of the Central Arkansas Veterans Homes in North Little Rock, AR. Eventually comprising 12 new resident homes with a capacity for 168 residents, the new Community Living Centers will provide veterans of varying ages with integrated community households, designed to treat all manner of needs including long-term care, dementia care, respite, and rehabilitation services. The groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday morning, July 29, with remarks from Governor Asa Hutchinson and various dignitaries from the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA).
Inspired by the national movement within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to implement significant change from an institutional model of care to a resident-centered model with a smaller-scale, intimate, home-like setting, the ADVA sought to initiate major change in how they provide care for the veterans in their state. The Chicago office of Perkins Eastman is providing architecture, planning, and interior design services for the new Homes.
According to Jerry Walleck AIA, Principal-in-Charge of the project and an attendee at yesterday’s event, “Implementing this new culture of comprehensive care has been a hallmark of the ADVA’s mission for some time, so we are quite proud to design this community and help realize their forward-thinking vision for North Little Rock.”
The new 87,100 sf campus will be situated on a bluff in North Little Rock, overlooking the Arkansas River and within the historic Fort Logan H. Roots military base. Phase 1 will consist of eight new resident homes, a Community Building, and maintenance facility, with Phase 2 creating four additional homes. Each home will comprise 9,600 sf of space, including ten single-occupancy rooms and two double-occupancy rooms, all with private bath; centrally located common areas including living room, study, dining room, kitchen and den, all featuring abundant natural light and ventilation; and front and back porches that allow for immediate outdoor access.
The Veterans Homes’ Community Building will become the campus heart, offering a destination for residents and staff, and through its various amenities create true community living centers that can accommodate large events and provide smaller groups with an intimate gathering space. Above all, the Veterans Homes were conceived and designed to offer residents and their families with a fully accessible environment that fosters independence, a better quality of sustainable living, and a great place for the veteran community of Central Arkansas to come together.
Perkins Eastman To Lead International Team in Design of New University Campus in KuwaitJuly 22, 2015
New York, NY (July 22, 2015) Perkins Eastman in a joint venture with SSH Design and Soor Engineering Bureau is proud to announce that it was recently awarded the master plan and design of the Technology, Business, Health Sciences and Education Complex by the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) in Kuwait. The 12,000-student campus will comprise four colleges: Technology, Business, Health Sciences, and Education. Strategically located in the Jahra Governorate approximately 24 miles (39 km) from Kuwait’s capital, the 2,476,000 sf (230,000 sm) campus will be a landmark within the greater metropolitan Kuwait City.
Steven Gifford AIA, Principal and Board Director of Perkins Eastman, says: “Our international design team is excited to collaborate with PAAET to create unique learning environments and memorable architecture at the Al Jahra Campus. The design will help PAAET be recognized in the international community as a leader in educating students to fulfill the future workforce needs in Kuwait and the global marketplace.”
The design team’s approach for the campus is a synthesis of three main objectives:
• Create a cohesive campus and center of excellence within Kuwait that will prepare PAAET’s graduates for the increasingly diversified Kuwait workforce and global economy
• Create an identity for each of the four colleges that will expand and advance their discrete studies and recruitment while overall examining the interrelationships to provide a state-of-the-art academic and university life experience—in concert with the cultural heritage and values of Kuwait
• Create a memorable and responsible campus that showcases environmentally sustainable building and operating practices that sets new standards in Kuwait
The overall design for the campus will balance the visionary with the practical in order to set a sustainable standard for applied and vocational education in the region that raises the profile for education and learning in Kuwait.
“SSH is very proud to be appointed by PAAET on an educational project which contributes to the social development of Kuwait,” says George Abi-Hanna, SSH Kuwait Resident Director. “This project is very much in line with our vision and mission, reinforcing SSH’s strategic partnerships and consultant of choice object.”
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Groundbreaking of VA Illiana Health Care System's Mercy Housing LakefrontJuly 21, 2015
Chicago, IL (July 21, 2015) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that earlier today, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Mercy Housing Lakefront, the new 74,100 sf housing development for Veterans and their families on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Illiana Health Care campus in Danville, IL. The Perkins Eastman design team was in attendance, represented by Principal Jerry Walleck AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate JinHwa Paradowicz AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Project Architect Ryan Stahlman LEED AP. In addition to design, the firm is providing planning and site programming services for Mercy Housing Lakefront. The development is targeting LEED Silver certification.
Mercy Housing Lakefront is part of the Veteran Administration’s national Enhanced-Use Lease program which seeks to reuse underutilized VA properties to create safe, affordable, and permanent housing for homeless veterans and their families. The first phase of this multiphase development will include 65 new apartments, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms, as well as a new community center. The center will welcome other members of the VA community, creating an intergenerational gathering space that is accessible, hospitable, and visible.
Supporting the VA’s mission of providing quality housing geared towards enabling veterans to achieve self-sufficiency, Perkins Eastman’s design for Mercy Housing fully integrates the facility within the campus, allowing residents easy access to healthcare, counseling offices, a job-training center, and the nearby Danville Community College, among other amenities.
“We’re quite proud to be partnering with Mercy Housing to expand and enhance this sustainable community,” according to Jerry Walleck, Principal and Board Member, based in the firm’s Chicago office. “Throughout the design of the Lakefront project, we gave careful consideration to the overall site planning and project location. This new part of the VA community will serve many important roles, but it’s also crucial that those the community serves feel welcome.”
Perkins Eastman Joins Town of North Haven in Celebrating Groundbreaking of Middle School BuildingJuly 17, 2015
Stamford, CT (July 17, 2015) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman congratulates the Town of North Haven on the groundbreaking of the renewed Middle School campus located in North Haven, Connecticut. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the $69.8 million project—the largest school expenditure in the Town’s history—includes an 88,000 sf addition to the school and renovations to the existing building, for a total building of approximately 136,000 sf. The new classroom and lab spaces are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016 while the renovations will be complete by the summer of 2017. The school serves approximately 773 students in grades 6-8.
Designed to transform a sprawling 1960s-era middle school into a vibrant, energy-efficient 21st-century teaching and learning environment, the project includes a two-story academic addition that connects with the existing commons space, creating a dynamic, light-filled multifunctional commons area. It will provide a centralized “crossroads” for students, faculty, and families to gather, connect, and learn, as well as much-needed breakout space for large crowds attending performances, athletic events, and town meetings. Generous expanses of glazing will supply the students and faculty with an abundance of natural light and views of the surrounding campus.
Perkins Eastman Principal Joseph Costa AIA says, “Perkins Eastman is pleased to join the community and leadership of North Haven Public Schools in transforming this well-used school into a new integrated learning and teaching facility where the next generation of middle school students can explore and develop their interests in an environment that is light-filled, comfortable, and safe.” He continues, “We appreciate the opportunity to design a school that will help develop students to be productive citizens of the world. Perkins Eastman shares this global commitment to excellence.”
The exterior façade was designed for compatibility and continuity with the existing high school located on the campus and traditional sloped roofing tops the new academic wings and has large overhangs to provide shading and protect the building’s facade. All existing mechanical and electrical systems will be replaced with new energy-efficient digital controlled systems that will provide finely tuned climate control for all spaces. The school will meet or exceed Connecticut High Performance (Green) Building Standards for energy efficiency, sustainability, and occupant comfort.
Perkins Eastman Partners with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh on Design for New Prototype HouseJuly 6, 2015
Pittsburgh, PA (July 6, 2015) The Pittsburgh office of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the winning concepts of the firm’s in-house design competition to create a new prototype for sustainable future housing for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh (HFHGP). The design competition was open to the firm’s 900 employees across its 14 global offices and entries were judged by a jury of design and construction professionals and local Pittsburgh stakeholders.
Alan Schlossberg AIA, LEED AP, an Executive Director of Perkins Eastman and Managing Principal of the firm’s Pittsburgh office, says: “Perkins Eastman is very excited to help vision a next generation of Habitat houses.” He continues, “Through our in-house design competition program, we are able to use our firm’s immense design talent to help struggling families in our region—to help HFHGP achieve their vision of ‘a decent place to live’ for everyone in our community.”
In anticipation of its 30th anniversary next year, HFHGP sought an improved prototypical house that would showcase sustainable solutions for common problems such as water/energy efficiency, conservation of materials, and carbon footprint and that would provide innovative, functional spaces for a family of five. It looked to Perkins Eastman for outside-the-box ideas and sustainable design expertise.
"We are grateful to Perkins Eastman for hosting this design competition, and to the community members and other organizations who are represented on our sustainable construction committee. We cannot thank them enough for working so hard to make this green building project possible," says Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh's Executive Director, Maggie Withrow. "Once constructed, this decent, affordable home will go to a qualified Habitat program family."
The house will be constructed on an empty lot owned by HFHGP in the City of McKeesport, a town located at the confluence of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers and part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. HFHGP is among many organizations working to revitalize McKeesport, a once-thriving steel manufacturing town. The design competition intends to spur these revitalization efforts.
Submissions for the competition were governed by program requirements and constraints, including spaces standard to Habitat houses, and were judged according to how well they met the needs of the homeowner, use of sustainable materials and methods, adherence to HFH’s model of volunteer-based construction, cost efficiency, and contextual design.
Tom Bartnik AICP, LEED AP, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Green Innovators Chris Guignon LEED AP, evolveEA Chris Koch, CEO, Design Center Ken Kuligowski AIA, Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman Andres Pastoriza RA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman Arch Pelley AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman Daniel Webb, Family Services Manager, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh Gerrod Winston AIA, LEED AP, Senior Architect, Desmone Architects / Construction & Sustainability Committee, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh Maggie Withrow, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Grand Opening of The Ambassador of ScarsdaleJune 29, 2015
New York, NY (June 29, 2015) Last Thursday, June 25, team members from the Stamford office of international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman joined in celebrating the grand opening of The Ambassador of Scarsdale, a new 115-bed senior living facility located in Westchester County. Ninety-five of the residences are devoted to Assisted Living and 20 for memory care, all situated on a 7-acre wooded setting facing the Mamaroneck River. Designed as a residential village, The Ambassador’s manicured grounds and bucolic surroundings make it an ideal setting for area seniors to age in place and enjoy the myriad amenities—including library, art studio, children’s playroom, common living room with fireplace, a spa/salon, and a movie theater—befitting a luxury-style residence.
The Ambassador is the first community of its kind for Scarsdale. A 1999 study conducted by Westchester County, titled “Assisted Living and Related Senior Housing,” recognized the need to accommodate the increasing number of residents aged 85 and over who are no longer able to live independently but are not yet in need of skilled nursing care. As more of the Baby Boomer generation approaches retirement age, this need will only increase. The Ambassador is filling a need that thankfully is no longer going unnoticed.
According to Stuart Lachs AIA, LEED AP, Principal and the project’s design lead, “The Ambassador was designed to focus on holistic wellness and a continuum of care for its residents. We are proud to have partnered with such forward-thinking individuals and companies to make this important project a reality.” Among the facility’s other amenities that fulfill its mission of person-centered care are a full-service fitness center with personal trainers, fully equipped medical office staffed with visiting physicians, a registered dietitian, and on-site memory care program.
Perkins Eastman’s involvement with The Ambassador began in 2009, when a team of designers and senior living specialists convened to envision how high-end Assisted Living could come to Westchester. The Ambassador of Scarsdale was a joint effort between developer Amba R. Sharma, architect Perkins Eastman, Jasper Design of Massachusetts, and senior living consulting and management firm SA Management.
NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan for Gravesend/Bensonhurst Receives Rising to the Top AwardJune 24, 2015
New York, NY (June 24, 2015) Perkins Eastman and affiliate BFJ Planning are proud to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) has awarded the NY Rising to the Top Award for “Best Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations” to the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Plan for Gravesend and Bensonhurst, which was completed by the Perkins Eastman/BFJ team last January. The award secures $1 million in additional funding to implement community-specific recovery efforts in the two South Brooklyn communities. In an award ceremony held on June 19 at the U.S. Customs House, GOSR recognized five out of 16 second round proposals for their innovation and exemplary resiliency efforts, with awards totaling $3.5 million.
The Gravesend and Bensonhurst Plan was singled out by GOSR for “[demonstrating] effective outreach to vulnerable populations, with evidence of inclusion in the planning process; [promoting] the retrofitting of existing buildings that serve vulnerable populations, thereby making them more resilient to flood damage … and [furthering] the interests of elderly, disabled, minority, low-and-moderate income, or special needs individuals.” The Planning Committee was led by Eric Fang AIA, LEED AP, of Perkins Eastman, and Frank Fish FAICP, of BFJ Planning.
The NYRCR Plan was developed to help these communities rebuild from the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy and prepare for a more resilient future. Home to more than 95,000 mostly working- and middle-class residents, Gravesend and Bensonhurst are among New York City’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, with significant Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian speaking residents, as well as a large concentration of elderly residents. The two areas suffered significant flooding and inundation during Sandy. Additionally, the post-Sandy recovery exposed sensitive issues related to climate change and adaptation, including the fact that many of the most vulnerable areas are also home to the most socially and economically vulnerable populations.
Perkins Eastman/BFJ’s Plan addressed these issues through close collaboration with a committee comprised of nine local civic leaders and residents, and extensive multilingual outreach. Among the specific proposals were an educational and technical assistance program to help local homeowners deal with new flood insurance regulations, enhanced communication tools for emergency planning, and a comprehensive plan to protect upland areas from inundation along the Belt Parkway.
To date, three of the six NYRCR Plans developed by a multidisciplinary team led by Perkins Eastman/BFJ Planning, in association with Louis Berger Group, have received Rising to the Top Awards. In April 2014, GOSR awarded two of the team’s Plans for their innovative approaches to integrating economic development and green infrastructure into resiliency planning.
Topping Out at the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) New Academic BuildingJune 23, 2015
New York, NY (June 23, 2015) The New York office of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman congratulates New York City College of Technology and The City University of New York on the June 22 topping out of its new academic building for allied health. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the approximately 360,000 sf, eight-story academic complex is being constructed on the site of the former Klitgord Building at the corner of Jay and Tillary streets in Downtown Brooklyn. The building is expected to be completed in 2017.
Bradford Perkins FAIA, Chairman of Perkins Eastman, says: " We have been very proud of the many projects we have completed that have contributed to the rebirth of downtown Brooklyn, but none has given us more professional pleasure than this major addition to the CUNY system.”
Located directly across from the school’s main campus at 300 Jay Street in downtown Brooklyn, the new academic building will significantly alter the face of City Tech—the largest public college of technology in New York State—creating a new campus gateway along Jay Street and enhancing the surrounding urban context. In its striking design—a cantilevered rectilinear academic volume suspended over the sculptural theater, gymnasium, and main lobby—the new academic building creates a new identity for the college. Featuring a high-performance glazing system and natural daylighting throughout to help reduce energy consumption, the project was designed to achieve LEED-Silver certification.
In addition to classrooms, the building will predominantly house laboratories, faculty offices, clinic, and support spaces to enhance the College’s health and science curriculum in radiology, dental hygiene (the oldest and largest in the New York metropolitan area), nursing, biological sciences, bio-research, chemistry, restorative dentistry, and vision care. Student life/recreation areas, a 1,000-seat auditorium, a 800-seat spectator gymnasium, and a Community Service Center will further enhance City Tech’s institutional strengths and community significance.
Perkins Eastman Joins GMU in Celebrating Groundbreaking of New Health Sciences BuildingJune 22, 2015
Washington, DC (June 22, 2015) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman congratulates George Mason University (GMU) on the recent groundbreaking of its new building for the College of Health and Human Services on the main campus in Fairfax, Virginia. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 160,000 sf building will include a working health clinic accessible to the public, a kitchen where students will practice nutrition science, program classrooms for the College and general University classrooms, and labs for nursing, healthcare data, and rehabilitation studies. It is expected to open in 2017.
The five-story building will serve as a flagship for the Fairfax campus in terms of sustainability, student accommodation, community outreach, and design. It is part of the university’s ongoing plan to make Mason the premiere research university in the Washington, DC, region. As the backbone of Mason’s health sciences, the College of Health and Human Services notably educates nurses, but also economists, global and public health specialists, social workers, and those involved in healthcare policy, rehabilitation, and nutrition sciences, among other key areas. It prepares students to provide professional leadership, care, and services related to health promotion, wellness, disease prevention, and quality of life through the advancement of physical, social, and environmental health practices.
Perkins Eastman Principal Matthew Bell FAIA says, “Perkins Eastman has been privileged to continue our longstanding history with George Mason University by designing the new building for the College of Health and Human Services. In its dynamic mix of uses and in its commitment to environmental leadership and healthy living, this building will be a vibrant new destination for the campus while it will help position Mason as a regional research powerhouse.” He continues, “We are proud to have designed a building that will usher Virginia’s largest public research university into the future and that will enable groundbreaking research activities to meet the needs of the Commonwealth.”
The design for the ground-up building embodies the spirit of the College’s research and its emphasis on healthy living and well-being. Aligning with both the main campus grid and adjacent buildings, the building will define a new northern campus gateway and create a destination for the College and larger university population. The College’s commitment to healthy living and well-being is demonstrated through the building’s purposeful orientation and proportions, which were guided by sustainability and energy efficiency studies. The classrooms were designed for progressive educational standards, including interactive classrooms, the latest classroom technology, and flipped teaching. Exterior courtyards will further support the building as a campus destination and promote outdoor teaching.
Sabret Flocos Joins Perkins Eastman as PrincipalJune 12, 2015
New York, NY (June 12, 2015) Top international architecture and interior design firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that Sabret Flocos Assoc. AIA, IIDA, LEED AP has joined as a Principal. She brings more than 30 years of architecture and design experience in strategic planning, programming, space planning, and change management for workplace and other high-performance interiors. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, top developers, and various government agencies. Flocos was most recently a Principal at FOX Architects, a firm she co-founded.
Flocos will join Perkins Eastman’s established national workplace strategies and design team, applying her unique approach to guiding clients to achieve the optimal built environment. She will work with practice area leaders nationally to identify expansion and diversification opportunities, build business, and create sector-leading client services.
Chairman and CEO Bradford Perkins notes, “Sabret will be a valuable addition to our national interiors team, and her ability to synthesize ideas and create a space that tells a story will be invaluable in many of our core practice areas to support the messages and visions of our clients.”
In addition to creating an award-winning portfolio of work, Flocos has also dedicated her time and stewardship to numerous organizations, including Jubilee Housing, SHARE Food Network, and the March of Dimes where she is serving as a Board Chair. She is active in many industry-related organizations including CoreNet, IIDA, IFMA, Commercial Real Estate for Women, and NAIOP.
Michael F. Maurer AIA Joins Chicago Office of Perkins Eastman as PrincipalJune 9, 2015
New York, NY (June 9, 2015) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to welcome Michael F. Maurer AIA as the firm’s newest Principal, based in its Chicago office. Maurer brings 25 years of experience as a design principal, project architect/designer, and team leader for developer-driven hospitality projects, ranging from the Waldorf Astoria and Godfrey Hotel in Chicago to the Al Ghurair twin tower hotel and serviced apartments in Dubai, UAE, among numerous others in the U.S. and the Middle East.
“Mike is a tremendous addition to our Chicago team and the firm’s hospitality practice,” says Shawn Basler AIA, Principal, Executive Director and Perkins Eastman’s Hospitality practice leader. “With his breadth of experience and a list of past clients that includes Westin, Hilton, Godfrey, St. Regis, and Waldorf Astoria, we are proud to welcome such a well-known and respected visionary in the hospitality design field.”
Maurer comes to Perkins Eastman from Lessard Design and prior to that The Gettys Group, where he served as Principal for seven years and preceded by Lucien Lagrange Architects, where he served as Associate, also for seven years. During this time Maurer established his versatility for project management, strategic planning, and providing design direction for many of the world’s most respected hospitality brands, a versatility that will become invaluable to Perkins Eastman’s growing international hospitality practice area.
In addition to a host of luxury hotels, boutique hotels and resort properties, both big and small, Maurer has a wealth of design experience in adaptive reuse, multi-family, and mixed-use projects. Maurer earned his BS in Architectural Studies in 1990 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered architect in Illinois and Colorado.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Groundbreaking of The Hilltop in Irvington, NJMay 19, 2015
New York, NY (May 19, 2015) On Monday morning, May 18, Mayor Tony Vauss and HillTop Partners hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for The HillTop, a new residential and mixed-use development designed by Perkins Eastman. This undertaking is the first of its kind for the Township of Irvington, NJ, and part of a significant campaign to transform the community by introducing quality market-rate and affordable housing, new retail and commercial space, dining options, and a pre-school, all situated on six sloping acres formerly occupied by Irvington General Hospital, which shuttered nearly a decade ago. The first phase of The HillTop will include a five-story, 110,000 sf residential building comprising 115 units, with subsequent phases to comprise 700 mixed-use units and 15,000 sf of retail and commercial space.
The HillTop’s unique context and site qualities make for a great opportunity to create a dynamic community that sits comfortably within this Irvington neighborhood. Perkins Eastman’s design, led by Associate Principal Eric Fang AIA, LEED AP, is focused chiefly on creating a series of six “key places” built on a human scale. The centerpiece of the redevelopment is The Steps, a gathering space for sitting, meeting and outdoor dining, located along Chancellor Avenue and becoming the neighborhood’s main entranceway. The Steps will feed into The Courtyard, a central area with abundant green space that will serve as the community’s “front door.”
“We designed this development to respond to the site’s natural topography,” says Fang. “In so doing, building massing is arranged to minimize the overall impact of their heights and ensure that residents will enjoy remarkable views in all directions, with a particular emphasis toward the east, with the Manhattan skyline within view. The buildings will step down to follow the hill’s contours and be broken up to create the sense of a residential village as opposed to a project or complex.”
HillTop Partners is a joint venture between Irvington-based Kapwood, LLC, a real estate development firm focused on urban revitalization, and New York-based Urban Builders Collaborative, the development arm of Lettire Construction.
Perkins Eastman's Development Vision for Destination Medical Center is Formally AdoptedApril 24, 2015
New York, NY (April 24, 2015) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to share the news that on Thursday evening, April 23, the Board of Directors of the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) formally adopted the development plan for Destination Medical Center (DMC) in Rochester, MN. The largest economic development initiative in the state’s history, the DMC vision aims to secure Rochester’s status as a global destination by creating more than $5.6 billion in public and private investment to support the continued growth of the City and Mayo Clinic.
DMC will comprise six distinct districts spread across approximately 550 acres, all working together to support a diversity of mixed-use programming which will complement Mayo Clinic’s world-class healthcare facilities. The vision for DMC began with creating iconic places throughout the destination city, designed to attract the best and the brightest, not only in the healthcare industry but in all sectors that contribute to a vibrant urban fabric.
The initial phase of development will occur, somewhat fittingly, at the intersection of 1st Street and 1st Avenue (“First and First”) in the middle of Peace Plaza, in the area of Rochester known as The Heart of City. First and First will introduce a grand dining terrace that spans the Avenue and connects to the historic Chateau Theatre, making this landmark a key part of the cultural experience and design of DMC. Other new spaces will include the sunken Ice Pavilion, which will feature dining in the warmer months and ice skating in the winter, connected to the Subway with views out to the Plummer Building. First and First will be further enhanced on all four corners by the arched Light Pavilion canopy suspended high above the intersection, which will create an iconic place of arrival and become a must-see attraction.
“The Heart of the City is really the most critical and will have the biggest impact early on,” says Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA, Principal and Board Member of Perkins Eastman, and the project’s design lead. “The first phase of every large-scale project has to be large enough and bold enough to have an impact, but at the same time be small enough that it can be achieved.”
The six distinct environments presented in the DMC development plan include:
• The Heart of the City: The heart of Downtown and the DMC plan; a place of connected urban experiences that builds off the convenient and walkable attributes of the City, with enhanced public areas and new mixed-use development
• Discovery Square: The new address for the expansion of science, tech, and entrepreneurialism in Rochester; center of innovation and research; steps from the Gonda Building and Mayo Medical School
• Downtown Waterfront: Located at the intersection of the Zumbro River and Second Street; the heart of culture and history, and providing a healthy living and working environment in an iconic waterfront setting
• Central Station: The new nexus of transportation and arrival in the Downtown area; environment is envisioned to incorporate mixed-use development and a grand new intermodal transit station
• UMR and Recreation area: Southern edge of Downtown, encompassing a new University of Minnesota-Rochester building and Soldier’s Memorial Field
• St. Marys Place: A new public space at the western threshold of Downtown, serving as a warm welcome for those arriving to the city via Second Street
Perkins Eastman's Multi-District Master Plan for Former GM Doraville Assembly Plant Gets Zoning ApprovalApril 7, 2015
New York, NY (April 7, 2015) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that its multi-district master plan for the former GM Assembly Plant in Doraville, GA, has been formally adopted and will move ahead as planned, following City Council’s unanimous approval last month. The newly named “Assembly, Doraville, USA,” situated northeast of Atlanta, comprises 165 acres that will eventually accommodate up to 10 million sf of mixed-use development over the next decade. Envisioned as a transit-oriented development spread across multiple distinct districts, Perkins Eastman’s plan brings together housing, office, entertainment, retail, and public green space, all while emphasizing walkability, sustainability, and placemaking. Master plan approval follows the creation of the Livable Community Code, a new zoning distribution that allows for mixed-use development within a flexible marketplace.
From a design and planning perspective, Assembly offers a unique set of challenges. Bookended by Peachtree Industrial Blvd and Buford Highway along the I-285 Perimeter, and bisected by a dense collection of above-ground MARTA and Norfolk Southern rail tracks, Perkins Eastman’s approach was to create six intersecting districts with public space at each respective core, connected by continuous pedestrian walkways (including Park Avenue that will connect the site and the Doraville Civic Center via an underground vehicular and pedestrian passage), bike paths, landscaping and stormwater collection. The site, which is anything but a typical downtown grid, leverages existing streets and open spaces to define the development blocks, each one unique in size and shape to allow for a variety of building types.
“While this community is completely new and unlike anything that’s been done before in the region, there are many familiar parts at play,” says Stan Eckstut FAIA, Principal and Lead Designer for the Assembly master plan. “The plan reaches out to adjacent areas and connects them to the site, including historic Downtown Doraville. Sustainability is sought everywhere. Green streets are everywhere. The community will always be open, and no matter where you are in Assembly, public transit is always within a few hundred feet from where you stand. This focus on walking helps ensure a human scale to all the streets and places.”
Assembly, Doraville, USA is envisioned as a sustainable “city within a city” that will set a new standard for efficient infrastructure in the Atlanta metro area. During all phases of development, the site will adhere to the following principles:
• Walkable streets, all within a comfortable walk to transit
• Integrated with nature
• Mixed-use throughout, with highest density closest to transit
• Auto convenience throughout
• Bicycle friendly
• Park Avenue is the glue that connects all paths
Assembly, Doraville, USA is being developed by The Integral Group and their joint venture partners Stephen Macauley and Dave Schmit, who acquired the former GM site in 2014. For more information visit www.integral-online.com.
AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community Releases Design for Aging Review 12 (DFAR12) Insights and InnovationsApril 2, 2015
New York, NY (April 2, 2015) International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the release of American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Knowledge Community’s (DFA) Design for Aging Review 12: Insights and Innovations. This study summarizes the 12th biennial Design for Aging Review (DFAR) design competition, conducted by the AIA in the summer of 2013, as well as recognizes outstanding work in the senior living design industry. As with previous biennial studies dating back to 2009, DFAR12 Insights and Innovations was authored by Emily Chmielewski EDAC, an Associate with the firm’s Pittsburgh office who leads the research department of Perkins Eastman Strategies.
Out of 64 submitted projects for the AIA DFAR competition, 34 were recognized by the jury for award or publication, with eleven receiving an award of merit and seven receiving a citation award. A total of four Perkins Eastman projects were singled out by the DFA in 2013: Camphill Ghent, Chatham, NY; Jewish Senior Life: Marian’s House, Rochester, NY; Moorings Park, Naples, FL; and Laclede Groves, St. Louis, MO, the first three of which received merit awards. Considering the diversity of project types submitted for consideration, Chmielewski outlined and detailed several common themes in her study based on project descriptions, building components, and goals. Some of the most prominent themes included:
• Ecological sustainability (97% of the projects recognized by the jury)
• Using research in the design process (79%)
• Collaborative designing (76%)
• Household model and person-centered care (50%)
• Connecting to the greater community (29%)
In the study’s section detailing certain projects’ “Flexibility,” another common theme, Chmielewski reports on some of the jury’s findings: “Taking the idea of flexibility to a new level, Moorings Park offers Independent Living apartments that ‘were designed to be completely customized by the owner—essentially blank slates to be configured and finished to suit the resident’s lifestyle’ … Many options abound and residents are able to ‘work backwards from their price point, matching lifestyle and entrance fee with square footage and interior design choices.’”
Ms. Chmielewski will be discussing the study’s findings, relevant design strategies, and numerous projects of note at the Environments for Aging (EFA) Conference in Baltimore, MD, on Sunday, April 19.
The DFAR12 Insights and Innovations study is available for download here. The study is included as a chapter in the hardcover “Design for Aging Review 12,” available through the AIA and Amazon.
Perkins Eastman Releases its Senior Living 2015 Survey: "An Industry Poised for Change"March 3, 2015
New York, NY (March 3, 2015) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the publication of its Senior Living 2015 Survey: “An Industry Poised for Change.” The firm’s Senior Living Strategies, led by Associate Emily Chmielewski EDAC, along with Principals David Hoglund FAIA and Dan Cinelli FAIA, surveyed major not-for-profit providers and industry consultants across the U.S. to gain insight into current trends in senior living care. Overall, survey results reveal that high-quality memory support programs are in high demand, quality in-house healthcare is a growing preference among residents, and an increasing number of providers want to diversify and offer flexible payment options.
Just under 200 respondents answered a total of 23 questions related to four areas of interest: memory support, neighborhood and Small House programs, industry trends, and examples of healthcare and senior living convergence. Among the most telling finding was the strong belief (almost 80%) that reimbursement/healthcare reform would drive the continued convergence of the healthcare and senior living industries. Interestingly, only 10% of those surveyed currently have a healthcare partner but 50% expressed confidence that they would partner with one in the near future.
“A number of promising trends that we have observed throughout the industry just in the last few years,” observes Principal and Executive Director David Hoglund, “from dedicated memory care support to healthcare convergence, are now having a noticeable and positive impact on how providers offer services. Residents have more options in terms of funding, amenities, furnishings, and managing their schedules. More importantly, providers are better equipping themselves to offer a holistic continuum of care so that residents can age in place.”
Survey results also indicate the overwhelming belief that the Great Recession has permanently changed people’s outlook and expectations about housing and service choices, and as a result, the traditional entry fee for CCRCs should be reevaluated. According to the report, “The market is already seeing an explosion of new memory support programs with a balance of new construction and renovation. Almost 70% of respondents were creating new assisted living programs, but almost one-quarter were addressing it continuum-wide.” Additionally, household, Small House and Green House® models have exponentially gained in popularity throughout the “care” portion of the continuum.
Dunbar High School Designed by Perkins Eastman Achieves LEED Platinum Certification by USGBCFebruary 25, 2015
Washington, DC (February 25, 2015) Perkins Eastman is proud to announce that Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, has been certified LEED Platinum, the highest distinction, by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Designed by international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman in association with Moody•Nolan, the 280,000 sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED—making it the highest-scoring school in the world certified under USGBC’s LEED for Schools-New Construction system. The new school building welcomed its first students in 2013.
“Dunbar’s LEED Platinum achievement is a testament to the power of vision and dedication to create a truly sustainable high-performance learning environment,” says Sean O’Donnell AIA, LEED AP, Principal-in-Charge of the project and the leader of Perkins Eastman’s K-12 practice area. “In the same year that the school has been certified Platinum, it has also posted the highest standardized test score gains in the entire city—this after only one year in the building. I believe that innovative design has created a synergy with the school’s educational transformation initiatives that is resulting in more successful educational outcomes for the students.”
The Department of General Services (DGS) selected Perkins Eastman to design a new state-of-the-art Dunbar High School with the goal of achieving LEED Platinum certification on behalf of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).
Located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the new Dunbar provides a high-performance 21st-century learning environment designed to catalyze the renewal of one of our most historic schools. The nation’s first public high school for African Americans, Dunbar was originally founded in 1870 and relocated to the current site in 1917. Demolished in the 1970s, the 1917 building was a particular point of civic pride in the community, representing the values and dreams of the students, their families, and the larger community, and their aspirations for notable achievement.
“The new Dunbar Senior High School is built upon an historic legacy of excellence that demonstrates how schools anchor our communities. That they chose to aim for LEED Platinum speaks volumes about how the community values spaces that enhance students’ ability to learn,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Dunbar is using this high-performing building to create a high-performing future, and we are grateful for their leadership.”
The new Dunbar High School campus raises the bar for sustainable, high-performance school design in the District and for the students’ environmental stewardship. Its more prominent sustainable design attributes include:
• 482 kW photovoltaic array, provided through Washington, DC’s first power purchase agreement, that generates enough energy on a sunny summer day to power all classroom lights for eight hours
• Washington, DC’s largest ground-source heat pump (aka “geothermal”) system below Dunbar’s athletic field, with wells extending 460 feet deep
• The reopening of O Street as a sustainable model that features 6,152 sf of rain gardens able to handle a 1.2-inch storm event
• Pervasive natural light resulting from proper orientation and shading of the building
• Two 20,000 gallon cisterns and low-flow fixtures help save over 1,400,000 gallons of potable water/year
• Enhanced acoustics that help create a high-performance learning environment
The new Dunbar High School was designed in close collaboration with DGS, DCPS, the school and its alumni, the community, and the design and construction team, which was a joint venture between Perkins Eastman, Setty Associates International, and SK&A Structural Engineers in association with Moody•Nolan. The team also includes Smoot/Gilbane Construction.
Perkins Eastman Teams With Hogar de Cristo For Urbanización San Alberto Hurtado in GuayaquilFebruary 19, 2015
New York, NY (February 19, 2015) The New York, San Francisco, and Guayaquil offices of Perkins Eastman are pleased to announce that the firm is teaming up with charitable foundation Hogar de Cristo for an ambitious mixed-use development in the western portion of suburban Guayaquil, Ecuador. The final plan for the 122,000 sm site was created by combining the two winning proposals from the firm’s 8th Annual In-House Design Competition, submitted by Intern Architect Justin Skoda, from the San Francisco office, and Urban Planner Isabel Aguirre-Martinez of affiliate BFJ Planning, who works out of the firm’s New York office.
Together, Skoda and Aguirre-Martinez approached this project by posing the question: How does one build a community? The answer derives from searching for the site’s identity, exploring the traditions of public life in this portion of the city, asking what the needs are of its citizens, and finally, looking at how new development can be implemented in a responsible and affordable way. The site, named San Alberto Hurtado, is envisioned by the Perkins Eastman/Hogar de Cristo team to include housing for approximately 460 families, comprising 25 sm homes distributed across several micro neighborhoods. San Alberto Hurtado will also feature various public plazas, park space, office space, commercial and transit connections, and a school and nursery at the site’s Civic Core.
Surrounded by long-standing town settlements, the existing Hogar de Cristo campus will be transformed into a diverse and livable community of neighborhoods, with sustainable urbanization as its focus. Guayaquil city is one of the most interesting cases of urban development in the Latin American context. The implementation of new projects act as catalysts for urban change. As part of this effort, Hogar de Cristo produces social housing and provides integrated services of social development.
Helping lead this effort are two key members of Fundación Hogar de Cristo: Padre Eduardo Vega, who serves as Managing Director and leads the construction of the current facilities of the Hogar de Cristo at Mont Sinai; and Juan Carlos Salame, Director of the Board, Fundación Corporacion Viviendas Hogar de Cristo.
The In-House Design Competition jury was comprised of Mary-Jean Eastman FAIA, Principal and Executive Director; Nick Leahy AIA, LEED AP, Principal; Stephen Forneris AIA, Associate Principal (Managing Principal of Guayaquil office); Gilles Le Gorec, Associate Principal; Eric Fang AIA, LEED AP, AICP, Associate Principal; Hirotaka Hayakawa AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate; and Margarita Papadimitriou, Associate.
Perkins Eastman Joins Winthrop-University Hospital for Ribbon Cutting at Research and Academic CenterFebruary 10, 2015
New York, NY (February 10, 2015) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman recently joined Winthrop-University Hospital in a special ribbon cutting celebration to mark the grand opening of the new Research and Academic Center. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 95,000 sf translational research and academic facility will foster state-of-the art research in the treatment and prevention of pediatric and adult diabetes in collaboration with patient care and community education. The Winthrop-University Hospital Research and Academic Center is located at 101 Mineola Boulevard in Mineola, New York, and is expected to be fully operational in April 2015.
Perkins Eastman Principal Evan Weremeychik AIA, LEED AP says, “Perkins Eastman has been privileged to continue our longstanding history with Winthrop-University Hospital by designing the new Research and Academic Center, a building that will serve the surrounding community and the larger medical community in its groundbreaking research.” He continues, “We are proud to have designed a building that will both serve as a gateway to Mineola and an organizer for the bustling periphery of the Winthrop-University Hospital academic health center campus.”
The design for the five-floor building embodies the spirit of the groundbreaking translational study and research that it will house. The Center was designed to enable information to move between the research, caregiver, education, and community outreach environments to the benefit of patient care, and to inspire chance encounters between these diverse groups that will help further ideas and inspire breakthroughs. To encourage this interaction, open, flexible laboratories connect to the clinical research and patient care environments through communal spaces. In addition, a large open circulation stair, populated with small conversation zones, encourages interaction between, the ground-floor education and community outreach functions and the upper floors, visibly promoting the interactive and health-oriented mission of the translational environment.
Key features of the design include:
• Intuitive building layout intended to engage community and encourage the use of stairs to promote exercise among visitors
• Building angled off the street grid so as to enhance visual connectivity to the village and Winthrop-University Hospital, as well as for the building’s maximum solar efficiency
• Green roof and water retention and treatment system
• Basement-level research support space and below-grade parking
“This magnificent new building signifies a reaffirmation of Winthrop’s commitment to our mission of caring for the sick and injured, teaching physicians, and research. The Research and Academic Center also symbolizes Winthrop’s resolve to ensuring our future and our deep belief that we have a moral obligation to continue to serve the medical needs of our surrounding community—both now and in the future,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital.
Specific program features:
• Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology Suite
• Clinical Trials Center
• Expanded Simulation Center for innovative training
• 350-seat amphitheater for school and community lectures
• Classrooms for medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus as part of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine
• Entire floor for future bench research, providing wet laboratory space, laboratory support functions, and administrative area
Jeffrey M. Young Joins the Pittsburgh Office of Perkins Eastman as an Associate PrincipalJanuary 14, 2015
New York, NY (January 14, 2015) The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that Jeffrey M. Young AIA has joined the firm as an Associate Principal. Young will bring insights from his 18 years of experience across a range of building types to help build and lead the commercial office and mixed-use practice area in Pittsburgh.
Alan M. Schlossberg AIA, LEED AP, Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman’s Pittsburgh office, says: “We are very excited to have Jeff join our leadership. His specific knowledge and range elevates a growing regional capability and leverages firm-wide expertise in this sector.”
Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, Young was a Principal and Senior Project Manager at local Pittsburgh firm Astorino, where he delivered high-profile projects across a range of practice areas, including corporate, healthcare, higher education, and museum practice areas. Prior to this experience, Young worked at Burt Hill, a Stantec Company, and, previous to that, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York. Some of his more notable clients overall include Crown Castle, PPG Industries, Allegheny Health Network, and Extell Development Company.
Young received a bachelor of environmental design from Miami University and a master of architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania. He is a registered architect in Pennsylvania and New York, certified NCARB, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. In addition to his professional associations, Young is a member of the board of trustees of Temple Emanuel of South Hills.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Grand Opening of Buffalo's Historically Aligned CanalsDecember 22, 2014
New York, NY (December 22, 2014) Exactly one year since the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) cut the ribbon on the East Canal parcel of Buffalo Canalside, EE&K a Perkins Eastman company was pleased to help celebrate last Thursday’s grand opening of The Ice at Canalside presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the largest outdoor ice rink in New York State. The Ice at Canalside is a $20 million project—created under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo—that anchors the western section of Buffalo Canalside’s historically aligned canals, including 22,000 sf of interconnected towpaths that will allow for future development and investment.
Last week’s event included public addresses from ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia, Empire State Development Regional President Sam Hoyt and other elected officials, a figure skating performance, ribbon cutting, holiday tree lighting, and fireworks display. The 21-acre Canalside redevelopment is now one big step closer to realizing its vision of becoming a key destination for Buffalo’s downtown waterfront district. The opening of this new western parcel is a crucial milestone for the Canalside district. Once a bustling industrial port that marked the western terminus of the Erie Canal, this portion of the city’s waterfront had been built over in past decades and, in the process, lost much of its appeal as a place for mixed-use development. Working with the ECHDC, master architect EE&K a Perkins Eastman company created a vision for the downtown area that honors the site’s rich history, emphasizes the waterfront setting, encourages year-round use, and above all is market-driven to allow for flexible design and continued public-private partnerships.
The EE&K a Perkins Eastman company team is led by Principal Stanton Eckstut FAIA, and Associate Principal Hilary Bertsch AIA, who attended Thursday night’s opening ceremony. Master plan and design services for Buffalo Canalside began in 2007, prior to EE&K’s merger with Perkins Eastman. “The Canalside neighborhood is such an important piece of the city’s fabric,” says Bertsch. “And because of that, it’s important to leverage the public infrastructure to create a great place for Buffalo, a four-season destination where people can enjoy green spaces in the summer months, ice skating in the winter, and so much more. We set out to create a place where people want to go, whether it’s to work, play, live, or all of the above. Canalside is quickly becoming that place.”
Perkins Eastman Congratulates Alan M. Schlossberg on His Induction as President of AIA PittsburghDecember 19, 2014
New York, NY (December 19, 2014) The Board of Directors of top international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman congratulates Principal and Executive Director Alan M. Schlossberg AIA, LEED AP on his induction as president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 2015. Schlossberg served as Vice President in 2014 alongside outgoing president Jen Bee AIA.
“I am honored to have been chosen to represent the Pittsburgh Chapter of the AIA as its 2015 president. It is difficult to imagine a better resource than the collective capabilities of those who live and breathe our profession and understand our region so well,” says Schlossberg.” He continues, “The AIA, both nationally and in Pittsburgh, plays an invaluable role in supporting our profession. I look forward to continuing the Pittsburgh chapter’s role at the leading edge of member service, outreach, and programming.”
Schlossberg joined Perkins Eastman in 1994, and he was a part of the leadership team that established the firm’s Pittsburgh office. As its Managing Principal, Alan has been instrumental in positioning the Pittsburgh office as a regional influence, with particular expertise in higher education, senior living, healthcare, housing, government, and commercial/mixed-use.
J. David Hoglund FAIA, LEED AP, Principal and an Executive Director of Perkins Eastman and a past president of AIA Pittsburgh, says of Schlossberg’s honor, “Everyone at Perkins Eastman congratulates Alan as he is inducted to serve as the 2015 President of AIA Pittsburgh.” Hoglund continues, “Alan has the skills, insights, and commitment to serve the chapter, AIA, and profession well. He believes passionately in our profession, the role of design in the community, and the positive impact architects have on people's lives.”
In addition to his role as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Schlossberg also is one of the firm’s Higher Education Practice Area Leaders, with more than 28 years of experience in educational planning and design for colleges and universities, early childhood development, and research facilities. His local work of note includes multiple projects for the University of Pittsburgh, including The Upper Campus Housing, Bouquet Gardens, and the Falk Laboratory School Renovation and Expansion. Additional education clients include Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Community College of Allegheny County, University of Arkansas, Clarion University, Fairmont State University, William Paterson University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Slippery Rock University.
Schlossberg received a master of architecture degree and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a licensed architect in the states of Arkansas and New York and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Society of College and University Planners, and he is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to his professional associations, Schlossberg is active in local civic, community, and academic organizations, including the Regent Square Civic Association and St. Anthony School Programs and as a design juror for the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Maplewood at Stony Hill in Bethel, CTDecember 4, 2014
Stamford, CT (December 4, 2014) The Stamford office of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman joined leadership and staff of Maplewood Senior Living on Tuesday evening, December 2, for the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the new Maplewood at Stony Hill. The three-story, 84-unit memory care and assisted living facility in the town of Bethel broke ground in September 2013. Designed on a small house model, Stony Hill offers residents levels of care based on individual needs, with apartments situated within distinct neighborhoods that lend a feeling of home and comfort.
Located on a pastoral six-acre site in Fairfield County, the new facility features a state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s Educational Resource Center, where friends, family and the public can go to research and learn about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and how evidence-based research practices and thoughtful design can assist with the treatment and care of loved ones. Other amenities at Maplewood at Stony Hill include a spa, outdoor gardens and gathering spaces, terraces with water views.
Maplewood at Stony Hill’s design layout divides each floor into two neighborhoods, each with its own unique residential environment including activity areas and living room, along with a shared dining room on each floor with an open kitchen and farm-to-table dining. This layout also allows residents with cognitive loss to freely navigate from their apartments to their neighborhood and back with the help of wayfinding cues and other distinguishable interior finishes.
Designed in a New England craftsman style, in which small-scale, A-frame bungalows have essentially been combined to form a larger building that can accommodate multiple communities of residents, the Perkins Eastman team set out to design a care facility that was clean and modern but also timeless. “The ways we care for those with memory loss are changing and improving all the time based on new research,” says J. David Hoglund FAIA, LEED AP, Principal and Executive Director with Perkins Eastman. “This translates to the design community as well. We are pleased to see Maplewood at Stony Hill raising the bar for senior care in the state of Connecticut.”
Perkins Eastman and Lee, Burkhart, Liu (LBL Architects) Announce Intent to MergeOctober 29, 2014
New York, NY (October 30, 2014) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman and top California healthcare design firm Lee, Burkhart, Liu (LBL Architects) are pleased to announce the intent to merge their practices. The merger will significantly build upon the established practices—particularly healthcare—of both firms and diversify their combined expertise, particularly on the west coast. The combined international firm will total 880 employees, adding enhanced resources, client value, and opportunities for employees. The firms will combine their practices in San Francisco, CA, and maintain and grow the practice in Los Angeles, CA. The merger is planned to be effective January 1, 2015.
Bradford Perkins FAIA, Chairman of Perkins Eastman, says, “Perkins Eastman has had a longstanding commitment to expanding on the west coast, and this merger will realize that commitment for the benefit of our clients and staff. LBL’s respected healthcare architectural design practice and established relationships with some of the top regional healthcare providers naturally align with Perkins Eastman’s vision and goals. Further, this merger will diversify the combined firm’s expertise in the region, importantly enhancing value for our clients and providing growth opportunities for employees.”
Erich Burkhart FAIA, a Founding Partner and Principal, furthers, “LBL has sought not only expanded reach and enhanced resources for our expertise in designing innovative healthcare environments, but also an unwavering commitment to clients and to creating environments rich with ingenuity and purpose. We have found that in Perkins Eastman’s practice and people. As one of the largest architectural firms in the country and with a substantial healthcare practice, Perkins Eastman provides the depth of resources, creative design vision, and breadth of expertise to allow us to provide a broader scope of services to our clients and greater opportunities for our employees.”
Both firms were founded with similar beliefs—that architecture can have a direct, positive—recuperative, even—impact on peoples’ lives. The award-winning healthcare portfolios of both firms reflect a commitment to the planning and design of healthcare environments that promote healing, instill comfort, and increase efficiency. The merger will strategically position the combined firm to address the complex functional requirements of 21st-century healthcare environments that, above all, must be patient- and family-centered and that also acknowledge rapidly evolving treatment modalities and new technologies.
The State of Senior Living in the CarolinasOctober 20, 2014
New York, NY (October 20, 2014) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the publication of “The State of Senior Living in the Carolinas,” a new white paper written by David J. Segmiller AIA, Managing Principal of the firm’s Charlotte, NC office. This extensive report is a summary of a series of one-on-one interviews that Segmiller conducted with a number of influential leaders of existing Continuing Care Retirements Communities (CCRCs) and multi-facility providers throughout North and South Carolina.
All interviewees were posed the same nine questions related to current trends affecting their communities’ recent successes and challenges, and to gauge how such trends will affect the senior living industry as a whole in the coming years. Among those interviewed, there was a general consensus that the CCRC industry is changing, driven by both its changing consumer and more prevalent global interest on the effects of aging.
Among the topics discussed were shifts in the financial models for not-for-profit vs. for-profit providers, changing resident demographics, staffing trends and retention efforts, the delivery of services outside the community, and much more. One CEO of a CCRC in South Carolina had this say: “I think our industry is being redefined, both from a product standpoint and a programmatic standpoint … we as providers either are smart enough to be a part of that new definition, in creating that definition, listening to that consumer or that consumer, or it will be redefined without our input.”
According to Segmiller, “Being involved in designing senior living environments for more than 30 years has shown me that our industry and its providers are innovative and responsive to the residents’ needs and demands. The industry will be challenged more than ever by the increasing demands of a growing consumer base and challenges to staffing and economic issues … The future of senior living in the Carolinas appears bright, but with hurdles and pitfalls driven by the market, regulations and changing demographics.”
All interviews took place over the summer of 2014. Copies of the white paper are currently being distributed at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo (Oct 19 - 22) in Nashville. The full paper is available for download at http://www.perkinseastman.com/white_papers.
Joseph Aliotta Joins Perkins Eastman as PrincipalOctober 15, 2014
New York, NY (October 15, 2014) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to welcome Joseph J. Aliotta AIA, LEED AP as a principal in the firm’s New York, NY office. Aliotta joins to lead the firm’s New York City focused government practice and manage the office’s institutional studio. His more than 30 years of professional experience most recently comprises leadership in design, renovation, and construction for more than 20M sf. Aliotta joins from the office of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects in New York City where he served as managing principal for the firm’s government and institutional work.
Chairman and CEO Bradford Perkins FAIA says of Aliotta, “Joseph is an accomplished architect with a proven track record of leadership managing people, process, and projects for numerous developers, owners, public sector, and corporate clients; he is a valuable addition to our leadership team.”
Aliotta received a diploma in Real Estate, Investment, and Analysis form New York University and a Bachelor of Architecture (Summa Cum Laude) from City College of New York, School of Architecture. He is a registered architect licensed in multiple states and his professional affiliations have included Real Estate Board of New York, ACE Mentor Program, NYC Building Codes Commission, and AIA New York Chapter of which he was past president.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of The Springs at Monarch LandingOctober 8, 2014
New York, NY (October 8, 2014) Just under a year and a half since the project broke ground, members from the Chicago office of Perkins Eastman joined Monarch Landing last week in Naperville, IL to cut the ceremonial ribbon for The Springs, the senior living community’s new 94,000 sf Health and Rehabilitation Center. The Springs comprises numerous private resident rooms and couples’ suites, with 48 devoted to short-term rehabilitation, 48 to skilled care, and 28 for assisted living memory support. Other building amenities include a physical therapy suite, salon, café, multi-purpose room, outdoor gardens and courtyards, as well as covered access from the existing independent living buildings.
The Springs at Monarch Landing introduces one of only a few neighborhood household models for seniors to the Chicago area, specially designed to provide a continuum of care as well as provide optimal living space for residents suffering from dementia. The Perkins Eastman design team worked closely with Senior Care Development and Monarch Landing leadership throughout, from developing the multi-phase master plan for the entire 15-acre campus right down to the interior architecture of The Springs. When brought together, the Health Center’s design aesthetic emphasizes an inviting and comfortable setting with clean, modern lines and earthen tones, all situated amidst an expansive yet intimate natural landscape with gardens, courtyards and walking paths.
“There is a growing demand on a global scale among senior living providers for more ‘person-centered care’ household models,” says Design Principal Jerry Walleck AIA, who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony along with other team members. “It enables communities to provide a better and more humane level of care, and market themselves better to future residents. And yet, relatively few have instituted these types of communities. The Springs at Monarch Landing now stands apart, and we’re quite proud to have played a hand in designing this community.”
Nina Giglio Joins Perkins Eastman as Specifications Manager and Senior AssociateSeptember 30, 2014
New York, NY (September 30, 2014) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that Nina Giglio FCSI, CCS, LEED AP has joined as Specifications Manager. Based in the firm’s Charlotte, NC office, Giglio will lead the firm’s specifications group while also serving as a firm-wide resource for the development and review of written construction documents for a wide variety of project types and delivery methods across the firm’s domestic offices. Giglio joins most recently from Hall Building Information Group in Charlotte, where she served as President from 2007 to 2014. She presents regularly at conferences and has contributed to several technical manuals published by John Wiley & Sons.
President and COO J. David Hoglund FAIA says of Giglio, “Nina brings expertise that will enable Perkins Eastman to increase its reach and proficiency in delivering consistent and controlled CD documentation.”
Giglio received her Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and LEED AP BD+C. She is a Fellow in the Construction Specification Institute and affiliated with the American Institute of Architects and Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice. In addition to her professional involvement, Giglio supports the American Heart Association Circle of Red.
Topping Out at the New Martin Luther King Jr. School in Cambridge, MassachusettsSeptember 22, 2014
New York, NY (September 22, 2014) The Boston, MA, office of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman congratulates the Martin Luther King Jr. School and the City of Cambridge on the September 18 topping out of the new school campus at 100 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge, MA. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the school, which is targeting Net Zero Energy, is scheduled to open in time for the 2015-2016 school year.
The 169,000 sf school and the 18,200 sf parking structure will accommodate a total of 740 students and 125 staff in a JK-5 Lower School and an Upper School for grades 6-8. Expressly designed to be a center of its community, the school will include a 40-student preschool and robust community school and afterschool programs.
Perkins Eastman Principal and market leader of the firm’s primary and secondary education practice area Sean O’Donnell AIA, LEED AP says, “Perkins Eastman is excited to celebrate this major construction milestone for this innovative community school with the City of Cambridge. We look forward to seeing the schools and the community enjoying its sustainable, high performance learning environments in the near future.”
In addition to targeting Net Zero Energy, the Martin Luther King Jr. School is expected to achieve LEED-Platinum certification. The building is projected to have an Energy Use Intensity 60% less than typical educational buildings in New England and will save energy through proper orientation, pervasive natural light in almost every space, and high-performance roof and wall assemblies. In addition to user-specific energy-saving measures, the school will offset energy demands by producing energy through photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof and south-facing facades.
The design for the new school was driven by the idea of the school as a community, with the Lower School and the Upper School operating as distinct “neighborhoods” connected by an internal thoroughfare, named King Street, from which the shared community spaces are accessed. In support of extending learning into the environment, an important feature of a 21st-century school, the school will include a City Sprouts garden, outdoor hard and softscape areas, a preschool playground, a teacher’s patio, a courtyard garden featuring an indoor/outdoor performance space, and—taking advantage of the compact urban site—roof terraces.
Incorporating architectural elements and materials found within the larger Cambridge context—for instance, entry courts that reduce building scale and define outdoor space; bay windows that help maximize natural light and square footage; and variegated edge conditions that engage with the streets—the school will be as much a neighborhood-friendly anchor for the community as an example of cutting-edge sustainable design, overall contributing to Cambridge’s legacy of distinctive and diverse architecture.
Perkins Eastman Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Center in Tulsa, OKSeptember 19, 2014
New York, NY (September 19, 2014) Today the Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, cut the ceremonial ribbon on recent renovations and several strategic additions to its continuum of care community. The crown jewel of this two-and-a-half year project is the brand new Scott F. Zarrow Town Center, which will become the Tulsa intergenerational community’s new central gathering space, including an open floor plan with lobby, café, multi-purpose room, and expansive views. Designed by Perkins Eastman and led by Principals Dan Cinelli FAIA, Jerry Walleck AIA, and Associate Nathaniel Koschmann AIA, LEED AP, the team’s approach was to maximize the reuse of existing building shells and systems while giving the overall community an inviting hospitality-focused look and environmentally sustainable features.
In addition to the Town Center, Tulsa Jewish also unveiled the newly renovated Comprehensive Care Center. Built in 1960, Perkins Eastman has modified its institutional layout and designed a more resident-centered household model. The Assisted Living facility received a “head-to-toe” overhaul as well, replete with new furnishings and interior design features befitting a senior community that caters to active lifestyles. Sustainable additions include high performance glazing, reflective roofing with deep overhangs and sunshades, and interior finishes that meet low-VOC specifications.
“We are truly pleased to have led the strategic plan, master plan and design of the new Town Center for Tulsa Jewish, as well as the renovations for its neighboring buildings,” says Design Principal Dan Cinelli. “As of today, this community can now count themselves among the most cutting edge and forward-thinking senior living communities in the U.S.” During today’s ceremony, guests heard from Maxine Zarrow, the mother the Town Center’s namesake and member of the philanthropic Zarrow family, which largely funded the project. Following the ribbon cutting, Tulsa Jewish staff led guests on a tour of the facilities and hosted an informal open house in the Town Center.
David M. Owens Joins the Boston Office of Perkins Eastman as a Design PrincipalSeptember 17, 2014
New York, NY (September 17, 2014) The Boston, Massachusetts, office of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that David M. Owens AIA has joined the firm as a Design Principal. Owens will bring insights from his 35 years of strong design experience across a range of building types—recently focused on sensitive contextual design within historic college campuses and the design of modern corporate offices—to Perkins Eastman’s healthcare, science and technology, education, commercial mixed-use, and corporate interiors practice areas.
Bradford Perkins FAIA, Chairman and CEO of Perkins Eastman, says: “David brings a wealth of institutional and commercial design expertise to the Boston office. We are delighted he has joined the firm and anticipate that our clients will benefit from his rigorous commitment to design excellence and the strategic value it adds to their enterprises.”
Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, Owens was a Design Principal at Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, which he joined at its founding. David was responsible for many of TK&A’s award-winning projects, among them Stokes Hall at Boston College, Danforth University Center at Washington University, and Suffolk University Law School. Other notable clients included Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Babson College, Boston Properties, and MIT Real Estate. Recognized for his design excellence, Owens’s work has been published in Contract, SCUP Journal, and American School & University, among others.
Owens received a bachelor of architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College and a bachelor of fine arts from Tufts University/Boston Museum School. He is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and he is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Boston Society of Architects, and the Boston Architectural College.
Perkins Eastman’s 60 Main Street in Bridgeport, CT, Receives $2M in Competitive Funding for Resiliency DesignAugust 28, 2014
New York, NY (August 28, 2014) In a ceremony held yesterday in Seaside Park on Bridgeport Harbor, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded a total of $27 million in grants and loans for 20 brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects located throughout the state. Among those projects singled out was 60 Main Street, LLC, a 12-acre mixed-use development that borders Long Island Sound, and for which Perkins Eastman is serving as Architect. The project was awarded a loan in the amount of $2 million to develop and rejuvenate the prime waterfront parcel.
A significant portion of these funds will be devoted to climate resilient building initiatives, to be implemented throughout this initial phase of the Bridgeport development, including raising residential and commercial spaces eight feet above the flood plain. Phase 1 of 60 Main Street, which is currently under construction, will include approximately 250 new residential units and 20,000 sf of new retail space. The overall development proposes 1,200 residential units in the Seaside Park/University of Bridgeport neighborhood.
Design Principal Peter Cavaluzzi was in attendance at Wednesday’s ceremony. In his remarks to the crowd gathered he said, “The 60 Main Street project, located right here on this beautiful part of [Long Island] Sound, incorporates state-of-the-art resiliency and regeneration strategies that will make this a key part of Bridgeport’s revival as a destination city.” He continued, “This development will include a contemporary mix of loft materials to build on the waterfront’s industrial heritage.” Markets and cafes will be situated along the newly landscaped terraces, plus a new walkway that hugs the Sound, making Seaside Park a major attraction that reconnects the city with its waterfront.
All projects were rated and ranked with the utmost scrutiny by an inter-agency committee based on criteria which evaluated each applicant’s financial needs, the project’s overall feasibility, and the project’s consistency with responsible growth and livability initiatives. 60 Main Street will be an iconic urban development that expands upon existing residential and commercial space. Perkins Eastman’s design scheme envisions a dynamic and varied bay front property that will attract new residents, businesses, and year-round activity; all things that have been largely absent from much of Bridgeport’s coastline for some time. The design team is led by Principals Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA, Stuart Lachs AIA, LEED AP, and Associate Principal Hilary Bertsch AIA.
Perkins Eastman Expands Presence in ChinaAugust 20, 2014
New York, NY (August 20, 2014) The Board of Directors of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce the expansion of its healthcare planning and design services in China and the surrounding region. In support of this strategic growth, internationally recognized Principal Richard Sprow AIA has relocated to the firm’s office in Shanghai, China, to continue his 40-year career in healthcare planning and design and to better support regional clients.
Ron Vitale AIA, Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman’s Shanghai office, says, “With Rich’s arrival, Perkins Eastman’s Shanghai office is poised to respond with more agility to the fast pace of projects here and to the specific technical and cultural needs of healthcare work, a rapidly growing market,” continuing: “Rich and I have worked together for more than 15 years, including on previous healthcare projects in both China and the United States, and I am happy to add him to our rapidly growing staff in Shanghai.”
Ranked in the top ten of U.S. healthcare architecture design firms per Building Design + Construction’s recent industry survey, Perkins Eastman’s diverse body of healthcare work includes projects around the world for top academic medical centers, specialty hospitals including cancer care centers, and teaching hospitals, as well as community hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and specialty facilities.
Sprow says of his focus on enhancing the firm’s healthcare expertise in China: “I am excited to take up this long-term assignment in Shanghai where I can continue working with our growing roster of Chinese clients and be a part of the new wave of private healthcare development that is happening now.” He continues: “I am looking forward to leading the development of a larger healthcare planning group here while continuing to work with Perkins Eastman’s offices in the United States, Dubai, and Mumbai to deliver large-scale healthcare projects.”
Sprow joined Perkins Eastman in 2004, bringing with him considerable knowledge and project management skills working with clients throughout the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. His extensive project experience spans more than 200 projects in the United States, as well as previous international work in the United Kingdom, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and India. Sprow has been an adjunct faculty member in New York University’s School of Continuing Education, Professional Health Care Program, and has conducted seminars on Health Care Facility Management and Ambulatory Care Facilities. He holds membership with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, the New York Society for Health Planning, and the American Institute of Architects (corporate). He also presents regularly at healthcare conferences around the world.
Perkins Eastman has also added Hao-Che Hsu to the Shanghai healthcare practice group as an Associate. Hsu brings to the firm more than ten years of experience as a senior medical planner, with analytical, planning, and design experience on a wide variety of hospital and healthcare projects in the United States.
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