Just in time for the school’s 50th anniversary, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo hosted a dedication ceremony for its state-of-the-art Academic Innovation Center (AIC) in late August, 2019. The innovation center, which has been under construction since 2016 under the guidance of Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, is home to new 21 educational labs and classrooms as well as faculty and staff offices.
The three-story, 500-foot-long building features more glass than any other building on campus, ensuring that “90% of the AIC space is bathed in natural light,” according to TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz. The west side of the innovation center incorporates several architectural elements from the original campus, such as limestone accents, hip-roofs and natural finishes in marble and cherry wood. The building’s east side, meanwhile, embraces a more contemporary design consistent with modernist architecture of the mid-20th century.
“It’s a remarkable structure that truly advances how we define learning at TAMIU,” said Dr. Arenaz during the dedication ceremony. “Technology is integrated throughout the entire building with teaching walls, while the classroom architecture itself is flexible to encourage collaboration.”
According to TAMIU Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services Steve Harmon, the AIC will primarily serve as a collaborative learning space for the school’s STEM and engineering programs.
“We really needed to have a space that was really dedicated to STEM and that allowed lots of opportunities for people to work together,” said Harmon in an interview. “there’s just technology integrated throughout the whole complex.”
You can take a virtual tour of the Academic Innovation Center in the video below!
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Law enforcement agencies in Georgia’s Coast Plains region will spend less time waiting for forensic testing results, thanks to a new crime laboratory operated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) that recently opened in the city of Pooler. The 64,000-square-foot facility will replace an existing lab in nearby Savannah that is more than 30 years old and roughly one-third the size of the new lab.
“Our goal is to seek the truth, and this will help us get there,” said GBI Director Vic Reynolds during the crime lab’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
While the GBI’s old crime lab in Savannah could accommodate only 26 employees and two doctors, the new lab has enough space for up to 70 employees and five doctors. This added room for growth will allow the GBI to serve local law enforcement agencies more efficiently now and well into the future. According to Governor Brian Kemp, the facility is designed to last “50 years, or so.”
In addition to doubling the capacity for GBI staff, the new crime lab will be able to perform toxicology tests that couldn’t be conducted in the old facility. These tests are designed to measure and analyze the presence of drugs, alcohol or poisons in a person’s body. Prior to the opening of the crime lab in Pooler, toxicology tests had to be sent further away to GBI locations in Augusta and Decatur.
“This is a great day for law enforcement,” said Georgia State Patrol Colonel Mark McDonough in a statement. “It gives us access to crime lab specialists who can do those tests, can testify to the results of them.”
Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb, meanwhile, noted that the GBI crime lab will not only speed up forensic investigations in the region, but also create new jobs for area residents.
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The Salt Lake City International Airport is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment effort that airport officials are calling “The New SLC.” The airport has significantly outgrown its current facilities, which were designed in the 1960s to accommodate less than half of the 26 million passengers it now serves each year. Today, it’s the 23rd busiest airport in North America.
Salt Lake City’s new terminal complex will not only be much larger, but also more efficient and compliant with modern earthquake safety standards. The terminal’s designers expect to obtain LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and they’ve even developed a plan to make the facility generate as much power as it uses.
It’s also interesting to note that no tax dollars are being used to fund the $3.6 billion redevelopment project. Instead, it’s being funded by a combination of federal grants, airport reserves, revenue bonds and user fees.
Now, with just one year left until The New SLC is slated to open, the airport’s massive terminal and south concourse are nearing completion.
The New SLC’s baggage system is already in place, according to local CBS affiliate KUTV, and the jetways that will guide passengers from the concourse to their flights are in the process of being installed. A number of escalators, elevators and moving walkways are being installed throughout the terminal and south concourse as well.
Other quality-of-life improvements at the airport include new parking facilities and upgraded bathrooms with two separate sections that allow them to be cleaned without being closed completely. The exterior of the terminal, meanwhile, was designed to mimic the scenic desert landscape of Utah.
You can get a first-hand look at the airport’s progress in the time lapse video below!
The new terminal and concourse are scheduled to open on September 15, 2020 but work on The New SLC won’t be done just yet. Additional renovations on the airport’s three existing concourses are expected to continue until 2022.
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Downtown Vancouver is the new home of an “international entertainment destination” that constitutes one of the largest construction projects the city has seen in decades. Located next to the BC Place Stadium, Parq Vancouver is a sprawling urban resort that includes two luxury hotels with more than 500 rooms, a casino with 600 slot machines and 75 tables, and a 30,000-square-foot rooftop park that sits six floors above street level. Jan Zeschky, a journalist at the Vancouver Courier, described the scale of the resort as “staggering.”
Parq Vancouver also features more than 60,000 square feet of event space, a spa, and eight different restaurants that serve everything from traditional pub faire to high-end steak and seafood. It’s even home to the largest ballroom in Western Canada, which can accommodate more than 1,500 people. The list of amenities at Parq Vancouver is virtually endless, but the resort’s developers hope the space will encourage guests to get out and explore the city of Vancouver as well.
“In Las Vegas, they keep everyone in a box,” said Scott Menke, CEO of development firm Paragon Gaming in an interview. “We get to show off Vancouver in its finest form. We’re so proud of Vancouver as a destination.”
In stark contrast to the dimly-lit casinos in Las Vegas, Parq Vancouver’s casino features huge exterior windows that bathe the space in natural light and make it feel more connected to the outside world.
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The largest hospital in Kansas City just got bigger thanks to a $360 million expansion that was completed in late 2017. Cambridge Tower A is a cutting-edge inpatient care facility that adds 92 beds and 11 operating rooms to the University of Kansas Health System. The 11-story tower also allows the hospital’s entire oncology department to be housed under one roof for the first time.
“This is one of the most exciting times in my 21 years here,” said Jeff Wright, vice president of cancer services in an interview. We’ve gotten used to saying we’re at full capacity, trying to manage and discharge. This allows us to have access to health care services here to be able to expand our capacity.”
In an effort to make the new facility as functional and efficient as possible, Cambridge Tower A was designed with ongoing input from the hospital’s physicians, nurses and therapists. More than a year before construction began, hospital employees had the opportunity to tour full-size mockups of rooms in the tower and offer suggestions for improvement.
“I can’t imagine building something as important as a new hospital without engaging an integrating staff clinical expertise into the design process,” said Carol Cleek, a registered nurse and clinical sponsor of Cambridge Tower A. “They understand the patient and family needs, the workflows and the day-to-day hospital operations better than anyone.”
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After four years of construction, San Francisco’s newest mixed-use skyscraper has officially earned the distinction of being the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi River. It’s also home to some of the most luxurious condominiums in the country, with unit prices starting at around $3 million. Designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy spared no expense in the development of 181 Fremont, incorporating lavish details like brass door handles that were custom forged by Parisian artists.
In addition to being a towering display of opulence, the 800-foot mixed-use skyscraper is also an impressive feat of engineering.
The building’s exterior is bound by an aluminum “exoskeleton” that was designed to absorb stress during an earthquake. Thanks to its earthquake-resistant construction, the elevator systems in 181 Fremont are even capable of operating during catastrophic seismic events.
Recently, Facebook announced that it would lease all 436,000 square feet of office space in the mixed-use tower for an estimated $35 million. This will eliminate the need for Facebook’s employees in San Francisco to commute 35 miles south to the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park. Between 2,000 and 3,000 Facebook and Instagram employees will occupy 33 of the building’s 56 floors. According to Business Insider, this deal constitutes San Francisco’s largest office lease in three years.
181 Fremont also boasts an impressive list of amenities including a library, concierge service and fitness center with a yoga room. It will be the only residential/office building in San Francisco with direct access to the new Transbay Transit Center, which will connect eight Bay Area counties with 11 different transportation systems.
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Based in Los Angeles, the Viceroy Hotel Group operates more than a dozen hotels throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Now, the company has added yet another hotel to its portfolio in Chicago’s Gold Coast Historic District.
The Viceroy Chicago is a 180-room hotel with a whimsical atmosphere designed to “surprise and delight” its guests. Notable design features include a rooftop pool and a 30-foot-tall “poem wall” with selected passages of Marcel Proust’s work. It also offers a number of unique services such as free weekly yoga and meditation classes that are open to the public.
The hotel’s structure consists of an 18-story glass tower that rises from the original brick and terra-cotta façade of the historic Cedar Hotel. By combining these two distinct architectural styles, the Viceroy Chicago’s designers aspired to create “harmony through contrast, in which both the old and new are rich examples of their specific eras.”
In stark contrast to the Cedar Hotel’s original façade, the tower of the Viceroy is distinguished by glass windows that intersect at angles to create a folding, rippling appearance. This hybrid structure produces a striking visual effect that demands attention. Rather than seamlessly blending the old with the new, the Viceroy Chicago celebrates the disparate styles of early 20th and 21st century architecture.
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Thanks to Kohler Co., one of Wisconsin’s oldest and most successful businesses, Packers fans can now spend the night in an upscale hotel next time they see their team play at Lambeau Field. Located just west of the stadium in the Titletown District, Lodge Kohler is a new 144-room hotel that opened in July of 2017. The Green Bay Packers executive committee hopes the hotel will become a destination for out-of-town fans and businesspeople using Lambeau Field’s meeting rooms and banquet facilities.
Lodge Kohler includes five different guest room configurations, with nightly room rates starting at just under $200 during the week, and peaking at more than $450 on game days. Guests can choose from a number of different themed overnight packages as well, including a “Bed and Breakfast Package” and an “Explore Lambeau” package which was tailor made for Packers fans.
In addition to its luxury accommodations, the hotel is also home to the Kohler Waters Spa, which showcases many of the company’s trademark high-end plumbing fixtures. This spa includes a steam room, sauna, Vichy shower, cool plunge pool and a “state-of-the art Hydromassage Experience Pool” which was custom designed by Kohler’s engineers. Guests can even indulge in the Green Bay Stone Massage, which is a 50-minute treatment that utilizes heated basalt stones in conjunction with traditional Swedish massage techniques. Once they’re done with their spa treatments, guests can also choose from a number of different dining options, including a fifth-floor restaurant and bar that offers panoramic views of nearby Lambeau Field.
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Thanks to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), residents of Mecklenburg, Lunenburg and Brunswick Counties in southern Virginia now have access to a new state-of-the-art medical facility. Located in South Hill—about 80 miles southwest of VCU’s main campus in Richmond—the Health Community Memorial Hospital hosted its grand opening in October.
Prior to its official open date on November 11, local residents were invited to take self-guided tours of the hospital to acquaint themselves with its layout and services. The 166,700-square foot facility includes 70 private rooms, a cardiac catheterization lab and a 16-bay emergency department. It’s also equipped with a comprehensive suite of diagnostic services, including MRI scans, CT scans and nuclear medicine. The hospital is expected to be a valuable new addition to a rural region that has lacked sufficient access to this type of healthcare facility in the past.
“The facility will be a beacon of hope for all who are in need of care, and it will be an anchor for future economic development for this region,” said hospital CEO W. Scott Burnette in a statement.
Earlier this year, VCU joined the TriNetX Health Research Network as well. This partnership will allow the school and its hospitals to collaborate with other research organizations and biopharmaceutical companies from all over the world.
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Thanks to a series of bold investments from Detroit-based developers Sachse Construction, the Motor City is now home to a brand new 200,000-square-foot mixed-use development in the historic neighborhood of Brush Park. In addition to nearly 200 residential units, The Scott at Brush Park will also include a number of commercial offerings, including a coffee shop, restaurant and dermatology office which opened in May, 2017.
The residential space in The Scott is primarily geared towards “millennials and empty nesters,” featuring a number of two-bedroom apartments that can either be occupied by a single occupant, or split with a roommate. The Scott’s developers sought to maximize the space in the complex’s residential units, offering much more room than many of the more cramped options in Midtown Detroit. The apartments all have 9-foot ceilings and sliding bedroom doors, making them feel even more spacious than they would otherwise. The exterior-facing apartments also include balconies overlooking Woodward Avenue and Erskine Street.
This isn’t the first major development project to come to Brush Park in recent years. Thanks to the neighborhood’s close proximity to both Midtown and Downtown Detroit, its pedestrian-friendly streets and historic atmosphere, Brush Park has attracted the attention of several other real estate investors and developers as well. Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans Inc. and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is currently in the process of developing his own $70 million residential complex on a nearby 8-acre parcel of land.
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