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Stantec unveils concept designs for Battery Coastal Resilience Project in Lower Manhattan

Stantec has released concept design renderings for the $129 million Battery Coastal Resilience Project in Lower Manhattan. The Battery currently sits at an elevation that will be submerged as sea levels rise. As part of the project, the wharf at the southern tip of Manhattan will be reconstructed, raising the waterfront esplanade approximately 5 feet above its current elevation—11 feet above Mean Sea Level—to protect the park and nearby community.

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Sunnylands employee campus earns LEED Platinum® rating for sustainable design

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands is pleased to announce that its 17-acre employee campus, including administration, archives, and operations buildings, has been awarded LEED® Platinum certification, the U.S. Green Business Council’s highest rating for sustainable design. The Sunnylands employee campus, completed in 2017, is the second new-construction project at the site of the former Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif., to achieve a high standard of LEED certification.

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Pease Park in Austin, Texas

To establish a comprehensive approach for the park’s rehabilitation, preservation, and the enhancement of its cultural, recreational, and natural features, Pease Park Conservancy hired Clayton Korte in 2014 to design a Master Plan for the park with urban planning and landscape architecture firm Wallace, Roberts & Todd.

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Call for entries to the ASLA Professional & Student Awards program

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is now accepting submissions for its 2021 Professional and Student Awards Program. “The ASLA Professional & Student Awards recognize the most innovative and impactful work  in the profession,” said Tom Mroz, FASLA, 2021 president of ASLA. “Our professional winners are leaders in the industry. Our student winners represent the best and brightest hope for the future. Each year, we get entries from all around the world. I can’t wait to see the creative projects this year’s Call for Entries brings.” 

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Columbia Building in Portland, Oregon

The Columbia Building designed by Skylab supports the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. The project accomplished three unique objectives in one single campus site: the creation of a vibrant and efficient workspace; clean on-site stormwater filtration; and a dynamic building that stimulates conversation about the health of the region’s watershed and rivers.

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KAI transforms 68-year-old South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas

Students at South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas finally have the new learning environment they’ve fought for. Following a two-year, $60 million “extreme makeover,” staff and students excitedly returned in January to a completely transformed 68-year-old campus. The district hired KAI to provide programming/planning, architecture, interior design, community engagement, project management and construction administration on the project. The general contractor was Rogers-O’Brien Construction.

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ASLA announces 2020 Professional and Student Award winners

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) last week announced the 2020 Professional and Student Award winners. Chosen from 567 submissions, this year’s 31 Professional Award winners represent the best of landscape architecture in the General Design, Urban Design, Residential Design, Analysis & Planning, Communications, and Research categories.

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BNBuilders achieves construction milestones for UC San Diego campus grand entrance

BNBuilders is making major strides in building a new “front door” for UC San Diego.  With the addition of two Light Rail Transit stations coming to the La Jolla, Calif. campus, a new grand entrance is underway featuring the $41 million Design and Innovation Building and the $50 million Pepper Canyon Amphitheater and Public Realm project. Ricardo Rabines, Founding Partner of Safdie Rabines Architects, says, “The challenge has been to convert a canyon into a park; to create a welcoming place of arrival, a place of gathering and cultural celebration, and to introduce a front door to the campus. The reinvention of Pepper Canyon has been a long journey and it is finally taking shape.”

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