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Delta Dental / OPN Architects

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Architect: OPN Architects
Location: Johnston,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio 

Delta Dental is a national non-profit dental insurance provider with 39 independent member companies devoted to preventative care for oral health and hygiene.  With the hopes of creating an economic branding and highly visible promotional device, Delta employed the architectural services of OPN Architects to develop their corporate headquarters along a major interstate.

University Hygienic Laboratory / OPN Architects

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Architect: OPN Architects
Location: Coralville, Iowa
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio 

Designed for the University of Iowa, the Hygienic Laboratory was designed by and was completed in 2010 as a collaborative and interdisciplinary laboratory facility.  In addition to both closed and open laboratory space, the complex features traditional academic functions such as office space, workspaces, and group meeting space.  More images and architect description after the break.

University of Iowa BioVentures Center / OPN Architects

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Architect: OPN Architects
Location: , Iowa
Project Year: 2009
Engineer: KJWW Engineering Consultants
Photographs: Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio 

The BioVentures Center is a new office and laboratory facility on the campus of the University of Iowa that functions as a collaborative environment and business incubator for biotech start-ups and the academic field.  The 80,000sf facility was designed by OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in conjunction with KJWW Engineering and Consultants.  In addition to traditional academic functions, half of the buildings usable area was designed as speculative lab space and is available for commercial lease.

Sheboygan Police Department / Zimmerman Architectural Studios

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Architect: Zimmerman Architectural Studios
Location: Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Project Year: 2008
Engineer: Harwood Engineering Consultants
Photographs: Greg Gent, Kevin O’Donnell

Designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios of , Wisconsin, the Sheboygan Police Station is a municipal facility that was awarded an AIA Wisconsin Merit Award in 2011.  Perhaps the most signature element of the architectural scheme would be the blue glow that emanates from the structure — a revered and feared image standing as a symbol for law and order in the community.

Kirkwood Horticulture Building / OPN Architects

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Architect: OPN Architects
Location: , Iowa
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio 

Designed by OPN Architects, the Kirkwood Horticulture Building at Kirkwood Community College is a 40,000sf facility that houses the burgeoning floral and horticultural program for its host school.  In addition to typical academic programs such as lecture halls, office space, student commons, and laboratory facilities, the complex also includes an 8,500sf greenhouse for production.  More images and architect description after the break.

Iron Horse Hotel / The Kubala Washatko Architects

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Architect: The Kubala Washatko Architects
Location: Milwaukee,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: The Kubala Washatko Architects 

Designed by the Kubala Washatko Architects of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, the Iron Horse Hotel is an upscale boutique hotel that caters to motorcycle enthusiasts and travelers.  The 100,000sf project was completed in 2008 as a refurbishment to an existing factory — more images and architect description after the break.

Colin Powell Middle School / Legat Architects, Inc.

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Architect: Legat Architects, Inc.
Location: Matteson,
Construction Manager: Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
Technology/Audio-visual/Security/Geothermal Feasibility Consultant: KJWW Engineering Consultants
MEP/Structural/Civil Engineer: Globetrotters
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Designed by Architects, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, the 122,000sf Colin Powell Middle School is an academic facility that serves grades 6-8 for Illinois School District 159.  According to the architect, “The design of Colin Powell Middle School responds to the client’s desire to provide a progressive symbol of education to its students and community.  Energy efficiency, environmental conscientiousness, and openness were all driving factors in the design.”  More images and description after the break.

Beijing Core Area Plan / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

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Designed by Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch, the Core Area Master Plan is a massive civic proposal of over 27 million square feet of building area and an additional 1.5 million square feet of public space design for the Central Business District of , .  More images and architect’s description after the break.

37signals / Brininstool + Lynch

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Architect: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: Chicago,
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Christopher Barrett 

The 37signals project is a 10,000sf commercial build-out for a software company in Chicago, Illinois.  The build-out was designed by  of Chicago, Illinois and was completed with full occupancy in March 2010.  More images and architect’s description after the break.

Zenith / DeStefano Partners

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Otherwise known as Doosan Haeundae U-Dong (or “We’ve the Zenith”), the Zenith complex is a residential condominium development in the Haeundae region of Busan, .  The complex was designed by DeStefano Partners of , Illinois and is slated for substantial completion in November of 2011 and full occupancy in the summer of 2012.  More images and architect’s description after the break.

Advanced Energy Center, Stony Brook University / Flad Architects

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Architect: Flad Architects
Location: Stony Brook,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing

Garden 5 Tool / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano PartnersSamoo Architects & Engineers 
Location: Seoul,
Project Year: 2o11
Photographs: Samoo Architects & Engineers 

Originally called the Dongnam Distribution Center (DDC), the recently renamed Garden 5 Tool complex is a mega-shopping center in Seoul, South Korea.  The structure was designed by DeStefano Partners of , Illinois in conjunction with Samoo Architects & Engineers as the associate architect.

College of DuPage Technology Education Center / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano Partners
Location: Glen Ellyn,
Project Year: 2o10
Photographs: Barbara Karant / Karant + Associates, Inc.

Coffou Cottage / Brininstool + Lynch

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Architect: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: , Indiana
Project Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Christopher Barrett of Hedrich Blessing  

AD Classics: Pearl Bank Apartments / Tan Cheng Siong

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At the time of its completion in 1976, the Pearl Bank Apartment complex was the highest-density and tallest residential structure in at 38 stories.  The total height of the horseshoe-shaped complex exceeded 430’ tall and was home for over 1,500 inhabitants.  Designed by of Archurban Architects & Planners, Pearl Bank served as a beacon of contemporary residential design and acted as precedent to the subsequent high-density urban development in Singapore and throughout southeast Asia.

WBF Lab / Flad Architects

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Architect: Flad Architects
Location: , California
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Flad Architects 

AD Classics: Armenian Opera Theater / Alexander Tamanian

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Opened in 1933 and completed in its current state in 1953, the Armenian Opera Theater was designed by Armenian architect .  The theater is one of Tamanian’s most profilic architectural works, which include a plethora of Armenian architectural icons such as his hydroelectric station (1926), Republic Square (1926–1941) and many others. 

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov

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Originally completed in 1953 as the Hotel Ukraina, the Royal Hotel was designed by and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky and stands as one of the “Seven Sisters” of (Mordvinov was acting as the Chairman of the Committee of Construction and Architecture at the time).  This five-star hotel complex was the tallest hotel in the world at its completion at 34 stories (650ft) and is sited on the banks of the Moskva River.  This unique site required considerable structural innovation during early construction, which will be discussed later in the feature.