Fentress Releases Final Design for Miami Beach Convention Center

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Fentress Architects has released plans for the $500 million redesign of the Beach Convention Center. The news follows the City of ’s controversial decision to nix plans provided by OMA, who was originally awarded the commission after a high profile competition against BIG.

Fentress will be working with Arquitectonica and West 8 on a significantly scaled-down masterplan that will include the renovation of the 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall and 200,000-square-feet of existing meeting space, as well as a new 80,000-square-foot ballroom and outdoor event space.

AD Round Up: Awesome Airports

AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / . Image © MWAA

If there is a universal truth, it is that nobody likes spending time in an airport. This article from the Financial Times corroborates this fact, pointing out that, no matter how well-designed a terminal is, people make every effort to leave it as soon as possible. While the novelty of air travel has worn off since its inception in the 20th century, the work devoted to designing airports has only increased. We’ve collected some of our favorite terminals we’d actually love to get stuck in, including works by Eero Sarinen, SOM, Fentress, J. Mayer H., KCAP, Paul Andreu, bblur architecture and 3DReid, Corgan Associates, De Bever, and Studio Fuksas. Enjoy!

Tom Bradley International Terminal / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: , CA,
Area: 850,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Fentress Architects, Jason A. Knowles

LAX Completes First Phase of its $1.5 Billion Terminal

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Phase 1 of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, the largest public works project in the history of , has been completed. The new , designed by Fentress Architects to be a LEED-certified landmark for the city, will feature a flowing, ocean-inspired roofline, a three-story,150,000-square-foot Great Hall, and one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) in the world. The $1.5 billion project has been funded solely from LAX’s operating revenues, without public funds.

Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: Quantico, , USA
General Contractor: Forrester Construction
Electrical Engineer: Hankins & Anderson
Structural Engineer: Ammann + Whitney
Civil Engineer: Patton Harris Rust & Associates
Completion: September 2009
Size of Building: 2,276 square feet
Photographs: Jason A. Knowles,  Fentress Architects, Ken Paul, Ben Rasmussen

   

North Las Vegas City Hall and Civic Plaza Wins National Award / Fentress Architects

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Chosen for its outstanding construction management techniques and environmental sensitivity, the North City Hall and Civic Plaza was recently named 2012 Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Designed by Fentress Architects, the project was completed $17 million under budget in 2011 and as a result of a downtown revitalization effort, North Las Vegas’ new City Hall successfully consolidates the city’s departments into a one-stop-shop offering convenience, efficiency and ease of navigation for both city staff and residents. More architects’ description after the break.

‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition

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The ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition, taking place July 15 – October 7 at the Denver Art Museum, will allow visitors a rare opportunity to explore the evolution of design and to discover the creative processes that lead to their functionality and beauty. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the history of airports aided by film, digital art, animation, models, drawings, photographs, and full-scale architectural elements. Visitors will travel through six airports designed by Denver-based Fentress architects: Denver International Airport, South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Mineta International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport. For more information, please visit here.

‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition

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The ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + the Architecture of Flight’ exhibition, opening July 15 until October 7 at the Art Musuem, will take visitors on a multi-media tour of design of the past, present and future. Visitors will journey through six airports designed by -based Fentress Architects, encountering sketches, renderings, photographs, video installations and large models of these technically advanced public spaces. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Humanities Gateway / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: , , USA
Client: University of California, Irvine
Design-builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Completion: 2009
Cost: $29 million
Size: 76,000 sq. ft.
Photos: Heliphoto, Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing, Fentress Architects

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: , California,
Associate Architect: Davis Davis Architects
Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Lanscape Architect: Civitas, Inc.
Project Team: Curtis Fentress, Jeff Olson, Robin Ault, Al Roberts, Sharlene Bhyun, Jesse Dzierzanowski
Photographs: Jason A. Knowles

Fentress Architects Honored with Six Awards

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Fentress Architects was recently honored with six awards from the Chicago Athenaeum, the American Institute of Architects, and the Design Build Institute of America for their design of the most technologically-advanced in the nation, a national museum in D.C. showcasing the history of the Marine Corps and two mixed-use high rises in the United Arab Emirates.

Continue reading for information on the awarded projects.

Sacramento International Airport / Corgan Associates with Fentress Architects

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Architects: Corgan Associates with Fentress Architects
Location: Sacramento, California,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects

Mile Hi Church Sanctuary / Fentress Architects

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Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado has added a new dome to their campus. The expanding congregation commissioned Fentress Architects to create a new Sanctuary to accommodate their growing needs for space. The design is a contemplative space with attentive consideration for the church’s needs and the campus history influencing the design.

Architect: Fentress Architects
Location: Lakewood, Colorado,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jerry Butts, Ben Tremper Photography, Mile Hi Church

Fentress Global Challenge 2011: Airport of the Future

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Fentress Global Challenge is an annual international competition created by Fentress Architects to engage students worldwide in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture. The competition theme changes each year to reflect current issues. For 2011, students around the globe are invited to envision the of the Future.

Winning students will receive cash prizes and gain international exposure. Top design concepts will be exhibited online and in the Airport of the Future section of the international touring exhibition Now Boarding: Fentress Airports and the Architecture of Flight, which will offer a multi-media immersion into the past, present and future of airport design. It will open in North America in the summer of 2012, and will travel internationally through 2015. More information on the competition after the break.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B / Fentress Architects

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Architect: Fentress Architects
Location: San Jose, California,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ken Paul, Mark Rothman, Jason A. Knowles, Nick Merrick

Terminal B at the Mineta San Jose International Airport by fits right in to its Silicon Valley Home. Fentress Architects created a building that takes advantage of available technology to assure a safe building with state of the art amenities for its users.

National Museum of the Marine Corps / Fentress Architects

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As the main focus of the 135-acre Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, The National Museum of the Marine Corps, just outside of Washington D.C., opened in 2006 to coincide with the Marine Corps’ 231st anniversary. The primary building of the Marine Corps Heritage Center contains 120,000 square feet of museum gallery space, an orientation theater, office space, gift shop, and two restaurants, all welcoming visitors to explore the history and values of the Corps.

Architect: Fentress Architects
Location: , Virginia, USA
Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: James P. Scholz, Ken Paul, Hedrich Blessing, , United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Heritage Foundation