Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Popular Music Center International Competition / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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The Maritime Cultural and Popular Music Center evokes a giant vessel moored at the quay. Both preposterous and appropriate, the Center is the icon, the scenic landmark. The concept is that of a dynamic, vertical-horizontal public space—a twenty-four-hour attraction. By day the Center is an iconic silhouette against the sky and by night a luminous showplace, an animated marquee on a grand scale. It is a symbol for the city and a place for all the people—a great symbol of ’s maritime heritage and its music industry future. It is a place where everyone can experience the loftiest position of privilege and the most serene moment of peace and contemplation, a place where the youth of the city and its internationally renowned community of commerce can come together to celebrate, party and relax in the beauty of their home—a place of origins, new and old.

Museum of the Second World War International Competition / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects state, “In human experience there is no greater contrast than the conditions of peace and war.” For the Museum of the Second World War International Competition they wanted to highlight this contrast. The architecture of the museum building and its landscapes posits the conditions of contrast that invoke contemplation of the contradictions that war overlays onto human endeavor. Ultimately, the magnification and illumination of the museum’s message is the project of the architecture and the landscape.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Gdansk,
Project Team: Mack Scogin , Merrill Elam, Alan Locke, Rubi Xu, Greg Tran, Jared Serwer, Christopher Hoxie, Helen Han, Margaret Fletcher, Barnum Tiller, Mathew Weaver, Barrett Feldman, Ted Paxton
Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Landscape Project Team: Michael Van Valkenburgh, Izabela Riano ,Nicholas Pevzner
Structural Engineer: Jane Wernick Associates
Mechanical Engineer: Max Fordham
Mechanical Engineer Team: Henry Luker, Mark Nutley
Façade Consultant Team: Front, Bruce Nichol, Zach Wiegand
Cost Consultant Team: Turner Townsend, Colin Wood
Project Area: 22,330 sqm
Competition Year: 2010

Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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The site of the new school of architecture is at the western edge of The Ohio State University’s old campus, close to the river and the football stadium, at the happily congested corner of West Woodruff Avenue and Tuttle Park Place. Bounded by raw concrete parking garages to the south and the staid red brick of the business school to the north, laboratory buildings to the east and the emptiness of the stadium parking lot to the west, edged and crossed by major campus pedestrian thoroughfares, the site is a dynamic zone, capable of sustaining a connective architecture and landscape and an inclusive urban form.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: The State University, , , USA
Project Team: Robert S. Livesey (Director of Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture), Jill Morelli (University Architect), Scott Conlon (Senior Project Manager), Mack Scogin (Principal), Merrill Elam (Principal), David Yocum (Project Architect), Brian Bell, John Trefry, Penn Ruderman, Barnum Tiller, Cecilia Tham, Jeffrey Collins, Kevin Gotsch, Margaret Fletcher
Associate Architect: WSA Studio
Associate Architect Team: Bob Wandel (Principal in Charge), Cissy Wong (Project Architect), Alan Sulser, Ivan Amy, Lannetta Vader, Yanitza Brongers, Kristen Poldemann
Interior Furnishings: Suzanne Toney, Amy Dupler
Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Landscape Architect Team: Michael Van Valkenburgh (Principal), Matt Urbanski (Principal), Laura Solano, Gullivar Shepard, Brian Bare, Jennifer Pindyck
Project Area: 176,000 sqf
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Matthew Carbone

One Midtown Plaza / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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Prior to renovation, the lobby of One Midtown Plaza was a dark, cavernous space lacking presence on Peachtree Street. A product of the 1980s, when dark red granite was extremely fashionable in the United States, the lobby brooded in its own shadow, receding from the street. The west entrance of the lobby was awkwardly connected to the parking deck and lacked connection with Two Midtown Plaza, the second building in the complex. The renovated lobby of One Midtown Plaza presents a new personality to Peachtree Street that is generous, open and inviting. The sparkling white interior is a complete reversal of the somber character of the original lobby space. C78, the grand chandelier, fairly dances through the space, eager to be on its way. Daylight accentuates every surface.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: , Georgia, USA
Project Team: Mack Scogin (principal-in-charge), Merrill Elam (collaborating principal), Barnum Tiller (project manager), Matthew Leach, Mack Cole-Edelsack, Margaret Fletcher, Jeremy Magner, Barrett Feldman, Justin Miller, Helen Han
Structural Consultant: Sedki & Russ Engineers, Uzun & Case Engineers
Lighting Consultant: Gabler-Youngston
General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
Glass Blowing: Janke Studios
Chandelier Fabricator: Knight Sign Industries
Project Area: 5,477 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center and Davis Garage / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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The Wang Campus Center, Davis Garage and related Alumnae Valley projects encompass most of the western half of the Wellesley College campus. They include a 50,000 sqf Campus Center, the renovation of the Alumnae Valley landscape, a 565 car parking garage, a 20,000 sqf building for the Campus Trade Shops, a 4,000 sqf building for the campus police, the renovation and re-design of the campus chilled water plant, and the re-design of the Campus Central Utility Plant environs.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Wellesley, ,
Project Team: Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam, Timothy Harrison, Christopher Agosta, David Yocum, Kimberly Shoemake-Medlock, Jeffrey Collins, Jennifer Pindyck, Barnum Tiller, Christian Rice, Michael Wirsching, Jennifer Hurst, John Trefry, Stephen Trimble, Kevin Gotsch, Andrea Korber, Jane Lee, Ashley Moore, Margaret Fletcher, Brian Bell, Trey Lindsey, Sophia Greenbaum, Helen Han, Ted Paxton
Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Structural Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Arup
Civil Engineer: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
General Contractor: Richard White Sons
Project Managers: Genesis Partners
Lighting Consultant: LAM Partners
Project Area: 74,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographer: Timothy Hursley

Two Alliance / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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This 6,000 sqf lobby is located at Alliance Center, a speculative office complex in central Buckhead, just north of downtown . The lobby serves Two Alliance, a new office tower already under construction when the design of the lobby was proposed as a means to create a dynamic entrance experience. The plaza space between the One Alliance and Two Alliance towers pours into the generously scaled lobby space by way of a crystalline glass entrance pavilion. The glass pavilion opens onto an elegant light-filled lobby of rich, exotic wood, glistening white terrazzo, an energetic sculpted ceiling and finely crafted detail.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Project Team: Mack Scogin (principal-in-charge), Merrill Elam (collaborating principal), Barrett Feldman (project manager), Matthew Leach, Barnum Tiller, Misty Boykin, Helen Han
Lighting Consultant: Gabler-Youngston
General Contractor: The Beck Group
Wood Company: Onsite Woodwork Corporation
Electrical Services: Cleveland Electric Company
Project Area: 6,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future Generation Technologies / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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The Gates Center for Computer Science will complete a computer science complex on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. The building will house the three departments of the School of Computer Science providing offices, conference rooms, open collaborative spaces, closed project rooms and a reading room for more than one hundred and twenty faculty, three hundred and fifty graduate students, one hundred researchers or postdoctoral fellows and fifty administrative staff members along with a more public component of ten University classrooms, a two hundred and fifty seat auditorium, a café and two University computer clusters.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Pittsburgh, ,
Project Area: 208,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

The Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at the University of California, Berkeley / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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Designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, the environmentally sensitive Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at University of California Berkeley helps alleviate the university’s growing pains since World War II. During the post World War II building boom on the University of California Berkeley campus, an “Arts Quadrangle” was established on a former playing field uphill from Hearst Gymnasium. Quickly, three sides were filled—a fine arts building to the south, an architecture building to the east, and two music buildings, one for classrooms and one a performance hall, to the north. To the west, the quad was left open to a view framed by Hearst Gymnasium and native vegetation to hints of the East Bay and sunsets beyond. Campus building did not stop, however, and the fourth side of the Arts Quadrangle was soon coveted as one of the last unbuilt sites on campus.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: , , USA
Project Team: Merrill Elam (Principal-in-Charge), Mack Scogin (Collaborating Principal), Lloyd Bray (Collaborating Principal), Brian Bell (Project Architect), Tim Harrison (Project Architect), John Trefry, Penn Ruderman, Kevin Gotsch, Juan Du, Ted Paxton, Barnum Tiller, Charlotte Henderson, David Yocum, Jennifer King, Margaret Fletcher, Helen Han
Associate Architect: Heery International, Inc.
MEP, Façade / Curtain Wall, and Lighting Engineer: Arup
Landscape Architect: PGAdesign inc.Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Civil Engineers: Brian Kangas Foulk
Slate Consultant: CF Slating
Shelving Consultant: Ross McDonald Company
Security / Telecommunications: TeeCom Design Group
Specifications: Marc Chavez
General Contractor: DPR Construction
Project Area: 28,775 sqf
Photographer: Timothy Hursley

Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center at Clemson University / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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The Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center is the first academic building of a new automotive engineering and research campus for Clemson University. Research conducted at the Graduate Engineering Center focuses on systems integration with concentrations in Lightweight Design, Manufacturing, and Electronics with a chaired professorship for each. The specific program elements associated with each element concentration are clustered around the chaired professor’s suite of offices and research labs. Because a multitude of individuals will be working on projects related to or within the research coordinated by these chairs, there are a variety of flexible spaces. While each individual pursues his or her own work, there is collaboration, room for informal discussion, and a sense of community. A component of the research sector is the introduction of industry, both in the presence of individuals from the various fields as well as support of certain research. The results of the research being performed at the center benefit both the University and industry.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Greenville, ,
Project Team: Mack Scogin with Merrill Elam, David Yocum, Jennifer Pindyck, Barnum Tiller, Claudia Montesinos, Jennifer Hurst, John Trefry, Stephen Trimble, Brian Bell, Minh Man Nguyen, Reed Simonds, Margaret Fletcher
Architect of Record, Structural Engineer: The Facility Design Group
Mechanical Engineer: Peritus Engineers Association
Electrical Engineer: Burdette Engineering
Civil Engineering: Caliber Engineering
Automotive Consultant: SSOE, Inc.
Lighting Consultant: Newcomb and Boyd
Acoustical, Audiovisual and Data Consultant: Waveguide
LEED Consultant: The Epsten Group
Imaging Consultant: Chris Hoxie, BHCH, Inc.
Project Area: 85,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Timothy Hursley