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Call for Entries - Student Design Competition: New San Francisco Federal Building Plaza

19:30 - 31 August, 2017
Call for Entries - Student Design Competition: New San Francisco Federal Building Plaza, Photo of the 90 7th street plaza. Photo credit: Tim Griffith
Photo of the 90 7th street plaza. Photo credit: Tim Griffith

Continuing a legacy of outstanding public architecture, the General Services Administration (GSA) Design Excellence Program seeks to commission our nation’s most talented designers and artists to design federal buildings of outstanding quality and value. These projects are to demonstrate the value of true integrated design that balances aesthetics, cost, constructability, and reliability; create environmentally responsible and superior workplaces for civilian federal employees; and give contemporary form and meaning to our democratic values.

Five Practices Shortlisted To Restore Mackintosh's Glasgow School Of Art

00:00 - 8 January, 2015
Five Practices Shortlisted To Restore Mackintosh's Glasgow School Of Art, Glasgow School of Art (before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer
Glasgow School of Art (before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer

Five practices are the running to restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh's celebrated school of art in Glasgow. UK based John McAslan + Partners (who restored Mackintosh's last major commission), Scottish practice Page \ Park, and London and Hong-Kong based architects Purcell are all in the frame to lead the restoration of the Mackintosh Building amid a debate over how best to approach the rebuilding of the library and the areas of the building that were devastated by fire in May of last year. The selection of Avanti Architects and LDN Architects complete the rostra.

SOM Breaks Ground on Los Angeles' Courthouse

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
SOM Breaks Ground on Los Angeles' Courthouse, © SOM
© SOM

Just eight months after being awarded the design-build contract with Clark Construction Group, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) has broke ground on the new, $318 million United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. This is a long-awaited achievement for the city of Los Angeles, as attempts have been made to construct a new courthouse since 2007. However, despite having to abandoned a $1.1 billion Perkins + Will proposal years ago, many believe this sustainable and more cost-effective design by SOM was worth the wait.

Green Buildings Save Green

13:00 - 19 December, 2011
Green Wall Proposal for the Portland Federal Building © Scott Baumberger, Baumberger Studio
Green Wall Proposal for the Portland Federal Building © Scott Baumberger, Baumberger Studio

The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) was commissioned by the Government Services Administration (GSA) to conduct a post-occupancy evaluation of 22 “green” federal buildings from across the United States. The report stats reveal that not only does these “green” buildings emit 34 percent less carbon dioxide and are using 11 percent less water, they cost on average 19 percent less to maintain. In addition to the environmental and economical savings, the evaluation reports that the occupants are more satisfied in the “green” buildings by 27 percent.

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