July 11, 2008
  AIA Springfield Honors 11 Projects with 12 Awards
AIA Springfield [Mo.] announced the 11 recipients of 12 of its 2008 Design Awards at the chapter’s annual banquet on May 9. Half of the awards go to projects selected by the public; the other half were selected by a professional jury whose members were Chair Eric Cobb, AIA, principal, E. Cobb Architects, Seattle; Eric Lagerberg, AIA, principal , Callison Architects, Seattle; and Jon Wagner, AIA, Jon Wagner Architect, Philadelphia. One project, the Joel E. Barber Elementary School, Lebanon., Mo., by Dake | Wells Architecture, garnered awards from both the public and the private juries.

Viñoly’s Rugged but Respectful 121st Precinct Design Wins Approval
NYC Art Commission gives green light to new Staten Island precinct
The Art Commission of the City of New York has approved the design for Staten Island’s 49,000-square-foot police facility, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, and commissioned by the New York City Police Department and the Department of Design and Construction. The architect will be seeking LEED® Silver certification under Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 sustainable design initiative, making it the first police facility in the city to achieve this designation.

Historic Chamberlin Hotel Converts to Luxury Senior Apartments
The Chamberlin, formerly the grand Chamberlin Hotel at Historic Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va., recently finished a $54 million adaptive reuse and historic renovation that transformed it into a 200,000-square-foot luxury senior rental community. Richmond-based Commonwealth Architects designed the renovation of the Chamberlin on a site that overlooks Hampton Roads Harbor, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. The project includes a $23 million reconstruction of a waterside seawall walking trail for residents. The nine-story design includes the conversion of 294 hotel units into 133 luxury apartment suites in 53 different floor plans offering from one to three bedrooms. Construction of The Chamberlin began in June 2006, and the first residents moved in last month. The Chamberlin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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