October 9, 2009
  K–5 School Opens on Former Site of the Iconic Ambassador Hotel
A new K–5 school opened last month on the site of the landmark Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Pasadena-based Gonzalez Goodale Architects designed the 92,000-square-foot, two-story K–5 building. The school will serve 800 students, contain 44 classrooms, and be the first of three schools to be built on the 24-acre site. The K–5 school has two different schools within it: UCLA Community School and New Open World Academy. Gonzalez Goodale recently received an honor award from AIA Pasadena for the project. The iconic Spanish-Mediterranean Ambassador Hotel, demolished in 2006, was famous for being frequented by Hollywood personalities and politicians and infamous for being the site of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1968. A dedication ceremony is planned for October 10 that will include representatives from the Robert F. Kennedy family.

First Pittsburgh Casino Maximizes Riverfront Locale
The new Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, situated along the Ohio River, opened August 9. The two-story casino is the city’s first ever and is built on a 13-acre former brownfield site. Las Vegas based Bergman Walls & Associates was the architect of record and design architect on the Rivers Casino project. Rivers Casino has views of the Pittsburgh skyline and the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. It opens to a riverfront park and promenade and has access to nearby stadiums. The design embraces Pittsburgh “Steel City” manufacturing heritage by including steel, aluminum, and glass in its design.

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