September 18, 2009
  Construction Begins on Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum
Construction has begun on the new Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, La. The $12 million project will house the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, a collection of memorabilia donated by more than 250 outstanding sports figures in Louisiana, and the North Louisiana Regional History Museum. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2011.

Bank of Oklahoma Center Project Wins National Architecture and Engineering Award
The new Bank of Oklahoma Center (BOK Center) in Tulsa was recently honored as a National Award Winner by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The AISC annually awards projects as part of its Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). The IDEAS2 awards recognize outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects. Odell Associates and Matrix Architects, Engineers & Planners, both of Tulsa, were the architects of record, and New Haven, Conn.-based Pelli Clarke Pelli was the design architect.

Winning Designs Announced in Rising Tides Competition
The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) announced the winners of its “Rising Tides: An International Ideas Competition.” The competition called for design responding to sea level rise in San Francisco Bay. Winners were announced in July, and there was a public exhibit of entries at the San Francisco Ferry Building. AIA San Francisco was as one of the competition’s sponsors.

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