2017: The year’s biggest Design Build Network stories
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2017: The year’s biggest Design Build Network stories

02 Jan 2018 (Last Updated January 23rd, 2018 14:38)

Hensel Phelps and Mithun to design UC San Diego’s Nuevo West student housing scheme, HHC to construct trophy-class office tower in Chicago. Designbuild-network wraps-up the key headlines from 2017.

2017: The year’s biggest Design Build Network stories
110 North Wacker Drive, Dusk. Credit: Goettsch Partners/ Businesswire.

Hensel Phelps and Mithun to design UC San Diego’s Nuevo West student housing scheme

Hensel Phelps and Mithun were selected for second phase construction of the University of California’s East Campus student housing programme.

The two companies will collaborate to design new housing as a part of the $142m UC San Diego Nuevo West project in the centre of East Mesa.

The housing will also accommodate 80 rooms and community programme space for use by patients undergoing treatment at the adjacent UCSD medical center.

Mithun’s partner Brendan Connolly said: “Nuevo West plays a crucial role as a gateway from the main campus to the East Campus. Currently, a canyon separates East Campus from West Campus.”

HHC to construct trophy-class office tower in Chicago

US-based real estate development and management company The Howard Hughes (HHC) secured approval to construct its new office building at 110 North Wacker Drive, Chicago.

HHC will collaborate with Riverside Investment & Development, Goettsch Partners and CBRE to construct the new 51-storey trophy-class tower.

The 1.35 million ft² tower is set to be designed by Goettsch Partners, and will feature an aluminium-and-glass curtain wall and amenities such as retail and dining options, a conference centre, a fitness facility and building systems.

HHC president Grant Herlitz said: “This project is generating a tremendous amount of tenant interest in this one-of-a-kind building.”


Willmott Dixon to deliver new facility at Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire, UK

Willmott Dixon has secured a £23.7m contract with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to construct a research area at Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire, UK.

The Harwell facilities building is expected to bolster its footprint as a science and technology R&D organisation.

It will include specialist support space for researchers to experiment and commission new scientific equipment.

Willmott Dixon obtained the contract through Scape Group’s Major Works framework and is working with Oxford Architects, Clarke Nicholls Marcel and Aecom, to complete the construction of the facility by next year.

AECOM selected as preferred bidder to masterplan £26bn Old Oak Common regeneration

A consortium led by AECOM and its partners BIG, Bilfinger, GVA, Fluid, Maccreanor Lavington, PBA, Weston Williamson, Spacehub, Wilkinson Eyre and East secured the £26bn masterplan bid for the regeneration of Old Oak Common, London, UK.

According to Clad News, the group obtained the contract through a competitive tender process, which also included participation by firms such as Arup, Allies and Morrison, Grimshaw, Hawkins Brown, and Farrells.

Shapell and Liberty Building starts works on $150m shopping centre in US

Shapell Properties and Liberty Building started works on a new $150m upscale shopping, entertainment, and lifestyle centre in the city of Los Angeles, California, US.

The Vineyards at Porter Ranch will be built as a joint venture (JV) between the companies, which have been long-term partners in developing Porter Ranch.

To be spread over an area of 345,000ft², the Vineyards will house high-end restaurants and retail shops, a Whole Foods Market, along with a medical centre and hotel.

The main, open-air shopping centre is expected to be completed in late 2018, with plans to complete future phases, including the hotel and apartment community, by 2020.

MVRDV to design new mixed-use tower in Rotterdam

Netherlands-based architecture firm MVRDV won the competition to design The Sax, a 51-storey mixed-use tower in Rotterdam’s Wilhelminapier port development.

With two interconnected towers, The Sax will rise between the New Luxor Theater and the Boston and Seattle residential tower.

It has a different shape that comprises the interconnected Philadelphia and Havana towers with a total surface area of 82,000m².

The towers include 450 apartments, a hotel, wellness centre, parking, and varied commercial facilities.

Balfour Beatty’s JV secures £295m residential project contract in Hong Kong

Balfour Beatty’s 50:50 Far East joint venture (JV) Gammon Construction secured a HKD$3bn (£295m) contract for the construction of a waterfront residential project in Hong Kong.

Being constructed on behalf of Great Eagle Group, the project includes eight medium rise residential blocks and four houses that will feature a two-level basement facing Tai Po’s Tolo Harbour located in Northern Hong Kong.

As part of the project, the JV intends to improve construction efficiencies by generating and managing important data using technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) scanning and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Richard Meier and Partners concludes Rothschild Tower project in Israel

Richard Meier and Partners completed the Bauhaus-inspired Rothschild Tower project in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The new residential tower rises 154m above Rothschild Boulevard in the centre of the UNESCO-protected White City.

Its lightness and transparency is the result of a façade that consists of clear glass with a white louvre screen.

Ascentia starts construction on 24-storey tower in US

Ascentia Development Group  started construction on the 24-storey Virage luxury condominium tower on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida, US.

The company is building Virage in partnership with real estate firm Batson-Cook Development Company (BCDC).

Ascentia Development Group principal Jay Tallman said: “We are off to a remarkably fast start, especially as more people who live in single-family homes are now looking closely at the peace of mind and ease of luxury condominium living.

“We are thrilled to begin construction in earnest, and we are so thankful for the support we have had from this community.”

Sisk wins £211m construction contract for Canada Gardens in UK

UK property investment and development company Quintain awarded a £211m contract to Sisk for the construction of build-to-rent (B2R) site Canada Gardens at Wembley Park.

Canada Gardens will feature 743 new B2R homes across seven buildings, including more than 300 family-sized homes.

The contract represents Sisk’s ninth project at Wembley Park in ITS 12 years of working on the scheme.