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June 21, 2016

Syracuse University selects SHoP Architects to design National Veterans Resource Complex

The Wilshire Grand hotel in Los Angeles, USA, will cease operations to make way for a 560-room luxury hotel and 65-storey office tower on the site. The proposed $1bn redevelopment is still under review by the city, and no date has been set yet. Korean Air owns the property,


SHoP Architects has been selected to conceptualise and design the new National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC) at Syracuse University in the US.

Representatives from the architect firm will collaborate with university leaders to refine design plans in a bid to further align them with the campus framework’s architectural vision.

Syracuse University’s vice chancellor of veteran and military affairs Michael Haynie said: "The design and construction of the NVRC is perhaps the most symbolic example of Syracuse University’s commitment to serving, supporting, and empowering those men and women who have served the nation in uniform.

"The NVRC will build upon and solidify the University’s ongoing leadership in research and programming connected to the veteran and military sectors."

"SHoP is enormously proud to be given this opportunity to create a true home for veterans at Syracuse University."

Expected to be completed in 2019, the multi-use facility will have classroom spaces, a conference centre, and a 1,000-seat auditorium.

The building will also include gallery space and has been designed as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facility and constructed in accordance with universal design practices.

SHoP Architects’ founder Christopher Sharples said: "Everyone at SHoP is enormously proud to be given this opportunity to create a true home for veterans at Syracuse University, a building working hand in hand to support the important work of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and other groups that will reside there."

SHoP Architects has been announced as designer of the new complex following the shortlisting of three finalists in January this year. Competition began in December last year and was facilitated by IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid dean Martha Thorne.

Image: A rendering of a possible design for the National Veterans Resource Center by SHoP Architects. Photo: courtesy of Syracuse University.

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