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December 26, 2010

Kroon Hall Yale University / Centerbrook Architects and Planners and Hopkins Architects

Kroon Hall Yale University / Centerbrook Architects and Planners and Hopkins Architects © Morley von Sternberg

Kroon Hall School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is Yale University‘s Greenest Building. Chosen as a 2010 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project the ambitious goals for Kroon Hall encompassed taking a brownfield site crowded by looming and gloomy brownstone edifices – an area replete with dumpsters, pavement, and an aging power plant – and establish a building that would bring light, openness, and a connection to the natural world.

Follow the break for drawings and photographs of this project.

Architects: Centerbrook Architects and Planners, LLP and Hopkins Architects
Project Team: (Centerbrook) Mark Simon, FAIA, James A. Coan, AIA, LEED AP, Theodore C. Tolis, AIA, LEED AP, David O’Connor, Nick Caruso, Sheryl Milardo, Sue Pinckney, Barbara Kehew, Sue Savitt, Steve Haines; (Hopkins) Sir Michael Hopkins, Michael Taylor, Sophy Twohig, Henry Kong, Thomas Corrie, Tom Jenkins, Andrew Stanforth, Nate Moore, Edmund Fowles, Laura Wilsdon, Kyle Konis, Rose Evans, Martyn Corner
Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection Engineers: ARUP
Architectural Lighting and Acoustical Design: ARUP
Sustainable Design: Atelier Ten
Landscape Architect: The Olin Studio
Civil Engineering and Stormwater Management: Nitsch Engineering, Inc.
Geothermal Engineers: Haley and Aldrich
Façade Engineering/ Thermal Performance: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
Materials Handling: SEA Consultants, Inc.
Code Consultant: Philip R. Sherman, Inc.
Specifications Consultant: Kalin Associates
Elevator Consultant: Van Deusen & Associates
Cost Estimator: Faithful + Gould
Construction Manager: Turner Construction Company
Client: Yale University
Project Area: 68,800 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Morley von Sternberg

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Gus Speth, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, wanted to build the greenest building on the planet. The flagship of ’s sustainability mission, Kroon Hall is designed to use 58 percent less energy than a comparable peer.
A narrow, curved-roof rectangle built of stone, concrete, steel, and glass, Kroon is set between two existing science buildings, forming two new grassy courtyards, and taking the place of an aging power plant on a brownfield site. The LEED Platinum building provides bright modern company for an Eero Saarinen building across the street in a neighborhood awash in dark, neo-Gothic edifices.
Centerbrook Architects and  of London collaborated on the project along with an all-star team of consultants that included ARUP engineers, atelier 10, Nitsch engineering, Kalin Associates, and Olin Partnership.

The new home for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) also needed to make an unmistakable statement about the commitment of both the FES and Yale to sustainability and environmental stewardship. It would change the way the university built buildings, and hopefully inspire and challenge other institutions as well.A modernist blend of a cathedral nave and a  barn, the building is long and thin, sited to admit heat (from above and below ground), daylight, and air – as well as to create outdoor spaces for practical and aesthetic purposes. Ohio sandstone exterior walls connect Kroon to similarly clad colleagues on the main campus, while the fir louvers on either glass end of the building announce a new and practical aesthetic.

The honey-colored Kroon cheers up its neighborhood considerably, in part, with a broad welcoming outdoor lobby facing the street, while a walkway nearby lures pedestrians into an expansive courtyard (one of two new greenswards) that does double duty as a green roof above a new service node for the entire Science Hill’s campus. At the far end of the courtyard, perambulators pass a rain garden stocked with floating rafts of wild rice, iris, and cattails, which combine to purify Kroon’s rainwater runoff that feeds this artificial wetland. From here, due east of the building, the mature hardwood canopy of Sachem’s Woods beckons travelers into the heart of Science Hill.

The approach to achieving a 58 percent energy reduction for Kroon Hall, or 26.7 kBtu/Sf./Yr., was to first examine ways to minimize its energy requirements through siting and use of building form, materials, and envelope to enhance energy gain as well as energy retention and natural ventilation. For example, the building’s long and thin shape was designed to maximize southern exposure for passive warmth and natural lighting throughout the interior while serving as the ideal orientation for both photovoltaic panels on the roof and hot-water solar units embedded in the wall. Sensors add just enough artificial wattage only when daylighting falls below suitable levels. The stone walls and exposed concrete interior building mass serve to retain heat in winter and cold air in summer.

The stacking of the floors with a central staircase also facilitates natural air flow as do air plenum and multiple diffusers in the elevated floors. Building occupants participate, as well, controlling operable windows as sensors that alert them to optimum times to open or close. Designed for natural ventilation, Kroon did not require the energy-intensive mechanical systems of conventional buildings.

With the need for energy thus lowered, architects turned their attention to the bells and whistles of green design, the 100-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array on the roof that generate 23 percent of the building’s energy, solar hot water units on the south wall, and the geothermal pump. These account for 6.09 kBtu/Sf./Yr.

Virtually every opportunity to save energy and build sustainably was pursued. Potable water use is reduced to 81 percent below baseline through conservation plumbing features. The red oak paneling, which contrasts nicely with the large swaths of exposed interior concrete, was harvested from Yale’s own sustainably managed forest in . Paperless communication among the architects and far flung consultants from Abu Dhabi and London to  saved more than $100,000 in reams of paper, time, and delivery costs.

Finally, the Kroon Hall’s design accommodates Yale’s campus-wide transportation system and helps to rationalize its delivery and recycling infrastructure. On a micro scale, it provides spaces for the growing cadre of bicycle commuters.Kroon accomplishes all while affording arresting, modern architectural company for its neighbor across Prospect Street – Eero Saarinen’s swayed-back hockey arena known as the “Yale Whale.” For half a century, this curvaceous cetacean swam alone in its stolid neo-Gothic neighborhood. Now it can cavort unselfconsciously with its new, curved-roofed, 21st century colleague with all that sunlight bouncing off its walls.


December 26, 2010

Roots / F9 Productions

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A project for Downtown : an urban infill competition in F9 Productionsbegan with the question: what would make  grow? They are asking people to imagine if a prairie could become a building’s coat, what could it look like? Can the mighty Red River inform how pedestrians flow though the site? And what form can symbolize the regions enduring strength?

Their solution is to capitalize on the very resources that have been fertilizing this area for the past 100 years – its people and its local businesses. The proposed design is to infuse downtown with two big box stores that have, that in the recent past, fled to the suburbs. By bringing in Scheels and Trader Joes, along with a much needed Children’s Museum and prominent public plaza they aim to resurrect the downtown life that was once there. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Flow: The Red River Road “the Pearl Street of ” carves a secondary access through the site leading pedestrians to Trader Joes, Schools, Restaurants, and a Kids Museum. Connecting all four sides of the site together. Rise: Standing tall like an elevator, the tower holds the future seeds of  – Its People. Ingrained: Forever etched in the facades are an echo of the landscape and a way of life – the great plains.

Project ROOTS is the physical manifestation of a community’s resources, history, ambition, vibrancy, and potential represented in a design. The building – like roots – pulls nutrients into its core. By pulling people into the center of downtown with; events, ice-skating and sledding (in the winter), swimming and tanning (in the summer), movies at night and providing open space, picnic areas, parking, big box stores, restaurants, business, and housing, this building helps give downtown the nourishment it needs – people.

The crucial step was to sink the parking underground. By sinking the parking underground the entire first level becomes open to pedestrians and allows the site to accommodate; a pool, a playing fountain, and four locations of stadium seating for concerts, movies, and local events. This provides a community gathering place that has the potential to be a regional icon. The main level can now offer more lineal feet of store frontage attracting more retailers.

Power: Just as ’s grasslands transform the sun’s rays into sustenance; photovoltaic cells are embedded into the tower’s glass and on the roofs converting the suns energy into power. The buildings foundation caissons are laced with geothermal heat connectors furthering the sustainability of the building.

Orientation and Form: The building’s heights cascade from tallest on the northern most edge of the site to shortest on the southern most \edge thus allowing the sun to fill the plaza and the parks. The tower is set on the northeast corner of the site respecting Broadway’s scale and access to light. The tower also takes advantage of the warm southern exposure by collecting solar heat gain and electricity on the roofs in its east/west orientation.

The main attraction of the third floor is the two level butterfly aviary. One can enjoy nature over a meal in the Aviary Restaurant/Bar inside of the netted off area with the butterflies or outside the netted area.

A much needed Daycare services the downtown area during the workweek. On the weekend the space transforms into a Children’s Museum. The former Daycare classroom interior walls collapse to make themed rooms. The main two story space converts into a House of Bounce.

Designer: F9 Productions
Project team: Alex Gore, Lance Cayko, Eric Albrightson, Matthew Perry
Client: Downtown : an urban infill competition


December 26, 2010

Het Kasteel / HVDN

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Architects: HVDN
Design Team: Arie van Der Neut, Albert Herder, Vincent van Der Klei
Project Team: Arie van Der Neut, Albert Herder, Vincent van Der Klei, Monika Pieroth, Pascal Bemelmans
Structural Engineering: Jean-Marc Saurer, Vincent van Der Klei
Client: Hopman Interheem Groep Gouda
Contractor: Heddes Bouw
Project Year: 2004-2008
Budget: € 17.000.000
Photographs: John Lewis MarshallLuuk KramerJean-Pierre Jans

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Its location adjacent to the railway lines necessitates a high level of sound insulation and it is this that defines the external expression of the ‘Kasteel’. The building is enveloped in a glazed skin that stands free from the apartment block behind. In order to give the skin a tactile quality, the panels are angled slightly to each other; this artifice lends the building the appearance of a gigantic crystal.


The ‘Kasteel’ consists of a 45m high tower standing on a four to five-storey base. It is surrounded by water and pedestrians and cyclists access the internal courtyard via a bridge. The car parking, storage spaces and some of the ground floor dwellings’ living spaces are positioned underneath the courtyard’s half-open wooden deck. The dwellings vary in size: those on the ground floor include a living space just above the water level while those above contain either a balcony or a terrace. The interaction between the apartment block’s recessed elevation and the glazed panels of the building’s skin ensures the entrance building acts as an icon for the Science Park.


December 26, 2010

Regional Council of Administration / AUM arquitetos

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The strategy of implementation of the Regional Council of Administration of Santa Catarina was based on the exploitation of the topography and its potential visual axes.

The program is distributed in two parts: the base, which includes the auditorium, plenary halls and chambers of courses, and the tower that houses the offices.

The tower has only four supports, with spans of 20 meters in the longitudinal way and 10 meters in the transverse direction. Two steel beams with 30 meters structure the pavements’ slabs through metal rods every 5 meters.

Facing the sea, the position of the elevators allows all users of the building to enjoy a privileged view. To enhance the visuals to the sea and to the forest through the building, some modules go beyond the basic dimension of the tower, ranging from 1 to 2 meters in balance. These advances in the modules generate terraces on the upper floors, where it proposes to use a green cover to contribute to the thermal comfort of the building, and creating a pleasant work space.Architects: AUM arquitetos
Location: Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, 
Authors: André Dias Dantas, Bruno Bonesso Vitorino and Renato Dalla Marta
Collaborators: Aline Pek, Chan Hua Xin, Davi Lacerda, Filipe Romeiro, Maíra Baltrush, Mariah Carlini, Mariana Wilderom, Nathália Fávaro, Sarah Mota Prado, Victor Vernaglia, Alan Holanda, Aline Cerqueira, Carolina Paoletti and Germano Liao
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December 26, 2010

235 Van Buren / Perkins + Will

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Located in the South Loop neighborhood of downtown , 235 Van Buren is a residential tower designed to work as a transition between the more commercial developments to the north and the residential and mixed-use developments to the south. It is also a response to two site conditions. The first condition, to the north, is the densely infilled context of the  “Loop.” The second condition, to the south, is an open space created by a freeway and traffic interchange which also contains a small park.

Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: 235 Van Buren 
Design Principal: Ralph Johnson
Managing Principal: Bridget Lesniak
Project Designer: Bryan Schabel
Project Architects: Robert Neper and Greg Tamborino
Project Team: Ricardo Escutia, Connie Perry, Alissa Piere, Tara Rejniak, Chris Wolf
Structural Engineer: Tylk Gustafson Reckers Wilson Andrews, LLC
MEP Engineer: Cosentini Associates, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Terra Engineering, Ltd.
General Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
Client: CMK Development Corporation
Project Area: 740,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

The articulation of the two masses is distinctly different to respond to these two conditions. The southern glass façade and random balconies provide a large-scale backdrop to the open space created by a major traffic interchange. A ribbon of concrete frames the glass wall, undulating to define the penthouse units and providing a large-scale gesture to the expressway as well as the taller buildings to the north. The random balconies express the individuality of the units within, as well as provide a kinetic image from the freeway.The northern façade is a flush grid of rectangular openings with inset balconies. This gesture relates the building back to the historic  Loop and the frame-expressed architecture of the “ School.”The overall mass of the building is broken down by dividing the tower into two slabs. This concept reduces the scale of the building, provides an urban space at the street corner which relates to the existing plaza on the opposite corner and pronounces the entry to the residences. Making the two slabs different heights also provides relief at the top of the building, enlivening it among the taller office towers in the vicinity.

December 26, 2010

coLab | Hybrid Prototypes Workshop

Studio Mode/modeLab is pleased to announce the third installment of the coLab workshop series: Hybrid Prototypes. Hybrid Prototypes is a two-day intensive design and prototyping workshop (with an optional third day) to be held in  City during the weekend of January 08, 2011. Further information and registration can be found below. We hope to see you next month!

This fast-paced workshop will focus on hardware and software prototyping techniques. Using remote sensors, microcontrollers (Arduino), and actuators, we will build virtual and physical prototypes that can communicate with humans and the world around them. Through a series of focused exercises and design tasks, each attendee will make prototypes that are configurable, sensate, and active. An optional third workshop day is offered to those participants desiring further time to develop individual projects or lines of research. As part of a larger online infrastructure, , this workshop provides participants with continued support and knowledge to draw upon for future learning.

Attendance will be limited to provide each participant maximum dedicated time with instructors. Participants are encouraged to be familiar with the basic concepts of parametric design and interfaces of Grasshopper and Arduino. Hybrid Prototypes was conceived through a collaboration between Studio Mode/ and Andrew Payne/LIFT Architects/Grasshopper PrimerFirefly.

For more information, visit the workshop’s official website.


December 26, 2010

Cyan / PDX Building / THA Architecture Inc. & GBD Architects

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Architects: THA Architecture Inc.GBD Architects
Location: Portland, Oregon, 
Project area: 380,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Jeremy Bitterman

At sixteen stories and 380,000 square-feet, the prominent Cyan Building in downtown Portland offers a new mode of sustainable urban living. Designed with the belief that less can be more, most of its 364 units are compact one and two BR apartments, with many under 550 square-feet. However, strategic detailing and efficient environmental systems create a sense of spaciousness that belies their affordable cost. With convenient proximity to urban amenities and LEED Gold building performance, Cyan offers quality over quantity to those who value a minimum impact, high density urban lifestyle.Cyan’s design reflects this priority at every scale. Its units boast oversized double casement windows and sliding partitions that create a sense of openness and allow for flexible configurations. Compact and energy efficient kitchen appliances, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow showerheads and bathroom fixtures enhance energy and water efficiency, while the use of low-VOC finishes and locally-sourced materials with high recycled content reduce Cyan’s resource footprint as much as possible.ustainable strategies also operate at the building scale. Cyan runs on 100% electric power derived from renewable resources, and its mechanical system employs high efficiency speed chillers and fan coil units for cooling and heating needs. Coupled with high performance glazing and motion sensor lighting, this results in a 20% energy savings over buildings of similar size and function.W
ith its dynamic glass façade and its ground-level engagement with the streetscape, Cyan is firmly situated in its urban context. However, its adjacency to a series of parks designed by Lawrence Halprin, its lush central courtyard, and an eco-roof of native and adaptive species also offer residents a peaceful urban respite. Rainwater, so abundant in Portland, is captured and filtered by the eco-roof before being stored for irrigation in a 40,000-gallon, on-site cistern. Like many other carefully considered elements of Cyan, comfort and performance are synthesized in a manner that is both sensually appealing and environmentally sound. And while building performance and urban vitality will make the long-term case for Cyan’s environmental and social benefits, its current 80+% occupancy rate attests to its immediate ability to provide a much-needed form of urban dwelling.


December 26, 2010

Shenzhen International Energy Mansion / BIG

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The skylines of the world´s most important cities (except for Dubai I guess) are shaped by the typical office tower. The reason is simple: it provides a flexible floor plan, with an economical structural system. “Bang for the buck” if you want to call it. To address lighting and cooling issues that these tower traditionally have, electric lighting and air conditioning were the solution.

But in times when energy is a  issue, we can no longer design buildings that depend on high consumption to provide a comfortable working environment, specially in tropical weathers. And this is what BIG had as a design principle for the  International Energy Mansion competition they just won, proposing a tower based on an efficient and well-proven floor plan, enclosed in a skin specifically modified and optimized for the local climate.

We propose to enhance the sustainable performance of the building drastically by only focusing on its envelope, the façade.

We propose to make the  Energy Mansion the first specimen of a new species of office buildings that exploit the buildings interface with the external elements – sun, daylight, air humidity, wind – as a source to create a maximum comfort and quality inside.

The  Energy Mansion will appear as a subtle mutation of the classic skyscraper – a natural evolution rather than a desperate revolution.

More details on how this facade works, along with more information after the break:1.The traditional curtain wall glass façade has a low insulation level and leaves the offices overheated by the direct sunlight. This results in excessive energy consumption for air conditioning as well as the need for heavy glass coating that makes the view seem permanently dull and grey.2.By folding the façade in an origami like structure we achieve a structure with closed and open parts. The closed parts are providing a high-insulation façade, while blocking the direct sunlight. On the outside the closed parts are fitted with solar thermal heat panels that are powering the air conditioning and providing dehumidification for the working spaces.3.The folded wall provides a free view through clear glass in one direction, and creates condition of plenty of diffused daylight by reflecting the direct sun between the interior panels.4.Even when the sun comes directly from east or west, the main part of the solar rays are reflected off the glass due to the flat angle on the window. The reflected rays increase the efficiency of the solar thermal energy panels. The combination of minimal passive solar heating as well as active solar panels will reduce the building energy consumption with more than 60%.Architect: 
Partner in charge: Bjarke Ingels
Project Leader: Andreas Klok Pedersen
Team: Cat Huang, Alex Cozma, Fan Zhang, Kuba Snopek, Flavien Menu, Stanley Lung
Collaborators: ARUP, Transsolar
Invited Competition, 1st prize.
Size: 96,000sqm
Client:  Energy Company


December 26, 2010

The Diana Center at Barnard College / Weiss Manfredi

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Winner of a national design competition and a Progressive Architecture Award, the Diana Center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life at . From the historic entrance gate at Broadway, the wedge-shaped design frames a clear sightline linking the central campus at Lehman Lawn to the lower level historic core of the campus. The Diana Center extends Lehman Lawn horizontally and vertically: descending planted terraces cascade north to Milbank Hall, previously isolated by a 14-foot-high retaining wall and plaza, and ascending double-height atria bring natural light and views into the seven-story structure.

Follow the break for more drawings and photographs.Architects: Weiss/Manfredi
Location:  City, 
Design Partners: Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi
Project Manager: Mike Harshman
Project Architects: Clifton Balch, Kian Goh, Kim Nun and Yehre Suh
Project Team: Michael Blasberg, Beth Eckels, Hamilton Hadden, Patrick Hazari, Todd Hoehn, Bryan Kelley, Justin Kwok, Lee Lim, Nick Shipes, Michael Steiner
Pre-design team: Patrick Armacost, Jason Ro, Yehre Suh, and Tae-Young Yoon
Client: Barnard College
Project Area: 98,000 sqf
Project Year: 2003-2010
Photographs: Albert Vecerka/Esto and Paul Warchol

Founded in 1889 as a women’s college affiliated with Columbia University,  is an intimate campus compressed within the dense urban environment of Manhattan. Comprised of an eclectic group of predominantly brick buildings, the campus is focused around Lehman Lawn with disconnected landscape spaces at the periphery. Located between the Lawn and Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior spaces, presenting a window onto the College and the city. The 98,000-square-foot multi-use building establishes an innovative nexus for artistic, social, and intellectual life at the College. The facility brings together spaces for art, architecture, theater, and art history, as well as faculty offices, a dining room, and a café.Rethinking the mixed-use building type, the Diana Center brings together the college’s previously dispersed programs and constituencies by setting up visual juxtapositions that invite collaboration between disciplines. Carving a diagonal void through the building, the ascending double-height glass atria establish continuous sightlines through the gallery, reading room, dining room, and café. Anchoring the lower levels, a 500-seat multipurpose events space and 100-seat black box theatre house lectures, special events, and theatrical productions. On the campus side of the building, an unfolded glazed staircase encourages informal encounters at the heart of a rich intellectual community and provides views to the surrounding campus. Conceived as a vertical campus quad, this cantilevered route interweaves the spaces of the building into those of the campus.The building’s enclosure establishes a reciprocal relationship between the campus context and the diverse program elements within the building. Squarely centered in a campus defined by brick and terra cotta, the Diana translates the static opacity of masonry into a contemporary luminous and energy-efficient curtain wall. Within 1,154 panels of varying widths, gradients of color, opacity, and transparency are calibrated to the Diana Center’s diverse programs, allowing views into the building’s public functions and limiting visibility where privacy is necessary. The translucent fritted glass and color integral panels create constant shifts in hue and reflectivity as the façade responds to various lighting and climate conditions.Sustainability is integral to the conception of the design and supports the College’s effort to teach and practice environmental principles. The green roof offers a 2,800-square-foot ecological learning center for Barnard’s Biology and Environmental Science students as well as valuable new social space. The building maximizes daylight and views and incorporates operable windows, radiant flooring, and recycled materials. Occupancy sensors, automated shading, and high performance MEP systems increase efficiency.The new student center utilizes landscape, views, light, and the dynamic layering of programs and activities to enhance the vitality of student and faculty life at Barnard. Presenting to the city a new luminous lens, the Diana Center recognizes the campus’s multiple histories while encouraging the college’s forward-looking education.

Additional Credits:

MEPFP/Vertical Transportation Engineering Consultant: Jaros, Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineering Consultant: Severud Engineers
Civil Engineering Consultant: Langan
Curtain Wall Consultant: R.A. Heintges Architects Consultants
Lighting Design Consultant: Brandston Partnership Inc.
Landscape Architecture Consultants: HM White Site Architects
AV/IT/General Acoustics/Security Consultants: Cerami & Associates, Inc. with T.M. Technology Partners, Inc.
Food Service Consultant: Ricca Newmark Design
Retail Consultant: Jeanne Giordano
Cost Estimator: AMIS Inc.
Sustainability Consultant: Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC
Theatre Consultant: Fisher Dachs
Theatre Acoustic Consultant: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Owner’s Representatives: Roland L. Ferrera and Patrick Muldoon
Construction Manager: Bovis Lend Lease