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Reflecting on what we have all recently experienced, our physical relationship with the workplace has out of necessity become more fluid. However, we believe that this pandemic will be the catalyst that will accelerate positive change in workplace design.

This piece was co-authored by Jon Pickard, principal and co-founder of Pickard Chilton and Mark Gribbons, principal and design director at IA Interior Architects.

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Douglas Spencer, an internationally renowned architectural theorist, has been named the next Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture in the Iowa State University College of Design.

Spencer, an associate professor and director of graduate education in the ISU Department of Architecture, is widely recognized for his research and writing on the politics and theory of contemporary architecture.

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The team behind the redevelopment of Metro's longtime downtown D.C. headquarters has selected Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Connecticut as the project's lead architect and CBRE to market the new office space.

“The location and timing of the redesign of 600 Fifth Street NW presents a once-in-a generation development opportunity,” Pickard Chilton Principal Jon Pickard said in a statement. “At a time when many organizations are reevaluating their office space requirements and workplace priorities, we have the unique opportunity to holistically reimagine an entire city block from the inside out."

Read more at Washington Business Journal  

Plans for a new Uptown Dallas high-rise project are moving ahead.  Trammell Crow Co. plans to build the 27-story office and retail tower at McKinney and Maple avenues just north of downtown. It’s one of the largest Dallas real estate developments announced in the last year.

Read more at The Dallas Morning News 

Skanska, a leading global development and construction firm, today announced South Korean financial group Hana Alternative Asset Management, alongside Hana Financial Group, will purchase a 95 percentage stake in the Skanska-developed and built 2+U office and retail tower in Seattle for approximately $669 million. The divestment will be recorded by Skanska Commercial Development USA in the fourth quarter of 2020. Hana will acquire and begin operations of the 2+U development immediately in conjunction with Hines asset management and property management.  Skanska will continue to be involved in the project and complete the ground plane and retail vision. The divestment marks the largest single-property real estate transaction in the U.S. since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Sherwin-Williams Company is pleased to announce the key external partners it has selected to build its new global headquarters in downtown Cleveland and its new R&D center in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville. The Company previously announced its plans for the project on February 6, 2020.

The key project partners include:

  • Pickard Chilton Architects, Inc. – Design architect for the global headquarters
  • HGA Architects and Engineers, LLC (HGA) – Base building architect for the global headquarters; Design, base building and interior architect for the R&D Center
  • Vocon Partners, LLC – Interior architect for the global headquarters
  • Welty Gilbane, a Joint Venture – Construction manager
  • Mark G. Anderson Consultants, Inc. (MGAC) – Project manager, project controls and owner's representative
  • CBRE Inc. – Real estate and economic development advisor
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP – Legal and economic development counsel
  • Hanson Bridgett LLP – Legal counsel
  • inSITE Advisory Group – Economic development advisor

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A massive new office tower along McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas is a step closer to becoming a reality.

Read more at Dallas Business Journal 

Plans for one of Uptown Dallas’ tallest new towers are moving ahead with a key approval. Trammell Crow Co. plans to build the 27-story high-rise on McKinney Avenue at Maple Avenue, next door to the Crescent. 

Read more at The Dallas Morning News 

Akamai Technologies, the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, recently opened its new global headquarters for its 1,800 employees.

Read more at commARCH 

The design proposal for Avocet Tower, a transit-oriented development project designed with an enhanced shading system.

Avocet is a distinguished pioneer in the market, introducing state-of-the-art technology such as View Smart Windows, Destination Dispatch elevators and a DOAS HVAC system. In addition, Avocet Tower will boast best-in-class amenities focused on offering light, airy views, and outdoor options to its tenants.

Read more at Commercial Observer 

Will students return to classrooms this fall? At the time of writing this in mid-July, that question hung heavily in the air, as school districts and universities across the country grappled with how best to serve their students in the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more at Interiors + Sources 

Associate Adrienne Nelson weighs in on the conversation as one of this year’s ENR Tope 20 Under 40. 

Read more at Engineering News-Record 

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