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New Visions for a Transit-based Los Angeles

How can Union Station be reimagined as a hub for a new era of a more sustainable, transit based Los Angeles, and a catalyst for vital new urban district? EE&K, a Perkins Eastman company in association with UNStudio, is proud to have been selected by the LAMTA to be one of six teams to develop a vision for the future...


Battery Park City: It’s a Wrap

by Carl Yost

The visible progress at Ground Zero might be New York’s biggest construction news, but one block west, a project with greater influence on urban planning worldwide is quietly wrapping up. With two condominium towers nearing completion, every parcel in Battery Park City (BPC) has now been built...

Architectural Record, August 2011


Cisneros praises ties between UA, Akron

Ex-HUD secretary says ‘brilliant concept’ will allow city and university to prosper while fighting decline

By Betty Lin-Fisher

Akron will be transformed because of the alliance of community, government and business partners collaborating under the University Park Alliance, said the former secretary...

"Cisneros praises ties between UA, Akron," The Akron Beacon Journal, May 12, 2011


Buffalo's Waterfront Shuffle

City makes a comeback as a destination with planned rebuilding of the Erie Canal

By Branden Klayko

Buffalo’s historic inner harbor waterfront has changed radically over the past century. The terminus of the legendary Erie Canal was buried, the site filled in, and the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium built...

"Buffalo's Waterfront Shuffle," The Architect's Newspaper, May 11, 2011


Urban planners envision vibrant Akron

Master plan created by renowned firm divides downtown into districts to utilize ‘untapped development potential’

By Betty Lin-Fisher

Akron’s downtown and surrounding areas are really made up of three main streets and four distinct business districts, which should be developed into vibrant,...

"Urban planners envision vibrant Akron," The Akron Beacon Journal, April 9, 2011


Focusing on four Akron districts

By Betty Lin-Fisher

Here is information about each of four districts in what the University Park Alliance is calling its master plan for development. The four districts are focused around three main streets — Main, Exchange and Market.

Crossroads District
This district is centered at East...

"Focusing on four Akron districts," The Akron Beacon Journal, April 9, 2011


Schooled for Success

Redesigning the community college for 21st-century students

By Matt Bell, AIA, Sean O’Donnell, AIA, LEED AP, and Susan Shoemaker, AIA, LEED AP

Community colleges play an increasingly critical role in preparing and educating students of all ages for life in the 21st century. Whether they are teenagers...

"Schooled for Success," Learning by Design, Spring 2011


Canal Side architect asks Common Council to reimagine the waterfront

By Brian Meyer

The architect for Canal Side met with Common Council members today and encouraged them to reimagine the waterfront as a people-packed destination that offers a variety of activities.

Today’s presentation in City Hall was the first time most lawmakers reviewed preliminary designs....

The Buffalo News, April 29, 2011


Redevelopment plan at Aud seeks people

By James Fink

The nearly two-acre hole in downtown Buffalo where Memorial Auditorium once stood could be replaced by more than 200,000-square-feet of mixed-use development space.

The design would play off the replica Erie Canal waterways that will be sitting along its doorstep.

The tentative...

Buffalo Business First, April 12, 2011


The History Lesson

By Beth Herman

Lacking funds for law school and denied employment as a journalist by the Dayton Herald because of his race, Paul Laurence Dunbar read Tennyson and Shakespeare in empty cars as a $4-a-week elevator boy.

When a Washington, D.C. high school was created in 1917 to honor the man who would...

"The History Lesson," DC Mud | DC Real Estate, April 11, 2011


Traveling shop?

By Elaine Wolff

At the March 7 meeting of VIA’s Commission on Intra-City Rail and Streetcar, the scheduled start of the agenda was a draft study of the potential economic impact from the proposed downtown streetcar lines. (Spoiler alert: the consultants said, yes, it would spur development along the chosen...

"Traveling shop?", Plaza de Armas, March 21, 2011


Complete Harper College Master Plan Creates a Roadmap for 21st Century Learning and Student Success

March 3, 2011 (New York, NY) Top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman is pleased to announce that EE&K, a Perkins Eastman company, has completed the master plan for the William Rainey Harper College campus in Palatine, IL. The plan, completed under the joint venture of EE&K/ Graywood,...


Six Companies to Watch

Keeping an eye on 2011’s prospects, ENR New York highlights six firms that are poised to make big moves

By Bruce Buckley, Tom Stabile and Debra Wood

Regular readers of Engineering News-Record are familiar with the big names in the construction industry that lead off our annual “Top” lists of...

"Six Companies To Watch," ENR News, February 11, 2011


On The Waterfront

Apart from The Bund, public access to the Huangpu River is limited. That’ll change in 2012 with the Huishan North Bund development. Anna Leach hears from the architects

Marina life is coming to Shanghai – to Hongkou district to be precise. The Huishan North Bund development is transforming a...

On the waterfront, Time Out Shanghai, February 2011


Schools of the 21st Century

By Linda C. Lentz

For some, the name “School Without Walls” will conjure memories of the experimental, open-plan schools of the 1960s, some of which were ill-fated. The Washington, D.C., School Without Walls (Walls), however, is a successful 40-year-old public high school on the grounds of George...

"Schools of the 21st Century," Architectural Record, January 2011


D.C. Public Schools Bloom With Green Rejuvenation

By Carolyn Cosmos

“Students are very proud of the fact they’re going to school in a nice new place. They love it,” said Marjorie Cuthbert, principal of Stoddert Elementary, a public school situated on six acres in D.C.’s Glover Park neighborhood.

Expanded and modernized, Stoddert reopened last...

The Washington Diplomat, January 2011


Living and Learning

Mixed-use development is becoming popular on college campuses to enrich and add amenities to student life

By Coleman Wood

College campuses across the nation are changing before our eyes. Whereas the past saw specific academic programs, administrative offices and residential housing confined to separate...

Student Housing Business, November/December 2010


Rego Park Awarded Best in Retail 2010

Rego Center has been named the 2010 Retail Project of the Year by New York Construction.

The competition recognizes construction excellence from across the region. An independent jury of industry experts judged nearly 180 nominated projects and deemed 31 of them as award winners. Eligible projects were...

Best of 2010 Press Release


New Dunbar design unveiled

By Bill Turque

After a week’s worth of news about disorder and disarray at Dunbar Senior High School, District officials were pleased to change the subject for at least a few minutes Tuesday morning. In one of his last school-related press events, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) unveiled the proposed design...

The Washington Post, December 14, 2010


Close to Shore

Three new plans in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York plot a multi-faceted future for the post-postindustrial waterfront

By Linda McIntyre

Bing Thom’s renovation of the Arena Stage in Southwest Washington, D.C., unveiled last month, is the talk of the design world. With its alluring...

The Architect's Newspaper, November 18, 2010


The Design of Elementary Schools

This article developed from a presentation EE&K Principal Sean O’Donnell, AIA, LEED AP gave at the Inter-American Development Bank’s 2-day workshop in Santiago, Chile in late September. The workshop engaged the vice-ministers of education from the region and top experts on Education and Infrastructure from...


Dreaming of Net Zero

By Sean O’Donnell, AIA, LEED AP, and Raj Setty, PE

Imagine the opportunity to dream up the school of the future. How would it address the issues confronting the 21st Century? How would it foster a more individualized education, adapt to the rapid pace of technology, expand the students’ ability to...

School Planning & Management, October 2010


The Southwest Vision

Last night at Arena Stage’s Kreeger Theater, with nearly every seat filled by nearby residents and development types, P.N. Hoffman and Madison Marquette unveiled the framework of their plans for the 27-acre Southwest Waterfront. The vision was breathtaking.

Southwest Quadrant has a great rundown, so I...

Washington City Paper, September 30, 2010


U.S. Green Building Council Launches Push for Energy-Efficient Schools

By Amanda Peterka of Greenwire

Stoddert Elementary School Principal Marjorie Cuthbert sees her school as a “microcosm of solving future world problems.”

The Washington, D.C., public school reopened recently after a renovation that added a geothermal heating and cooling system, energy usage...

The New York Times, September 30, 2010


New Silver Line Bus Station for Downtown's Union Station

Behold the proposed Silver Line bus station in downtown. Currently called the “Union Station/Patsaouras” station, this new elevated stop will serve riders of the Silver Line, that nearly year-old line that connects the South Bay and the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown. So you know what you’re...

Curbed Los Angeles, September 15, 2010


Critics Say LEED Program Doesn't Fulfill Promises

By Franklyn Cater

The business of green building is growing, even though the construction market as a whole has been in a slump.

The U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC, and its certification system are swaying the industry — creating cachet around green buildings.

The company is influencing...

All Things Considered, NPR, September 8, 2010


PBS Special: Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City

By Carl Yost

After the overreaching of Modern city planning—barren plazas, rows of soulless apartment slabs—urban design got a bad rap. But as suggested in the documentary Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City, when ambitious visions are tempered with civic sensitivity, great things...

Architectural Record, August 31, 2010


WaterfrontToronto Unveils Bayside, A New Neighbourhood On The Harbour

By Liam Casey

Waterfront Toronto unveiled plans to build a massive $800 million neighbourhood Thursday.

Developers have dubbed the new neighbourhood Bayside, which will stretch along the water from Sherbourne St. to Parliament St. Waterfront Toronto chose Hines, an American development company based in...

The Star, August 19, 2010


Stoddert Elementary School Is The First In DCPS To Use Geothermal Energy

by Kavitha Cardoza

Stoddert Elementary School in Northwest DC has undergone a 34 million dollar makeover and is the first DC public school to have a geothermal energy system among it’s many environmentally friendly features.

Ryan Lewis has been attending Stoddert since he was in kindergarten. And...

WAMU 88.5 FM News, August 18, 2010


EE&K Founding Principal, Ezra Ehrenkrantz, Named Key Innovator @ UC Berkeley

By Kenneth Caldwell

Design on the Edge: A Century of Teaching Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, 1903–2003
Edited by Waverly Lowell, Elizabeth Byrne, and Betsy Frederick-Rothwell
William Stout Publishers, $60.00

It is probably fair to say that most of the nation’s...

The Architects Newspaper, August 6, 2010


New Brunswick Transit Village Ranked Among Top Twenty NY Based Construction Projects

Looking back on 2009 there were a few reasons to smile.

1. Trans-Hudson Express Tunnel
2. N.J. Turnpike Interchange 6-9 Widening
3. 440 West 42nd Street
4. East Side Access – Queens Bored Tunnels & Structures
5. New York City Police Academy
6. Weill Cornell Medical...

New York Construction, June 1, 2010


A Win-Win for Campus and Community

by Stan Eckstut and Fran Rosenfeld

For decades, urban universities and hospitals have had to contend with all the perceived ills of the city — downtown decay and disinvestment, rising crime, poverty and unemployment, lack of adequate housing and green space — while enjoying few of the benefits. In many...

College Planning & Management, June 2010


Battery Park City - Birth of a New Urban Model

By Amanda Fung

Early next year, two luxury condominium towers—the Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green—will open in Battery Park City. The buildings, which will be 33 and 23 stories, respectively, and will feature similar brick-and-glass facades, are being developed by Milstein Properties.


Crains New York Business, July 25, 2010


Stan Eckstut Quoted in Crains 25 Big Ideas

1. Rethink Governors Island

It’s an architect’s fantasy: a glorious 172-acre canvas in the heart of New York Harbor. The city takes full control of it in July and plans an 87-acre park. The rest is up for grabs, except for developers of casinos or permanent housing—uses forbidden in the federal deed....

Crain's New York, June 28, 2010


EE&K's Project, Deanwood Recreation Center, Opens with a splash and some stumping

By Hamil R. Harris

When Wade Mercer was growing up in the Deanwood section of Northeast Washington, there were few recreational options for young people. Swimming meant finding space in a crowded outdoor pool.

With swim trunks and towels, Mercer and four of his children were ready for a swim in a new...

The Washington Post, June 26, 2010


School Expansion Sustains Common Grounds

by Tracy Ostroff

How do you . . . bring varying constituencies into a school environment?

Summary: EE&K | AE, a joint venture of Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects and two engineering firms, will transform a currently cramped school by providing new teaching and common spaces, including a...

AIArchitect This Week


An Interview with Sean O'Donnell

Q&A: Adaptive Reuse
By Nick Gosling

As prime real estate in urban areas disappears, school districts are looking for creative ways to expand. A growing trend is to adapt abandoned or unused buildings to fit the needs of school districts.

Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects of New York...

School Construction News, June 10, 2010


Westport Waterfront

New development aims to knit former industrial site into Baltimore’s thriving waterfront.

by Julia Galef

The shoreline around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is well known for its bustling urban life, but just a mile away lies a body of water with three times the area and none of the development. The...

The Architect's Newspaper, May 17, 2010


PS 59 Rooftop and Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture

by John Hill

In my previous Request for Buildings (RFB) for my Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture — to be published by W. W. Norton next year — I asked for help from readers to determine what projects should be included in the book. One project type that I was not going to consider...

A Daily Dose of Architecture, April 29, 2010


Outpost of Economic Cheer in a Borough Weary of Recession

Worlie Steven Moore spent much of his working life selling stylish men’s suits in luxury stores like Saks Fifth Avenue. But in February 2009 he was laid off and spent nearly a year out of work, mostly catching up on reading because looking for employment in his field during a recession seemed futile.


The New York Times


Arverne: The city’s most improbable new neighborhood is a new urbanist experiment in the Rockaways

By Philip Nobel

It’s not Florianópolis, the island paradise off the coast of Brazil where Pat McKeever and her husband, Jim, had planned to retire. And it’s not Fort Bragg, California, where they owned and ran a bed-and-breakfast in a Victorian farmhouse overlooking the Pacific. But it’s not a bad view...

New York Magazine, The Neighborhoods Issue, April 14, 2010


Learning By Design Awards 2010 Education Design Grand Prize to EE&K Architects

Alexandria, VA – March 17, 2010 – LEARNING BY DESIGN has released its much‐anticipated Spring 2010 edition, which showcases the nation’s best education design and construction projects, from pre‐K to 12 to college and university facilities. Of all of the outstanding design projects chosen for publication in ...

"Schoolhouse of the Future" by Sean O'Donnell, Learning By Design Spring 2010


Building Blocks of Change

Effort will Offset CO2 Emissions from Concrete Building Materials, Restore Wildlife Habitat and Advance Green Building in Washington, D.C. Metro Area Arlington, VA—Ernest Maier Block and The Conservation Fund announced the...


Canal Side Approved by ECHDC Board

By Mark Sommer

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.’s board voted unanimously to adopt the project plan and completed environmental review process. That leaves only the Empire State Development Corp., its parent, to do the same at its March 25 board meeting.

When that happens, as expected, requests...

Buffalo News, March 13, 2010


Poolside with Battery Park City's Liberty Twins

By Joey

Down in Battery Park City right behind the ball fields, the last empty patch of land zoned for residential use is being filled with a pair of buildings from Milstein Properties: Liberty Luxe (200 North End Avenue) and Liberty Green (300 North End Avenue). Construction is zipping right along after a...

NY Curbed, February 9, 2010


Putting Pizazz into Market East

By Inga Saffron

What influences the public’s perception of Market East more: The mobs of rampaging teens who have descended on the Gallery mall over the last few weeks? Or the building’s gloomy fortress walls, which have weighed down Philadelphia’s traditional shopping street for well over...

The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 26, 2010


Century 21 Department Store - Grand Opening

Century 21 Department Stores brings their legendary selection of famous brands at deep discount prices to Queens, with the March 3, 2010 grand opening of their megastore in the brand-new Rego Park Center complex. The 133,000 square foot location will be stocked with couture designers and European apparel, fashion...

Century 21 Department Store


Vegas' New Look

by Karrie Jacobs

Unlike almost everything else in Las Vegas (with the exception of Steve Wynn’s most recent towers), the buildings of CityCenter are emphatically three-dimensional. They don’t go blank on the back side and, amazingly, they even look good from above. CityCenter is a complex puzzle of...

Travel and Leisure, February 2010


Planning Board Hears Canal Side Details

The Buffalo Planning Board was provided with an overview of Canal Side General Project Plan and associated design guidelines that will apply to future development in the inner harbor area on Tuesday. The presentation was given by consultants retained by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC). No...

Buffalo Rising, January 13, 2010


PS 59 - School of the 21st Century

Architectural Record’s annual “Schools of the 21st Century” issue spotlights the latest thinking and the best ideas on the planning and design of K-12 school buildings. This year’s issue features EE&K’s inventive design for PS59. Working with a public-private partnership between the World Wide Group...

Architectural Record, January 2010


Cleveland Approves Waterfront Plan

By Steven Litt

Despite extreme turmoil at the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, the beleaguered agency is doing at least one thing right.

The port’s real estate director, Eric Johnson, has led the formulation of a strong new plan to transform 100 acres of downtown waterfront from..., December 5, 2009


CityCenter Opens This Week

By Liz Benston

Visitors to CityCenter, the Strip’s newest spectacle, will be driven to look up at the glistening glass and steel. It is an inexorable pull, to cock your head backward and take in the sweep of six high-rise towers — including two that lean — that create an urban scene unlike any other.


Las Vegas Sun, November 29, 2009


DC City Planners Enlist EE&K to help Make Gateway Avenues More Attractive

By Sarah Krouse

Nearly 1 million cars drove into the nation’s capital in 2008. And though Washington is considered one of the grandest cities in the world, it also hosts some of the most lackluster entrances.

Sure, the 236,500 cars that crossed the 14th Street Bridge each week in 2008 caught a...

Washington Business Journal


Despite Skepticism, Bass Pro to be a part of Canal Side Plan

Hearing set tonight on waterfront project

Bass Pro remains determined to build a store in Buffalo, the president of the giant retailer said Monday night, on the eve of a public hearing about the city’s evolving Canal Side project.

“Bass Pro is fully committed to coming to Buffalo, and we are...

The Buffalo News, October 20, 2009


Yonkers Downtown Revitalization Plan

YONKERS – The City Council has approved a deal to transfer several acres of land to a development partnership promising a $1.5 billion makeover for downtown.

The redevelopment envisions the construction of 1,436 housing units, a 6,500-seat baseball stadium, a 150-room hotel, a new municipal justice center,...

LoHud, October 15, 2009


EE&K's Design, Arverne by the Sea, Offered Stimulus

New neighborhood gets the supermarket of its dreams; rare residential success.

In an era when big residential real estate projects have stalled all across the city, one of the biggest of the lot—Arverne by the Sea, in Rockaway, Queens—is motoring ahead briskly.

Four of the planned six...

Crains New York, September 30, 2009


San Pedro Waterfront Approval

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners early this morning unanimously approved the San Pedro Waterfront Project. The 400-acre waterfront infrastructure and revitalization initiative will extend from the Port’s inner harbor cruise facilities to Cabrillo Beach in the outer harbor and create a world-class...

Port of Los Angeles, September 30, 2009


A faster shovel in the (middle) ground

SL Green Realty and partner Hard Rock Entertainment know what they bring to the table as one of six bidders competing for do-over rights at Aqueduct Race Track — namely, the splashy, sleek, Singapore Sling-sipping spirit of “cleaned-up” and highly marketable rock ‘n’ roll.

But the duo, along with...

Queens Chronicle, September 10, 2009


Historic and Modern, DC’s School Without Walls is the Best of Both Worlds

At the opening of the renovated School without Walls, named for its distinctive mission to foster learning outside of the classroom through its partnership with GWU, there was a feeling of eager anticipation from the students, families, faculty, and neighbors — all whom had gathered to view the long awaited...

National Trust for Historic Preservation on August 3rd, 2009


Can Waterfront Redevelopment Spur Downtown Revitalization?

As Cleveland looks to revitalize its downtown, the Port and City of Cleveland take the lead in reenvisioning the future of the city’s waterfront and the role it might play in leading this intiative.To read more about initial concepts developed by EE&K Architects, click the link below.

Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 9, 2009


School Days

Education has become a more-than-stable sector (yes, that’s a ringing endorsement these days); thus, EE&K Architects has made it a large part of its portolio, including the just finished School Without Walls in Foggy Bottom.

We snapped Matt Bell, principal at Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn, just after the...

Real Estate Bisnow, August 3, 2009


School Without Walls celebrates grand reopening

The newly renovated School Without Walls opened its doors Thursday with a grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony featuring D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and University President Steven Knapp.

University President Steven Knapp and D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty pose for photographers outside of the newly..., July 30, 2009


A New Vision for Philadelphia’s Market East

The lead architect of the city’s plan to revitalize the Market East corridor gave the public a second look at his still-in-draft-form vision Tuesday evening.

The major themes presented by Stan Eckstut, principal of New York’s Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, did not change from his first...

PlanPhilly, June 23, 2009


Southampton Village Center Master Plan offers vision of future

The Southampton Village Board is nearing approval of a new master plan for the business district, but not before residents have had time to familiarize themselves with the plan and offer their reactions to the proposal.

The Village Center Vision Plan is designed to direct all future development of...

27 East - June 3, 2009


EE&K and BIM

EE&K Architects has had great success in designing with BIM. Our School Without Walls project (due to be completed this summer) is featured in the attached article on BIM.

McGraw Hill Construction - May 2009


Cleveland's downtown waterfront gets a makeover on paper that envisions public spaces, fishing piers

Cleveland’s new image will start with a walkable waterfront that embraces all the allure and activity a river and a Great Lake can bring, influential planners and developers say. That includes public squares, promenades and fishing piers in a world-class, maritime neighborhood that port, city and civic leaders...

Cleveland Plain Dealer - May 1, 2009


Matt Bell on Transit Oriented Development

Matthew Bell, a principal with EE&K’s District of Columbia office, has been involved in a number of transit-oriented projects.

With the struggling economy and persistent credit crunch both working to put the kibosh on most new development plans, high-density projects with a mass transit component are still...

CoStar Group - April 1, 2009


Recent School Publications

EE&K’s projects have been featured in many articles recently.

Recent School Publications


Pier 57 Designs Unveiled

West Side neighbors and waterfront activists had mostly good things to say last week about the three competing proposals for developing Pier 57 at a public forum co-sponsored by Community Board 4 and the Hudson River Park Trust.

This is the second time around for redeveloping the Hudson River pier at 15th St....

The Villager - February 18 - 24 2009


Hill East Waterfront

Redevelopment of Hill East by HDG Waterfront Partners, LLC. Submission made to The District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Capitol Hill Current, February 12, 2009


Peter Cavaluzzi Comments on Revised City Center Designs

What if they had shorted the Empire State Building by a couple of football fields?

Or gave the Great Pyramid a flattop? Or built the Eiffel Platform?

Size certainly isn’t everything when it comes to buildings, of course. But the impact of many iconic structures is in their sheer stature. That is why...

By Joe Brown, Las Vegas Sun, February 8, 2009


Developer Bridges Green Gap Between City, Schools

With little ground left to build on, developers are looking to the skies and the city’s schools for new space. NY1’s Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.

The southwest corner of 57th and Second Avenue is dominated by two low lying buildings — PS 59 and the High School of Art and Design....

NY1, January 16, 2009