Perkins Eastman was founded in 1981, located in New York City, they in current time include 1,000 employees in various 17 interdisciplinary offices around the world which makes them a firm recognized globally for their architectural practices which try to bring global expertise into their designs thoughtfully. Their portfolio consisting varied range spanning from education and healthcare to mixed-use and transit-oriented developments, myriad of specialized project types like Civic, Cultural, Healthcare, Educational, Hospitality,  Large Scale projects, Mixed-Use developments,  Workplaces, Commercial projects,  Planning & Urban Design, Residential, Senior Community housing, Sports Infrastructure are completed by Perkins Eastman giving due thought to sustainable and resilient designs for the future with the intention that a built environment could enhance the human experience. The firm has a collaborative environment including many architects, interior designers, urban planners & designers, landscape architects, graphic & visual designers, structural designers & specification writers, construction administrators, environmental & resiliency experts, and professionals from other disciplines. Believing in the philosophy of convergence Perkins Eastman uses a diversity of practices, disciplines, and perspectives for holistic solutions.

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1. Rockwood Retirement Community: The Summit

Rockwood Retirement Communities located in Spokane, Washington offers independent & assisted living facilities, skilled care as a part of a comprehensive Life Plan for senior residents in eastern Washington State. This project is an 11-story independent living building on the 90-acre campus of South Hill in Rockwood, which has community space for 65 independent living apartments, underground parking at two levels, amenities like ballroom, arts center, chapel, business center, and library catering to seniors with an active lifestyle offering them a top-tier residential and care services. The surroundings of the site were beautiful tree-lined pastoral grounds with sweeping views of distant mountains and pine forests with a winding Spokane River considering the beauty of these surroundings principles of Biophilic Design were used to design The Summit’s main corridor as a snaking path which is resembling the flow of Spokane River. The design tried to enhance ways to increase exploratory behavior and a sense of discovery by the placement of the activities. The outdoor garden is proposed for circulation, taking light and enjoying views.

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2. Antara Dehradun

Antara Dehradun Senior Living development is a community program including 215 independent living apartments, clubhouse, wellness center, administration area, and support spaces spread on a 13.2-acre site which has beautiful verdant green river valley and a natural landscape with the Himalayas. The project is planned considering the east-west axis of the main vehicular and pedestrian roads, at the west axis entrance court of the clubhouse is designed to upkeep a sense of arrival for visitors and residents which creates a ground to enhance dramatic views of the mountains and valley. The design preserved the main road having trees on both sides, which became the main pedestrian entrance bringing people to an existing temple. The movement on site is carefully planned to create a network of pedestrian pathways connecting built blocks which has several walking alternatives with seating spaces.

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3. Ironside Newark

Located across Mulberry Street, near Newark Penn Station this project was a concrete warehouse built in 1907, Perkins Eastman undertook the project to convert the warehouse into combination spaces such as commercial areas, workspaces, restaurants, amenities, and mini storage. This building links the city’s Newark fiber optic cable network with high-speed connection facilities in demand among technology companies in Newark. The alterations were to enlarge existing windows, adding new entrance lobbies and service core. The building has six floors and the project is conceived as modern, loft-style, and a kind of penthouse office space with rooftop green space with views of Manhattan.

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4. Rutgers University: School of Nursing and Science Building

Rutgers University is located in downtown Camden, New Jersey, across City Hall serving as a link between Rutgers Camden campus and Rowan University Cooper Medical Center. This project has its prominent facade facing City Hall green;thus, the building has large scope to activate the street level by interventions to bring retail, enhancing light rail transportation system with a pedestrian plaza. School for Nursing and Science in response to changing models in healthcare facilities, medical education, scientific learning, and this facility includes various academic teaching spaces, simulation & research labs, workspaces for various departments, lecture hall and classrooms, public and community resources, etc. To enhance collaboration and community values, cascading terraces interconnected at the interior spaces are planned as per LEED Silver standards with due thought to daylighting, visual connections, and transparency which caters to maintain a good environment for health and wellness. The project thoughtfully incorporates energy-efficient systems and green materials throughout the building to create a vibrant design.

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5. Tenement Museum

Strategic plan for 20 years for Lower East Side Tenement Museum (LESTM) to widen its exhibits, collections and improve its administrative programs are conceived reasons for its renovations. Condition Mapping, spatial requirements, history, and programmatic nods are accessed for proposing the plan. Located at 97 Orchard Street in a brick tenement building underwent a renovation, providing public access to the fourth and fifth floors, upgrading safety and mechanical systems in the building, and looking for protection for the historic fabric of the building. The program restored and recreated an apartment resembling 1869 home for an Irish Catholic immigrant family in a vacant space since the 1930s. For dedicating to the exhibit two apartments that were adjacent are equipped with multimedia programs. Situated on the Lower East Side, the storefront Visitors Center was renovated at 103 Orchard Street, renovations used cast-iron columns, historic signage, and retained walls by drawing inspiration from modern elements. The Center includes showroom spaces, viewing gallery, teaching & demonstration spaces were enhanced with renovations carried thoughtfully by incorporating technology.

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6. Civic Center Station

Civic Center Station located on the southern end of Denver’s 16th Street Mall, is the city’s one of the most trafficked thoroughfares and a major connector to Union Station. old station of more than 30 years was unable to solve problems of congestion increasing rapidly, therefore, revitalization was essential so Civic Center Station was conceived to accommodate 15,000 daily transit riders offering designed safe and iconic public spaces to enhance area’s transit ridership experience creating lasting value for the surrounding plaza, it opened in 2017 December. Features such as cascading staircases, elevated terrace with Broadway’s uninterrupted views, 16th Street Mall, Civic Center Park, and Capitol dome were added in the redesigned Civic Center Station proposal. Adorned by a Lantern Canopy and incorporating proper Open Transit created an iconic space giving justice to both function and form. Civic Center Square is located in close proximity to the city’s cultural hub to accommodate increased traffic. Perkins Eastman served as Design Architect for the project which after completion has turned to be one of the successful projects.

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7. Charter Oak International Academy

International Magnet School is two-storied serving 560 pre-kindergarten kids to fifth-grade children with a curriculum of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP). The circular design of the building is suitable for the inquiry-based program which enhances independent learning skills, radiating outward from a central courtyard, student activities are planned in four quadrants, and the courtyard helps for outdoor learning and increases performance and scope for science experiments. The radial design geometry helps to have an organization of large common spaces supporting community activities after regular hours. The famous symbol of American independence – Charter Oak is the inspiration for the name of the school, Charter Oak is a pavilion in a park-like setting in between venerable oak trees, incorporating a thematic tree and leaf motifs in interior and exterior finishes beautifies the building. Exteriors are treated with a shading screen which uses branch-like shadow forms the perforated metal is located outside the media center. Use of multi-story entry lobbies draws visitors and natural light deep into the built form, field of geothermal wells and a 100kW photovoltaic array on roofing, high thermal resistance wall, low-emissivity glass, thermally broken framed windows of aluminum preventing conductive thermal energy loss helped the building to receive LEED Gold Certification.

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8. White Plains Hospital

White Plains Hospital situated in White Plains, New York is a community hospital that is expected to evolve as the hub of medical facilities for the region. Project brainstormed to transform existing facilities to convert it into state-of-the-art centers to facilitate health and wellness for the region.  This hospital being a major center for emergency care, 277 beds were planned, the entire redevelopment with modern outlook was carried to assist the facilities of diagnosis and complex medical treatments the hospital provides. The overall program intends surgery expansion, radiology, laboratories, consolidated ICUs/CCUs, constructing single rooms for medical or surgical patients; addition of a new entrance lobby with connecting link, elevators, and treating existing parking garage to bridge the distance.  This Six-story patient care building was planned carefully to carry its extensive procedures, several additional facilities such as 24 private patient rooms, labor rooms, five operating suites with other amenities that were provided to make the patient’s experience comfortable.

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9. Crystal City- WeWork, We Live

Crystal City office building located in Arlington, Virginia was transformed into a co-living residential building named WeLive Crystal City, which is owned by Vomado/Charles E. Smith and called WeWork,  – a creative platform. It is a 12-story building with the top two floors as WeWork offices, the rest of the floors are converted into WeLive apartments. A unique mix of spaces of studios and four-bedroom units are carried to create 216 micro-units. Communal places such as Multipurpose equipped chef’s kitchens, living spaces, laundry rooms, arcade games are planned with due thought to shared spaces. For creating a physical space and environment which could bring out community living experience and foster friendship several ideas were thought to create neighborhoods within the larger community by clustering floors and linking then to connecting stairs and shared amenities where chances to find a known face increases which in turn boosts interaction encouraging neighbors to meet, mingle and have fulfilling community living experience.

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10. VIA Centro Plaza

Centro Plaza located in San Antonio’s is the most robust transit facility of VIA Transits of nearly 90,000 gsf transit centers. Planned at the city’s central business district’s west end at the corner of Frio and Houston Streets is adjacent to I&GN Station which was the inspiration for the final design of the plaza. This center greatly improves connectivity for the state’s fastest-growing city acting as a hub for various VIA transportation services, having several facilities like infrastructure and accommodation for commuter rail service, city bus, VIA PRIMO bus rapid transit, and expanding B-Cycle a bike share system for the city. Centro Plaza balances mass transit with due consideration for open green space, mixed-use development, public art, educational signage, and multiple sustainable design features like underground cisterns for stormwater runoff and a photovoltaic panel array covering 50% Grand Canopy of the plaza, all these features make this plaza more than just a location for converging transit systems. This project was carried with the collaboration of local architects Ford, Powell & Carson with attention to preserve historic structures in the area, restoring historic street grid, enhancing pedestrian access, and creating iconic Public Square for the city which interests people of new development beautifying the surrounding area. Bill FitzGibbons a light artist and sculptor, specially made the light tower which accentuates the plaza from miles. This transit center and the plaza was opened to the public in 2015 and is highly appreciated project.

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11. University of Chicago- Albert A. Michelson Center for Physics

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1964 designed an Astrophysics research building, this project located in Chicago, Illinois is renovated adding two new levels to existing which will be the University’s new home for Theoretical and Experimental Physics. Biomedical and engineering building which is larger in size surrounds the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research (LASR) Renovation & Addition, the University’s North Science Quad is planned by adding a mature and sensitive building. Several challenges persisted to reuse the existing structure to enhance its sustainable features, the building in monolithic concrete structural frame, deep floor plates, and shallow floor-to-floor heights showed modern style, methods such as using light-sensitive labs in interiors and basement, maximizing daylight perimeter to old and new construction, and introducing solar shading devices were considered to add sustainability to the building. Addressing the challenges of the existing building with due thought to its design for creating an inviting new institute for the University and greater physics communities was a concern for this project.

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12. District Wharf – Southwest Waterfront

District of Columbia’s transformative Anacostia Waterfront Initiative has a part handled by Hoffman-Madison Waterfront to develop a mixed-use waterfront neighborhood named District Wharf. Located on the historic Washington Channel along DC’s Southwest Waterfront the site stretches across nearly 1 mile of waterfront on 24 acres of land and more than 50 acres of waterfront spanning from Municipal Fish Market to Fort McNair. District Wharf is planned to hold several spaces such as residential, office, retail, hotel, cultural and public uses including parks, promenades, waterfront piers, and docks with making this large sequestered section of the city and to redevelop it to make it timeless, sustainable, and flexible destination when completed. District Wharf ‘s architectural character is thought by studying approaches for building cities, diversity of scales were considered to bring out its architectural characters like stepped-back facades, complementary materials and ways to enhance pedestrian experience was well thought. Extending up to and beyond the waterfront edge, District Wharf is a mixed-use urban environment, one of a kind projects which achieves LEED and Gold rating. Phase 1 is completed by 2017, while Phase 2 is under construction and planned to get completed by 2021 as a fully activated environment.

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13. New City Guayaquil

The relocation outside city limits of City of Guayaquil’s Aeropuerto Jose Joaquin De Olmedo yielded the opportunity to build a New City for Guayaquil within the city limits on an existing site of 240-Ha (593-acre). Bold new development with thoughts to realign cultural and public transit infrastructure, incorporating new resiliency and conservation measures, envisioning a sustainable agenda on behalf of Ecuador’s most populous city were certain thoughts considered while planning a conceptual master plan. This land will be built spanning onto three distinct districts – Marina, Central, and Garden – that comprise the new heart of Guayaquil, design goals for the same included an integrated approach to strategize several things such as minimizing potable water use, access to clean water, managing stormwater runoff, maximizing permeable surface areas, and improving overall quality. For transformation and setting base for it to carry on the New city considered more principles like urban fabric and Re-establishing the site’s value, Reconnecting to the waterfront; providing reliable access to transportation and travel facilities, constructing state-of-the-art Convention Center in the heart of the development and enhancing opportunities to create a unique destination for ecotourism, education, and research.

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14. George Mason University

Situated in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason University’s flagship facility Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall is a 160,000 gsf building for the College of Health and Human Services. Additional facilities like – classrooms, medical simulation suites, office departments, research labs, student services, teaching/demonstration kitchens, clinical practice spaces, parking facilities, and landscaped areas are planned on a 15-acre site. The North Sector Plan located in the North Sector of the Fairfax Campus, which was evolved by thinking on defined campus facilities like accentuated entrances, outdoor spaces of various natures and types, identifying future building sites, and well thought vehicular and pedestrian connections within the campus. This five-story facility within the entire campus is planned as a flagship project for this campus and creating a benchmark in sustainability, student accommodation, Community Outreach, and visual design.

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15. South Orange County Community College District – Advanced Technology Education Park

Situated in Mission Viejo, California, the building is thought of as an outdoor room based on a concept as “living room for students, faculty, and community, this also acts as the signature feature of the building. This space is the interior spaces where the labs filter through the collaborative interior venues towards the open-air forum. Organized into a wing on the east side of the facility are the high bay labs located which maintain an edge for the outdoor forum. At the center of this wing “T’s” is the collaborative area, the central hub on this two-storied building is thought of as the interior core where many activities could get held creating opportunities to collide with other students and faculty boosting interaction.

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Samiksha Muddamwar
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Samiksha Muddamwar, an architecture graduate currently collaborating with a firm involved in conservation and heritage awareness, besides her instinctive explorations in prose, poetry, and visual illustration. Her interests span a multitude of subjects, driven by a curiosity of ways and means, to make the world around her, a better place.

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