New Models On Display At The Legacy At Millennium Park Showcase Forever Views

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 26, 2012

Two new model residences showcase the remaining luxury condominiums in Chicago available at The Legacy at Millennium Park, a 72-story new construction high-rise in the Loop.

Located at 60 E. Monroe St., just west of Michigan Avenue, The Legacy features 356 condominiums overlooking Millennium Park, Lake Michigan and the city. Remaining homes range in price from $ 393,000 for an 875-square-foot one-bedroom floor plan to $ 6 million for a 9,301-square-foot, full-floor penthouse.

The new models highlight The Legacys Skyline and Millennium series residences in tiers 01 and 02, located on floors 16 through 59. Both tiers offer panoramic east facing views, with the 01 also facing north and northwest and the 02 opening up to the south and southwest.

Unit 5201 is a three-bedroom, three-bath floor plan with 2,405 square feet, an open living area, and a large eat-in kitchen with island. Upscale finishes include Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances, dark stained Snaidero cabinets with metal trim, and white carrera marble countertops. The master suite has a large sleeping area, two walk-in closets and an en-suite bath with double vanity, soaking tub and separate shower. The model, by Glen Lusby Interiors, features a contemporary d

BOKA Powell-Designed Forest Park Medical Center at Frisco Square Completed

Frisco, Texas (PRWEB) July 25, 2012

BOKA Powell LLC, a Dallas-based architecture and design firm, has completed work on the Forest Park Medical Center at Frisco Square. The four-story, 141,500 sq. ft. full-service surgical hospital features VIP patient suites, an upmarket restaurant offering healthy choice cuisine, and an upscale ambiance, starting with a circular drive that leads to a grand lobby.

The typical Forest Park Medical Center patient has high service expectations, and we wanted our design to respond accordingly. We gathered inspirational ideas by touring four and five-star resorts and spas around the country, said Don Powell, principal of BOKA Powell. We worked to emulate the richness, drama and lighting quality of what we saw, as our goal was to create a first-class environment where patients can heal most comfortably.

The development includes 56,000 square feet of medical office space on two floors, over 34,000 square feet of retail space for restaurants and shops, and a 600-car parking structure. The hospital features 12 operating rooms, 40 patient rooms and 14 VIP patient suites with attached family areas.

Every aspect of the hospital, from the stunning fountain and motor court at the entrance, to the grand lobby to the luxury patient rooms, provides the ambiance of a resort spa, said Sean Kirton, project manager with BOKA Powell.

The team incorporated early 20th century building details with modern finishes to design the exterior, which celebrates the drama of the art deco period with an eclectic, contemporary style that complements Frisco Squares urban character.

This project sets a new standard for healthcare in the U.S., said Nick Summerville, chief operating officer of the Neal Richards Group, developer of the project. Its demonstrative of Forest Park Medical Centers philosophy which delivers world-class healthcare in a hospitality-rich environment.

BOKA Powell completed the project for the Neal Richards Group. Click here for images of Forest Park Medical Center at Frisco Square:

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The Neal Richards Group is a client-focused real estate development firm that provides highly integrated and experienced project management services; strategic development and management consulting; and real estate investment services for corporations, builders, investors and individuals.

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Campus Martius Park Announces Summer in the Park 2012 Lineup, 10-Week Series Features More than 70 Free Music Acts, Events

Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) June 08, 2012

Campus Martius Park officials and sponsors today announced the Summer in the Park 2012 lineup, presented by Compuware Corporation and WXYZ Channel 7, and featuring more than 70 musical acts and entertainment stretching 10 weeks long. In addition to workday favorites like the Greektown Casino Mid-Day Music Series and 4th Fridays, this years free summer programming welcomes the new Huntington Bank Sunset in the City Thursdays, Movie Night in the D and two-day JamFest! produced in partnership with the Detroit Music Awards (DMA).

Summer in the Park 2012 features a veritable feast of free entertainment for nearly all music tastes, from Detroit Rock and Indie Rock to Blues, Jazz, Punk, Funk and Motown, with a side of Classical Music, said Bob Gregory, president of the Detroit 300 Conservancy. Our schedule of events and entertainment is as dynamic and diverse as the people who work, live and play in the city.

Headlining in June is jessica Care moore & Black Women Rock, an all-female, all-star ensemble, with outstanding DMA winners and performers Thornetta Davis, Sky Covington, Monica Blaire, Gayelynn McKinney, Alina Morr and Detroits own jessica Care moore. Julys events culminate with the popular American rock band Saves the Day, performing hits from their albums Cant Slow Down and Daybreak. The Pleasure Seekers/Cradle and Amy Gore and Her Valentines close out the summer series, with a pure rock n roll and power pop mix that has become the bands signature style.

The headlining acts are part of the 4th Fridays, day-long festivals, packed with live music, fashion shows, comedy, live arts presentations, trivia fun, food and more.

The Summer in the Park series kicks off June 19 with the Greektown Casino Mid-Day Music Series, with live music from noon to 2 PM running Tuesday-Friday, 10 weeks through Aug. 30. Hosted on the Summer Main Stage, talent will consist of a variety of top Detroit performances according to the following themes: Detroit Manufacturing Tuesdays, 93.9 The Rivers Lunchtime Concert Wednesdays, Detroit Music Showcase Thursdays and WDETs Essential Fridays.

Back by popular demand are movies in the park, Movie Night in the D presents Academy Award-nominated and winning films under the stars in CMP. Presented by Good People Popcorn and Guernsey Farms Dairy, the films begin at dusk on Friday nights (excluding 4th Fridays) July 20-Aug. 17.

Campus Martius Park and Huntington Bank are giving commuters another excuse to avoid rush hour this summer with Huntington Bank Sunset in the City Thursdays. The new, six-week music series runs 5:30-8:30 PM Thursdays, June 21-Aug. 2. Entertainment will include top local talent, tasty cuisine and drink selections from Fountain Bistro.

Summer in the Park has become a tradition that pulls visitors from within and outside the region to enjoy our wonderful city, Gregory said. Guests are welcome to come to the Park to enjoy special lunchtime activities, listen to music, relax on our beautiful lawns, or simply take in all of the sights and sounds that downtown Detroit has to offer. It will be a party.

Quicken Loans once again presents Healthy Moves, returning to Summer in the Park, Monday-Friday beginning June 18, with games (Pentanque, Backgammon, Chess, Checkers, Ping-Pong, and Bocce Ball), coordinated walking tours, Yoga and Ballroom Dancing classes.

The 4th Fridays in the Park series has received the summers highest best of events rating from the Detroit Free Press and boasts national and Detroit music stages that showcase a wide variety of music and entertainers.

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TheaterMania Reports Hugh Jackman, Audra McDonald, “Once”, and “Clybourne Park” Win at the 66th Annual Tony Awards

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 12, 2012

On June 11, TheaterMania reported that the 66th annual Tony Awards were presented on Sunday, June 10 at the Beacon Theater, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

“Once” won big taking home eight awards including Best Musical. Audra McDonald won her first Tony Award as a lead actress (her fifth in total) for her portrayal of Bess in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” which won Best Revival of a Musical. Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken took home his first Tony Award for “Newsies” along with lyricist Jack Feldman.

“Clybourne Park” won for Best Play, while “Peter and the Starcatcher” swept the design awards, garnering five Tonys in total. “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman” won Best Revival of a Play and James Corden won Best Actor in a Play for his tour de force performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

In addition, actors Bernadette Peters and Hugh Jackman were among the recipients of special Tonys.

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McCormack Baron Salazar and Metro Announce the Grand Opening of MacArthur Park Apartments Phase A

(PRWEB) June 15, 2012

McCormack Baron Salazar and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) are cutting the ribbon on the new MacArthur Park Apartments Phase A Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in the MacArthur Park/Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on June 18 at the new development located at 681 South Bonnie Brae Street. With remarks by community leaders, a formal ribbon cutting, and tours of the new sustainable apartments and retail spaces, the event will celebrate the grand opening of the first of two phases that includes 90 affordable apartments, 15,000 square feet of retail, 100 commuter car parking spaces, and 24 bicycle parking spaces. A total of 172 affordable apartments are planned for the two-phase development.

In a city where the motto once seemed to be Build Now, Plan Later, we are committed to doing things differently. We are closely linking our ever-expanding transit system with the planning of vibrant, livable neighborhoods,” said Los Angeles Mayor and current MTA chairman Antonio Villaraigosa. The MacArthur Park Apartments development is a perfect example of how we can become a more livable city by connecting our residents to high-quality affordable housing options and public transit.

Located in one of Los Angeles most densely populated communities and one mile west of Downtown Los Angeles, the development is adjacent to the METRO Red/Purple Line Westlake/MacArthur Park Station and is one block from the historic General Douglas MacArthur Municipal Park. The goal of this landmark development is to serve as a model for other Transit-Oriented Developments in Los Angeles and across the county and to act as a catalyst for more development in the larger MacArthur Park neighborhood.

“Our ability to work with the private sector and build housing at one of the citys key transportation hubs is something that can and should be duplicated throughout Los Angeles, said Councilmember Ed P. Reyes. Moreover, the quality and accessibility of this development demonstrates that housing can be created for people who most need it.

The structure required intricate architectural and engineering design by Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc., with Roschen Van Cleve. Spanning an underground Metro tunnel, it not only defines a public space encouraging public transit ridership and pedestrian activity, but also provides a safe environment for families. MacArthur Park Apartments incorporate green design features that include using recycled materials, high energy efficient heating and cooling systems, dual glazed windows, water saving fixtures, non-toxic paints and materials, and upgraded insulation. In addition, each unit offers such market rate amenities as washer and dryer, dishwasher, central air and heat, and free high speed internet. Each household also receives a free monthly Metro pass.

The MacArthur Park Apartments are Metros latest smart growth success story, said Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Weve melded transit-oriented development principles with environmentally conscious design, making the MacArthur Park Apartments a model for other housing developments in Los Angeles County.

According to a recent study by the Center for Housing Policy, for every dollar saved on housing, a working family spends 77 cents more on transportation. The MacArthur Park Transit Oriented Development connects affordable housing opportunities for working families with a local and regional network of public transportation alternatives to help bring down the cost of housing and transit for the families that need it the most.

The MacArthur Park Apartments development exemplifies good transit-oriented development, explained Tony Salazar, President of McCormack Baron Salazars West Coast Operations. Good TOD, like MacArthur Park, maximizes the investments cities are making in their infrastructure, connects affordable housing to jobs and opportunities for working families, and provides a safe, livable, walkable community with services and retail for residents and riders.

McCormack Baron Salazar anticipates closing construction financing on the second phase of the project in December 2012 with construction beginning in January 2013. Construction of Phase B is estimated to take approximately 24 months. The development team is incorporating a comprehensive bike parking facility in this second phase to further promote bicycle use for commuters, residents, shoppers and recreational riders.

MacArthur Park Apartments is a model for transit-oriented, affordable housing developments that serves as a social and economic catalyst for the revitalization of a historic Los Angeles neighborhood, said Alicia Glen, Managing Director and head of the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. It has been a pleasure to partner with McCormack Baron Salazar, the State of California, and the County and City of Los Angeles on this transformative project.

A high-quality development like this takes a dedicated commitment from everyone, commented Raul Anaya, Los Angeles Market President, Bank of America. The project could only have gotten done with a team that included Metro, the State, the City of Los Angeles, the Housing Authority, and Redevelopment Agency, two strong private banks, and neighborhood residents under the leadership from an experienced private developer like McCormack Baron Salazar. This project illustrates the best of what public-private-community partnerships can achieve.

The $ 44.8 million development was financed through a combination of public and private financing that included funding from Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, the State of California Housing & Community Development Department, The Los Angeles Housing Department, the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles City of Industry Program, Metro, the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, American Recovery & Reinvestment Act TCAP Funds administered by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, New Markets Tax Credits from MBS Urban Initiatives, and equity and debt from Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group from the sale of Low Income Housing Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits. The development began construction in June 2010.

The project is part of Metros Joint Development Program, which seeks to secure the most appropriate private and/or public sector development on Metro-owned property at and adjacent to transit stations and corridors.

The Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro Rail Station plaza is one of the few remaining open sites on the entire Metro Red/Purple Line to undergo a transit-oriented development transformation, said Art Leahy, CEO of Metro. We are glad to help contribute to affordable housing as well as fast, efficient transportation choices for the Westlake/MacArthur Park community.

Metro and other municipal bus lines directly connecting with the Westlake/MacArthur Park subway station include: Metro Line 20, 51, 52, 200, 352, 487, 603, 720, and DASH Pico Union/Echo Park.


Withee Malcolm Architects Projects Win Four Gold Nugget Awards of Merit: The Gateway at City Center, City Center Ontario, Central Park Village Brea, Unical Aviation,Inc.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 15, 2012

Withee Malcolm Architects is no stranger to the Gold Nugget Awards having won more than a half dozen in recent years. Nonetheless, this years quartet of winners is especially noteworthy as the awards honor a diverse range of projects that include mixed-use, affordable senior housing, industrial renovation and a site plan for a new community. Established in 1963, the Gold Nugget Awards are one of the leading competitions in the building industry and winners share one common denominator: excellence and innovation in addressing complex design/build issues.

Our work is driven by the desire to provide better solutions to challenges facing our clients and the communities we serve be it a constrained urban site, a new mix of uses, the revitalization of an outdated facility or social and environmental sustainability, said Dan Withee, founding partner of the architecture firm. The Gold Nugget Awards are confirmation that we are focusing our energy and creativity on the right issues.

On June 28, when this years awards are presented during the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco, Withee Malcolm will be recognized for their work in four separate categories: Rehab Commercial/Industrial, Unical Aviation, Inc., City of Industry; Mixed-use Project, The Gateway at City Center, Carson; Seniors Housing Community Affordable, City Center, Ontario; and On the Boards Site Plan Central Park Village, Brea.

For Unical Aviation, Withee Malcolms radical renovation turned a bare bones warehouse into an inviting, efficient work environment that reflects the spirit of the new tenant, a fast-growing aviation parts supplier. The adapted facility includes new executive office space, warehouse, shop areas, laboratories and testing operations as well as lunch, exercise, and game rooms, and even a quiet space for yoga.

The Gateway at City Center is a mixed-use community that provides senior affordable housing over ground floor retail. The facility, developed by Thomas Safran Associates, is one of the first to be built in the Carsons Downtown Corridor and its design defines the context for a pedestrian-oriented street scene.

City Center, developed by Related Companies of California in close collaboration with the City of Ontario and the Ontario Housing Authority, as part of the city’s central redevelopment plan, brings senior affordable housing to a convenient downtown location. Withee Malcolm worked Gary R. Collins, design architect, to deliver a building that reflects the civic character and quality of the surrounding community.

Central Park Village, the new masterplan for J.H. Real Estate Partners, Inc. for a centrally located site in the City of Brea introduces a mix of uses that will transform a 14-acre vacated hospital site into a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use village, where, in exchange for increased densities, the city gains a one-acre park.

Successful projects are the result of shared vision and hard work, says founding partner Dale Malcolm. We are fortunate to be a part of teams that are committed to making a positive difference with their developments and we celebrate these awards with them.

Withee Malcolm Architects serves clients in the residential and commercial industrial markets throughout the West from their offices in Torrance, California. For more information on the firm, visit


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