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January 21, 2010 
 
 
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SASAKI ASSOCIATES

 
Founder Hideo Sasaki’s role directing the Harvard School of Design’s landscape architecture department helps distinguish his 57-year-old, 265-person firm. But director Marcus Springer pegs something else, a multidisciplinary skill set: architecture, interiors, landscapes, civil engineering, urban, and campus planning. As he says, “We aren’t just planning gardens.”  
 

We do see some green in there, but the real focus for Marcus (right, with Hernan Schlosman, flanking Manuel Sanchez) is a 200k SF complex on a 10-acre strip of waterfront in Hamilton, Bermuda, "a new front door for the island nation," Marcus explains. The developer, the Corporation of Hamilton, is now permitting for: a park; a hub for cruise ships, ferries, and buses; a 100-room hotel; retail; restaurants; a meeting facility; and a cultural center. In the depth of winter, the team derives a bit of pleasure from visits to the site's blue waters.

This team is designing a new $180M mini city at Ohio State. Peter Hedlund, Ian Scherling (standing), Steven Wilson, Karsten Solberg, Shraddha Marathe (seated), and Joel Smith are now planning the renovation of three residence halls with 2100 beds to be linked by a new academic/retail center.

For the Hudson River city of Troy, another Sasaki team is in early planning for a municipal building, as part of a mixed use complex on the river. Here Brie Hensold, Alex Toteva, Elizabeth Sargent, and Ken Goulding are puzzling through the elements of a project that they hope will help revitalize Troy’s historic downtown, reconnect City Hall with the river, and perhaps lure some RPI kids off the hill.

THE SCOOP ON BUILDING IMPACT PARTIES
 

How did these party animals from Building Impact—Sarah Gudernatch, Lisa Guyon, Jennifer Green, Paul Teplitz, and David Katz—become the planners for CRE industry events that support children, families, and vets? It grew out of Lisa’s work doing tenant services for Paradigm Properties. As she got to know people in their buildings, she asked what they did for the community. The usual response, “Not much but we’d like to.” She organized lunchtime volunteer events then realized, “This is a model that can go to every building in Boston.” With founders Paradigm, Bulfinch, Davis Cos, New Boston Fund, and National Development Fund, the 8-person BI squad runs events in offices around town that deliver volunteers, money, and goods to 30 area non-profits.

Alison Spindler, Sarah, and David are reviewing the tally of BI’s '09 good deeds. It mobilized 2,030 office workers for 4,000 hours and collected $35k and 23k items like clothes, backpacks, food, and school supplies. Lisa says the idea is to “bring volunteer opportunities to everyone’s office doorstep.” Great idea, we might add.

 
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