American Medical Center of Beijing
WQB Architecture led the development team in the site procurement, planning and design for a 250 bed Women’s and Children Hospital for a joint venture between American Medical Centers and Peking Union Hospital. The hospital was scheduled as a full service facility but primarily it was programmed to provide examinations, diagnostic and outpatient treatment facilities for over 200,000 patients per year. Planning and design were completed but the project was abandoned due to the death of a key management executive.
Fendong CBD, Taiyuan
Shanxi Province, China
Power China’s Real Estate Group, has joint Venture projects in major cities throughout China. Power China selected WQB Architecture PLLC and Saan Architectural Design to prepare a Master Plan for the new Fendong Central Business District located south of Taiyuan, Shanxi. Fendong will be the hub for a new subway servicing new municipal and provincial medical centers. The new CBD consists of a mixed use plan for 3 million square meters of construction. Criteria for the new plan, emphasizes providing open space, smart growth, a variety of transportation choices, diversity of housing choices and economic opportunity in a green environment.
This 2,000 acre resort development is located on Hainan Island, a relatively untouched province of China with an environment and ecology similar to Hawaii. The resort includes a Cultural and Religious zone centered around a new Buddhist Temple, Passive Scenery Zones weaving into hillsides, and more developed entertainment and resort areas at the waterfront and at the mountain tops. The project includes three hotel zones, with a total of 12,000 rooms available, six restaurants and shopping zones, a golf course and a marina. IDA arranged the equity required for the project to receive “preferred” status as an international joint venture project.
FxFowle Architects, P.C., with CITIARC and IDA, prepared schematic designs for a 100 story building to be located in the new Central Business District of Tianjin. The building will have a retail base, 2 corporate office modules with separate sky lobbies and a five star hotel will occupy the top one third of the building. It is slated to be the tallest building in Tianjin.
The New York Educational Construction Fund is a municipal organization which is responsible for capital budgets related to the funding of new schools in the five boroughs of New York City. In 1996, as the NYC real estate market was recovering from the 1992 “recession,” the NYECF determined that 7 schools were in prime locations and that the development rights (TDR’s) of those schools had sufficient value to fund new schools and services in those neighborhoods, NYECF issued a national RFP for consultants to provide analysis required to evaluate the scope of development of each site, provide a valuation study for each site and assist the City of New York in marketing the TDR to the development community. After extensive interviews, IDA was awarded the contract to prepare development and marketing packages for the 7 schools. To date, 2 of the schools have been sold and are in construction – P.S. 59 and M.S. 114. M.S. 114 was developed as a 35 story condominium, the Azure, above a new school. PS 59 will be an elementary school and a new High School of Art and Design, which will be in a 50 story condominium tower on a retail base.
Cabarete, located on the Atlantic Coast of the Dominican Republic, has been known for years as one of the top 3 windsurfing spots in the world. An international development team has purchased a mile of pristine beach called The Miracle Mile for construction of 400 condominiums, a shopping village, and a 300 key full service Hyatt Regency Resort. The resort will feature 260 rooms and suites and 40 timeshare condominiums as well as a 15,000sf banquet/conference center with full corporate services, a Hyatt Signature Spa, Camp Hyatt, and a full complement of sports facilities and restaurant venues. As the only full service facility in Cabarete, the Hyatt is expected to be the home of major sporting events, corporate meetings, weddings and family vacations for years to come.
WQB/OPC provided a Master Plan and brand development studies for the real estate subsidiary of King Deer – a leading fashion company. The total area of the project will be 374 hectares and there will be a variety of housing types, Town Center and community services for over 43,000 people with over 20 million square feet of construction. The land, Hospitality currently an agricultural area near the motorway between Beijing and Tianjin, will become a “Weekend Resort” which will include an Outlet Mall, Regional Entertainment Center, Five Star Conference Hotel, Waterpark Hotel, a Boutique Spa Hotel with a 2 acre arboretum and a variety of other recreational and employment opportunities for both the community residents and vacationers from the surrounding areas. The Town Center and the Resort areas will be connected by common open spaces which also provide park‐like amenities for the housing development areas. The project is currently in the approval process and expects to commence construction in the Summer of 2012.
A local development company, with King Deer, a national fashion company as their partner, has been selected to develop the first iconic commercial project in the newly relocated Central Business District (CBD) of Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia. A design concept using faceted “crystals” was developed to reflect the local climate and the new economic culture related to coal and mineral resources. The project will be 4 million square feet and includes office buildings, a regional shopping/ entertainment mall, a 5 Star Hotel and Conference Center, 3 luxury residential towers and 3 levels of underground parking. The project is currently in the approval phase and is scheduled to start construction in the summer of 2012.