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.
Tianjin Tower Tianjin, PRC
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.
As a result of the popularity o their clinics with both the expatriate and local population, American Medical Center was asked to consider development of a hospital. As it started, Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia, needed a heart bypass surgery . AMC arranged for famed heart surgeon, Michael DeBakey, to supervise the surgery. As a result, President Yeltsin and Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov had AMC bring WQB Architecture to Moscow to work with the local architects and planners on the development of the Mockba City project along the Volga River. At that time the Health Code was comprised over 20 volumes of Codes related more to Hospice State and Modern treatment. WQB worked with local architects and government officials to update the Code for modern health services. The hospital was programmed and planned as a full service treatment center with 250 patients beds and 24 VIP high security beds.
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.
Interactive Development Associates aided in creating the proposal for “New Harlem,” a 1.7 million square foot music-themed development to occupy 2 city blocks along East 125th Street. The development will contain retail, office, residential, cultural, hospitality and public spaces. Combined, the retail outlets will form a new shopping hub in the city, serving everybody from musicians to aficionados to everyday fans. Commercial space is for companies in the entertainment industry, with studios specially designed to allow visitors to take tours of the process behind professional recordings. Cultural spaces, including performance spaces, will be operated by a non-profit umbrella organization representing over 400 Harlem-based cultural groups. An international music-themed Hotel, a Harlem Tourist Center, and a Walk of Fame featuring quotes and bios of famous Harlem residents, will all combine to establish a thematic heart for the future development of this historic neighborhood. Numerous local and international organizations have signed on during the development of the offering proposal, which will be awarded in 2007.
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.
The project provides a very high benefit to cost factors while addressing most of the major quality of life issues oriented to enabling capacities to empower the people of Haiti with necessary skills and disciplines. This will also provide local installed capacity for production-fabrication of UFA compliant steel composite panelized systems with high Progressive Collapse Design Requirements to avert future structure life threatening structural failures.
As part of their redevelopment of “English Town” CITIARC/WQB have been retained to provide retail design criteria, signage, streetscape, and developmental guidelines for the cellar, street floors, and second floor retail spaces throughout the project.
American Medical Center of Beijing Beijing, PRC 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.