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Inside and out, the Harley Davidson Museum expresses an urban-, factory-style design reflecting the history and culture of its iconic motorcycles. Surrounded by water on three sides, the 20-acre plot lies in the city’s old industrial district and boosts ongoing redevelopment. As groundwork for the three-building Museum complex, Architect James Biber of Pentagram restored a lost street grid. The multipurpose grid reconnects the site to the rest of the city, defines the buildings’ locations, and provides a venue for biker gatherings reminiscent of the annual rallies held in Sturgis, SD and Laconia, NH.
In October 2007, Spartanburg opened the Chapman Cultural Center. By locating many programs under one roof, the Arts Partnership sought to create a mutually supportive environment that could maximize the programs’ impact on the city for a long time to come. Spartanburg’s past was defined by a thriving textile industry. With most of that industry now gone, the Center provides a new and enduring focal point for culture, learning, and opportunity.
The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center and Library calls to mind President Clinton’s campaign slogan “building a bridge to the 21st century.” The Library reaches up and out over the Arkansas River - providing dramatic views of the river, the city of Little Rock, and the chain of city parks that extends to and throughout the Library grounds. In addition to safely and securely storing the Clinton presidential archives, a primary design goal was to create clear interior vistas as striking as the exterior views.
The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin, bears witness to the new resource awareness that reigns in the land once famous for its insatiable hunger for energy. The charity building designed and constructed by The Kubala Washatko Architects uses locally generated energy so efficiently that it can be operated as a completely CO2-neutral envelope. The Leopold Legacy Center was awarded a platinum certificate by the American Green Building Council in 2007.
The young visitors to Boston Children’s Museum are encouraged to encounter by all the major issues and aspects of the world in which they live: society, art, science, health, environment and cultural diversity – and with hands-on exhibits and join-in activities rather than everything being placed on pedestals and protected behind glass.
The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) explores the impact of water on our history and everyday lives and the water management challenges we face in the future. The 59,000- square-foot demonstration building includes community meeting spaces, class rooms, historical displays, and a hands-on learning lab for children.
Before moving into their new home, the Fairview Baptist church conducted services in a 40-year-old, out-dated facility. The older building was neither large enough nor up-to-date enough to meet the needs of the growing congregation. Years of planning culminated in a new 149,000 sq ft, $12 million campus, with a worship center seating up to 1,500 as the focal point.
In 2007 the Town of Queen Creek approved a policy requiring all municipal buildings over 5000 sq ft to meet minimum LEED requirements. The innovative Queen Creek Library opened in November 2008—the first building to be completed under the new policy. More than a library, the new facility serves as a recreational center and a venue for community activities and celebrations.