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September 21, 2022

Summer 2022 Project Roundup: Openings, Awards, and On the Boards

  • A new steel and concrete interior structure rises from within the masonry shell at the Domino Sugar Refinery building.
  • The F&M Winter Visual Arts Center received a SEAoNY EiSE Award in the New Buildings category. Photo credit: Paul Warchol.
  • Robotically fabricated structure in Ann Arbor's Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
  • New education center and water taxi terminal for the USS Constellation.


USS Constellation in Baltimore's Inner Harbor gains long-awaited new building (Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 9/12/22) – This education center and water taxi terminal has historic maritime exhibits, a gift shop, a ticket counter, and restrooms.

Holy Cross College's new performing arts center offers a peek behind the curtain (New York Times, 9/1/22) – The central atrium of this new $107 million building lets curious visitors peer into classroom, galleries, and other facilities. Please scroll down on the NYT page to read this article.

Site-specific installations at Meta's Midtown campus include a suspended tree (ArtNet, 8/24/22) – Timur Si-Qin's Sacred Footprint is one of five permanent site-specific artworks in the atrium of company's new Farley Building offices. Silman reviewed the sculpture's structural integrity and designed connections between its various parts.

Jackie Robinson Museum welcomes visitors in Lower Manhattan (Time Out, 7/27/22) – The new 19,400 sf museum is located within the Holland Plaza Building, a New York City landmark originally built in 1929. This project was also featured in the New York Times.

Robotically fabricated structure adorns Ann Arbor botanic gardens (Architect Magazine, 7/15/22) – Silman engineers evaluated the structural performance and code requirements for this new robotically fabricated timber pavilion. Custom algorithms and robotics allowed the design team to use conventional short 2x4 dimensional lumber.

New Lamond-Riggs Library opens its doors to Northeast DC residents (WJLA, 6/27/22) – Completed under the design-build project delivery method, this building is about 5,000 sf larger than the outdated structure that previously occupied the site.



AIA Chicago: Blue Bottle Wolf Point Café

AIA DC Design Awards: Hyde-Addison Elementary School, MLK Jr. Memorial Library, Planet Word

Docomomo Modernism in America Award, Citation of Merit: MLK Jr. Memorial Library

SEAoNY Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards: Franklin & Marshall College Winter Visual Arts Center, NYPL Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library



Domino Sugar Refinery conversion to offices nears completion (Curbed, 9/9/22) – This project will provide 460,000 sf of Class A office space within the stabilized masonry shell of a late 1800s industrial building.

After a devastating fire, the San Gabriel Mission is nearly restored (LA Times, 9/8/22) – The 251-year-old building was the fourth of 21 Spanish missions built in California.

Socrates Sculpture Park's home begins construction (DesignBoom, 8/29/22) – The Cubes, a new 2,640 sf building constructed from eighteen recycled shipping containers, will house contemporary public art exhibits.

US Park Police horses to get new quarters on the National Mall (WTOP, 8/26/22) – Roof construction at this facility is now complete. The building will feature 14 horse stalls and permanent offices for the Park Police.

Renovation and expansion of historic UVA library marks new chapter (Engineering News-Record, 8/22/22) – This $121 million project will include a full-scale seismic upgrade for the original building and the construction of a new five-story cast-in-place concrete structure.

Public art next to Amazon HQ2 will commemorate former Black community (ARLnow, 8/17/22) – A 30-foot-tall brick chimney stack to honor the community of Queen City will be incorporated into an Amazon-funded park next to the tech giant's new headquarters.

Green-Wood Cemetery renovation moving forward after city investment (Architect's Newspaper, 8/2/22) – The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) has announced capital funding to construct a new 20,000 sf visitor center. Green-Wood Cemetery was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006.

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