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  1. ^They should only paint in these temps if they are going to scaffold the wall, plastic off the area and apply heat. I believe there may be some recent advances in cold weather paint too, but I'm not very familiar with those. That said, the detailing on this side of the building looks to be straight out of early 90s suburbia.
  2. I think I would have preferred a less contrasting color for the solid panels, but I see what they are trying to do, and it is certainly very trendy in facade design across the world. The one thing I am wondering about right now are the partial height anodized panels. It appears that beneath these are the HVAC unit intake/exhaust louvers. In the elevations they are shown the same color as the silver/anodized facade panels, but right now they are black. I'm curious if there is an additional cladding panel going over these or if they will remain dark.
  3. Would be great if whatever happens on the south edge of the site could be coordinated or leave opportunities for a future building on the fifth third parking site to be integrated with, rather than walled off from the plaza.
  4. I would suspect that the atrium between the buildings is staying in some form, and it looks like a more regular grid of windows may have been cut into the sides during the recladding, so I'm guessing that it will look better than that, but still clearly look like the side of the building. Very excited to finally see this happening.
  5. Also, I finally went back and looked at my thesis notes. This is who I have for architects for all of the various buildings: Old Kent Building, 1966, Daverman Associates 200 Monroe / MichCon Building, 1967, Daverman Associates 200 Ottawa / Union Bank Building, 1967, Carson Lundin and Shaw, City and County Buildings, 1968, SOM Federal Building, 1972, Louis C. Kingscott 300 W Ottawa / Frey Building, date unkown, WBDC State of Michigan Building, 1975, WBDC Calder Plaza Building, 1981, architect unknown Also don't have specific dates for these (though ordered by approximate completion): Michigan Title Building, Daverman Associates (built pre-urban renewal) Post Office, Daverman Associates Grand Rapids Press, Daverman Associates Hall of Justice, SOM Grand Center, Harry Weese
  6. Well actually...the split ring was first part of an exhibition of large outdoor sculpture at the Vandenberg Center in the early 70s, and it was placed...right in front of 300 Ottawa. Maybe it was designed to ultimately be in the fountain, but you could argue that it has now returned to it's original home. Image is from a book that can be found in the public library: Sculpture Off the Pedestal
  7. ^The Chase Building got a whole new plaza and landscape design a few years back (2012 I believe). I appreciate that this design actually looks like it belongs with the building. A lot of these entrance modernization end up looking tacked on. I suspect that the Calder Plaza renovation will not look half as natural...
  8. I went back and looked at the renderings. The screening was always supposed to be shorter than the total height, but in the renders it floated free at the top and bottom. That may have made more visual sense, but the design is tacked on either way.
  9. I'll dig up my stuff too, because I definitely found other firms attached to those two building, but I can't remember the source. I think what might have been confusing is that they were the Master plan architects, so their name might appear on things that they themselves didn't create. I do remember for certain that 300 Ottowa was designed by WBDC (of Steelcase Pyramid fame) and 200 Ottawa was designed by a New York firm who also worked on the Empire State Plaza. The demolished Hall of Justice was by SOM, and the original Grand Center was Harry Weese, both out of Chicago. A little plug: anyone interested in reading some of my findings can read it here (you might even find images from some of the same brochures you referenced): I was going to insert and appendix with more information and history on the individual buildings, but never got around to it.
  10. ^Are we sure this was a Daverman Associates Building? I did some extensive research of this area during my Masters thesis, and unfortunately don't have my notes around, but I remember the only Daverman buildings in the Vandenberg Center being: 1. Post Office 2. Michigan Title Building 3. Old Kent Building 4. Grand Rapids Press Building 5. Michigan Consolidated Gas Building Although they did create the master plan that laid out the rest of the center. Federal Building and State of Michigan Buildings might look a little like their work, but were done by other local architects. I remember the Calder Plaza Building being the least well documented, because frankly, I think it was sort of a boring, efficient building from the start, and no one was all that interested in it, whereas building like Old Kent and City Hall were cutting edge for the city 20 years earlier.
  11. The reason that the interchange is designed the way it is, is to save space. By flipping the northbound and southbound lanes of 131, the planners were able to avoid a cloverleaf intersection, which would have destroyed twice as much of the west side (including the Union High School and St. Mary's Church). I definitely think the best solution would have been to not have any expressway downtown at all, but you can't just drop all of that traffic onto an on-grade city street, especially if most of it is try to get through downtown, not to downtown.
  12. I poked my head in during ArtPrize 2010, to see what it was, and it held the Children's Museum admin offices at that point.
  13. I think this will be the first company to move into those floors since DTE moved Michcon out of there in 2000. I have checked periodically over the years and they have always been vacant on McKinley's website.
  14. I think you might be thinking of the "tower" portion of Wurzburg's department store (originally Herpolsheimer's) (the first building on this page) That was demolished in 1973, not the 1990s, but there was never anything else that tall on the Art Museum block.
  15. That is one beautiful piece of Art Deco. Too bad it couldn't have held out a few more decades; there's enough interest in the south side today that it might have had a chance. While I do remember all of the houses that were demolished between Mt. Vernon and Winter on the west side, I don't remember the old Purple East building, even though I know it has been mentioned on this forum before. Does anyone happen to have an image or link to that?