In October 2018, Barnard College celebrated the grand opening of The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning. The 128,000-square-foot building is a new place of interdisciplinary scholarship serving both Barnard and Columbia University students, at the heart of the school's Morningside Heights campus in New York City.
On October 25th, SOM and the Skyway Concession Company announced the completion of the restoration of the Chicago Skyway toll plaza canopy. Located on the city’s southern edge, the canopy preserves the structure's original design while incorporating new streamlined sustainability and technology features.
As part of Chicago Design Week 2018, SOM will present a special exhibition of its Kinematic Sculpture, a 27-foot-long origami-like pavilion. Designed, engineered, and built entirely in-house, the sculpture demonstrates the application of SOM’s cutting-edge structural engineering research.
Keith P. O’Connor has joined SOM as the new City Design Practice Leader for the New York and Washington D.C. offices. O’Connor’s appointment reinforces SOM's commitment to exceptional urban design and expands the firm's focus on regenerative urbanism.
Six newly elected Partners and 11 Directors bring decades of expertise to one of the most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms.
On September 12, 2018, Mayor Tim Mahoney of Fargo, North Dakota, joined local civic and business leaders to break ground on Block 9, an 18-story mixed-use tower in the heart of downtown Fargo. The building is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and developed by Block 9 Partners, a partnership of Kilbourne Group and R.D. Offutt Company.
On August 16th, 2018, the University of California, Merced hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the 2020 Project. The four-year project will add approximately 1.2 million gross square feet of teaching, research, residential, and student-support facilities to the existing campus.
The SOM-designed 100 Leadenhall Street, for the Lai Sun Development Group and its asset manager London & Oriental, had its planning consent ratified by the Greater London Assembly on August 13th, following the awarding of planning consent by committee in July 2018.
NASA has named Northwestern University and SOM as one of the five leading teams in the latest phase of the agency’s 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge competition. Launched in 2014, the competition invites research teams from around the world to design habitats for space exploration.
On June 30th, 2018, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture and SOM opened "Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture." The exhibition in Los Angeles celebrates the interconnected qualities of architecture, engineering, and the visual arts.
On May 19th, 2018, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline debuted introductory service into MiamiCentral, the new 11-acre mixed-use, intermodal development in downtown Miami. Brightline’s three stations—Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami, each planned and designed by SOM—are now in full operation.
A new exhibition in Venice features SOM's groundbreaking work in architecture and structural engineering. Presented at the European Cultural Centre, "Time Space Existence" is a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
Optimo Hat Company's new headquarters consolidates design, operations, and production spaces inside a 100-year-old decommissioned firehouse in South Chicago. To reflect Optimo’s ethos of craftsmanship, authenticity, and timeless luxury, SOM created a space that befits a hatmaker known for its rigorous attention to detail.
SOM is pleased to release designs for the Hangzhou Wangchao Center, a tower slated for completion in 2021. The project will add more than 100,000 square meters of office, hotel, and retail space to the rapidly expanding region of Hangzhou, China.
A team that includes SOM and is led by Bouygues Immobilier UrbanEra has been selected for the Charenton-Bercy redevelopment project in eastern Paris. Bringing new connections to the district, the proposal includes a sustainable 180-meter-tall tower and a tech hub housed in a circular building.