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Design Workshop Brings Together China and US Teams | February 2010

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Design Team Visits Happy Valley Elementary School - Designed by BOORA Architects, Inc.

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Professor Lou Yongqi shares sustainable design concepts

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The U.S. team presents sustainable design strategies

The China – U.S. Center convened a design workshop in Portland, Oregon on February 22-25, 2010 that brought together architects, engineers and developers from China and the United States to develop a master plan and conceptual design for the new Jindai Elementary School in Chongqing’s Liangping County. The new school will replace an old elementary school that was severely damaged in China’s May 12, 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake. Safe, sustainable, cost effective and scalable were the guiding principles for the school design work.

The design and planning team from China was led by Dr. Lou Yongqi, Professor of Design at Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Founder and Design Director of TEKTAO Urban Design Consulting Co., Ltd. The U.S. team was lead by representatives from Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects, BOORA Architects, Carleton Hart Architecture, Carroll Community Development, Miyamoto International Engineering, and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP. The workshop itself was held at the Eliot Tower, the first LEED Neighborhood Development certified project in the US.

The intensive three-day program in Portland, which was preceded by months of long distance collaboration, built a solid foundation for the follow-up design, engineering and construction to take place over the coming year.

The China and U.S. team’s collaboration on the master plan and conceptual design will continue with a planned presentation to the Liangping County Government and Educational Bureau anticipated for late March, 2010. The goal is for the school to be operational by mid 2011.

For further information, please contact the Center at info@chinauscenter.org.