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AVDLM recognized as one of DC's most notable
war memorials

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM) has been ranked as one
of DC's most notable war memorials by Curbed DC. Currently under construction,
it is the only incomplete memorial to make Curbed DC's list and its highly antici-
pated opening will take place October 2014. CGA, in collaboration with sculptor
Larry Kirkland, designed the site's interpretive content including 48 glass panels
that feature powerful quotations and images of disabled veterans and their personal journeys of courage and sacrifice.

This memorial joins a family of significant memorial sites including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and World War II Memorial; it
will be the only memorial dedicated to American veterans living with permanent disabilities. View Curbed DC's full list of notable war memorials here

Photo courtesy of the Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial Foundation, Inc. 

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Environmental elements, signage and donor system design begins for Temple SERC

In addition to Temple University's signage and wayfinding master plan, CGA
has been awarded a comprehensive environmental identity, signage and donor recognition project for the campus's new Science and Education Research 
Center (SERC). Designed by USA Architects and Architectural Resources Cambridge, the 250,000 square-foot building will be dedicated to leading-edge labs and
research facilities.

CGA designers will develop a system of exterior and interior signage, environ-
mental enhancements as well as donor recognition signs in honor of the College
of Science and Technology's (CST) generous benefactors. CGA's goal is to design 
a complete program of environmental graphics to enhance the experience of
visitors, students, faculty and staff. The $137 million facility marks a new era
for the CST, one of Temple's fastest growing schools.

Rendering courtesy of USA Architects/ARC Architectural Resources Cambridge

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CGA principal participates as expert judge for PWD
design competition

CGA principal Virginia Gehshan recently participated in a judging panel for the Philadelphia Water Department's "Uncover the Green" design competition. The winning medallion design will increase awareness of PWD's 25-year "Green City,
Clean Waters"program as green stormwater tools are implemented in neighbor-
hoods across Philadelphia. CGA's illustrations of the PWD stormwater manage-
ment plan were also featured at the "Uncover the Green" award ceremony. Check
out the PWD blog to learn more and view the winning design. 
 
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CGA designer selected for ISA Exposition

CGA designer Stephanie Bargas recently attended the International Sign 
Association’s exposition in Orlando, Florida as one of 50 invited design professionals; the event included a 1-day SEGD workshop focused on
placemaking, branded environments, accessibility, technology and media. 
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New gateway marks Historic Atturaif

The entrance to the living museum of Historic Atturaif, the first capital city of
the Saudi royal family, is now marked by the Salwa palace-inspired identity.
With the site's reconstruction scheduled for completion in late 2014, CGA's placebranding program will serve as a continuous visual thread throughout the
58-acre district. 

In collaboration with Ayers Saint Gross, CGA also developed a master wayfinding 
plan to guide and direct visitors toward the Salwa palace, sprawling souks, mos-
ques and museums. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Arriyadh Development Authority has used authentic mud brick construction methods. 
Historic Atturaif is a highly anticipated destination for tourists worldwide and is considered Addiriyah's most historically significant settlement.  

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DRWC and CGA unveil design for Spring Garden Connector

The DRWC and CGA/TLP design team recently unveiled environmental enhance-
ments to revitalize Philadelphia's Spring Garden Connector. Inspired by the Spring Garden Greenway theme, CGA developed illuminated portal structures with intricate, American Wisteria-inspired patterns, designed to transform the dark, bleak under-
pass that serves as an entrance to the heavily traveled SEPTA rail network and gateway to Northern Liberties.

The cnc-routed panel/structures will be rear-illuminated with a concealed lighting program that changes from morning to afternoon and into evening. The suspended lighting fixtures, co-designed with TLP will project the wisteria pattern onto under-
pass surfaces and have a monochromatic blue violet color. 

The project, described as “imaginative" and "beautiful" by public meeting attendees, is also a key component of the DRWC's master plan goal of connecting Center City Philadelphia to its Delaware River waterfront. The new portals are part of a larger lighting and streetscape improvement plan developed by the RBA Group and The Lighting Practice. Check out the PlanPhilly feature to learn more about this project and to view video from the community presentation.  

Rendering courtesy of TLP/CGA

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Penn South Bank releases "Pennovation Center" plans

The University of Pennsylvania recently announced its plans for a business
incubator and accelerator, the "Pennovation Center,"at the 23-acre South
Bank site in Gray's Ferry. According to Penn's Executive Director of Real Estate,
Ed Datz, the goal is to give start-up companies a space to thrive, collaborate
and advance their particular discipline.

Working with Wallace, Roberts & Todd, CGA is currently designing a series of environmental enhancements and signage, as part of the Penn South Bank
master plan. Planned to be a comprehensive system, CGA is addressing the
site's identification and wayfinding issues and need for revitalization. The Penn
South Bank project continues to receive extensive press coverage. Check out
these features in the Flying Kite, Curbed Phillythe Philadelphia Inquirer and
the Architect's Newspaper to learn more.

Rendering courtesy of WRT

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PWD signs debut at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Signs from the Philadelphia Water Department's "Green City, Clean Waters,"
program made their debut at the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show. CGA principal Virginia Gehshan and designer Kate Otte were given a behind-the-scenes tour
of the Flower Show, which included PWD's exhibit, "Art of Stormwater."

The signs, designed by CGA, illustrate the process and benefits of green storm-
water infrastructure being implemented across Philadelphia; the exhibit featured
a beautiful full-size rain garden. In its 185th year, the Philadelphia Flower Show, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, is the longest-
running and largest indoor flower show in the world.

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Donor recognition up and running at UCM

Installation of the University of Chicago Medicine's donor wall and interactive kiosk has been completed at the Center for Care and Discovery, designed by
Rafael Viñoly Architects. Following intensive fabrication and software develop-
ment, UCM patients and visitors can now visit the new donor recognition exhibit, located in the CCD sky lobby. Designed by CGA to honor and celebrate benefactors
of all levels, the interactive kiosk also enables viewers to access donor stories, mission statement and UCM news.

Photo courtesy of The University of Chicago Medical Center

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UCM's highly anticipated donor wall nearing completion

With images and inspiring stories, the donor recognition system at the University
of Chicago Medicine's Center for Care and Discovery will also serve as an engaging exhibit. Designed by CGA, the freestanding donor "wall,” which vividly displays the strong support of the UCM community, is in the final stages of fabrication. The zinc panels, edge-lit glass and gold leaf fill have been carefully crafted. Final programm-
ing and field testing for the interactive kiosk is also now underway. CGA is excited
for the upcoming installation and a new user-friendly experience for the CCD’s many visitors and supporters.