Simmons University Dedicates Gwen Ifill College

Designed by Ellenzweig

Boston – Ellenzweig has designed renovations to the Simmons University Main Campus Building’s East Wing to house the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities. The new college is named for the Peabody Award-winning Simmons graduate who broke gender and color barriers to report for major newspapers and networks as well as moderate vice-presidential and presidential debates, among other achievements.

The challenge for the Boston-based architecture firm was to reposition space in the 1904-1929 building as an interactive high-tech network of teaching and learning facilities and support spaces where students, faculty, and others could experience a panoply of media and communication channels that record and interpret the human experience. The program includes an upgraded auditorium with new digital and audiovisual technology, a computer learning laboratory, computer-equipped classrooms and boardrooms, a graphic design studio, the dean’s suite, and faculty/staff spaces.


WBUR unveils new space for the city

By Max Reyes, Globe Correspondent

CitySpace, WBUR radio’s new cultural events venue on Commonwealth Avenue, has a modern, almost futuristic feel. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows frame a sleek interior that combines traditional hardwood floors with walls decorated with metallic panels.

The studio at the heart of the venue is laden with high-tech gadgetry, from robotic cameras operated from a control center to a super high-resolution LED screen.

But Charlie Kravetz, the station’s general manager, said in remarks delivered Wednesday evening at a ribbon-cutting event for CitySpace that it all represents a return to an age-old art form: conversation.


A Pier Gift

The unveiling of the new Roundhouse Aquarium

by Mark McDermott

Thirteen hundred and eight days since the passing of his 19-year-old son Harrison, Michael Greenberg on Tuesday stood before a podium at the end of the Manhattan Beach pier and looked out into the crowd.

“The skies opened up for us today,” said Greenberg.

Behind him, light spilled from the Roundhouse Aquarium as the sun lowered over the Pacific near the end of a sky blue day. Several hundred people were gathered for the reopening of the Aquarium, but this was no ribbon cutting.


Newly Renovated and Modernized Roundhouse Aquarium Reopens on Manhattan Beach Pier

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Harrison Greenberg Foundation has announced the reopening of Manhattan Beach Pier’s signature historic landmark: the newly revitalized Roundhouse Aquarium. Designed by world-renowned architectural firm CambridgeSeven, the building reopens this weekend as a state-of-the-art teaching and experiential destination through which Oceanographic Teaching Stations (O.T.S.) will educate and inspire hundreds of thousands of local children and visitors.


Skechers' Michael Greenberg unveils the renovated Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach

Harrison Chase Greenberg loved the ocean and adventure.

The Manhattan Beach native and son to Skechers CEO Michael Greenberg was inquisitive by nature, according to his mother Wendy.

He was known by those around him for his wisdom, compassion and independence.

In a tragedy that shook the community, Harrison unexpectedly passed away in 2015 while on a trip to Thailand.

But, his memory lives on in a special building that will shape the South Bay for generations to come: the newly renovated Roundhouse Aquarium.

“This is perfect because he can give that back to so many people,” Wendy said of her son’s love of knowledge, gesturing towards the beautiful, white octagonal building which was remodeled in his memory.


The Hall Announces Opening of 'Recording Artists' Exhibit

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon has opened a new exhibit titled, "Recording Artists," which celebrates and honors the NFL, Super Bowl and playoff records held by Patriots players and coaches. 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are prominently featured in the exhibit, as both have made their marks on the record books over the past 18 seasons together, but players like James White, Randy Moss, Drew Bledsoe, Ryan Allen, Andre Tippett and Willie McGinest are also among those highlighted. 

While the exhibit focuses on individual records, it does highlight the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Patriots team that set the NFL single-season rushing record with 3,165 rushing yards – a record that still stands today. The display also highlights a number of franchise records.


Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 in its multi-million-dollar renovation.

Renovations and additions revealed included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby Presented by Mohegan Sun featuring images of iconic players and moments in the game, the impressive modern surround sound NIKE Theater, a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk, and the Coaches Circle exhibit which will pay tribute to Dr. James Naismith and celebrate current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities, players, peers, and society as a whole. 


Packers unveil Lambeau Field art

The Green Bay Packers have unveiled more than 500 pieces of original art, unique photos and graphics celebrating the team's legacy that will be displayed on the club levels of Lambeau Field.

The collection includes pieces from 19 commissioned artists. The art represents memorable games, championships, players, coaches, fans and the community. It also includes a large number of rarely seen historical photographs provided by the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The Packers worked with Sports & The Arts on the collection. SATA develops and curates large-scale art collections for sports and entertainment venues.


Packers, SATA bring Lambeau Field's inner walls to life

The first time Tracie Speca-Ventura and Camille Speca toured the club level of Lambeau Field, they asked themselves one simple question.

What are we going to put on these walls?

The architects of Sports & the Arts had ample experience illuminating stadiums and arenas across the country with artwork, but few matched the history of the Packers.

Working hand-in-hand with the organization over the past two years, the sisters-in-law put together a team of artists – both local and throughout the country—to illustrate the story of one of America’s most iconic franchises.

The fruits of those labors finally came to light this week with the unveiling of more than 500 pieces of artwork, photos and graphics decorated around Lambeau Field’s interior.

A stroll through the fourth, fifth and sixth level of the club area will give fans a chance to relive some of the franchise’s greatest moments through a medley of mixed media paintings, collages and renderings.

“I remember the very first time I walked through some of the areas and saw some of the artwork —it took my breath away,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said. “Obviously the Packers have great history and tradition. I think our fans will really relate to this. It celebrates our history and our tradition in a very different way. I think the passion of our fans will really come through when they see this.”


First look: See the inside of Knock Knock Children's Museum; why ‘town square' is unique to Baton Rouge

Perched atop a clock tower, two animatronic owls are already telling knock knock jokes every hour in anticipation for the public opening of the Knock Knock Children's Museum finally announced Tuesday for August 22.

In a little more than a month, the exhibits that workers were testing out and polishing up on Tuesday will contain squealing kids and watchful parents. Knock Knock Children's Museum leaders provided a first look at the museum's interiors on Tuesday, where the two owls in the "Knock Knock Town Square" greeted visitors.

Atop a hill overlooking City Park, the Knock Knock Children's Museum should offer some of th…

"The Knock Knock Square is definitely unique, we haven't done anything like that anywhere else," said Penny Sander, the Massachusetts-based project manager for Knock Knock's interior exhibits, designed by her firm Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. Cambridge Seven designs exhibits for museums, universities, aquariums and more across the U.S. and internationally.