JERDE Announces a Global Slate of New Projects Showcasing Diverse Architectural Typologies

“We’ve always prided ourselves on finding creative design solutions to problems, no matter the typology, and the range of projects we are working on …

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Ultimate leisure and luxury awaits future residents and guests once Maryam Island is open – a hideaway in the center of natural beauty.

Maryam Island, Sharjah, UAE

Nestled in the center of Sharjah overlooking the Arabian Sea, Maryam Island is a 230,000 square meter site master planned by JERDE and currently under construction. The new site will offer mostly residential apartments complemented by retail outlets, four- and five-star hotels, waterfront food and beverage outlets, a relaxing 900-meter promenade, as well as a ‘souq’ and various facilities such as a spa, a fitness club, a swimming pool, and a children’s play area. Opportunities and offerings are provided for living, vacationing, socializing, conducting business, or simply carrying out the daily communal lifestyle. The island has been envisioned as a tightly packed, low scale environment of interwoven villages. This is the place in Sharjah where all communities can gather to exchange ideas, better understand and celebrate the cultural heritage of The Emirates.

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Currently under construction, JERDE creates a mixed-use project masterplan for Distrito Armida, attracting young professionals, families and business owners with a modern outlook and appreciation for urban living.

Distrito Armida, Monterrey, Mexico

With views of the iconic mountain skyline of Monterrey, JERDE’s latest masterplan was developed for Distrito Armida, a district situated in the south-eastern edges of San Pedro Garza Garcia known for its modern office offerings. To support these new offices, a full-spectrum community has been conceived in a space covering 25 hectares. The architectural studio has created a multi-phased mixed-use project design approach to support a fully serviced lifestyle. Phase one incudes an office tower and retail at the south end of the site which is currently under construction and set to open in 2021. Future phases include connection to an adjacent hospital and school, as well as residential towers that will open in a couple of years. Distrito Armida will attract young professionals, families and business owners with a modern outlook and appreciation for urban living.

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JERDE announces the development of Qiantan Cultural Center, the new connective cultural center at the epicenter of art, culture and creativity in Shanghai to open in 2023.

Qiantan Cultural Center, Shanghai, China

Ushering a new era of community and cultural exchange is Qiantan Cultural Centre, JERDE’s mixed-use project that builds on the heritage of Shanghai’s Pudong Districts. Currently under construction, the 2,240,000 square foot site includes the design of an urban ribbon that acts as a green belt to introduce nature into the projects and all of its connective elements, integrating the project’s 33-storey office and mid-rise hotel towers, cultural center and diverse retail offerings with the surrounding neighborhood. Within walking distance is the Huangpu River, and just upstream, the famed Shanghai Bund. The New Bund 31 will be the epicenter of art, culture, and creativity — a place that people feel naturally drawn to.

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Yet to proceed into the development stage, JERDE’s masterplan for Trinity Gardens allows for the infusion of visceral and organic energy as locals are encouraged to make their individual spirit shine through the neighborhood.

Trinity Gardens, Bucharest, Romania

To be developed over 35 hectares, JERDE has created a large-scale integrated mixed-use project masterplan for Trinity Gardens in Bucharest set to combine culture, shopping, entertainment, hotel, offices and residences. The district has been designed to breathe new life into the surrounding community while creating a new landmark within the city and country itself. Adjacent to the tranquil serene Herestrau Park and Lake, Trinity Gardens will be a natural complement that integrates nature into a vibrant and active destination, and a dynamic experiential environment — a new urban paradigm that brings man and nature together. Complemented by a promenade, central plaza, high-end fashion court, a retail arcade and a market hall, each space ensures that locals can bring their own individual spirit to infuse with the visceral and organic energy of the neighborhood.


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About Paul Martinkovic

Paul Martinkovic has been with JERDE for 30 years and currently serves as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer and serves on the Board of Directors. He was instrumental in initiating, implementing and executing the founder ownership transfer to the new ownership structure in the firm in his previous position as Chief Financial Officer.

Since joining the firm in 1990, Paul has facilitated the Company’s transformation to meet the changing worldwide demand for design. This has included opening JERDE’s foreign offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Dubai, and Moscow. In addition to his duties as Chief Executive Officer, Paul is also responsible for JERDE’s global business development and marketing.

Paul is a plein air oil painter and accomplished guitarist. A Certified Management Accountant, Paul holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from Pepperdine University and Masters of Business Administration/E-Business from the University of Phoenix.


JERDE is a visionary urban design studio creating signature places that deliver memorable experiences and attract more than a billion people each year. For 40 years, JERDE has pioneered the concept of “Placemaking” with more than 120 major projects on six continents. Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, each JERDE client works closely with an equity partner to take a boutique, collaborative approach to the creative process of design and architecture. JERDE places attract people providing lasting social, cultural and economic value, spurring further investment and revitalization. JERDE is one of only a few architectural firms awarded six ULI Global Awards for Excellence in addition to many of the industry’s other highest honors and recognitions.

JERDE has designed mixed-use, hospitality, and retail destinations throughout the world including Langham Place in Hong Kong, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, D-Cube City in Seoul, and more recently the Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay in Hainan, China, a MIPIM Asia Gold Award winner for Best Hotel & Tourism Development. In its home country of the United States, JERDE has designed well known sites such as Bellagio in Las Vegas, Pacific City in Huntington Beach, as well as the makeovers of the world famous Santa Monica Place and Fashion Island Malls.

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MGM Springfield Makes New England Debut

High-energy social elements like the region’s first public Topgolf Swing Suite, luxury Regal Cinemas, and TAP Sports Bar complete with a 10-lane …

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Springfield, New England’s first integrated luxury resort, officially opened its doors today. The resort combines the excitement and energy of Las Vegas with the rich historical context of Springfield, a city steeped in innovation and the arts.

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“Travelers seeking authentic, local experiences are rediscovering small cities across the U.S. that fuse small-town charm with the allure of big-city culture,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts. “With a 375-year legacy as a major crossroads of New England, Springfield is poised to join the likes of such hidden gems with the development of MGM Springfield leading a fresh wave of rediscovery in The City of Firsts.”

Inspired to drive curiosity in local heritage for a new wave of locals and visitors, MGM Springfield’s design team incorporated architectural landmarks and hundreds of locally sourced vintage treasures into the resort. From recasting the former hotel to Presidents Polk and Buchanan into a sophisticated steakhouse to restoring a 19th century arsenal and a High Gothic-style church, the development thoughtfully merges new building with historic architecture, with a resulting aesthetic that is distinctly Springfield.

Covering three city blocks in the heart of downtown, the resort features whimsical accommodations with nods to notable locals Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Emily Dickinson; recognized-chef restaurants by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and Adam Sobel, and Hell’s Kitchen Season 14 winner Meghan Gill; innovative lounges; a seven-screen luxury Regal Cinemas; 10-lane bowling alley within TAP Sports Bar; a Topgolf® Swing Suite; a serene spa; an expansive public art collection; A-list entertainment; and an open-air plaza activated daily with live music, pop-up-art galleries, food trucks, events and more.

The opening follows two days of festivities at the resort. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Congressman Richard Neal and Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby joined MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren and MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis yesterday to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the 3,000 jobs created with the resort’s opening.

Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our Administration is excited to officially welcome MGM to Springfield and we look forward to the new economic and job opportunities this project will help bring throughout the region. This project is a major investment in the workforce and economy of Western Massachusetts, and will also provide support to several important partnerships between education centers and community organizations.”

As a surprise during the opening week, actor Mark Wahlberg stopped by to announce that he will be bringing his family’s famed Wahlburgers to the resort. It will be located on the corner of Main and Union Streets on the southeast corner of the MGM Springfield campus, and is expected to open in late 2019.

This morning, thousands of eager visitors lined Main Street to enjoy a celebratory procession featuring hundreds of MGM Springfield employees, Cirque du Soleil performers, The Minutemen UMASS Marching Band, Indian Motorcycles, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, MGM Springfield executives, community partners and the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “I am proud and thankful of MGM’s nearly $1 billion belief, investment and partnership with our city. Here’s to continued success!”

A glimpse into MGM Springfield:

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  • Accommodations. MGM Springfield features 250 guestrooms including 16 suites. Design details—including factory-style paned glass and Edison bulb fixtures—harken to Springfield’s industrial roots, while eclectic artwork evokes the locale’s creative iconography, visually referencing Emily Dickinson and Dr. Seuss – such as the 1,600-square-foot Presidential Suite’s stunning hat chandelier inspired by the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Room reservations can be made via Nightly room rates start at $219.
  • Gaming.Massachusetts’ first gaming resort, MGM Springfield’s 125,000-square-foot casino floor features 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and high-limit VIP gaming lounge.
  • Food & Beverage. A downtown epicurean destination, MGM Springfield offers an array of new-to-market concepts and celebrated-chef restaurants, including Italian coastal concept Cal Mare by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina and Chef Adam Sobel; fine steaks and seafood at The Chandler Steakhouse with Hell’s Kitchen season 14 winner Meghan Gill serving as executive chef; MGM’s signature TAP Sports Bar; and South End Market, a lively modern food hall boasting six casual and convenient eateries.
  • Entertainment. The 8,000-seat MassMutual Center will host world tours from top artists to town beginning with Stevie Wonder on September 1. High-energy social elements like the region’s first public Topgolf Swing Suite, luxury Regal Cinemas, and TAP Sports Bar complete with a 10-lane bowling alley and arcade, bring a fun lineup of activities for all generations to downtown Springfield. The Plaza serves as an outdoor gathering space hosting interactive events designed to foster community engagement such as Beer Yoga, a pop-up art gallery by Springfield muralist John Simpson, seasonal activations and more.
  • Nightlife. The art of mixology is a definitive experience across the resort at destination venues including Lobby Bar, Knox Bar and Commonwealth. From expertly crafted classics to creative libations, each beverage menu spotlights freshly pressed juices, house-made elixirs and locally sourced ingredients. Destined to be Springfield’s newest hot spot, Commonwealth Bar and Lounge features DJs or live entertainment nightly and is home to the $25,000 Indian Sidecar – made with a rare 1901 Croizet Cognac and includes an authentic Indian Motorcycle.
  • Art & Culture. Drawing inspiration from the city’s legacy rich in art and culture, MGM Springfield features a curated collection from local and national artists. From large-scale sculptures to intriguing paintings, talent is displayed through dozens of commissioned and procured works throughout the resort. Mia Pearlman’sThe Flying Tidings Whirled sculpture commemorates the resilience of Springfield following the devastating 2011 tornado, while contemporary artist Jeppe Hein’s bright red Bench of Expectation catches the attention of passersby in The Plaza with its winding loops and slides, inviting them for a sit or to marvel at its creativity.
  • Spa & Pool. Guests and locals needing to recharge can find indulgence at MGM Springfield’s full-service spa complete with seven treatment rooms, couples’ suites and a warm design inspired by New England’s signature maritime style. A separate salon for men and women hosts an in-house barbershop – with a chair dedicated to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s dad, a longtime local barber. An 8,000-square-foot pool provides a summertime urban escape.
  • Retail. MGM Springfield’s retail lineup includes Springfield-born Indian Motorcycle’s first-ever apparel boutique alongside regionally revered brands Hannoush Jewelers and Kringle Emporium, whose new flagship is located in the former French Congregational Church, originally built in 1887 and moved 600 feet to its new home.
  • Meetings & Events. With approximately 34,000 square feet of versatile space, MGM Springfield’s meeting and event center features ballrooms, meeting rooms and boardrooms adjacent to a 6,200-square-foot outdoor terrace that floods pre-function areas with natural light. For indoor-outdoor space with a historical twist, guests can host events in the resort’s castle-like Armory, which was built in 1895 and restored to its current spectacular state by the MGM Resorts’ design team.

From the Basketball Hall of Fame — a shrine to the sport in its founding locale, to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum — Springfield is home to unique and unexpected cultural attractions. MGM Springfield is surrounded by landmarks such as HH Richardson Courthouse and City Hall, counting the riverfront, MassMutual Center, Symphony Hall and Union Station among its prestigious neighbors. The central downtown location allows guests to explore spontaneously or navigate a more robust travel experience aboard The Loop, a new free-to-ride transportation service linking downtown tourist spots, hotels, restaurants and cultural districts. Opening today in conjunction with the resort, The Loop connects Springfield’s most iconic sites including Union Station, State Armory, Springfield Museums, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and MGM Springfield.

Located just 80 miles west of Boston with immediate access to Interstate 91 and the Mass. Pike, as well as nearby Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn. and the Amtrak-serviced Union Station, MGM Springfield is well connected and will be easily accessible to local and global travelers.

For additional information and high-resolution images of MGM Springfield, please visit the MGM Springfield digital newsroom or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company opened MGM Cotai in Macau in February 2018. It is also developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts and debuting the first international Bellagio branded hotel in Shanghai. The 78,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at

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Skillz 4 Kidz wins industry award

Skillz 4 Kidz Martial Arts, 906 S. Main St., Graham, was for the second year among winners of the Mark of Excellence Award from industry organization …


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Skillz 4 Kidz Martial Arts, 906 S. Main St., Graham, was for the second year among winners of the Mark of Excellence Award from industry organization Century Martial Arts.

Pictured, from left, are Paul Webb, president of Century Martial Arts; Shannon Edwards, instructor at Skillz 4 Kidz; Tracy Long, head instructor at Skillz 4 Kidz; and Mike Dillard, founder of Century Martial Arts. Edwards and Long accepted the award July 7 at the Gold Event, part of the 2018 Martial Arts SuperShow at the Hyde Club in the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Nvidia makes big push into artificial intelligence, Amazon stock to hit $2K: Analyst, Bayer to retire …

Here’s a look at some of the companies the Yahoo Finance team will be watching for you today. Nvidia (NVDA) is making a big dive into artificial …

Here’s a look at some of the companies the Yahoo Finance team will be watching for you today.

Nvidia (NVDA) is making a big dive into artificial intelligence with two new products designed to power autonomous robots. The company says its Isaac software will make it easier to develop and train robots. And it says the Jetson Xavier computer system is more powerful than a $10,000 workstation, at a fraction of the price.

Amazon (AMZN) is getting a new prime target for its stock — $2,000. Analyst Youssef Squali from Suntrust Robinson Humphrey says the best is yet to come for Amazon, and he predicts strong growth in the company’s private label sales. Amazon’s stock is up more than 40% year-to-date.

One of the biggest names in agriculture will soon be no more. Bayer says it will retire the Monsanto (MON) name later this week, when it closes on a $63 billion takeover deal. Monsanto’s former operations will be rebranded as Bayer, though product names will remain. Monsanto has long been a focus of criticism by environmentalists over its use of genetically modified seeds.

And labor peace is coming to Las Vegas. MGM Resorts (MGM) has reached a deal with a union representing nearly 24,000 hotel workers. The 5-year contract will cover members of the culinary union at 10 resorts, including the Bellagio, MGM Grand and the Mirage. Details of the contract have not been made public. The union on Friday also reached a deal to hold off a strike at Caesars.

Steve Wynn’s Inferno (How To Jump Off A Hot Stove)

He employed his medical foundation’s capital. They called him “Crazy Howard,” but he was acquiring casino properties with ample acreage, at $18 million a pop. Part of his motivation, they said, was to acquire a “private stock” of available pretties. Nobody can dispute that Steve Wynn put Las Vegas on …

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First, some numbers: Wynn Resorts sells at 20 times 2018 earnings power if construed optimistically. A better metric, EBITDA, stands near a $2 billion run rate which puts valuation under 10 times, and 12 times enterprise value, a fair working valuation.

Years ago, Wynn’s eyes got too big and he overspent on capex. Kirk Kerkorian applied his bear hug and bought him out for cash. Steve then started over more than a decade ago, proved a great operator with early entry into Macau while Vegas stagnated, overbuilt and no longer the preferred destination resort for high rollers.

While WYNN dropped from its recent double par high to $165 on the news, it just took out past 4 weeks of buoyancy. Investors like Wynn’s operating numbers, primacy in the gaming world and expansion initiatives for new casino venues like Boston. On Steve’s resignation WYNN popped almost 10%. My read is without Wynn this should be a $150 piece of paper.

Let’s put good numbers aside. Nevada Gaming Commission regulators prefer licensed operators beyond reproach, like Caesar’s wife. I found this out at an open hearing of the commission when I was applying for approval of my tender offer for Caesar’s World. I think they liked me so they let Atlantic City’s regulators go first. A.C. turned me down. Too much leverage, they claimed, but later affirmed Donald Trump’s construct which was more leverage than mine.

My relationships in Las Vegas date back to late sixties when Steve Wynn was still a liquor distributor there. Backed by Parry Thomas, headman at Bank of Las Vegas, I was told to sell my reportable position in the Golden Nugget to Steve. Thomas was insistent so I complied.

The Golden Nugget was a smallish downtown grind joint. What I remember about Steve after he took control was that he reorganized all the wasted casino space in the Nugget, redecorated and made every nook and corner inviting to the eye.

During the sixties and even seventies, Vegas casinos were all termed grind joints. Yes, Sinatra performed there but accommodations were perfunctory, swimming pools minimal. You had to look for a locale to play tennis or golf.

Owners were confirmed real estate operators. Several were my clients but they hated the stock market. One group sold out their Las Vegas hospital property for more than their casino. Then, they took their proceeds and built out their La Costa resort with barely sufficient capital to build out their fruitwood entrance door.

Meanwhile, Howard Hughes was busy, rolling up properties and prime acreage on The Strip. He employed his medical foundation’s capital. They called him “Crazy Howard,” but he was acquiring casino properties with ample acreage, at $18 million a pop. Part of his motivation, they said, was to acquire a “private stock” of available pretties.

Nobody can dispute that Steve Wynn put Las Vegas on the map as a world class family destination tourist venue. Nothing like the Mirage existed until the nineties. The Mirage and Bellagio were 5-star hotels with lavish suites and dining spaces. The public rooms and casino – all in impeccable taste, Chihuly’s hanging glass sculpture dominated the lobby of Steve’s Bellagio.