October 08 www. bus- ex. com 81 Cantor Development alternative use, and/ or substantial leasing." At 372 feet, Signature Place, with its oddly triangular shape and rippling glass façade, is the tallest condo tower in Pinellas County. Its street-level urban plaza includes 60,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and it offers residents and the public at large a parklike setting within the busy downtown area. The 36- story, 244- unit building features an 80- foot, six- story waterfall, a large refl ecting pool, an elegant date palm bosque, an outdoor shaded eating area, a sloped lawn viewing area, and contemporary benches and tables— integration within the community. The top three levels contain penthouse units up to 4,000 square feet each. On the roof are a sky garden, a putting green and an infi nity pool. The building includes 37,000 square feet of offi ce space, a 37,000- square- foot recreational deck on the third fl oor, and a 75,000- square- foot amenities fl oor. The architect, Ralph Johnson, is a graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is one of the top architects in the United States. He's been at Perkins + Will for 30 years and is currently the fi rm's principal and design director. In the past decade alone, his buildings have been celebrated with over 30 design awards, including fi ve national Honor Awards and more than two dozen regional Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects ( AIA). The general contractor on the project is Bovis Lend Lease, and the landscape design fi rm EDAW is responsible for the urban plaza and the sky garden. The building is slated for opening in April 2009.
82 www. bus- ex. com October 08 Anenvironment Keith Regan learns how Altru Health System's decision to focus on patient comfort and aesthetics when it renovated and expanded its Cancer Center resulted in a place where patients and families can feel comfortable as they undergo their often lengthy treatments forhealing