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Design Portfolio Entertainment and Mixed-Use Projects

E-Town Multi-Use Development City of Guri, Korea

Scope of Services A mixed use podium containing retail, entertainment and academy functions which creates a new elevated garden level for the residences.

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E-Town Development, Guri, Korea

P11 Tower Shanghai, China

Scope of Services Mixed-use development in Shanghai including a high-rise office tower, retail and other amenities.

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P11 Tower, Shanghai, China

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P11 Tower, Shanghai, China

Sports Illustrated Sport Arena USA

Scope of Services

Sports Illustrated Sport Arena

Planning and design services for a multi-use office development in China, incorporating open space, a green roof and retail amenities for employees.

Sports Illustrated Sport Arena

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Yuyao CBD Mixed-Use Retail Development Yuyao, China

Yuyao CBD, Yuyao, China

Scope of Services Planning and design for a mixed-use retail and commercial office hub including high-rise towers.

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Yuyao CBD Mixed-Use Retail Development, Yuyao, China

FAW Group Research & Development Center Jilin, Changchun, China

Scope of Services Planning and design for the new center that combines the most advanced planning and engineering principles with traditional Chinese building culture to create a unique home for First Automotive Works Group (FAW) Research & Development.

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FAW Research and Development , Jilin, Changchun, China

Mixed-Use Development with Sports Arena Las Vegas, Nevada

Scope of Services Complete planning and design services for this mixed-use development in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosting a sports facility, retail, high-rise hotel and commercial offices.

Las Vegas Mixed Use De

Client Reference Jon Weaver Real Estate Interests Group, Inc. 248 540 8040

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Mixed-Use Development with Sports Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

High-rise Office Building Complex Shanghai, China

Scope of Services Design of high-rise office buildings in Shanghai, involving many sustainable design strategies for this energy company.

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FAW Group Office Development Jilin, Changchun, China

Scope of Services Planning and design services for a multi-use office development in China, incorporating open space, a green roof and retail amenities for employees.

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Specialty Education Campus Development Shanghai, China

Scope of Services Planning and design services for an entire campus, including housing, retail, a sports field and specialized teaching environments for students.

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Specialty Education Campus Development, Shanghai, China

Design Team

Mark McVay, RA, LEED AP

Mark McVay has designed a number of complex diverse projects, inlcuding entertainment venues like casinos and arenas, as well as high-rise buidlings throughout the United States and abroad. He is consistently lauded for his exceptional design talent, including the December 2005 issue of Architectural Record, where Mark was one of four designers in the nation working within large architectural firms to be recognized for extraordinary abilities in design. His work has been widely published in major design journals including Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, El Croquis, A+U and GA, and have received numerous awards from AIA and Progressive Architecture.

Education Master of Architecture Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA Bachelor of Architecture Syracuse University, School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY Syracuse University Architecture Program Florence, Italy, Academic Year Registrations Registered Architect: CA LEED Accredited Professional Professional Affiliations GSA National Peer

Project Neon Master Plan, Las Vegas, Nevada

Shanghai Power Company Office Building, Shanghai, China

Design Director.

Headquarters for a power company using sustainable concepts and landmark images to teach the company’s history to visitors. Design Principal.

Specialty Education Campus Development, Shanghai, China

Designer. Aquarium of the Pacific, Shark Lagoon, Long Beach, California

Led team to create a new 75,000 gallon shark tank, food/beverage, retail and outdoor interactive exhibits. The sharks can be experienced in two venues. There are three shallow interactive pools with bottom dwelling shark species, which are safe for children and adults to touch. A larger deeper tank, filled with more dangerous sharks, can be viewed from above or through a large underwater window. Senior Designer. University of California, Riverside, The Station, Riverside, California

12,000 seat,$50 million arena for new Division 1 basketball tournament play, concert and civic events including 100,000 sf retail and entertainment component conceptual design study. Senior Designer. * Experience Prior to SmithGroupJJR. 43

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ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, California

Remodel of 1960s era cinema. Senior Designer.

Asia Global Crossing, Headquarters, Beverly Hills, California

10,000 sf project involved the renovation of existing space on the Beverly Hills campus. Project Manager/Designer. ArcLight Cinemas Encinitas, Encinitas, California

$6 million, 54,000 sf multi-screen cinema complex. Senior Designer. Hard Rock Cafe, Seattle, Washington

$3 million, 20,000 sf prototype study for new Hard Rock Cafe. Senior Designer. Aquarium of the Pacific, Jellies: Phantoms of the Deep, Long Beach, California

Designed a space that supports the visitor experience while achieving the functional requirements of tank placement, life support systems design, husbandry and servicing. The design team created a space that

Mark McVay, RA, LEED AP

evokes some of the Jellies’ natural habitat - the open ocean. Design Director.

Liver/Biliary Institute, Ahmenbad, India

New England Aquarium, West Wing Addition, Boston, Massachusetts*

University of Southern California Performing Arts Center Master Plan, Los Angeles, California

Mark was co-project architect for design development through construction drawings for the $14.5 million addition to the existing aquarium. The program for the 45,000 sf project included a new entry plaza with ticketing, queuing & outdoor exhibits, new entry hall, restaurant, gift shop, and temporary exhibit space. The original program also included an IMAX theatre that is to be built in a later phase. CoProject Architect. Getty Center, Los Angeles, California*

Part of the team that developed the exterior design and detailing of the Museum buildings. He researched and documented the materials and performed site observation on the installation of the stone cladding, metal panel, and curtain/window wall systems. Project Architect. Universal Office Building, Universal City, California*

Design development of 600,000 gsf property including City Walk, Universal Studios Theme Park, and the Film Production Back Lot. The exploration included the company’s Headquarters - housing film, television, music and recreation groups along with amenities, such as a health club, exhibition hall, screening rooms, black-box theater, nightclub, and dining facilities. Project Designer.


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Senior Designer.

Our scope of work included needs assessment, user workshops, preliminary programming, cost analysis, financial modeling, concept sketches and concept narrative. The 95,000 sf, $60 million center will include a 1,200-seat concert hall, 500-seat dramatic theater, a large lobby/gallery space for gathering and exhibits, two significant rehearsal rooms, performer and technical support spaces and other audience amenities. Senior Designer. University of Southern California, Raubenheimer Music Building Program, Concept Design, Los Angeles, California Commissioned by the University of Southern California and the Flora L. Thornton School of Music to create a phased Master Plan for renovations to Raubenheimer Hall the current home of the Thornton School of Music. The primary purpose of this master plan study was to observe and evaluate the major spaces on the ground floor of Raubenheimer Hall and make recommendations to USC for improvements to the aesthetics, acoustics, operations, performance systems, equipment and the overall “front door” image of the Raubenheimer building. Design Principal.

University of Southern California Bovard Auditorium, Los Angeles, California

SmithGroupJJR provided full architectural services (feasibility study through construction) for the $7.3 million renovation of the historic Bovard Auditorium, located at the center of the main campus in the Bovard Administration Building.The new 1,300-seat Auditorium is used for wide variety of events, including the USC Symphony Orchestra, theatrical performances, lectures and campus convocations. Design Director. Confidential Entertainment Client, Media Office Study, Burbank, California

Development study for a 2.5 acre parcel. Team is tasked with evaluating a variety of parking, office and amenity uses for a parcel near a client’s main property in Los Angeles. Team developed 120,000 sf media office building with parking to validate needs and relationship of new parking to existing property. Currently under development. Project Manager/Project Designer. Battlestations 21 Training Facility, Great Lakes, Illinois

Design/build team with programming, planning and design services for a 151,000 sf training facility, which is a realistic experience for Navy recruits as part of their basic training program. The facility contains a 3/5 scale replica of an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, and 13 high-tech, special effects laden scenarios which provide rigorous simulations of crisis and training situations which could be expected in a combat event. Design Director.

Mark McVay, Architect  

International Mixed Use

Mark McVay, Architect  

International Mixed Use