ZHENGZHOU,CHINA-Brininstool, Kerwinand Lynch, an architect firm based in Chicago, is one of twofinalists to design a $700 million mixed-use complex that will goalong a high-speed railroad station. From eight companies involved,the decision for developer Greenland Group is now between BKL andGerman firm Gerken, Marg and Partners.

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The project is known as Zhengzhou Integrated Transport Hub WestPlaza H, and will consist of six million square feet of office,hotel, commercial and parking, says Tom Kerwin. Formerly withSkidmore, Owings & Merrill, Kerwin created BKL earlier thisyear with David Brininstool and Brad Lynch.

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Kerwin says the company’s design for this mixed-use projectconsists of two sets of paired towers connected by a series of skybridges. Each pair of towers includes one 75-story tower at about1,000 feet in height, and one 38-story tower at about half thatheight. The plan also provides a large entry plaza and dropoff.

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While there’s not a lot of construction activity locally, Kerwinsays some other countries such as China are building “at a goodclip.” He says though China is trying to pull back the reins on itsmassive growth, there’s still a strong market for new projectsthere. “There are projects that have been fully funded, or in theworks, that will continue to go on for several years, especiallyalong this high-speed rail line. This project is adjacent to amajor hub, and the hubs are spurring intense private development.”The city is one of the main central capitals of China, and is theseat of Henan Province, which has 100 million people.

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Kerwin says he thinks his company has a good chance of winningthe design contract, and the decision is expected in the nexttwo-to-three weeks. “Having said that, it is China…it will be adecision that is up to several stakeholders, and it could dragout,” he tells GlobeSt.com. Kerwin has experience in Asia, havingbeen responsible for the three-million-square-foot, mixed-useGreenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and the11-million-square-foot Rockwell Center in Manila, Philippines.

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Though there are projects in foreign locales, Kerwin says theChicago-based company is trying to stay lean to ride out theeconomic downturn. “While we’re very positive about our chances,we’re also being smart about expenditures and cash flow. It’s timeto be smart and not overextend, so we can be healthy when thingsturn around. Locally, we’re doing some multifamily, andinstitutional work, but it has been pretty dry,” he says.

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