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John D. Dingell Transit Center Begins Operation


Dearborn, Mich. (PRWEB) June 12, 2015

The new $ 28.2 million John D. Dingell Transit Center has begun operation in Dearborn, Michigan, positioning the city as a pivotal player in transit connections within southeast Michigan and throughout the region. Planning and design of the project was the result of a collaboration of SmithGroupJJR and Neumann/Smith Architecture.

The new, 16,000-square-foot, two-story transit center, named after former U.S. Congressman John Dingell, Jr., replaces a smaller passenger rail station that dated back to the 1970s. The new center now connects passengers to Amtrak’s Wolverine service, extending from Pontiac to Chicago, and also links to SMART, DDOT and Greyhound buses; corporate and hotel shuttles; taxis; and non-motorized greenways for bicyclists and pedestrians. The project was made possible by a $ 28.2 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

SmithGroupJJR, Ann Arbor, Michigan, served as landscape architect and civil engineer for the project, working with the City of Dearborn to select the transit center site, manage the environmental clearance stage and prepare a transit-oriented development (TOD) plan for West Dearborn.

“From the very beginning, Dearborn’s goals for the location of the new transit facility were all about connectivity,” said Patrick Doher, PE, SmithGroupJJR principal-in-charge. “The location needed to serve as a gateway and provide regional connection to the city’s great assets, the non-motorized greenway system, businesses and residential neighborhoods.”

In addition to connectivity, the transit center also needed to be a catalyst for economic growth. With opportunities for transit-oriented development and partnerships with private enterprises in the community, its location on Michigan Avenue and adjacent to The Henry Ford met all of those goals.

Neumann/Smith Architecture, Southfield, Michigan, led the multidisciplinary design team during the preliminary and final architectural design phases, including all necessary systems, rail side improvements, platforms and site work, and development of associated linkages to The Henry Ford.

The architectural and site design was based on a unique blending of traditional building details and contemporary elements drawn from transportation cues. The design of the transit center and towers contrasts Romanesque arches of brick and stone masonry with a sleekly inserted metal-paneled bridge that pierces the station’s volume. The building’s traditional detailing elements were implemented to achieve a visual compatibility with its neighbor, The Henry Ford, a National Historic Landmark.

“The transit center’s public face on Michigan Avenue merited a streamlined, contemporary design statement,” explained Neumann/Smith principal Mike Kirk, AIA. “However, the view of the center from within Greenfield Village required a more traditional blending with the village’s historic structures.”

To emphasize the important relationship between the siting of the transit center and The Henry Ford, the passenger bridge over the tracks is aligned on an axis with The Henry Ford Museum’s historic clock tower. “It was an opportunity to honor the past while defining the modern character and design of the transit center,” Kirk said.

Modern site materials, such as stainless steel light columns, wire brushed concrete pavers and concrete bands were utilized for the main entry plaza to contrast with the traditional architecture and automatically draw pedestrians to the “front door.”

“The importance of the Dingell Transit Center can’t be overstated enough,” said Barry Murray, Dearborn’s Director of Community and Economic Development. “It positions Dearborn as a key player in the future of rail transit for Southeast Michigan and is a focal point for economic development in the city’s West Downtown District.”

The transit center is one of the busiest stops on the high-speed corridor between Detroit and Chicago. The highly anticipated commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit will stop at the station, offering a variety of modern transit options for Dearborn’s residents and visitors.

Since the new transit center began operating in December 2014, plans for a new mixed-use development on underutilized adjacent sites are already underway. Also in development are walkable connections to downtown Dearborn and The Henry Ford, as well as the campuses of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford College.

The transit center is the first train station in Michigan to design and engineer a platform with flip-up edges, helical piers and decorative platform jointing to accommodate both passenger and freight rail while meeting new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) guidelines that the platform height be 15” above top of rail (ATR).

The building is on track to receive LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design program. It boasts a metal roof with solar collectors, energy efficient lighting, geo-thermal heating and cooling, solar shading glass, electrical vehicle charging stations, bioswale storm water management features and durable finishes of terrazzo, granite, burnished block and metal panels.

The station will support the eventual operation of the Detroit to Chicago High Speed Rail Corridor and the proposed Ann Arbor to Detroit commuter rail line. Also in the future, the commuter rail line will allow easy bus connection to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Joining SmithGroupJJR and Neumann/Smith were Tooles/Clark, A Joint Venture, construction manager; Quandel Consultants, rail engineering, Chicago; Kaltsouni Mehdi, rail station consultant architects, Chicago; Penhale & Yates, structural engineers, Southfield, Michigan; DiClemente Siegel Design, mechanical and electrical engineers, Southfield, Michigan; and Somat Engineering, geotechnical engineers, Detroit.

Neumann/Smith Architecture (http://www.neumannsmith.com) specializes in architecture, planning, interior design and historic preservation for corporate and municipal offices, mixed-use developments, multi-unit housing, parking structures, commercial and retail centers and higher education facilities. In addition to the Transit Center, Neumann/Smith has multiple projects in the City of Dearborn, including the City Hall Artspace Lofts, Dearborn Administration Center and the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

SmithGroupJJR (http://www.smithgroupjjr.com) is a recognized integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm. A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroupJJR has 360 LEED professionals and 124 LEED certified projects. SmithGroupJJR’s Urban Design Practice views connectivity as the key to urban vitality and strives to unlock the economic, ecological, and social potential of every project. Other noteworthy projects include Northerly Island Framework Plan, Chicago, Illinois; Green Grand Rapids Infrastructure Plan, Grand Rapids; Scotts Runs Station South, Tysons Corner, Virginia; and L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC.







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John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) is an American statesman and politician, who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and has served as a Republican senator from Virginia since 1979.

Warner was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended the elite St. Albans School there. He enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1945, shortly before his 18th birthday. He served until the following year, leaving as a Petty Officer 3rd Class. He went to college at Washington and Lee University, graduating in 1949, then entered the University of Virginia Law School.

He joined the United States Marine Corps in October 1950, after the outbreak of the Korean War, and served in Korea as a ground officer with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. He continued in the Marine Corps Reserves after the war, eventually reaching the rank of captain. He then resumed his studies, receiving his law degree in 1953. That year, he became a law clerk to Chief Judge E. Barrett Prettyman of the United States Court of Appeals. In 1956 he became an assistant US attorney; in 1960 he entered private law practice.

Marriages
Warner’s first marriage was to banking heiress Catherine Mellon, the granddaughter of billionaire Andrew Mellon; their marriage ended in divorce in 1973. He married actress Elizabeth Taylor on December 4, 1976; they divorced November 7, 1982. He married real estate agent Jeanne Vander Myde on December 15, 2003.

Politics
Warner was appointed Undersecretary of the Navy under the Nixon administration. On May 4, 1972, he succeeded John H. Chafee as Secretary of the Navy. He participated in the Law of the Sea talks, and negotiated the Incidents at Sea Executive Agreement with the Soviet Union.

Warner entered electoral politics in the 1978 Virginia election for U.S. Senate. Known primarily as Elizabeth Taylor’s husband, he finished second in the Republican primary. When the primary winner died in a plane crash two months later, Warner was chosen to replace him and narrowly won the general election. He has been in the Senate ever since. His committee memberships have included the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Most importantly, as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he has protected and enlarged the flow of billions of dollars into the Virginia economy each year via the state’s naval installations and shipbuilding firms.

Warner is among the minority of Republicans to support gun control laws. He voted for the Brady Bill and in 1999 was one of only five Republicans to vote to close the "gunshow loophole." In 2004 Warner was one of three Republicans to sponsor an amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that sought to provide for a ten year extension of the Assault Weapons Ban.

He also supports legal abortion, though he has voted in favor of most limitations on the procedure. On June 15, 2004, Warner was among the minority of his party to vote to expand hate crime laws to include sexual orientation as a protected category.

In 1994, John Warner campaigned for an independent candidate against fellow Republican Oliver North in North’s unsuccessful campaign to unseat Virginia’s Democratic Sen. Chuck Robb.

On May 23, 2005, Warner was one of fourteen centrist senators (Gang of 14) to forge a compromise on the Democrats’ proposed use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership’s attempt to implement the so-called "nuclear option". Under the agreement, the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and three Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William Pryor) would receive a vote by the full Senate.

Senator Warner is unrelated to former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, who ran against him in the 1996 election.
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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (born February 27, 1932) is an iconic two-time Academy Award-winning actress. She was long considered one of the most beautiful women in the world and, arguably, the most beautiful actress of all time. Her trademark is her dazzling violet-blue eyes.

She was born in Hampstead, London, the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor (December 28, 1897 – November 20, 1968) and Sara Viola Warmbrodt (August 21, 1896 – September 11, 1994), who were Americans residing in Britain. Her older brother is Howard Taylor (born in 1929). On her father’s side, Taylor is a direct descendant of Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk, Malcolm II of Scotland, Kenneth II of Scotland and Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou.

Though sometimes referred to as "Liz," she is not fond of that name and prefers her given name to be pronounced Eee-lizabeth. Her first names are in honor of her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Taylor, who was born Elizabeth Mary Rosemond.

Taylor was born with U.S. nationality. Both of her American parents were originally from Arkansas City, Kansas. Her father was an art dealer and her mother a former actress whose stage name was Sara Sothern. Sara retired from the stage when she and Francis Taylor married in 1926 in New York.

At the age of 3, Elizabeth began taking ballet lessons. After the UK entered World War II, her parents decided to return to the United States to avoid hostilities. Her mother took the children first, while her father remained in London to wrap up matters in the art business. They settled in Los Angeles, California, where Sara’s family, the Warmbrodts, were then living.

Taylor appeared in her first motion picture at the age of 9 for Universal. They let her contract drop, and she was signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Her first movie with that studio was Lassie Come Home (1943), which drew favorable attention. After a couple more movies, the second on loan-out to 20th Century Fox, she appeared in her first leading role and achieved child star status playing Velvet Brown, a young girl who trains a horse to win the Grand National in Clarence Brown’s movie National Velvet (1944) with Mickey Rooney. National Velvet was a big hit, grossing over ,000,000 at the box-office, and she was signed to a long-term contract.

She attended school on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot and received a diploma from University High School in Los Angeles on January 26, 1950, the same year she was first married at age 18.

Elizabeth Taylor won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performances in BUtterfield 8 (1960), which co-starred then husband Eddie Fisher, and again for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), which co-starred then-husband Richard Burton and the Supporting Actress Oscar-winner, Sandy Dennis.

Taylor was nominated for Raintree County (1957) opposite Montgomery Clift, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) opposite Paul Newman, and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) with Clift, Katharine Hepburn and Mercedes McCambridge.

In 1963, she became the highest paid movie star up until that time when she accepted ,000,000 to play the title role in the lavish production of Cleopatra for 20th Century Fox. It was during the filming of that movie that she worked for the first time with future husband Richard Burton, who played Mark Antony. Movie magazines, the forerunners of today’s tabloids, had a field day when Taylor and Burton began an affair during filming; both stars were married to other people at the time. In a romantic entanglement that had tongues wagging on every continent, Taylor would trade in husband Eddie Fisher for Burton not long after Fisher had unceremoniously ditched wife Debbie Reynolds for Taylor. Years later, Burton would slyly refer to the whole mess as "la scandale". The episode cemented Taylor’s reputation as a dark, hypnotic femme fatale (who was condemned by the Vatican), boosted Reynolds’ career as a blonde, all-American sweetheart, and elevated Burton to the front ranks of film stars. Only Fisher did not really profit from the cascade of free publicity.

Taylor has been married eight times to seven husbands:
Hotel heir Conrad Hilton, Jr (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951) (divorced)
Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 – January 26, 1957) (divorced)
Producer Mike Todd (February 2, 1957 – March 22, 1958) (widowed)
Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 – March 6, 1964) (divorced)
Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 – June 26, 1974) (divorced)
Richard Burton (2nd marriage) (October 10, 1975 – July 29, 1976) (divorced)
Senator John Warner (December 4, 1976 – November 7, 1982) (divorced)
Teamster construction-equipment operator Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 – October 31, 1996) (divorced)

Taylor and Wilding had two sons, Michael Howard Wilding (born January 6, 1953), and Christopher Edward Wilding (born February 27, 1955). She and Todd had one daughter, Elizabeth Frances Todd, called "Liza," (born August 6, 1957). And in 1964, she and Fisher started adoption proceedings for a daughter, whom Burton later adopted, Maria Burton (born August 1, 1961). During her marriage to Fisher, Taylor converted to Reform Judaism (having been born into the Christian Science religion.) She remains Jewish to this day, having referred to herself as such several times. In her book Elizabeth Takes Off, Taylor writes, "It [conversion to Judaism] had absolutely nothing to do with my past marriage to Mike [Todd] or my upcoming marriage to Eddie Fisher, both of whom were Jewish. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time."

She has also appeared a number of times on television, including the 1973 made-for-TV movie with then husband Richard Burton, titled Divorce His – Divorce Hers. In 1985, she played movie gossip columnist Louella Parsons in Malice in Wonderland opposite Jane Alexander, who played Hedda Hopper, and also appeared in the mini-series North and South. In 2001, she played an agent in These Old Broads. She has also appeared on a number of other TV shows, including the soap operas General Hospital and All My Children and the animated The Simpsons (once as herself, and once as the voice of Maggie).

Taylor has also acted on the stage, making her Broadway and West End debuts in 1982 with a revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. She was then in a production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives (1983), in which she starred with her former husband, Richard Burton.

Other interests
Taylor has a passion for jewelry. Over the years she has owned a number of well known pieces, two of the most talked about being the 33.19 carat (6.638 g) Krupp Diamond and the 69.42 carat (13.884 g) pear-shaped Taylor-Burton Diamond, which were among many dazzling gifts from husband Richard Burton. Her enduring collection of jewelry has been eternalized with her book My Love Affair with Jewelry (2002). In 2005, she partnered with Jack and Monty Abramov of Mirabelle Luxury Concepts in Los Angeles to introduce the House of Taylor Jewelry. In 2005, House of Taylor Jewelry formed a partnership with Kathy Ireland Worldwide, a design-and-marketing firm with more than billion in annual sales. She has also launched three perfumes, "Passion," "White Diamonds," and "Black Pearls," that together earn an estimated 0,000,000 in annual sales. In the Fall of 2006, Dame Elizabeth Taylor will celebrate the 15th anniversary of her White Diamonds perfume, one of the top-10 best selling fragrances for more than the past decade. Although little known Taylor backed one of the first Korean bistros in Newport Beach, California and often bussed tables on weekdays.

Taylor has devoted much time and energy to AIDS-related charities and fundraising. She helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) after the death of her former co-star and friend, Rock Hudson. She also created her own AIDS foundation, ETAF. By 1999, she had helped to raise an estimated ,000,000 (USD) to fight the disease.

In the early 1980s she moved to Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, which is her current home. The fenced and gated property is on tour maps sold at street corners and is frequently passed by tour guides.

In 1988, the U.S. Congress passed a bill, expressly for the purpose of blocking deportation of Taylor’s son, Michael, who had renounced his American citizenship in 1971 for past possession of marijuana.

Awards and honours
Dame Elizabeth Taylor has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress. She won the first in 1961 for Butterfield 8 and the second in 1967 for Mike Nichols’ drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Taylor received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1992 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The following year, 1993, she received the AFI Life Achievement Award. And in 2002, she was a Kennedy Center Honoree.

In 1999, she was created a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. Though she was thrilled with this honor, Taylor cracked, "I’ve always been a broad, now I’m a dame."

In 2001, U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Citizens Medal in recognition of her commitment to philanthropy. It is the second-highest civilian honor in the United States, awarded to U.S. citizens "who have performed exemplary deeds or services" for their country or fellow citizens.

Elizabeth Taylor’s hand and foot prints are immortalized in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater and she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6336 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

On November 10, 2005, Taylor received the Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in International Entertainment.

Recent years
In November 2004, Taylor announced that she had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a terminal condition in which the heart pumps insufficient amounts of blood throughout the body. She has broken her back five times, has survived a benign brain tumor operation, skin cancer, and has faced life-threatening bouts with pneumonia twice. She is reclusive and sometimes fails to make scheduled appearances due to illness or other personal reasons. She is now confined to a wheelchair to get around.

In 2005 she was a vocal supporter of her best friend, Michael Jackson, in his trial in California on charges of sexually abusing a child with cancer. He was ultimately acquitted.

In recent years, Taylor has reportedly become closely attached to her pet dog, saying that she goes nowhere without her little Maltese named Sugar. In an interview with American magazine W, Taylor said she was happiest while with husbands Todd and Burton, but now has to be content with Sugar for company. She explains, "I’ve never loved a dog like this in my life. It’s amazing. Sometimes I think there’s a person in there. There’s something to say for this kind of love – it’s unconditional." In June 2005, Taylor’s beloved dog Sugar died. However, several months later (in September) she purchased a descendant of Sugar which she named Daisy.

It was reported on April 27th, 2006 that Taylor was close to death. This was quickly refuted by Taylor’s publicist, Dick Guttman. "Dick Guttman says that he can refute every allegation in these published reports. In fact, he says they didn’t get anything right. Guttman says Taylor has a very busy life, with her successful perfume and jewelry lines and the work she does for AIDS." On May 30, 2006, she appeared on Larry King Live to refute the claims that she has been ill, and denied the allegations that she was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and was close to death.

Taylor says that she wants to be buried in Switzerland next to her late husband, Richard Burton.

Filmography
There’s One Born Every Minute (1942)
Lassie Come Home (1943)
Jane Eyre (1944)
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
National Velvet (1944)
Courage of Lassie (1946)
Life with Father (1947)
Cynthia (1947)
A Date with Judy (1948)
Julia Misbehaves (1948)
Little Women (1949)
Conspirator (1949)
The Big Hangover (1950)
Father of the Bride (1950)
Quo Vadis? (1951) (uncredited as Christian prisoner in arena)
Father’s Little Dividend (1951)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Callaway Went Thataway (1951) (Cameo)
Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)
Ivanhoe (1952)
The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)
Rhapsody (1954)
Elephant Walk (1954)
Beau Brummell (1954)
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars (1956) (short subject)
Giant (1956)
Operation Raintree (1957) (short subject)
Raintree County (1957)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Premier Khrushchev in the USA (1959) (documentary)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Scent of Mystery (1960) (Cameo)
Butterfield 8 (1960)
Lykke og krone (1962) (documentary)
Cleopatra (1963)
The V.I.P.s (1963)
On the Trail of the Iguana (1964) (short subject)
The Big Sur (1965) (short subject)
The Sandpiper (1965)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
The Comedians in Africa (1967) (short subject)
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Doctor Faustus (1967)
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
The Comedians (1967)
On Location: ‘Where Eagles Dare’ (1968) (short subject)
Boom (1968)
Around the World of Mike Todd (1968) (documentary)
Secret Ceremony (1968)
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) (uncredited as courtesan)
The Only Game in Town (1970)
Zee and Co. (1972)
Under Milk Wood (1972)
Hammersmith Is Out (1972)
Night Watch (1973)
Ash Wednesday (1973)
Just One More Time (1974) (short subject)
The Driver’s Seat (1974)
That’s Entertainment! (1974) (narrator)
The Blue Bird (1976)
A Little Night Music (1977)
Winter Kills (1979)
The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
Genocide (1981) (documentary) (narrator)
Young Toscanini (1988)
The Flintstones (1995)
Get Bruce (1999) (documentary)
These Old Broads (2001)

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