Marston Boathouse at Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island. Feasibility study for renovations and major additions, 2014-2015.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School. Alexandria, Virginia. Currently in the design stage is a building to house the arts program for a small rural private elementary school that since 1945 has occupied the buildings and site of an old farm. The new building incorporates a performing arts space nestled within surrounding spaces devoted to studios for the visual arts, music, and drama. The building will also serve to define a new outdoors space which is at the heart of the campus.
West Haven Center for the Arts. West Haven, Connecticut. Currently in design stage the historic Masonic Hall is a stately brick building in downtown West Haven, Connecticut. Built in 1912, it housed the local chapter of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons before falling into disrepair and being sold to the City of West Haven. The City is both restoring and expanding the building to create a new home for the West Haven Center for the Arts, representing a growing contingent of writers, performers and artists from West Haven and the surrounding area. An important part of the project will be the construction of a new ‘black box’ theater that will adjoin the existing facility. The project is seen as a catalyst for revitalization of the West Haven downtown area.
Cold Spring School. New Haven, Connecticut. Soon to start construction at a small private elementary school in an urban site, the 5000-sq.ft. ‘Community Building’ will house theater and sports activities, as well as other all school assemblies and events. A theatrical mountain-like ‘climbing wall’ rises up at the back of the stage area exemplifying the dual purpose of the building.
The Cushing Collection. Yale School of Medicine Library, New Haven, Connecticut, 2008-2010. This project, devoted to the legacy of the renowned Dr. Harvey Cushing known as the pioneer of modern brain surgery, is a small museum, archive and seminar room, buried in the bowels of the sub-basement of the Yale Medical School Library. The collection on display includes some 400 brains showing various sorts of tumors, operating instruments, photos, patient records, Cushing’s copious notebooks, drawings, and some of his fabulous collection of books, including originals by Vesalius. One enters the collection on a ramp that descends between displays of bottled brains illuminated by the miniature LED footlights into the main space. Here the collection is displayed in a series of vitrines, glass topped drawers, and cabinets. At the back this space is the seminar room where issues of modern neurosurgery are discussed. From there, through an interior window, the glow of brains is still present. The folding warped surfaces of the counters and cabinets that expand, and contract in a diverging, converging, relationship to the original existing walls, are designed not only to increase the area for display, but hopefully also to give an idea of the endless quest for an understanding of the subject mater. The idea behind the arrangement of the collection is that there is a connection to be made between the physical specimens, the records, photos, and instruments, as well as between all of those items and the life of Harvey Cushing himself.
Center for Discovery Autism Campus. Harris, New York, 2007-2009. The Center for Discovery serves the needs of children and adults with significant disabilities and autism spectrum disorders through innovative clinical, medical and educational programs. Working closely with the staff and faculty of the Center, we learned about the particular environmental needs of this community, and attempted to make an architecture that was nurturing and sympathetic to those needs. Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the project consists of three clusters of buildings, each with three residential units gathered around a ‘community building’ consisting of classrooms, exercise facilities, and dining room. All buildings, and each cluster, are connected by meandering paths through this gently rolling wooded landscape.
Center for Discovery Ritchie Barn Campus. Harris, New York, 2008-2010. The Classroom Building is part of an agricultural complex on the campus at the Center for Discovery, an institution devoted to treating children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, and other disabilities. The building echoes the form of the existing barn on the site and the greenhouses, equipment sheds, and produce washing buildings nearby. The 21,000-sq.ft. facility houses ten classrooms and two large multi-purpose rooms.
West Haven Center for the Arts. West Haven, Connecticut, 2010-current. The historic Masonic Hall is a stately brick building in downtown West Haven, Connecticut. Built in 1912, it housed the local chapter of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons before falling into disrepair and being sold to the City of West Haven. The City plans to restore the building to its former grandeur and expand it in order to create a new home for the West Haven Center for the Arts, a small but growing contingent of writers, performers and artists from West Haven and the surrounding area as part of its plan for the revitalization of downtown.
Pound Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Pound Ridge, New York, 2008- (not built). This project is the renovation and expansion of the Pound Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The volunteers currently occupy a small one-garage building on a wooded hill site in the town of Pound Ridge. The expansion will include two additional garages, several public meeting spaces and more spacious accommodations for the volunteers, including additional office space, a larger kitchen and serving area and ADA bathrooms and locker rooms. The project also gives new visibility to an admirable public service.
Cold Spring School Master Plan. New Haven, Connecticut, 2007-2008. The Master Plan outlines building renovation, site circulation and landscape improvements as well as the construction of a new multi-purpose building at the Cold Spring School, a small private elementary school. The plan allows for the creation of additional classroom space, a unified landscape and a gymnasium that also serves as a theater, meeting hall and community space, all while retaining the school’s existing integrated urban presence in the neighborhood.
Cold Spring School James Street Houses. New Haven, Connecticut, 2007-2008. This project joined together two early 20th century wood-framed houses owned by Cold Spring School (see above). Both buildings were completely renovated and joined together by an addition containing stairs and an elevator. This allowed ADA access to both floor of both buildings giving the school three additional classrooms. The traditional elements of each house were preserved to retain the character of the Fair Haven neighborhood surrounding the school.
PLACE Children’s Museum and Creative Arts Center. Hamden, Connecticut, 2006-current. The goal of PLACE Children’s Museum and Creative Arts Center is to provide an inspirational space for children to learn about cultural diversity through educational programs and exhibits. The project includes the renovation of and addition to a large two-story historic Victorian Barn, as well as design of workshop, cafe and computer classroom spaces. Also included in the project are exhibition and play structure design.
Master Plan for Sikh Temple and Campus. Phoenix, Arizona, not built. The Guru Nanak Dwara is an existing Sikh temple in the city of Phoenix, whose congregation is planning an adjoining campus with a school, a yoga center, a visitor’s center and serene, calming outdoor spaces where dance, meditation, meals and community building can all take place. The master plan for the campus is a work in progress, as the congregation develops and refines their programmatic needs. The gurdwara will be surrounded by native plantings, which require less water in the arid desert environment, and will be shaded with groves of sacred trees.
American Lease Insurance Offices. Sunderland, Massachusetts, 2003. Offices for a lease insurance company are located on a surprisingly bucolic site with a pond, just off the busy commercial strip of Route 116. The building arcs around the pond to take advantage of views and southern exposure, while maintaining its distance from the wetland-designated area. The pond is used to assist in the heating and cooling of the building. The program was developed in conjunction with the client to define a range of spaces: open work areas, individual offices, meeting areas, and storage space. The building is designed to accommodate future additions as the company grows.
The Guilford Handcraft Center. Guilford, Connecticut, 2001-2002. This project involved the development of a master plan for the renovation and expansion of a complex of buildings (once a lumber yard) used as gallery, shop, and studios for various arts and crafts. Designed to be built in three phases, the new additions would pick up on the spare yet functional feel of the existing lumberyard structures, while creating a central courtyard that would function as an outdoor work area and gathering space.
Marlboro College Student Housing. Marlboro, Vermont, 2000-2001. Completed in May 2002, this dormitory was designed for 18 students at a small liberal arts college in Vermont. It is built near the top of a hill and is slipping through a grove of old sugar maple trees. It looks over the campus buildings that spread out on the slope below. The dorm units have a degree of autonomy. Each four-person unit has its own kitchen and bath and, with the exception of the handicapped unit, has two stories. At the same time each living unit connects directly to a generous common room which is designed to accommodate both small and large group activities.
Gilder Boathouse. Yale University, Derby, Connecticut, 2000. Winner of an invited competition, this building negotiates a steep riverbank of the Housatonic River on a narrow sliver of a site. The 25,000-square-foot facility houses the Yale rowing shells, boat repair and storage areas, locker room facilities for men, women and guest crews, coaches' offices, training areas, and space for the community rowing program. As the facility is located at the finish line for the races, a viewing room-lounge connected to porches and open decks was provided for the spectator. A boat ramp runs down the water side flank of the building connecting the parking area to the ample (1/4 acre) dock area. Completed in September 2000, the project cost was $5.5 million.
Ammonoosuk Green Project. Littleton, New Hampshire, 1998. Master planning for a mixed-use development including commercial and residential use between Main Street and the Ammonoosuk River in downtown Littleton. The project involved both new construction and rehabilitation of existing buildings as well as landscape design.
Stonington Historical Society Archive and Library. Stonington, Connecticut, 1998. This project was won in an invited competition in August 1996. The building will house the Stonington Historical Society's collection of books and archives. A historic house designed and built by Captain Palmer, notable for discovering Antarctica, sits nearby. Together the two buildings become a new center for the study of local history in this historic district. The 4000-sq.ft. facility will open in June of 1998.
Erastus Thayer House. Conant Square, Brandon, Vermont, 1994. An elegant historic house of 1850 in downtown Vergennes where the exterior was restored to its original detailing and the inside was remodeled into nine units of affordable elderly housing.
Gates Community Center at the College of the Atlantic. Bar Harbor, Maine, 1993. new building at the center the College of the Atlantic campus overlooking the Atlantic Ocean houses a multipurpose event space for all school activities including drama, music, dance, and cinema. A connecting wing of faculty offices attaches to an art gallery and lecture wing. The 10,000 sq. foot facility functions as the center of college life in the dynamic community, which makes up this small liberal arts college.
Addison County Community Action Group. Addison County, Vermont. 1993. A turn-of-the-century wood frame house in downtown Vergennes renovated into nine units of affordable housing.
Fort Ethan Allen Housing, Officers Row. Essex Junction, Vermont, 1993. The fort was built in the 1890's to house a of garrison of the United States Army. The elegant victorian houses of 'Officers Row' line up along the periphery of the main oval of the parade ground. Our job as architects was to convert these buildings to affordable multi-family housing where each house was subdivided into two or four units. The parade ground became a public park.
Colodny Building. White River Junction, Vermont, 1993. The conversion of a five story 1920's building in downtown White River Junction into eight units of elderly housing with the first and second floors renovated to commercial and office space. Issues of handicapped accessibility were a large part of the design work.
Pine Meadow Housing. Middlebury, Vermont, 1992. A subsidized affordable housing complex with thirty units of two- and three-bedroom townhouses organized around a series of landscaped common 'greens'. The buildings are designed with individual yards and shared porches. Paths connect the different greens through breaks in the buildings. Much effort was taken to make the small units feel as spatially generous as possible using large windows and projecting bays. Common materials combined in uncommon ways adds to the elegance and substantial quality of the project.
Sheldon Museum Archival Storage Addition. Middlebury, Vermont, 1992. An addition of 5000 sq.ft. to provide climate controlled archive and storage space for a museum specializing in local history. This building fit into a very tight and complex site behind the existing historic structure while defining a new exterior court.
Tafts Corners Master Plan. Williston, Vermont, 1989. The master plan for a fast growing sub-regional center six miles outside of Burlington at the intersection of two major state highways and in close proximity to an exit ramp from Interstate 89. The plan, developed in a series of community based workshops, evolved into a grid of blocks and streets incorporating a low rise but dense development of mixed uses including commercial retail, office, residential, and public town buildings. Much attention was given to the making of a pedestrian based community based on buildings defining streets and public spaces. This project was done with Humstone/Squires, Planners; Peter Owens, Landscape Architect; and Rolf Kielman, Architect. The plan was adopted by the town.
Burlington Waterfront Study. Burlington, Vermont, 1998. The Waterfront Public Access Study was developed in conjunction with a forum of public participation and resulted in a schematic plan of pedestrian paths, streets and buildings connecting Burlington to its waterfront. Three projects were examined in detail: (1) The conversion of the vacant Moran-Electrical Generating Plant into a public museum;( 2) the construction of a public pier which extends the bottom of College Street out into Lake Champlain; and (3) the construction of a public boat house. The basic plan has been adopted by the city of Burlington to shape future development on the waterfront. This project was conceived and executed in conjunction with Humstone/Squires Planners, and Kielman/Batten Architects.
The Marble Works Complex. Middlebury, Vermont, 1998. The project consists of a master plan to renovate a group of marble shed buildings that were originally used for cutting and finishing marble from nearby quarries. The plan adapts them to a combination of retail and commercial uses totaling 52,000 square feet. The project also includes a new 15,000-sq.ft. office building, 35,000 sq.ft. of residential condominiums, and a fifty-room inn overlooking Otter Creek. A pedestrian bridge was designed to connect the project across the Otter Creek to the adjacent town of Middlebury.
Martin's Way. Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, 1987. Winner of an invited competition for a pedestrian connection between the traditional campus of Hamilton College, and the 1970's Kirkland College campus about one mile away. The route involved crossing a major road and, most notably, a bridge over a small ravine in a natural area, which lies between the two campuses. A group of barns, which lay midway along the route were to be converted to a student center as part of the plan. The main aspects of our plan have been implemented.
The Putney School Master Plan. Putney, Vermont, 1985. The Putney School Master Plan involved long-range programmatic analysis of the school's development and growth. Evaluation studies included a master site plan, structural and energy analysis of existing buildings, preliminary design of necessary building renovations, and design of a new theater and meeting house. Detailed cost estimating for various aspects of the Master Plan and an implementation program were completed.
Holloway Block Master Plan. Burlington, Vermont, 1983. This project developed a master plan for the east half of a city block adjacent to Burlington's waterfront. The project included historic preservation of four existing structures and their renovation to retail and office space, as well as the design of a new corner building. The site plan integrates pedestrian paths, courtyards, vehicular circulation and parking within the interior of the block. The 6000-sq.ft. office building houses a restaurant on the first floor and offices on the second and third floors.
Green Mountain Valley School. Fayston, Vermont, 1980. The design of a campus for a small boarding school in the Green Mountains. The first phase of construction included three student dormitories, a central auditorium, classrooms and a dining facility, and administrative offices located in a renovated farmhouse. The buildings are related by their varying gable roof shapes and enclose a central 'green'. From the campus there is a view of the mountain trails where the school trains its well known ski teams. In 1980 we designed an additional classroom building which was added to the campus.