Centerbrook Designed Buildings Make Headlines

Published on November 30th, 2009

A number of Centerbrook projects have received prominent coverage in various news and architectural media in recent months, among them a new “carbon neutral” building at Yale University, a new sustainable campus at Quinnipiac University, a renovated house on the Connecticut River, a resurrected grand hotel on the Rhode Island shore, the “best doomed building” in New Haven, and even a wee “Faery Village” that was included in a museum exhibition

Kroon Hall, the new home for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, graced the covers of Metropolis and Green Source magazines this fall, and was the subject of a nine-page spread in a special supplement on Sustainability published by Architect magazine, among other coverage. Centerbrook was the Executive Architect for Kroon Hall, and Hopkins Architects of London was the Design Architect.

The New York Times reported in November on Quinnipiac’s York Hill campus, which was designed by Centerbrook and includes a micro-wind farm at its heart. The article ran initially in the Sunday Real Estate section and also appeared subsequently for several days under Education on the home page of the newspaper’s website. The wind turbines were also covered by a number of other media, such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Day, the Environmental News Service, and Green Technology Daily.

An expanded and renovated house on the Connecticut River was featured on the cover of the fall issue of New Old House magazine, as well as in Connecticut magazine and The Hartford Courant. New Haven and River & Shore magazines published articles about two other Centerbrook designed houses.

The resurrection of an icon in Watch Hill, the circa 1868 Ocean House that is slated to open next spring, has already garnered coverage in a number of Connecticut and Rhode Island daily newspapers, the Associated Press, and the ABC News website.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently urged its readers to admire Yale’s Political Science Building at 8 Prospect Place in New Haven before it’s too late. Designed by Centerbrook as a temporary structure early in this decade, it has become a campus favorite. Not only was it built rapidly and inexpensively, the article noted, but “the diner,” as it is known, is also eminently functional and aesthetically appealing. It is slated to be demolished to make way for two new Yale colleges.

A photograph of a miniature “Faery Village” designed by Centerbrook Partner Chad Floyd as part of an exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme illustrated a recent article in The Day.