Centerbrook in 2013

Published on December 31st, 2013

It was a good year from Centerbrook in terms of numbers –numbers of projects completed and undertaken, awards, recognition in print and electronic media, pro bono contributions, and conferences. The most telling metric of 2013, however, was that the firm added 13 new people to its architectural staff, raising it to 56 and 73 employees overall.

Five Centerbrook projects were featured in books published during the past year: Kroon Hall (with Hopkins Architects); Lakewood House; Center for Community at the University of Colorado-Boulder; Florence Griswold Museum; and Addison Gallery of American Art. The most widely published project was the Hotchkiss School Biomass Facility, which was featured in Green Source Magazine,,, World Architecture News and elsewhere.

Centerbrook received eight awards in 2013 highlighted by two from the New England AIA: an Honor Award for the Hotchkiss Biomass and a Citation Award for the new museum and library at Other projects that opened recently include The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Mercersburg Academy’s new Simon Student Center in Pennsylvania, and Townsend Hall at Episcopal High School in Virginia.

Centerbrook and its employees were involved in pro bono projects for Outreach to Haiti, Habitat for Humanity, and the Pomfret School and also participated in a number of conferences and webinars on sustainable architecture, including a three-day Summit on Environmental Sustainability sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.

The firm is currently working on a number of large science and laboratory projects, among them: the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine and the Ambulatory Care Center University of Connecticut Health Center, both in in Farmington, Connecticut, as well as several projects at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island. Essays by partners Jim Childress, FAIA, and Chad Floyd, FAIA, were published in Education Week Magazine and the Hartford Courant respectively.

Architect Magazine ranked Centerbrook tenth nationally under its business of architecture survey. Two of the firm’s longtime clients, Quinnipiac and Yale, played for the NCAA National Championship in Men’s Hockey in April; Centerbrook, led by partner Jeff Riley, FAIA, designed the Quinnipiac rink and Sports Center. The Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series entered its sixth year – it is one of many programs offered by the Essex Library.