<![CDATA[Centerbrook Architects and Planners]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/rss Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Zend_Feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Sacred Heart Res Hall a Top 20 Project]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/sacred_heart_res_hall_a_top_20_project http://www.centerbrook.com/news/sacred_heart_res_hall_a_top_20_project

In wrapping up its coverage from the past year, Architect magazine compiled a list dubbed, “Our Top 20 Projects of 2017.” Included in this elite compilation from around the globe was the Jorge Bergoglio Residence Hall at Sacred Heart University.

Bergoglio Hall, which opened for the 2016 fall semester, is a modern design by Centerbrook Architects & Planners prominently sited at the approach of the Fairfield, Connecticut, campus. It features 216 beds broken into “villages,” consisting of small groupings of four-bed suites that share a neighborhood lounge and kitchen along with other comforts.

The residence hall is highlighted by a captivating commons at the front entry that serves as a “living room” for its residents. An adjoining fitness center and high-tech gaming room enhance the building's amenities.

This marked the second time in 2017 that Architect prominently ranked Bergoglio Hall. In May it appeared on a list of 15 designs titled, “This Year’s Most Popular Projects.”

Bergoglio Hall was the second Centerbrook design highlighted by Architect as 2017 came to a close. The Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, which celebrated its grand opening within a month of Bergoglio Hall in the fall of 2016, was featured in the pages of the December issue.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[2017 Review: Projects in Print]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/2017_review_projects_in_print http://www.centerbrook.com/news/2017_review_projects_in_print

The past year was once again a fulfilling and enjoyable time for the staff at Centerbrook Architects & Planners. With groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and exciting new jobs coming into the fold, there was plenty for our clients and us to celebrate.

As we ready to turn the calendar, we’ll reflect one more time on the year that was. So in case you missed anything along the way, the following is a compilation of project news that appeared in magazines, news outlets and client websites.

Magazine Stories
Talking Stick – Spotlight: Sacred Heart University (Jorge Bergoglio Residence Hall)

Professional Builder – Mastering the Mix (Bedford Square)

College Planning & Management (cover story) – Facility Focus: Southern Connecticut State University Academic Science & Laboratory Building

Architect (June) – Innovative Detail: Mystic Seaport Thompson Exhibition Building

Building Design & Construction – Duke University’s New Alumni and Visitors Center is a ‘Modern Adaptation of the Campus’ Architectural Style

School Construction News – Duke University Begins Construction on Karsh Alumni & Visitors Center

Net Assets - The End of the Faculty-Owned Classroom: a Win-Win for Teachers and Schools? Saint Andrew's School

School Construction News - Quinnipiac University Adds Two New Sports Venues

Retrofit (cover story) – From Inspiration to Transformation: Bedford Square

Architect (December) – Innovative Detail: Mystic Seaport Thompson Exhibition Building

Local & Client News
The Hour (Norwalk) – Bedford Square Nears Full Circle in Westport

School Construction News – Ohio School’s New Academic, Science Wing Earns LEED Silver (University School)

Hartford Business – SCSU Science Building Designated LEED Gold

Middletown Press – Essex Boat Works to Expand, With New Marina Building, Restaurant

WTNH – Quinnipiac Ready to Unveil New Outdoor Complex for Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse

Duke Chronicle – Construction Never Stops: Duke Breaks Ground on New Alumni Building

Quinnipiac Athletics - Quinnipiac Field Hockey's Homecoming

New Haven Register – New Athletic Fields at Quinnipiac in Hamden a ‘Massive Upgrade’

The Day (New London) – Mitchell College Gets Green Light for Rebuild of Historic Red Barn

Long Island Press – Construction Begins on $75M New Cold Spring Harbor Lab Facility

Mystic Seaport (video) – Building for the Future: Going Green at Mystic Seaport

Quinnipiac Athletics (video) - See why our Field Hockey Turf Stadium and the Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium are recognized as some of the best facilities in the country

New Haven Register – Quinnipiac University medical school opens $2 million research laboratory

High-Profile – CBC Names Bedford Square 1st Place in Major Renovation Category

Steel.org – CFSEI Announces 2017 Design Excellence and Innovative Detail Award Winners (Bedford Square)

AIA Connecticut – Connecticut Treasures 2017 Award: Hotchkiss School Biomass Heating Facility

Westport Patch – Westport Historic District Announces 2017 Historic Preservation Awards (Bedford Square)

The Day – Mystic Seaport's New Exhibit Building Wins Another Design Award

High-Profile – Trahan Earn 2017 Emerging Architect Award

Valley Courier - Person of the Week - Aaron Trahan: Grand Designs

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Red Barn Activates Mitchell Master Plan]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/red_barn_activates_mitchell_master_plan http://www.centerbrook.com/news/red_barn_activates_mitchell_master_plan

Mitchell College took the first step in implementing Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ master plan for the institution by starting work on a rebuild of its iconic Red Barn.

Prominently located at the entrance of the New London, Connecticut, campus, Red Barn was a former working barn of the popular Michael’s Dairy. The project, referred to by the college as “Red Barn Reimagined,” will see the local landmark rebuilt in the same footprint with its original form and character.

Mitchell’s recent groundbreaking ceremony marked a formal beginning for the Red Barn project, which will provide flexible space to accommodate a black box theater, lectures, banquets, classes and student activities.

The college also sees the new Red Barn as a connection to the local community, both as a performance venue and as an attractive function space. In that regard, it aligns perfectly with the master plan for the institution, which endeavors to build greater community within the campus as well as connections to New London.

Centerbrook’s master plan takes advantage of Mitchell’s unique waterfront location by focusing its center toward the mouth of the Thames River and Long Island Sound. The Umbrella House will be relocated to anchor a new campus center and be joined by several shingle-style, one-story cottages. They will house academic departments around an oval-shaped campus green to create the feel of a New England seaside town.

Other highlights of Centerbrook’s phased master plan for Mitchell include the expansion and improvement of athletic playing fields, refreshing the existing residence halls with improved social spaces, and a new marine science and sailing center adjacent to Mitchell Beach on the riverfront of the Thames.

Centerbrook has designed 25 different master plans for colleges and universities, and Red Barn is one of 10 current projects for these institutions.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Trahan Earns AIA CT Recognition]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/trahan_earns_aiact_recognition http://www.centerbrook.com/news/trahan_earns_aiact_recognition

Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ Aaron Trahan, AIA has earned the 2017 Emerging Architect Award.

The award, sponsored by the AIA Connecticut Emerging Architects and Design Committees, recognizes and supports emerging graduate architects who have made significant contributions to the profession or have rendered distinguished public service.

The honor was bestowed to Trahan at the AIA Connecticut 2017 Awards on Dec. 4 in Hartford, Connecticut. He is Centerbrook’s first recipient of the award, now in its fourth year.

A graduate of Northeastern University’s School of Architecture master’s program, Trahan has been a member of the Centerbrook design staff since 2013. The New London, Connecticut, resident has worked on a variety of project types, including: research laboratories, religious institutions, mixed-use, higher education and residential.

“Aaron is an extraordinary designer, a respected leader among his colleagues, and a kind and generous advocate for the architectural profession,” said Centerbrook Principal Todd Andrews, AIA who nominated Trahan for the award. “Aaron has thoughtfully presented creative design solutions while actively collaborating with colleagues and owners on a variety of project types. He also embodies community advocacy through his volunteer work in New London.”

Trahan has served on the NCARB Education Committee and on the Board of Directors for the New London Landmarks. At Centerbrook he is member of committees that research and establish best practices for library projects as well as for retail and mixed-use.

A Centerbrook project, the Hotchkiss School Biomass Heating Facility, was also recognized at the AIA Connecticut 2017 Awards. It was voted the Connecticut Treasures Award winner earlier this year.

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Mystic, Bedford Capture Design Awards]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/mystic_bedford_capture_design_awards http://www.centerbrook.com/news/mystic_bedford_capture_design_awards

Two Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ projects – Mystic Seaport’s Thompson Exhibition Building and Bedford Square in Westport, Connecticut – have been recognized for their design achievements.

The Thompson Exhibition Building earned an Honor Award-With Distinction at the AIA QUAD 2017 Design Awards in Albany, New York. The annual QUAD (Quality Unites Architectural Design) Conference brings together the AIA chapters from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York State and Pennsylvania.

The AIA QUAD Awards jury commented: “Whimsical and joyful, this project has very strong imagery: the jury admired its resilience and its work with glulam structure to connect with traditional shipbuilding imagery.”

This marks the second award the Thompson Exhibition Building has received. The 21,000-square-foot facility was designed as a keynote building for the historic Mystic Seaport campus and features an exhibit hall, welcome center, retail shop, café and wraparound deck.

Bedford Square was recognized by the Westport Historic District Commission as a 2017 Preservation Award winner. The mixed-use development project renovated a 1923 Tudor-style Bedford Building and Central Firehouse. The respective spaces are now occupied by national retailer Anthropologie & Co. and restaurant Amis Trattoria.

In awarding the project, the Westport Commission commented: “This Tudor revival edifice has anchored the central crossroads of downtown Westport and helped define the center of town by virtue of its prominent location. With hard, creative work and collaboration with town agencies, the team of Bedford Square Associates, LLC designed and built a mixed use complex that renovated and adaptively repurposed the Bedford Building while adding significantly more space with new construction that respects the character and scale of the original building and the streetscape of the Westport Center Village District.”

New construction in the Bedford Square project includes residential units and commercial units, community gathering spaces, public courtyards and underground parking. This is the third design award bestowed to the project.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[CSHL Breaks Ground on Lab Renovation]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/cshl_breaks_ground_on_lab_renovation http://www.centerbrook.com/news/cshl_breaks_ground_on_lab_renovation

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory recently celebrated the startup of its new $75 million Center for Therapeutics Research with a ceremonial groundbreaking attended by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.


The renovation project, designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, completely updates the interior and exterior of Demerec, a mid-century modern laboratory that has housed four Nobel Laureates. Demerec will be home to the new Center for Therapeutics Research, which will foster advancements already underway in breast cancer, leukemia, autism, obesity/diabetes and lung cancer therapeutics.

The State of New York invested $25 million in this project as part of Gov. Cuomo’s economic development initiatives that include fostering a biotech corridor among major institutions on Long Island.

“We are at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory today, which is hallowed ground for scientific research. Eight Nobel Prizes won right here. You can almost feel when you walk onto the grounds that you're in a special place and great things have happened here. And it's very true,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The potential that we have on Long Island in this biomedical field, biotechnology field, I think it is unprecedented.”

The original facility opened in 1953 and has already been stripped down to its original cast-in-place concrete frame. The low floor to floor heights and large window openings typical of a mid-century building, required very careful planning by Centerbrook and engineering consultant Kohler Ronan in order to provide modern mechanical systems to meet the energy code requirements and today’s research laboratory standards.

“There is an incredible research history embodied in Demerec Laboratory, and it is very exciting to honor both the building’s past and to simultaneously create cutting edge laboratories that will be at the forefront of research studies once again,” said Todd E. Andrews, AIA, Centerbrook principal. “The renovation creates a more open floor plan, providing expansive views to the exterior from every research space, including unobstructed views of Long Island Sound to the north.”

Centerbrook has designed more than 100 projects for CSHL since 1974 ranging from master plans to various renovations and additions of historic structures, and new construction of research laboratories, event spaces, administrative offices and housing.

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[New Centerbrook Book Lifts Veil on Design]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/new_centerbrook_book_lifts_veil_on_design http://www.centerbrook.com/news/new_centerbrook_book_lifts_veil_on_design

AIA National Firm Award-winner Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ new book, aptly titled Centerbrook 4, celebrates four decades of design work from one of the most influential architecture firms in the United States.

Through candid revelations, drawings and stunning photographs, four principal architects at Centerbrook guide you through their team’s creative process of designing a diverse range of projects which include residential homes, museums, schools, universities, corporate headquarters, libraries and laboratories across the country. A behind-the-scenes look at this renowned studio of architects, Centerbrook 4 is a unique departure from the monograph norm.

Centerbrook 4 is now available for purchase online at Amazon and Images Publishing, and in select bookstores and book fairs worldwide, including the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.

Centerbrook 4 is the firm’s fourth publication following 1993's Centerbrook: Reinventing American Architecture, Centerbrook: Volume 2 in 1997 and The Enthusiasms of Centerbrook in 2001.

Stay tuned for more details on upcoming speaking and book signing events as part of the Centerbrook 4 promotional activities.

Click HERE to read the Introduction, and see below for a quick tour of the pages of Centerbrook 4.

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Duke Alumni Center Designs Unveiled]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/duke_alumni_center_designs_unveiled http://www.centerbrook.com/news/duke_alumni_center_designs_unveiled

Duke University has revealed renderings for the new Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners.

Construction will commence this summer for the Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center, which includes event and office space for the Duke Alumni Association as well as a visitor center, totaling nearly 47,000 square feet of new construction and renovations.

“We are honored to help Duke University create a new gateway to its fabled campus,” said Mark Simon, FAIA, Centerbrook principal and project architect.

Highlighting the development is an arresting new 20,200-square-foot events building with a grand dining and presentation hall, exhibits and lounges, a café, and visitor support services. Designed to be the first campus stop for returning alumni, prospective students and visitors, the building also includes a smaller meeting pavilion wing.

“The new events building is a modern adaptation of the campus’ architectural style,” Simon said. “The striking contemporary glass complements solid walls that hint at Gothic traditions with vertical fenestration, cast stone panels, and a base of locally quarried 'Duke stone,' a prominent campus characteristic. We are also recalling the original campus’s courtyard forms by gathering three buildings with arcades around a grassy celebration quad.”

The second new building in this project is a 16,900-square-foot, two-story alumni office designed for staff who support Duke’s alumni and development activities.

The renovation of the 7,400-square-foot Forlines House is the third aspect of this project. Part of the original design of Duke’s West Campus, Forlines is a two-story building clad in Duke stone. Originally constructed as a private residence for a university leader, the building most recently housed Duke’s Office of News and Communications. As part of the project, the house will be renamed Forlines House to honor the alumni association’s previous home. The renovation removes modifications implemented through the years and restores the original rooms and details on the first floor, and enhances the second floor for continued use as executive offices.

“We think this center will pretty quickly become one of the most visited places on campus,” said Sterly Wilder, Duke associate vice president of alumni affairs. “Together these buildings are going to create unparalleled opportunities for us to welcome alumni and engage them in the ongoing life of Duke.”

Duke is one of 10 higher education clients nationwide with current projects by Centerbrook.

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Todd E. Andrews Named Principal]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/todd_andrews_named_principal http://www.centerbrook.com/news/todd_andrews_named_principal

Leading a series of promotions, Centerbrook Architects & Planners announced that Todd E. Andrews, AIA has become the firm’s newest principal.

Andrews came to Centerbrook in 1996 upon graduation from the Syracuse University School of Architecture. A resident of Deep River, Connecticut, Andrews’ diverse design experience includes buildings that support and enhance education, learning, research, worship and community. A principal focus has been his work on more than 20 projects at world-renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Andrews joins the firm’s principal group that includes Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA, Mark Simon, FAIA, Chad Floyd, FAIA, and Jim Childress, FAIA. He is the first new principal to join the firm’s ownership since Childress in 1996.

“Todd’s leadership and refined design skills are invaluable assets to our clients and the firm,” Childress said. “We look forward to Todd sharing his talent, expertise and enthusiasm with us for years to come.”

Centerbrook also announced that Associate Principals Justin Hedde, AIA, and Elizabeth Hedde, AIA, will join the five principals as part of the firm’s senior leadership team.

“Like Todd, Justin and Beth have emerged as the future of our firm,” Childress said. “Not only are they talented designers, but they eagerly pursue opportunities to take the firm to the next level.”

In other firm news, Mark Herter, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Reno Migani, AIA, were named associate principals while David O’Connor, AIA, JIA, LEED BD+C, Agatha Vastakis Pestilli, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Andrew Santaniello, AIA were promoted to senior associate.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mystic Seaport Garners Blue Ribbon Award]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/mystic_seaport_garners_blue_ribbon_award http://www.centerbrook.com/news/mystic_seaport_garners_blue_ribbon_award

The Centerbrook Architects & Planners-designed Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport was recently recognized by CREW CT – The Real Estate Exchange as Best Specialty Project at the 22nd Annual Blue Ribbon Awards.

The building garnered one of eight awards bestowed at the CREW CT program, which recognized the best Connecticut real estate projects completed in 2016. The awards ceremony was held at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.

The Best Specialty Project recognition marks the first award for the 21,000-square-foot building in Mystic. The state-of-the-art exhibition space, which opened to the public last September, enables the nation’s leading maritime museum to become a premier tourism and education destination in southeastern Connecticut on a year-around basis.

The Thompson Building is recognized by its sweeping roofline, end walls and details that recall nautical themes through what architect and Centerbrook Partner Chad Floyd, FAIA refers to as the “geometry of the sea.” Featuring visitor reception, a café and gift shop, a riverfront meeting room, the centerpiece Collins Gallery exhibit hall, and a wraparound deck, Thompson is an ultra-functional contemporary addition to the recreated 19th century seafaring village.

With a mission of supporting and advancing the achievements of women, CREW CT is one of 70 CREW network chapters. Members come from a diverse cross section of the industry, including architects.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Bedford Square Earns CBC Award]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/bedford_square_earns_cbc_award http://www.centerbrook.com/news/bedford_square_earns_cbc_award

Bedford Square, a new mixed-use development in downtown Westport, Connecticut, has garnered top honors from the Connecticut Building Congress.

Designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the 110,000-square-foot complex will be recognized for first place in the “Major Renovation” category at CBC’s 21st Annual Project Team Awards on June 13. The Bedford Square project team included construction manager Turner Construction, engineering firms BVH Integrated Services and Langan Engineering, and The Chursciel Group.

This marks the second year in a row that a Centerbrook design has been honored with a CBC Project Team Award. The Outpatient Pavilion at UConn Health was recognized for first place in the “New Construction” category in 2015.

A project more than 10 years in the making, Bedford Square includes two repurposed iconic buildings along with 70,000 square feet of new construction that serves as the gateway to downtown Westport. The development invigorates this historic urban core with high quality retail, residential, office, restaurant and community gathering spaces.

Anchor tenant Anthropologie & Co., along with its partner restaurant Amis Trattoria, were the first two business to open their doors at Bedford Square on March 31. Additional tenants and residences will open throughout the spring and summer.

Each year the CBC recognizes projects whose team members have met or surpassed goals and achieved higher project quality through collaboration among project owners, architects, engineers, constructors and trades. This year’s awards banquet will be held at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford on June 13.

Bedford Square was recently featured in the April issue of Professional Builder that highlighted new mixed-use developments. Local news outlets The Hour, Westport Daily Voice and Westport Magazine have also provided recent coverage of the development.

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Academic Science & Lab Earns LEED Gold]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/academic_science_lab_earns_leed_gold http://www.centerbrook.com/news/academic_science_lab_earns_leed_gold

The Academic Science & Laboratory Building at Southern Connecticut State University has been certified LEED® Gold, placing it among the top one-third most sustainably designed certified buildings in the state.

Designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the nearly 104,000-square-foot building exceeded expectations with its sustainable features. Originally targeted for LEED® Silver, the Academic Science & Laboratory Building scored 63 points on the LEED® scale to earn BD+C (Building Design + Construction) Gold.

Designing a sustainable facility that would increase operational efficiency and reduce the SCSU’s long-term energy and water costs was an important goal of the project. This is a challenge for laboratories, which are voracious consumers of energy and water.

What resulted was a building that saves the university 34 percent on its energy consumption and reduces water use by 20 percent.

“Science laboratory buildings present significant challenges from a sustainability standpoint, especially one with 76 fume hoods, as this one had,” said Centerbrook Partner Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA. “Through a holistic sustainable design approach we were able to provide students, faculty and staff with a healthy and uplifting environment in which to learn and work.”

Riley’s design, marshaled by Centerbrook’s project architect Reno Migani, AIA, and project manager Andrew Safran, AIA, captured six out of 10 points in Water Efficiency, including both points available in the Innovative Wastewater Technologies subcategory. This was achieved by the rainwater collection system that reduces the amount of potable water used to irrigate the quad by more than 60 percent.

The project also earned 22 out of a possible 26 tallies in LEED’s Sustainable Sites category. By connecting to Jennings Hall and utilizing existing resources, the new building’s program and footprint was reduced, while promoting connectivity between the science disciplines.

“We are grateful to Centerbrook Architects & Planners for their innovative, sustainable design work,” said SCSU President Joe Bertolino. “This is our second LEED® Gold recognition at Southern – the first was awarded for our new home for the School of Business – and adds to our growing reputation as an environmentally friendly campus.”

Southern has been recognized regionally and nationally in recent years for its greening initiatives — including new building design, energy efficiency and student-driven recycling programs.

The Academic Science & Laboratory Building is the 18th project designed by Centerbrook to earn LEED certification. An additional six are currently slated for LEED.

“Southern Connecticut State University’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Academic Science & Laboratory Building serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

The LEED certification system was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000. Short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED-certified buildings are found in all 50 states and in more than 164 countries and territories.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[LEED Silver for University School]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/leed_silver_for_university_school http://www.centerbrook.com/news/leed_silver_for_university_school

Centerbrook Architects & Planners has added to its portfolio of sustainable projects with the LEED® Silver certification of the Academic & Science Wing at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio.

Following Centerbrook’s master plan for University School, the Academic & Science Wing was one of two new construction projects for the Upper School campus. The three-story, 52,000-square-foot building houses spacious classrooms, labs and meeting spaces for five different academic disciplines.

“An academic LEED building can be particularly satisfying, infusing the education with the sustainable and teaching outside the classroom with the building itself,” said Centerbrook partner Mark Simon, FAIA. “University School has a splendid 100-plus year history of experiential learning – boys making things. Seeing what something is made of leads to thinking about how and why – eliciting curiosity about almost everything. We eagerly built on that tradition.

To that point, Simon explained, “The overall narrow orientation and deep windows maximize daylight without overheating. The exposed concrete structure and open-grid ceilings store thermal energy to minimize heating and cooling. The pond loop geothermal system is an affordable energy-saver, plus an exciting teaching tool.”

“Sustainability continues to be an important theme for University School,” said Headmaster Richard Bryan. “We were able to add 50,000 square feet with no increase in energy costs thanks to the creative solutions provided by Centerbrook. The quality of the space is also an important factor in maximizing teaching and learning. Students and teachers express how appreciative they are to have such compelling learning spaces.”

The building’s features tallied 56 points on the LEED scale to earn BD+C (Building Design + Construction) Silver, including 16 out of a possible 19 for optimizing energy performance. The project also earned two-thirds of the points available in the indoor environmental quality and innovation categories.

“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, University School’s Academic & Science Wing is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”

The Academic & Science Wing is the 17th project designed by Centerbrook to earn LEED certification. An additional seven are currently slated for LEED.

The LEED certification system was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000. Short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED-certified buildings are found in all 50 states and in more than 164 countries and territories.

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Construction Underway at Saint Andrew’s]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/construction_underway_at_saint_andrews http://www.centerbrook.com/news/construction_underway_at_saint_andrews

Construction is underway on the new Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the first major step in master plan implementation at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida.

Designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners as part of its master plan, the Dr. Albert Cohen Family Center for Entrepreneurial Studies project consists of 13,366 square feet of renovation and new construction.

“This is the first step in a multi-year master plan for the Upper School campus of Saint Andrew’s School,” said Centerbrook Partner Chad Floyd, FAIA. “It’s fitting that this building, a potent platform for application of computer technology, robotics, media, and hands-on making practices to students’ entrepreneurial enterprises, should be the first of several buildings to be constructed.

“The new social hub for the Upper School, it takes a key position from which it will define the east side of the Upper School’s academic quadrangle while establishing one half of the frame for Andrews Hall, the school’s performing arts center.”

Nicknamed an “intellectual sandbox,” the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will feature a technologically-enhanced social center surrounded by flexible classrooms, maker spaces, a television production suite and a 180-seat auditorium.

“The Dr. Albert Cohen Family Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will certainly become a hub for innovation for our Upper School, housing several 21st-century classrooms and collaborative meeting spaces, including the Kessler Digital Media Institute,” said Dr. Carlos Barroso, Saint Andrew's School spokesperson. “This new academic building, which will be ready fall 2017, will best showcase our commitment to helping students develop into the creative thinkers and responsive problem-solvers who will shine and succeed in the world of tomorrow.”

Founded in 1961, Saint Andrew’s is a nationally recognized PreK-12 day and boarding college preparatory school that serves students from over 40 countries.

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Athletic Complex Underway at Quinnipiac]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/athletic_complex_underway_at_quinnipiac http://www.centerbrook.com/news/athletic_complex_underway_at_quinnipiac

Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ latest athletic facility designs are coming to life at Quinnipiac University.

Centerbrook has designed two adjacent venues that will become the new home for five teams on the Hamden, Connecticut, campus. One is a multi-purpose facility for men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse, the other for women’s field hockey. Both will be open for the 2017-18 athletic seasons.

"We are grateful for the commitment that President John Lahey has made to Quinnipiac athletics as we strive to be one of the top athletic departments in the country," said Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Greg Amodio. "These new fields will provide our varsity teams and student-athletes with premier facilities that rival those of our peer institutions and will allow Quinnipiac Athletics to continue to grow into an elite program."

Construction began last fall on the soccer and lacrosse venue, which will feature permanent seating for up to 1,500 spectators and include an infill turf playing surface. Atop the grandstand are two covered terraces for spectating and special events.

Field hockey facility construction commenced earlier this year. Its design includes permanent seating for up to 500 fans and an artificial turf field with a high-velocity peripheral irrigation system common to the sport.

Each venue will feature a full complement of support spaces, including: locker, team and training rooms for the competitors and staff; broadcast-ready press boxes for the media; first aid and restrooms for spectators.

The complex will carry the traditional look of Quinnipiac’s main academic and residential campus architecture with brick and cast stone façades, and seamlessly integrate into the site.

“The two venues will work in tandem to create a unified athletic complex that also safeguards the adjacent wetlands,” said Centerbrook Partner Jeff Riley, FAIA. “Abundant plantings and low profile structures will merge harmoniously with the wooded setting.”

This is the second athletic complex that Riley and Centerbrook have developed for Quinnipiac. The celebrated TD Bank Sports Center is now in its 10th season as the home of the nationally-ranked men’s and women’s ice hockey programs as well as the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[LancasterHistory.Org Earns LEED Silver]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/lancasterhistoryorg_earns_leed_silver http://www.centerbrook.com/news/lancasterhistoryorg_earns_leed_silver

One of Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ most honored designs has added yet another feather to its cap.

The LancasterHistory.org Campus of History has been certified LEED® Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED-certified buildings are found in all 50 states and in more than 161 countries and territories.

“We’re proud to set a new standard in our area for environmental preservation among cultural organizations,” said Tom Ryan, President & CEO of LancasterHistory.org. “Lancaster County’s heritage is truly about the connection between the people who have settled here for more than 300 years and the land they’ve lived on. As stewards of that history, we feel we have a responsibility to do our part in protecting the future of the same land.”

Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, LancasterHistory.org’s Campus of History includes a modern museum, research library, and archive, as well as Wheatland, the home of 15th U.S. President, James Buchanan. The main building features an open-loop geothermal well system for heating and cooling, rooftop PV panels, an exceptionally insulated building envelope, copious natural day-lighting and porous pavement outdoors to protect the nearby Conestoga River from excess storm water runoff.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The LancasterHistory.org project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

The building’s features tallied 50 points on the LEED scale to earn BD+C (Building Design + Construction) Silver, highlighted by double-digit scores in the categories of sustainable sites, indoor environmental quality and energy & atmosphere.

The Campus of History was born from Centerbrook’s master plan that united Lancaster County’s Historical Society and President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, two formerly separate organizations that merged, creating one unified history center that was renamed LancasterHistory.org. The 20,000-square-foot addition to the existing headquarters opened in February, 2013, and has since garnered six different design awards, including two from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

“What made this project particularly interesting were the intersecting demands of sustainable design and museum quality light, temperature, and humidity,” said Centerbrook partner Mark Simon, FAIA. “We found that their rigors actually reinforced each other. For instances, the north-facing studio-style windows provide copious indirect light without solar heat gain, the superior air quality is as beneficial to humans as it is to artifacts, and the underground archives keep steady temperatures more readily than above-ground space, minimizing energy use.”

LancasterHistory.org’s Campus of History is the 16th project designed by Centerbrook to earn LEED certification. An additional eight are currently slated for certification.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[JAX Adds AIA Connecticut Award]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/jax_adds_aia_connecticut_award http://www.centerbrook.com/news/jax_adds_aia_connecticut_award

Since its opening two years ago, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine for Genomic Medicine has become highly regarded for its design and sustainability. The Connecticut chapter of American Institute for Architects is the latest to take note.

AIA Connecticut recently revealed its 2016 Design Awards recipients and JAX, designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners in collaboration with Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, was named an Honorable Mention recipient to bring its awards total to six.

The Farmington-based research facility will be honored under the ‘Built Design – Commercial, Institutional/Educational, Public/Municipal, Multi-Family, Interiors’ category at the AIA Connecticut Design Awards on Dec. 5. The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, a Centerbrook client, will host the program.

JAX was also recognized in September with a Commercial Honor Award by the Connecticut Green Building Council for its outstanding sustainable achievements. The previous calendar year was full of design accolades for JAX, which garnered four different awards, including the Project Award by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories.

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine is one of three recent projects on the UConn Health campus in Farmington that Centerbrook has been associated with as part of the Bioscience Connecticut initiative. Centerbrook designed the UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion and Garage that came online in 2015 as well as the new Academic Entrance and renovations to the School of Medicine and Dental Medicine that is in progress.

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Centerbrook to Present at NEMA Conference]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_to_present_at_nema_conference http://www.centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_to_present_at_nema_conference

Centerbrook Architects & Planners will have a featured spot on the programming schedule during the 98th Annual New England Museum Association Conference in Mystic, Connecticut.

A three-part session titled “Standing Out and Fitting In: A Behind-the-Scenes Exploration of Mystic Seaport’s Iconic New Thompson Exhibition Building,” will appropriately be held in the newly-opened, Centerbrook-designed Thompson Building on the morning of Nov. 10.

Centerbrook partner and lead designer Chad Floyd, FAIA, will participate in the session along with senior director and project manager Charles Mueller, AIA. The panel also features Mystic Seaport President Stephen White and Vice President/COO Susan Funk.

The session’s lecture, tour and panel discussion will reveal how the building was designed to enable the nation’s leading maritime museum to become a premiere year-around tourism and education destination in southeastern Connecticut.

The Thompson Building, which opened to the public on Sept. 24, is one of four cultural projects for Centerbrook in southeastern Connecticut. Others are expansions at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford and the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Centerbrook has long been associated with museum design and planning. The firm’s portfolio includes: the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts, the Heckscher Museum of Art on Long Island, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, LancasterHistory.org in Pennsylvania, the National Maritime Center (Nauticus) in Virginia, the Norton Museum of Art in Florida, the Hill-Stead Museum in Connecticut and the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University.

The Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa will host the 98th Annual NEMA Conference, which will run from Nov. 9-11.

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Seaport Celebrates Thompson Opening]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/seaport_celebrates_thompson_opening http://www.centerbrook.com/news/seaport_celebrates_thompson_opening

Mystic Seaport has entered a new era with the opening of the transformative Thompson Exhibition Building.

Designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the Thompson Building is a state-of-the-art exhibition space that enables the nation’s leading maritime museum to become a premiere tourism and education destination in southeastern Connecticut on a year-around basis.

Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 14,000-square-foot riverside facility in Mystic, Connecticut, marked the conclusion of nearly three years of design and implementation of the project for Centerbrook partner Chad Floyd, a resident of nearby Essex.

“Mystic Seaport wanted a building iconic in appearance and cutting-edge in exhibition capability,” Floyd said. “At Centerbrook it’s a great point of pride to design buildings that are emblematic of client identity yet functional to an exceptional level.”

Noticeable for striking design that evokes the “geometry of the sea,” the Thompson Building creates a prominent point of arrival on the north end of campus for visitors with a welcoming lobby for ticketing and information. A/Z Corporation of nearby North Stonington was the construction manager for the wood-clad facility which features a picturesque riverfront meeting space known as the Masin Room. Additionally, a beautiful red cedar and mahogany deck spans the south side of the building that frames the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle and provides a scenic place to rest or congregate, and will be an integral part of performances and functions on the quad for years to come.

“The opening of the Thompson Exhibition Building is the culmination of many years of work and the fulfillment of a vision to focus on the display of our collections in ways we have never been able to do before,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport. “This increase in our exhibition capacity creates a more robust year-round experience for the visitor, which makes this project not just an investment in the future of Mystic Seaport, but also an investment in the future of tourism for the entire region.”

The Thompson Building is one of three cultural design projects for Centerbrook in southeastern Connecticut along with expansions at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford and at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[JAX Earns CT Green Building Award]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/jax_earns_ct_green_building_award http://www.centerbrook.com/news/jax_earns_ct_green_building_award

Two years after opening its doors, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX) continues to add accolades.

The latest honor for the facility, designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners in collaboration with Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, was bestowed last night at the 2016 Green Building Awards by the Connecticut Green Building Council.

JAX earned the Commercial Honor Award, conferred to the project with outstanding sustainable achievements.

Awards aside, The Jackson Laboratory’s facility in Connecticut has seen a significant return on its financial investment in sustainability. The laboratory’s efforts were rewarded with a $1.2 million conservation incentive from Energize Connecticut. That grant, combined with an estimated annual savings of $620,000 on its energy bill, allowed JAX to offset the initial efficiency design cost of approximately $2.4 million in just two years.

"Striving for higher levels of sustainability was an integral part of our design process,” said Jim Childress, Centerbrook partner. “From the outset, JAX placed a priority on minimizing its energy footprint. Sure, there is a financial incentive to save energy, but going one step further to be on the leading edge is integral to how JAX thinks. They want to make the world better. It is a tribute to the great collaboration of a diverse project team that the laboratory continues to be recognized for its sustainable implementations.”

The Farmington-based research facility was one of 10 winners at the annual awards program, conducted by the Connecticut chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The USGBC promotes sustainability-focused practices in the building and construction industry and established the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system.

JAX earned LEED Gold in 2015 – the second-highest tier on the scale.

The previous calendar year was full of design accolades for JAX, which garnered four different awards, including the Project Award by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories.

“We’re honored by this latest recognition and extremely grateful for the many awards this facility has received since it’s opening,” said John Fitzpatrick, senior director of facilities services for The Jackson Laboratory. “For us, this is further confirmation that we’ve built a beautiful, sustainable, and functional space where our team can focus on our mission: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.”

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine is one of three recent projects on the UConn Health campus in Farmington that Centerbrook has been associated with as part of the Bioscience Connecticut initiative. Centerbrook designed the UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion and Garage that came online in 2015 as well as the new Academic Entrance and renovations to the School of Medicine and Dental Medicine that is in progress.

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400