<![CDATA[Centerbrook Architects and Planners]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/rss Wed, 08 May 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Zend_Feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Centerbrook Announces Staff Expansion]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_announces_staff_expansion http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_announces_staff_expansion

Centerbrook Architects & Planners has announced the addition of nine talented architects and staff. With an eye to the future, the firm continues to grow strategically, designing projects throughout the U.S. and Canada from its office in the village of Centerbrook, Connecticut.

Those joining the Centerbrook staff in recent months include:

Ken Cleveland, AIA heads the list of hires as he returns to Centerbrook following a previous run of 11 years with the firm. Cleveland rejoined Centerbrook at the associate level and is already contributing to the firm’s major Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History renewal in addition to a couple of prominent projects in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Cleveland resides in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Jill Cartagena, AIA, the firm’s latest hire, comes to Centerbrook as a senior architect following three-plus years as a drafter and designer at General Dynamics Electric Boat in New London, Connecticut. Cartagena graduated from University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s in architecture from the University of New Mexico. She has previously practiced in six different states, including her home state of Connecticut.

Sarah Afragola joined Centerbrook’s architectural staff following a position with AECOM in Arlington, Virginia. This is Sarah’s fifth appointment in the industry since she earned a master’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University in 2011. Afragola is originally from nearby Madison, Connecticut.

Jiaying Bai graduated with a master’s degree in interior architecture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2018 and joined Centerbrook last fall. Originally from Nanjing, China, she earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Tongji University before coming to the U.S.

Ryan Hansen graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 2018 and came to Centerbrook in December. Hansen grew up in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth, Minnesota.

Sarah Johnson is also a recent graduate getting her first industry experience with Centerbrook. From Guilford, Connecticut, Johnson joined the Centerbrook architectural staff earlier this year after graduating in 2018 from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.

James Regnier joined Centerbrook earlier this year. A native of Agawam, Massachusetts, Regnier earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture and design from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture. He completed an internship with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill during grad school and came to Centerbrook from the firm Architecture Environment Life.

Patricia Collazos Valdez brought 10 years of experience to Centerbrook when she joined the architectural staff. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she was a licensed architect in her home country and worked on numerous hospitality, residential and retail projects prior to coming to the U.S. in 2016.

In addition to the architectural staff hires, Centerbrook welcomed Caitlin Fearon as the firm’s executive assistant. Fearon took over for Linda Couture, who retired last year after more than 30 years of service to the firm. Fearon earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Allegheny College and a master’s in administration from Canisius College. She worked previously at online retailer Zulily.

Named a “Top Workplace in the Greater Hartford Area” by the Hartford Courant in 2018, Centerbrook now has 60 employees, including just under 40 registered architects.

Wed, 08 May 2019 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mystic Seaport Design Garners Award]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/mystic_seaport_design_garners_award http://centerbrook.com/news/mystic_seaport_design_garners_award

The Centerbrook Architects & Planners-designed Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum has been recognized with a national award by WoodWorks – Wood Products Council.

The Thompson Exhibition Building was recognized in the “Commercial Wood Design – Low-Rise” category – one of nine national awards bestowed by WoodWorks. The Wood Design Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wood building design across the country.

This is the fourth recognition for the Thompson Exhibition Building since it opened to the public in the fall of 2016 in Mystic, Connecticut. The design previously garnered the Honor Award-With Distinction by the AIA QUAD Awards, and was named by the CT CREW Blue Ribbon Awards as the Best Specialty Project. In 2018, ArchDaily – the world’s most-visited architecture website – named the Thompson Exhibition Building one of the 100 Best Wood Architecture Projects in the U.S.

The Centerbrook design team, led by Principal Chad Floyd, FAIA and Senior Director Charles Mueller, AIA, chose wood as the predominant building material for its form, function and aesthetic capabilities. The Thompson Building’s more prominent wood features include Douglas fir glulam beams spanning the entire width that give the building its unique curvilinear shape, and arresting western red cedar exterior cladding.

With its 5,000-square-foot exhibition gallery, the Thompson Building is the centerpiece of Mystic Seaport Museum’s reimagined mission that brings a new focus to exhibitions. With its functional flexibility, the Thompson Building has strengthened the museum as a year-around tourist destination.

Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[2018 Review: Projects in Print]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/2018_review_projects_in_print http://centerbrook.com/news/2018_review_projects_in_print

The past year at Centerbrook Architects & Planners will be remembered for collaborating with a number of first-time and returning clients, and for the excitement ahead with many new and active projects.

But as we ready to turn the calendar, let’s look back one more time on the year that was. In case you missed anything along the way, the following is a compilation of project news that appeared in print and online in 2018:

Magazines & Websites
March, Hartford Magazine – Exporting Education: Keystone Academy

March, College Planning & Management – The New Class: UConn Health Academic Building Addition

Spring, Design Develop Construct Journal – Building for research advancement: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

March-April, Westport Magazine – State of Real Estate, Development Downtown: Bedford Square

April, Architect – Newswire: Ocean House

April, Architect Magazine – Newswire: Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Aug., Architectural Digest Mexico – The Most Spectacular View of Cabo San Lucas

Aug., The Architect's Newspaper – Yale is set to renovate the landmark Peabody Museum of Natural History

Aug., Contract Magazine – Yale University to Overhaul Peabody Museum

Sept., ArchDaily – Casa Ambar

Sept., Education Snapshots – Jorge Bergoglio Residence Hall at Sacred Heart University

Oct., Springfield College Triangle – A Bold Vision for the Future

Oct., College Planning & Management – Yale Unveils Plans for Peabody Museum

Dec., Hartford Magazine – Four Decades Designing A University: One Architect's Transformation Of Quinnipiac

Dec., Westside Digs – Cliffside Casa in Cabo San Lucas

Local & Client News
Jan. 29, The Day (New London) – Mitchell College gets a new Red Barn

Jan. 31, Connecticut College – Globally Minded

Feb. 16, New England Real Estate Journal – Centerbrook breaks ground on 4,800 s/f Red Barn reconstruction

April 26, GoLocalProv – One of Prov’s Great Architectural Treasures: Grace Church

May 23, New Haven Register – First ‘cohousing’ project in Connecticut comes to Bethany

May 23, High Profile – Bedford Square: A Window Into an Extraordinary Collaboration

June 18, Duke Today – Duke Stone: From Quarry to Campus

June 28, High Profile – UConn Health Building Earns LEED Gold

Aug. 28, New York Times – Yale Receives $160 Million Gift for Peabody Museum

Nov. 10, National Review – Houses of Art: The Many Challenges of Museum Building Projects

Nov. 14, Valley Courier – Person of the Week, Daniel Batt: Effectively Efficient

Nov. 28, New Haven Independent – Brontosaurus Plans Vacation -- For Peabody Renovation

Dec. 7, News 12 Connecticut – Popular Stamford church plans to transform rectory

Awards & Recognition
Bedford Square: Building Design + Construction – Reconstruction Awards 2018, Silver

Centerbrook Architects & Planners: Hartford Courant – Top Workplaces 2018, Small Business

Mystic Seaport Museum Thompson Exhibition Building: ArchDaily – 100 Best Wood Projects in the U.S.

Mystic Seaport Museum Thompson Exhibition Building: Connecticut Green Building Council Awards – Public/Institutional Award of Merit

Pavilion at Grace: Faith & Form, The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art and Architecture – 2018 Religious Art & Architecture Awards, New Facilities

Quinnipiac University School of Law Center: American School & University – Architectural Portfolio, Outstanding Design, Adaptive Reuse

Temple-Tifereth Israel: Illumination Engineering Society – 45th Annual Illumination Awards, Award of Merit

UConn Health Academic Building Addition: American School & University – Architectural Portfolio, Outstanding Design, Specialized Facility

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Publications Recognize Centerbrook Works]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/publications_recognize_centerbrook_works http://centerbrook.com/news/publications_recognize_centerbrook_works

A trio of magazines have published Centerbrook Architects & Planners designs through recent awards programs.

The Pavilion at Grace Church in Providence, Rhode Island, achieved sought-after recognition as a winner in the 2018 Religious Art & Architecture Awards. The Pavilion was one of seven projects worldwide honored in the New Facilities category, and published in the Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art and Architecture annual awards issue.

Bedford Square was one of the top 10 projects recognized by Building Design + Construction magazine’s Reconstruction Awards 2018. The high-end, mixed-use development in Westport, Connecticut, garnered Silver recognition by the prominent industry publication and appeared in the November awards issue.

For the second-consecutive year, Centerbrook had a pair of projects featured in the American School & University November/December Architectural Portfolio issue. The Academic Building Addition at UConn Health in Farmington, Connecticut, was recognized as an Outstanding Design in the Specialized Facility category. In the Adaptive Reuse category, Quinnipiac University’s School of Law Center in North Haven, Connecticut, also garnered Outstanding Design designation.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Ribbon Cut at Mitchell College Red Barn]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/ribbon_cut_at_mitchell_college_red_barn http://centerbrook.com/news/ribbon_cut_at_mitchell_college_red_barn

Mitchell College, a residential liberal arts college in New London, Connecticut, cut the ribbon last week on a new facility designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners.

Known as the Red Barn, the building replaces a previous longtime working barn next door to the popular Michael’s Dairy. Reconstructed on the same footprint as the old barn, this new 4,800-square-foot structure replicates the original’s exterior but has a new column-free interior that allows different uses.

The building will serve primarily as a central hub of campus activity with an open, flexible floor plan students can use as a common space. Movable furniture will allow the space to be reconfigured easily into theater arrangements or be transformed into a venue for lectures or catered events.

Mitchell envisioned the new Red Barn as a linkage to the surrounding community. That goal already has come to fruition with New London-based Flock Theatre Company’s commitment to use the Red Barn as its primary performance venue.

“The Red Barn is a symbol of the deep interconnection between Mitchell and New London,” said Janet Steinmayer, president of Mitchell College. “Our barn represents the power of the people coming together with a shared vision. Our overall goal has been that in the future Mitchell College will strengthen and help grow the community – and I think the Red Barn can help us do that.”

The Red Barn Reimagined project was the first of multiple phases of Centerbrook’s campus master plan for Mitchell. The college is currently fundraising for the second phase, which includes improvements to the college’s athletic facilities.

“The master plan identified the Red Barn as one of many transformational projects for Mitchell College,” said Centerbrook Principal Chad Floyd, FAIA. “An iconic structure with the potential for benefiting students in many ways, the Red Barn was the perfect first step.”

The Red Barn project team included construction manager FIP Construction, e2 Engineers for structural engineering and Milone & MacBroom for civil engineering. For the performance space, Communications Design Associates served as the audiovisual and IT consultant along with Cavanaugh Tocci for lighting.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Pair of Centerbrook Designs Honored]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/pair_of_centerbrook_designs_honored http://centerbrook.com/news/pair_of_centerbrook_designs_honored

Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ projects for Mystic Seaport Museum and The Temple-Tifereth Israel have recently earned design honors.

The Thompson Exhibition Building at Connecticut's Mystic Seaport Museum was recognized at the Connecticut Green Building Council Awards on Oct. 4 with the Public/Institutional Award of Merit. The Thompson Building, which opened in the fall of 2016, features a number of sustainable aspects, including a robust geothermal heating and cooling system.

This is the third design award bestowed to the Thompson Building, which was also recently featured in ArchDaily’s 100 Best Wood Projects in the U.S. list.

Located in the Cleveland, Ohio, suburb of Beachwood, The Temple-Tifereth Israel earned an Award of Merit at the Illumination Engineering Society’s 45th Annual Illumination Awards. Centerbrook teamed with Atelier Ten for the lighting design.

The Temple-Tifereth project, a nearly 70,000-square-foot addition and renovation highlighted by a new 300-seat domed chapel, was also completed in the fall of 2016.

Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Centerbrook Named a Top Workplace]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_named_a_top_workplace http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_named_a_top_workplace

Centerbrook Architects & Planners has received a Top Workplaces designation by The Hartford Courant for the second time.

Centerbrook was one of just 35 businesses in the small employer category (50-149 employees) – and the only architecture firm – to be recognized at the recent 2018 Top Workplaces awards ceremony. Overall, 60 employers were honored from the greater Hartford region.

Top Workplaces winners are based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

Centerbrook, which has 53 employees, was previously recognized as a Hartford Courant Top Workplace in 2012. The firm currently has 25 projects for clients in Connecticut that are either active or on the boards. Outside of its home state, Centerbrook’s active work spans 11 U.S. states, Canada and China.


Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Centerbrook Promotes Batt to Associate]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_promotes_batt_to_associate http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_promotes_batt_to_associate

Centerbrook Architects & Planners has announced that Daniel Batt, AIA, LEED AP has been promoted to associate.

A graduate of Miami University in Ohio and the Rhode Island School of Design, Batt is just shy of 10 years with Centerbrook. His diverse résumé includes having served as the project manager for built projects such as the expansion of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the new Red Barn at Mitchell College.

Batt is currently the project manager for Rocky Corner, Connecticut’s first cohousing development that is now under construction. He is also managing a project currently in planning for The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Stamford.

“Dan is one of the most well-rounded architects I’ve worked with,” said Centerbrook Principal Jim Childress, FAIA. “Not only is he a creative and thoughtful designer, but he’s excellent at delivering a project on-time and on-budget. He really knows how to keep the water out.”

Centerbrook also announced that its architectural staff is now 90-percent licensed with David Petersen most recently passing the Architect Registration Examination. The other latest licensees on the design staff include Aaron Emma, Hugo Fenaux, Anna Shakun and Aaron Trahan.

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Yale Unveils Plans for Peabody Museum]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/yale_unveils_plans_for_peabody_museum http://centerbrook.com/news/yale_unveils_plans_for_peabody_museum

Yale University has announced an addition and renovation by Centerbrook Architects & Planners to the historic Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Connecticut.

This undertaking will be the first major work on the landmark building since it opened in 1925, and will modernize the Peabody Museum by substantially increasing exhibit space and on-site collections.

“Our additions will create many new educational spaces for Yale undergraduates, who will use the collections for hands-on learning in liberal arts as well as the sciences,” Centerbrook Principal Mark Simon, FAIA, said. “Circulation of people and things throughout the complex will be more efficient, rational and intuitive. The place is very complex, with interlocking technology and structure, yet we hope to make it simple for all to understand and use. We are also greatly improving its sustainability, from energy use to wellness betterments.”

The new construction will be a four-story infill addition between the Peabody and neighboring Environmental Science Center (ESC) on Science Hill. The addition will feature a new glass entrance tower that faces the adjacent Kline Geology Laboratory (KGL) and a dramatic sky lit four-story central gallery.

“The new North Court and entry tower will be the Yale community entrance offering an outdoor exhibit and celebration space,” said Simon. “We are also creating a variety of other social spaces inside and out to encourage interaction between visitors, staff, and the university community. These updates will underscore that the Peabody is more than a museum; it is a home of science, a treasure for the city, state and region.”

The Peabody Museum is among the oldest and largest university-based natural history museums. The current collections include more than 13 million objects and represents more than 4 billion years of geological, biological, and human history.

Renovations to the existing Peabody Museum, originally conceived in 1917 by Charles Klauder – a prominent campus architect of the era – will create modern spaces for exhibits, study rooms, collections and offices. The renovations will extend to both the ESC and KGL buildings, integrating the Peabody and ESC structures for efficiency and improved underground circulation.

Over 130,000 people visit the museum each year, including 25,000 school children, and more than 1,200 Yale graduate and undergraduate students encounter Peabody specimens as part of their coursework each year.

“We are thrilled to be part of the team revitalizing Yale’s Peabody Museum,” said Simon. “It is a tremendous honor to work on such a renowned institution – one that has been in the forefront of American scientific research, collections and education since its establishment in 1866. For instance, it saw some of the first discoveries proving Darwin’s evolution theories. It is especially exciting to consider such a storied past while aiming for a promising future.”

This project brings to fruition Centerbrook’s extensive planning for the Peabody Museum. Yale commissioned the firm for a feasibility study in 2004, and for a master plan in 2011 that was later updated for this renovation and addition. Centerbrook began designing the current project in late 2017. The studies’ goals remain in the final design: increasing university student engagement, expanding collections-based teaching, increasing exhibit space and programming potential, accommodating more collections and research facilities, and supporting enhanced K-12 student outreach and experiences.

Centerbrook is delighted to work with a stellar team of collaborating firms. Turner Construction will serve as the construction manager while ARUP, Gilsanz Murray Steficek, and Langan providing engineering services. James Corner Field Operations is the landscape architect with Reich + Petch on board as the exhibit designers.

Centerbrook has completed more than a dozen building projects at Yale through the years. Those include sustainability marvel Kroon Hall with Hopkins Architects, additions to the historic Yale Bowl, a new building for the esteemed Child Study Center, and Reese Stadium – home to the recently crowned national champion men’s lacrosse program.

The Peabody renewal project was originally unveiled through an exclusive story in the New York Times, followed by Yale’s official announcement.

Rendering © Centerbrook / James Corner Field Operations

Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Thompson Among Best Wood Projects in U.S.]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/thompson_among_best_wood_projects_in_us http://centerbrook.com/news/thompson_among_best_wood_projects_in_us

ArchDaily, one of the world’s most popular architecture websites, has named the Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum one of the Best 100 Wood Projects in the U.S.

Designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the Thompson Building’s prominent characteristic is the use of wood throughout its 21,000-square-foot footprint. Most notably, the shape is formed by 10 105-foot, curved Douglas fir glulam beams that span the entire width of the building. It is clad in cedar and features a mahogany wraparound deck.

Architect Magazine profiled specific details of the wooden structure in its June 2017 issue.

The Thompson Building opened to the public in September 2016 and has garnered a pair of design awards. In addition to a welcome center, gift shop and a waterfront meeting space, the main attraction is the 5,000-square-foot exhibition hall that has greatly enhanced Mystic Seaport Museum as a year-around attraction.

ArchDaily currently boasts 190 million monthly page views. The site has featured a number of Centerbrook projects in the past, and in 2016 named the Hotchkiss School’s Biomass Heating Facility to its Top 100 most important works of architecture in the U.S.

Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Centerbrook Continues Staff Additions]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_continues_staff_additions http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_continues_staff_additions

Centerbrook Architects & Planners is excited to welcome Ben Mayne and Andrew Wait to the architectural staff in the firm’s latest round of hires.

Mayne joins Centerbrook fulltime following internships at the firm in each of the two previous summers. A second-generation designer, Mayne graduated this spring with a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s top-ranked Architecture, Art & Planning program. He is originally from Suffield, Connecticut.

Wait comes to Centerbrook upon completion of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Northeastern University. The Andover, Massachusetts, native was a two-time participant in Northeastern’s co-op program, where he worked at LDa Architecture & Interiors and Prellwitz Chilinski Associates.

“Andrew and Ben have hit the ground running, and we are thrilled to have them on our team,” said Centerbrook Associate Principal Justin Hedde, AIA. “Ben’s studies at Cornell focused him on crafting human-scale spaces through parametric modeling. Andrew’s undergraduate thesis work delved into a new building technologies, including CLT (cross-laminated timber) construction. Their passion for architecture is evident, but more importantly, they are a pleasure to have in the office.”

Mayne and Wait join the Centerbrook staff that also added René Brakels and Cassie Archer earlier this year. Additionally, the firm welcomed three summer interns who started in June. Anthony Azanon and Rob Diaz came to Centerbrook via the Rhode Island School of Design while David Bransfield hails from the Yale University School of Architecture.

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[UConn Health Building Earns LEED Gold]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/uconn_health_building_earns_leed_gold http://centerbrook.com/news/uconn_health_building_earns_leed_gold

The UConn Health Academic Building Addition has been certified LEED® Gold, placing it among the top one-third most sustainable buildings in Connecticut.

Designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the 12,800-square-foot building exceeded expectations with its sustainable features. Originally targeted for LEED Silver, the Academic Building Addition scored 65 points on the LEED scale to earn BD+C (Building Design + Construction) Gold.

This is Centerbrook’s second-consecutive LEED-certified project that achieved Gold after an initial projection for Silver. The same occurred for the Academic Science & Laboratory Building at Southern Connecticut State University with its 2017 certification.

Built by Skanska USA, the Academic Building Addition fronts UConn’s Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Building on the Farmington campus. The building is highlighted by a large, circular space shaped for small-unit, interactive, team-based learning known as the Academic Rotunda. Classrooms and study areas ring the Rotunda, which is elevated above the newly established main entrance.

“With interactive, team-based learning gaining in popularity, UConn Health’s circular Rotunda may be the classroom of the future,” said Chad Floyd, FAIA, Centerbrook principal and the project’s designer. “Its functionality and atmosphere are electric. Kudos to UConn for being on the leading edge.”

The Academic Building Addition scored high on the USGBC scorecard in the Sustainable Sites (20 of 26 points), Water Efficiency (7/10) and Innovation (5/6) categories. Perfect scores were achieved in a number of subcategories, including: Development Density and Community Connectivity, Alternative Transportation-Public Transportation Access and Water Efficient Landscaping.

The project also earned four out of five points for the Innovation in Design subcategory.

“Achieving LEED Gold certification for the Academic Building Addition underscores UConn’s strong commitment to sustainability,” said Thomas Trutter, AIA, UConn Health associate vice president for campus planning, design and construction. “Not only is the addition a world class teaching facility that is comfortable and healthy for its occupants and encourages collaboration, it also minimizes its carbon footprint and operating costs for energy.”

The Academic Building Addition is the 20th LEED-certified project designed by Centerbrook. An additional five are currently slated for certification.

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 167 countries and territories worldwide.

“LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line - people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “By prioritizing sustainability, the UConn Health Academic Building Addition is leading the way and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation.”

The Academic Building Addition is one of three recent projects Centerbrook has designed on the UConn Health campus. The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine was completed in 2014 and certified LEED Gold while the UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion opened in 2015 and is projected to attain LEED Silver. All are premier projects in the Bioscience Connecticut initiative.

Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[CT’s First Cohousing Project Breaks Ground]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/first_ct_cohousing_project_breaks_ground http://centerbrook.com/news/first_ct_cohousing_project_breaks_ground

The first cohousing community in Connecticut has broken ground, and site work is underway in rural Bethany.

Designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, Rocky Corner recently held a ceremonial groundbreaking to commemorate the project’s first major milestone after nearly 11 years of planning.

Rocky Corner is a 30-unit cohousing neighborhood clustered around a 4,500-square-foot common house. The single-family homes range from one to four bedrooms and have varied options for design features. The base model is a three-bedroom dwelling at 1,160 square feet.

Small New England villages influence the planning and character. The buildings are close together, preserving open land for agriculture and simple enjoyment. Enclaves are created by grouping five houses with modest front and back yards. Parking is kept to the perimeter with a pedestrian street providing access to the houses. The common house is a meetinghouse at the top of the hill.

Situated on 33 acres of a former dairy farm approximately 10 minutes north of New Haven, Rocky Corner is a community where residents will own their homes but share the land and common spaces for farming and recreation.

Sustainability is a core principle of Rocky Corner's mission. This will be reflected in many aspects of the community’s operation, including the buildings. Designed for Energy Star certification, the homes will feature envelopes that are above code levels for thermal performance and run on high-efficiency mechanical systems. All buildings will be oriented for optimal solar use.

With work now underway, the development is anticipated to reach completion in mid-2019.

According to the Cohousing Association of the United States, cohousing is described as an intentional community of private homes clustered around a shared space. Households have independent incomes and private lives, but neighbors collectively plan and manage community activities and shared spaces.

The modern cohousing concept began in Denmark in the 1960s. There are now approximately 150 such communities built in the U.S.

Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[New Book About Quinnipiac’s Architecture]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/new_book_about_quinnipiacs_architecture http://centerbrook.com/news/new_book_about_quinnipiacs_architecture

An in-depth, personal account of one architect’s unprecedented collaboration with a university through exponential growth has come to light with the release of The Architectural Story of Quinnipiac University: Four Decades, Three Campuses, Two Presidents, One Architect.

Authored by Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA, a founding partner of Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the book recounts 40 years design for Quinnipiac. The legacy began with a campus concept plan in 1978 that guided the design of the original Mount Carmel Campus for the private, coeducational university in Hamden, Connecticut. It continued with the development of two new campuses: the York Hill Campus, also in Hamden, and the North Haven Campus.

The cumulative body of work by Riley and Centerbrook at Quinnipiac now stands at nearly 100 new buildings, additions and renovations.

John Lahey, Quinnipiac’s president for the past 31 years, wrote in the book’s introduction, “This book documents a remarkable story in both higher education and architecture: virtually an entire university was envisioned, designed, built and put into use at the hands of a small team of people, which included a single architect, Jeff Riley.”

Riley reflected in the book’s prologue, “At the beginning, I had no idea it would be so grand an undertaking, nor did I in the middle of it all. It is only now that I can look back on the past 40 years and see how much Quinnipiac has defined me and the firm, and we it.”

The period of remarkable growth saw the fledgling, cash-strapped college develop into a nationally ranked university. The enrollment increased from less than 2,000 to now more than 10,000 students.

At the outset, Riley established overarching design principles that are explained with captivating diagrams and illustrations throughout the book. Much of today’s widespread love of the campus is due to steadfast adherence to these principles through decades of building.

In addition to insightful narratives, confessions and revelations, The Architectural Story of Quinnipiac University relives four decades of campus design through sketches, renderings, floor plans, professional photography and acknowledgements of the many individuals that contributed along the way.

A bonus for readers is the inclusion of designs that, for various reasons, were never built. Additional preliminary designs give a glimpse, however speculative, into future growth of the university. The book concludes with an essay by Riley’s partner at Centerbrook, Chad Floyd, FAIA, titled Evolution of the American College Campus and Lessons Learned.

The Architectural Story of Quinnipiac University is now in stock at Amazon and Images Publishing, and can be found at Quinnipiac’s two campus bookstores. It follows Centerbrook’s fourth book, titled Centerbrook 4, which was released last fall and can be purchased at Amazon and Images. Both titles also appear in select bookstores.

Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Centerbrook Announces New Hires]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_announces_new_hires http://centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_announces_new_hires

Centerbrook Architects & Planners is excited to announce two new hires as it has welcomed René Brakels and Cassie Archer to the architectural staff.

Brakels joins Centerbrook with a diverse background of 15 years in the architecture industry that includes positions in his home country The Netherlands, Ireland, Latvia and New York. Most recently he served as a job captain at RGB Architects in Providence, Rhode Island. Brakels earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture in The Netherlands, where he is a licensed architect. He started at Centerbrook on Feb. 19 and hit the ground running on Quinnipiac University projects.

Archer, who grew up in Nigeria and England, comes to Centerbrook from Kenneth Boroson Architects in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was a senior job captain. After graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, Archer began her career as a designer in California. She joined Centerbrook on Feb. 26 and has also been working on Quinnipiac projects.

“We look for well-rounded people who have a spark. We were delighted to find René and Cassie who are full of energy, care about people and are driven to excel at the craft of building,” said Centerbrook Principal Jim Childress, FAIA. “They are already proving to be great additions to our staff.”

Centerbrook currently has designs under construction in Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, New York and Texas, and active projects in seven states, Canada and China.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Sacred Heart Res Hall a Top 20 Project]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/sacred_heart_res_hall_a_top_20_project http://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://centerbrook.com/news/2017_review_projects_in_print http://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://centerbrook.com/news/red_barn_activates_mitchell_master_plan http://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://centerbrook.com/news/trahan_earns_aiact_recognition http://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://centerbrook.com/news/mystic_bedford_capture_design_awards http://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