<![CDATA[Centerbrook Architects and Planners]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/rss Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Zend_Feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![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
<![CDATA[Clients Among Nation’s Elite Schools]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/clients_among_nations_elite_schools http://www.centerbrook.com/news/clients_among_nations_elite_schools

Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ clients comprised one in five of those recently selected as the 50 Best Boarding Schools in the U.S.

Centerbrook has designed built projects for nine of the schools featured in this year’s list, compiled by TheBestSchools.org, including three of the top five. A 10th school client has a project currently in design.

The ranking is led by Phillips Exeter Academy. In addition to a facilities master plan, Centerbrook designed the Phelps Academy Center and the Phelps Science Center for the top-ranked boarding school in Exeter, New Hampshire.

No. 2 on the list is Phillips Academy of Andover, Massachusetts. Centerbrook expanded and renovated its acclaimed Addison Gallery of American Art.

Centerbrook also designed Townsend Hall for Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, listed fifth in the 50 Best Boarding Schools ranking.

Other Centerbrook clients included on the TheBestSchools.org list are:

12. Choate Rosemary Hall – Wallingford, Connecticut
19. Miss Porter’s School – Farmington, Connecticut
21. Trinity-Pawling School – Pawling, New York
26. Berkshire School – Sheffield, Massachusetts
30. Suffield Academy – Suffield, Connecticut
31. Hotchkiss School – Lakeville, Connecticut
44. Pomfret School – Pomfret, Connecticut

Centerbrook’s work with Miss Porter’s is ongoing and currently in the design development phase for a new Community Life Building.

Centerbrook has designed for 21 different boarding and independent schools in the last five years, including 10 award-winning projects. The firm counts 44 such schools among its all-time client list.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Addition to Downcity Providence Underway]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/addition_to_downcity_providence_underway http://www.centerbrook.com/news/addition_to_downcity_providence_underway

Construction is underway on a new addition to the thriving Westminster Street district in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.

Westminster has seen a renaissance of development in recent years. As a century and a half old anchor of the street, Grace Episcopal Church will expand into a new gathering space designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners.

“A parking lot will be turned into a glass filled modern gothic building and cloister garden designed to be a welcome beacon of activity on the street,” said Centerbrook partner Jim Childress, FAIA. “Its use will provide a place to gather, share food, celebrate and learn from one another.”

Grace Church was originally designed in 1844 by Richard Upjohn, the foremost architect of the time, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Grace was the first asymmetrical Gothic Revival church in America. In 1912, another renowned architect, Ralph Adams Cram, designed the chancel, making it the only Upjohn-Cram church in the world.

Led by Rev. Canon Jonathan Huyck, Rector, Grace Church has been revitalized in recent years much like the “Downcity” area in which it is located. The church has a growing and diverse congregation that reflects the vitality of Providence, widely regarded as one of the best small cities in America. The congregation comes from up to an hour a way to be a part of this active community.

Providence-based Bowerman Associates is the project’s construction manager. Pare Corporation (Lincoln, Rhode Island), e2 Engineers (New London, Connecticut) and Wilkinson Associates (Warwick, Rhode Island) lead the engineering efforts.

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Ribbon Cut on New SHU Residence Hall]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/ribbon_cut_on_new_shu_residence_hall http://www.centerbrook.com/news/ribbon_cut_on_new_shu_residence_hall

Centerbrook Architects & Planners’ latest residence hall design has welcomed its first class of students.

Sacred Heart University cut the ceremonial ribbon yesterday on its new 87,000-square-foot Jorge Bergoglio Residence Hall as the 2016-17 academic year gets underway.

Honoring the birth name of Pope Francis, a tradition for student living quarters at Sacred Heart, Bergoglio Hall is situated at the northern approach to the campus in Fairfield, Connecticut. Designed by Centerbrook to transition sophomores to independent living while maintaining individual support, the 216-bed facility places students in small neighborhood-like clusters consisting of groupings of four-bed suites that share a local lounge, kitchen and laundry along with other amenities.

“The design of Bergoglio Hall will generate student communities,” said Centerbrook partner Mark Simon, FAIA. “Its homelike warmth and village structure will connect residents to each other as well as to the surrounding campus. Surprising views between floors and with exterior spaces invite social interaction and activity.”

Students can gather in their small lounges or in a three-story commons on the first floor adjoining the main entrance. The commons abuts a 1,400-square-foot fitness center, a state-of-the-art video gaming room, and multi-purpose meeting and social rooms. The gaming room will be home to the university’s competitive video game club sport.

“Jorge Bergoglio Hall, which honors Pope Francis, has brought a new and exciting energy to our campus,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “The building is beautiful and welcoming, the rooms meet the needs of our students and the hall’s amenities, including the gaming room, the CrossFit gym and the lobby complete with a fireplace, support our belief in spaces where students can gather and continue the dialogue that leads to learning. Our sophomore students are grateful to call such a comfortable and modern place their home.”

The design is emphasized by two residential wings that run southward from the main entrance and form a protected outdoor courtyard. At the end of each residential wing is a glass stair tower that punctuates the building’s shape and presents a framed view of the existing campus.

“This building is going to impact students in a different way than any other residence hall has before,” said Lauren Silver, a SHU senior and resident success assistant in Bergoglio Hall. “My goal as an RSA has always been to help students love Sacred Heart as much as I do. Having the opportunity to do it in this magnificent building is not going to make my job very hard.”

The ceremonial building opening was the culmination of 19 months of site construction managed by national contractor Shawmut Design & Construction.

“Shawmut Construction did a great job building Bergoglio Hall,” said Centerbrook principal and project manager Ted Tolis, AIA, LEED AP. “The project was in good hands with Kohler Ronan as the consulting mechanical/electrical engineer and Girard and Company, who handled structural engineering. Steven Stimson Associates produced the beautiful and extensive landscape design that seamlessly integrates the residence hall into the existing campus.”

Centerbrook’s work with Sacred Heart follows previous residential halls projects that include Bard College, University of Northern Colorado, University of Texas-Austin, Wesleyan University and more than 30 different dwellings at Quinnipiac University.

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Academic Rotunda Opens at UConn Health]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/academic_rotunda_opens_at_uconn_health http://www.centerbrook.com/news/academic_rotunda_opens_at_uconn_health

A remarkable new kind of learning space designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners has opened at UConn Health.

The space is a 3,800-square-foot “Academic Rotunda” – in plan a circle with a 75-foot diameter – that introduces interactive, team-based learning to medical education for UConn Health’s School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut.

“What makes this design distinct is that instead of the passive lecture format of centuries past, students with or without faculty can sit at round tables in groups and actively interact among themselves while a facilitator or content expert can clarify difficult concepts via a spectacular array of audiovisual technology,” said Centerbrook partner and project architect Chad Floyd, FAIA.

“This new format approximates the way medical professionals actually consult with each other in hospitals to solve complex problems. What makes it work is our use of giant 4K projector screens, advanced acoustic controls and lighting effects borrowed from years of experience designing theaters,” Floyd added.

The Rotunda, which accommodates up to 240 students at a time, is the centerpiece of Centerbrook’s new Academic Entrance Building, which also features group study rooms arrayed around the interactive space for use either as intimate classrooms or conference breakout spaces. Circulation lounges surrounding the Rotunda are equipped for more informal study.

“Completing the Academic Addition is another significant milestone in the Bioscience Connecticut construction program,” said UConn Health Associate Vice President Thomas Trutter, AIA. “The addition accomplishes several important objectives including providing classroom space for growing the medical and dental school class sizes, providing active learning classroom space to support curriculum changes, and it provides a new strengthened image for the Academic Entrance of the UConn Health Main Building.”

Trutter added, “I am confident that the addition and the space it created will have a very positive impact on the education mission of UConn Health for years to come.”

Implementation of Centerbrook’s 2011 Master Plan for the UConn Health academic building continues with renovation of 45,000 square feet of the existing facility, to be complete in January 2017.

“The renovation involves reorganizing and relocating existing programs and departments proximate to the new Academic Rotunda,” said Centerbrook associate and project manager David O’Connor, AIA. “The new layout will promote workflow among faculty and staff and provide a variety of co-working opportunities for students via newly-created study lounges.”

The renovation also will introduce innovations such as “virtual” gross anatomy technology that allows students to gain dissection experience through the use of computer simulation.

Centerbrook is working with construction manager Skanska on both phases.

The Academic Entrance and renovations for the School of Medicine and Dental Medicine is one of three recent projects on the UConn Health campus that Centerbrook has been associated with as part of the Bioscience Connecticut initiative. Centerbrook also designed the Jackson Laboratory which opened in 2014 and the 303,000 square foot UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion and Garage that came online in 2015.

Jackson Lab and the Outpatient Pavilion have garnered a combined six design awards.

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[O’Neill Theater Center Design Honored]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/oneill_theater_center_design_honored http://www.centerbrook.com/news/oneill_theater_center_design_honored

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center expansion, a project designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, received a Palladio Award as a top project nationally.

The Palladio Award honors excellence in traditional design, a forte of Centerbrook’s diverse portfolio.

Centerbrook’s expansion encompassed eight new cottages for 65 students and faculty plus a new rehearsal building housing dance and music composition studios. The project also reorganized visitor access, upgraded parking and renovated several existing buildings.

Prior to this expansion, which received a Palladio Award as the top Residential & Multi-Unit Project, the existing O’Neill Theater campus consisted of Victorian, Federal, and rustic farm buildings set amidst stone walls and expansive pastures leading down to Long Island Sound in Waterford, Connecticut. Centerbrook Partner Chad Floyd designed the new buildings to fit naturally into this setting.

“We thought a group of charming small cottages in the tradition of 19th-century Methodist Camps might minimize the impact of so much new construction on the campus’s lovely open space,” Floyd said. “We also liked the idea of a socially inviting village for the actors, playwrights and directors who visit throughout the year, and we hoped the porches and intricate Victorian detailing would convey the atmosphere of a simpler time.”

The Palladio Awards program, produced by Traditional Building and Period Homes magazines, is the only national awards program for projects demonstrating excellence in traditional design.

The 2016 Palladio Awards ceremony took place July 19 during the Traditional Building Conference at the Lawn Club in New Haven, Connecticut.

Complete list of award winners

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Clients Among Forbes' Top Colleges]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/clients_among_forbes_top_colleges http://www.centerbrook.com/news/clients_among_forbes_top_colleges

Name a building category, and more often than not, Centerbrook has designed in it.

But education has long been one of the firm’s more prominent areas of concentration. In higher education alone, Centerbrook has served more than 50 different institutions across four decades of work.

Centerbrook’s impact on education architecture is reinforced each year when Forbes unveils its annual Top Colleges list. Of the firm’s 40 ranked clients, half appear in the top 100, including seven in the top 10.

The 2016 list highlights:

Forbes’ headlining Top 25 Colleges in America list features nine Centerbrook clients, ranging from Williams College at No. 2 to Dartmouth College at No. 17. Centerbrook clients hold 14 of the top 50 spots, 20 of the top 100 and 32 of the top 200. Forbes ranked 660 colleges this year. Centerbrook has designed for a total of 40. Forbes separately recognized the Top 25 northeast schools, of which 11 were or currently are Centerbrook clients.

Centerbrook clients in the national Top 25:

2. Williams College
3. Princeton University
4. Harvard University
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6. Yale University
8. Brown University
9. Wesleyan University
12. Amherst College
17. Dartmouth College

Centerbrook clients in the northeast Top 25:

1. Williams College
2. Princeton University
3. Harvard University
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. Yale University
6. Brown University
7. Wesleyan University
10. Amherst College
13. Dartmouth College
22. Vassar College
25. Colby College

View Forbes’ methodology and see where your alma mater ranks.

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Centerbrook Designing for Miss Porter's]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_designing_for_miss_porters_school http://www.centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_designing_for_miss_porters_school

Centerbrook was selected to design a transformative new building at the prestigious Miss Porter’s School.

Positioned as the social heart of the picturesque campus, the new Community Life Building will consolidate multiple student life functions and become the front door to the school in Farmington, Connecticut.

“Miss Porter’s School is a historic and revered institution and we are honored to collaborate with them on this significant addition to their campus,” said Centerbrook partner Mark Simon, FAIA, the project’s lead architect. “Miss Porter’s has an important mission and a distinct character. We hope this building reflects that and positively impacts students, educators and visitors for generations to come.”

The completion of Community Life Building will provide Miss Porter’s with:

Functional and social spaces comprised of a dining hall and kitchen, commons encircled with student lounges, a café and a quiet room with a fireplace. Also included are administrative offices and the mail room. All spaces are designed for multi-purpose use. A new entrance to the 40-acre campus that will welcome day students and visitors at the perimeter of the grounds, creating a safer and more efficient environment. An anchor to the south end of the historic main campus that will create a natural quad centered by beloved Brooks Field. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification that aligns with the school’s commitment to sustainable and energy efficient practices. A “Women Through Time” interior exhibit that celebrates prominent alumnae, affectionately known as the “Ancients.”

"Centerbrook Architects & Planners have been thoughtful and deliberate in their preparation for design,” said Michael Bergin, Miss Porter’s chief financial and operating officer. “Members of all our constituencies, including alumnae, students, faculty, and parents, have been represented in their on-campus focus groups. In particular, it has been wonderful to hear the students' voices represented in the project."

Groundbreaking for the 22,700-square-foot building is slated for the fall of 2018 to coincide with the school’s 175th anniversary.

This building is the latest in a flurry of recent independent school projects by Centerbrook, including 21 in the last five years that have garnered 10 different design awards.

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[UCH Outpatient Pavilion Earns CBC Award]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/uconn_health_outpatient_pavilion_earns_cbc_award http://www.centerbrook.com/news/uconn_health_outpatient_pavilion_earns_cbc_award

Centerbrook Design Recognized as Best in New Construction

The UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, a collaborative design by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, has garnered top honors from the Connecticut Building Congress.

The 306,000-square-foot facility on UConn Health’s campus in Farmington was recognized for first place in the “New Construction” category at CBC’s 20th Annual Project Team Awards.

Opened in February 2015, the Outpatient Pavilion and Garage was designed by Centerbrook and HDR Architects of Princeton, New Jersey. New Haven’s Fusco Corporation and Clark Construction of Bethesda, Maryland, were also part of the design-build team that handled the shell and core of the project.

This marks the 371st time a Centerbrook design has been honored but the first CBC Project Team recognition for the firm.

“We are proud that the Connecticut Building Congress has awarded this collaborative effort,” said Centerbrook partner Chad Floyd, the firm’s lead architect of the Outpatient Pavilion. “It is a transcendent facility for UConn Health that works seamlessly with the campus environment while exhibiting unique characteristics of its own.”

The eight-story building presents a glass curtain-walled façade that curves gently in plan in acknowledgement of the nearby curving facade of UConn Health’s John Dempsey Hospital. A lower three-story glass element wraps along the curve of the entry drive to present a clear and distinctive gesture of welcome to those being dropped off. In sync with a protective canopy, the extended arms of the three-story lobby and its bridge to the 1,400-space garage symbolically embrace entering patients and their families.

This marks the second time the UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion has been honored. It garnered an Award of Merit at the Connecticut Green Building Council Awards in 2015. The facility is also slated for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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 was held at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Hartford on June 14.

“UConn Health is thrilled to have our Outpatient Pavilion honored as the very best new construction in Connecticut,” says Tom Trutter, associate vice president of Campus Planning, Design, and Construction at UConn Health who accepted the award. “This award reinforces the new era at UConn Health with the physical transformation of our Farmington campus to match our daily excellence in patient care, research and education.”

The Outpatient Pavilion and Garage is one of three recent projects on the UConn Health campus that Centerbrook has been associated with. Centerbrook designed the Jackson Laboratory, opened in 2014, as well as an expansion and renovation of the UConn Health Academic Building that is slated for completion later this year.

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Hotchkiss Biomass Named to ArchDaily Top 100]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/hotchkiss_biomass_named_to_archdaily_top_100 http://www.centerbrook.com/news/hotchkiss_biomass_named_to_archdaily_top_100

Readers of ArchDaily have named Centerbrook Architects and Planner's Hotchkiss School Biomass Facility design as one of the Top 100 most important works of architecture in the United States.

The Top 100 compilation is the first-ever for ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architecture website.

This marks the sixth time that the building, which opened in 2014, has been recognized for its innovative design and environmental features. Serving as the central heating facility for the Hotchkiss School, an independent boarding school in Lakeville, Connecticut, it is one of only three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified plants in the country.

“A power plant is an unlikely candidate for such a national recognition, but obviously it has resonated with the public and that makes us very proud,” said the project’s lead architect, Centerbrook partner Jefferson Riley, FAIA. “Hotchkiss challenged us to design a facility that was at once an iconic building showcasing the commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, and a deferential building that merges with its natural setting. This recognition tells us that both goals were met.”

Two boiler units in the facility burn waste wood harvested from local forests that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This fuel source is considered carbon neutral by the International Panel on Climate Change. Its undulating, sloped green roof of sedum blends with its rural environs and absorbs rainwater. A bioswale system filters excess runoff from the vegetated roof before returning it to the ground.

The Biomass Facility is one of four green buildings on the northwestern Connecticut campus, which has a goal of becoming entirely carbon neutral by 2020. Centerbrook also designed the LEED-certified Esther Eastman Music Center, itself a recipient of six design awards.

To view the full list, visit ArchDaily.com.

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Expanded West Springfield Library Opens]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/expanded_west_springfield_library_opens http://www.centerbrook.com/news/expanded_west_springfield_library_opens

West Springfield, MA – Nearly a century after it was first dedicated, the newly expanded West Springfield Public Library opened to the community on January 11. Centerbrook, with Caolo & Bieniek Associates and Adams & Smith Architects, designed its restoration and expansion.

The original 1916 building, funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, now serves as a reading room. A new wedge-shaped, high-ceilinged public welcoming lobby links it to a two-story addition clad in blonde brick that houses the majority of the library’s services.

“We worked hard to subtly juxtapose the new with the old,” said Centerbrook’s Charles Mueller, AIA. “With its understated details, the addition, we hope, serves as a quiet backdrop to the historic building.”

The addition features large expanses of heat-rejecting glass to infuse the interiors with natural light and provide views inside and out. Its main collection area has a variety of areas for reading and study. Lit throughout with energy-efficient LED lighting, it also houses children’s and young adult rooms, a 150-seat community room, a local history room, a language education room, and a computer lab.

A decorative window grille designed and fabricated by the renowned Kent Bloomer Studio adorns a prominent window in the lobby. A decorative frieze around the service desk complements Bloomer’s artful design.

The new facility will be officially dedicated on April 2, 2016, exactly 100 years after the original Carnegie building opened to the public.

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Canadian Exhibit Includes Centerbrook Projects]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/canadian_exhibit_includes_centerbrook_projects http://www.centerbrook.com/news/canadian_exhibit_includes_centerbrook_projects

Centerbrook Architects’ work in engaging the wider public in the design process is included in an exhibition currently on display at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Titled “The Other Architect,” the exhibit explores “architecture’s potential to address the urgent issues of our time” and runs through April 10, 2016.

In a segment called “Design-A-Thon,” the firm’s experience using television as an urban planning tool is documented through archival TV footage and documents from the Manuscripts and Archives of the Yale University Library. Central to this part of the exhibit is an hour-long live television show about urban design studies produced by the firm and its current partners Chad Floyd, Mark Simon, Jeff Riley, and the late Charles Moore. The firm pioneered engaging citizen participation in public projects it designed for municipalities in Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts, and New York.

In 2010, at the invitation of Yale, Centerbrook donated its archives to the Manuscripts and Archives Department at the Yale University Library, whose collections are a major resource for teaching architectural history, theory, and practice.

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Centerbrook Designs Pioneering Indoor Health Lab]]> http://www.centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_designs_pioneering_indoor_health_lab http://www.centerbrook.com/news/centerbrook_designs_pioneering_indoor_health_lab

Centerbrook Architects has designed a first of its kind research laboratory that serves as sophisticated platform for advanced studies on indoor health. The design team worked closely with Delos, a pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™ and a leader in the development of the Well Building Standard®, as well as experts in environmental controls, sensor technology, and data collection.

Wired.com wrote about the project, which was designed and built in less than nine months: “The indoor health revolution took a huge step forward with the opening of the Well Living Lab at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.”

Delos and Mayo Clinic have collaborated to develop the 7,500-square-foot research lab, whose goal is to quantify the way people interact with various indoor spaces and integrated environmental stimuli, such as variable lighting, air quality, temperature, noise, and visual background.

The design of the laboratory’s six experimental modules is completely flexible and modular: walls, floors, ceilings, fixtures, and even plumbing can be removed or reconfigured to mimic the interiors of numerous business, institutional, or residential applications, whether a hotel room, kitchen, open or closed offices, or classroom.

Omnipresent but inconspicuous advanced sensor technology ⎯ such as sensor-laden wristbands and fabrics ⎯ combine with precise environmental controls to allow researchers to determine how occupants react to a variety of settings and specific external factors. For example, the Well Living Lab can simulate the external sounds of urban traffic or the chirping of crickets. In addition to evaluating whole environments, the Lab also can evaluate the efficacy of specific products, such as lighting fixtures and office furniture and how they impact users’ social interactions, mood, and comfort.

The Living Lab’s mission encompasses evaluating findings from the scientific literature by testing their conclusions in a specially designed real world setting. In some cases this may involve taking studies to the next logical level, for example testing how lighting affects how people sleep in conjunction with other factors like temperature and humidity levels.

Conditions in the experimental modules are controlled and monitored in the facility’s Control Room, which houses computer work stations and large-format video displays, where researchers conduct streaming analytics of study data via from cloud-based sources. The Living Lab houses a video conference room, a hardware workshop, and staff offices. This infrastructure is designed to handle test results from the Well Living Lab as well as those being conducted offsite. After an initial period of testing and commissioning its own systems, the Lab will be available for doctors, hospitals and businesses to conduct studies in early 2016.

The project also was profiled in Fast Company and online coverage there and elsewhere included and animated tour of the Lab and its features that was created by Centerbrook.

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400