<![CDATA[Centerbrook Architects and Planners]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/rss Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Zend_Feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![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.

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
<![CDATA[CSHL Breaks Ground on Lab Renovation]]> http://centerbrook.com/news/cshl_breaks_ground_on_lab_renovation http://centerbrook.com/news/cshl_breaks_ground_on_lab_renovation

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400