The Year in Review

Published on January 20th, 2012

The past year presented a number of intriguing design opportunities for Centerbrook Architects, among them a university laboratory building, a highly sustainable environmental campus for an independent school, a new medical school, and master plans for two Ivy League institutions. Eight completed projects, including two museums and a resort hotel, were recognized with 14 design awards, and two Centerbrook designed houses were published in the book “200 Homes” by Images Publishing featuring residential architecture from around the world.

The firm’s LEED portfolio reached 21 in 2011, highlighted by two buildings – Health Care REIT’s corporate headquarters in Ohio and the John Dorr Nature Laboratory in Connecticut – which were certified Platinum and Gold respectively by the United States Green Building Council. Publications and websites, ranging from The New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, and the Huffington Post to New England Home and, also took note of the firm’s work. Five posts from its blog, The Millrace, were picked up and published by other media.

On the technology front, Centerbrook’s computer infrastructure entered the “V-sphere,” a virtual server world that dramatically minimizes the need for bulky onsite hardware and energy consumption. The firm continued to be a leader in technical capabilities and advanced communications systems that integrate architectural design with the construction process. A large Centerbrook academic project in Colorado was chosen as an illustration of the benefits of the latest 3D design software and was published in the official training guide for Autodesk Revit 2012.

A record-setting year of rainfall (67 inches) meant that the adjacent Falls River kept Centerbrook’s hydropower turbine whirling in the bowels of the home office. Waterpower combines with two solar panel arrays, a pond-source geothermal system, and conservation measures to account for 40 percent of the office power needs from onsite green generation.