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Interesting Summer Slammer Projects of 2019

By Karin | August 29, 2019

The term “summer slammer” is often used to refer to design and construction projects that take place at schools while students are away. It’s meant to capture the urgency that comes with trying to complete all work before the school re-opens its doors in the fall.

Summertime School Projects: Smart Scheduling is Key

By Karin | August 22, 2019

Design and construction projects for schools involve unique challenges. One of the biggest is ensuring that work is completed in the summer months when students are away so that construction activities aren’t a distraction. Avoiding construction zones in a building during the school year also helps mitigate safety concerns.

How Top Trends are Affecting Architecture Today

By Karin | July 30, 2019

It’s surprising when I stop and think about the fact that I began working as an architect more than 20 years ago. I’ve seen many changes in my two decades in this profession, including new areas of emphasis like sustainability, and new tools such as 3D printers. Yet it seems that the evolution of architecture…

Travel and Inspiration: Insights from 7 Architectural Minds

By Karin | July 29, 2019

Architecture is an interesting craft in that it relies heavily on both analytical and artistic skill. The former is honed by each project we undertake, and by meticulously checking and rechecking our work. When it comes to the creative side of what we do, nothing is more informative and enlightening than traveling to other parts…

How Student Feedback Confirmed a School Building Design

By Karin | June 28, 2019

If you want to know if a building’s design meets all the important criteria, ask the experts. In the case of a pre-kindergarten building, the experts are the children who play and learn in the space. So, that’s who we consulted on a school building project in southern Connecticut.     Greenwich Academy is an…

Welcome to the team, Brian Gonzalez!

By Karin | June 28, 2019

Please join us in welcoming our newest team member, Brian Gonzalez. Not entirely new, since Brian has been with us as a student, but having just graduated from the University of Hartford, we are thrilled to have Brian onboard full time! Read our Q&A below to learn more about Brian and his insights on architecture…

Double Duty: How We Blended Education and Accommodations

By Karin | June 27, 2019

One of the great thrills in architecture is when we’re able to create a design that leverages one structure for multiple purposes. We had that opportunity when we were asked to create a unique building for a local independent school. Greenwich Academy is a college preparatory day school for girls. The campus sits on nearly…

Welcome to the team, Jeannette Penniman!

By Karin | June 27, 2019

Jeannette recently joined our team as our new Design Associate. As a Yale graduate, she brings a love of local architecture and a wide range of experience from two major offices. We are very excited to welcome Jeannette to the team! Read our Q&A below to learn more about Jeannette and her insights on architecture…

Historic New London CT School to Become Supportive Housing

By Karin | June 6, 2019

Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore, CFO of The Connection, Inc (TCI), presided over a gathering yesterday to celebrate the beginning of construction on an affordable/supportive housing project in New London, Connecticut. The Diocese of Norwich designated TCI to develop the former St. Mary’s Star of the Sea parochial school into new housing. CSH was an early funder of…

Breaking Ground on Housing in New London

By Karin | June 5, 2019

New London – A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday officially launched at $7.1 million project to rehab a former Catholic school into 20 units of affordable housing. Saint Mary Star of the Sea School, located at 16 Huntington St., was built in 1892. The K-8 school graduated its last class in 2012 with six students. Addressing a…

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