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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…

St Mary school to be transformed into affordable housing

By Karin | June 5, 2019

New London – St. Mary Star of the Sea School closed its doors at the end of the school year in 2012, a move that some considered traffic but necessary because of declining enrollment and mounting financial hurdles. Now, the former Roman Catholic elementary school that educated scores of students in grades 1 through 8…

Local developer plans to convert ‘General’s Residence’ and land into condo development

By Karin | May 31, 2019

MADISON — A local developer plans to convert the dilapidated “General’s Residence,” a 1730 home with a storied past, and the surrounding property into a condominium complex. William Plunkett’s proposal, under the business name Capt’n Griffin, LLC, to develop the land around the General’s Residence at 908 Boston Post Road and the adjoining property at…

Saint Mary Place New London: Conversion of historic elementary school to affordable apartments

Architectural Transformation: Old School to Affordable Housing

By Karin | May 30, 2019

The concept of “sustainability” in architecture encompasses a wide range of practices and principles; one of the most fundamental is the reuse of existing building material. That was a major reason why we were thrilled when asked to develop a design and a plan for converting a historic school building into much-needed affordable housing. The…

5 Challenges and Solutions When Restoring Historic Buildings

By Karin | May 30, 2019

We have been fortunate through the years to have the opportunity to participate in the restoration and revitalization of a number of historic buildings in Connecticut. This includes both residential and mixed-use developments with public and private backing.   From feasibility studies and designs through construction, we have been involved in all phases of these…

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