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Interesting Insights on Passive House Construction From Two Conferences

By Jeannette | October 28, 2021

Recently members of our team attended and presented at two industry conferences focused on the design and construction of high-performance buildings: PhiusCon, the annual North American Passive House conference hosted by Passive House Institute US, and AIA CT CACX, AIA Connecticut’s annual conference and expo.   In particular, these events addressed Passive House design and…

How to Use Passive House Principles Successfully in Historic Buildings

By Karin | October 27, 2021

As the renovation of our historic 1816 masonry office building, known as the “King’s Block,” nears completion, our firm took the opportunity to put the details of this Passive House retrofit into a presentation that Associate Jeannette Penniman and I were thrilled to give to two recent audiences: An energy-focused group at PhiusCon, the annual…

New Haven Independent – Plans OK’d for Expanded Oyster Farm

By Karin | September 27, 2021

Our project for the Quinnipiac River Oyster Farm received 3 unanimous city approvals. Check out the article here.   Plans OK’d For Expanded Oyster Farm by THOMAS BREEN | Sep 26, 2021 4:50 pm (16) Comments | Commenting has been closed | E-mail the Author Posted to: City Hall, Environment, Food, The Heights PATRIQUIN ARCHITECTS IMAGES Aerial view of the proposed expanded oyster farm on the…

New Haven Register – New Haven project aims to bring oystering into ‘modern age’ on Quinnipiac River

By Karin | September 27, 2021

Our project for the Quinnipiac River Oyster Farm has been approved by New Haven’s City Plan Department. Check out the article here.   New Haven project aims to bring oystering into ‘modern age’ on Quinnipiac River Mary E. O’Leary Sep. 26, 2021 Copps Island Oysters farm stand manager Patty King is photographed by the oyster…

Powerful Tools for the Design of Sustainable Early Childhood Centers

By Karin | September 22, 2021

At Patriquin Architects, the sustainability of the buildings we design is a top priority. Working within budgetary constraints, site parameters, and specific client goals, we strive to incorporate sustainable strategies as much as possible.   In early childhood center projects, we’re even more careful about indoor air quality, natural daylighting, and views to the outdoors,…

How We Create Great Designs for Early Childhood Education

By Karin | September 15, 2021

Designing facilities that meet the unique needs of young children and the educators responsible for their care and teaching requires attention to a few key elements. For example, there should be plenty of informal learning spaces, certain elements of the design need to be scaled appropriately for children, and consideration needs to be given to…

Learn About Helpful Funding Sources for Historic Building Renovations 

By Karin | August 25, 2021

If you own a historic building and are considering improving it, you should keep in mind that there are funds available for the renovation, restoration, or rehabilitation of these types of structures. The Secretary of the Interior maintains separate “standards” documents for the different types of work performed on historic properties, but our team can…

Saint Mary Place: How We Converted a Historic School into Affordable Housing

By Jeannette | August 18, 2021

The conversion of a historic building for a new use and to include modern amenities requires special care. However, the result can be extremely rewarding. In the case of what is now called Saint Mary Place, we were able to preserve and restore an important landmark while giving it a new life as much-needed supportive…

How to Create Successful Master Plans for Early Childhood Facilities

By Jeannette | July 29, 2021

Master planning in any environment has its challenges. When it’s done within the broader context of an academic campus, a high degree of coordination with the institution’s existing plans, processes, and goals is essential.   Our firm recently undertook a project for a new facility called the Neighborhood Preschool on the campus of Wesleyan University.…

How Traveling to a New Locale Can Inspire New Analytical Skills

By Karin | July 18, 2021

It is important to travel – at a young age and throughout our lives. Travel can be local or can be distant, as long as the journey helps take us away from our daily patterns. Our family recently went to New Mexico (I have written about this locale before). From there, we drove to Breckenridge,…