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Roìa Renovation: How We Highlighted Beautiful Hidden Features

By Karin | October 30, 2019

One of our areas of expertise is the careful handling of historic structure rehabilitation projects. Designing spaces that have modern functionality and accessibility but also retain key features that help tell their story is no easy task. It requires research into the building’s history, exploratory demolition in many cases, and a knack for the best way…

Exploratory Demolition: What Is It and What Does It Uncover?

By Karin | October 29, 2019

When you’re talking about a building renovation and you hear the word “demolition,” you probably picture crews wielding crowbars and jackhammers with reckless abandon. Sometimes, however, the initial stage of a renovation project calls for a lighter touch. Exploratory demolition, or partial demolition, is used when there are elements in an existing building that need…

2019 AIA NEW ENGLAND EMERGING PROFESSIONAL FRIENDLY FIRM

By Brian | October 5, 2019

We were awarded the designation AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm for 2019 by the AIA New England Regional Council. The AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm program aims to identify firm initiatives that promote the advancement of Emerging Professionals through professional development and personal growth opportunities. The accuracy of the data reported…

How to Budget Effectively for Long-Term Building Maintenance and Updates

By Karin | September 29, 2019

If you own a building, whether a recent build or a historic structure, it’s important to be aware that there will be long-term costs for maintaining the building. A carefully considered plan for ongoing upkeep is essential. What follows are some key considerations for crafting that plan.

How to Leverage an RFP to Gain Insight on an Architecture Firm

By Karin | September 27, 2019

Finding the right architecture team can make all the difference in the success of your construction or renovation project. But how do you do that? One of the keys is writing a good request for proposal (RFP). And by “good” we mean one that gets you all the information you need to identify the firm…

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…

AWARD OF MERIT K-12 EDUCATION

By Brian | July 23, 2019

We won the Award of Merit K-12 Education by ENR New England. The votes have been cast and the 2019 ENR New England Best Projects winners have finally been chosen. The winners of the main categories can be found in the list below. The Best Project safety award winners, which is juried by a separate safety…

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