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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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How to Design a Natural Playscape

By Karin | April 29, 2019

As children, the first lessons we learn are about the natural world around us. And those lessons are important, because they become the framework for much of the learning that follows. That’s one of the reasons nature themes are so prevalent in childcare and early education settings. This includes outdoor play areas, where it seems…

educational greenhouse at Slate School

Helping Young Minds Bloom with an Educational Greenhouse and Gardens

By Karin | April 29, 2019

Slate School is an independent elementary school in North Haven, CT. Its 25-acre parcel is a beautiful plot of land, with both open meadow lands and forest. When school leaders approached us to design the school building, they expressed their vision of capitalizing on this incredible setting and having nature play a central role in…

Designing an Industrial Building in a Historic Residential Neighborhood

Designing Industrial Buildings in a Historic Residential Neighborhood

By Karin | March 28, 2019 says that to master-plan an area is “to develop or improve (land, a community, a building complex, or the like) through a long-range plan that balances and harmonizes all elements.” Producing that “harmony” is no small feat under the best of circumstances. As we learned in one of our recent projects, creating harmony between…

How to Design Around an Industrial Process

How to Design Around an Industrial Process

By Karin | March 28, 2019

As an architectural design firm that enjoys taking on unique projects, we are continually challenged to come up with solutions that meet the needs of a diverse group of stakeholders, which can include property owners, residents, neighbors, tenants, government entities, and business owners/operators. In our Quinnipiac River Oyster Farm project, one of the key elements…