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Roìa Renovation: How We Highlighted Beautiful Hidden Features

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Interesting Summer Slammer Projects of 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.

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Summertime School Projects: Smart Scheduling is Key

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.

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How Top Trends are Affecting Architecture Today

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…

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Travel and Inspiration: Insights from 7 Architectural Minds

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…

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How Student Feedback Confirmed a School Building Design

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…

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Welcome to the team, Brian Gonzalez!

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…

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