Posts by Karin

How to Improve Accessibility in a Multi-Family Housing Renovation

multi family affordable housing renovation

It goes without saying that people with disabilities should be able to access public buildings. But to ensure that right, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. It prohibits discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications against people who have physical or mental impairments that substantially limit “major life activities,”…

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Press Release: Patriquin Architects Announces Opening of Esana Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa

For Immediate Release | Patriquin Architects turned an historical post-and-beam timber house and adjoining barn into Esana Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Guilford, CT.

For Immediate Release Contact: Karin Patriquin Phone: 203-535-1688 Email: karin@patriquinarchitects.com Patriquin Architects Announces Opening of Esana Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa New Haven,  February 25, 2019—Located in Guilford, one of the more picturesque villages in New England, the shoreline location of Esana Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa is a melding of antiquity and renewal. For…

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Capitalizing on the Power of Passive House Design at Our HQ

Capitalizing on the Power of Passive House Design at Our HQ

At Patriquin Architects, we’re vocal advocates of — and certified in — passive house design. The “Passivhaus standard” was developed in the late 1980s by Bo Adamson of Lund University, Sweden and Wolfgang Feist of the Institut für Wohnen und Umwelt (Institute for Housing and the Environment) in Germany. Passive House USA adapted the German concept…

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Fitwel and Our Office Renovation: Taking Great Strides for a Better Score

Fitwel and Our Office Renovation: Taking Great Strides for a Better Score

People who work in an office environment spend a significant percentage of their life there. It’s certainly true for our team, which is one of the reasons we are proponents of the Fitwel System. Developed by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) based on research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),…

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What Goes Into the Design of a New Elementary School Campus?

WHAT GOES INTO THE DESIGN OF A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS?

One of the most important characteristics for young students to possess is curiosity. For one elementary school in North Haven, CT, the notion of exploration is central to its mission: “Slate School cultivates creativity, fosters ingenuity, and inspires a deep passion for lifelong learning and discovery. Slate School’s priority is that each child’s innate and…

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From Design to Construction: How Slate School Was Built

FROM DESIGN TO CONSTRUCTION: HOW SLATE SCHOOL CAME TO BE

Every design and construction project is unique. How well the parties involved address a project’s particularities is a key element in its success. Our work at Slate School in North Haven, Connecticut, is a perfect example of how effective collaboration yields exceptional results. In particular, our interaction  with the construction team helped bring the client’s…

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Case Study: Iterative Design and the Ideal Church Addition

Iterative Design and the Perfect Church Addition

One of the most powerful and engaging approaches to developing plans for a construction project is what is known as “iterative design.” Wikipedia defines it as “a design methodology based on a cyclic process of prototyping, testing, analyzing, and refining a product or process. Based on the results of testing the most recent iteration of…

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