Architecture

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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The Top 3 Tools We Use for Site Analysis & Feasibility Studies

The Top 3 Tools We Use for Site Analysis Feasibility Studies

Will this site work for our project? What’s the maximum allowable size of our building? How will the interior space be subdivided? These are some of the questions that come immediately to mind for stakeholders who are considering a design and construction project. Needless to say, having accurate answers is crucial to deciding if or…

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A Tour of Passive House Buildings In and Around Boston

Passive House tour

The driving principle of passive house design is simple—to design the most energy efficient building possible, to the benefit of our planet and ourselves. I recently attended the 13th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Boston hosted by Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). On the final day of the conference, I was lucky enough…

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