Powerful Tools for the Design of Sustainable Early Childhood Centers

At Patriquin Architects, the sustainability of the buildings we design is a top priority. Working within budgetary constraints, site parameters, and specific client goals, we strive to incorporate sustainable strategies as much as possible.   In early childhood center projects, we’re even more careful about indoor air quality, natural daylighting, and views to the outdoors,…

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How We Create Great Designs for Early Childhood Education

Designing facilities that meet the unique needs of young children and the educators responsible for their care and teaching requires attention to a few key elements. For example, there should be plenty of informal learning spaces, certain elements of the design need to be scaled appropriately for children, and consideration needs to be given to…

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Learn About Helpful Funding Sources for Historic Building Renovations 

If you own a historic building and are considering improving it, you should keep in mind that there are funds available for the renovation, restoration, or rehabilitation of these types of structures. The Secretary of the Interior maintains separate “standards” documents for the different types of work performed on historic properties, but our team can…

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What’s Master Planning? Slate Upper School Is a Good Example of the Process

Early stage master planning for the design and construction of a building or site is a highly collaborative process that puts the project on the right trajectory for success. It involves everything from early budgeting, to coordinating the work of experts like landscape architects and civil engineers, to working sessions with the client. “Laying the…

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Trinity Baptist: 6 Steps to the Optimal Design

We are proud of the exceptionally talented architects and designers on our staff. But it takes more than just talent to produce a design that fully meets a client’s needs. We’ve learned in our many years practicing architecture that the best way to achieve a successful outcome is to follow a thorough initial process for…

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More Program Space and a Cohesive Campus for Trinity Baptist

Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven, CT, serves a diverse urban population and has a fast-growing congregation. In fact, the church has flourished to the point that at the time they reached out to us, it had outgrown the multi-purpose program spaces that supplement the main sanctuary. To address this issue, church leaders formed a…

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How Our Culture and Character Have Led to 10 Successful Years

When looking for an architecture firm, clients always ask about the organization’s work experience and portfolio. Yet the firm’s culture and character is an oft-ignored but equally important aspect in their choice. Inquiries that aren’t explored as often but that can be just as important include: Is there good team chemistry? Do team members “pull…

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From our Portfolio: Friends Center for Children

FRIENDS CENTER FOR CHILDREN: SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION The Friends Center for Children is a sustainably designed early childhood facility located in Fair Haven, CT. The school provides a learning environment for children aged six months through five years. The building project was funded by a state bond and through private donorship. We are especially proud of the design features that aid in the education,…

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Friends Center for Children – Presentation Boards

These are our presentation boards, prepared for the Friends Center for Children. The site is shared with the Quaker Meeting House. The building is located so as to give each classroom access to their playground directly behind the building, facing city parklands. The main volume is low to the ground, to minimize the visual impact…

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