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Historic New London CT School to Become Supportive Housing

Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore, CFO of The Connection, Inc (TCI), presided over a gathering yesterday to celebrate teh 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…

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Breaking Ground on Housing in New London

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…

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St Mary school to be transformed into affordable housing

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…

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Architectural Transformation: Old School to Affordable Housing

Saint Mary Place New London: Conversion of historic elementary school to affordable apartments

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…

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5 Challenges and Solutions When Restoring Historic Buildings

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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Designing Industrial Buildings in a Historic Residential Neighborhood

Designing an Industrial Building in a Historic Residential Neighborhood

Dictionary.com 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…

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How to Design Around an Industrial Process

How to Design Around an Industrial Process

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…

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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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How to Work with Architectural Review Boards

Greenwich Academy front

Founded in 1827, Greenwich Academy provides college preparatory education for girls at a day school on a 39-acre campus in Greenwich, CT. When the school decided to build a new multi-use facility with classrooms on the ground floor and a faculty apartment on the second floor, the school’s leadership chose Patriquin Architects to create the…

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