Sustainability

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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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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Passive House Design by the Numbers

Passive House sunrise

Whether it’s personal fitness, retirement savings, or protecting the environment, goal setting is a critical first step toward success. I recently attended the 13th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Boston where the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the goals of “passive house” design and construction in helping achieve those objectives were front…

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How Healthy Schools Support Happy Children

sustainable school design

Our team of architects and designers handles a wide range of projects, including work on new construction, historic buildings, alterations and renovations, and site analysis and feasibility studies. And, we enjoy every new challenge we take on. But one area that is especially gratifying is designing school buildings and additions that meet the highest environmental…

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Why Passive House Design is So Powerful

Patriquin Architects,New Haven, CT | An example of passive house architecture

The idea of “sustainability” covers a wide range of disciplines and practices. One area that I feel can have a tremendous impact on the environment is making our homes, office buildings, and other structures highly energy efficient. The passive house concept involves designing buildings that incorporate super-efficient envelopes and mechanical systems that can pass a…

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How to Promote a Healthy Working Environment

Patriquin Architects, New Haven, CT Healthy working environment

We are a firm that places a high value on designing buildings and spaces that promote and support healthy living. To put more of a framework around what has always been one of our guiding principles, Karin became an ambassador of The Fitwel System last year. The Fitwel System is described by the organization behind…

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Sustainable design for a new elementary school

Sustainable classroom

One of our current projects, which we couldn’t be more excited about, is designing a nature-based independent school, called Slate School, on former farmlands in North Haven, Connecticut. The school’s educational philosophy is centered around discovery, curiosity, and nature. We’re no strangers to design for early childhood education with nature as a core principle, with…

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Designing a nature-based school

Nature-based school

Recently, we have been asking ourselves how to design to support the educational philosophy of curiosity and nature-based learning for a new independent elementary school called Slate School. When designing for a school, in particular, it’s essential to strongly adhere to its core principles in order to create the best environment for learning. To this end,…

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How We’re Implementing The Fitwel System in Our Own Office

Small office - Fitwel certification

Big news around these parts—we have taken the Fitwel test! The Fitwel System is a building certification standard that optimizes building occupant health and productivity through targeted improvements to workplace design and policies. Typically, these measure large office complexes or government buildings. But we thought it would be fun to look into how a small office…

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