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ARCHITECTURE: The Integration of Art and Science

Two New Buildings and a New Façade Enliven Lower Chapel Street

Posted by: Ken Boroson - 6/11/19 9:33 AM

Topics: Urban Redevelopment, Multi-family Housing

It is rare as an architect, to be able to make such a significant impact on a City that you love.  We appreciate the opportunity of working alongside Northside Development Company in strengthening this significant urban block in New Haven.

Within the historic nine square grid in New Haven sits the 800 block of Chapel Street (just east of the New Haven Green).  The corner site, 808 Chapel Street, is surrounded by a blue tarp fence.  Two lots west, 848 Chapel Street, is a paved parking lot that extends a full city block to Center Street.  The two-story building in between these sites, 832 Chapel Street, has a vacated second floor space in need of occupancy and a façade in need of an updated urban design.  The combination of these three adjacent properties has led to a deterioration of the urban fabric as shown in the existing picture below.

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Two Ribbon Cuttings and a Groundbreaking in One Week!

Posted by: Brian Stone - 5/29/19 10:00 AM

Topics: Urban Redevelopment, Multi-family Housing

Last week was an exciting and eventful week for Kenneth Boroson Architects and RMS Companies.  Two of the projects we have teamed together on, Parkside City Crossing in New Haven, CT and Stratus on Hudson in Yonkers, NY, celebrated ceremonial ribbon cuttings.  Ground was also informally broken on the next phase of the City Crossing project on Congress Avenue in New Haven.  These three projects combined create a total of 274 rental apartments in newly constructed buildings.

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Reconnecting Neighborhoods With a New Gateway

Posted by: Brian Stone - 5/21/19 9:40 AM

Topics: Urban Redevelopment, Multi-family Housing, Sustainable Design, Passive House

Hill to Downtown PlanAt the beginning of 2018, Kenneth Boroson Architects was retained by the NHP Foundation and the West River Self Help Investment Plan (WRSHIP-New Haven) to design a new multi-family development located within a transit-oriented development zone.  A proposed streetscape view along Legion Avenue is shown above.  This area was cleared in the 1950’s for a new highway that never ended up being built.  Since then, this cleared zone cut off the link between the West River, Dwight, and Hill neighborhoods spanning from Ella T. Grasso Boulevard all the way to the expressway.  In recent years, new development has gradually started to reconnect these neighborhoods, including the work currently being done as part of New Haven’s Downtown Crossing and Hill to Downtown Plan.

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A Tour of DISTRICT

Posted by: Brian Stone - 5/14/19 10:00 AM

Topics: Urban Redevelopment

Earlier this year we had the privilege of conducting a program at our DISTRICT project on James Street in New Haven as part of an event being sponsored by AIA Connecticut.  We gave a presentation on the design and then led a tour through the building.  Project highlights, design features, and other interesting anecdotes were discussed with those in attendance. 

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Overlooking the Hudson River in Yonkers

Posted by: Brian Stone - 5/7/19 9:28 AM

Topics: Multi-family Housing

In early 2017, RMS Companies retained Kenneth Boroson Architects to design a new mixed-use building in Yonkers, New York.  The site overlooks the Hudson River in an area with other multi-family and mixed-use developments along Warburton Avenue.  The steep slope of the site makes the building appear to be only six stories tall from the street, when it is actually nine stories tall when viewed from the river.  The front and rear exterior elevations below show this condition.  In keeping with the prominence of the available views, the building is named Stratus on the Hudson.

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Holland Hill School: Taking a Good School and Making it Even Better

Posted by: Brian Stone - 4/30/19 10:22 AM

Topics: Pre-K through 12 Education

Following up on the successful project at Riverfield School, the Town of Fairfield hired Kenneth Boroson Architects in 2016 to design an additions and alterations project for the Holland Hill Elementary School.  Our office was awarded the project after completing an RFQ and RFP process overseen by the Building Committee and the owner’s program manager Colliers International.

 

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Construction Commences at 11 Crown Street in Meriden

Posted by: Brian Stone - 4/23/19 9:39 AM

Topics: Urban Redevelopment, Multi-family Housing, Sustainable Design, Passive House

Kenneth Boroson Architects is excited to announce that construction has commenced on the new multi-family development we designed for the City of Meriden at 11 Crown Street.  Haynes Construction is hard at work at the former Record Journal Site.  Along with our team members The Michaels Organization and Torti Gallas and Partners, our office is delighted to see this project moving forward.

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Park 215 Earns ENERGY STAR Certification

Posted by: Brian Stone - 2/20/19 10:15 AM

Topics: Urban Redevelopment, Multi-family Housing, Sustainable Design

We are pleased to announce that the apartments within the Park 215 mixed use building we designed for Charter Oak Communities in Stamford, CT have been ENERGY STAR certified as part of the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High-Rise program administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  The units earned this distinction through their energy efficient design and construction.

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Design Challenges for Two Dental Practices Under One Roof

Posted by: Joan Bartick-Gould & Mark Guerrera - 1/14/19 10:30 AM

Topics: Healthcare Design

Completed in October of 2017, the East Lyme dental office building located at 156 Boston Post Road was designed for two separate existing practices and was met with its fair share of challenges.  Both the orthodontic, Kozlowski Orthodontics, and pediatric dental, Children's Dental Associates, practices committed to relocate their practices to a more centralized location within the town and formed a business partnership to construct the building. The new site has proximity to the high school and middle school and has more visibility in general. The 9,000 sf building is divided equally. The site configuration had limitations as to how to place the new building on the site based on the town's requirements and the concern for the traffic exiting onto an already busy Boston Post Road. We were also met with the challenge of being the first new commercial structure within the recently approved Gateway Planned Development District. Specifics related to the GPDD and an expedited schedule are discussed in this recent blog article. We were hired by the construction management firm, Colliers International, who represented the two practices during both the design and construction process.

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2018 JDRF Brew for a Cure

Posted by: Ken Boroson - 1/11/19 3:17 PM

Topics: Community Outreach

On November 10, 2018, the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) "Brew for a Cure" event took place at the Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CT.  I was honored to be a co-chair of the event with my esteemed colleague Joan Wallack.  My role as co-chair encompassed a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, bringing a little bit of humor to the event by playing guitar and singing a few songs with Band Overboard.

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