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ARCHITECTURE: The Integration of Art and Science

Q House: Returning Unity to the Dixwell Community

Posted by: Elizabeth Delaney - 6/1/18 3:00 PM

Topics: Urban Redevelopment

In 2003, a private community center at the heart of New Haven’s Dixwell community, known as “Q House”, closed its doors due to lack of financial support. Located on the corner Dixwell Avenue and Foote Street, Q House stood as a fundamental anchor of the neighborhood for 79 years. Before its closing, Q House was brimming with life, providing recreational facilities and a haven for tens of thousands of Dixwell residents. For years afterwards, the reverberating loss of the beloved Q House continued, leaving the Dixwell community without a place to call their own.

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Park 215: Invigorating a Distressed Neighborhood with a Colorful, Intricate, and Thoughtful Development

Posted by: Elizabeth Delaney - 5/9/18 9:00 AM

In 2013, Kenneth Boroson Architects was selected by Rippowam Cooperation, the development arm of Charter Oak Communities (Housing Authority of the City of Stamford), to transform an obsolete and deteriorated rental apartment complex into a newly developed, self-sustaining, mixed-income community.  Expected to be completed in the summer of 2018, Park 215 will be a new, mixed- use building comprised of 78 units and approximately 23,000 square feet of commercial space.

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Innovative Sustainability: Knitting Downtown Meriden Back Together with the Introduction of Passive House

Posted by: Elizabeth Delaney - 4/16/18 10:00 AM

Topics: Urban Redevelopment, Passive House

Passive House, a revitalized European building method, is slashing conventional heating and cooling costs by up to 90% and claiming the title of today’s highest energy standard in the process. The team at Kenneth Boroson is designing their first Passive House development as a part of a well-crafted strategy to radically transform the housing landscape of downtown Meriden, Connecticut. Sustainability is nestled into a larger civic vision for Meriden that will meet the unique needs of its residents, providing them with new mixed- income and mixed-use housing along with a safe, walkable, and richly amenitized downtown.

In 2014, the City of Meriden requested proposals for the development of several city-owned properties in the newly established Transit- Oriented Development District. The team of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Torti Gallas and Partners, and Michaels Development was selected to develop a 1.6-acre plot that once held the Record- Journal newspaper headquarters. 

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Rockview 2: Approved by the New Haven City Plan Commission

Posted by: Ken Boroson - 3/9/17 7:00 AM

Topics: Multi-family Housing

Rockview 2, which will consist of 78 new townhouse style residential units, has just been approved to move forward by the New Haven City Plan Commission. The commissioners unanimously approved the site plan and inland wetland application. Rockview 2 is the fourth phase of the West Rock project which encompasses two complete neighborhoods (Brookside and Rockview). The project is split into six phases.  The former development consisted of 1940’s brick “barracks-style” buildings and was demolished due to its state of disrepair and the presence of mold and other environmental hazards.

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Creating a Sustainable Design on a Limited Project Budget

Posted by: Brian Stone - 6/7/16 10:15 AM

Topics: Sustainable Design

For many years now, one of the most bandied about terms in the design and construction industries has been sustainability.  From design professionals to specialty contractors to product vendors to recently adopted building codes to third party certification agencies to public and private clients, the word sustainability has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues.  But what does it all mean?  

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Wood Framed Truss Bracing: Who's responsible?

Posted by: Stan Solarski - 4/20/16 6:00 AM

Topics: Building Code

 

On past wood framed construction projects we’ve designed, the supporting roof structure has been constructed with prefabricated roof trusses. As with any pre-fabricated system, final design and installation drawings must be provided by the manufacturer of these systems.

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Pre-K School Design: Inspiring Creativity with Security in Mind

Posted by: Erin Delohery - 3/30/16 6:00 AM

Topics: Pre-K through 12 Education

Creating a fun and inviting environment for children in school can be a difficult task in today’s cultural landscape. The many tragic school shootings that have occurred in this country have put educators and municipalities alike to the task of creating safety guidelines for not only procedures but the school building itself.

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DISTRICT New Haven: An innovative technology business campus

Posted by: Brian Stone - 3/14/16 6:30 AM

Topics: Urban Redevelopment

At the end of 2015, our office was awarded an exciting project to create the new DISTRICT complex at the former CT Transit bus depot on James Street in New Haven. The primary goals of the project are to create a new campus for business and technology innovation in a portion of the existing building and to redevelop the site to become a vibrant contributor to a developing neighborhood.

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What is Architecture – Art or Science?

Posted by: Ken Boroson - 2/29/16 7:30 AM

Topics: Design Philosophy

Both! The balanced integration of artistic sensibility and scientific methodology as it applies to designing buildings and their environments is essential to creating great architecture.

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Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School: Design Collaboration at the Highest Level

Posted by: Ken Boroson - 6/2/15 6:00 AM

Topics: Pre-K through 12 Education

The design of what will be the State of Connecticut’s largest public preschool has involved collaboration at the highest level.  The final and crowning project of the City of New Haven’s 20-year, 1.6 billion-dollar school reconstruction program, is the only early childhood learning school in the city’s portfolio.  While other school construction projects have had the opportunity to incorporate lessons learned from past projects, the new Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School, starting from “scratch,” has required extensive design collaboration to make sure we get it right the first time.

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