December 2014 / News

KRA Receives Honor Awards from WMAIA

Published December 12, 2014

Kuhn Riddle Architects received the top honors in architecture from this year’s WMAIA + BSLA Design Awards Program for our work on New England Public Radio and 79 South Pleasant Street at Amherst College.

At the annual dinner of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the AIA last week, KRA received the “Honor Award” for design excellence for each of these projects. Kuhn Riddle’s Ann Marshall accepted for the NEPR team, while Charles Roberts and Andy Grogan accepted for the Amherst College team.

The jurors commented that NEPR was a “great new use for old building,” adding that the “textures and rhythms are great.” The jury also appreciated the re-use of the building’s existing cast iron columns.

The jurors called 79 South Pleasant a “very strong project...a sophisticated piece of design.”  They applauded the “integration of (the) new, modern addition and existing building” and “loved the transformation of the front.”

You can see both project submissions via our ISSUU page.

The Design Awards Program, last held by the WMAIA in 2012, was co-hosted this year by the WMAIA and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects – Western Massachusetts Section. The competition was open to any building type or landscape anywhere in the world completed at any time in the last ten years, by any architect or landscape architect whose principal office is currently located in Western Massachusetts, or who is a member of WMAIA. The sole criterion of the program is design excellence.

The jury was comprised of four architectural professionals:  Ward D'Elia AIA, Samyn-D'Elia Architects, Ashland NH; Katie Cassidy Sutherland AIA, Scully Architects, Keene NH; Terrence Parker ASLA, Terra Firma Landscape Architecture, Portsmouth, NH; and Sheldon Pennoyer AIA, Sheldon Pennoyer Architects, Concord, NH.

Above: Winners in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, including KRA's Charles Roberts, Chris Farley, and Andy Grogan (from left)

Project Team: 79 South Pleasant at Amherst College
Partner In Charge: Charles Roberts
Project Manager: Andy Grogan
Interior Designer: Sarah Nolan
Site Design: Berkshire Design Group
Structural Engineer: GNCB Consulting Engineers. P.C.
MEP/FP Engineers: BVH Integrated Services
Envelope Consultant: Wagdy Anis, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc.

Project Team: New England Public Radio
Partner In Charge: Jonathan Salvon
Project Manager: Ann Marshall
Interior Designer: Sarah Nolan
Structural & MEP Engineers: The Dennis Group
Acoustic Consultant: Cavanaugh Tocci Associates

Chatham House Featured in This Old House

Published December 12, 2014

The Chatham House is featured in the January/February 2015 issue of This Old House magazine in an article about the renovated kitchen.

Originally constructed around 1880, the house was in need of significant repairs and upgrades. The renovated project includes an ample front porch that enhances the form of the original house as well as additions to the rear that expand dining and kitchen areas. In 2013, the project received the Chatham Preservation Award from the Town of Chatham Historic Commission, Historic Business District Commission, and the Chatham Historical Society in Chatham, Massachusetts.