WMAIA “Architecture Through Film” series

Published October 10, 2014 in Education, KRA Extracurricular, Film, Staff, Andy Grogan, Teaching

This semester's "Architecture Through Film" series is happening, and as usual, KRA's Andy Grogan will be there!

American International College

Published October 10, 2014 in Education, Institutional, Staff, Andrew Bagge, Aelan Tierney, Chris Farley, Charles Roberts, John Kuhn, Sarah Nolan

In 2012, American International College selected us as their On-Call Architect. Founded in 1885, AIC is located in Springfield,MA and enrolls just over 3,000 students each year. The campus is comprised of 25 buildings on 72 park-like acres in the midst of an urban environment. In addition to leading a variety of renovations, we've helped the college establish standards for signage, furniture, finishes, room numbering, and door hardware.

Ando Field Trip

Published October 1, 2014 in KRA Extracurricular, Staff, Chris Farley, Charles Roberts, Liv Wyatt

Last night, a few of us attended a tour of the new Tadao Ando buildings at the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, MA. It was a great event, organized by the Western Massachusetts AIA.

Early 1900s Photoshop

Published September 12, 2014 in Historic, Staff, Jonathan Salvon, Sarah Nolan

Below are two versions of the same photo, showing the building that now is home to New England Public Radio. It's nice to be reminded that what we do with computers often can be done by hand with similarly impressive results!

And here's another shot of the same corner from the 1980s.

And here it is today.

Black-and-white photos courtesy of the Springfield Museums.

Trolley Barn Complete!

Published August 29, 2014 in Community, Construction, Staff, Chris Farley, John Kuhn

The entire project team gathered for a lunch at the completed Trolley Barn today in North Amherst's Mill District. The commercial spaces are prepped and ready for tenants to move-in and make them their own, and the apartments are ready for residents to make them feel like home!

More coverage of the project is available here.

Before and After

Published August 28, 2014 in Education, Historic, Institutional, Modern Design, Staff, Brad Hutchison, Andy Grogan, Charles Roberts, Elizabeth Morgan, Sarah Nolan

It's always good to look back and understand where you started. Here's a glimpse of 79 South Pleasant, showing a side of the building that isn't visible from the street or campus.

Up a Lazy River

Published August 15, 2014 in Construction, Historic, Staff, Brad Hutchison, Chris Farley

It's actually not a river. It's a canal. And we didn't travel up. We floated down.

KRA and structural engineer GNCB recently rafted beneath a mill building to observe conditions. Aside from a few spider-related scares, they returned safely to shore.

And if you didn't catch the song reference above, there's this:


Trolley Barn progress in North Amherst

Published August 12, 2014 in

The Trolley Barn project is moving along in North Amherst. You can see progress of it and related projects on The Mill District website and our Facebook page.

Hosting the next generation (or two)

Published August 12, 2014 in Education, Staff, Aelan Tierney, Chris Farley, Chris Riddle, Teaching

We love it when students come by the office to learn more about what we do. It's an opportunity to share with those just starting to explore the field, and it's a good reminder of what inspired us early on in our careers.

With so many great schools in the area, we've been fortunate enough to spend time with students ranging in age from kindergarten to graduate school. This summer, we hosted students from UMASS's architecture school (right), Amherst Regional High School (below), and the UMASS Pre-College Summer Design Academy (bottom).


Under Construction - Easthampton and Amherst

Published August 11, 2014 in Community, Construction, Historic, Staff, Brad Hutchison, Andrew Bagge, Aelan Tierney, Chris Farley, Charles Roberts

We have added a number of "under construction" photos of our Olympia Oaks (below) and Cottage Square (bottom) projects on our facebook page.

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