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Music at the UUSA

Published January 28, 2015 in Community, KRA Extracurricular, Staff, Chris Farley

The community room at UUSA hosted Salt People last weekend, a band from New York city that mixes jazz, funk, pop, and cacophony. The band features a long-time friend of KRA's Chris Farley, and Chris reports that the show was great!

Students Visit Olympia Oaks in Amherst

Published December 24, 2014 in Community, Education, Staff, Aelan Tierney, Teaching

Students ranging from sixth to twelfth grade from Renaissance Magnet School in Springfield came to Olympia Oaks to learn about how Housing Developments happen. The students were participating in a one week intensive about architecture and had spent the week designing, drawing, and building models of their "dream homes." The trip to Olympia Oaks included a tour of the site and community building, as well as one residence. HAP Housing Development and Management staff talked about how these projects get funded and managed.  KRA's Aelan Tierney shared the history of the development and the core concepts of the design and then spoke about architecture as a profession.

The Flats at Village Hill

Published December 19, 2014 in Community, Construction, Staff, Brad Hutchison, Charles Roberts, Liv Wyatt

Construction is nearing completion in Northampton at the Flats at Village Hill.

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.

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.

More Moo

Published August 1, 2014 in Community, Retail, Staff, John Kuhn

The Atkins Farm cow continues to wander into meetings in our office. Eventually, he'll have a home at the new Atkins Market in North Amherst's Mill District.

UUSA Tiffany Window Returns

Published May 30, 2014 in Community, Historic, Staff, Jonathan Salvon, Liv Wyatt

Yesterday, workers began reinstalling the "Angel of the Lillies" Tiffany window at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. Removed last year at the start of construction, the window has been restored.

Commissioned and built in 1890, the windows began their life at the All Souls Unitarian Church in Roxbury, MA. When the Roxbury congregation's building changed hands in the 1920s, the windows were removed at the request of their donors, who had stipulated that they always be installed in a Unitarian church. The 135" x 108" window was donated to the Amherst congregation in 1925 by the American Unitarian Association.

Upper Ridge in Northampton

Published September 6, 2013 in Community, Staff, Charles Roberts

We've been working with Wright Builders on their Upper Ridge Project in Northampton, MA.  They've recently updated their website with more information and images about the projects. Information here.

The Gatehouse nears completion

Published August 16, 2013 in Community

The Gatehouse will serve as a mixed-use gateway building for Village Hill in Northampton. It will be the future home of Fazzi Associates and two additional as-yet-to-be-determined tenants. The Gatehouse was developed by New Harmony Properties and constructed by Wright Builders, Inc.

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NEPR Groundbreaking

Published March 22, 2013 in Community, Historic, Modern Design, Staff, Ann Marshall, Jonathan Salvon, Sarah Nolan

NEPR hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Springfield studios, and we were there along with Congressman Richard Neal, Mayor Dominic Sarno, and NEPR staff.  More information here.

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