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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.

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.

79 South Pleasant

Published November 18, 2013 in Historic, Institutional, Modern Design, Staff, Andy Grogan, Charles Roberts

The nearly-complete 79 South Pleasant project is featured on the front page of this morning's Daily Hampshire Gazette. Or, you can read it here.

You can read more about the historic tin ceiling here.

Terracotta Panels at Curtain Wall

AIC Ribbon Cutting

Published November 15, 2013 in Institutional

American International College hosted the ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Admissions Office last night. Provost Todd Fritch and Dean of Admissions Janelle Holmboe presided over the ceremony. We are thrilled to see the new space welcoming guests and prospective students to the College.

Saving a Tin Ceiling

Published November 6, 2013 in Historic, Institutional, Staff, Andy Grogan, Charles Roberts, Sustainability

We’ve been working with Amherst College on the renovation and addition to 79 South Pleasant in Amherst, MA. The building was built in the 1830s and was originally home to the First Baptist Church. KRA’s Andy Grogan looks back on how the project team saved the sanctuary’s c. 1905 tin ceiling.

Faced with a historic building that had been less-than thoughtfully renovated by a previous owner inthe 1960s, we didn’t expect much of the original interior to remain. The sanctuary’s 12’ high windows had been removed and replaced with pairs of double-hungs when a third floor was inserted into the sanctuary; the arch that stood behind the pulpit had been hacked away to make room for a staircase; and there were few traces of any original woodwork. The prospect of integrating historic fabric into the new spaces wasn’t looking good.

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Green Tours

Published September 23, 2011 in Institutional, Modern Design, Sustainability

We are excited to be participating in the 2011 NESEA Green Buildings Open House on Saturday, October 1st. Our architects will be leading tours of three of our most sustainable buildings: the UMASS Marching Band Building, New England Environmental's headquarters, and the Ken Burns Wing of the Jerome Leibling Center at Hampshire College.  All three buildings are located in Amherst, MA.

New England Environmental recently achieved LEED Platinum for New Construction, the highest rating available to LEED-certified buildings and a distinction that is shared by only four other buildings in Massachusetts. The recently-completed UMASS Marching Band Building is on-track to achieve LEED Gold certification; the Ken Burns Wing achieved LEED Gold in 2010.

NESEA's Green Buildings Open House is the largest sustainable energy event in the Northeast. For the past 15 years, the GBOH program has inspired thousands of individuals to learn about and implement energy efficient and renewable energy solutions in their buildings. The goal of the GBOH event is to enable participants to see, firsthand, energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in their communities and motivate them to adopt similar solutions for their own buildings.

Tours will run at varying times between 10am and 4pm on October 1, 2011. More information is available on the NESEA website.

Posts from Peru #10

Published August 25, 2011 in Institutional, Staff, Ann Marshall, Elizabeth Morgan, Travel

The nearby town of Maras. 

Moray – ruins of an agricultural laboratory used by the Incas.

The Salineras – spring-fed evaporative salt pans built by the Incas, still in use today. 

Posts from Peru #9

Published August 18, 2011 in Institutional, Staff, Ann Marshall, Elizabeth Morgan, Travel

Around the Sacred Valley, the “bread-basket” of Peru.


Published August 17, 2011 in Institutional, Staff, Ann Marshall, Elizabeth Morgan

KRA's Ann Marshall and Elizabeth Morgan were featured this morning on WFCR's Morning Edition.  They talk with WFCR's Susan Kaplan about the Peruvian artifacts that have recently been returned to Peru by Yale University.  Audio is available here.

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