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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.

Construction Begins on Long Island

Published December 18, 2014 in Construction, Staff, John Kuhn

Work has begun on the Bellport House on the coast of Long Island!

Revit Robots

Published November 14, 2014 in Staff, Andrew Bagge, Andy Grogan

We are all excited about the productivity bump we can expect with the arrival of our new 2015 Revit Robots!

A Blast from the Past

Published October 29, 2014 in Staff, Jonathan Salvon

…Via a text message. 

A couple of weeks back Brian Easler, the head-of-school at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, called to ask if I had second copy of a color drawing of the Academy’s Middle School that he was looking at in his office. The Academy wanted to give it as a gift to the building’s principle donor, S. Prestley Blake, in honor of his 100th birthday. 

I was curious but doubtful, but I asked him sent me a photo if he could (above). The drawing turned out to be a quick marker on blue-line paper elevation study I did back in 1996 as part of the value-engineering process we went through while we were designing the expansion of the existing Monticello-like building.  We didn’t create a second copy, but I was able to track down the AutoCAD file, recreate the image for him in Photoshop, and have it printed on archival paper. The Blakes have a long history with the academy, and S. Prestley and Helen Blake were the principle donors of the recently complete International Middle School Dormitory built adjacent to the middle school, a project Kuhn Riddle designed as well.  

I wonder what drawing will resurface in another 19 years?

Jonathan Salvon

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.

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