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Over the last two years our office has worked closely with Amego Inc. on a renovation and addition to their Northborough facility. Amego is a service provider for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. This project consisted of a renovation of a 30,000 SF office building and a 2,000 SF addition to serve Amego’s day-habilitation program for adults. The design intent was to transform a metal office building into a place that reflects the individuality and spirit of Amego’s clients. The addition features a new lobby and conference room, and provides accessibility to both stories.
Last night, Amego hosted a grand opening and open house that was recognized with a Proclamation from Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
The Worcester Business Journal featured the unveiling of the project here: http://www.wbjournal.com/article/20161116/NEWS01/161119965/1004?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=DailyReport&utm_campaign=Wednesday
This fall marked the completion of College of the Holy Cross’ Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center located in West Boylston, MA. Our office worked as architectural consultants with Lamoureux Pagano & Associates throughout the duration of the project. After morning rain showers the sun came out on a Saturday in September during the ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony. The Joyce Center, located off of the Holy Cross Worcester campus, will become home for the student, faculty, alumni, and staff retreat programs the college hosts each year.
The architectural design was inspired by the retreat experience, natural landscape, ledge outcroppings, and amazing views of the Wachusett Reservoir. The building program includes a chapel, meeting rooms, breakout spaces, a dining hall, bedrooms for up to 60 guests, and support spaces.
To read more about the ceremony and the retreat programs at Holy Cross visit their blog here: http://news.holycross.edu/blog/2016/09/12/holy-cross-opens-thomas-p-joyce-59-contemplative-center/
The Worcester Telegram also wrote an article about the Holy Cross Retreat Center here: http://www.telegram.com/news/20161031/holy-cross-retreat-center-in-west-boylston-serves-self-reflection-solitude
Michael Pagano and Bill Masiello at the ribbon cutting ceremony
Our office is currently working on a private lakefront residence located on Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury, MA. The elegant architectural design frames views of the lake, connecting first and second floor spaces to the exterior through expanses of glass, outdoor balconies and gathering spaces. Last week we visited the site to observe the second floor framing from the lift!
In February, our architectural design team went on a site visit to the College of the Holy Cross Contemplative Center in West Boylston, MA. The project integrates with the topography and landscape and overlooks the Wachusett Reservoir in Central Massachusetts. The heavy timber framing was being installed which was fascinating to see exposed as it reveals the complexities of the architectural and structural design. Upon completion most of the timber posts, beams, decking, and connections will be left exposed, leaving evident the tectonic connections of the natural materials.
The American Institute of Architects Central Massachusetts Chapter has awarded Sophisticated Serenity an Honor Award for Design Excellence in Architecture. This provoking residential design was inspired by art, aesthetics, and natural materials and we are excited to have it recognized by the AIA, a national association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners of the profession.
Click here to view the full project: Sophisticated Serenity
July 2015 edition of American School and University featured Becker College’s Fuller Campus Center in the article “A Sealed Envelope.” The article focused on the conservation of energy in building systems through the use of increased insulation, reflective surfaces, air tightness, and the importance of architectural detailing. In the Fuller Campus Center at Becker College, our design team focused efforts to design a tight building envelope that would be thermally and energy efficient. The
On Thursday April 16 College of the Holy Cross held a blessing and ceremonial groundbreaking as they announced their plans to build a $22 million dollar Contemplative Center in West Boylston, Massachusetts. We have been involved in the project throughout the design process working as architectural consultants with Lamoureux Pagano & Associates.
The 33,800 square foot facility is located atop a 52 acre parcel with serene views of Wachusett Reservoir. The program was designed to meet the needs of the Holy Cross retreat experience and includes a chapel, large and small meeting rooms, a dining hall, and bedrooms for up to 60 guests. The building will provide a unique experience for overnight and weekend retreats, days of prayers, as well as other spiritual exercises. The design intent was to enhance the individual’s experience through architectural elements that include the use of natural and tactile materials, captured views of the reservoir, and working with the site’s natural topography and exposed ledge to emphasize the balanced relationship between man and nature.
The facility will be named the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center. The Center is scheduled for completion in Fall of 2016.
This January Food Service Equipment Magazine featured our design for Boutin Dining Hall at Becker College’s Fuller Campus Center. The six page spread highlighted the servery and kitchen’s efficiency and the contemporary dining Hall that has become a place for people to “eat, relax, and interact.”
The contextual design for the Fuller Campus Center opens up into a contemporary interior that reflects Becker’s culture and mission. The Boutin Dining Hall has become a social hub that serves as a gathering place within the Leicester campus with inspirational views to Worcester beyond and ample natural light.
We worked closely with Becker College and food service designers Colburn & Guyette to achieve this award winning design that provides an efficient servery that “reduces the kitchen footprint, pulls culinary action out front, and offers built in menu flexibility for years to come.”
Fall is a wonderful time to plant in order for the landscape to settle and acclimate throughout the winter and get a head start in the spring season. Those in New England know that we have had a beautiful fall, so we have taken advantage of the nice weather to work on the detailed landscape that enhances the design elements and scale of the contemporary residence that is under construction.
We visited the project site to capture the progress and atmospheric condition as the sun went down casting beautiful washes on the windows, zinc roof, cedar shingles, and quartzite site walls. The chimney cap and zinc details have been completed, and a lot of the landscape elements are in place. This winter we will turn to finish the project’s interior.
We are currently in the construction phase of a contemporary residence in Worcester County located in Central Massachusetts. The strong lines and geometries found in the architecture are enhanced by the details of the zinc roof and custom windows. The corner windows and glass detailing allow for spectacular views which connect the interior with the rolling site, bringing light and energy into the space. The quartzite site wall acts as an organizing element and compliments the warmth of the cedar shingles.
Every detail was uniquely designed with regard to the site and the client, which allowed our team to develop concepts that are accentuated in architectural, interior, and landscape elements.
Below: Ron Aspero, Construction Manager and President of Shrewsbury Homes Inc.