Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Harvey School – Arts Center

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Client:
The Harvey School

Project Scope:
As part of a phased Master Plan for campus development, KG+D completed a new Arts Center for The Harvey School. The 24,100sf visual and performing arts facility includes music, art and photography classrooms, video and dance studios and a gallery to display student work. The centerpiece of the project is a 3,400 sq. ft. black box theater designed to seat more than 200. The theater has movable partitions that open to create space for audience overflow into the gallery and as well as a flexible stage that can be moved to accommodate a variety of performances.

Completion Date: 2005

Awards:
Honor Award for Architectural Excellence, AIA Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter

Capalongo Medical Building

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Clients:
Drs. Lodolini, Capolongo, Bianchi & Zarakiotis

Project Scope:
This adaptive reuse project for the Capalongo Medical Building involved the restoration and a two-story addition of a former residence into a modern pediatric dental office and commercial office building.

Completion Date:
2003

West Hempstead Public Library

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Client:
West Hempstead Public Library

Project Scope:
This new, 2-story, 28,000 sf public library features a large main reading room with extensive day lighting, large flexible children’s room, teen room, and flexible lower-level community room with direct access to the exterior for use outside of regular library hours.

Completion Date:
2008

Trinity Pawling School – Scully Dining Hall

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Client:
Trinity Pawling School

Project Scope:
The objectives for the Scully Dining Hall project were to increase capacity to serve the entire student and faculty community in one seating and create a cornerstone to enhance the presence of the north entrance to campus. Scully Hall is 40% larger and operates 30% more efficiently than the building it replaced. The centerpiece is a 6,000sf main dining room that seats 400 diners at round tables beneath dramatic curved heavy timber trusses and clerestory windows.

Completion Date:
2009

Distinctions:
LEED Certification pending

Post Road Elementary School

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Client:
White Plains City School District

Project Scope:
This new, high-performance, 90,000sf replacement school has earned an Energy Star rating of 100, operates 65% more efficiently than a building of standard design and is the most energy-efficient public school building in New York State at the present time. The building was part of a District-Wide construction and infrastructure program. Sustainable elements of the project include geothermal heating and cooling, solar photovoltaic array, efficient building envelope, low-flow plumbing fixtures, extensive day lighting and advanced lighting controls, and the use of recycled and sustainable materials.

Completion Date:
2009

Distinctions:
Designed to meet the criteria for LEED for Schools at the Gold Level and touted by NYSERDA as the “Greenest School in New York State.”

Awards:
AIANYS Excelsior Award for Public Architecture

Henry H. Wells Middle School

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Client:
Brewster Central School District

Project Scope:
This middle school renovation project remade an aging traditional 1957 building into a vibrant 21st Century school. In addition to extensive renovations to the existing building, new additions include a 26,000sf 3-level brick and block science wing, a new library addition, new stairwell addition and front entrance canopy. As a part of the District’s mandate for an environmentally conscious building, the design also included high-performance and high-efficiency design solutions.

Completion Date:
2012

Awards:
Citation Award for Architectural Excellence, AIA Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter

Distinctions:
Designed to achieve NYS CHPS Certification

Orange-Ulster BOCES Regional Education Center at Arden Hill

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Client:
Orange-Ulster BOCES

Project Scope:
This adaptive reuse project transformed the former Arden Hill Hospital Campus into a vibrant educational facility. Extensive renovations of the 200,000sf hospital included new building systems, reconfigured spaces to allow for appropriate room size and program adjacencies, a new addition to connect East and North wings, a new central media center and major renovations to the building’s main entrance vestibule.

Completion Date: 2014

Awards:
Citation Award for Architectural Excellence, AIA Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter

Distinctions:
As the school is a shared government facility, the kitchen was designed to serve the Orange Ulster BOCES community as well as produce and serve over 200 meals per day for the county’s Meals on Wheels Program.

Wilson Jewelers

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Client:
Wilson & Sons, Inc.

Project Scope:
This project involved complete interior renovations of 1400sf retail store including interior design, town approvals, millwork design and selection of finish materials.

Completion Date:
2006

First Presbyterian Church of Katonah

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Client:
First Presbyterian Church
of Katonah

Project Scope:
Additions and renovations to the existing Church included religious education classrooms, multi-use space, improvements to the fellowship hall, consolidated office areas and building updates and renovations for accessibility.

Completion Date:
2013

Russell A. Davidson, FAIA Elected 2016 AIA President

“Many of our practitioners and firms, including my own, are fighting real battles every day to maintain and build value in the services we deliver, and to convince our clients to invest in quality design. The AIA can and should improve the perceived value of our profession which will yield positive results for all architects.”

RussDelegates to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national convention in Chicago elected Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, (AIA Westchester Hudson Valley) to serve as the 2015 AIA first vice president/president-elect and 2016 AIA president. William J. Bates, AIA, and Francis M. Pitts, FAIA, will each serve as vice president from 2015 through 2016; John A. Padilla, AIA, as the Institute’s Secretary from 2015 through 2016.

Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, 2015 First Vice President/2016 President-Elect

Davidson, a former president of his local component in 1999 and president of AIA New York State in 2007, joined the AIA National Board in 2009 and served as AIA vice president from 2012-2013. Throughout out his national leadership tenure, Davidson has maintained a special focus on government and public advocacy for architects and architecture. Davidson practices with KG&D Architects in Mount Kisco, N.Y., where he has worked for 28 years, holding every position from junior draftsperson to managing principal. Davidson earned a degree in Architectural Aesthetics from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and a MArch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

“Public awareness needs to become the lens through which the AIA views all of its efforts,” Davidson says. “With a renewed focus and prioritization of the many programs now in place, the AIA can and should be more relevant to practitioners and the public. Many of our practitioners and firms, including my own, are fighting real battles every day to maintain and build value in the services we deliver, and to convince our clients to invest in quality design. The AIA can and should improve the perceived value of our profession which will yield positive results for all architects.”

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