Monthly Archives: January 2015

Walter P. Hauser Named Firm Principal

teamwalterWe are pleased to announce that Walter P. Hauser, AIA has been named Principal of the firm. Walter possesses strong management skills with attention to design detail and an outstanding ability to interface and communicate with owners, consultants and contractors. Russell A. Davidson, FAIA KG+D President and Erik A. Kaeyer, AIA KG+D Vice President enthusiastically welcome Walter in joining them in the planning and management of operations of the firm.

Walter joined KG+D as a Project Architect in 2004 and continued to hold positions as an Associate and Associate Principal. Since joining KG+D, Mr. Hauser has designed and managed projects with a combined construction value of approximately $100 million. He has served as the project manager for significant projects including Westchester Community College Master Plan, additions and renovations to Somers High School, District-wide infrastructure upgrades for the White Plains City School District, Master Planning and District-wide renovations for Middletown City School District and Trinity Pawling School Master Plan and new Scully Dining Hall designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Walter holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Architecture from Trinity College. Walter is a licensed architect in the state of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Walter has contributed significantly to the firm’s success and is an important part of its future in his position of leadership as firm Principal.

Celebrating 20 Years of Proud Partnerships

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On December 1st, 2014 KG+D Architects, PC officially marked 20 years of services to the Westchester/Hudson Valley region. On December 15th, the KG+D team was joined by clients, consultants, friends and family to celebrate 20 years of their dedicated support along with the successful projects and relationships cultivated over 20 years of positive collaborations.

KG+D Collaborates with Amani Public Charter School

KG+D has been collaborating with the Amani Public Charter school of Mount Vernon, NY to adaptively renovate and reuse a building on 60 South 3rd Avenue to create a 21st Century Learning Environment capable of housing all of Amani’s students. The grand opening of this new location on January 5, 2015 successfully consolidated all grade levels into the same space for the first time. In addition to building renovations, the project included a science lab and library addition.

News 12 coverage (Westchester)

5 questions for Debra Stern of Amani charter school (LoHud.com)

Bronxville High School – Auditorium

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Client:
Bronxville Union Free School District

Project Scope:
Originally built in 1922, the Bronxville School auditorium was in need of reconfiguration and restoration. The design team was tasked with restoring the beauty and functionality of the original auditorium while incorporating 21st-century design elements. The project redesigned the floor elevation and seating layout and created a fully accessible stage and seating area with a wraparound balcony. The restoration of the proscenium, the open fabric-paneled ceiling and the addition of a retractable acoustic curtain in the attic, result in an acoustically flexible space that is suitable for music and spoken performance events. Another key feature is a lobby addition, which functions as a gathering and instructional space and creates a separate and secure public entrance.

Completion Date:
2015

Awards:
AIANYS Excelsior Award for Public Architecture 2016

AIAWHV High Honor Award 2016

New York State Judicial Institute at Pace University School of Law

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Client:
Unified Court System State of New York/Pace University Law School DASNY

Project Scope:
This new 3-story, 28,000 sf training center, the first of its kind in the nation, was completed for New York State Judges and their staff people. The centerpiece of the new facility is a 160-seat stepped auditorium with a dais stage for training and moot court sessions. Other major elements include a multi-use dining room, three break-out rooms for large group training, two conference rooms, a business center, a law library, telecommunications and teleconference capabilities both within the building and long distance.

Completion Date:
2002

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

The Kensico School

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Client:
Valhalla Union Free School District

Project Scope:
This new school for grades 2-5 was designed as a traditional country school in a contemporary vocabulary. Arranged in a “house” pattern, the building contains four different secondary corridors or “houses” that radiate out; one for each grade level and one for special education and special subjects. Shared community spaces including the cafeteria, library, main office, art and computer rooms are located in the main corridor and easily accessible to all grade levels.

Completion Date:
2001

John Jay High School

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Client:
Katonah Lewisboro School District

Project Scope:
Additions and renovations at John Jay High School included a new science and classroom center. The major elements of this new classroom wing included universal science labs, general classrooms, small group instruction rooms, an administrative and conference area and new window walls in the original 1950s building. In addition to meeting the program goals, the design solution creates a cohesive building with improved circulation paths and a beautiful and unified exterior appearance.

Completion Date:
2006

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

John Jay Middle School

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Client:
Katonah Lewisboro School District

Scope of Work:
Additions and renovations at John Jay Middle School included a new main entrance and lobby, a gymnasium, and an academic wing. Curving around the original student drop-off/pick-up loop, the new light-filled lobby was designed to solve two functional problems exacerbated by recent population growth: a single point of entry and extreme corridor congestion. The classroom and gymnasium addition in the rear respects the crisp modular 1970 original white concrete and black window mullions design while applying current materials and construction technologies.

Completion Date:
2006

Somers High School

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Client:
Somers Central School District

Project Scope:
Additions and renovations to Somers High School were planned and implemented as part of a bond referendum to address District-wide space needs. The original building had been expanded several times and lacked an identifiable, secure, front entrance. New additions placed a new highly visible entry corridor and main office suite and common areas—including a new four-station gymnasium, cafeteria and student commons—at the front of the building where they are accessible for athletic programs and community activities outside of school hours.

Date of Completion:
2008

Seven Bridges Middle School

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Client:
Chappaqua Central School District

Project Scope:
This new facility for 650 students in grades 5-8 sits nestled into the slope on 43 wooded acres. Brick, limestone, natural wood detailing and copper roofs complement the school’s natural setting. The planning principle is based on the “House Plan,” where students are divided into smaller groupings by grade. Four classroom wings are separated by floor or common spaces including the library, auditorium and two large multipurpose rooms. Two landscaped courtyards bring light and nature into the core of the facility, as do expansive views from corridor stairwells and classrooms.

Completion Date:
2003

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

Eastchester Middle School

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Client:
Eastchester Union Free School District

Project Scope:
The Eastchester Middle School was too small to meet the community’s growing needs and programs were overflowing into the adjoining high school spaces. The first phase of the design solution was submitted on a “fast-track” and included the work to reorient the rear entrance and create a construction staging area. The second phase of the project included a large addition to the middle school encompassing 14 new classrooms, 5 additional bathrooms, space reconfiguration, an elevator, an expanded cafeteria, relocation of the special needs classrooms and energy efficient improvements in heating and lighting.

Completion Date:
2014

Roslyn High School

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Client:
Roslyn Union Free School District

Project Scope:
Roslyn High School sought to transform an aging series of disconnected cafeteria spaces into a cohesive, technology-rich cafeteria commons for the students of Roslyn High School. The design solution removed cafeteria and corridor walls to create a bright, open commons with day lighting, views to the outside, access to an outdoor terrace, and 162 additional seats in a more flexible configuration. The Cafeteria Commons also features flat panel monitors, wireless technology and charging stations.

Completion Date:
2013

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

Pleasantville High School

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Client:
Pleasantville Union Free School District

Project Scope:
This complex renovation and expansion of a traditional 1929 brick school building involved the addition of two new major wings at the front of the building and complete infrastructure replacement and restoration. New spaces included a new, state-of-the-art library/media center with telecast capability, science wing, cafeteria, guidance suite and administration. Infrastructure included heating plan replacement, HVAC, window replacement, replicate of slate roof, and masonry restoration.

Completion Date:
2011

Westchester County Playland Bathhouse Restoration

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Client:
Westchester County Department of Public Works

Project Scope:
The project scope for the Playland Bathhouse Restoration included extensive abatement of hazardous materials, complete removal and replacement of roofing systems, replacement of masonry walls, survey of structural conditions, restoration of the building’s foundation, reconstruction and replacement of light monitors and clerestory windows. This project is designed to LEED Silver criteria level.

Completion Date:
2011

Ridgefield Academy – Landmark Pre-School

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Client:
Ridgefield Academy

Project Scope:
KG+D collaborated with Ridgefield Academy on a renovated preschool wing. The redesigned wing focused on a concept that maximized natural light, provided direct access to the outdoors, implemented inventive storage space, developed acoustically sound classrooms and created open areas for hands on learning.

Completion Date:
2011

Ridgefield Academy – The Bridge

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Client:
Ridgefield Academy

Project Scope:
KG+D collaborated with Ridgefield Academy to create a student-centered space that would accommodate the school’s emerging programming needs. The result of this collaboration is a brand new technology-rich library learning commons and digital arts lab named “The Bridge.” Major features include the traditional media-infused library, a gallery with flat panel screens to showcase student projects, a filming workshop with green screen technology, and a large Macintosh lab.

Completion Date:
2011

The Harvey School – Athletic 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 Athletic Center for The Harvey School. The new energy-efficient, high performance Athletic Center includes a gymnasium, fitness center, training facilities, faculty offices and multiple team locker rooms.

Completion Date:
2012

Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab

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Client:
Jacob Burns Film Center

Project Scope:
This new 27,000sf education center was designed to provide educational training in filmmaking and the media arts; the facility is used by school groups and adult continuing education programs. The building features a sound stage, 16 editing suites, a center studio, a screening room and administrative offices. Some of the sustainable features of the building include aluminum and glass energy-efficient windows, a geothermal heating and cooling system, photovoltaic panels on the roof, natural local materials and extensive daylighting and sustainable lighting controls.

Completion Date:
2008

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

Distinction: The building earned a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first in Westchester County.

More about this project

Time-lapse video of the building being constructed:

Discussion of this project on the web:

Archidose blog: Half Dose #93: Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab

Resources:

What is LEED certification?
Jacob Burns Film Center website
Children’s Film Camp