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KG+D Projects Win AIA WHV Design Award

KG+D Architects won two design awards from the American Institute of Architects, Westchester Hudson Valley (AIA WHV).

One of the awards they received was an AIA WHV High Honor Award for their collaboration with Great Neck Public Library, in Great Neck, NY. The library’s main branch facility was transformed—generally within the footprint of the existing building—into a flexible 21st Century Library.

The second award received by KG+D Architects is the AIA WHV Honor Award for their collaboration with the Eagle Hill School, in Greenwich, CT. A new community room replaced a limiting theater with a 350-seat multipurpose space that can utilized for assemblies, events and performances as well as indoor recess and athletic activities.

KG+D was recognized at the AIA WHV Design Awards on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. The event included a guided tour of the main gallery by the museum’s original architect – Richard E. Kaeyer, former principal of KG+D.

Rippowam Cisqua School:
New Upper Campus Ribbon Cutting

Pictured (left to right): Travis S. Schnell – KG+D Architects Associates, Andy Fox – Shore Harbor Project Advisors, Kirtley Cameron – Board President, Colm MacMahon – Head of School, Erik A. Kaeyer -KG+D Architects Vice President, Gregory Burns – Consigli, Jason Carrier – Consigli

After 15 months of construction, Rippowam Cisqua School’s Upper Campus project is complete! Head of School Colm MacMahon and Board Chair Kirtley Cameron cut the ribbon and officially opened the new facility to the entire RCS community, ushering in Rippowam Cisqua School’s one-hundredth academic year.

Photography: Minush Kraniqi and Peter T. Michaelis

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Using Design to Protect Students from the Unexpected

Violence has a long history in U.S. schools, with recorded incidences dating back to the early-20th century. More recently, the concept of active shooters armed with military-grade weapons has found a permanent home in the American landscape. And that is changing how schools are designed.

Russell Davidson, principal and president of KG+D Architects, in Mount Kisco, NY, and former president of the American Institute of Architects, said that AIA members have been designing for security for some time now. These days, however, lessons learned from military and embassy projects have made their way into planning for K-12 schools and religious facilities, in particular.

As schools increase their security, however, the challenge is to make students feel like they’re still in a school setting rather than a prison or military installation.

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KG+D Project Recognized by Learning By Design

The Eagle Hill School’s new Community Room was cited as an Outstanding Project by Learning by Design magazine.

The architecture of the community room captures the intimacy of the campus by creating a space that feels appropriate and welcoming for a group as small as 20 or as large as 350. The multi-purpose room was designed in keeping with the architectural aesthetic of the campus and is both dramatic and warm with a circular timber ceiling, clerestory windows and a expansive curved window wall.

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Public Engagement Phase of Cardinal Field Feasibility Study Begins

As part of the 2017-2018 Town approved Capital Plan, Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) administration has contracted with KG+D architects to conduct a Cardinal Field Feasibility Study. The purpose of the Feasibility Study is to review possible approaches to repairing and/or improving Cardinal Field and the grounds and facilities surrounding the field. The study will not result in a single plan, but a variety of options for the GPS administration and the Board of Education to consider.

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Summer Show Brings Out the Art in Wilton

It’s no doubt there are many talented people in Wilton, and the work of about 90 of them is on display at Wilton Library’s Summer Show, which opened July 14 and will run through Aug. 23. The show is a celebration of the work of artists from Wilton.

One of the pieces includes a very large charcoal rendering of a vintage Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle was drawn by Erik Kaeyer, an architect with an office in Mount Kisco, N.Y. The sizeable drawing is the result of his picking up drawing again just six months ago.

“Architecture takes a very long time,” he said. It can be three to five years before a plan comes to fruition, if at all. With art, however, “I can sit down, clear my head, and focus on the design at hand in hours or days and have a product and feel a sense of accomplishment,” he said.

Kaeyer is considering doing a series on iconic vehicles like a vintage Mustang or Harley.

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KG+D Project Wins AIA WHV Design Award

KG+D wins High Honor Award for their work on Bronxville School’s Auditorium. Pictured: Erik J. Wilson, Associate Principal, Susan D. Davidson, Associate Principal and Brian O. Mangan, Associate

The KG+D team was honored to receive a High Honor Award from American Institute of Architects – Westchester + Hudson Valley Chapter for their collaboration with Bronxville Union Free School District on the historic restoration of their multi-purpose auditorium!

KG+D Project Recognized by Learning By Design

The Bronxville School’s renovated auditorium was cited as an Outstanding Project by Learning by Design magazine.

Originally built in 1922, the Bronxville School auditorium was urgently 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 that provides an intimate theatrical experience.

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Yonkers Library Will Get a Facelift

A $4.2 million makeover for the Yonkers Public Library’s Will branch will eliminate the multicolored panels on its facade and warm up the main reading room.

Every exterior part of the building except for the roof is going to be changed under this plan,” said library director Edward Falcone. “The building will be insulated for the first time. There is not a lick of insulation in that building, which is unfortunate. It’s not something they did 50 years ago.”

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KG+D Project Wins AIA’s Excelsior Award

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Amy R. Paulin, a member of the State Assembly and Russell A. Davidson, FAIA KG+D president and AIA National 2015 first vice president/2016 president elect. Photo: Mt. Kisco Daily Voice

 

We are happy to announce that The Post Road School in White Plains was recently honored with the AIA’s (New York) Excelsior Award of Distinction in Public Architecture. Russell Davidson’s reaction provides some insight into the project’s process:

“As the majority of our firm’s work is based in publicly funded projects, our team takes pride in collaborating with our clients to develop a valid concept and exceptional design that is durable and economical for the owners, functional for the users and inspiring to the greater community. The sustainable, community focused, neighborhood school that developed through our collaboration with White Plains Public Schools is a direct reflection of the White Plains community.”
—Russell Davidson 

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Mount Kisco Daily Voice
Westchester Magazine

 

 

 

Russell A. Davidson

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FAIA, Managing Principal & President

Mr. Davidson joined KG+D’s predecessor firm, Kaeyer, Parker & Garment in 1986 as an Associate, and was Principal of the firm for six years before becoming President in 2000. With 29 years of experience planning educational, commercial, religious and municipal facilities, he has extensive knowledge of the New York State public and private construction markets, educational planning requirements and trends, campus planning and successful bond referenda. Mr. Davidson’s ability to develop creative design solutions that meet the program and project goals of the owner, with thoughtful attention to project site and context, has led to an exceptional level of client and community satisfaction with the end products delivered by KG+D.

Mr. Davidson plays an active role in furthering the profession of architecture in multiple positions with the American Institute of Architects since 1999 and as an advocate for policy reform on issues that are important to our clients and the built environment. Mr. Davidson is currently serving as the 2016 President of the American Institute of Architects. In 2013, he was elected to the AIA College of Fellows and he is also a past president of AIA New York State (2007) and AIA Westchester Mid-Hudson (1999).

Susan D. Davidson

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Associate AIA, Associate Principal – Interior Designer

Ms. Davidson first joined KG+D’s predecessor firm Kaeyer, Parker & Garment in 1987. After five years with KPG, she spent time at several design firms including two years as a sole proprietor for her own design studio. She returned to KG+D in 1999, was promoted to Associate in 2000 and named Associate Principal in 2013.

Ms. Davidson’s interior design experience spas all project types and sizes, from small commercial offices and retail build-outs to educational facilities, municipal offices and large corporate headquarters. Ms. Davidson has provided these services for virtually all of KG+D’s projects within the past 16 years and has extensive knowledge of product durability, maintenance, sustainable materials and cost-efficiency. Her expansive knowledge of finishes, manufacturers and product applications, as well as the durability and life expectancy of products helps clients gain the best possible products for their budget.

Erik A. Kaeyer

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AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal & Vice President

As KG+D’s Principal for Design, Mr. Kaeyer oversees the firm’s design quality standards and is responsible for a significant portion of the creative design work. He joined KG+D as an Associate in 1998 and was named Vice President in 2000.

A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Kaeyer began his career in architecture at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in London and spent eight years in Chicago, first as a designer with Destefano & Partners and later as Senior Project Architect at McClier Corporation.

At KG+D, he has led the design of award winning projects such as the new Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab—the first LEED Gold Building in Westchester County—and the New York State Judicial Institute at Pace University Law School—the first facility of its kind specifically dedicated to the continuing education of judges and their staff.

Mr. Kaeyer employs a unique design approach for every project drawing upon site characteristics, context, light and sustainable concepts to creatively interpret each design program. His interest in energy conservation and sustainable design, and his ability to create designs that innovatively meet the owner’s program and budget goals has helped deliver successful projects to the firm’s clients.

Walter P. Hauser

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AIA Principal

Mr. Hauser joined KG+D as a Project Architect in 2004 and continued to hold positions as an Associate and Associate Principal before being named Principal in 2015. His broad range of educational and professional experience includes studies in Germany and Italy, project design and management of private school facilities and high-end residential buildings and the design and construction of equestrian facilities for Old Town Barns in Pawling, NY.

Since joining KG+D, Mr. Hauser has designed and managed projects for Westchester Community College, Somers Central School District, White Plains City School District, Pawling Central School District, Eastchester Union Free School District, Middletown City School District, Trinity Pawling School, Fordham University and Yale University.

Mr. Hauser possesses strong management skills with attention to design detail and an outstanding ability to interface and communicate with owners, consultants and contractors allowing him to deliver successful projects to our clients.

Erik J. Wilson

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AIA, Associate Principal

Mr. Wilson first joined KG+D in 1999 as an Intern Architect and then rejoined the firm in 2007 as a Project Architect after a brief hiatus. In 2009, Mr. Wilson was promoted to Associate and in 2013 he was named Associate Principal. Mr. Wilson is also the firm’s licensed Hazardous Materials Specialist.

Mr. Wilson has led project teams in the design and execution of large public projects including the NY State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School for the Unified Court System and the adaptive reuse of Arden Hill Hospital campus into Orange-Ulster BOCES’ new campus. Erik has also been the Project Architect for projects for Yonkers Public Schools, Bronxville Union Free School District, Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District, Pleasantville Union Free School District and Goshen Central School District.

In addition to his experience, Mr. Wilson’s professional background includes a mix of business planning, staffing, schedule and performance metrics development. Erik’s technical design ability, team leadership skills and global approach make him a valuable asset to the KG+D team and the firm’s clients.

Brian O. Mangan Named Associate

BrianFullSizeWe are pleased to announce that Brian O. Mangan of Bronxville, NY has been named Associate of the firm. Brian joined KG+D in 2008 and since has been responsible for conceptual design and design development as well as architectural drafting, 3-D modeling, site inspections and project coordination assistance for mid to large-scale projects.

Brian’s project experience includes educational, municipal and residential. Brian has collaborated on projects for Bronxville Union Free School District, Brewster Central School District, Orange-Ulster BOCES, The Harvey School, Eagle Hill School and Trinity Pawling School. His most recent assignments include an intricate theater renovation for Bronxville High School, a new athletic facility for The Harvey School and an adaptive reuse project that transformed an aging hospital campus into a regional education center for Orange-Ulster BOCES.

Brian holds a professionally accredited Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Pennsylvania State University and he recently completed all requirements and has been granted a License to practice Architecture in the State of New York.

KG+D’s principals, Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, Erik Kaeyer, AIA and Walter Hauser, AIA all commend Brian for his significant contributions to the firm’s success and are sure that he will be an important part of its future. His promotion reflects the firm’s commitment to building a strong and dynamic team as well as our confidence in his continued ability to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients.

KG+D Project Recognized by Learning by Design

The Henry H. Wells Middle School was cited as an Outstanding Project by Learning by Design magazine.

Sustainable features and enhanced daylighting were an integral part of the design. Some of the sustainable features include daylight dimming controls, custom-designed horizontal and vertical sun shades, a high performance building envelope, insulated window glass, high-efficiency boilers, energy recovery ventilation, a solar thermal array for domestic hot water, a partial vegetative green roofing system and recycled flooring products and finishes.

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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

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
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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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Two KG+D Projects Among Westchester’s “Most Beautiful”

Westchester Magazine recently included two KG+D buildings in an article entitled “Our 10 Most Beautiful Buildings.”

Featured: Seven Bridges Middle School and the Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab

Featured: Seven Bridges Middle School and the Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab

“While many buildings try to contrast forms and materials to create excitement, often with goofy effects, this building manages to combine diverse forms and materials with an easy elegance,” says Michael J. Molinelli of Molinelli Architects in Briarcliff Manor. “It shows that public buildings do not need to be austere and default to off-white walls and oceans of acoustic drop ceilings. It finds opportunities to display the architect’s crafts: manipulating space and light for stimulating interiors spaces and imposing facades.”*

Read the full article here.

*Re: Seven Bridges Middle School, Chappaqua

Somers Middle School

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Client:
Somers Central School District

Project Scope:
A steady influx of new housing in Somers led enrollment to grow by more than 1,000 students over a 10-year period. After extensive pre-bond planning, which included exploration of conceptual designs and budgets for a new middle school, KG+D helped the District develop a well-balanced, cost-effective plan for additions and renovations to their existing middle school. The additions included a new 630 seat auditorium, cafeteria expansion, new main entrance, a 2-story classroom additions, science labs and infrastructure upgrades.

Date of Completion:
2008

Bedford Road Elementary School

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Client:
Pleasantville Union Free School District

Project Scope:
This new, 650 student, village school replaced Pleasantville’s original Bedford Road School which was built in 1909. The new facility is nearly twice the size of the earlier school and follows a “house plan,” with separate areas for kindergarten, grades 1-2 and grades 3-4. The new building features a mini theatre, full size gymnasium, art and music suites, library/media center and connecting classrooms for team teaching and security.

Completion Date:
2003

Awards:
Elementary School Citation for Excellence in Design, American School & University Magazine

White Plains High School

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Client:
White Plains City School District

Project Scope:
Additions and renovations at White Plains High School included a new media center, a science wing, multiple cafeteria spaces and major alterations to the exterior. Originally built in 1962, the campus plan was dominated by the modernist concrete structural grid. The challenge was to sensitively renovate the exterior façade to create a more inviting group of buildings while respecting the original design. Still in fine shape, the structure became the framework to expand insufficient teaching spaces and replace aging building systems.

Completion Date:
2002

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

Horace Greeley High School

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Client:
Chappaqua Central School District

Project Scope:
The primary focus of this addition and alterations project at Horace Greeley High School was to add a new science wing and reorganize and renovate all existing science labs. New construction included a new guidance building, music wing and a classroom building that added fourteen new classrooms to accommodate increased enrollment. Two new student common areas were created and new connecting corridors were designed to link six previously separate buildings for a unified campus with improved circulation.

Completion Date:
2004

Awards:
2006 Design Citation for Architectural Excellence, AIA Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter

State University of New York, Purchase College

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Client:
State University of New York, Purchase College

Project Scope:
This project involved the renovation of a 1400sf biology suite for Purchase College. The suite includes a molecular biology/cell biology room, an electron microscope room and a preparatory room.

Completion Date:
2012

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