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KG+D Receives Five Design Awards from AIA WHV

KG+D Architects received five design awards from the American Institute of Architects, Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter. The chapter works to achieve a more humane built environment and a higher standard of professionalism for architects throughout Westchester County and the Hudson Valley region of New York State. The firm’s awards included:

AIA WHV High Honor Award for their collaboration with the Trinity Pawling School on the new Smith Field House in Pawling, NY. The Smith Field House project involved an addition that joined multiple disconnected athletic facilities that created a central athletic hub on campus. At approximately 30,000sf, the field house is now the largest building on campus and it houses a gymnasium with two full basketball courts with upper level spectator seating, a half court with workout space, a new main entry and lobby space, a terrace gathering spaces and an Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Room.
AIA WHV High Honor Award for their collaboration with Rippowam Cisqua School, Upper School Campus in Bedford, NY. KG+D collaborated with The Rippowam Cisqua School to transform their Upper Campus into a next generation educational facility that respected the community’s architectural aesthetic. The project encompassed major additions including a new main entry, media center, dining hall, classroom addition, renovated science labs and art classrooms and an innovation lab that opens into a courtyard amphitheater. The additions mindfully married the past and future creating a “Bedford Barn” front elevation, while the interior expression is open, modern and forward-thinking.
AIA WHV Citation Award for their collaboration with Middletown Enlarged City School District on Middletown High School in Middletown, NY. The Middletown High School project developed a 10,000sf, technology infused, learning commons at the high school’s center in an underutilized interior courtyard. The “Next-Gen” learning space features a large, open innovation lab with a 16-panel viewing screen, digital labs, graphic arts classrooms, a fabrication lab and a lecture/presentation space. A second, 28,000sf addition, created a third-floor innovation lab with break out meeting and small group spaces, a new main entry sequence and connection to a new classroom wing.

AIA WHV Citation Award for their collaboration with the Brewster Central School District on JFK Elementary School in Brewster, NY. KG+D collaborated with the Brewster CSD to complete key projects that transformed the JFK Elementary School into a Next Generation learning environment. The project included a six-classroom addition that created flexible classrooms, a library addition featuring a stepped reading area, an auditorium renovation that incorporated a moveable wall dividing classroom and theater space and the development of the IDEA Center, which features moveable furniture and bi-fold doors that open to an interior courtyard.

AIA WHV Citation Award for their collaboration with Elegant Banquets on the renovation of Le Chateau in North Salem, NY. The Elegant Banquets project encompassed the renovation of the former Le Chateau restaurant into a banquet and catering hall for weddings and events. The project included an addition of a dining room and bar as well as renovations to pre-function spaces in the original building. The Tudor-style mansion was commissioned in 1907 by J.P. Morgan as a gift for Reverend William S. Rainsford. The project sought to preserve the history of the mansion while injecting a modern New York sensibility.

KG+D’s projects were recognized at the AIA WHV Design Awards on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at the Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, CT. The event included a guided tour of the Eagle Hill School Community Room, which was designed by KG+D Vice President, Erik A. Kaeyer, and received a AIA WHV Honor Award in 2017.

Ribbon Cutting: Edgewood + Heathcote Elementary Schools

Scarsdale Union Free School District held ribbon cutting ceremonies on Wednesday, October 23rd, marking the opening of the Edgewood and Heathcote Elementary School projects.
The Edgewood Elementary School project included a new library and security conscious office and main entry. The new library features a cove stepped reading nook, pod seating, nesting tables, mobile bookcases and counter height workstations. Adjacent to the library are a workroom and technology room.
The Heathcote Elementary School project included the addition of a new multi-purpose room with adjacent small group instruction rooms and a new entry space. The new multi-purpose room accommodates a larger number of students for lunchtime and the new entryway provides a shielded space for student pick up/drop off as well as a separate and secure community point of entry.
KG+D is proud to have collaborated with the Scarsdale Union Free School District on these important projects for the elementary school community!
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Edgewood Elementary School library addition time-lapse video.
Heathcote Elementary School multi-purpose room time-lapse video.

KG+D Recognized by American School & University

Trinity Pawling School’s Smith Field House was selected for publication by American School & University in its 2018 Educational Interior Showcase which honors the Nation’s most outstanding learning environments.
The Smith Field House project, which was recognized as an Outstanding Design, developed an addition that joined multiple disconnected athletic facilities-including a gymnasium, wrestling pavilion, squash courts and ice rink-to create an essential athletic hub on campus.
At approximately 30,000sf, the Smith Field House is now the largest building on campus and it houses a gymnasium with two full basketball courts with upper level spectator seating, a half court with workout space, a distinctive main entry and lobby space and an Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Room with adjacent terrace space that will spotlight awards and school athletic memorabilia. The new field house features curved timber trusses and utilizes large clerestory windows that create a dramatic and light-filled space. The building not only serves as a state-of-the-art athletic facility but is also enjoyed daily as a student social center and gathering space.
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KG+D Recognized by Learning by Design

The Rippowam Cisqua School Upper Campus renovation and addition project was cited as an Outstanding Project by Learning by Design magazine.
KG+D Architects partnered with the Rippowam Cisqua School to transform their Upper Campus into a next generation educational facility that effectively supports the independent middle school’s immersive educational programming while remaining in keeping with the community’s “Bedford Barn” architectural tradition.
The project addressed this challenge by creating a front elevation that is reflective of the community’s 350-year barn aesthetic, while the interior expression is open, modern and forward-thinking. The project includes a new main entry, media center, dining hall, classroom wing and an innovation lab that opens to a courtyard amphitheater.
The project was recognized for its architectural and interior design and for having next generation benchmark type design and planning features.
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Ribbon Cutting: Eastchester High School


The Eastchester Union Free School District held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 9th to mark the grand opening of their recently completed High School renovation and expansion project. Voters approved an almost $27 million-dollar bond to expand the high school building in October of 2015 and construction began in June of 2017. KG+D collaborated with the District on the high school project which upgraded and expanded key instructional spaces to meet the academic demands of a 21st Century Education and accommodate a significant increase in enrollment.

A major challenge for the 1927 High School was an increase in student enrollment. As a result, the District created temporary classrooms in an old gymnasium and had to implement four lunch periods in order to serve lunch to the entire student body. To address this challenge, the design solution sought to create additional instructional space, while also creating collaborative, forward-thinking Next Generation learning environments. State-of-the-art STEM labs created designated space for progressive program courses and the cafeteria expansion maximized the opportunity to create a student lounge and learning commons.

“I am so proud of our community and I am so happy for our students, said Dr. Walter Moran, Superintendent of Eastchester Union Free School District, “that they finally have a facility commensurate with the level of achievement and learning that they deserve.”

The final phase of the project will revert temporary classrooms that were created in the gymnasium space over 15 years ago, back into gym space which will increase practice and game space for the District’s 25 athletic teams.

KG+D President Testifies Before Federal Commission on School Safety

The managing principal and president of KG+D Architects, Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, testified before the Federal Commission on School Safety to advocate for school design strategies and legislation that will support safer schools. The federal commission roundtable was led by Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen M. Nielsen in Las Vegas, NV at the Miley Achievement Center, a secondary school recognized for providing specialized behavioral, social and emotional support for students.

Pictured: Dick Chase, President ASIS International | Arne Owens, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services | Paul Timm, Vice President, Facility Engineering Associates | Dr. Mick Zais, Deputy Secretary of Education | Tim Troyer, Sheriff of Stuben County, Indiana and President of the Indian Sheriff’s Association | Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, President and Managing Principal, KG+D Architects, PC | Dr. Diane Gullett, Deputy Superintendent, Clark County Schools | Joanne Vattiato, Principal, Miley Achievement Center | Kristjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security Secretary | James Ketssa, Clark County School District Police Chief | Beth Williams, Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice

Along with a security consultant and members of law enforcement, Davidson was one of four individuals invited to testify and the only architect on the panel. KG+D has worked with public and private schools throughout the region on projects ranging in size and scope including planning and implementing school security projects for many local districts including Yonkers, Greenwich, Katonah Lewisboro, Somers, Chappaqua, Tuckahoe and Pelham.

As a practitioner for over 30 years in New York state, which was reported to have on average the oldest school buildings in the country, Davidson notes that a real challenge is retrofitting older buildings to incorporate secure design solutions, “the minimum renovations required for reasonable safety is not easy, funding is not available, and the minimum improvements needed may not even be possible do to the configurations of these very old buildings. Retrofitting schools is a challenge, but I think it represents a social imperative that we cannot ignore.”

KG+D’s design approach seeks to balance vigilance and protection with the openness and inclusiveness that defines productive learning environments. A layered approach, that is customized to each situation and population, helps to detect, deter, delay and defend and make the sanctuary that education should represent harder to breach. Davidson notes that architects are part of the solution as are the design responses to creating school environments where students are connected and known to each other and have access to responsible adults and support staff.

The American Institute of Architects, of which Davidson was the 2016 President, launched legislative initiatives last week that outline the Institute’s commitment for improving school design policies, which includes a bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill focusing on two main goals. The first is to make architectural and design services for schools an allowable use of funds within existing federal grants. The second would establish a federal clearinghouse of resources on school design best practices for school officials, architects and other design professionals to keep them informed.

“While we know that design alone cannot eliminate the threat of violence, there is more we can do, not only to defend, but to deter,” said Davidson. “This is not an either-or proposition but a both-and approach as we seek to promote schools that are more secure, transparent, engaging and conducive to learning.”

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KG+D’s President Calls for Development of Social Infrastructure

In response to the Journal News’ recent articles about the Regional Plan Associations plan for rail expansions and a study detailing NYC suburbs’ need for more transit-oriented homes, KG+D’s President, Russ Davidson, calls for the development of social infrastructure.

It is the schools, libraries, parks, town halls, police stations and fire stations that are the core of the social infrastructure that define our communities.

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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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Norwalk Golf Venue Looks to Future Members

Erik Kaeyer, KG+D Architects' Vice President describes Shorehaven Golf Club's newly renovated clubhouse. Shorehaven attributes the rebuild to a resurgence in membership and related bookings.

Erik Kaeyer, KG+D Architects’ Vice President describes Shorehaven Golf Club’s newly renovated clubhouse. Shorehaven attributes the rebuild to a resurgence in membership and related bookings.

In a bid to refresh its appeal — particularly to younger member prospects and organizations considering event space — Shorehaven heads into the golf season’s fallow months with a rebuilt facility, the overhaul led by Mount Kisco, N.Y.-based KG+D Architects and the New Canaan-based landscape architect Wesley Stout Associates. In addition to the main clubhouse and grounds, the renovations encompassed an enlarged pool pavilion with construction still underway on a new summer youth camp structure. The new facilities were designed in the New England Shingle Style of architecture, according to Erik Kaeyer, a Wilton resident who led the project as design principal and vice president with KG+D.

“Clubs regionally and nationally are seeing a decline in membership, so you are seeing a lot of clubs in the area start to (look) at their infrastructure, at to what they have to do to try and attract new members,” Kaeyer said. “We really wanted to bring the outside in — so big windows. … They wanted to make sure they maxed out on the opportunity (for people) to sit outside, take advantage of the views.”

Dwyer said the redesign is having its intended effect, with nine weddings and six golf outings booked for next year and inquiries coming in daily. For his part, Kaeyer says he will miss his visits to the club to work through the myriad construction challenges of the project, but maintains the members and by extension the city are a better place with a rebuilt Shorehaven along Long Island Sound.

“You look at this club five years ago, the outdoor seating and all that, and you look at it now and it’s an easy sell,” Kaeyer said.

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Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Great Neck Public Library

Project Scope:
KG+D collaborated with Great Neck Public Library on a major renovation of their main branch, generally working within the existing footprint, to support current services and emerging technology. The project goals included: creating more meeting spaces and reading areas, developing an open and userfriendly environment, improving connections between levels of the building, increasing children’s spaces, consolidating staff and technical service areas and updating the building’s infrastructure to be more energy efficient.

Completion Date:

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

KG+D Wins 914INC. Small Business Award

KG+D Principals (left to right) Walter P. Hauser, Russell A. Davidson and Erik A. Kaeyer Photography: Toshi Tasaki

KG+D Principals (left to right) Walter P. Hauser, Russell A. Davidson and Erik A. Kaeyer
Photography: Toshi Tasaki

The KG+D team is proud to be among the 14 Westchester organizations to be recognized as part of 914INC 4th Annual Small Business Awards. KG+D was recognized in the General Excellence category. Our 32-person team is proud to be a part of the thriving small-business community in Westchester County and prouder to collaborate with numerous county educational facilities, municipalities, religious institutions and businesses organizations.
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Mount Kisco Architects Lead Education Innovation

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Scarsdale High School innovation lab rendering by KG&D Architects, PC


KG+D was featured in an article by the Westchester Business Journal discussing some of our current collaborations with local school districts that are leading the way in educational facility design.

“As the flipped classroom permeates secondary education, the function of the school building is also changing. There are more flexible spaces more conducive to group work and small group instruction rather than lectures. It’s an exciting time in the school system full of significant change.”

-Russell Davidson

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Westchester Business Journal

Ridgefield Academy – The Bridge






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:

Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab









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:

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.

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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


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