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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.”

View Complete Testimony Here

Matthew Gallerani + Teresa S. May Named Associates

We are pleased to announce that team members Matthew Gallerani and Teresa S. May have been named Associates of the firm. Matt and Teresa have continually demonstrated their ability to successfully manage complex projects and have provided outstanding service to KG+D’s clients. Russell A. Davidson, President, Erik A. Kaeyer, Vice President and Walter P. Hauser, Principal are proud to recognize Matt and Teresa’s professional accomplishments and enthusiastically welcome them to their new leadership roles in the firm.

 

 

Matthew Gallerani, AIA of Stamford, CT joined KG+D in 2015 and became licensed in New York State in 2018.  Matt earned his Masters in Architecture from Roger Williams University in 2013. As part of the KG+D team, Matt has used his passion for connecting people and belief in sustainable spaces on projects for the Middletown Enlarged City School District, Eastchester Union Free School District and Yale University.

 

 

 

Teresa S. May, AIA of Rye, NY joined KG+D in 2016 as a project architect. Her experience ranges from high end residential projects in Aspen, CO to mixed use residential development in Asbury Park, NJ and commercial property fit outs in New York City. Teresa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architectural Design from Parson’s School of Design in New York City. As part of the KG+D team, Teresa has managed projects for the Upper Westchester Muslim Society, Yonkers Public Library, and Yonkers Public Schools.

 

 

Matt and Teresa have contributed significantly to the firm’s growth and success and are an important part of its future. Their promotions reflect our firm’s commitment to building a strong and dynamic team, as well as our confidence in their continued ability to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients. We look forward to supporting their continued success at the firm in their new roles as Associates.

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.

Read the full article here.

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

More here.

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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Client:
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:
October 2016

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

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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

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