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KG+D Announces Team Promotions

KG+D Architects, PC is proud to announce the elevation of five team members to leadership roles in the firm. Sarah Weissman Dirsa, AIA, Brian Mangan, AIA and Travis Schnell, AIA have all been elevated to Associate Principals. They will now be part of the firm’s leadership structure alongside Susan Davidson, Associate Principal, Walter Hauser, AIA – Principal, Erik Kaeyer, AIA – Vice President and Russell Davidson, FAIA – President. Frederick Wells and Marco Mandra have been named Associates. Further supporting the firm’s next generation of leadership, these team members have consistently distinguished themselves through key contributions to major projects and supporting client relationships.

Sarah Weissman Dirsa, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, SEED of Mount Kisco, NY joined KG+D in 2015 as a Project Manager, was promoted to Associate in 2018 and has been named Associate Principal. With a passion for sustainable spaces, Sarah has led the development of the new Pelham UFSD Hutchinson Elementary School as well as award-winning additions and renovations to Brewster CSD’s JFK Elementary School. Sarah has also developed dynamic and collaborative workspaces for Caremount Medical, Chappaqua Crossing and Nice-Pak Products. Sarah was the recipient of a 2015 Young Architects Award from the National component of the American Institute of Architects. Sarah recently represented the firm as an educational facilities design expert for a national program entitled, Re-Imagine America’s Schools where she participated in design workshops to create pilot projects in K-12 schools.

Brian O. Mangan, AIA of Briarcliff, NY joined KG+D in 2008 as an Intern Architect, was named Associate in 2015 and has been named Associate Principal. Brian’s commitment to design excellence is clear through his contribution and leadership for several of the firm’s award-winning projects including the historical preservation and expansion of the Bronxville UFSD’s 1929 auditorium, the adaptive re-use of the former Arden Hill Hospital into a new campus for Orange-Ulster BOCES, a Community Room addition for the Eagle Hill School and transformative renovations to Scarsdale High School that included the addition of a Learning Commons, Design Lab and Fitness Center. Brian’s design skills and project management also was applied to projects for the Wilton Family Y, Greenwich Public Schools, Bedford Hills Community House and Dutchess BOCES.

Travis S. Schnell, AIA of Carmel, NY joined KG+D in 2006 as an Intern Architect, was named Associate in 2013 and has been named Associate Principal. Travis’ experience encompasses a wide range of community centric facilities from religions institutions to recreational clubs from educational facilities to nature centers. Travis has lent his technical and design expertise and leadership to several of the firm’s award-winning projects that involved the complete transformation of existing facilities including the Great Neck Public Library, Shorehaven Golf Club and Rippowam Cisqua School Upper Campus. Travis’ experience also includes the development of a new Ossining Children’s Center, renovations to the Brooklawn Country Club’s main clubhouse and dynamic cafeteria renovations for Darien High School.

Marco Mandra, AIA of Brewster, NY joined KG+D and became licensed in New York State in 2019. As part of the KG+D team, Marco has significantly contributed to the development of new facilities for the Ossining Children’s Center and Dutchess BOCES Salt Point Campus. Marco has also been a key team member involved in the adaptive reuse of the former IBM Campus into an independent school campus.

Frederick P. Wells, RLA of Hopewell Junction, NY joined KG+D in 2019 as a landscape architect and planner and has been named Associate. Fred has over 35 years of landscape design and planning experience in the Hudson Valley Region. As part of the KG+D team, Fred has led the Educational Facilities Plan Update for Yonkers Public Schools as well as collaborating with Yonkers Public schools on the development of a new school. Fred’s landscape design and planning expertise is also being utilized on major projects for Orange Ulster BOCES, Dutchess BOCES and Greenwich Public Schools.

KG+D is proud to recognize these team members who have shaped and supported the firm over their tenures and will each prove to be a significant part of its future bringing renewed vitality and innovation to the firm leadership.

Groundbreaking: Ossining Children’s Center

The Ossining Children’s Center held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 24, 2019 marking the beginning of construction on the new Rebecca and Arthur Samberg Building at 32 State Street in Ossining, NY. As the first childcare facility in the region and serving the community for 125 years since 1895, the new facility will allow the Ossining Children’s Center to meet the growing demand for childcare and preschool programs within a single unified facility.

The Ossining Children’s Center program is currently housed in two buildings on South Highland Avenue as well as rented space at a nearby church. The center’s ability to meet the needs of the community has been challenged by the limitations of its current facilities.

The new 27,000sf childcare and education center will be a transformative asset for the Ossining community. It is thoughtfully oriented on the 2.5-acre site to optimize the views of the Hudson River. The Center will include nine classrooms, five toddler and infant rooms, three outdoor play areas, a junior turf athletic field, staff and administrative offices, a multi-purpose room, a conference room and kitchen. The design solution blends traditional and contemporary approaches that creates a modern, progressive and nurturing learning environment while allowing the new building to fit within the aesthetic of the adjacent “cottage-like” office buildings on State Street.

“KG+D is proud to partner with the Ossining Children’s Center to complete this dynamic new childcare and educational facility,” said Erik A. Kaeyer, Vice President of KG+D Architects. “The new Rebecca and Arthur Samberg Building was designed to support and accommodate the Ossining Children’s Center’s excellent programming and to allow the Center to effectively serve more of the families in the Ossining community for another 125 years.”

The construction will commence immediately with the project slated to be complete by September 2020.  

Groundbreaking: Tuckahoe UFSD Cottle Elementary School

Pictured Left to Right: Peter Kilgallen, Assistant Principal Cottle Elementary School, Cynthia Tait, Vice President BOE, Dominic Calgi, Calgi Construction Management, Peter Casson, Trustee BOE, Lee Lew, Tuckahoe UFSD Director of Finance & Facilities, Michelle Liscio, President BOE, John Morash, Principal Cottle Elementary School, Daniel Baker, Calgi Construction Management, Robert Sypher, Trustee BOE, Robert Fendler, KG+D Architects, PC Dajan Prorokovic, Trustee BOE, Dr. Ellen McDonnell, Assistant Superintendent and Dr. Carl Albano, Superintendent

The Tuckahoe Union Free School District held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 27, 2019 marking the beginning of construction for additions and renovations to the William E. Cottle Elementary School. The project includes a second floor and security vestibule addition as well as field and infrastructure upgrades.

The 9,973sf second floor addition adds 6 classrooms and a teacher’s conference room addressing overcrowding and a projected growing enrollment. The new addition also features a Maker Space and the corridor utilizes the opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom with collaboration “pods,” built in benches and a gathering area with flexible furniture adjacent to one of the new connecting stairwells.

A new 1,548sf security vestibule and security office with increased visibility, will be added at the main entry adjacent to the principal’s office. The project will also address critical infrastructure projects throughout the building.

The Cottle Elementary School project is part of a larger bond referendum that also includes the replacement of the turf athletic field and various infrastructure projects at the High School/Middle School.

“KG+D is proud to partner with the Tuckahoe Union Free School District to complete these important projects,” said Russell Davidson, FAIA President of KG+D Architects, “The new addition will provide next generation learning spaces for a growing student body, enhance school security and address important infrastructure needs.”

The construction will commence immediately with the project slated to be complete by Summer 2020. 

Groundbreaking: The Ursuline School

Eileen Davidson, President, Rev. Msgr. Dennis P. Keane, Trustee, Ann Gillin Lefever, Board Chair and Trustees: Deirdre McCaffrey, JoAnn Murphy, Sheila Sohr, Kathleen Long, Belinda Palmer, Karina Gomez Verni, Teresa Jankovic, Steve Abbattista, John Mulligan

The Ursuline School, an independent Catholic college preparatory school for girls in New Rochelle, NY, held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 20, 2019 marking the beginning of the first phase of their Innovation Campaign. The goal of the campaign, which slogan is  Building on the Tradition of Innovation #TUSTimeIsNow, is to build active learning spaces and community gathering areas so that the school’s leading-edge teaching is matched with outstanding facilities.

The 18-month construction project follows an extensive master planning process that explored multiple design options for building 21st Century learning environments, improving generally campus functionality and enhancing the overall campus security. The project will add a new Lobby, Innovation Hub, High-Tech Conference Room and Student Commons.

The new 2,370sf Lobby will create an iconic entry and a larger gathering space and facilitate in an easier drop-off and pick-up for students. A security booth will enhance student safety and a new admissions office area, Ann Clemente Admissions Suite, will provide a fresh face to prospective and future students. The Lobby will also include more functional administration offices, a bookstore and three conference rooms for student and faculty use.

The new Lobby and the Innovation Hub will frame the inner courtyard and mimic the curvature of the existing landscaping, wrapping the courtyard with a glass front. Not only will the Innovation Hub, a 2,070sf “makerspace,” support the school’s robotics, engineering and computer science programming, the new space will allow students across the curriculum to combine technology with hands-on constructing. The Innovation Hub will be staffed with a STEAM educator and equipped with cutting-edge equipment and capabilities.

Adjacent to the Innovation Hub, a 780sf, 40 seat, high-tech conference room will function as a seminar-style classroom, meeting and rehearsal space. The space will be equipped with leading edge technology and modern furnishings. The space is designed to help prepare Ursuline students for college and the workplace.

The new Student Commons, Christina Jun Murphy Commons, will be a 1650sf bright and open 130-seat modern and comfortable space for eating, doing homework and spending time with friends. The added cafeteria space will be a walk-through space on the other side of the corridor from the existing cafeteria.

“KG+D is proud to partner with The Ursuline School to complete this important project,” said Russell Davidson, FAIA President of KG+D Architects, “The new addition will transform the front of the school and make the school’s exterior match the sophisticated learning on the interior.”

The Innovation Hub is planned to be the first space completed for January 2020 with the entire build complete by December 2020.

Groundbreaking: Hutchinson Elementary School

Pictured Left to Right: Jordana Viuker Brennan, Confident Buildings, KG+D team members Susan Davidson, Walter Hauser, Patrick Meaney, Marissa Alicea, Dr. Cheryl Champ, Superintendent – Pelham UFSD, KG+D team members Russell Davidson, Sarah Weissman Dirsa and Ryan Carper.

The Pelham Union Free School District held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 21, 2019 marking the beginning of construction for the replacement Hutchinson Elementary School. Following a two-year planning process that explored options for renovation vs. replacement, the District and the community elected to develop a next generation elementary school.

The design solution is a balance between a contemporary and traditional approach that creates a modern and progressive learning environment while allowing the new building to fit into the neighborhood and the aesthetic of the older buildings in the community. The 68,0000sf community school will have a central learning commons and MakerSpace surrounded by two floors of flexible classroom space with break out “front porch” space and adjacent small collaboration “pods” that extend learning and collaboration beyond the classroom.

The learning commons, gym and cafeteria are configured together in order to allow for community access after school hours and during the summer without compromising the security of the classroom areas. A single main entry located at the circulation loop and adjacent to the main office will have a secure vestibule and a dedicated security booth.

Outdoor spaces include a kindergarten play area, student garden and outdoor dining and gathering space. Following the construction of the new elementary school, athletic fields and a play space will be completed on the site of the former elementary school.

The building has also been designed to LEED Silver Standards and will utilize natural light, LED lighting, a green roof and efficient water and heating systems.

“KG+D is proud to partner with the Pelham Union Free School District to fulfill the promise made to the community,” said Russell Davidson, FAIA President of KG+D Architects, “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to collaborate on the development of a 21st Century building in a District committed to 21st Century learning.”

The work immediately commencing will include necessary site work which will continue into the fall of 2019 with construction of the building itself anticipated in winter 2019-20 with targeted completion and opening for September 2022.

KG+D Project Wins AIA’s Excelsior Award

KG+D is proud to announce that the Middletown High School Innovation Labs project was honored with the AIANYS Excelsior Award of Distinction in Public Architecture. The AIANYS Excelsior Awards celebrate design and professional excellence in publicly funded buildings in New York State.

KG+D was proud to partner with the Middletown Enlarged City School District to develop these dynamic new learning environments that provide a range of advanced and practical education spaces that allow Middletown students to obtain a competitive edge in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. The Next Generation spaces function as community hubs for next generation learning and collaboration; they are student-centered, and faculty powered and enable community learning, relationship building and the collective development of life-long learning and teamwork skills.

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Designing a Safer School

The American Institute of Architects and Wired Brand Lab explored the new Sandy Hook Elementary School and the power of passive security. As a practitioner for over 30 years in New York state, firm President Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, notes that architects are key players in creating safer school environments.

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“In order to create a safer school, you have to think holistically about a school — and no one is better situated to do that than an architect.”

Russell A. Davidson FAIA, President

KG+D Project Recognized by Learning by Design

The Brewster Central School District’s JFK Elementary School renovation and addition project was cited as an Outstanding Project by Learning by Design magazine.

The design team collaborated with the Brewster Central School District to complete key renovation and addition projects that transformed the JFK Elementary School into a Next Generation school. The project included a six-classroom addition, a library and cafeteria expansion and the renovation of the auditorium and roundhouse learning spaces.

The project was recognized for the innovative use of the existing roundhouse structure as well as the new connecting classroom addition. The jury also noted the development of collaborative spaces, fun lighting, ceiling treatments, built-ins, sliding boards and color.

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KG+D Promotes, Expands + Grows its Expertise

Pictured: Frederick Wells, RLA; Jacob Eisenberg; Lauren Irons; Eva Nardone; Genevieve Clarey, RA; Andrew Allison, Jennifer Martabano; Marco Mandra

2 Promotions + 6 New Team Members Including a Landscape Architect + Planner

KG+D is growing its expertise with the addition of several new talents. As part of the firm’s commitment to providing clients with the highest and most comprehensive level of services, KG+D has added six professionals to their team:

Jacob Eisenberg, Lauren Irons, Marco Mandra, Jennifer Martabano, Eva Nardone and Frederick Wells, RLA.

The firm now has a team of 31 comprising its full-service architectural, interior design, landscape architecture and planning platform.

The addition of team member Frederick P. Wells, RLA adds landscape architecture and planning to the firm’s portfolio of in-house services. Fred has over 35 years of landscape design and planning experience in the Hudson Valley Region. Fred’s experience includes land planning and environmental assessment and extensive knowledge of the regulatory requirements and environmental review procedures and the SEQRA and NEPA review processes.

Jacob Eisenberg, Lauren Irons, Marco Mandra and Eva Nardone join the architectural/technical team and Jennifer Martabano joins the interior design team. The addition of these qualified professionals ensures that KG+D can provide their clients with a diversified set of resources and capabilities.

“Hiring employees with a wide variety of expertise, reflects our firm’s commitment to building a strong and dynamic team and increasing our ability to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients,” said Russell A. Davidson, FAIA President. “We are pleased to welcome our newest employees and we are excited about the future of the firm and our continued smart growth.”

KG+D is also pleased to announce that team members Andrew Allison and Genevieve Clarey have been named Associates of the firm. Andrew and Genevieve have continually demonstrated their ability to successfully manage complex projects and have provided outstanding service to KG+D’s clients.

Andrew Allison joined KG+D in 2016 as a Construction Administrator. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Architecture from City College of New York. As part of the KG+D team, Andrew has provided construction administration services for some of KG+D’s largest projects including projects for the Middletown Enlarged City School District, Chappaqua Central School District and Yonkers Public Schools.

Genevieve Clarey, RA joined KG+D in 2015 as a project architect. Genevieve earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. As part of the KG+D team, Genevieve has managed projects for Trinity Pawling School and The Ursuline School and collaborated on projects for Greenwich Public Schools, Pelham Union Free School District and Yonkers Public Schools.

“It’s an exciting time at KG+D,” shares Russell A. Davidson, FAIA. “We are proud to recognize team members who have shaped and supported our firm and furthered KG+D’s reputation in the Lower Hudson Valley.”

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: 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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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’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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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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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.

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


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

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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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:

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