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Eagle Hill School – Community Room

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Client:
Eagle Hill School

Project Scope:
The community room was a part of a phase one renovation and addition project as part of the school’s “Building on Excellence” capital campaign. The 350-seat community room was designed to replace a small and limiting theater that was restrictive to the school’s needs. The addition allowed for the remaking of an open, flexible space that allows the school to bring the entire student body and faculty together for special assemblies, celebrations and graduations.

Completion Date:
February 2016

Scarsdale High School Learning Commons

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Client:
Scarsdale Union Free School District

Project Scope:
KG+D is currently collaborating with Scarsdale High School to re-make an underused gymnasium and auto shop into an innovative learning commons and design lab. The commons will serve a variety of purposes: an auxiliary cafeteria, satellite library, technology or computer lab, collaborative group workroom and informal performance space with supporting small group workspaces. The new design lab is focused on creating a flexible multi-use space that allows students to model, test and physically make products and prototypes to test their ideas.

Completion Date:
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Brewster High School Innovation Lab

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Client:
Brewster Central School District

Project Scope:
The project involves the renovation of the high school’s current library into an library/innovation lab that will include small group rooms, presentation and video area, small group learning spaces, large group learning spaces and a collaboration counter. The large group learning space will be flexible and will be able to be broken down into smaller group learning spaces as required. The innovation lab will feature soft seating, “graffiti boards,” charging stations, break out areas, working lounges and different types of collaboration spaces.

Completion Date:
On the Boards

Middletown High School Innovation Lab

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Client:
Middletown Enlarged City School District

Project Scope:
KG+D is currently working with Middletown ECSD on a High School addition and alterations project to create a learning commons suite by maximizing an underutilized central courtyard. The new spaces will include an innovation lab, digital labs, graphic arts classroom and a fabrication lab to support the schools Project Lead the Way programming.

Completion Date:
On the Boards

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Dobbs Ferry Middle/High School Cafeteria

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Client:
Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District

Project Scope:
Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District sought to transform their middle/high school cafeteria into an inviting cafeteria commons and create a resource for the Dobbs Ferry community. The reorganized and redesigned cafeteria features a more flexible configuration, utilizes natural light and the adjacent courtyard, created improved circulation and provided for more efficient kitchen and servery facilities.

Completion Date:
2014

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

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.

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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

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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

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.

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