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.
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
Violence has a long history in U.S. schools, with recorded incidences dating back to the early-20th century. More recently, the concept of active shooters armed with military-grade weapons has found a permanent home in the American landscape. And that is changing how schools are designed.
Russell Davidson, principal and president of KG+D Architects, in Mount Kisco, NY, and former president of the American Institute of Architects, said that AIA members have been designing for security for some time now. These days, however, lessons learned from military and embassy projects have made their way into planning for K-12 schools and religious facilities, in particular.
As schools increase their security, however, the challenge is to make students feel like they’re still in a school setting rather than a prison or military installation.
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The Eagle Hill School’s new Community Room was cited as an Outstanding Project by Learning by Design magazine.
The architecture of the community room captures the intimacy of the campus by creating a space that feels appropriate and welcoming for a group as small as 20 or as large as 350. The multi-purpose room was designed in keeping with the architectural aesthetic of the campus and is both dramatic and warm with a circular timber ceiling, clerestory windows and a expansive curved window wall.
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As part of the 2017-2018 Town approved Capital Plan, Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) administration has contracted with KG+D architects to conduct a Cardinal Field Feasibility Study. The purpose of the Feasibility Study is to review possible approaches to repairing and/or improving Cardinal Field and the grounds and facilities surrounding the field. The study will not result in a single plan, but a variety of options for the GPS administration and the Board of Education to consider.
It’s no doubt there are many talented people in Wilton, and the work of about 90 of them is on display at Wilton Library’s Summer Show, which opened July 14 and will run through Aug. 23. The show is a celebration of the work of artists from Wilton.
One of the pieces includes a very large charcoal rendering of a vintage Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle was drawn by Erik Kaeyer, an architect with an office in Mount Kisco, N.Y. The sizeable drawing is the result of his picking up drawing again just six months ago.
“Architecture takes a very long time,” he said. It can be three to five years before a plan comes to fruition, if at all. With art, however, “I can sit down, clear my head, and focus on the design at hand in hours or days and have a product and feel a sense of accomplishment,” he said.
Kaeyer is considering doing a series on iconic vehicles like a vintage Mustang or Harley.
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The Bronxville School’s renovated auditorium was cited as an Outstanding Project by Learning by Design magazine.
Originally built in 1922, the Bronxville School auditorium was urgently in need of reconfiguration and restoration. The design team was tasked with restoring the beauty and functionality of the original auditorium, while incorporating 21st-century design elements. The project redesigned the floor elevation and seating layout and created a fully accessible stage and seating area with a wraparound balcony that provides an intimate theatrical experience.
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A $4.2 million makeover for the Yonkers Public Library’s Will branch will eliminate the multicolored panels on its facade and warm up the main reading room.
Every exterior part of the building except for the roof is going to be changed under this plan,” said library director Edward Falcone. “The building will be insulated for the first time. There is not a lick of insulation in that building, which is unfortunate. It’s not something they did 50 years ago.”
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