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.
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!
Edgewood Elementary School library addition time-lapse video
Heathcote Elementary School multi-purpose room time-lapse video
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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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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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.