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Nice-Pak Products Corporate Headquarters

Client: Nice-Pak Products Corporate Headquarters

Project Scope: The goal of the Nice-Pak project was to modernize their corporate headquarters and to translate their innovative approach for manufacturing into the built environment by maximizing natural light, highlighting sustainability and health, and seeking ways to marry their brand and mission within their office space. The project scope renovated key spaces-main lobby, general office space, executive-office, executive boardroom, training room, cafe’ and breakroom, and conference room-in a contemporary, sophisticated way that created a visually compelling and comfortable work environment for Nice-Pak’s employees and visitors.

Completion Date: Jan 2020

The Ursuline School

Client: The Ursuline School

Project Scope: KG+D collaborated with The Ursuline School to develop a campus master plan that encompasses 5 phases planned over a span of 15 years. Some of the priority projects that the master planning process identified include an improved main entrance, the development of informal learning and social spaces, improved connections between campus buildings and various infrastructure and security improvements. KG+D is completed the implementation of Phase I projects which included a new lobby and welcome center, high tech media and conference center, and maker’s spaces.

Completion Date: Sept 2021

Tuckahoe UFSD Cottle Elementary School

Client: Tuckahoe UFSD

Project Scope: KG+D collaborated with the Tuckahoe UFSD to develop district-wide phased capital improvement projects. Projects for Cottle Elementary school included a second-floor classroom addition with a central STEAM classroom as well as important security upgrades.

Completion Date: Sept 2021

Putnam Valley CSD High School Wellness Center


Client: Putnam Valley CSD

Project Scope: KG+D collaborated with the Putnam Valley CSD to develop a High School Wellness Center. The facility was designed to support and enable active learning opportunities as well as meet the needs of student-athletes and community programs. The center includes an indoor turf, perimeter area for walking/jogging, 140×80 central field area, netting system to divide spaces, batting cages, area for digital instruction including wall mounted collaboration tables and Kinesiology Wall.

Completion Date: September 2020

Middletown High School Learning Center + Cafe

Client: Middletown ECSD

Project Scope: The High School Learning Center project includes an addition to house a Next-Gen Media Center and the renovation of the former Library into a food service Café. The new Learning Center supports changes in the instructional curriculum and creates a community space that can be utilized after school and completely isolated from the remainder of the building. After school programming of the Learning Center includes student organizations, Board of Education Meetings and continuing adult education.

The Café will provide varied eating options, including spaces to eat a snack and work on projects as a group or individually. The Café supports the after school meal program provided to students working in the Innovation Labs. A fully equipped video production studio is provided in the lower level of the Learning Center addition and features a classroom-sized control room for video production design classes.

Completion Date: Fall 2021

Ossining Children’s Center

Client: Ossining Children’s Center

Project Scope: The new 27,000sf childcare and education center was thoughtfully oriented on the 2.5-acre site to optimize the views of the Hudson River. The Center includes 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 and 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.

Completion Date: Sept 2020

KG+D Architects Expands Firm Leadership

KG+D Architects, PC is proud to announce the elevation of Sarah Weissman Dirsa, AIA LEED AP, BD+C, SEED, Brian Mangan, AIA and Travis Schnell, AIA to Principals of the firm. These talented individuals have and will continue to play a vital role in the firm’s commitment to providing excellent design services and delivering impactful projects within our local communities. Sarah, Brian and Travis will join Walter Hauser, AIA – Principal, Erik Kaeyer, AIA – Vice President and Russell Davidson, FAIA – President in the planning and management of firm operations. Their promotions support the evolution of the next generation of firm leadership. Additionally, the promotion of Sarah Weissman Dirsa marks an important milestone as she is named the first female Principal of KG+D.

Sarah Weissman Dirsa, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, SEED of Mount Kisco, NY joined KG+D in 2015 as a Project Manager. As an Associate and Associate Principal, Sarah took on a leading role in advancing the firm’s 21st Century educational facility design expertise and expanding the breadth of our corporate office portfolio. Her leadership in some of KG+D’s key projects include 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 for educational facilities. Sarah earned her Masters in Architecture and Masters in Urban Design degrees from Washington University and a Bachelors of Arts in English from Binghamton University.
Brian O. Mangan, AIA of Briarcliff, NY joined KG+D in 2008 as an Intern Architect and held positions as an Associate and Associate Principal. Brian has led the firm’s work with several local BOCES including the development of a new Alternative High School and the renovation of the Career & Technical Institute at the Salt Point Campus for Dutchess BOCES as well as the adaptive re-use of the former Arden Hill Hospital into a new campus for Orange-Ulster BOCES. 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, 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 and project management skills have also been applied to projects for the Wilton Family Y, Greenwich Public Schools and the Bedford Hills Community House. Brian earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State.
Travis S. Schnell, AIA of Carmel, NY joined KG+D in 2006 as an Intern Architect and held positions as an Associate and Associate Principal. Travis’ multifaceted experience encompasses a wide range of community centric facilities from religious institutions to recreational clubs from educational facilities to nature centers. Travis is currently leading the development of a sustainable new educational center for the Wolf Conservation Center and a new fieldhouse for the Indian Mountain School. Travis has lent his technical and design expertise and leadership to several of the firm’s award-winning projects that encompassed 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 the new Ossining Children’s Center, renovations to the Brooklawn Country Club’s main clubhouse and dynamic cafeteria renovations for Darien High School. When he is not working, Travis volunteers with the Jolly Rovers, a Non-Profit trail building organization that specializes in technical stonework. Travis earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State.
KG+D is proud to recognize these team members who have shaped and supported the firm over their tenures and who will continue to play key leadership roles in both our firm’s long-term growth and present success.

Pelham UFSD Hutchinson Elementary School

Client: Pelham Union Free School District

Project Scope: This new 68,000sf community school replaced a 1928 building and was designed to be equivalent to LEED Silver Standards. The architectural approach and materials were carefully selected to fit seamlessly in this residential neighborhood. A central learning commons, known as The Atrium, includes an art classroom, media center, and maker space that open to the common area through glass overhead doors. The Atrium features colorful acoustic panels, a few in the pattern of origami birds, as well as hanging origami art installations. Two floors of flexible classroom space are included with break out “front porch” space and adjacent small collaboration “pods” that extend and connect learning spaces.

The building was designed to be equivalent to LEED Silver Standards.

Completion Date: September 2021

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