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SUNY Purchase College, Physical Education Building

The 1973 Physical Education Building was designed by the campus master plan architect, Edward Larrabee Barnes. It had many masonry issues, an inaccessible main entrance, a failed roof and 200-foot-long ridge skylight. A completely re-designed main entry sequence includes a new plaza, a channel glass vestibule, a curved balcony that connects the entry to the elevator. All of the windows and the ridge skylight were replaced utilizing brighter energy efficient framing and glazing. The most pressing needs were not only addressed but also the causes for the problems were diagnosed and solved within the original budget constraints. This results in a renewed facility that is brighter, more energy efficient and a healthier indoor environment.

SUNY Purchase College, Dining Hall

The 1972 Dining Hall was designed by Gwathmey & Siegel. The single glazed storefront and windows were replaced with high performance curtain wall and insulated glass incorporating more operable windows for natural ventilation and to reduce overheating. The design approach utilized “blind” mullions to conceal the multiple forms of new glazing so that the original appearance of monumental sheets of single pane glass was not altered. The addition of an exterior shading system also minimizes heat gain. An exterior stair and entry was rebuilt to the lower level to provide a more direct access route for students. This pathway is critical to re-position the building on the paths that students actually use rather than how the original design anticipated student movement.

Yale University, Carol Roberts Field House

KG+D collaborated with Yale University on a fieldhouse for their field hockey and softball teams. The building is the first of its kind at Yale–a comprehensive space that meets the needs of two women’s teams funded by a woman. Situated between Johnson Field and Corral Field, the 5,900-square-foot facility includes locker rooms, a training room, a satellite coaches’ office, a team meeting space, and a second-story observation roof deck featuring a glass-walled event space.

Yale University, Golf Learning Center + Driving Range

The design team collaborated with a higher education institution to develop a new Golf Learning Center and Driving Range that matched and supported their prestigious athletic programming. The design process explored several options with the final solution being a single-story facility with indoor/outdoor practice areas overlooking a new driving range. The facility includes Women’s and Men’s Golf Team Suites, a flexible Training Pavilion, and outdoor gathering and viewing terraces.