New projects, projects in construction, and projects that now have graphics!
New Project: Anawam School Redevelopment
Union Studio has been engaged by the non-profit Women’s Development Corporation to provide architectural and site planning services for the conversion of the historic, vacant Anawam School into approximately 38 units of affordable housing. The building shares its site with an active Senior Center, making affordable housing that will be available to seniors an excellent use of the property. The project will utilize the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ 40B Statute.
The historic Wright Locke Farm is a non-profit working farm that hosts farm-based educational programs and community events. It also features hiking trails, ponds, wetlands and hilltop glades free for the public to enjoy. The farmstead has been continually operating since 1628 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A generous donor recently gifted the land adjacent to the farmstead to the Wright Locke Conservancy, expanding their property to 20 acres and giving them ample space to build a new facility. Union Studio has been hired to design a new Education and Program Center to accommodate gatherings of up to 100 people, a classroom for kids, a multi-purpose “innovation kitchen,” and a large dining room. Currently, we are researching aesthetic precedents to inform conceptual design.
New Project: Researching the Effects of Sea Level Rise in Historic Newport – for Newport Restoration Foundation
Working with the Newport Restoration Foundation, Union Studio is currently directing a team research project focused on the effects of sea level rise in historic neighborhoods, specifically Newport’s Point Neighborhood. The results of the research and potential solutions will be presented at the NRF’s ‘Keeping History Above Water” Conference in April 2016. Union Studio has helped convene and facilitate charrettes of experts in the field of preservation, sustainability, conservation, engineering, and architecture. We are currently creating a presentation of our team’s research and solutions to be featured at the conference.
In Construction: Middlebury College Student Housing
Union Studio is working with a private student housing developer to create a new 158-bed complex that includes four buildings at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Three clustered buildings will each include four townhouse style units that will house 96 students in total. The townhouses will each feature eight single bedrooms on three levels of living space – two on the main floor, two on the lower level, and four on the upper level. Each townhouse unit will also include a full kitchen, a living room, three bathrooms and laundry facilities.
Ridgeline Residence Hall, the fourth, larger building, will house 62 students in suite-style apartments, each with either three or four single bedrooms, common living space and bathroom facilities. The building will feature large common areas, shared kitchen facilities, and shared laundry facilities.
Both buildings are on schedule to be completed in Fall 2016.
In Construction: WaterRower Headquarters
WaterRower, Inc. is growing company that designs and sells rowing simulation equipment to an international audience from its headquarters in the historic, waterfront neighborhood of Warren, RI. Union Studio has designed a corporate visitor’s center and headquarters that will provide an engaging environment for clients and employees. An existing manufacturing building is being renovated, and one, new 30,000 sf building is also being built on the site. The facility will include marketing, sales, and administrative offices, a product museum, a showroom, gym space for product demonstrations, and a lunch room.
In Construction: Emerson Green at Devens
Construction for Phase One of Emerson Green at Devens is underway, with the first home framed and two other foundations poured along Chance Street. Phase One will include 18 units within single family homes and duplexes lining Chance Street. This traditional neighborhood development is designed to bring sustainable housing options to the active Devens community. Future phases will include townhomes and a multifamily building. Union Studio is both the architect and co-developer. Learn more at http://www.emersongreen.com/.
In Construction: Brentwood Assisted Living
Union Studio designed a 45,000 sf assisted living facility for seniors that is currently under construction. The new building will feature 74 units on three floors with dining, kitchen, exercise, and community activity space. Flexible space including an outdoor patio with views to Greenwich Bay will provide additional shared space for residents. Nurses stations will be located on all three floors as will shared balconies and sitting areas. Typical rooms range from 300 to 370 sf. To see renderings of the facility, visit http://unionstudioarch.com/projects/brentwood-assisted-living/.
In Process: Greenwich Odeum Revitalization
East Greenwich, RI
This historic main street theater has been given a new life thanks to a volunteer organization that re-opened the arts venue in 2014. Union Studio is helping the non-profit design various improvements to the 410-seat space, including reconfiguring interiors for improved circulation, a service area, code compliance, and restoring the theater’s signature marquis.
Completed: Adaptive Re-Use of the Kinsley Building
Working with Cornish Associates and Libby Slader Interior Design, Union Studio converted this 5-story, 45,000 sf historic urban building into mixed-use with 44 apartments ranging in size from 390 sf – 500 sf each. Restaurant space has opened on the ground floor. The scope included interior floorplans with first floor commercial space, masonry, window and storefront restoration, mechanical / life-safety upgrades, and site improvements including a potential courtyard. The $7m project used Federal and State Historic Tax Credits.