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Metuchen High School Science Classroom Addition

Posted: February 19, 2020 | Projects

This addition of two high school science labs encompassing 4,158 square feet was carefully sited to avoid impact to the existing adjoining practice and designed to permit future expansion of the existing two-story high school wing. The first-floor lab includes student work stations with sinks, gas and electric services and will support additional chemistry classes. The second-floor lab features more flexible furniture that will allow students to work in more collaborative groups at their work stations. It will support all science areas as well as robotics and maker space activities.  It was built at an (adjusted) cost of $609.68 per square foot.

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Miller Barn

Posted: February 12, 2020 | Projects

This 6,055-square-foot barn built on 15 acres of sweeping farmland in Harford County, Maryland.  At first glance, it looks more like a sophisticated event venue than a storage barn, with its red cedar board-and-batten wood frame, stone veneer base with complementary pressure-treated cedar-mitered columns, forest green metal-seam roof, and copper cupolas. The bespoke design carries over to the covered front porch that oversees the sprawling farmland. Nestled into the foothills behind the building is a handsome, 12-foot-tall stone retaining wall. It was built at an (adjusted) cost of $120.60 per square foot.

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Florence Middle School

Posted: February 5, 2020 | Projects

Built at an (adjusted) cost of $207.21 per square foot, this 180,446-square-foot middle school was designed with a special focus on safety and security. Security was integrally designed using clear lines-of-sight, electronically-controlled public access, and secure exterior/interior student spaces. For safety, the gymnasium doubles as a FEMA-rated storm shelter accommodating three times the school population. Michael Dorn, of Safe Havens International, commented that the school ranks in his Top 5 safest school designs of the more than 7,800 schools he has reviewed.

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Eleanor Apartments

Posted: January 28, 2020 | Projects

Built at an (adjusted) cost of $202.13 per square foot, this 80-unit affordable senior housing complex provides a rich blend of amenities and resident services to support healthy living and social interaction.  The building’s large lineal mass is articulated to echo the rhythm of a downtown street. Window bays project from the façade and vibrant color is used to emphasize the form and enliven the street. The building brings masonry down to the pedestrian level and provides steel canopies for weather protection and a strong urban feel.

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Fast Lane Convenience Store

Posted: January 20, 2020 | Projects

Built at an (adjusted) cost of $428.43 per square foot, this new Fast Lane convenience store is located at an extremely busy intersection along an Interstate 10 feeder road in Beaumont, Texas. The building area of the site is constrained to a triangular piece of land that required the 4,035-square-foot building to be negotiated in place to maximize curb appeal to the feeder road and Laurel Avenue – a major artery from a densely populated area connecting to the interstate. The building actually has two façades, one to service Laurel Avenue and one for the feeder road. The final touch that sets this convenience store apart from others is the arranged landscaping that borders the perimeter and then continues to interact with the building along the façade, providing harmony and symmetry with nature.  

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