email@example.com: Thanks Matthew for this richly-deserved profile of Tom ... I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Tom since I joined Payette in 1998. Everything you write about him rings true. He has been a fantastic mentor to me and many others in the firm.
- Mark Careaga AIA, Associate Principal, Payette
firstname.lastname@example.org: As a Bowdoin alumnus, I am very impressed with this article. I remember the Curtis Pool, and if I ever get a chance to visit the Bowdoin campus, I'll be sure to peek through Curtis's old neocolonial curtains to view the new stagecraft beyond them. This seems like a superb example of adaptive reuse of a historic structure for contemporary purposes. Well done, Mr. Rawn and Mr. Ciccone!
email@example.com: Although I find the stair itself beautiful, the group that collaborated on the design created a mostly-unusable space at the ground floor and compounded the less-than-sterling design solution (from a practical, functioning viewpoint) by making the visitor to the BSA space make the awkward trip to the bottom of the stair from either of the two entry points. Were the experience of the trip from those two entry points an interesting or inspiring one, one might concede that the entry to the point should be where it ended up. Given the feeling of a "left-over" room into which a stair has been plunked, I find the overall functioning to detract from the attractive stair.
It would be worth (and worthy of the BSA as a group of professionals who value user feedback) to ask for and collect the thoughts and responses to the overall experience from visitors. Perhaps my reactions are unique, and should be ignored.
A new Worcester office building occupied by Unum and designed by Arrowstreet has opened, completing he first phase in the CitySquare development project to revitalize downtown Worcester. Photograph by Ed Wonsek.
Coco Raynes Associates has installed the visual building identity signage for Boston Architectural College and completed the sign program package for the new Tata Hall at Harvard Business School.
HMFH Architects has completed renovations to Van Meter Hall, a freshman residence at UMass/Amherst. Photograph by Ed Wonsek.
Johnson Roberts Associates is working on the new Granby Public Library in Granby, the South Hadley Public Library in South Hadley (pictured), a new town hall in Dracut, and renovations to a dining facility at Bridgewater State University.
ADD Inc promoted Eric Holland and Eric Weyant (pictured) to senior associate principal and Peter Kennett, Meg Kundert AIA, and Barbara Savage to associate principal.
ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge will host a facility tour of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School’s Albert Sherman Center for the 2013 Tradeline International Conference on ResearchFacilities on May 11. Lisa Schoenbrunn (pictured) is now a LEED BD+C–accredited professional.