“Every building deserves the maximum amount of artistic exploration with a considered, deliberate approach. We seek to create spaces which impart feelings that you’re a participant in something exceptional, where function leads to calm, awe or inspiration. Our core values strive to convey that quality in every project we touch, from the modest to the extravagant.” ~Fredrick Franko, Director of Design
Planning, programming and design for additions to and renovations of a recreation center at the US Department of Labor Jobs Corp Training Center, as part of a campus-wide upgrade. Winner of the 2014 Honor Award from AIA of Eastern NY.
The campus was a former monastery and the design needed to evoke the character and feel of that communal atmosphere, as well as to accommodate the high volume of people using the facility by incorporating durable and easily maintained materials. Spaces included the recreation hall, aerobics room, weight room, snack bar, TV lounge, an arts & crafts room, and glass partitioned, light-filled classrooms. We designed the arts & crafts room with a clerestory window above the existing roof level to flood the room with northern facing daylight. This clerestory structure has become a design element of the striking entry and provides a stronger design connection to the residential quad. We also provided construction administration in the field for the out-of-town prime consultant.