Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc.,
Bridgeport CT 2002
Design for showroom addition
Law Offices of Glass and Braus,
Fairfield CT 2001
Law Offices of O’Donnell, McDonald and
Cregeen, Fairfield CT 1999
Shore and Country Club, East Norwalk CT 1998
Alterations for employee housing
Power Video, Hawley Lane Mall, Trumbull CT 1996
Metro Swim Shop, Westport CT 1996
Chiropractic offices of Dr. Matthew B. Leonard, Fairfield CT 1991 and 1997
Modern Art, Stamford Town Center, Stamford CT 1995
Beach House Restaurant, Westport CT 1994
Larkin’s Varsity Club Restaurant, Fairfield CT 1994
Miller Automobile Corporation, Darien CT 1992
Leon and Lawrence Personnel, Fairfield CT 1988
They said it couldn't be done: "You'll never get a beer hall into the Fairfield Historic District." "You'll never raise the money."
The building's design overcame those hurdles, externally and internally. The scale and massing of the new community center were residential; the site design was sensitive to the neighbors, and so the Project received an unprecedented unanimous approval from the Fairfield Plan and Zoning Commission in 1991. To its members, the appearance recalled the architecture of the Irish countryside; it was efficient and beautiful, and the membership raised the money, retiring all debt within four years.
The design is distinctly
non-commercial. Scale is homelike,
human-scaled, comfortable, though at nearly 9000 square feet the building is
much larger than it appears from the outside; within its walls are many functions: social rooms, reception hall, kitchen, bar, a
library, classrooms, and support spaces.
The large air-handling units are concealed within the rooflines. Landscape areas are well considered, using
natural stone and a wide variety of plantings.
Site lighting is low-height and discreet. As a result, the building received the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce "Best Building of 1994" award.
Architectural features harken back to
the roots of the building; the general form is taken from the traditional Irish
cottage, with raised gables and engaged chimneys. Built into the front wall are heraldic crests
of the four provinces and thirty-two counties of Ireland, rendered in terra
cotta to artwork by the Architect. The
entrance court stonework (photos below) is patterned as a Celtic cross.
Consultants: Stuart H. Sachs ASLA, Landscape Architect; David E. Seymour PE, Structural Engineer; Malafronte & Kasparek, MEP Engineers.
General Contractor: Kokoska Construction
A full-service veterinary hospital, including lobby/reception, three examination rooms, the doctor's office, kennel, food prep room, grooming, sterilization area and operating room.
This 14,000 square foot addition and
complete renovation of an existing 20,000 square foot strip mall created a
recognized local landmark. The original
grocery store (far left) was built in the 1950s; a fire in the 70s destroyed most of a 60s
addition. For nearly 20 years its slab
sat adjacent to six small stores and a supermarket. By 1992, the Owners wanted not only to add
space, but rejuvenate the center, shaking off its dowdy image – and not worry
about maintenance. This design met that
requirement; in over 20 years of service, only minor trim repainting has been
Fast Track Photo was diverse – the business sold
cameras, processed film, dealt in racing collectibles, and was often a showroom
for classic cars, including the famous Kodak racecar.
The store was designed to include hallmarks of all
of its wares. Throughout, the lines were
clean and racy, black-and-white. In
fact, the floor tiles were laid to resemble crossed checkered flags, and in
the center of the merchandise display area are laid in a “winner’s circle.” The other dominant color was Kodak yellow,
over the sales and display counters. The
store also had photo studio and office space.
Sadly, with the virtual disappearance of film, Fast
Track Photo no longer exists.
The main social room's bar is deliberately designed to avoid the stereotypical "beer hall" appearance. It is integral to, but not the focus of, the Pub Room, with its massive fireplace.
30,000 square foot addition to an existing factory building. The original building was well-designed, and care was taken to respect the quality of its materials and composition. The new wing contains factory and warehouse space on two levels, loading and receiving areas. The building is concrete- and steel-framed on two levels.
Consultants: Stuart H. Sachs ASLA,
Landscape Architect; David E. Seymour PE,
Structural Engineer; Eastern Engineering,
General Contractor: Zampco Construction
The site was redesigned for traffic
calming. Previously, motorists had used the
parking lot as a high-speed shortcut between Routes 1 and 234; the new plan
allows easy access from either road without danger, and in fact encourages
people to stop and shop. From Route 1,
the clocktower is framed by a graceful allée of trees. All exterior building lighting is indirect;
signboard lighting is concealed behind the painted steel fascia at the roof
eave. Pedestrian lighting is mounted
behind the continuous hanging aluminum fascia.
Consultants: Stuart H. Sachs ASLA, Landscape Architect; David E. Seymour PE, Structural Engineer; George T. Fox PE, Electrical Engineer; John A. Hofbauer, M/P/FP Engineer.
General Contractor: Brennan Construction; Walter Lehner, Project Manager
The exterior materials are brick
(matching the original 50s building), ground-face block, aluminum storefront,
3-coat stucco soffits, and painted steel.
The signature element is the siding – white cedar shingles, common to local
architecture – which has weathered to a maintenance-free silver-gray. The prominent clocktower is trimmed in
painted cedar of intriguing geometry.
All mechanical equipment – which would be visible from higher ground
behind the building – is housed in the octagonal section to the right of the tower.
This suite was built in an office building with limited natural light, filtered through blue-tinted glass. The plan takes full advantage of all available natural light by use of transoms in the partners' office. In addition, dramatic "faux-skylights" were created over node points, visible throughout the suite. Custom cherry millwork accented the muted grey-mauve color scheme.