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June 21, 2018 Cambridge, MA - A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held at Clarion University for the renovation of Tippin Gymnasium, the University’s primary NCAA athletic venue. Besides helping the University recruit top-notch athletic talent, once completed, the 155,000 square foot complex will better connect to the surrounding campus and community with a more open and transparent building design. Renovations to the existing gymnasium will include a new entrance and lobby, complete overhaul of the basketball courts and seating, natatorium renovation with a new combination swimming/diving pool, expanded areas for wrestling, new weight room, new locker rooms and restrooms and a new auxiliary gymnasium.
The project was designed by a joint venture of DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design of Pittsburgh, PA and GUND Partnership of Cambridge, MA. The early design goal was to bring the facility up to contemporary standards, bring light into the facility and optimize social exchanges among students. The new gymnasium will better serve student-athletes and the entire intercollegiate athletic program, as well as create new opportunities for physical fitness, nutrition and wellness programming. The project is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council and is expected to be complete in Sept 2019.
Dan Rutledge, AIA, LEED AP BD+C led the Tippin Gymnasium project. For more information, contact Dan.
The relocation of the dining hall created an opportunity to repurpose a portion of Cushing Hall. The first building at Westminster, Cushing Hall is the figurative and emotional center of campus and serves as the perfect location for students to meet. Part of a larger renovation project, the new 1,674 sf student center is a central gathering spot for students and faculty. It features a variety of comfortable and durable seating, game tables, two flat screen televisions and a 365 sf grill, offering food and drinks for purchase when the dining hall is closed.
Wood paneling recalls that found in nearby Fearn Hall and brings formality to the space, consistent with the School’s architecture. An original fireplace mantel is restored and the fireplace converted to gas. Game tables, modern light fixtures and a soft color palette bring a fresh, youthful feel, an aspect that was important to students involved in the design process.
The renovation also includes new restrooms; offices for the Advancement Office, deans and directors of student life and athletics; conference room and food storage. Space was reconfigured to open sight lines from the entry corridor directly to the headmaster’s study in order to encourage interaction and support the school’s family ethos.
Cushing Hall uses energy produced by geothermal wells that also supply the nearby Armour Academic Center.
Read more about the renovation in the Westminster Bulletin, pages 16 – 23.
GUND Partnership welcomes Steve Dadagian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C as Principal and Valerie Puchades, CPSM as Director of Marketing and celebrates the promotion of Scott Westerbeke AIA, LEED AP to Associate.
Steve spent much of his early career at GUND. After managing his own practice and serving in a senior role at a local architecture firm, Steve returns as one of four Principals of the firm. Working with the leadership team, Steve will focus on innovative learning environments that respond to changing pedagogies and ideals. With his background in independent school design, he will continue to grow GUND’s work on campuses across the US. Steve has over 25 years of experience designing buildings and spaces for Independent School and Higher Education clients. His expertise includes designing modern buildings that are contextually sensitive to historic campus settings and designing athletic, learning and gathering spaces that emphasize creative thinking, collaboration and flexibility.
Valerie brings 20 years of marketing experience to GUND. With her background in strategic planning, she will be helping GUND identify the challenges its clients are facing today and into the future. This knowledge will help GUND’s architects continue to deliver innovative buildings that solve their clients’ most pressing challenges. She will be working with the leadership team to find opportunities to tell client success stories through traditional and digital media, starting with fundraising efforts and continuing through post-occupancy. Valerie is an active member of Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and serves as Vice President/President-elect for SMPS Boston.
Scott joined GUND in 2004 and has worked on a large variety of project types during his tenure, including studio art facilities, dining halls and student housing for higher education institutions; art galleries; and high-end residential projects. Scott brings a technical sensibility to his work, bolstered by his lengthy experience performing construction administration. He has administered projects to LEED Silver certification and led projects that went on to win design awards from the Society of College and University Planning and the Boston Society of Architects.
“With the strengthening of our team we are positioning the firm to better serve our clients’ needs, expanding areas of expertise, and focusing on high level project delivery, with the continued goal of providing great design that is synonymous with GUND Partnership,” says David Zenk, Principal at GUND.
There’s a new way to explore GUND Partnership’s contribution to Boston’s rich architectural landscape. Recently launched, the AIA Guide to Boston Architecture app is the definitive local field guide with more than 1,200 sites across the metro Boston area, organized by neighborhood, style, architect, and award winners.
GUND is excited to be featured in the app. The profile, written by the app’s editorial team, gives a brief history on the firm’s work in Boston and includes work spanning four decades.
The app is always current and location-aware so you can quickly see what’s nearby anywhere you go, including plenty of guides and tours, all available on an elegantly designed iPhone app.
Join David Zenk at USITT on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 2:45 PM for High Performance: Why Retrofitted and Renovated Performing Arts Centers can be Better than New. As often cited, “the most sustainable building is the one that is already built.” Join the discussion and learn how renovating, retrofitting or repurposing a performing arts venue can be a valid option to building a new facility. Learn how an existing building can prompt new design paradigms for music, dance, and theatre and how old buildings can inspire dancers, actors and musicians. This session will explore practical challenges and put forward fresh ideas for your next performing arts center design project.
The USITT 58th Annual Conference will be taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida From March 14 - 17, 2018. David will be joined by Curtis Kasefang and Jason Prichard of Theatre Consultant Collaborative and Carl Giegold of Threshold Acoustics. Learn more at: https://www.usittshow.com/