New England was built in timber. The rich history is still alive today in the regional building traditions that have evolved since the birth of the nation. Engineered lumber technologies are pushing the boundaries of wood construction from rural farm houses to complex urban structures and are driving a renaissance of timber construction worldwide.
Today, our urban climate and requirements for building performance are changing and construction technologies and building codes are racing to keep up. The practice of mid-rise urban timber construction has been successfully implemented in many European countries for more than 10 years, and soon the U.S. building code will be amended to allow for mid-rise timber construction in urban areas.
Fennick McCredie Architecture (FMA) has put together a team for the Timber Design + Fabrication Competition. The team will propose a site specific installation innovating within New England building and craft traditions, using engineered lumber or heavy timber. They will then abstract and develop a partial construction addressing at full scale, specific issues of materiality, structure, connection and cladding. Installations must be experimental in nature and push beyond the boundaries of conventional timber construction.
Check back after July 1st to see what we submitted! Good luck to the FMA team!
The landscape oil paintings of Agnes Jacob, project designer at FMA, are now on exhibit at the Marblehead Library/Abbot Public Library. There will be an opening reception Saturday, Dec 8th from 3-5 pm. Join us in celebrating our coworker and the local arts.
“Living in Boston, my family and I love to spend time at many of the beautiful beaches, salt marshes, islands, fields, and towns surrounding our home town. Plum Island, Rockport, Gloucester, Marblehead, and the Berkshires are among my favorite places where I (and probably many of you) have fond moments. Every painting I did is about trying to evoke this memory and emotion I had of the place rather than trying to capture every detail realistically. With oil, a palette knife, color and every brush stroke, I try to capture the way the sun and the wind hit my skin, the feeling of the surface I’m standing on.” -Agnes Jacob
Visit her online gallery at www.gingerteastudio.com to learn more.
Agnes and Meaghan livened up the studio with some great costumes for the holiday. What could be scarier than a rejected submittal?
Chris joins us with over twenty five years of experience, primarily focusing on cultural, educational and institutional projects involving large client groups and technically challenging projects.
Prior to joining Fennick McCredie Architecture, Chris was Principal at Schwartz/Silver Architects where he led the firm’s largest and most important projects, including the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Shaw Center has been featured in numerous national and international publications and has received the highest honor in every design awards program for which it was eligible. In 2008, the American Institute of Architects selected the Shaw Center for a National Honor Award.
Other notable projects include the A.H. McCoy Federal Building in Jackson, Mississippi (a GSA Design Excellence project), Ruffin Hall for the University of Virginia (the first purpose built Studio Art Building at the UVa) and the New England Aquarium West Wing Addition.
Chris is passionate about projects which bolster community and institutional vision and aspirations where the potential impact can be greater than the project alone.
As a like-minded colleague, we’re excited to welcome Chris to FMA.
We had a great time celebrating our partnership with YouthBuild Boston, as well as toasting the completion of their newly renovated headquarters located on 27 Centre St. in Roxbury, MA. A BIG thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate. We had a number of people from YouthBuild Boston as well as youth who participate in the program. If you would like to find out more about YouthBuild Boston and their commitment to the community – please click here.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Hangar 8 has transformed from its bare-bones steel framing to luminous metal panels. Take a look!
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Brodsky, AIA to the position of Associate. Scott has been with the firm for seven years working as Project Architect on notable projects such as the conversion of a former fire house into YouthBuild Boston’s new headquarters as well as the Logan Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility under construction.
Please join us in congratulating Scott on his promotion.
On Friday, May 18th, 2012, the exuberance of community was in the air when over 550 children from Mullen Hall Elementary participated in a day of service learning throughout the Falmouth community. A handful of kids lent their helping hands to Nancy Parmentier of Groundworks Landscape Architecture, the landscape architect of FMA’s new housing project, the Schoolhouse Green (Teaticket) Apartments located in Falmouth, MA. Groundworks Landscape Architecture organized the project and donated materials.
The sprouting enthusiasm of these youngsters gave a new life to the Schoolhouse Green’s nascent landscape. But Nancy notes that the greatest reward of the day was the animated interaction between the children and the residents of the Schoolhouse Green Apartments. A great job and many thanks to all that helped out. The landscape looks beautiful, and the spirit of the day – immeasurable.