CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Hangar 8 has transformed from its bare-bones steel framing to luminous metal panels. Take a look!
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.
FLASH | NEW PROJECTS
We look forward to a busy season with significant new projects on the horizon:
Four new MBTA stations as a part of the long awaited Green Line Extension Project
Design services for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s four venues: the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the Boston Common Garage and the MassMutual Center
FLASH | RECOGNITION
Fennick | McCredie Architecture placed among the top 100 list for the Inner City Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies
In Inc. Magazine’s article, “Fast-Growth CEOs : Bullish on the Economy”
We were featured in Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 100 Fastest Inner Growing City Businesses
Feature article in the Boston Globe as one of 5 Massachusetts companies placing on the Top 100 List for one of the Fastest Growing Inner City Companies
Featured in BostInno article: 5 Mass Companies Elevate the Inner City around Them
FLASH | RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES
Looking forward to the completion of the new headquarters for YouthBuild Boston – renovation and addition to the historic fire house at 27 Centre Street in Roxbury – and ribbon cutting in September with Mayor Menino
The Excel Charter School in Chelsea will welcome in an additional new grade this fall following completion of an expansion to their campus space
FLASH | CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
At University of Massachusetts campuses:
UMass Amherst, construction has commenced for the renovation of campus planning, facilities and physical plant offices
UMass Lowell, the new South Campus parking facility foundations are underway
At Logan International Airport:
The 49 acre development of a new Consolidated Rental Car Facility has celebrated “topping off”, and innovative terracotta-clad precast concrete panels are arriving on the site; see our recent blog on the terracotta system
The Aircraft Hangars Upgrades are currently under construction. For more info – take a look at our blog
A private Back Bay residence‘s new design renovations are advancing into construction
FLASH | COMMUNITY
Outside the FMA studio, Erin Hunt, is a member of the Quincy Historical Commission and the Building Enclosure Council
Michelle Callinan is the Copy Editor PRAXIS – a journal of writing + building
Deborah Fennick is serving on the Boston Society of Architects board of directors as commissioner of architectural design
Deborah’s term on the City of Somerville’s Design Review Committee has been renewed
Landscape oil paintings of Agnes Jacob, project designer will be exhibited this coming December at the Marblehead Library/ Abbot Public Library. Visit her online gallery at www.gingerteastudio.com to learn about her work as a painter
Our office expansion is underway. In May, we were listed as one of the nation’s top 100 fastest growing inner city businesses by the Initiative for Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune Magazine. With all this growth, we are in need of more space, so our studio space is currently in the process of expanding. Check out our progress. As Abraham Maslow said, “You will either step forward into growth, or you will step back into safety.” At FMA, we are definitely looking forward.
Part 2 of FMA’s project designer, Sia Herr’s, experience with Architecture for Humanity and Ambassadors for Sustained Health (ASH) in Waumini, Kenya.
One of the issues identified during my assessment trip to Waumini was the hazard of smoke caused by indoor cooking. The World Health Organization estimates nearly 2 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to indoor air pollution from household solid fuel use – the burning of maize. The homes in Waumini are typically one room structures constructed of a wood frame covered with mud. All of the daily activities, such as sleeping and cooking, are held in the space. Additionally homes are constructed without enough, if any, openings for ventilation and smoke to escape. The homes lack openings for daylight and ventilation in part because the families are trying to keep the cold out during the cold months and can’t afford windows and vents.
The ASH housing team, through our field ambassador Kyle Murakami, worked intimately and collaboratively with the residents to build a rammed earth stove – a cooking surface that has been implemented by the East Africa Trust in Kenya and other parts of Africa. The stove provides a healthier and efficient means of cooking indoors because it allows smoke to exit directly to the outside. It is made by ramming several layers of damp soil into a mold, making sure it’s compacted, then letting it dry for several days. The design of the mold also allows for two pots to be cooking at the same time compared to the single pot methods currently used by the residents.
With the assistance of the East Africa Trust, the stove has been tested and tweaked and is now working as designed. Its completion pushes Waumini one step closer to creating healthier homes to support the healthcare that ASH is bringing to the community. It is amazing to see the difference that a mound of dirt can make when used resourcefully.
Our next challenge is to build the stoves in a reasonable amount of time and establish a plan to make the mold accessible to many families throughout Waumini and surrounding villages. Stay Tuned.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Willie Alford – the YouthBuild Boston (YBB) graduate we interviewed last month – answered this question as we admired the nearly completed renovation that will transform the historic Centre Street fire house into the organization’s new headquarters.
“Working with others.”
That’s a big draw for Willie. The student crews “Learn from each other. The (YBB) staff and other students are great, which makes the job much better. A day doesn’t go by without laughing.”
It strikes me that there are strong parallels between the partnerships we build as architects and what Willie is talking about. Why am I so compelled to work? Why are my architect colleagues so driven?
There is certainly fulfillment from seeing a space we’ve designed swelled with people and activity. But it’s also the daily engagement with coworkers, folks with a stake in the project and creative collaborators in the improvisation of making architecture. And these partnerships carry on as the design is constructed.
Probing further we asked Willie what lessons he will carry to other pursuits. “The importance of responsibility to team members. Making it to the job every day. Being punctual. Being reliable.” This acquired attitude has given him confidence – as the camaraderie of working with a construction crew has brought him joy.
Check out more information about the exciting YouthBuild Boston program here: http://youthbuildboston.org/
Check out our latest Cape project, Schoolhouse Green at Teaticket, which will provide the community with affordable housing for the 55+ and a new “business space” in the renovated historic school house.
The thirty-nine unit, Teaticket Apartments in Falmouth is nearing completion
We begin construction services this fall on Aircraft Hangars 8 and 9 upgrades, and on the $250 million Consolidated Rental Car Facility at Logan Airport