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ARC for Juneteenth

06.19.20 / BY ARC

ARC stands against inequality, racism, and intolerance in our society. We are inspired by the courage of so many speaking out for civil rights, justice, and equality and honor the work of past advocates in the battle against oppression and prejudice. We advocate for a future where people of color and the LGBTQ+ community can live and work free of violence and bias. ARC is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in our work, our communities and our profession.  read more »

Arlington EATS Supports Community through Pandemic

04.08.20 / BY ARC

Arlington EATS (EATS) is a non-profit organization committed to eliminating food insecurity by providing nutritious food to any resident in need in Arlington, Massachusetts. EATS has been operating since its beginnings as the Arlington Food Pantry nearly 20 years ago and using various temporary spaces thanks to the generosity of local churches.  read more »

Inclusive Sustainable Design Expanding at Phillips Exeter Academy (PEA)

03.12.20 / APPA / Peter Reiss, Mark Leighton

Check out this article, featured in Facilities Manager Magazine, by ARC Principal, Peter Reiss, and Phillips Exeter Academy (PEA) Director of Facilities Management, Mark Leighton, discussing the sustaina  read more »

Experience Design with Us…

05.08.19 / BY ARC

We all know what it feels like to experience the results of good design – holding a new cell phone that feels perfectly weighted and shaped to the palm of your hand or sliding into the driver’s seat of a new car that conforms effortlessly to your body, Often we don’t consciously notice the way design makes us feel, but we embrace it when it’s done well.   read more »

Sustainability and the Bentley Arena

11.06.18 / BY ARC

Explore Bentley University's new LEED Platinum Multipurpose Arena in this video featuring ARC's Jan Taylor!

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Sustainability Strategies: Exploring the Benefits of a Solar Array

10.05.18 / Alisa Nagano, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Phillips Exeter Academy's solar array

As we strive to meet our sustainability commitments at ARC, solar PV arrays have quickly become a critical component of our design solutions for many clients. Much of our work for independent schools and higher education is in athletics facilities with expansive, flat or low-slope roofs, perfect for hosting solar arrays. As PV technology continues to grow more efficient and less costly, payback and savings become very tangible. There are also tax incentives offered through many utilities, so the use of Solar PV is one energy-reduction strategy that’s becoming increasingly feasible to implement.

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A Unique Design Feature: Hackley School’s Stormwater System Activates the Landscape

09.11.18 / Peter Reiss, ARC & Michael Lindquist, STIMSON

ARC and STIMSON collaborated on the design for the Johnson Center for Health and Wellness at Hackley School with a shared goal of creating a large facility that blends into the surrounding landscape. The building site was previously home to a variety of woodland trails that students used to travel between the academic and athletic campuses.  read more »

Spatial Learning & Place-Making: A Collaborative Design Process

04.06.18 / Alexa Asakiewicz & Victor Agran


Every building has essential spaces needed to make a structure functional. A great building enhances these program areas with a uniting conceptual framework. In our work, we rely on this framework to guide our design process and aid us in developing transformative places to foster growth and learning.    read more »

Architecture Boston Features Amelia Thrall's Perspective on Vancouver

03.13.18 / BY ARC

In a feature story in Architecture Boston’s recent Port issue, ARC’s Amelia Thrall explores the evolution of Vancouver’s seaport district.  read more »

Welcome to the Year of the Dog!

02.23.18 / Matt Lewis, Been Wang

ARC team members Been Wang, Matt Lewis and Wes Ratliff celebrated the Chinese New Year last week with our clients at the Fo Guang Buddhist Temple in Cambridge, where we are currently providing design services for a phased interior renovation. The Temple is a local center based on the Fo Guang Tradition, a large Buddhist Group based in Taiwan.

The celebration included several traditional Chinese New Year’s performances.

Ribbon dancing…  read more »

Daylighting the Field House – Balancing Natural Light for Interior Conditions

01.03.18 / Tyler Baum and Leslie DelleFave

Indoor athletic facilities are traditionally designed primarily with artificial lighting, as natural daylight can create harsh glare and shadowing conditions for athletes, coaches, and spectators. ARC was tasked by longtime client, Boston College, to explore this challenge and study options to add transparency in its new field house without the associated negative impacts.    read more »

Boston’s Sweet Medical Firsts: ARC’s Gingerbread Creation

12.28.17 / Theresa Palid

For the first time, ARC competed in the Boston Society of Architects’ (BSA) annual Gingerbread Design Competition. This year’s theme was “Innovations and Firsts,” celebrating 150 years of innovation in Boston, coinciding with the BSA’s 150th anniversary.  read more »

Doing More Good

12.06.17 / Alisa Nagano

“Doing less bad ≠ doing good.” These were the words of Cradle to Cradle founder William McDonough in his closing talk at the recent Greenbuild Summit in Boston, and they followed an equally simple directive – Do more good. A simple but weighty statement, it is especially apt in our current socio-political climate and it resonates with me because of its significance, at once concise and open-ended.  read more »

My Journey from a Liberal Arts Major to an Interior Designer

11.21.17 / Erica Curtis, LEED AP

It was a quintessential autumn weekend when I rolled up to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, a place I had not visited for many moons (I won’t specify how many). Some things were reassuringly the same as during my student years: pedestrians outnumbering the cars on College Hill Road, the main drag that bisects the campus; the statue of Alexander Hamilton still presiding quietly over the quad, unperturbed by his recent Broadway fame; and the view east over the Central New York hills, always stunning at this time of year.  read more »

College Planning & Management Features ARC Perspective on Fusion of Science and Business Education

11.14.17 / BY ARC

In a feature story published in the October 2017 issue of College Planning & Management, ARC’s Rob Quigley examines the rationale and design opportunities behind the synthesis of science and technology into the learning experience of business and other non-science students.

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IIDANE Fashion Show: Behind the Scenes at ARC

10.23.17 / Theresa Palid

Participating in the IIDANE Fashion Show is an exciting and rewarding opportunity that demands not only significant time, but also immense creativity, teamwork and innovation.

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Phillips Exeter Academy Sustainability Class Tours Field House

10.06.17 / Chris Bowers, Yunbin Park, Peter Reiss, Elizabeth Musacchio

As part of our mission to design facilities for students to learn and grow, ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge works with our clients to develop unique learning opportunities during design and construction.

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Constraint Drives Design Innovation - Bentley Multi-Purpose Arena

09.26.17 / Victor Agran | Alexa Asakiewicz | Jan Taylor

When ARC was designing a new Multipurpose Arena for Bentley University and home for their Division One hockey program, the design team was assigned a challenging task: In order to meet the overall project budget, the entire exterior cladding system had to be developed at a cost of $45/sf,  which excluded conventional material options like brick, metal panel and fiber cement.

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How an Athletic Facility Becomes the Heartbeat of a Campus

08.17.17 / BY ARC

Building a new athletic facility on an academic campus is an opportunity to create more than just a place to play sports. These multi-faceted facilities are increasingly becoming important, dynamic hubs for campus activity and school pride.

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BD+C Higher Education Trends Report Features ARC Projects & Perspectives

08.03.17 / BY ARC

A FEATURE STORY ON TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION in Building Design and Construction magazine examines how university clients are adapting to meet the changing needs of career-minded students.   read more »

Found Space: Opportunities in Large Athletic Buildings

07.25.17 / BY ARC

The sheer size and structural requirements of campus athletic buildings often result in very large building “footprints” - and consequently occupy an oversized amount of space. Characteristics of these buildings include 1) large amounts of open roof area, and 2) unused space above and below the main functions of the building and within the concrete foundations.  read more »

Pre-Manufactured Buildings on the Rise: What Owners Need to Know

05.26.17 / Jan Taylor, AIA, LEED AP and Peter Reiss, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Attracted by potential cost and schedule savings, many clients are considering the use of pre- engineered metal buildings (PEMBs) as an alternative to conventional large-span building construction. These structures are produced with a highly efficient “kit of parts” to reduce the amount of material needed for large spans over open spaces. Therefore, they can be very appealing for clients in the development of designs for large volume athletic facilities.  read more »

ARC’s West Hall Earns New Construction Project of the Year Award from CMAA

05.12.17 / BY ARC

Framingham State University’s West Hall was honored as New Construction Project of the Year by the Construction Management Association of America’s New England Chapter in the category of projects built for less than $50M. Designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge and built by Consigli Construction, the 316-bed undergraduate residence hall opened in September of 2016.  read more »

Rise of the Wellness Center - New sports, fitness, and wellness spaces creating a new hub for student life on campus

04.24.17 / Bryan Thorp, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Health and wellness is integral to the student experience today, and university administrators are responding with a new generation of strategically-designed buildings. The first thing students notice about these contemporary athletic, fitness and wellness facilities is how welcoming they are, and how well they work as a social hub.  read more »


03.22.17 / Peter Reiss, AIA, LEED AP

Construction is nearing the midpoint at the Walter C. Johnson Center for Health and Wellness at Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York. The 115,000 SF complex will be completed for the winter of 2017-18 and will include an eight-lane pool, eight-court squash center, two gymnasiums, a wrestling room, fencing room, fitness center, and weight training room. The building will also include multiple classrooms and exercise studios to serve as wellness teaching spaces.

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Arthur Cohen, FAIA, LEED AP

02.02.17 / 1941-2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Arthur Cohen, FAIA, LEED AP.

As a founding partner at ARC, Arthur led the design of many of the firm’s award-winning projects which have shaped the direction and quality of work ARC represents today. He played an instrumental role in fostering ARC’s focus in the science and technology sector.  read more »

To Convert Or Not To Convert? 5 Key Considerations Of Commercial-To-Lab Projects

12.07.16 / Bryan Thorp, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Adrian Walters, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Predicting the cost, schedule and tenant appeal of a commercial-to-lab conversion is an essential yet elusive objective. Most commercial buildings we evaluate for possible conversion contain both obvious and hidden barriers to a successful lab changeover. The readiness of any individual property is best considered only after resolving a few key questions.

1.    What type of life science tenant are we seeking?  read more »

ARC wins Director’s Choice at the 2016 Canstruction Boston Competition

10.28.16 / Candace Naste, Project Manager

For the past twenty-one years, local Architecture & Engineering firms have come together to support the food insecure in our community through Canstruction, a unique design competition and public art exhibition where themed sculptures are constructed entirely out of canned goods.  The structures are kept on display for several weeks, and at the end of the competition all canned goods are donated to a local food bank.

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Deerfield Academy’s Innovation Space in Action - Five Questions for Architect Peter Reiss and Interior Designer Katie Mavrides

09.30.16 / Peter Reiss, AIA, LEED AP and Katie Mavrides, IIDA

Earlier this year, Deerfield Academy opened the doors of its newly-renovated Boyden Library. Among the creative new uses of former storage and book stack areas is an active lower level with a new Innovation Space. Deerfield and ARC worked together to design this new and exciting multipurpose space, which brings collaboration and hands-on fabricating to the traditional learning environment.  read more »

ARC Featured in Boston Bisnow’s “Cool Office Spaces”

09.16.16 / Kate Shoss

Bisnow Boston featured ARC’s own Back Bay office in the September 14 edition of their Cool Office Space series. ARC’s article was ranked #1 on their most read listing! ”A bright, hip new office” is how Bisnow describes our office design at 501 Boylston Street. The article shows a few of our favorite spaces, and describes the design ideas behind the Cool Office designation.  read more »

Renderings don't lie! Construction Complete on the West Dorm at Phillips Academy

09.09.16 / Peter Reiss, AIA, LEED AP

Less than 18 months since the beginning of design, the major renovation to transform the old Isham Infirmary into the new West Dorm is almost finished. Andover retained ARC in the spring of 2015 to find a way to transform the old facility into a new appealing residential address for both students and faculty.  read more »

Firm Appreciation Night

08.26.16 / Jill Garzik Guptill, IIDA

ARC enjoyed a Firm Appreciation Night at King’s in Boston hosted by Forbo Flooring System. The fun-filled evening included great food, company and a spirited bowling competition. Thank you to Forbo, and especially Matt O’Keefe, for an incredible event! We appreciate you and the long relationship we’ve built with Forbo over the years. Here’s to many more working together!

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St. Mark's STEM Center

07.29.16 / Jan Taylor, AIA, LEED AP

Designed to provide hands-on learning experiences, a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center is receiving rave reviews from students and faculty at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts. Opened Fall 2015, the 30,000 square foot STEM Center features cross-discipline learning and teaming spaces including a fabrication lab, computer science room, a robotics program, science labs and nine technology-enabled classrooms.  read more »

Fostering Relationships

07.22.16 / Rob Quigley, AIA

ARC designed a series of meeting and collaboration spaces as part of a new faculty office addition to Morison Hall, a 1960s-era faculty office building on the Waltham campus of Bentley University. The glass façade wraps the west side of the addition and floods the teaming spaces with daylight.  read more »

ARC at Cardinal Cushing Centers' Springtime Gala

06.10.16 / Jan Taylor, AIA, LEED AP

ARC president Philip Laird strutted his stuff on the catwalk last night in front of a packed house at the Cardinal Cushing Centers’ annual Springtime Gala at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Cardinal Cushing Centers provides individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disabilities of all ages, opportunities to discover the benefits of a supportive and vibrant community. The event was an evening of fashion, fun and culinary delight held to raise funds for the Center and honor those who have demonstrated extraordinary vision and compassion for people with disabilities.  read more »

Creating an Innovative Academic Facility for Johnson & Wales University

05.31.16 / Adrian Walters, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, Sarah Walker, AIA, LEED AP, Associate

Johnson & Wales University’s (JWU) new Classroom and Laboratory Building combines teaching, laboratory, social, innovation, and teaming spaces and expands the university’s longtime commitment to interdisciplinary learning in a new 71,000SF academic building on the Providence campus.   read more »

Future Proof Boston Event

03.02.16 / Mark Urrea, LEED AP

Last Wednesday ARC was thrilled to host the Future Proof Boston Event at our office. ARC, NBBJ and Paul Lukez Architecture all came together to discuss how sea level rising will affect Boston. As a continuation of Boston’s successful Living with Water competition each firm discussed their ideas for addressing this important and timely issue. Presenters included Sarah Walker, AIA, LEED AP of ARC, Alan Mountjoy, AIA, LEED AP of NBBJ and Paul Lukez, FAIA, LEED AP of Paul Lukez architecture.  read more »

What Would Louis Kahn Say?


Balancing Past and Present in Mid-20th Century Buildings

As campus facilities built in the mid-20th Century age, school administrators naturally seek ways to adapt them to meet today’s needs. Yet when the building’s designer is a famous architect, the renovation question goes beyond how to modernize. Instead, it becomes how to handle history.  read more »

Rising Seas and a Thriving North End

07.29.15 / JACK COCHRAN

By 2100, the outer edge of Boston's North End will be inundated with two feet of standing water, swelling above a person’s head during major storm events.  read more »

We've Moved! 501 Boylston Street: A Historic Site with Contemporary Appeal

05.21.15 / Kate Shoss

As of today, ARC now calls 501 Boylston Street home. The Newbry is a building with a storied place in Boston's architectural history. Built in 1940 and known for generations as The New England's Life Building, its block-long granite facade with Art Deco details is a familiar landmark in the Back Bay.  read more »

Crossing the Charles: Part 3

05.13.15 / Deborah Avondoglio

We are just days away from our move to 501 Boylston Street!

ARC employees have been busy going through their desks and project files trying to organize what we’ll bring to the new office. What’s been found is a glimpse into ARC’s history: employee telephone lists from 1984, drawing sets from long-completed buildings, photos of employees past and present, building codes from 1998, and an Express Mail envelope posted in 1989 containing $13.15 in cash and a sheet of 10¢ postage stamps. Trash or treasure? It depends on who you ask.  read more »

“Fab Labs, Innovation Centers, Maker Spaces – Oh My!”

05.11.15 / Kelly Bliss

At the recent AISNE (Association for Independent Schools of New England) Spring Conference, ARC co-presented with representatives from St. Mark’s School and The Roxbury Latin School on “Creating Innovation Centers”.  A room full of independent school business managers and administrators were intrigued about what these much talked about facilities are, how to identify existing space on campus to be repurposed for one, and what the recommended steps are to create the right innovation space for their institution.  read more »

Crossing the Charles: Part 2

03.09.15 / Leslie DelleFave, AIA, LEED AP

This spring ARC will be saying goodbye to Cambridge and some significant architectural neighbors in Kresge Chapel, Baker Hall & the Media Lab and getting more familiar with Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library and the Hancock Tower as we make our way across the Charles to our new home at 501 Boylston Street, the former New England Mutual Life Insurance building.  read more »

ARC is a Finalist for Boston’s Living with Water Competition

02.26.15 / Jack Cochran

We are proud to announce that ARC, working with AKF Group and Pate Adams Landscape Architects, has been selected as a finalist for Boston’s Living with Water Competition. The competition featured over fifty teams comprised of 250 firms from many disciplines around the world, all of whom developed an approach to prepare Boston for storm surges and rising sea levels. The finalists were announced last night at the BSA Space. read more »

Crossing the Charles: Part 1

01.13.15 / Kate Shoss

This year we are excited to welcome some big changes at ARC. After 45 years in Cambridge, we are thrilled to announce that ARC will be moving to Boston! Currently, we are wrapping up the design on our new digs. This week marks the beginning of construction to fit-out the space that we will call home in late spring.

Looking out from our existing corner conference room over The Charles River, we can see our new building. Can you guess which one it is?

Hint…we are moving right next to MIT’s original campus.   read more »

Decking the Halls at ARC

12.19.14 / Joanna Frechette

Last Friday was full of festivities at ARC. We celebrated another successful Secret Santa Toy Drive where participants pick a name out of a hat and purchase a toy that the person would have liked as a child. As usual, the unveiling of the presents was a fun and light-hearted event at the office enjoyed by all. After all the presents are opened they are then donated to a children’s charity.  read more »

Harvard Celebrates Bright-Landry Hockey Center Opening

12.05.14 / Ray Paradis, AIA, LEED AP

ARC recently completed the renovation and addition of Harvard University’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Our project team was on hand November 1st for the grand opening ceremony which included an exciting men’s game against Dartmouth and women’s victory against Union. The ceremony included keynote speakers President Drew Gilpin Faust and Athletic Director Bob Scalise.  read more »

Worcester State University's Athletic Center Under Construction

10.27.14 / Jonathan Quinn

Construction recently started on the ARC designed 100,000 sq. ft.  read more »

ARC Wins the DiNoc Your Buoy Design Challenge!

10.10.14 / Maria McMorran

On October 1st, a number of ARC’s Interior Designers participated in “DiNoc Your Buoy Design Challenge” hosted by Steelcase and Designtex/3M at the Steelcase/RedThread Showroom on Boston Wharf Road.  The Buoy is a new stool from Steelcase that’s design is inspired by the rocking of ocean buoys.  A lightweight, portable seat, it features a contoured base that tilts and swivels.  read more »

Middlebury Squash Facility Receives LEED Platinum Rating

09.26.14 / Jack Cochran

ARC is proud to announce that the Middlebury Squash Facility has just received a LEED Platinum rating, the firm’s first. Completed in 2013, the Squash Facility features extensive daylighting and lighting controls, well-insulated wall systems, reused squash courts from Middlebury’s former facility, and a green roof.  read more »

2014 Herman Miller Design Challenge

09.12.14 / Tyler Baum

This April, ARC was invited to participate in the 2014 Herman Miller design challenge.  Architecture and design firms across New England were asked to find artistic inspiration in the Eames work and use their Eames Molded Plastic Chair as the canvas.  read more »

Higher Education Design Trends

07.31.14 / Jennifer Gregoire

How do students learn?  Where does learning happen?  How is content delivered and shared?  What do the answers to these questions mean and what are the implications on the space these activities inhabit? 

As Architects and Interior Designers, we have to stay on top of changes in educational trends so that we can not only design for the current classroom needs but also allow for the evolution of pedagogy and thus the evolution of the classroom, what it looks like and how it functions. 

Today we examine top five trends in educational design:  read more »

ARC Turns 45!

07.24.14 / Kate Shoss

This summer marks ARC’s 45th anniversary. For over four decades ARC has remained dedicated to working closely with our clients to create unique and sustainable environments in which we live, learn and work. Throughout the history of our firm, we have been recognized for creating thoughtful, deliberate and high performance facilities that promote innovation, creativity and intellectual exploration in academic, life science and corporate arenas.  read more »

Life as an ARC Intern

06.27.14 / Alex Prictoe

Nearing the end of my final co-op here at ARC, I have been given the opportunity to reflect on all that has happened in my last six whirlwind months as an ARCer.  What sticks out to me most about my experience at ARC is the incredible variety of projects that I had the privilege to work on with multiple design teams and consultants, while still remaining a part of the unique studio environment.   read more »

Thai Temple Grand Opening

06.20.14 / Been Wang, AIA

The Wat Nawamintararachutis (NMR Meditation Center), a Thai Buddhist temple designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge celebrated Grand Opening ceremonies from Wednesday, June 11, 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Raynham, Massachusetts.  read more »


06.06.14 / Kate Shoss

Each June the SMPS ROC Awards hosts its annual gala to announce the recipients of the Recognizing Outstanding Communications Awards. For the last few years I have served on the Awards Committee to help plan the event. As part of SMPS Boston’s “Renew” theme for 2014 we revamped our location and were thrilled to host the gala at the swanky Taj Hotel.  read more »

Cardinal Cushing Center Springtime Gala

05.30.14 / Jan Taylor, AIA, LEED AP

ARC is currently providing pro bono architectural services to Cardinal Cushing Center (CCC) through the 1% program, designed to to connect nonprofit organizations in need of design services with architects willing to donate their time.

Our team is working with CCC on the implementation of several projects on their Hanover campus. As part of their master plan, several program elements including classrooms, retail, employment training space, and administrative functions are slated to be located in a new “Integrated Building”.  read more »

ARC Tours Bright-Landry Hockey Center Project

05.23.14 / Ray Paradis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Yesterday afternoon ARC toured the Bright-Landry Hockey Center renovation and addition project. The project includes an addition of 21,000 square feet of new construction and approximately 10,000 square feet of space renovated within the Bright-Landry Hockey Center and Gordon Indoor Track facilities located on Harvard’s Athletic campus. The improved facility will provide the hockey program with updated locker rooms, bathrooms, coaches’ facilities, and storage, while adding a new concessions concourse, student lounge, and function room.  read more »

ARC Interiors Head to the Big Apple

05.16.14 / Stephen O'Connor

Recently, Madaline Hale, Jennifer Gregoire and I had the opportunity to visit New York City with Tandus carpet for a meeting with Suzanne Tick to tour her work-live studio.  read more »

Colby’s BioMass Plant Receives USGBC Award

04.25.14 / Kate Shoss

ARC is pleased to announce the ARC-designed BioMass Heating and Cogeneration Plant for Colby College received a Special Recognition Award in the Green Innovation Category for the 2014 USGBC Awards. The BioMass Plant was one of only four projects recognized by the USGBC this year. Philip Laird, Principal-in-Charge of the project, was on hand this week for the Earth Day Event to accept the award on ARC’s behalf.  read more »

Johnson & Wales: Building Within the New Millennium

04.04.14 / Robert Quigley, AIA & Jack Cochran

In the new millennium, exciting building opportunities exist as cities seek to transform and revitalize neighborhoods where former infrastructure was once dominant.  After WWII, rising wealth, suburbs, and the automobile led to massive shifts in the urban structure as a push toward decentralization led to nation-wide highway construction that displaced city residents and divided cities. Now some of these changes are being reversed, with highways dismantled, vacant sites reoccupied, and city streets redesigned.  read more »

1% Program: Cardinal Cushing Centers

03.28.14 / Jan Taylor, AIA, LEED AP

ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge is dedicated to designing buildings and spaces that inspire, educate and connect people. We believe that design excellence and sustainable environments should be available for any type of project, regardless of size or budget. Since the firm’s founding, many of ARC’s employees have committed their time and services to their communities through pro bono projects on their own. Recently ARC has rallied its collective expertise as a firm to assist organizations in need of support through “The 1%” program.  read more »

ARC T-Shirt Design Competition

03.21.14 / Kate Francis

Last month ARCers' came together once again and held a firm-wide design competition, , in preparation for spring and the upcoming softball season, to create a company t-shirt inspired by the firm's logo.

Everyone in the firm was encouraged to submit designs and there were a lot of great entries. Some ideas included the Boston skyline and interesting prints and colors.  Some shirts were traditional while others played jokes on members of the firm.

Here are some of the submissions:  read more »

Here Comes the Sun!

03.14.14 / Kate Shoss

After a few storm delays, and a seemingly endless winter, the third time was the charm for our trip up to Middlebury College to photograph the New Squash Center.

What started out as another dark and snowy day quickly turned to sunshine. Thanks to John Horner, our photographer, we captured some great shots.  read more »

ARC Draws

03.04.14 / Paul Coffman, LEED AP

“I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves no room for lies.” Le Corbusier

Architects draw. This is how we spend our lives and this is how we document our designs. At the end of the day (or, more accurately, at the end of many long and tiring months) the fruits of our labors are large and intricate sets of construction documents. These drawings are how we communicate our designs to those constructing our buildings.  read more »

Harvard Women’s Hockey: In Sochi and at Home

02.21.14 / Jennifer Plume

With the Sochi Olympics coming to a close, the world will finally be released from the magnetism of the games. For nearly two weeks we watched the competition unfold, while being swept up in the glory and the heartbreak of the world’s top athletes. For most, the events have run their course, the stories have been told, the medals have been awarded and it’s time to go home.  read more »

Our Top 5 Architecture and Design Podcasts

02.14.14 / Jonathan Quinn, LEED AP

In the past decade Podcasts have become a quick, convenient, and easy way for people to consume quality content on a wide variety of topics. Also with the widespread use of smartphones in the past 5-10 years, podcast have only become more convenient and easy to access.  read more »

ARC’s Design of the Keene Family YMCA Wins Two AIA NH Awards!

01.24.14 / Nancy Cottone, AIA, LEED AP

Philip Laird, President of ARC, and I recently attended the AIA New Hampshire Excellence in Architecture Awards dinner and were delighted to receive two honors for the ARC-designed Keene Family YMCA facility in Keene, NH.  read more »

Lead by Example

01.15.14 / Christopher Angelakis, AIA, LEED AP

I am proud to report that ARC’s renderings of the New Squash Facility at Middlebury College are featured prominently on the cover and throughout the newly released book entitled Revit Architecture 2014 for Designer by Douglas R. Seidler and published by Bloomsbury Publishing Group.

The book was created to provide interior designers and architecture students with clear, easy and direct Revit instruction.  read more »

Farewell to 2013 and Hello 2014!

01.03.14 / Kate Shoss

The New Year is always a time for reflection and to look back on the last year’s accomplishments. 2013 was a strong year for ARC and we are proud of our professional, design and sustainable design accomplishments.

Here is a quick look at some of ARC’s achievements in 2013:

ARC Ranked #7 in 2013’s Architect Top 50!  read more »

'Tis the Season

12.20.13 / Joanna Frechette

Last week ARC was in full holiday spirit! On Friday afternoon we held our annual Holiday Secret Santa Toy Drive.  We continued our firm’s holiday tradition this year by selecting a name and purchasing a gift geared towards what that person would have wanted when they were between the ages of 7 and 12. The gift unveiling is always full of surprises.  read more »

Navigating Constraints at the Knockdown Center

11.27.13 / Jack Cochran

This past weekend, I participated in an art exhibition at the Knockdown Center, a former glass factory in an industrial sector of Queens, New York. My collaborator, Carl Koepcke, and I joined twenty-five artists, composers, performers, cooks, and poets for a one-day “exploration of the page.”

It was, perhaps more so than any project I’ve worked on, a navigation between two extremes: a prompt so open we could create nearly anything, and logistical constraints that demanded complete assembly in one day, and without budget.  read more »

ARC Giving Back: Part III

11.22.13 / Jennifer Plume

The architectural community is one with a deep-seated tradition of civic outreach and involvement. At heart, we are shapers of space and environment so it logically follows that many architects also choose to take an active role in enhancing their communities.

Community service has long been a requirement for architects to gain licensure, a fact which underlines the importance of active citizenship to architects from the very beginning.  read more »

Stephen P. Dadagian, AIA, LEED AP - New Associate

11.15.13 / Katherine F. Shoss

ARC is proud to announce that  Stephen P. Dadagian, AIA, LEED AP has joined our firm as an Associate.

With over 25 years of experience in the academic market, Stephen will help manage our educational planning and design projects. Prior to joining ARC, Stephen was an Associate at Gund Partnership where he led their independent school studio. Most recently, Steve ran his own architecture firm in Lexington, MA that  focused on academic and residential projects throughout New England.  read more »

NESAD Graduate Panel Discussion

11.08.13 / Stephen O'Connor

Recently, I was asked to come back to my graduate school (Suffolk University – New England School of Art and Design) to speak on a panel presentation of recent alums discussing their early career steps.  I was joined by interior designers from ADD Inc., Hacin + Associates and Vinick & Claufield.  The presentation had a good turnout of about 30-40 current graduate and undergraduate designers.  read more »

Construction is Under Way at Deerfield Academy Center for the Arts

11.01.13 / Peter Reiss AIA, LEED AP

Construction is well under way at the Deerfield Academy Center for the Arts - due to open in August, 2014. Steel framing is up for the major additions of a new art gallery and a new concert hall. Both structures will add valuable new space along with unifying circulation for the previously disjointed arts buildings. Demolition is complete for the majority of the existing 60,000 square feet of buildings in the complex - all due for a major overhaul and update to create a new cohesive home for the arts.  read more »

A Whole New World without Hunger

10.24.13 / Doug Shilo, LEED AP BD+C

8:00AM, Saturday, October 19th, 2013. Build-out day ...

Tens of thousands of cans cover the floor in piles. Architects, Contractors, and Engineers are already hard at work, stacking them in baffling, gravity-defying ways. We find our space under a hanging green stair. Next to our space is 365 cans of red salmon, 225 cans of tuna, 675 cans of garbanzo beans, 60 cans of tomato sauce, and 325 cans of candied yams. Time to get to work, we have a 7’-0” sculpture to complete.  read more »

ARC Giving Back: Part II

10.18.13 / Kate Shoss

As the second part of our series highlighting ways in which ARCer’s give back we are featuring two employees who recently participated in events in support of causes that are important to them.

The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
Danielle Fontaine
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IIDA Fashion Show

10.11.13 / Becky Boyer and Stephen O’Connor

Once again ARC did not disappoint with our ensembles for the 2013 IIDA Fashion Show. With close to 1,200 guests from the design industry in attendance, the annual event benefits Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides economic independence for disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, support and career development tools.  read more »

Farewell to One of ARC’s Leaders

09.18.13 / Philip Laird, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Last week, ARC hosted a reception in honor of Tom Loring, AIA, one of ARC’s Principals. After 33 years at ARC, Tom recently announced his retirement. Over champagne and hors d’oeuvres we toasted Tom’s multi-decade contribution to the firm and celebrated his professional achievements.  read more »

ARC Ranks 7th in The ARCHITECT 50!

09.13.13 / Kate Shoss

ARC is pleased to announce that we have made ARCHITECT Magazine’s annual ARCHITECT 50 list! This year ARC ranks 7th on the coveted top 50 list! 2013 marks the 5th year of the program which is designed to evaluate firms in a variety of categories including business, sustainability and design.

We are thrilled to be recognized with other notable firms – both large and small – from across the country. Click on the link below to see the complete list:  read more »

Adrian Walters, AIA, LEED AP - New Associate Principal

09.06.13 / Katherine F. Shoss

ARC is pleased to announce a new member of our management team. As an Associate Principal, Adrian Walters will assume a leadership role in our science and technology practice. With 18 years of experience specializing in science and healthcare projects, Adrian’s expertise in teaching labs and technical building experience will be an invaluable asset to our firm.  read more »

ARC's Middlebury College Squash Center Project

08.30.13 / Leslie DelleFave, AIA, LEED AP

Every other Tuesday I make the long and winding journey from Boston to Vermont to visit the site of ARC’s current Squash Center project at Middlebury College. The new 17,775 SF Center addition is directly linked to the school’s existing athletic complex and was designed as an extension of the facility, featuring nine new international-size squash courts. The facility will be connected by a large, sunlit lobby space that will serve as a major circulation space for visitors, students and athletes.  read more »

ARCer’s Giving Back: Part 1

08.16.13 / Mark Dolny, AIA, LEED AP

ARC has a long tradition of employees giving back to both their profession as well as in their personal lives. We decided to feature a few of our employees in a three part series highlighting their commitment and dedication to a number of charitable organizations.  read more »

STEM - Turning the Buzz into Functional Design

08.08.13 / Nancy Cottone, AIA, LEED AP

Within the field of education there has been a lot of talk about the term STEM, an acronym for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. To date, the consensus is that in order to compete globally the United States needs to produce more scientists and engineers that are educated in these key disciplines.  A major concern is that there are not enough qualified candidates to fill high-tech jobs that fuel the economy.
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Learning Languages

07.19.13 / Doug Shilo, LEED AP BD+C

Joshua Abraham, a second-year ARCer, has a secret talent – he plays the saxaphone. This talent lay dormant until recently, when he conspicuously played “The Way You Look Tonight” to his new wife at their wedding reception. I, for one, have a few questions.  read more »

ARC's 2013 Summer BBQ

07.10.13 / Kelly Bliss

ARC recently held our annual summer barbeque at the end of June. Even though the rain got in the way of our competitive kickball game, it did not dampen our spirits. We enjoyed some good food and great company.  Thanks to all that helped put this year’s party together!  read more »

St. Mark's School Creates a Center for Intellectual Innovation

07.05.13 / Jan Taylor, AIA, LEED AP

Having been out of school now for more years than I was in school, these days, June is not so much about the end of the school year as it is a time for reunions. It is the time when people return to their old high schools to see how everyone and everything has changed over the years. Recently, I joined a group of alums at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass as they revisited their campus to see how the school has changed.  read more »

Emerging Leaders

06.26.13 / Jennifer Plume

A group of ARCers and I recently attended ‘Emerging Leaders’, an event hosted by the Women in Design / Women Principals Group that was geared towards women, like me, who are up and coming design professionals. We were joined by an impressive group of women panelists from Boston area architecture firms. The event kicked off with a Q&A style session in which the panelists shared challenges, perks, and lessons learned on their path toward leadership.

Small group discussions led by our panelists touched on the following topics:  read more »

Street Seats and Design Museum Boston

06.12.13 / Stephen O'Connor

Design Museum Boston is a new spin on the traditional museum because they don’t have a physical space.  Their exhibits can be viewed for free, around the city.  This is true with one of their first and overwhelmingly successful design challenges called Street Seats.   read more »

Lean Project Delivery

06.04.13 / Ray Paradis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Recently, Peter Reiss and I attended a Boston Society of Architects Construction Administration Roundtable discussion concerning how lean construction practices affect project delivery.  The expert panel consisted of leaders from Boston’s design and construction industry representing differing views of lean project delivery.   read more »

Guastavino Tile Vaulting (Update)

05.31.13 / Arthur Cohen, FAIA, LEED AP

To follow up on my past post, the "Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces" exhibit is now on view at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. through January 20th.

For further information, visit the museum's website.  read more »

ARC Sports Report

05.22.13 / Jonathan Quinn, LEED AP

Recently ARC finished up our 4th and most successful season in the Architects Volleyball League of Boston.  After a very up and down regular season, where we barely made the playoffs, ARC was able to make a playoff run all the way to the semi-finals.  We defeated the #6 seed in the first round and the #3 seed in the second round before losing to the #2 seed in the semi-finals.  It should be noted that the team that beat us went on to ultimately win the League Championship.  Although we did not win the championship (this year) a lot of fun was  read more »

The Talent of Face Swapping

05.16.13 / Danielle Fontaine

When I sat down to come up with my first blog entry I was confronted with endless topics to write about and was having trouble deciding on which one to pick. As I sat at my desk, I looked around the Studio for inspiration. My eyes glanced around the room at the various models and presentation boards for projects and settled on a poster high up on one of the shelves which made me smile…I knew what I would write about.  read more »

ARC is pleased to announce the completion of the UMass Medical School Albert Sherman Center!

05.09.13 / Jeff Johnson, AIA, LEED AP

If a project can have a one-word descriptor, for the Albert Sherman Center that descriptor would be “collaboration” on two different fronts. First, the 512,000 SF building was designed to foster interaction and collaboration among scientists and promote innovation and synergies across disciplines on the UMass Medical School campus in Worcester. The kind of collaboration that finds cures and saves lives. But there was another kind of collaboration quietly taking place over the past four years, as well. At the dedication ceremony for the building, Chancellor Michael Collins, M.D.  read more »

Designing Green - By the Numbers

05.01.13 / Emmy Yamaguchi

ARC is dedicated to creating energy efficient buildings that provide sustainable and healthful environments for occupants to live, learn and work. Our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility are reflected in the following accomplishments:  read more »

Guastavino Tile Vaulting

04.24.13 / Arthur Cohen, FAIA, LEED AP

Not too long ago, I saw an exhibit at the Boston Public Library (BPL) entitled “Palaces for the People” about the work of the Guastavino family (the exhibit ended February 24, 2013).  read more »

Methods of Making

04.10.13 / Douglas Shilo, LEED AP

I recently had lunch with Mark Diethelm, an architectural designer at ARC, to discuss a rumor that has been going around the office.  Rumor has it – Mark paints. Not with Photoshop. Not with an iPad. We’re talking horse hair, oil, and an easel! 

I decided to sit down with Mark and ask him a few questions:

In a world dominated by technology, you choose to use your hands to create. Why would you do that?  read more »

Bringing Thailand to Massachusetts

04.04.13 / Matthew Lewis, AIA

ARC has designed and is currently overseeing construction of the Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Buddhist Meditation Center (NMR Center), the largest Thai Buddhist Temple outside of Thailand, in Raynham, Mass.  read more »

The Egg Project (Location: Cambridge, MA)

03.29.13 / Caitlin Walsh

Last week we got together to do some good old-fashioned egg decorating!  As we do with our completed building projects, we noted some lessons learned that we thought we'd share:  read more »

Women in Creative Careers Conference

03.26.13 / Jennifer Plume

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to return to my high school alma mater, Bay View Academy—an all-girls primary and secondary school in Riverside, RI—for the first annual Women in Creative Careers (WICC) Conference.  read more »

2013 Best Green Practices Award

03.13.13 / Mark Dolny, AIA, LEED AP

Exciting news today! The Boston Business Journal just announced its Best Green Practices Award winners, and ARC has won for its work on the Sherman Center. The 512,000 SF project, which achieved LEED Gold Certification a few weeks ago, was planned, programmed, designed and built in only four years, and was a successful collaboration between ARC, Suffolk Construction and PMA, the owner’s project manager for the UMass Building Authority.  read more »

ARC Completes Renovation to UMASS Boston's Clark Gym

02.28.13 / Kate Shoss

We recently photographed ARC’s renovation to UMass Boston’s Clark Gymnasium. Gary Stein, AIA, LEED AP (Project Manager) and I oversaw the photo shoot a few weeks ago with Warren Patterson taking the shots.  read more »

Getting to Know an ARCer (Episode 3)

02.11.13 / Chris Lind

How much do you really know about your fellow co-workers?  Sure, you probably know what project they’re working on and maybe you know how they commute into work each day.  But what about their favorite album?  Or where they grew up? Or (more importantly) if they prefer bagels or donuts?  Each ARCer is different and here is a quick profile of one of them.

Alisa Nagano, Architect 

Hometown: Brookline, MA

Years at ARC: 9.28 as of February 11th, 2012  read more »

After the Big Event

02.01.13 / Kate Shoss

Chancellor Michael Collins, MD personally escorted Governor Deval Patrick through the Albert Sherman Center prior to yesterday’s dedication and ribbon cutting, and the Governor repeatedly expressed his respect and admiration for the building. We were thrilled! Bryan Thorp and Mark Dolny checked in from the UMass Medical Campus after the formal event, which they describe as very festive, indeed. Listen to Bryan and Mark as they talk about the celebration of a job well done!  read more »

Sherman Center's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Happening Today

01.30.13 / Kate Shoss

The ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Albert Sherman Center, designed by ARC, is happening now on the UMass Medical School Campus in Worcester, Massachusetts. A whole host of VIPS and dignitaries are in attendance, including Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor (and Worcester native) Timothy Murray, UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins, MD, and UMass President Robert Caret PhD, among others.  read more »

AIA New Hampshire Design Awards

01.15.13 / Peter Reiss, AIA, LEED AP

Last Friday January 11th, Philip Laird, James Meinecke and I attended the annual AIA New Hampshire (AIANH) Excellence in Architecture Design Awards Banquet and I am pleased to announce that the Phillips Hall Renovation and Addition project at Phillips Exeter Academy received a Merit Award!

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ARC Holiday Gift Exchange 2012

12.20.12 / Gary Stein

Last Friday afternoon, the sounds of crinkling paper and laughter filled the air as we celebrated ARC’s annual holiday gift exchange. Like most Secret Santa style gift exchanges, ARC employees draw names from a hat….but, here at ARC we put a fun twist on it.     read more »

Is Implementation of Renewable Energy Sustainable in the Current Environment?

12.14.12 / Katie Archard & Cathy Michalowicz

Last weekend the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of New England (MJNE*) held their annual conference.  Each year, the organization selects a timely topic that aims to educate its members through speaker presentations, leading to a rich discussion where knowledge and experience flow freely.  This year the topic was: “Is implementation of renewable energy sustainable in the current environment?”  read more »

Getting to Know an ARCer (Episode 2)

12.06.12 / Chris Lind

How much do you really know about your fellow co-workers?  Sure, you probably know what project they’re working on and maybe you know how they commute into work each day.  But what about their favorite album?  Or where they grew up? Or (more importantly) if they prefer bagels or donuts?  Each ARCer is different and here is a quick profile of one of them.

Candace C. Naste, Intern Architect  read more »

In the Spirit of ThanksGIVING

11.21.12 / Emmy Yamaguchi

Last month ARC participated in the annual Canstruction event held at the new space for the Boston Society of Architects.  Some of you may be asking “What is Cantsruction?” Canstruction is a national nonprofit organization that holds annual design/ build competitions to construct fun and creative  large-scale structures made out of canned foods. During the competition, the creations go on display as public art exhibits. When the displays are taken down, the food used in the structures is donated to local food banks.  read more »

IIDA Fashion Show

11.12.12 / Jessica Haley and Elena Lelchuk

For the last few years, ARC has participated in the IIDA’s Annual Fashion Shown and this year featured some of ARC’s best designs yet! The event attracts more than 1,000 guests annually from the industry to benefit Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides economic independence for disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, support and career development tools.  read more »

How Do You Communicate Professional Presence?

10.31.12 / Chris Lind

Sweaty palms, jumpy stomach, shaky voice.  These are just a few of the “symptoms” that many people experience - not when they’re coming down with the flu, but when faced with standing up in front a crowd of people and presenting.  read more »

Studio 101

10.19.12 / Jennifer Plume

When I first decided to pursue a career in architecture, I vastly underestimated what goes into the making of an architect. The years of schooling, hours of training, and rigorous exams represent only a small portion of the information, skills, and sheer work effort required to ‘make it’ in a field where experience is key. The proof is in the profession; most architects don’t hit their stride until well into middle age.  read more »

Fall Dedication Weekend

10.12.12 / Emmy Yamaguchi

Most of our academic clients follow a construction schedule that gets the busiest while the students and faculty leave for summer vacation. This is so the project can be completed in time for the start of the fall semester and ARC successfully met this schedule for three exciting projects at three New England independent schools.  It just so happened they all decided to hold their dedication ceremonies on the same weekend!

Portsmouth Abbey School - St. Martin’s House (Friday, 9/21)  read more »

Beyond What the Eye Beholds

10.05.12 / Alex Matthews, LEED AP BD+C

I generally think of photography as a documentary, or sometimes editorial medium, attempting to capture solely what the eye beholds. However, as with other arts, sometimes we find something in the process of creation which changes our expectations, and yields a more compelling result. The era of digital photography has widened such horizons dramatically, and made experimentation widely available, instead of being limited to the selected few with access to a darkroom.  read more »

(Re)presenting Dimensions

09.26.12 / Douglas Shilo, LEED AP BD+C

As human beings, we can perceive three dimensions of space, and another dimension we call time.  Architects are tasked with communicating complex ideas, and are limited to these four dimensions.  Rapid technological development has led to new requirements for buildings and architects alike.  Thus, as buildings become more complex, we find ourselves revisiting familiar dimensions for novel methods of representation.  read more »

Baby Scientist Tests Spatial Concepts

09.19.12 / Sarah Walker, AIA, LEED AP

Like many children, I don’t remember any formal instruction related to architecture.  Surely, I must have been awed by my first visit to a major monument or grand building, but I can’t recollect having any official training regarding how those forms and spaces were conceived, let alone having the sophisticated vocabulary to describe them.  I do, however, vividly remember mapping and creating the most grand and elaborate forts.  In the warmer weather, they were made of sheets, chairs, clothespins and cardboard boxes.  In colder weather, many snowy days were sp  read more »

Kelly Bliss - New Director of Business Development

09.14.12 / Chris Lind

ARC is pleased to announce that we have a new Director of Business Development – Kelly Bliss.  read more »

Tufts’ New Student Lounge is a Hit!

09.07.12 / Kate Shoss

ARC recently completed an interior renovation of a student lounge for the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. The new Becker Student Living Room - the lounge’s official name - now serves as a gathering space for students to socialize, study and dine.  read more »

Thank You, Co-Op

08.29.12 / Katherine Murphy

I graduated in May and have been thrown out into the “real world” with the rest of my classmates to deal with finding a job, deciding where to live, and coming to terms with the insane number of loans that I will be paying back (for what seems to be the rest of my life). My coping method: go back to school to get my MArch and put all that off for a little bit longer.  read more »

Raising Chicago

08.23.12 / Christopher Angelakis, AIA, LEED AP

It was a crime really.  I have been an architect for over twenty years, if you count the five years I was in school, and most people could not believe that I had never been to Chicago.  It certainly was not that I did not want to go, it was just one of those things that I talked about over and over again but somehow some other priority kept me from making the trip.  To my pleasure, my wife and I finally made it to Chicago earlier this summer.  This could be a post about soaring architecture, incredible urban spaces, energetic neighborhoods, or about how the read more »

From Rendering to Reality: UMass Albert Sherman Center - Project Update

08.16.12 / Jonathan Quinn, LEED AP

Throughout the design process we here at ARC, like many firms, produce detailed renderings to illustrate how we envision the end result of a project. As we are nearing the final stretch of construction of the new 512,000 SF Albert Sherman Center, I thought it would be interesting to give a project update by comparing our renderings with the current construction photos. It is exciting to see the project coming to life!


View from Quad:

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Temple University’s New Science, Education and Research Center (SERC) Breaks Ground

08.10.12 / Kate Shoss

Construction on the 255,000-square-foot Science, Education and Research Center (SERC) broke ground last week and ARC’s team was on hand to witness the exciting project milestone.   read more »

Chalk One Up - Update

08.02.12 / Charles Kerbel

I am excited to announce that ARC came in first place in this year’s Chalk One Up. I have participated in this event for 3 years, but this is our first year winning first place so thank you to all who came by and voted for our design (which can be viewed in one of our older blog posts dated 6/22/12).  read more »

The Skinny on Thin Brick

07.24.12 / Gary Stein, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

In 1994, ARC designed the expansion of Boston College’s Alumni Stadium from an original 32,000 seat occupancy to its current 44,500 seat capacity.  Since then, we have worked with BC on several projects in and around the stadium, as their NCAA Division I athletic program has grown.  The latest project involves the replacement of the artificial turf playing surface and installation of a new masonry wall around the field.  This wall will replace the aging metal panel skirting that is currently hung from the front of t  read more »

CA, PIM and the Cloud

07.13.12 / Ray Paradis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

I recently participated in a Boston Society of Architects Construction Administration “CA” Roundtable discussion concerning the various technology systems that are used during the CA process.  While different technologies and software approaches were discussed, a portion of the meeting evolved around the use of Newforma Project Center software and its capabilities for Project Information Management “PIM.”  read more »

Getting to Know an ARCer (Episode 1)

07.05.12 / Chris Lind

How much do you really know about your fellow co-workers?  Sure, you probably know what project they’re working on and maybe you know how they commute into work each day.  But what about their favorite album?  Or where they grew up? Or (more importantly) if they prefer bagels or donuts?  Each ARCer is different and here is a quick profile of one of them.

Stephen Laput, AIA, LEED AP, Associate

· Hometown: Quaker Hill, CT

· Years at ARC: 14  read more »

Understanding the True FIRST Cost of VCT/BBT Before Accepting it as a VE Item

06.28.12 / Meghann Van Dorn

I think almost every architect and designer has been through it: you specify linoleum/marmoleum (a resilient green flooring product made of natural materials) on a project only to see it on the VE (value engineering) list shortly thereafter. Looking at the savings listed by the contractor, it’s hard to argue…At first glance, it looks like making the switch from something like MCT (marmoleum composition tile) to VCT (vinyl composition tile) or BBT (bio-based tile) would mean a substantial savings.  read more »

Chalk One Up

06.22.12 / Emmy Yamaguchi

When was the last time you pulled out some chalk and drew on the ground?  Ten, twenty, thirty years ago?  Getting messy with chalk on our faces, hands, clothing and reveling in creating temporary artwork for passersby was how four of us from ARC spent our Tuesday afternoon.  Every year the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) along with Sidewalk Sam host the event, “Chalk One Up” for architects, designers, neighborhood organizations, etc.  read more »

ARC's Website Wins Two Awards!

06.19.12 / Kate Shoss

Each June the SMPS ROC Awards hosts its annual gala to announce the recipients of the Recognizing Outstanding Communications Awards. This year the event’s theme was “Recipes for Success” and was held at the Omni Parker House Hotel. I am proud to report that ARC’s website won two awards! Our website received Honorable Mention from the judges under the New Website category as well as the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the 150 attendees during the cocktail reception of the event.  read more »

Food Truck Intervention

06.13.12 / Minna Koo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Gourmet food trucks are making a comeback recently on the foodie-scene and are sighted frequently around the city. You may have seen these colorful trucks selling their tasty wares on the sidewalk behind Kendall Square T station. Offering new options over and above the typical hot dog and pretzel fare, these pop-up food vendors are revitalizing the previously ‘underused’ sections of the city. Patrons can find a variety of gourmet delights from Vietnamese pho to locally-sourced vegan sandwich goodies.  read more »

Global Village Thrills

06.08.12 / Christopher Angelakis, AIA, LEED AP

As designers of buildings and urban spaces, we often try to look into the crystal ball of the future to anticipate the possible uses.  At RIT we saw Global Village Plaza as a space that was a crossroads, a gathering place, a concert hall, a place to share a meal, a place to temporarily call home.  Not only does it feel good that this plaza has lived up to those expectations, but that a space like this can open itself up to a whole spectrum of unforeseen uses.  For just one example of the joys of the unknown, click on the image link below:  read more »

Designing the Fan Experience

05.31.12 / Jonathan Quinn, LEED AP

As a person born and raised in the Boston area I have an unhealthy affection for my sports teams, and as an architect, I have a more healthy affection for great architecture.  read more »

Sound and Light

05.22.12 / Arthur Cohen, FAIA, LEED AP

I attended the 2012 AIA Convention in Washington, DC this past weekend and during Steven Holl’s acceptance speech for the AIA Gold Medal Award he made note of a multimedia art installation that he had seen the previous night at the Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum.  read more »

Design by Headphones

05.18.12 / Chris Lind

Walk around any architecture office and you are likely to find a lot of similarities including dual monitor workstations, drawing sets and physical models.  One common item that seems to be more prevalent now more than ever before is headphones. Whether they are earbuds or noise-cancelling (or both at the same time), architects are working and designing to whatever is coming out of their headphones.  read more »

Geothermal Wells at Phillips Exeter Academy

05.07.12 / Peter Reiss, AIA, LEED AP & James Meinecke, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

How do you add cooling to an eighty year old building while decreasing dependence on fossil fuels?  

And what if that building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has no space for traditional rooftop chiller units, even if they could be used in an aesthetically sensitive setting?  read more »

Pathways and Eddies

05.02.12 / Sarah Walker, AIA, LEED AP

What constitutes a flexible workspace? This question recently arose for us at ARC while preparing for an interview to design the office headquarters for a local company here in Boston.  read more »


04.26.12 / Christopher Angelakis, AIA, LEED AP

I started my path to architecture with a T-Square and a hand-me-down set of Rotring pens, some templates, and a pretty handy compass which I still keep in my desk drawer for some unfathomable reason.  During my five years of architectural school between 1990 and 1995 I was brought along in baby steps from pencil and parallel rule, to pen on Mylar, to AutocadR10 and an ungodly pen plotter, and ultimately to an experimental software called AES that tried to generate architectural drawings based on three dimensional models.  read more »

Boston College's Alumni Center Opening Reception

04.13.12 / Kate Shoss

Boston College hosted a reception last week celebrating the recent opening of the new Alumni Center (2121 Commonwealth Avenue) Renovation and Addition. The new facility brings together the College’s University Advancement Department, which had previously been located in three different locations, under a single roof. A modest addition was added on the back of the existing building with a new entry that focuses on BC’s new campus on the former Boston Archdiocese site.  read more »

AIA 2030 Office Presentation

04.03.12 / Mark Dolny, AIA, LEED AP & Stephen Anson, LEED AP BD+C

During this month's all office meeting, Mark Dolny, AIA, LEED AP and Stephen Anson, LEED AP gave an informative presentation to help us understand what exactly the AIA 2030 commitment entails.

We are hoping that others can find this powerpoint presentation useful as well.  Follow the link below for the full PDF (the file is 4MB and may take a few moments to load).

AIA 2030 Office Presentation  read more »

A Spoonful of Ginger

03.28.12 / Emmy Yamaguchi

Since 2005, Joslin Diabetes Center hosts the annual “Spoonful of Ginger” event which benefits the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI).  The event brings together world-class chefs featuring healthy, delicious and diabetic-friendly dishes in order to educate the public that eating right does not have to be flavorless.   read more »

A Conversation with Philip Laird

03.09.12 / Boston/SF News / Philip Laird, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Boston SF recently caught up with ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge to talk about trends in design, green building, some of the firm's current projects and the future of architecture.

Boston SF: What are some of the more notable recent trends in architecture?  read more »

Boston College - Smoke Test

01.25.12 / Jan Taylor, AIA, LEED AP

ARC is currently completing renovations of the former Archdiocese of Boston’s Chancery Building to accommodate the college’s University Advancement department on its Brighton Campus. One of the goals of the project is to consolidate University Advancement (UA) - which is currently located in three different buildings on three different campuses - in one location to foster interaction among the departments. Working together, ARC developed an understanding of the department’s needs and desires.  read more »

The Completion of Colby College Biomass Cogeneration Plant

01.05.12 / Christopher Angelakis, AIA, LEED AP

I went up to Colby to do the final punch for the exterior and architectural interior of the Colby College Biomass Steam Plant. This package of pictures is really worth looking at.  read more »

UMass Medical School's Albert Sherman Center Featured in High-Profile Monthly

11.30.11 / Courtesy of High-Profile

Worcester, MA - The Albert Sherman Center will expand and unify the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Worcester campus, double its research capacity and support the school’s new learning-centered curriculum. This interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research and education facility will foster interaction and collaboration among scientists and promote innovation and synergies across disciplines...

(Read full article by clicking "PDF" below).  read more »

Colby College Biomass Cogeneration Plant - Project Update

11.29.11 / Christopher Angelakis, AIA, LEED AP

Colby is quickly getting pulled together. We are a couple weeks out for punch-listing. We are excited to have what will likely be another LEED gold project to our credit, as well as having another Infrastructure project under our belt.

Information regarding the Biomass Cogeneration Plant project at Colby College:

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Work Under Way at Deerfield Academy

11.21.11 / ARC

Construction of a 30-bedroom student dormitory and three faculty residences at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA has begun. The project is designed by ARC, which has completed 12 projects at Deerfield Academy in the past 20 years. The new dorm will be ready for students by August.

ARC’s Philip Laird, who serves as principal-in-charge, notes that the project incorporates numerous sustainable design elements, including passive solar design, thermal solar panels, and a super-insulated building enclosure. Burlington, MA-based Erland Construction is general contractor for the project.

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Greenwich Country Day School Holds Dedication Ceremony at New Performing Arts Center

11.18.11 / Alisa Nagano, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

On Saturday, November 12, 2011 Greenwich Country Day School celebrated the opening of its recently completed Performing Arts Center (photo: Robert Benson). Philip Laird and Alisa Nagano joined more than four hundred parents and grandparents in attending the evening festivities, beginning with a cocktail reception and building tours followed by a lively hour-long program showcasing GCDS students’ musical talents.  read more »

Fenway High School Annual Career Fair

11.18.11 / Emmy Yamaguchi

Jan Taylor and Peter Reiss participated in Fenway High School’s Annual Career Fair today. The event proved to be an incredibly rewarding experience for both students (approximately 150 participants) and professionals (approximately 100 volunteers). It is a unique opportunity for the students to meet with professionals from all types of industries to share experiences, practice their interviewing skills, discuss career fields, and prepare for the future.  read more »

Portsmouth Abbey School Dormitories Going Green

11.03.11 / WPRI Eyewitness News / Melissa Sardelli

Students will move in end of May or June

Field Reporting by: Pete Mangione

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) - The Portsmouth Abbey School has always been at the forefront of environmental awareness and now the boarding school is building even bigger and better things.

Hybrid spray foam insulation is one of many things that will make the new dormitory at the Portsmouth Abbey ultra-green.

The copper roof will help keep down energy costs, and that's important when trying to heat and cool the soon-to-be 28,000 square foot dormitory.  read more »

IIDA Fashion Show

10.14.11 / Jessica Schlieben

Marilyn, Obama and Audrey were quite a hit at last night's fashion show! We did not bring home a trophy this year, but we all were proud of what we pulled off with just a little newspaper and paint! As always the event was over the top with lots of impressive competition.  read more »

ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge Hires Four

10.05.11 / BY ARC

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 14, 2011)—ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, one of the nation’s leading architectural, planning and interior design firms specializing in science, educational, sports and corporate facilities, today announced that it has added four people to its growing team of professionals.

Jennifer Plume joins ARC as Intern Architect, Emmy Yamaguchi as Marketing Coordinator, Jill Kaufman as Administrative Assistant and Ruki Abdulhussein as Co-Op student.  read more »

nARCHITECT'S Bamboo Pavilion

09.13.11 / / Christopher Lind

Saw this story on LinkedIn today - very interesting stuff here from a young design firm in Brooklyn.  read more »

How Twitter And Facebook Helped Bing Thom Design A Public Library

08.10.11 / Lisa Schoenbrunn

I copied and pasted the title, because it really says it all. Click HERE for a fascinating article on how architects used social media to navigate public opinion with a tight deadline. Something to think about while working our way into the social media scene.  read more »

Building on karma: Sprawling Thai temple project offers rare opportunity for architectural firm

07.15.11 / Boston Business Journal / BY Eric Convey

Even for an architect whose portfolio includes Genzyme Corp.'s Allston landing plant and the dramatic Arco Forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Raynham project scheduled to get underway any day now stands out.

The Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center will be big — about 110,000 square feet, covering about 5 acres on a parcel of 50 acres. Uses will range from worship to lodging. Craftsmen will travel more than 8,000 miles for certain portions of the job.  read more »

Creating Collaboration

04.24.11 / Banker & TRADESMAN / by JIM CRONIN

Architectural Resources Cambridge has created some of the most notable research and manufacturing facilities in the region, including the Genzyme biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Allston; the Tufts University expansion in Chinatown; and the 739,288-squarefoot New Research Building at Harvard Medical School.  read more »

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