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The University of Virginia’s Rotunda Restoration is Awarded a 2019 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded The University of Virginia Rotunda Restoration a 2019 Institute Honor Award for Architecture. Congratulations to John G. Waite Associates, Architects!  Kohler Ronan is honored to have collaborated with this preservation architect on such a distinguished project. Arguably Thomas Jefferson’s greatest architectural achievement, the iconic centerpiece of the University of Virginia’s Academical Village is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In collaboration with John G. Waite Associates, Architects, Kohler Ronan provided the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection portions of the historic structure report. This in-depth condition analyses and investigation led to the preparation of detailed construction documents for the $50 million project. Exterior restoration began in 2012, and was followed by significant interior renovations.

The first two of four phases of renovation consisted primarily of roof and façade restoration. Kohler Ronan then engaged in the design of the remaining phases III and IV interior renovation, improvements, and landscape.

The MEP system investigations revealed that the equipment and systems of the 1974 renovation were now beyond their expected service life, lacked adequate space for maintenance, and needed to be replaced. The anticipated replacement of all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems afforded Kohler Ronan the opportunity to improve system efficiencies, serviceability, and integration into the historic fabric.

In light of the University’s goal to redevelop the Rotunda into an interactive part of University life for the students, additional program space, restrooms, offices, and classrooms were necessary. Spaces taken by mechanical equipment and utilities during the 1974 renovation were once again needed. The design team assumed responsibility for incorporating state-of-the-art MEP systems into the historic structure, and reclaiming much needed program space for the University.

In close collaboration with John G. Waite Associates and the University, a vault, below the west courtyard and fountain, and a distribution room, below the West Oval room, were designed. Along with the two existing mechanical rooms below the North Stairs and in the South Portico, these new spaces allowed mechanical air handling equipment, duct distribution, and piping to be located outside the desired program space.

The MEP systems utilize sustainable design methods and equipment, as well as materials that limit the sources of indoor air pollution. The project is both SHPO & 36 CFR 67 compliant.

To find out more about the AIA Institute Honor Award, click here.

The University of Virginia Rotunda Restoration is also the recipient of the following:

Merit Award for Architectural Design
AIA New York State- 2018
Restoration and Renovation of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Honor Award for Interior Design
AIA Virginia – 2017
Restoration and Renovation of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Merit Award for Architectural Design
AIA New York – 2017
Restoration and Renovation of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Best Use of Carrara Marble in North America
Marble Institute of America – 2016
Restoration and Renovation of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Bob Hedman Earns His WELL AP

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We are pleased to announce that Robert V. Hedman, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal at Kohler Ronan Consulting Engineers, has earned his WELL AP credential. This new certification denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard, and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities. Congratulations Bob!

CTGBC Awards Go to Two of Kohler Ronan’s Projects: UConn Hartford and The Thompson Exhibition Building

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The Connecticut Green Building Council has awarded UConn Hartford with this year’s Award of Excellence and the Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport the Public/Institutional Award of Merit. Kohler Ronan is honored to have respectively collaborated on these projects with Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Centerbrook Architects.

Our Engineers provided MEP/FP design and services, as well as technology, LEED, and sustainable design for UConn Hartford. Comprehensive MEP/FP and technology design and services were provided for the Thompson Exhibition Building.

You can find out more about these award-winning projects here: UConn Hartford, The Thompson Exhibition Building.

For more information on the CT Green Building Council, visit https://ctgbc.org.

Kohler Ronan – Now a NYSERDA Approved Provider

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We’re excited to announce that Kohler Ronan is an approved Technical Consultant for the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Commercial New Construction Program. Under this program, Kohler Ronan will provide technical support to help design teams assess and determine appropriate energy efficiency opportunities for New Construction as well as Substantial Renovation Projects. Upon approval, NYSERDA may provide financial support for the installation of energy efficiency measures or to incorporate other energy performance features in qualified building projects.

There are various levels of available support ranging from project reviews and energy modeling, to technical and financial support for Zero Net Energy Projects and Smart Buildings. Depending on the level of support required, technical support may be free of charge, or costs may be shared with NYSERDA.

For guidance on your next project, contact Madhav Munshi, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP at mmunshi@kohlerronan.com.

For additional information about NYSERDA’s programs, click here.

Arch Daily Names Thompson Exhibition Building Best 100 Wood Projects in US

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Arch Daily has named the Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum among the Best 100 Wood Projects in the US. Kohler Ronan is honored to have collaborated with Centerbrook Architects and Planners to create what is arguably most prominent structure on the museum’s campus.

Kohler Ronan provided the Thompson Exhibition Building with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and technology systems along with many sustainable system features.

You can find out more about this distinctive project, and what Kohler Ronan contributed by reading our project page here: Thompson Exhibition Building

NYBG Edible Academy Wins ENR New York’s Best Green Project

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ENR New York’s Best Projects contest has awarded New York Botanical Garden’s Edible Academy with Best Green Project. Kohler Ronan collaborated with Cooper Robertson to create this innovative, cultural and educational facility.

We are thrilled to have contributed MEP/FP systems design for this building which feature two high-tech classrooms, geothermal heating and cooling, green roof, composting restrooms, a demonstration kitchen, and an interconnected teaching greenhouse.

To find out more about this project, read our project page here: NYBG

To see the full list of awards, follow this link: read more

 

Rockwell Visual Communication Center Unveiled

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The American School for the Deaf (West Hartford, CT) recently unveiled its state-of-the-art Rockwell Visual Communication Center.  Having transformed what was previously and old gymnasium, the project team for this facility has created a venue equipped to accommodate performances, dances, webinars, classes, and graduations for the deaf and hard of hearing.

KR enjoyed collaborating with the School and our colleagues at Clohessy Harris & Kaiser, LLC on this exciting, new interactive space. Read more via the links below.

Hartford Courant News Article.

We-Ha.com Article

American School for the Deaf Guide Through New Space

UConn Hartford Wins 2018 Charter Award

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The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) has awarded UConn Hartford with a 2018 Charter Award.

Kohler Ronan was thrilled to have provided MEP/FP systems design for this building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which integrates the historic Hartford Times façade with a new academic facility and retail spaces that revitalize the downtown area.

The full list of award recipients can be found here.

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