NCA designed Xavier High School’s addition that ties the building together and shortens travel distances between the extremes of the wings. The addition also improves utilization of the new courtyard for relaxation, education, lunching and overflow exterior decant space. The upper level of the new addition was designed to accommodate the music program and features […]
Dismal enrollment and budgetary woes worked in tandem to close J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, Connecticut in 2009. In the ensuing years the design team worked closely with the Connecticut Technical High School System to create a unique and rigorous learning environment that combines academics with various trade programs. The schools within the […]
The Recession prescribed stress tests for our public educational system. Municipalities across the nation are identifying schools’ strengths and weaknesses. Education decision makers in pre-K to 12 are focusing on design guidelines and building strategies that create compelling, functional, and innovative learning environments on a budget. Connecticut has a unique reimbursable classification know as Renovate-as-New that […]
Connecticut’s smallest town needed significant improvements to their Pre-K to Grade 8 facility. NCA used their educational expertise to facilitate a design that met Voluntown’s goals on several levels and resulted in a unified design experience. The programmatic goal was to segregate the educational components into three communities: pre-K-grade 1, grades 2-5, and grades 6-8. […]
NCA designed a new entry and media center. A gabled entry with classical columns was successfully married with the contemporary building form to articulate the entrance and create a lively media experience.
NCA led the team that created a comprehensive plan for additions and renovations. Of critical importance was adding large, modern facilities to support music, arts and science programs. Renovations included creating new science rooms and completely updating the auditorium. Controlled public entrances were created to separate public and school traffic. A new entrance isolates entry […]
NCA is designing a new 24,000 square foot facility for the Allied Health and Veterinary programs at NWCC. The location of the new building at the highway exit ramp to Winsted will create a gateway for the College while complementing its architectural heritage. Working with consultants from BVH Integrated Services and daSilva Associates, NCA achieves […]
By adding 33,000SF and renovating 27,000SF NCA created a state-of-the-art intermediate school with a welcoming entry and facilities scaled to young children. Gabled forms reflect the neighborhood’s agrarian context and house the administration office, media center, and renovated cafetorium signified by a clerestory at the intersection. New facilities include a gymnasium, music room, art room, […]
NCA designed a cafeteria addition and related site work. The project entailed converting existing seating areas in the auditorium to music classrooms, adding sound and lighting systems, transforming a mini-gym to a health classroom and physical therapy/exercise room, adding five classrooms, and updating the reception and office area. Renovations to the media center include the […]
NCA worked on programmatic revisions required to modify and expand several existing components of the relatively new middle school. In particular, enhancements in the science program and the expansion of the Cafeteria and food service areas mandated additions and renovations to the existing building.
The existing nine-acre site posed serious restrictions on the renovation and expansion of the existing 19,000 SF Elementary School to create a virtually new 60,000 SF Intermediate School for grades 3-6. This limitation encouraged the use of a semi-circular form, reminiscent of a carousel, to use the site to its fullest potential. NCA’s design tripled […]
The new 76,000SF middle school will serve 420 students and is projected to cost $25,000,000. The site is extremely complicated and involves substantial rock excavation to accommodate the facility on the existing high school Site. NCA designed the project to comply with LEED Silver. A micro-turbine system will supply the existing high school with electricity […]
NCA designed the new cafeteria at Central Falls High School that seats 248 students and offers new audio visual and data capabilities to allow the space to also function as a presentation space and study hall. Other improvements include a new servery and kitchen, sprinklers, new acoustical finishes, flooring and new lighting.
The Center for Marine and Nautical Sciences is a dynamic learning facility surrounded by a tidal marsh. The 7,500 square foot structure was built on the footprint of an old home. Students conduct marine biological research at the center that houses 75 tanks with controlled salt water flow-through options. This project earned the AIA/RI Honor […]
NCA created master plans and designed a new middle school utilizing environmentally-conscious and energy-saving features. The design complements existing buildings and features classroom clusters, common areas, administration areas, library and multi-purpose room. A pair of cruciform skylights infuses the central corridor with and creates an inviting learning environment. Seating niches among the lockers provide places […]
NCA designed the Admissions and Alumni Center that serves as a gateway and key component in the Campus Master Plan. The addition of plazas, courtyards, and glass entries enhance the welcoming appeal. Other amenities in the learning environment include administrative offices, counseling offices, media room, gathering spaces and work study areas.
Providence Country Day School faced renovation needs, hoped to attract more students and was positioned to fulfill a plan to unify the campus separated by a major roadway. NCA proposed a bold solution – move the campus. This design solution housed students in multiple buildings arranged around a quad campus configuration – more suitable for […]
NCA created a Shingle Style community college that honors Newport’s heritage. The building features an iconic cylindrical form flanked by linear buildings. The drum situated at the northeast corner houses a 250-seat lecture hall. The south linear building contains classrooms, laboratories and offices. The north linear building features admissions, computer laboratories and library. An atrium occupies the […]
NCA renovated and designed additional space for Cluny School so all Pre-K through grade eight classes could be housed in one building. The project updated the existing school to meet current codes, improved site drainage, renovated grade one through grade four classrooms and administration offices, expanded the teachers’ lounge and constructed new classrooms, art rooms, […]
NCA designed a new academic facility for that is very specific to the charter school’s curriculum. Classrooms accommodate mixed classes comprised of three grade levels and maximize available light with day lighting and glass exposure. The LEED registered project incorporates many Green initiatives including energy- efficient heating, cooling and lighting elements, as well as sustainable […]
NCA created a three-story facility within the envelope of the barn. The building acts as a transition between farm buildings and the campus designed by Pietro Belluschi in the 1950s. An art gallery, ceramics studio, classrooms, and outdoor terrace occupy the main level. A photo laboratory and two classrooms comprise the lower level. And painting […]
NCA designed an art and music center for a private high school campus comprised of small buildings situated on grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The 27,000 square foot learning environment houses a 300-seat auditorium, theater, photography lab and classrooms. A brick entry vestibule, tower, cross gable roofs and continuous band of clerestory windows distinguish the facade. […]
Mater Ecclesiae is a private Roman Catholic College that was founded in Wakefield, Rhode Island 1991. In 1998, the institution relocated its campus to Greenville, RI on the site of the former St. Aloysius Orphanage. To meet the criteria for Accreditation, Mater Ecclesiae needed to build a new library that would house 50,000 volumes and […]
Two carriage houses and stables from separate Gilded Age mansions were united to form the Antone Academic Center for Culture and the Arts at Salve Regina University. NCA adapted the building for modern use while preserving the 19th century historic character. The center houses a new 150-seat lecture hall, gallery, dance studio, black box theatre, […]
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