Founded in 1838, The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school that serves day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12 at its 55-acre campus in central New Jersey. Building upon the recent Strategic Plan that confirmed the institution’s priorities as faculty excellence and the student experience, Pennington embarked on several campus planning initiatives that will be foundational for an upcoming Capital Campaign.
Pennington initially developed a Landscape Master Plan (LMP) to explore opportunities that would allow a more pedestrian-friendly environment for students and visitors, improve campus signage and wayfinding, and strengthen the brand of the institution along the campus edge. The LMP also sought to incorporate principles of sustainable design to further Pennington’s commitment to the environment. To maximize the value of the planning work, the recommendations were informed by input from a diverse and inclusive range of constituents through focus and working group meetings.
Building on this work, Pennington subsequently developed a Campus Master Plan (CMP) that will guide capital project decision-making primary initiatives: student and faculty housing; athletics and recreation; and performing arts and all-school gathering spaces. The CMP complements the LMP by considering how investments in existing and new buildings will fit into the landscape, and adhere to the principles and recommendation of the LMP.
Planet Word is a new, start-up museum with a mission of inspiring a love of words and language. Developed by a former reading teacher and philanthropist, the idea for Planet Word is grounded in the belief that language and literacy are the keys to sustaining a vibrant democracy and society.
Planet Word initiated a major adaptive re-use project to convert the former historic Franklin School building in downtown Washington D.C. into a museum space. The program places a strong emphasis on experience-driven, interactive exhibits to create an immersive environment for museum visitors. The innovative project features nine permanent galleries, each with their own voice-activated experience; a standalone, puzzle-solving gallery; a voice-activated 22-foot-high Word Wall; and a 5,000-LED globe with word games.
Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) is a non-profit housing developer committed to providing housing for individuals and families in the greatest need. Their supportive housing model combines low-income housing with services designed to meet the needs of our tenants and enable them to live independently.
For their seventh project in New York City, BHC acquired an underutilized site on the northern boundary of Harlem’s Sugar Hill neighborhood and launched plans to transform the property into a green model of urban community revitalization. Designed by David Adjaye, the Sugar Hill mixed-use development provides 124 units of affordable housing, an early childhood center, and a new cultural institution, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. The new, ground-up facility also includes commercial parking and office space, serving as BHC’s new administrative headquarters.
In partnership with the City and State of New York, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) underwent a major restoration of the landmarked Central Park West façade, exterior plaza and interior spaces. The first phase involved the restoration of Roosevelt Hall, as well as the introduction of new admissions and information facilities. The program also included improvements to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, Theodore Roosevelt Statue, rotunda murals and new exterior lighting. The Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo design of the restored façade carefully integrates with the historic buildings and required approvals from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.