Goodspeed Actor Housing
Maier Design Group LLC worked with Patrick Pinnell, noted urban planner from Haddam Connecticut, URS Corporation and Goodspeed to bring to life the conceptual plans for integrating seventeen new homes into the fabric of the historic East Haddam Village. The resulting plan includes building 17 new homes with a total of 65 bedrooms, all within walking distance to the Goodspeed Opera House. The respectful use of massing, colors, materials and various architectural elements are all deliberately planned to combine modern sensibility and “green” construction techniques while maintaining a keen appreciation for the historic aspect of the existing East Haddam Village. Every home contains three or six bedrooms with private bathrooms and common kitchens and living rooms. The project is one of the first in Connecticut to utilize pervious pavement make the roadway and parking areas part of the stormwater storage and drainage system. In addition, the houses are heated and cooled through the use of geothermal systems allowing the buildings to maintain indoor climates without having to burn non-renewable fossil fuels. Finally, the overall masterplan encourages the actors and artists to walk within the village and to leave their cars at home. The overall result is a transformed village poised to become a featured destination for both tourists and local residents. This project won Honorable Mention in the 2012 AIA Connecticut Alice Washburn Award.
Located along the Mattabasset River in Kensington CT, this work in progress is an adaptive reuse of the historic Sherwood Industries Mill, a former paper goods and tool fabrication facility. The 4 story masonry and heavy timber structure is being converted from factory space into 71 one and two bedroom market rate condominium units. Maier Design Group is involved in the historic restoration of the exterior of the building including preparation of the paperwork for State Historic Tax Credits for the renovations. Work includes roof repair, masonry restoration, window replacement, installation of elevators, construction of emergency stairs, and restoration of the monumental stairwell in the main tower. All of the building systems are being upgraded and a full site remediation (for environmental concerns) is also a part of this renovation.
In addition to the renovation of the existing mill building, 14 new townhouses will be constructed across the street. The new townhouses are designed to complement the character of the mill by the use of red brick and roof features that replicate the main entrance of the mill. A smaller, non-historic structure in the main building’s parking lot was renovated to serve as a community center.
Stetson Place Condominiums
Maier Design Group created the design for this condominium complex developed on a 24 acre parcel in Penbroke section of Danbury, Connecticut. Stetson Place provides a total of 70 – one, two, and three bedroom units in a campus setting of ten buildings surrounded by the natural beauty of lush wooded landscapes and picturesque mountainsides. The complex features three neighborhoods centered on a community clubhouse which features a banquet hall, changing rooms and a heated outdoor swimming pool.