Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail

Spanning roughly 9 miles from Cold Spring to Beacon, NY, this linear park will provide expanded public access to the Hudson Highlands landscape. The project includes a new pedestrian bridge crossing the regional commuter train tracks, various recreational and educational facility structures, and a multi-use trail for pedestrians, hikers, and bikers. The work seeks to engage the Hudson River and its complex system of waterways, wetlands, and forests; to expose and enhance the ecological systems that comprise its watershed and the geologic histories that underpin it; and to rearticulate and properly position a more recent history of human activities in the area.

In collaboration with NYC-based landscape firm SCAPE, this project presents a unique opportunity to engage and educate the public as protectors and advocates of a sublime, yet vulnerable, landscape. By (re)discovering latent ecologies, honoring historic infrastructure, and introducing subtle interventions, GOA is excited to embark on this important contribution to the American park system and civic edification.

Painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey, Autumn - On the Hudson River (1860)

Image courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

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IDEAS Children's Center

The IDEAS Children’s Center campus is a new construction project consisting of a 20,000 SF building serving 200 children, aged 2-6. Situated on approximately 5 acres in Virginia, the preschool prototype is a 1-story building that contains 10 studios, staff offices and lounge, a large multipurpose room, an entrance and reception area, and furnished hallways to accommodate student activities. The project is intended to serve as a prototype for future preschool campus developments in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Seeking a spatial strategy that embodies the project’s goal for construction simplicity, the prototypical design approach utilizes a flexible structural module constructed from prefabricated mass timber assemblies. Insulated mass timber “cassette” panels create the gable roof, spanning up to 40’ without intermediate supports. The cassettes are designed to meet standard shipping dimensions, allowing the structure to be fabricated off-site and therefore minimizing on-site construction time. Recognizing the potential to replicate the prototypical architectural approach for a series of campuses, the school features a catalogue of building components that can be arranged and aggregated in a number of configurations. As a flexible, adaptable architectural system, the base building modules are capable of producing a wide range of morphologies that can accommodate varying programmatic needs and site conditions.

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340+ Dixwell

As New Haven’s economy has improved in recent years and as the city center has attracted more residents, New Haven has come up short on housing stock, achieving a vacancy rate among the lowest in the country and, subsequently, elevated rents in a growing area around downtown. We believe it is critical for new affordable and attainable housing developments to not only provide economically viable alternatives to an increasingly inaccessible residential rental market, but to create safe, beautiful, and healthy dwellings that are integrated into the local community. 

Traditionally, affordable housing developments require significant financial investments to create durable and attractive projects, often balancing the cost of conventional structural materials and construction labor with the desire for convivial, well-designed buildings. Mass timber structural assemblies offer an innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective strategy to produce beautiful, durable buildings that benefit both the inhabitants, the neighborhood, and the regional economy.

Teaming up with architects Schadler Selnau Associates and local affordable housing and community development nonprofit Beulah Land Development Corporation, our objective in this project is to improve a large vacant site on a prominent intersection in New Haven's Dixwell neighborhood by bringing the property to its highest and best use as approximately 70 units of affordable housing and ground-floor commercial space. The project is funded partially by a US Forest Service Wood Innovation Grant, for its proposal to build affordable housing with mass timber structural systems. By using mass timber, we will promote environmental health of the planet, long-term health benefits for residents, and the resilience of local communities. 

The construction of a mass timber building at this scale in one of New Haven's economically disadvantaged neighborhoods will facilitate training for the local workforce in these emerging material systems and methods, promoting new job opportunities and marketable technological expertise. It will create a new and replicable system for the delivery and construction of distinctive, quality housing, catalyzing local product manufacturing in the renewable construction sector to meet the building demands of an urbanizing population in need of affordable, healthy housing

340+ Dixwell will serve as a neighborhood anchor and a model of sustainable construction practices. We consider it a pivotal opportunity to broaden the social, health, and economic potential of affordable housing construction, leveraging the unique capacities and assets of mass timber assemblies to benefit Dixwell, New Haven, and the state of Connecticut.

Acme Lofts

New Haven’s Ninth Square district has beena locus of industry, culture, and design for centuries. Through the adaptation of a historic masonry building and an innovative expansion with mass timber construction technologies, ACME Lofts will integrate contemporary architectural design and environmentally sensitive building practices into the historic, industrial fabric of New Haven’s city center.

ACME Lofts embraces New England’s richmanufacturing heritage and the extensive forest systems that surround its urban centers. By developing a unique timber construction solution ideal for historic city centers, ACME offers a model for future development in which mass timber structural systems, and the sustainable forestry practices and material science that support them, create a new synergy between dense cities, healthy forests, and a thriving industrial economy based in wood.

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Starlight Park Comfort Station

Starlight Park, occupying a narrow sliver of land located between the Sheridan Parkway and the Bronx River, is now a vibrant community space primarily serving the neighborhood of Fairmont-Claremont Village to its west.  In addition the Bronx River Greenway, a continuous 23 mile bike and pedestrian path, runs along the eastern edge of Starlight Park thereby making it accessible to a much larger population. The Park includes a playground with extensive play equipment and landform mounds for children to run and roll on; a full-size soccer field with two baseball fields included within its boundaries; the Bronx River Greenway; and a future boathouse at its south end.

The new building is a park comfort station that will provide women’s and men’s restrooms, a garage for storage of park utility equipment, and an office for personnel.  The building will be located on Northwest side of the park at the midpoint of the soccer field.

In order to maximize visibility of this modestly sized building, our approach is to create innovative massing and a noticeable shape to make it visible to users. Its massing includes two tall hip-roofed forms canted to the interior creating tall vertical walls around the exterior of the simple rectangular plan giving the building an increased presence in the park. Rainwater is channeled at the gutter between the forms into a rain garden to the southeast of the building. The tall cones are toplit, bringing daylight into each restroom and into the garage/office.

The building is clad in colored glazed brick; it is roofed with zinc panels. Both materials have been selected for their durability and ease of application to the building’s form.  The skylights allow for natural lighting in all spaces, reducing the electrical load of the building.

To increase the connection to the athletic field a sloped path and stair from the lower field level connects to the plaza at the restroom level mitigate the 4’ grade change.