On Monday, May 6, 2019, Ashley McGraw Architects were presented with a Small Business Excellence Award at the U.S. Small Business Administration Annual Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse. Seventeen companies were recognized during the luncheon, which coincides with National Small Business Week (May 5-11).
Small businesses are selected for the Excellence Awards based on their company’s longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, ability to overcome adversity or community contributions.
Jason Evans, Associate Principal, presented “Repurposing Mid-Century Buildings for a New Generation” at the New York State Green Building Conference in Syracuse, New York on Wednesday, April 17. Jason co-presented with Jaimee Wilson, Senior Energy Engineer, of Pathfinder Engineers & Architects. This presentation digs deeply into both the value and the shortcomings of a typical mid-century academic building on Binghamton University’s campus, akin to many that can be found on other campuses across the state.
Launched in Fall 2018, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Outcome of Design Awards seek to recognize projects that successfully illustrate that “Design Impacts Lives.”Ashley McGraw Architects received an honorable mention for Binghamton City School District’s MacArthur Elementary School. MacArthur Elementary and the other winning projects of the Outcome of Design Awards were featured in the April 2019 issue of Metropolis for setting a new bar for design research, practice, and evaluation.
On April 4, 2019, the Sustainable Energy Fund officially broke ground for a new 15,000 square-foot net zero energy office building. Drawing on Passive House strategies, the design sets a regional standard in sustainability—from both economic and performance perspectives. Located in the Lehigh Valley town of Schnecksville, PA, the SEF building will consume about 25% of the energy used by comparable commercial structures while generating more than 130% of the energy it needs.
Ashley McGraw’s Deep Energy Retrofit and renovation of Binghamton University’s Science IV was featured on the cover and cover story for American School & University’s March 2019 issue on “Modern Makeovers.” The article spotlights how schools and universities are finding that there can be a lot of life left in their older facilities. Instead of defaulting for shiny new facilities, many institutions are deciding the best path is to breathe new life into an older building with a modernization that embraces a facility’s link to the past while providing learning spaces that accommodate the needs of 21st-century students.
Ashley McGraw was featured on University Business for raising the question to remodel, restore, or raze when evaluating midcentury campus buildings. President Matthew Broderick takes on this critical decision facing school administrators and facility planners in the article.
Catherine Wolfe, Senior Interior Designer, co-presented “Values Matter: Changing the Culture of Education” at the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Northeast Regional Conference on March 28, 2019 in Boston. Catherine presented with Casey Barduhn, Superintendent of Schools at the Westhill Central School District. Catherine and Casey discussed how the clarity of the District’s values shaped the conversations and goals to enhance the delivery of education, how administrators and faculty members embraced the shifting educational model, and how robust guiding principles informed the creation of energized, student centered spaces during the first phase of a two-phase renovation at the High School.
Andrew Schuster, Principal, co-presented “A Commercially Viable Net Zero Office Building: Technology, Beauty & Meaning” at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) BuildingEnergy Boston conference on Friday, March 15. Andrew was joined by Shannon Kaplan, Project Engineer and Project Manager at AKF Group / In Posse, and Karla Wursthorn, Senior Estimator at TN Ward Company. The session focused on the Net Zero Energy office building the team is designing and building for the Sustainability Energy Fund (SEF).
Susanne Angarano, Principal/Senior Interior Designer, and Jason Evans, Associate Principal, presented “Repurposing Mid-Century Campus Buildings for a New Generation” at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) North Atlantic Conference in Rochester, New York on Tuesday, March 12. In this session, Susanne and Jason explored how Binghamton University implemented a façade upgrade and high performance energy systems for deep energy retrofits for its Science IV building. Attendees learned how they can use smart technologies and modest materials applied in creative ways to update similar building stock at their institution.
Ashley McGraw Architects is pleased to announce that Michael Frisina has passed his Architectural Registration Exam and completed the requirements to become a licensed architect. Frisina received an Associate’s degree in Architectural Technology from Onondaga Community College. As Ashley McGraw’s Design Technology Manager, he has over 10 years of experience in architectural design and BIM coordination and standards.
Ashley McGraw Architects is pleased to announce that Diana Elliott has passed her Architectural Registration Exam and completed the requirements to become a licensed architect in the State of New York. Diana holds a Master of Science Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems & the Environment from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University.
In November 2018, members and friends of the USGBC New York Upstate community gathered in Albany to celebrate the annual Friends of USGBC NY Upstate Gala and Leadership Awards. We were honored to receive the Green Building Legacy Award for the Syracuse Center of Excellence. The award recognizes a building constructed, renovated, or operated within the past 10 years. Buildings/projects that were innovative in sustainable practices and pushing the envelope of sustainability in design and development.
Christina Aßmann presented at the 2018 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Chicago, IL on Friday, November 16, 2018. Along with Amber Bartosh, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture, they presented “Virtual Reality: An Emerging Tool for Sustainable Design.” This presentation highlighted the application of VR as a visualization and simulation tool to support the design process and educational outreach of Nuthatch Hollow, a 2,500-square foot facility to be used for teaching and research of Environmental Studies.
Ed McGraw co-presented on Thursday, October 4, 2018 on “Data Drives Controls and Energy Savings in Schools” at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Tradeshow. Energy management in schools can play a vital role in reducing operating costs and improving classroom productivity. The session focused on specific case studies where schools leverage data analytics and controls to drive energy and cost savings while engaging all stakeholders in the schools to make smart energy decisions.
Ashley McGraw Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Daniel Donovan AIA, LEED AP, BD+C to Associate Principal. “In his years as Senior Project Manager, Dan has consistently brought clarity and creativity to projects of all scales,” said Ed McGraw, founding partner and CEO of Ashley McGraw. “As Associate Principal, he will actively contribute to the direction of the firm, as well as continue to be a large part of our success serving as a leader in educational design.”
Jason Evans, Associate Principal, is featured in The Architect's Newspaper article "After a decade-long fight over I-81, Syracuse inches toward a decision." Jason is a member of ReThink81, a grass roots effort advocating for a more comprehensive, well thought out design options for the I-81 Viaduct Project. ReThink81 is committed to economic growth and improved accessibility throughout the Greater Syracuse area.
Ed McGraw presented at the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Fall Leadership Summit on Sunday, September 23, 2018. The presentation “Designing Instructional Space to Promote Student Engagement” engaged attendees on how flexible space requires flexible furniture; the classroom layout should provide space for students to work collaboratively in small groups, independently, or as a whole class; and how to engage stakeholders in co-creating high impact learning environments. Ed co-presented with Dr. Tonia Thompson, Superintendent of Binghamton City School District.
On Friday, September 14, 2018, the Thousand Islands Central School District held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new turf field stadium. The new varsity field, THE TURF, is the new addition to Viking territory.
At the 13th Annual North American Passive House Conference (NAPHC) in Boston from September 21-22, 2018, two presentations featured Binghamton University’s Nuthatch Hollow project. The NAPHC is the leading passive building conference for climate-specific zero energy design, construction, and building science expertise. Nicole Schuster, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, Associate Principal, co-presented “Passive + Active: Batteries, Resilience, and the Duck Curve (CT).” Christina Aßmann, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, Project Architect, co-presented “Virtual Reality at Nuthatch Hollow – An Emerging Tool for Sustainability Design Visualization of High Performance Buildings”.
Susanne Angarano, Principal and Senior Interior Designer, co-presented at the International Living Future Institute’s Living Product Expo on September 13, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. The presentation “Biophilic Design Integration: Macro to Micro and the Spaces In Between” engaged attendees on learning ways to craft the qualitative sustainable narrative, creating a stronger awareness of and connection to the natural environment.
The 2018 Central New York Best Places to Work awards event was held on September 12, 2018 to recognize 40 organizations across the area. Ashley McGraw Architects was ranked #7 out of the 15 awarded companies in the 25-100 employees category.
A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held pre-game to the Windsor Central School District Black Knights' home football game on Friday, September 7, 2018. The ceremony officially "kicked off" the District's new multi-purpose athletic field.
The Liverpool Central School District and Chestnut Elementary School communities celebrated the end of renovations with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. In March 2014, residents approved Phase Two of the Long-Range Facility Plan. The components of the capital referendum included substantial renovations to Chestnut Hill Elementary and Chestnut Hill Middle, a complete roof renovation for Liverpool High School, and safety and security upgrades at all district buildings.
On Thursday, July 26, Edward McGraw and Andrew Schuster presented "Combining Technology, Beauty and Meaning in the new SEF Net Zero Energy Office Building” at the Energypath conference. The Sustainable Energy Fund is designing and building a Net Zero Energy office building to demonstrate that NZE can be achieved for the same cost as a conventional developer office building. Energypath 2018, held at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, is the region’s largest sustainable energy event, attracting industry professionals, policymakers, and academia throughout the region and across the United States.
On Friday, July 20, NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) held a Pro Tour featuring the academic wing of Westhill Central School District's High School that has been retrofitted to save energy while better serving the needs of the clients.
After the "Zero Is The Magic Number: How Passive House Gets It" presentation by Christina Aßmann and Nicole Schuster at the New York Passive House Conference, TreeHugger's Lloyd Alter was so impressed with the 2,500 square foot lab and classroom Nuthatch Hollow project that he spotlighted the project in his article "Nuthatch Hollow goes for both Passive House and Living Building Challenge. This is Hard."
Susanne Angarano, Principal and Senior Interior Designer, and Jason Evans, Associate Principal, presented “Repurposing Mid-Century Campus Buildings for a New Generation” at the SUNY / PPAA & NY APPA 2018 Summer Conference in Lake Placid, NY on June 14, 2018. Susanne and Jason were joined by Mohamed Afify, Assistant Director, Long Term Planning, at Binghamton University.
The new MacArthur Elementary School at Binghamton City School District is featured on PRISM. PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment (SBE) is a unique online journal, resource and cooperative effort to further sustainable building for both emerging and experienced architects, specifiers, consultants, builders, suppliers, and users of sustainable building materials.
Ashley McGraw Architects has been ranked one of Central New York's Best Places to Work in 2018. BizEventz and The Central New York Business Journal (CNYBJ) partnered with Research & Marketing Strategies Inc (RMS) to conduct the CNY's Best Places to Work survey.