A recent garage and porch addition

Earlier this spring a local builder and family came to us for visualization help to better understand their project. They needed to see how the massing shapes and location of adding a porch and garage fit with their 1980’s Romberg frame green home.

We helped them by taking their plans and quickly modeling them in our AutoDesk RevitLT design and production software.

View from drive looking towards the house and proposed garage

View from drive looking towards the house and proposed garage

View looking across driveway to main entry and new proposed porch with a mud room.

View looking across driveway to main entry and new proposed porch with a mud room.

The project should be completed later this year. We can’t wait to see it finished and the family using it.

Exhibit of recent paintings

Last week Stephen Frey had a number of acrylic and watercolor paintings on display at Montpelier’s Center for Arts and Learning group show. Located on Barre Street in downtown Montpelier, CAL as it’s called, pulled out all stops joining with 20 or so other venues as part of #ArtsFest 2019.

Executive director Alice Dodge worked tirelessly to hang art of many kinds around the building, a former convent, converged now to a community arts space.

Here’s a few photos. See Steve below standing in front of two of his abstract works near the grand piano. Earlier a visitor played sang and played the piano sone rock and roll tune. His playing really rocked the room bringing smiles all around. The other is a detail of a colored glass window in the former chapel space.

Be sure to stop by during regular hours to see the art. Steve’s work is in the front “green” room on the first floor and upstairs in the third floor hallway. To learn more about Steve’s art and possible commissions drop a note on our contact page.

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The Kickstand and creative placemaking

A before picture

A before picture

The birth of the Kickstand

Over a year ago we designed a popup mini-park installed on Langdon Street in Montpelier, VT to provide a much needed gathering space along a narrow downtown street frontage. Part of the arts based creative placemaking project, Langdon Street Alive, we won a small commission to design a seasonal small outdoor seating area to liven up a sunny corner of a building with a flourishing bike and outdoor sports shop and its busy parking lot. 

Designing for the in between

What's curious about projects like the greater Langdon Street Alive initiative and The Kickstand specifically is a lack of a road map to follow for streetscape improvements.  Not exactly architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design, designing for the in between is all of that and none at the same time. Perhaps that's why Creative Placemaking has risen to best describe projects like these increasingly popping up around the country, in downtowns, brownfields, with new programming, arts and culture based initiatives and more. 

Creative Placemaking is an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of placev
— NEA Creative Placemaking Report, 2016, Gadwa & Markusen

Creative placemaking focuses on activities whose end result lies in helping transform communities, the quality and character of their places, while often building capacity for growth, economic development and oppourtunity.  The Kickstand is an example writ small of such place shaping and capacity building. 

The design

The design includes two small seating areas backed by a long embracing bench fronted by stump seating and tables with canopies overhead.  To help build capacity for bike parking, an existing bike rack was relocated to the raised area to the west of the seating area.  Recycled steel brake drums were used for planters to anchor the thin end of the Kickstand. Splayed 1/2 metal rods form the screen wall which provides a little bit of solidity while helping create safety visibility from the street through into the parking lot. (A local police department requirement)

Ground Plan of the Kickstand     

Ground Plan of the Kickstand     

View from within Landgon Street looking towards The Kickstand

View from within Landgon Street looking towards The Kickstand

Design visualization showing the basic elements

Overall view from Landgon Street looking back towards the Kickstand

Thanks

Thanks to design collaborators including Rogen Design Build, Ward Joyce Design and David Frey who came up with The Kickstand name.  Rogen Design Build collaborated with us to do a design build version of the original idea which in our estimation tremendously improved upon it. Using local Hemlock milled from Fontaine's Sawmill the design build team crafted the project over the course of a couple of weekends with some fine tuning over the course of the summer. 

 

Approachable and elegant by design, National Life lobby completed

Approachable and elegant by design, National Life lobby completed

Earlier this summer Arocordis Design’s longtime client, National Life Group, an Insurance and Financial Services company headquartered in Montpelier, began using their newly renovated lobby designed by Arocordis Design.

    The renovated 4,500 SF Lobby elegantly opens up and makes more approachable a campus wide space used daily by over 2,000 people. Arocordis Design aligned the renovation design with National Life’s youthful #Cause driven culture and sustainability ethos while elegantly connecting to its past........

Farmhouse Renovation Project - Vermont Style

Farmhouse Renovation Project - Vermont Style

Recently work was completed on a heavy renovation of a central Vermont 1840's cape style farmhouse for a mutual friend and daughter. Her long term goal is to get off fossil fuels and live as close to net zero in the long term as possible while refreshing the historic "bones" of a vintage old Vermont Farmhouse in a budget minded yet values driven way.

We helped set to stage to transform a 175 year old building of average quality with relatively recent upgrades including....

Trend 4: User Experience and Branding - Cultivating Culture

Trend 4: User Experience and Branding - Cultivating Culture

The rise of user Experience and Branding

Recently, internal space branding and creating powerful user experience or (UX) has risen in importance as key design factors in planning and developing design strategies for office and workplace projects.  User experience when linked with the data from the rise in beacon and sensor technologies embedded into furniture, floors, walls, ceilings, lighting and more, provide the possibility for new insights on the power of place to support work, workers, and the workplace.  However, these new technologies must be met with...

Inside Out House

Inside Out House

A new small prototype green home we have in design. 1,300 sf +/- of single level living space, 2 bedrooms, flexible kitchen-dining-living area whose space extends to a generous terrace and pergola. The single living level recognizes the growing need for homes allowing older homeowners age in place, reducing the need to further downsize....;

People, place, and passion: The importance of mission driven workplace design

Designing your office or workplace offers some terrific opportunities to cultivate strong cultures, worker engagement, and performance. Watch our video explaining more.  Connect with us!

Why Best Place to Work Thinking?

Why Best Place to Work Thinking?

Curious if Best Places to Work thinking might be valuable to your business or organization? See this post for more.  Check back in the weeks ahead for more insights about Best Places to Work thinking and design.  

Creating places and spaces which inspire: Color, finish and material selection integration

Best Practice Tips for creating inspiring places and spaces

Curious about how architects work to help their clients create attractive and purposeful interior spaces as part of a renovation, addition or new construction project? See our video with helpful insights into our creative process. With our work we seek to help you, your organization, your business, or your family move gracefully through what often is a stressful, complicated part of any project.  

For a typical project, small or large numerous decisions await which require careful integrative consideration and creative insights on sustainability, indoor air quality, durability, comfort, branding, cost, production time, installation coordination, and more.  

Watch to learn more

There's a lot that goes into creating an attractive high performing interior whether an office, retail space, school classroom or home. This video explains the complexity of color, finish and material selection and why hiring an architect to help adds tremendous value to the long term success of your project large or small.

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In design: CORA Rehabilitation Clinic - Kennerly Facility

In design: CORA Rehabilitation Clinic - Kennerly Facility

Opening Soon

CORA Health Services, Inc. hired Arocordis Design recently to develop concept design and renderings of their soon to open 5,400 SF. Kennerly Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.  We worked with their national and regional operations leadership to help them infuse their new space with tasteful brand-focused design....

National Life Group Dallas Lobby and Reception Area

National Life Group Dallas Lobby and Reception Area

    Earlier in the summer of 2016 we provided interior architectural design services for National Life Group  and their just finished reception area renovation at their Dallas area office location serving over 200 plus employees.  

 

      Finished this summer, this presents a new face for the Texas location while connecting to company wide aesthetics and brand story. We designed the reception desk area, planter and engineered stone rough and polished cladding, sign marquee (For weight reasons) as well as provided general direction as to wall graphics, furnishings as well as fixed finishes. ...

Struggling with your Office or Workplace design project and process?

Growing, an adding team members? Seeking to better align your Place with your Culture and Brand while upping collaboration, engagement and productivity?

Are you and your management team, company leaders struggling with how to best move your office or workplace design project forward? 

See this brief video for more on how we can help.

 

7 Tips How to Design a Quieter More Focused Workplace

7 Tips How to Design a Quieter More Focused Workplace

Problems with distraction and inability to focus?

  • Do you, your coworkers or employees complain about unwanted noise and distraction in your open office workplace?
  • Do you wear headphones to quiet the cacophony of sound around you? Do you have no place to go to make private phone calls? Or do you wear them to avoid getting interrupted?
  • Do you work from home as much as you can to avoid being in your noisy office?

If you answered yes to any of the questions you likely are experiencing some design shortcoming in the layout, design and detailing of your office or workplace. To help you and others maybe avoid this in the future we offer Seven or so tips which if followed might contribute to a higher performing open office work setting where you can collaborate, innovate yet work in quiet when you need and want it.... 

Working side by side enhances engagement, not estrangement

Working side by side enhances engagement, not estrangement

Pardon its dog-eared appearance but that's the way it goes for a book which has traveled hundreds of miles, had coffee spilled on it, and been underlined more times than we can count.

Why is it a great business book for a high aspiring business and organization?   Friedman takes you behind the scenes, out into the open office, meeting spaces and into the board room