BTGA welcomes Andrea Braga, our new Marketing Coordinator. Andrea is a native of Rhode Island with 15 years’ experience offering a broad range of services in marketing and design, technical copywriting, and research and development. Her marketing experience includes seven years with an architectural and engineering firm in Edinburgh, UK as well as other related industries. She studied graphic design at the Edinburgh College of Art and is currently a student at Rhode Island College.
Preserve Rhode Island has awarded BTGA the 2018 Rhody Award for Historic Preservation for our Eleanor Roosevelt Hall, URI Kingston project.
Named after First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, this brick building at the heart of the URI Kingston Campus was constructed in 1938.
BTGA was charged with restoring the exterior of the building by replacing windows, chimneys, slate and copper roofs, gutters and downspouts, and entry doors, to resolve exterior masonry issues while reducing future maintenance demands.
Although the style of the building reﬂects colonial Williamsburg, the materials used were modern – including asbestos-containing mastics under slates and ﬂashings
Completed in February 2018, the restoration of Roosevelt Hall increased occupant comfort and energy eﬃciency, restored shell integrity, returned visible elements to their historic roots, and reduced future maintenance costs. The thoughtful use of durable but historically sensitive materials was a strategic choice to extend the building life by reducing the need for frequent attention in a campus with restricted maintenance funding.
Congratulations to all involved in this project!
When the clients wanted “fun”, BTGA worked hard: The firm created an entertainment space that delivers relaxation with a quiet refinement. Previously disparate buildings behind the main house, this group of cottage elements has been joined in a seamless flow. Rhode Island Monthly featured the award-winning amenities in its June 2018 issue.
BTGA designed and renovated the compound to include a guest house with roof deck, treehouse, game room, pool cabana, and an outdoor dining area with overarching pergola. The magazine described the interiors as having “an Arcadian, lodge-like feel while still maintaining an air of sophistication.”
The magazine also awarded Bronze to this project in its 2017 Rhode Island Monthly Design Awards competition. The June digital issue can be found on the magazine’s website.
BTGA welcomes Cameron McCormick, Senior Project Architect. Cameron is originally from Illinois where he worked for over fifteen years as an architect on projects that varied in scope and size and covered different sectors, including retail, education, recreation, government, industrial, business/office, multi-family, and food service. Among the many programs he is proficient in are Revit, ACAD, CoMcheck, Bluebeam, and BSD SpecLink. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Illinois and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University. Cameron now calls North Smithfield, RI his home.
BTGA is excited to announce that work will begin Monday, August 6 on Roger William's University School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management (SECCM) 28,000 square foot Laboratories building.
Expanded laboratory and classroom space will provide engineering, computer science, and construction management students with a state-of-the-art learning environment. The building is designed to foster community through collaborative learning, flexible interaction, and hands on experiences. The SECCM lab spaces allow for learning methods from traditional to experimental, group to individual, social to hands-on. Spaces will provide an educational experience that engages and satisfies the demands of the programs including room for learning labs, group study and individual projects.
A formal groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place in October.
Brewster Thornton was commissioned to create an outdoor kitchen pavilion where once a sloped backyard garden existed. That elegant living space became one of the home’s unique selling points, as showcased by the Providence Journal in its real estate review in December.
The same home was featured in the September issue of So Rhode Island, where the writer referred to the outdoor space as an “oasis.”
The stone fireplace stands as a focal point that unifies the outdoor kitchen, the dining area, bar, and lounging space. The al fresco patio “room” is surrounded by white pillars, rising from stone supports, that carry the distinctive barrel-vault ceiling overhead.
The Rhode Island Veterans Home has won its third award, a Project Achievement Award, from the Construction Management Association of America, New England Chapter. BTGA worked closely with Gilbane Building Company, the construction manager, for a successful project completion last fall. The award came in a category for projects over $50 million.
The organization said the following about the competition:
“Each year project teams take on the toughest challenges the New England Region can throw at them. From the design and engineering to the construction means and methods, all the players in this industry have a role to play to bring about the required solutions. CMAA New England wants to recognize this dedication and hard work by acknowledging the projects and the project teams that make it all happen.”
The award was presented in Boston at the organization’s 24th annual awards luncheon on May 9. Barbara Thornton, AIA and Partner at BTGA (second from right), joined other team members at the ceremony to receive the award.
The RI Veterans Home received the “Lead by Example Energy Award” on May 2 for the incorporation of clean energy technologies. This 208-bed community in Bristol, which opened in the fall of 2017, was a joint design effort between Brewster Thornton Group Architects of Providence and SFCS of Virginia.
Receiving the award on behalf of Brewster Thornton was Nathaniel Ginsburg, AIA and lead project architect on the Home. Ginsburg also lead a tour of the buildings and described the energy-efficient components that went into the design.
This latest accolade, awarded by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, acknowledges the use of clean measures that help reduce energy usage and address greenhouse gas emissions in a way that supports RI’s economic, energy, and environmental goals. The six single-story residential buildings encircle a two-story Commons building on the 45-acre site and incorporate heating and cooling systems that are 20% more efficient than code, high-efficiency lighting and controls, and a photo-voltaic array to generate renewable energy.
Gina Anderson joins our BTGA team as an experienced Job Captain. A graduate of New England Institute of Technology, she has more than 18 years of experience in commercial architecture. Among her most notable efforts are her contributions to the design of the new Cranston Police Station, renovations to the Providence Jewish Community Center and renovations to the Roger Williams Medical Center Emergency Department. A Rhode Island resident for about 25 years, Gina served in the U.S. Air Force and now lives with her husband in West Warwick, RI.
The new Rhode Island Veterans Home has won top honors in the International Interior Design Award, New England Chapter, competition. The facility, which opened last fall in Bristol, was a collaborative effort between Brewster Thornton Group Architects and SFCS, Inc. of Virginia.
The 11th Annual IIDA New England Interior Design Awards were presented on March 14, 2018, at which time the team won "Best in Rhode Island". More information is provided on the IIDA's website about the winners in each category. See more photos of the Vets Home project on this website.
Providence Business News also announced the winners in its April edition.
David Brusset, local architectural critic for the Providence Journal and known for his blog "Architecture Here and There", reviewed the Lincoln Woods State Park buildings opened this past summer. BTGA was pleased to receive such high praise from a fellow architecture lover who recognized our attention to creating beautiful, long lasting designs. Check out the full blog post at the below link!
Brewster Thornton Group Architects received recognition for its design of the Lincoln Woods Beach Complex during the 2017 AIARI Design Award competition. BTGA received a citation in the Institutional Category. BTGA Associate and out-going AIARI President Christen Robbins was on hand to accept the award for the company during the awards ceremony on December 7.
The 2017 Design Awards was a juried competition, receiving 40 entries in its 10 categories. To learn more about the all winners of the competition, visit the AIA Rhode Island website. To learn more about the new buildings Lincoln Woods, visit our project profile page.
On December 7, Brewster Thornton Group Architects Associate Christen Robbins, among other past-presidents, received the Morse Stone Fellowship from the Rhode Island Chapter of the AIA, in recognition of her service as chapter president for 2016. This is the first year that the chapter has conferred this fellowship on past presidents. The fellowship acknowledges efforts to promote fellowship and mentorship within the chapter. Robbins was also recognized for her service as a director/officer from 2013 to 2017 as she now transitions off the AIA Board of Directors.
During her tenure, Robbins presided over the relocation of the chapter to a new space at 38 Empire Street and the chapter’s participation in the RWU Block Party. She helped promote and nurture a partnership between the GreenRI tradeshow and IIDA. She supported efforts that led to the successful partnership between the Summer Expo and Roger Williams University and Tremco. She guided revisions to the Chapter Bylaws to bring them into alignment with AIA National. In addition, she spearheaded the Open House/City Talks with Bonnie Nickerson and Brett Smiley from the City of Providence. Among her last official accomplishments was the successful 2016 Design Awards program.
As past-president, she assured a smooth transition of the next president and participated in the planning of GreenRI 2017 and the 2017 Design Awards. She also participated on the Communications Committee, which produces the Chapter’s Bulletin. Looking ahead, Robbins will continue involvement as a member through the Chapter’s Communication and Design Awards committees.
Brewster Thornton Group Architects hosted 21 students from the ACE Mentor Program on the evening of November 15 for a tour of their offices on Chestnut Street. Architects Mary Brewster and Patrick Connors led the tour and offered students insight on the field of architecture to help them explore a potential career in the industry. Students in the high school level program are currently interested in the architectural, engineering and construction professions.
To learn more about the ACE Mentor Program in Providence, visit their website.
On Sunday, November 12, two of the three homes whose sales were noted in the Providence Journal’s “Homes” section were designed by Brewster Thornton Group Architects. The homes - located in Narragansett and Buttonwoods – captured each original owner’s tastes and requirements, but did so with a timeless quality that has appeal for today’s families. The investment in creative design and quality construction continues to pay off, whether it be elegant solutions in a renovation or thoughtful design details in new construction.
See the ProJo's Sunday edition for notes on home sales in Rhode Island.
In anticipation of the new facility’s ribbon-cutting and grand opening on November 11, the Providence Journal wrote an article about the 208-bed Veterans Home complex that residents have already begun to occupy.
The design features residential-style accommodations rather than following the traditional institutional model. Brewster Thornton Group Architects, in collaboration with SFCS Architects of Virginia, envisioned the “home” as a cluster of buildings that will provide veterans an assortment of daily services without ever leaving the site.
On October 13, 2017, the Providence Journal wrote an article on the new crime lab at Johnson & Wales University, calling it a “state-of-the-art” facility. In 2015, Brewster Thornton Group Architects designed the lab where criminal justice majors take a number of their classes now.
On his website blog, “Architecture Here and There,” David Brussat, an experienced writer and architecture critic, describes the three new buildings on the shores of Lincoln Woods’ Olney Pond as a revival of the Shingle Style and considers how they “add much to the lakeside’s beachly ambiance.”
Mary Dorsey Brewster, AIA and founder of Brewster Thornton Group Architects, was featured in the Providence Journal this summer for her Craftsman-style design of a 3,500-square-foot home in Jamestown, RI. The home’s private setting on a cul-de-sac provides the family four bedrooms, three baths, two half baths, a front porch and a detached studio. Originally a custom-built home, the current owner noted that the privacy, interior, and “bones” of the house easily convinced her that it would be the perfect home for her family. The home is now on the market for sale.
This home also won the Grand Award in the 2002 Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards.
New England Home Magazine celebrated one of Brewster Thornton Group Architects’ homes in the September-October 2017 issue. BTGA founder Mary Dorsey Brewster, AIA, designed an authentic waterfront carriage house to complement her Jamestown client’s manor house. The property’s stunning views were the driving force behind the structure’s design. The storage area on the ground level houses vintage cars and an exercise room; above, urbane guest quarters open to the view.
See those breath-taking views and the stunning architecture on this site, and also read “Garage Chic” in New England Home Magazine.