Buckingham Garage Receives PCI Design Award

Amenta Emma’s new garage at 315 Buckingham Street in Hartford, CT has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2022 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Design Awards.

What’s the Big Idea?

As we tackle larger and more complex projects each year, the diagram remains at the core of the Amenta Emma design process.

The Phone Booth Is Alive and Well

While the use of strong, bold colors works well for visitors to a building or parking garage, different strategies are needed for people who work in the same place.

Know Your Value

Jenna McClure, AIA, LEED AP, and Debra Seay, AIA, WELL AP,  at the Aurora Foundation Breakfast. Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day. The occasion provides a perfect opportunity to take stock of our profession and personal career paths. The truth about women in architecture is not positive. While one-half of students who graduate with a degree in architecture […]

Transforming Ordinary to Extraordinary

When Conning & Co., a leading global investment management firm serving the insurance industry, leased two upper floors in Hartford’s 26-story Gold Building, a significant design challenge was to create volume and openness in a sprawling horizontal space with a compressed ceiling height of less than 9 feet. We solved the dilemma by opening not […]

2019’s Colorful Optimism

The first harbinger of a new year is the December release of Pantone’s “Color of the Year.” The Pantone Color System, originally developed for the print industry, has come to influence most other areas of design – fashion, interior design, product branding, graphic design and more. The pick for 2019? “Living Coral.” “Just as coral […]

Second Chances

Suburban office parks – once the buzzing hive of commercial workplaces in post-war America – sit vacant as tenants progressively flock to newer, urban offerings with amenities and alternate leasing models. As consumer buying habits shift, abandoned retail spaces in shopping malls and strip centers dot our communities. Warehouses that formerly housed vivacious manufacturing facilities, […]

The Total Lobby Experience

Recently updated “Gold Building” Lobby – Hartford, Connecticut Office lobbies used to be places you passed through on your way to an elevator in dripping soggy boots. Not anymore. Yoga class anyone? Movie night? Happy hour? In an effort to attract specific growth industries to their buildings, landlords are following a trend started largely by […]

Constraints Drive Design Innovation

School of Business at Quinnipiac University – Hamden, Connecticut Most people look upon tight budgets as a limitation. We just turned a similar circumstance into a design challenge and opportunity to achieve an exciting result. In the process of converting conventional classrooms to more collaborative space in Quinnipiac University’s Business School, part of the design […]