Concord Carlisle High School was recognized as a new CHPS Verified Leader school by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. This recognized that the project "performs well beyond minimum CHPS eligibility requirements and had an inspirational design that incorporate their high performance features into architectural expression. The school should be an image of environmental and social responsibility, and must be balanced in providing benefits to the environment, student health and student performance."
The transformation at Louisville Collegiate School has begun! Stay connected with the latest project progress by following the Louisville Collegiate School Construction Blog: at collegiateconstruction.blogspot.com
Congrats to Latham Centers, in Brewster MA. on the completion of their beautiful new dormitory.
OMR is pleased to announce the return of Anne Draudt as Principal. Anne brings over 26 years of experience in architecture and design including a wide variety of project types including schools, adaptive reuse projects, library/media centers, residences, and churches. Anne’s role is often to ensure that each client's programmatic and educational needs are being met. She will also work with you to help define the projects goals, values and program — aligning these findings to help develop community-wide consensus.
26 years ago - on EarthDay 1970 - Michael Rosenfeld, began his reoccurring The Boston Globe feature called, EcoLogic: "I believe the majority of us respond to logical, informative evidence concerning the status of our environment. It is difficult for us, however, to get this evidence in easily digestible forms. It is often presented in ways that are not geared for the layman; in column after column of data, in overused, abstract rhetoric and in lengthy prose that we will read "once we get around to it". Hopefully, EcoLogics will be easily digestible. Hopefully, they will help to effect changes in our “Life Styles” and will help to alter the ways we direct our own social and political futures."
Construction has begun at Louisville Collegiate School in Louisville Kentucky. The project will transform the Louisville Collegiate’s K-12 historic campus in Louisville, Kentucky, with a phase one project based on OMR's master plan. The program includes expansion of dining and performing arts as well as a transformation of the existing library to provide a central learning commons to support the school’s commitment to project-based collaborative learning.
Construction is nearing completion on a beautiful transformation at The Milford Youth Center, in Milford MA. where old charm will meet with new use and functions.
OMR is proud to partner with Catie's Closet and Second Chances, Inc. in collecting clothing for in-need families. Drop by OMR’s lobby in West Acton to donate your gently used children and adult apparel now through the end of January!
We have two projects up for AIA New Hampshire People's Choice Award: Cardigan Mountain School Dining Commons (#10) and New Hampton School Pilalas Math + Science Center (#21)! TO VOTE, go to: http://aianh.org/vote-design-awards
This Thanksgiving, OMR Architects is especially thankful as we celebrate 40 years in business and all those with whom we've worked closely along the way: past and present clients, consultants, friends and former associates. Since our inception, we have focused our work on an understanding that everything and everyone -- all parts of a building, all aspects of a project, indeed all aspects of a community -- are connected. We express this in our philosophy, "All is One." This holistic approach has served as the foundation for our firm, and continues to inspire our processes, services and the quality of our work. The entire team at OMR Architects thanks you for being a part of our design community these past 40 years. We wish you and your family health, happiness, prosperity and a sense of well being.
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools announced: "Every Friday, we'd like to feature a CHPS school and we're proud to showcase Longmeadow High School in MA. Longmeadow HS' design is innovative, modern, and environmentally friendly. Recently, Longmeadow HS made Newsweek's latest list of top 500 schools in the country. Go Lancers!" #CHPSSchools #LongmeadowHS
OMR’s recently completed Longmeadow High School has just been recognized by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. This achievement acknowledges that the project has undergone a rigorous design, construction and audit process, and that the school will deliver many benefits including improvements on the health, education and well-being of our students. Incorporating interior daylighting, water conservation, energy efficient building systems and green methods and materials, Longmeadow High School now joins a distinguished rank of educational facilities that are leading the movement to build this new generation of healthy, high performance, green schools.
Congratulation to The Ethel Walker School on the official groundbreaking of their new Centennial Center! The project includes gymnasioum, fitness, a competitiion pool, dance and yoga as well as a range of formal and informal gathering spaces. The project was designed to connect to the main academic and arts buildings as well as to the middle school to provide a new center to the school where all students can come together.
The new Concord-Carlisle Regional High School is opening its doors to students this upcoming Tuesday April 24th! The new school features a central learning commons, gathering spaces and maker spaces for 21st Century Learning all in a very green, sustainable, daylit building including learning elements which allow students to visually monitor their space and how it relates to the environment. These graphics and dashboard system illustrate the inherent qualities of sustainable design that might otherwise go unnoticed.
"We took 29 parents through the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School this afternoon...none had been in the building before. Every parent was blown away...the word "incredible" was used a lot. They could not get over how beautiful the building was and marveled at all of the various finishes." -- Louis Salemy, Vice Chair, CCHS Building Committee Member
OMR attended this year's National Association of Independent School's two-day conference in our own backyard of Boston...We got to see many old friends and make a number of new acquaintences.
We look forward to seeing our neighbors Sunday mornings this summer at the Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market located here in West Acton!
may 29 2014
The USGBC MA's Central Mass Committee led a tour of Quinn Middle School in Hudson which highlighted the many sustainable features of the building and site. Quinn is on track to receive LEED Gold.
may 16 2014
OMR helped sponsor the Carlisle House Tour 2014 which raised funds for curriculum enrichment at Carlisle's K-8 public school.
april 30 2014
Jeanne Kuespert Roberts, AIA, Principal, attended the Association of Independent Schools in New England's Spring Conference in Chelmsford, MA.
february 6 2014
Join OMR in supporting Theatre III by running in the Valentine Race this weekend in West Acton!
january 31 2014
OMR's Javier Ramirez was honored today by Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center of Dorchester at their annual gala for all the work he has done to help maintain and improve the STEC facilities over the past seven years while serving on the Board of Directors. Congratulations Javier!
january 24 2014
OMR was honored yesterday by the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce for our work with the Acton-Boxborough High School job shadowing program and the elementary school local business program. Lisa Pecora-Ryan who is very active in these programs attended and accepted the award on our behalf.
november 14 2013
Acera School had their first Open House in their new space and invited OMR to witness the specialized curriculum in action. Genetics Nobel Prize Winning Scientist, Dr. Jack Szostak and MacArthur Genius Award Winner, Dr. Angela Belcher presented and sparked all the students' imaginations.
novemeber 7 2013
OMR attended CAIS's annual Heads of School Conference at the New Haven Lawn Club where we enjoyed catching up with friends and peers.
october 30 2013
Members of the Hudson Public Schools community gathered today to dedicate the new Quinn Middle School. Speakers included Superintendent Kevin Lyons, Principal Brian Daniels, the MSBA's Jack McCarthy, Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Kate Hogan, and OMR's Leigh Sherwood.
october 24 2013
Latham Centers has selected OMR to complete a Master Plan for their Brewster campus to help them maximize the use of their existing space and plan for future projects. The Latham School serves children with developmental delays as well as children and young adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
september 23 2013
Harbor of Hope Christian Church in Chelmsford has selected OMR for the design of their interior renovation.
september 23 2013
The Town of Milford has selected OMR for the renovation of the Milford Youth Center.
Acera School opened its doors to students after a summer renovation of their new space in Winchester. OMR created daylit classrooms and breakout space for specialized teaching.
september 3 2013
The Town of Hudson's new Quinn Middle School, designed by OMR, opened to students today! The official school dedication will be in October.
august 5 2013
OMR Architects sponsored the Concord Open Golf Tournament today at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord to support summer camp scholarships for deserving families, an event we have enjoyed supporting for several years.
OMR will be designing a new concession stand / field pavilion at Nara Park for the Town of Acton.
june 27 2013
The Meadowbrook School of Weston has selected OMR Architects to complete a Campus and Facilities Optimization Plan which will include building and program analysis and plans for the school's long term future.
The City of Lowell has selected OMR Architects to complete a comprehensive facilities assessment for their twenty-nine public school and administration buildings throughout the city. The study will include detailed building condition analyses, a ten year capital plan, and masterplanning options for 2.4 million square feet, including the Lowell High School. OMR will be partnering with David Stephen of New Vista Designs for Learning, for the educational visioning process.
june 18 2013
Construction at the Net-Zero residence site in Stowe, Vermont has formally started this week, an exciting milestone for this project!
OMR Architects has been selected as a finalist in the Hampshire College Welcome Center Competition.
may 11 2013
Emerson Umbrella hosted "Artrageous", the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Concord's Center for the Arts. OMR's transformative design of a 50,000 sf addition/renovation was unveiled.
may 4 2013
Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH hosted the grand opening of the new Cardigan Mountain Dining Commons and Student Center with almost 400 people in attendance on a beautiful New England spring day.
april 22 2013
Congratulations to Acton Public Schools for receiving the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award!
OMR Architects was selected as one of five finalists for the Hampshire College Welcome Center.
OMR Architects has been selected to complete Phase 1 construction documents for the Acera School's new location in Winchester, MA. The project will transform a spec office space into an inspiring space for the school's high-ability students.
The new Salisbury School Entry and Welcome Center Addition was completed at the front of the campus' Main Building.
Longmeadow celebrated the grand opening of their new daylit, energy efficient, 21st century high school. Transparency provides glimpses from the core of the building’s break out spaces through the classroom wing and the landscape beyond, enhancing the sense of connection and community. Renovation of the 1970s wing and demolition of older structures continue, with site completion slated for Fall 2013.
OMR Architects has been chosen by The Albany Academies in Albany, NY to perform a series of studies for several buildings on the campus. The buildings require improvements to fit the current needs of the Academies, while being unified by a campus wide vision. The studies are part of the Academies' Bicentennial Campaign - a transformative process currently nearing completion, to join the separate boys and girls schools in the upper grade levels.
OMR Architects has been selected to provide campus master planning services for Louisville Collegiate Schoool in Lousiville, KY. Work began in late September.
june 23 2012
Students, board members, faculty and guests gathered during Cardigan Mountain School's Family Weekend for the ground-breaking of the Cardigan Commons in Canaan, NH. The new 27,000 sf dining facility and student center will become the central gathering place on campus, providing a sense of unity. Construction is on track for completition in the spring of 2013.
may 11 2012
Michael Rosenfeld spoke at Salisbury School's Alumni Event on the transformation of the school's campus over the last 15 years. Michael spoke about OMR's relationship with the school and the resultant process and design work.
OMR Architects was selected by a joint jury of the NSBA and AIA to display the Willard Elementary School in Concord, MA, at the Exhibition of School Architecture display at the National School Boards Association 72nd Conference being held this year in Boston, MA.
march 26 2012
Students and faculty from JFK Middle School in Hudson, MA, as well a few state and town officials, signed the final steel beam before it was hoisted up and set atop the new David Quinn Middle School which is currently under construction. Project Team members from OMR Architects also joined the topping-off ceremony. During the past few months, crews have drilled and blasted, cleared trees, moved topsoil, laid the foundation, and erected the frame, which was completed at the ceremony. The new school is scheduled to be open in September 2013.
OMR Architects recently completed a programming and organizational study for the Houston Christian High School in Houston, TX to help the school realize their vision of a new Learning Commons. The new Commons would combine the library, media center and cafeteria functions into a vibrant flexible community gathering space that will help prepare HCHS students to be creative, collaborative and enthusiastic learners.
november 15 2011
Voters in Concord, MA and Carlisle, MA have voted "yes" to construction of the new Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. The measure passed both Town Meetings with 84% of the vote. OMR Architects was selected in February for the architectural design services.
october 25 2011
OMR Architects has been selected to provide architectural design services for The Waldorf School of Lexington in Lexington, MA. The project will begin with master planning services.
october 12 2011
OMR Architects and the Town of Hudson celebrated the groundbreaking of the JFK (Quinn) Middle School. There is excitement about the progress at the site adjacent to the current middle school, which is being replaced with a new building. Paul Blazar, chairman of the JFK Building Committee, praised the partnership between the town, building committee and OMR Architects, saying the project has been run efficiently. The new school is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013.
OMR Architects will be working with Theatre III in West Acton, MA on renovations and repairs to their historic 1868 Church building. Theatre III is a very active community theatre which was established in 1955. The group is housed in the former West Acton Universalist Church Building just down the street from OMR’s offices. First phase of work will involve renovating the Gothic Revival/Italianate façade of the building. Succeeding phases will include site improvements, interior renovations, and improving accessibility.
OMR Architects has been selected to provide architectural design services for Concord Carlisle High School in Concord MA. This project is part of a continuing relationship with the town which includes the recently completed Willard school, the Beede Center Natatorium, and a Master Plan for the High School.
OMR Architects were selected to provide architectural design services for Lincoln School in Lincoln, MA. The project will begin with a feasibility study assessing options for renovation and/or new construction for this K-8 campus.
OMR assisted the Concord School Department to install a photovotaic system on the roof of the new Willard School as part of a broad range of sustainable initiatives at this OMR designed school (see public school portfolio for more).
The team of omr architects and New Habitat Partners, LLC received Town building permits, and construction has begun on Phase I of the West Acton Village Ecology project. BLUEFIN Building & Design, LLC has been hired as the General Contractor.
june 8 2010
Longmeadow High School and Concord Carlisle High School both passed their town votes on the same night and will be moving forward.
june 4 2010
Michael Rosenfeld was a speaker at the Salisbury Class of 1970 Reunion and presented a history and review of omr’s work at the school.
may 21 2010
OMR received a First Place Award in the K-12 Schools – New or Renovation category in the 2010 Connecticut Building Congress Project Team Awards Competition for the Richard T. Flood, Jr. and Sally Elliot Flood Athletic Center, at the Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT.