Designing Better Residential Communities
Many of our efforts in the field of urban redevelopment have involved the design of market-rate and affordable housing. We have developed strategies for the planning and design of housing communities that enhance the quality of life for urban dwellers, owners and managers. It is our experience that housing, both public and private, succeeds best when both the design process and the built outcome match the needs of residents. Housing should enable a sense of community and participation, be in scale and character, be integrated into its neighborhood fabric, and provide a sense of security. Housing should connect to open and green space, amenities that all people need to have in their lives in order to be fully human, and which also defines a domain of belonging within a larger urban fabric.
Trumbull on the Park Hartford, Connecticut
Trumbull on the Park is a mixed-use development project located at one of the major points of entry into the commercial heart of Connecticut’s capital city. Facing Bushnell Park, a large city “green”, the project’s new nine-story apartment structure contains 100 rental units in 1,2, and 3 bedroom configurations. Each apartment living room has a large bay window providing natural light and views to the park. The ground floor retail frontage reinforces pedestrian street life.
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The project contains an 8-level, 600-space parking structure screened from view by the apartment â€œlinerâ€? building. Also part of the project are three restored 19th and early 20th century buildings, now apartments. This project lies in the Lewis Street Historic District, a precinct which preserves some of the best examples in Hartford of traditional 19th Century residential architecture.
Mixed-Use Development Former Coliseum Site New Haven, Connecticut
In continuation of our successful redevelopment of New Havenâ€™s downtown Ninth Square District, Newman Architects and Developer Live Work Learn Play developed a mixeduse plan for the project that includes all the parcels of the development site bounded by North Frontage Road, State, George, and Orange Streets.
Breakthroughs in medicine and science, with the creativity of the arts, and the vitality of the slow movement, will all meet here to form the personality of the place. Where thousands pass each day on foot, bicycle, car or train, a new and dynamic community of innovative homes, efficient offices, special boutiques, social eateries, and a branded hotel, will come together with local institutions, the City and the business community, in the heart of what will become one of the most inspiring neighborhoods in the region.
New Rochelle, New York
Bronx, New York
Noroton Heights Village Mixed-Use Development Darien, Connecticut
Next-Gen Residence Hall University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut LEED Silver Pending
The design of the new Next-Gen Residence Hall, an eight story structure housing 720 students, is guided by the fundamental goal of fostering connections among its residents and those who are using the building as a living learning environment. Encouraging community in built form led us to develop a site plan and building scheme which: unifies the Hilltop Site into a new residential campus; develops a lively main floor of â€œall houseâ€? uses and academic program spaces having visibility to exterior gathering places and pathways; and organizing student living floors in ways that cluster common uses as hubs of activity. The project features a green roof, supporting living and learning research programs.
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Photo taken during construction
Colony Street Mixed Use Transit Oriented Development Meriden, Connecticut
In conjunction with Amtrak’s expansion of service on the New
brief proposes a mix of uses combining up to 63 units of housing
Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail corridor, the station in Meriden
with retail and professional office spaces and a parking structure
will be substantially upgraded with facilities supporting its new
supporting commuter, resident, and local shopping uses. A planning
role as a multi-modal transportation hub. The State and City view
strategy using courtyards and liner buildings complements the low-
this development as a model “smart growth” project and a crucial
rise downtown building fabric in a language that respects the 19th
catalyst to renewing the City’s downtown core.
century legacy of historic buildings while reflecting 21st century design needs and imperatives.
Newman Architects, working with the Meriden Housing Authority, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and DECD, prepared a master plan to capitalize on development opportunities at a site on Colony Street adjacent to the new multi-modal center. The program
15 Washington Street Commons Rutgers University Newark, New Jersey
Implementing Newman Architects’ Housing Master Plan, this project restores and the adaptively reuses the landmark 15 Washington Street building, a 21-story office building of 1929, later acquired by Rutgers, vacant for the past 13 years. The renovation’s new student apartments and restored ground floor public spaces transform the residential experience on Rutgers’ Newark campus and help catalyze Newark’s renaissance.
205 Church Street New Haven, Connecticut
205 Church Street is a Neo-Georgian high-rise built as an office building. Newman Architects adapted the office building into a 140-unit rental apartment building. The main lobby is used by a bank, while a secondary elevator lobby serves as the entry point for residences. The new elevator lobby contains a reception area, concierge desk, mailroom and meeting space for tenants as well as serving as an elevator lobby. New lighting and storage space makes the space more functional as a formal residential lobby. This project shares many of the characteristics of the 75 Livingston Street building, which was also built as an office tower and uses a secondary lobby to access the apartment units.
Mansfield Town Center University of Connecticut Mansfield, Connecticut
This new village has a central green and a pedestrian-oriented residential neighborhood to its east. The two-acre green faces Storrs Road and is bordered by the new UCONN School of Fine Arts on one edge, and three-story buildings containing stores, offices and apartments on the other three sides. The green is a central public space, with the University on one side, sharing the space with civic offices, businesses and townspeople. Emphasizing the University as part of the town, it is a place for students, faculty and visitors to congregate off-campus. The diagonal pedestrian path through the campus extends through the green to the neighborhood, to form a continuous ribbon of connection linking town residents to all parts of the University.
The Arts Center District Audubon Court
New Haven, Connecticut
Housing as a building type offers a wonderful opportunity to renew the vernacular of a city torn by urban decay. We have attempted to mend this fabric through the design and master plan of Audubon Court.
Whitney Grove Square New Haven, Connecticut
Although its uses are diverse, Whitney Grove is carefully integrated into the neighborhood streetscape though the design of its sidewalks, street furniture, fences, hedges, stoops, and portals. At the south end of the site, facing toward New Havenâ€™s office precinct, is an eight story office building with retail space at street level. The project massing gradually steps down in height, complementing the size and scale of adjacent residential neighbors.
Thirty-seven townhouses, with landscaped interior courtyards behind, continue the layering of like-uses from public to private spaces: front doors face front doors, back doors face back doors, and backyards face backyards. Streets are the most important spaces in cities. When special attention is given to the layering of scales and placing of like-uses on both sides of the street, it makes for a healthy street. These ideas influenced our design of Whitney Grove.
Whitney Grove (continued)
Ninth Square District New Haven, Connecticut
New Haven was one of the first New World settlements to begin with a town plan consisting of a grid of nine blocks, or squares, with the town green at its center. The Ninth Square, located at the southeast corner of the grid, has a rich past and a quality of architecture that has led to its registry as a National Historic District. By the late 1980â€™s, however, it had succumbed to urban blight. A plan for renewal was developed that identified housing as the key to restoring life to the district.
Center Pointe of New Haven New Haven, Connecticut
Center Pointe is the adaptive re-use of two connected historic buildings in downtown New Haven from commercial uses into market-rate studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments. The renovation retains the ground floor for commercial uses. The upper levels of the two buildings will be connected with stairs to resolve the elevation differences between their upper floors.
Mixed-Use Housing and Clinical Services Building Southwest Community Health Center and Bridgeport Housing Authority Bridgeport, Connecticut
Newman Architects has designed a new, multistory mixed-use building for the Bridgeport Housing Authority, the leading provider of public housing in the City; and Southwest Community Health Center. Southwest is a federally-qualified community health center that offers medical, dental, and behavioral health services to uninsured and under insured residents of the Greater Bridgeport area.
Mixed-Use Village University of Ontario Institute of Technology & Durham College Oshawa, Canada
The Mixed-Use Village project for Tribute Communities will create a center for the emerging satellite community of Oshawa, Ontario, part of the Greater Toronto Areaâ€™s expansion outward into former farmland north of Lake Ontario. The Village site is well chosen for growing a town center. It is located at the confluence of several new residential communities, a rapidly growing University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College.
The Village will create an iconic â€˜college townâ€™ in which local residents, students, and faculty can enrich each otherâ€™s lives. It will seamlessly integrate vital retail, residential, commercial, institutional, and civic facilities into a vibrant community, optimizing all forms of connectivity between new and existing institutions to maximize social, cultural, and economic synergies.
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Metro Center II
This project is a new mixed-use development on six acres adjacent to the Stamford Intermodal Transportation Center. Principal program elements include a commercial office tower of 300,000 square feet; 250 units in a mix of market and affordable rental; and condominium resident apartment and townhouse buildings; associated parking and street-level retail uses.
Park Square West Development Stamford, Connecticut
A major component of the master plan for downtown Stamford, Park Square West Development will provide three new residential towers containing 420 units of market rate housing. The project also contains associated parking structures and commercial space along a newly formed streets and pedestrian alleys.
Charter Oak Communities Hope VI and Neighborhood Revitalization Projects Stamford, Connecticut
For over a decade, Newman Architects has had an important role in the planning and design of many mixed-use and housing initiatives in the downtown and “West Side” neighborhood, including over 1,000 of new units of multi-family housing developed by Charter Oak Communities. Beginning
distressed, 1930’s era public housing complex into the critically acclaimed community of Southwood Square, our projects have set a new local standard for effective housing design and construction. In our multi-phased redevelopment of Fairfield Court, another HOPE VI public housing revitalization effort, we took on a variety of site conditions and building programs, resulting in an array of highly regarded and commercially successful new housing. The Fairgate Residences is the final phase of implementation, and has been cited by HUD’s Regional Director as the best model of what can be achieved through the HOPE VI program.
Southwood Square Stamford, Connecticut
The revitalization at Southwood Square creates a new neighborhood to replace a “housing project” by transforming a deteriorating residential site into a mixed income neighborhood that integrates public assisted and market rate housing into one community. The arrangement of spaces and streets is intended to create a “center.” The design incorporates moderate density housing units of varying architectural character, on a network of new streets which reconnect to the existing neighborhood street pattern, while clearly defining public and private spaces in a secure manner. All buildings range in height from two to four stories, and are designed in a number of traditional vernacular styles to seamlessly merge with the existing environs. Family units of 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms are typically townhouses entered at grade.
Fairfield Court Hope VI Revitalization Post House Apartments Stamford, Connecticut Phase II
Located in the emerging Mill River corridor
planned for housing in 5 and 6-story buildings
district at the western edge of the CBD, the
to allow a substantial increase in housing
Post House Apartments provide 60 1-bedroom
adjacent to the urban core, along a renewed
units in a 5.5 story supportive services housing
park system edging the river. This is the second
environment. The Mill River corridor is master
new building in this precinct.
Fairfield Court Hope VI Revitalization Taylor Street Housing Stamford, Connecticut Phase I
As in other parts of the West Side
neighborhood, Taylor Street is composed
homes. Our project accomplishes these
primarily of closely spaced multi-family
goals in a 3.5 story building that mixes 16
residences in two and three story houses on
apartments above eight family townhouses.
small lots. Parking is usually provided in side
The apartments on the upper two floors are
yards or in detached garages on the rear of the
one bedroom units intended for individuals
properties. The challenge at this site was to
or couples. The eight, two-bedroom duplex
design at a significantly higher density than
townhouses on the first two stories have
the existing neighborhood - specifically, 24
covered front porches that connect to the
units on 3/4 of an acre - while maintaining
residential street pattern, and covered rear
connections to the residential scale and
patios for backyard outdoor living.
Fairfield Court Hope VI Revitalization Fairgate Residences Stamford, Connecticut Phase III
The Fairgate Residences is the final phase of a three phase master plan developed by Newman Architects’ to renew Fairfield Court a public housing site in the “West Side” neighborhood of Stamford. Fairgate replaces 144 apartments of obsolete, substandard public housing, built in the 1930’s, with 90 new townhouse units providing residences for publicly assisted families and market rate tenants. A 10,000 sf community building for tenant services, daycare, and meeting rooms and 5,000 sf of new retail space provide a mix of uses integrating the new project into the activities of the neighborhood.
Fairgate Residences (continued)
Vidal Court Revitalization Stamford, Connecticut In Construction
Communities to be the master planner and architect for the design of 350 new housing units for low- and moderate-income working families and for market rate households in the city of Stamford. The revitalization of Vidal Court, an obsolete, state-assisted Westwood - Phase I
public housing complex, will make a crucial contribution to the transformation of an entire neighborhood into a stable, economically balanced community that will attract economic investment and nurture family-friendly living. Our concept replaces three, six-story apartment buildings with town houses and
Palmer Square - Phase II
mixed-use buildings that are physically and socially integrated into the fabric of the surrounding community. Our work has included close collaborative master planning with the neighboring Stamford Hospital.
Vidal Court Greenfield - Phase III
Washington Boulevard Mixed-Use Development Stamford, Connecticut
This high-end rental loft development in Stamford is both a gateway to the downtown from the north and a gateway to a new park from the downtown to the east. The development contains structured parking in the basement and first floor, a surround of retail and building amenities along public ways, and 200 residential units.
Arnold Hall Residential and Retail Yale University New Haven, Connecticut
The Elm Street Residence Hall Design/Build project provides 47 new undergraduate beds in suite arrangements to accommodate the immediate swing space needs of the University. The suites are grouped around traditional common entryway bathroom stairwells and the building forms a new courtyard which is connected to Davenport College. Located on a small existing parking lot, the building faรงade acts as an infill building in the manner of a normative retail and residential structure.
Headington Hall University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma LEED
Newman Architects served as Design Architect for a new 188,000-square foot, 380-bed suite style residence hall at the University of Oklahoma. The project forms a key corner of a newly developed campus edge, creating a gateway into the Athletic quadrant of the University. The new building houses freshman and sophomore student athletes and non-athletes in single and double rooming arrangements and includes specialized dining facilities, fitness, recreation and retail spaces. It was designed to reflect the Cherokee Gothic style of the Universityâ€™s historic buildings, as well as more recent modern additions to the campus.
Meditz Hall Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut LEED Silver Equivalent
Fairfield Universityâ€™s Meditz Hall apartments implemented part of the Universityâ€™s residential master plan (also by Newman Architects) to attract more upper class students to live on campus with a residence hall offering low-rise independent-living apartments in a verdant setting.
Articulation into plan segments helps break down the scale of the building both internally and externally. Playful use of brick colors unifies and energizes Village campus buildings, while further scaling down Meditz Hall.
Meditz Hall (continued)
As architects, we believe that what we make can improve the lives of people. We want to realize the idea of a better, richer place, made palpable through the shaping of space, place, form, and climate. The places we make reflect our affection for ordinary human interchange and commerce, and for what lies beneath. People need to belong to something larger, to make connections with others and the world, and to make order out of chaos. So the architecture they inhabit needs to represent something larger than either the individual or the group, yet provide places where they can both be themselves and recognize the social and cultural structures that surround them.
Team Structure An open office environment supports our â€˜studioâ€™ style organization, with staff grouped into teams supporting principals-in-charge to address project challenges in a flexible manner - delivering talent where needed, when needed, with efficiency and effectiveness. We add consultants to the team as each project progresses to provide the right engineering and specialty expertise for the task.
Consensus Building We listen. We meet regularly with stake-holders to gather essential project information and to assist with decision making, building the essential consensus to move the project forward to completion. Our communication and coordination skills achieve success with complex constellations of constituency groups and in demanding regulatory environments.
Building Information Modeling - BIM Newman Architects was an early adopter of 3-D Building Information Modeling to support our design process. We use BIM for all projects, enhancing our ability to study a variety of project alternatives quickly, to monitor project scope and cost, to improve coordination and reduce conflicts, and to support enhanced project visualization. With MEPF systems coordinated in 3-D, our BIM models have reduced contractor bids, construction clashes during construction and anticipated construction costs.
Integrated Delivery We use our leadership in 3-D design to support the construction process. We are participating in the development of new practices in the delivery of architectural projects, collaborating with construction managers at all phases of design, bidding, and construction, utilizing BIM as the common platform for communication of intention and realization.
Design Visualization We employ a wide range of powerful visualization methods to help our clients and ourselves understand and test design concepts and alternatives, including: physical and virtual modeling, photo-realistic synthetic imaging and fly-over and tour-though animation.
Public Outreach We have developed an extensive repertoire of skills and tools for helping institutions successfully present to the public and to obtain community acceptance of proposed projects.
Cost and Schedule Control We maintain control of cost and schedule through a range of tools and processes. We specify the creative use of testing and mockups to verify feasibility and constructability; early setting and periodic review of project schedules together with the use of Microsoft Project scheduling tools; early setting, benchmark testing, and periodic review of budgets; rigorous and regular risk assessment at each project phase; and BIM systems that export detailed information about scope to guide estimating and procurement. We have also gathered extensive experience with alternative procurement and contractdelivery strategies that can speed schedules and reduce cost, including: fast-track documentation, design-build, early enabling projects, and early-purchasing.
Quality Control We employ an arsenal of quality-control techniques, including: a detailed office design and procedures manual; outside code/regulatory reviews; internal third-party document reviews of our work and that of our consultants at each project phase to ensure correctness, coordination, and constructability; coordination with project CMâ€™s in developing and checking documents; and BIM systems that unify project information in single models and greatly reduce opportunities for conflicts.
“Throughout your career, you have used your talents to bring beauty and light to many buildings in the public realm. I—as well as other citizens from New Haven and beyond—am reminded of your work every time I take the train from the New Haven Railroad Station or visit the New Haven Arts Center.”
“The design by Newman Architects has been a resounding aesthetic and functional success. The result came because your firm went above and beyond the call in listening to neighbors and other stakeholders and to make sure that their concerns were both heard and addressed in the design.”
Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro State of Connecticut
Michael Morand Associate V.P. Yale University for New Haven and State Affairs
“I am very closely familiar with a good deal of Newman’s work, having frequently visited and used--almost inhabited--many of the public spaces that he has designed or helped to build. At Yale Law School and Yale colleges, for example, where he has done such sensitive and creative renovation, I have appreciated his ability to retain the best of the past while adding new features and advantages. At these and other academic settings, he has demonstrated insight into the particular human traits and needs likely to be present--insight that involves deep and profound recognition of the interests and activities of those who will use them.”
“In addition to the knowledge Newman Architects brings to the table, they are excellent listeners. They are open to the client and are always willing to listen and to understand our needs…Newman Architects also added glamour to the ordinary concept of suites. Our award-winning building is praised by students, parents and other staff at the University. It is a functional design yet it manages to capture the eye and take advantage of the surroundings… Newman Architects go beyond what we expect from architects. They have a passion for designing environments that support the University’s vision and the aspirations of a housing department.”
Richard Blumenthal United States Senator, State of Connecticut
Logan Trimble Director of Operations, Department of Residential Life University of Connecticut
“It is not surprising that Newman Architects has received so many honors and awards for their work. New buildings speak clearly of their own time and respect for another time, particularly when historic buildings are nearby. The firm has been keenly aware of the needs of very different clients and of the message they are trying to convey whether they be sponsors of affordable housing, city fathers, travelers or educators. The overarching impression is a firm deeply attuned to the public good, aware of the impact of their work and determined to be responsive. There is a generosity of spirit in Newman’s approach to architecture and planning that sets them apart; that fact becomes clear when reviewing the range of their contributions for the last twenty years.“
“In the twelve years that Newman and Charter Oak Communities have worked together, we have taken on some of the most challenging projects of my housing development career. Beginning with the redevelopment of a distressed, 1930’sera public housing complex - Southfield Village - into the critically acclaimed community of Southwood Square, our projects have set a new local standard for effective housing design and construction. Newman Architects has again demonstrated its skill, foresight and vision as it contributes to Stamford’s permanent urban fabric. As the inevitable issues of zoning, community-based planning and cost conscious decision making have arisen, your problem solving abilities have helped guide us to practical solutions. Finally, the quality of your designs has been so universally accepted in the Stamford community as to open new doors to our efforts and to heighten expectations each time we announce a new project.”
Colin G. Campbell President and CEO, Colonial Williamsburg Former President, Wesleyan University & Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Vincent J Tufo, Executive Director Charter Oak Communities
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Newman Architects believes that housing, both public and private, succeeds best when both the design process and the built outcome match the...
Published on Feb 26, 2019
Newman Architects believes that housing, both public and private, succeeds best when both the design process and the built outcome match the...