HISTORIC RESTORATION / RENOVATION
Both Bill and Kathy have a long history of working with historic structures and with programs
that require sensitivity to a complex variety of issues.
|| Seelye Hall, Smith College
Ford Gillen was commissioned to design a new elevator for the historic
Seelye Hall. In the process, Bill Gillen envisioned and
created a new floor out of previously unused attic space which was able to house
much needed faculty offices and the Center for Academic Development. This $4.5
million project was constructed in nine months, about three times faster than a
standard construction schedule.
|| New York Historical Society, New York City
The New York Historical Society in New York City is a cultural landmark on the west side
of Central Park. The museum wanted to convert the vacant third floor galleries
into the Luce Center, a space open to the public to view the whole of the
museumís archives, most of which had been warehoused offsite for decades. Funded
in part by an endowment, and in part by city grant money, the project had a
fixed budget which dictated the need for innovation and a cost effective
The architects (Kathy Ford as project architect with Beyer
Blinder Belle Architects) worked closely with technical consultants (mechanical,
electrical, structural, lighting, and exhibit design) to create a prefabricated
steel library shelving encased in glass with an integrated lighting program
comprised of standard off the shelf items, and custom designed cases for
paintings and sculptures. HVAC systems were carefully designed to provide
humidity control, and structural systems designed to minimize additional loading
to the 100+ year old building.
|| Memorial Hall, Northampton, MA
Memorial Hall is a historic municipal office
building constructed circa 1890, shortly after City Hall, to function as the
city library and museum. In 1992, Ford Gillen was hired to design exterior
renovations for the building, including new roofing and flashing throughout,
facade and site renovations, and replacement of decorative iron work. Ford
Gillen also did a feasibility study to make the building fully accessible and to
create an accessible homeless shelter in the basement. The result was the
installation of a new four stop elevator which was completed in 2001.
|| The Sycamores, South Hadley, MA
In 1996, Ford Gillen was hired to prepare a feasibility
study for the renovation of the Sycamores in South Hadley, MA.
With a grant from Mass Historic, FGA teamed with Greg Farmer and Wayne King to
prepare construction documents for the exterior restoration of the building.
Restoration included new wood and copper roofs, porches, verification of
structural loading, and de-leading of exterior paint surfaces. This project was
completed in 2000.
Unitarian Universalist Church, Brookfield, MA
In another FGA, Greg Farmer and Wayne King
team effort, and a grant from Mass Historic provided funds for the
necessary design documents required for the design guidance
for the rebuilding of the tower turrets and recommendations for
reinforcing the existing turret walls. Ford Gillen was subsequently
hired to prepare a feasibility study of next steps to address the future
growth of the church.
Emily Dickinson Homestead & the Evergreens, Amherst, MA
Ford Gillen worked with Amherst College to design the new
visitor's center at the Emily Dickinson Homestead in Amherst as well as renovations to
the Evergreens next door.
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