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The 23rd Annual Blue Ribbon Awards Showcase

We are truly honored the Old Talcott Mill and Crescent Crossing Phase 1B received awards from CREW CT!  Read more

The Rainbow CANnection

We are pleased to announce the Rainbow CANnection was the recipient of the 2018 AIA CT CANstruction “Best Meal” Award! 

This year, we partnered with one of Classical Magnet School’s stellar art classes to bring our collaborative Rainbow CANnection design to life. The Rainbow CANnection was created during a design charrette with the middle school class. These students dreamed big!  We were inspired by their dreams that push each one of them to: explore, question, and make sense of our world. When discussing hunger, we all agreed that a world of hunger was a nightmare. The rainbow symbolized hope, and was designed as the moment students dreams come to life and awake those from this nightmare of hunger.

We would like to thank everyone who generously contributed to this.  Without you, we would have never been able to raise and donate a total of 1,200 canned food items!   

Green Housing for ALL

Recently, Crosskey Architects received Second Place in the Just Big Enough Green Housing for ALL architectural design competition. This design competition highlighted how we can create very small and affordable, sustainable homes for people who have been priced out of the green housing market. The competition was sponsored by the City of Northampton, co-sponsored by […]

A Vacant Corner

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Construction is finally underway at the long-vacant building prominently located at the corner of Pearl and Trumbull Streets in the heart of the downtown business district. But whatever happened to that building and why has it been empty for so long? Read more

With Lots Of Love. . .

Dear J.R. Montgomery Company Industrial Complex, I would like to congratulate you on your recent closing! I understand that you will have new owners, Beacon Communities, and will be converted into 160 residential units with modern amenities.

Sushi Time!

We are thrilled to once again join the Chrysalis Center in the fight against hunger by collecting canned goods and raising awareness. Similar to the CANstruction concept, every participant of the 2018 Donation Creation must build something out of the cans which they’ve collected. Once the construction is completed, all of the cans are then donated to the Chrysalis Center’s Freshplace where the food is distributed to those in need.

To begin this process, a handful of our staff locked themselves in the conference room to charrette; a design process where people join together to brainstorm ideas and sketch a variety of designs until one is finally selected. Every Friday is sushi Friday at Crosskey Architects, and we figured what better way to give food than by celebrating our favorite food SUSHI!

We are sincerely appreciative to all who participated. Thank you for your support to make this happen!

 

 

 

2017 Connecticut Preservation Action Annual Conference

Several of the Crosskey team attended Connecticut Preservation Action’s Annual Conference, The Preservation Toolbox: Historic Preservation Tools for Development. The tools were shared with the audience using a five by five presentation format. Five slides in five minutes can be a challenge to create and deliver, but it is an effective way to provide important information and keep the audience engaged. Five minutes is enough time to cover the key points of a topic, which may be complicated and overwhelming, allowing the receiver to connect with the speaker. Many times, the five by five creates a gateway to a more in-depth conversation. All of the five by five presenters are experts on their topics and are eager and willing to help and educate others about the tools/incentives that are available to aid historic preservation activities in Connecticut. The panel discussion on 390 Capitol Avenue, Capitol Lofts, demonstrated the multiple funding layers necessary to complete a successful large-scale preservation project.

Thank you to all the presenters for sharing valuable information and for being accessible as well as to the coordinators for planning the conference.

 

 

Connecticut Housing Coalition Conference – Panel Discussion

On September 26th, 2017 Crosskey Architects supported and participated in the Annual Conference of the Connecticut Housing Coalition. Every year affordable housing developers, service providers, advocates and resident leaders come together to discuss challenges and opportunities, educate, share knowledge and celebrate successes stories. William Crosskey, President and CEO, participated on a panel with Betsy Crum, Executive Director of Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, James LaRosa of LaRosa Building Group, LLC, and Jennifer Landau, Assistant Director, Multifamily, at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority

Our panel spoke about assembling and managing housing development teams and how to overcome impediments to those models. Check out the presentation below:

Groundbreaking for 65th Infantry Monument

Grand Opening at Talcott Mill

New Life for Talcott Mill

1On a mild morning in mid-December, the belfry of the Old Talcott Mill in Vernon, CT was removed from the top of its tower. Its posts cut loose at four corners while held tightly by the crane above, the nearly 150 year old bell chamber was lowered safely to the ground. There it rests, a local icon awaiting restoration, on a blanket of plastic with each post mounted firmly to four freshly cured concrete footings.

The Talcott Brothers’ Mill was constructed in 1870 on the site of the former Kellogg Mill which was destroyed by fire 1869. Many additions and alterations were made to the Talcott Mill over the next century, but it is believed that the bell tower was part of the original construction. For many years the bell served to call workers to the textile mill and signal other important events in Talcotville. Today the image of the open belfry is featured prominently on signs throughout Vernon, CT and the Talcott Mill bell rests in its cradle on the lawn of the Vernon Historical Society.

The belfry had been leaning considerably at the top of the tower for some time, birds were nesting in its upper roof, its finial long since removed. There had been efforts over the years to secure the belfry, as evidenced by structural cables at the upper floor of the tower and steel pipe columns in the walls. Despite these efforts, over the last year of construction there had been fear that the wrong weather might bring the belfry down. Not much was known about the actual condition of the belfry because it was too dangerous to examine and work on from 60 feet in the air. Now with the belfry on the ground, I met with the Contractor and Structural Engineer to review what will be required to restore the belfry.

The contractor peeled back the layers of wood trim to examine the structural timbers. Prodding them with the backside of a hammer we realized the wood posts appeared sound. Much of the trim surrounding the timbers would have to be replicated and repaired, but all the pieces were present to document and template. The bell chamber floor requires considerable reconstruction and the upper and lower roofs will both need to be rebuilt almost entirely. When the asphalt shingles were removed from the upper roof edges, a slate roof was revealed, and below the slate was the original tin roof. This was an exciting discovery as it verified our assumptions. Historic photos were not clear enough to determine what the original roofing was, but based on our historic preservation experience we had specified a flat metal roofing system.

 

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After examining the belfry on the ground, we headed to the upper floor of the tower. The structural engineer had already determined that the four steel pipe columns in the walls of the tower were sound, but the beams they carried at the top of the tower were insufficient to receive and support the belfry’s posts. It was now the engineer’s job to design a system utilizing these existing columns that could support the belfry for the next 150 years. Within a week we received the engineer’s design, carpenters were preparing to create custom knives to duplicate existing mouldings, and the restoration of the center piece of Talcotville was becoming a reality.

 

 

 

 

By: James Fiore