Community Preparatory School Expansion

November 22nd, 2017

Over the years, LLB Architects has completed several feasibility studies for the Community Preparatory School, an independent middle school serving grades 3 through 8 located in Providence. Each of the studies focused on exploring the options the land-locked urban school had to expand at both their current location on Somerset Street, as well as at other sites in South and West Providence. In 2015, we completed a conceptual study for an addition and renovation of the Community Preparatory School’s main building in Providence. In 2016, in partnership with the neighborhood and the City of Providence, Community Preparatory School was able to close a portion of Somerset Street and convert the adjacent parking lot into a recreational field for use of the school and neighborhood. Garden boxes with raised beds provide additional greenery, as well as a place for students to sit.

The design of the addition draws its zig-zag roof form loosely from the gable roof shapes in the surrounding residential neighborhood. The glass entrance and lobby serves to connect the academic building with the new administrative wing. It functions as an informal gathering place for students and a sheltered place for them to wait in the afternoon for the bus or their parents. The windows stacked at various heights allow students to check to see if their parents are waiting to pick them up. The exposed structure and ceiling, use of glass, and vibrant materials express the welcoming, inclusive nature of the school while the horizontal exterior cladding with accent strips and LED color-changing lighting announce the dynamic presence and personality of the school in a way that the existing school building had not previously. Access to all levels of the academic building was improved through the addition of an elevator at the far end of the lobby. A small, private courtyard with sitting spaces was created at the intersection of the existing building and the addition.

Photography by Nat Rea.

LLB Architects Names Fritsch, Kennedy, Pomeranz and Valentine Associates

November 10th, 2017

LLB Architects is pleased to announce that Enno Fritsch LEED AP, Meaghan Kennedy, Assoc. IIDA, Cara Pomeranz, AIA, LEED AP, and Brian Valentine AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, MCCPO have been named Associates in recognition of their contribution to the continued growth of the firm.

Enno Fritsch LEED AP joined LLB Architects in 2015 bringing with him over 13 years of experience in planning and design for institutional clients in the academic and healthcare sectors. He graduated with a Diplom – Ingenieur/Graduate Engineer from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany (KIT) and has a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his work as project manager, Enno was named Director of Design Communication earlier this year where he is tasked with enhancing the clarity with which the firm’s designs and design ideas are visually presented. He has held positions with Payette, and as faculty in the Urban Design and Planning department of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

A graduate of the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, Meaghan Kennedy, Assoc. IIDA, joined LLB Architects in 2011. She is a creative interior designer who has a special interested in humanistic and sustainable design practices. As the Director of Interior Design, Meaghan is responsible for leading and integrating the discussion of interior design throughout the design process on all the firm’s projects. Recent projects she has worked on include Rhode Island College Gaige and Craig Lee Halls and Cranston Public Library Children’s Room. Since 2013, Meaghan has been IIDANE Providence City Center Director.

Cara Pomeranz holds a Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture and Associates in Architectural Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology where she graduated cum laude as a President’s Award and Unsung Hero Award recipient. Cara joined the firm earlier this year. A registered architect in Massachusetts, she brings 10 years of experience, and a strong portfolio of design and technical skills to her work. Cara is currently working on residential designs in both Barrington, Rhode Island and Bristol, Rhode Island. She has held positions with Payette, TRO Jung | Brannen, and McKay Architects.

Brian L. Valentine AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, MCCPO joined LLB Architects in 2014 bringing over ten years of educational and public work experience. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University. Earlier this year, Brian was named Director of Production and tasked with developing and implementing processes that maintain the firm’s high documentation standards. He is currently managing the Lincoln School Science Wing addition and the Franklin Public Library Addition and Renovations. Firms he has previously held positions with include Ai3 Architects and Vision 3 Architects.

Enno, Meaghan, Cara and Brian will be joining Senior Associates Aimee Goodwin Lombardo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C and Suzanne DiSalvo, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP and Associates Neal H. Bijlani and Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP in supporting the advancement of the firm.

International House of Rhode Island Fundraiser

November 9th, 2017

The International House of Rhode Island was established in 1963 to promote friendship, connection, learning, and global understanding by bringing people together from around the world for cross-cultural exchange. The independent nonprofit multi-cultural organization provides a place for international students, scholars, professors, and their families to gather. During a recent “Save Our Building” fundraiser, Chris Ladds discussed the renovations the building needs in order to address the major code-compliance issues that have been identified.International House 0081

Commonwealth Landing Receives a Tsongas Award

May 11th, 2017

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Preservation Massachusetts awarded a Paul and Nikki Tsongas Award in the category Best Building Programming to Commonwealth Landing, a mixed-use development located in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Commonwealth Landing, one of the former Quaker Fabric Corp. mills, is located on Davol Street in Fall River Massachusetts. The owners and development team of Tony Cordeiro, Larry Couto and Alan Macomber envisioned the mill as the center of new development along the Taunton River. Now, the first and second floors are now occupied by businesses and stores. The third, fourth and fifth floors of mill building were converted into 103 one, two and three-bedroom market rate apartments.

Congratulations to all team members on the recognition from Preservation Massachusetts!

LLB Architects Recognizes Two; Bijlani and Taylor Named Associates

March 8th, 2017

Bijlani and TaylorLLB Architects is pleased to announce that Neal H. Bijlani, Director of Design Technology, and Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP have been named Associates in recognition of their significant value to the continued growth of the firm.

Neal Bijlani graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since joining LLB Architects in 2005, he has been instrumental in strengthening the firm’s architectural digital practice. He has also served as the primary engineer for the development of the technological infrastructure needed to support the firm’s Facilities Assessment Solution, a space inventory and building assessment service. Neal resides in Providence.

“For a long time, Neal in his role of Director of Design Technology has been a leader, teacher, and mentor in the area of our architectural digital practice,” said Principal Kathleen Bartels. “He has been instrumental in ensuring that our firm explores and adopts the many technological developments our industry has seen in recent years. Our success in introducing new technological infrastructure and software is directly due to Neal’s ability to evaluate their fit with LLB’s goals as well as manage the implementation of these initiatives within the firm.”

Since joining LLB Architects in 2011, Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP has demonstrated his skill at coordinating large-scale, complex projects and programs. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Architecture, and a minor in architecture history. Projects he is currently working on include Commonwealth Landing in Fall River, MA, renovations at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, and residential hall renovations at Brown University in Providence, RI. Past projects include Thayer Homestead in Medway, MA and the Physician Assistant Learning Center for Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He and his wife Kelly L. Swan Taylor, Esq. reside in Providence.

“Jonathan brings a strong focus on design excellence to all the projects he manages – particularly during the construction contract management phase of a project,” said Christian Ladds, Principal. “His contribution to the LLB Practice to implement projects as conceived aligns with the emphasis we place on design.”

Neal and Jonathan join Senior Associates Aimee Goodwin Lombardo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C and Suzanne DiSalvo, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP in contributing to the continued growth of the firm.

LLB Architects Promotes Two; Introduces Director Roles

February 24th, 2017

2017 Associates and Directors20170223_172135_001_editedLLB Architects is pleased to announce that Neal Bijlani and Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C have been named Associates in recognition of their significant contributions to the firm.

Additionally, Director roles with the goal of advancing and strengthening our service delivery process have been introduced in the areas of Project Management, Production, Design Implementation, Design Communication and Interior Design. The following appointments have been made:

Director of Project Management – Aimee G. Lombardo AIA LEED AP Senior Associate

Director of Design Communication – Enno Fritsch LEED AP

Director of Design Implementation – Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C Associate

Director of Design Technology – Neal Bijlani Associate

Director of Interior Design – Meaghan Kennedy, Assoc. IIDA

Director of Production – Brian Valentine AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, MCPPO

Congratulations to all!

Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive

December 23rd, 2016

December 23, 2016 – For the past four years, LLB and staff have been donating to families in the Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive run by the Children’s Friend organization in Providence. Children’s Friend matched LLB this year with a family from Pawtucket and we were sent their Wish Lists for their children. The Wish List includes the names, ages, sizes, and gift requests for each child in the family as well as a summary of the family’s current circumstances. Items that are commonly requested include winter clothes, coats, cold weather accessories, diapers, dolls, and educational toys.

This year, we were able to purchase everything on our family’s wish list. Clothes, especially winter jackets and snow pants, and toys made their way to our office to be sorted and packed for delivery. There was also a grocery store gift card for the parents. To add a festive element to their Christmas morning, we included wrapping paper and supplies for the family’s use.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute Laboratory

December 22nd, 2016

While creating highly specialized research facilities, LLB Architects implemented a strategy to employ common design principals and finishes throughout the complex to tie the incongruous renovations together and create a singular approach for the entire complex. One of the signature classrooms in the Bio-Med building at Brown University is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Lab (HHMI). The design allows for students to learn hands on, with project based learning in the four corners of the room, taught from the center. This type of advanced learning environment is a key approach for laboratory design at LLB Architects.

Other highlights of the HHMI laboratory classroom design:

  • Inherent flexibility in lab’s design and furnishings
  • Centralized instructor
  • Integrated technologies and utilities
  • Demonstration areas
  • Student surfaces and furniture which promote collaboration/non-hierarchical student workstation arrangements

Harvard Business School Arthur Rock Center

December 22nd, 2016

The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Business School supports HBS faculty and their research in the field of entrepreneurial management and seeks to galvanize the business community with the energy and spirit of ‘what’s next.’ The Center offers a community of support, access to content that inspires and informs, and a gateway to entrepreneurial ecosystems everywhere.

LLB worked closely with the Business School and the Rock Center community to renovate an under utilized formal conference space adjacent to the Director’s office into a new open workspace that encourages gathering and collaboration. The flexible spaces allow for group study and discussion while the break-out space provides students with a place to touch-down while at the Center. This area of the Center is meant to encourage face-to-face interaction and discussion while offering the technological tools groups may need for study.

Harvard Business School Wilder House

December 22nd, 2016

LLB Architects has worked with Harvard Business School for several years on the renovation and upgrades to some of the School’s buildings. In the Fall of 2013, LLB was asked to study, evaluate and assess the historic Wilder House in order to make the building ADA compliant in a manner that offered disabled students the same facilities and amenities as the rest of the student body. The project included the renovation of the first floor to include accessible entries, work stations, and conference rooms; interior renovations to the rest of the house included the re-configuration of spaces to accommodate displaced staff from the first floor.

On the exterior, the renovations and restorations focused on simple placemaking gestures. The areas of primary focus included window replacement, re-pointing the brick, and significant restoration to the wood trim details.