Lincoln School STEAM Hub for Girls

November 22nd, 2017

The STEAM Hub for Girls features interdisciplinary teaching space for science, math, and the humanities including new physics and chemistry labs, recently renovated biology labs, glass-enclosed study spaces, and a 2,000 square foot art gallery for students and visiting artists.

The project sits at the intersection of several of the key guiding principles defined in the Lincoln School Master Plan developed by LLB Architects in 2016. It recasts traditional classroom spaces as agile spaces for group collaboration and project-based learning, improves connectivity, and makes the facility more sustainable and resilient.

The design of the STEAM Hub is a visual expression of the school’s mantra “where tradition meets innovation,” with a modern, curvilinear façade partially wrapping but not obscuring the adjacent historic building. Back-of-house services that had dominated the Butler/Blackstone streetscape have been tucked away, while the new addition hovers over a newly planted greenscape and rain garden.

Its technologically advanced components include a dramatic glass curtain wall facing the west with twenty vertical sun shades, that are spaced to create rolling shade as the sun moves. The structure of the poured-in-place two-way concrete slab, steel cross bracing, and round, mushroom-capped columns are exposed to provide the students a learning laboratory for engineering and architecture.

Finally, a subtly edge-lit glass sign is a fresh reminder that Lincoln School is a bold, innovative place for learning and leadership for girls.

Harvard Town Hall

November 22nd, 2017

In 2013, LLB began an exhaustive existing conditions assessment of the Town Hall which resulted in the preparation of construction documents for the restoration of the exterior and the renovation of the interior. One of the town’s goals was to restore the building as close to the original 1870’s design requiring the recreation of a cupola that had been part of the original design. This was possible through the careful study of historic photographs.

Examination of the historic facades determined the level of deterioration and the appropriate approach to restore each piece of siding and trim. Improvements to the exterior of the building included a new asphalt shingle roof, the addition of energy-efficient insulation and aluminum clad wooden windows and cedar siding that replicate the historic character. To bring the town hall into compliance with current building codes and accessibility requirements, a new exterior entrance and interior vertical lift were added. Interior upgrades included the installation of an energy-efficient boiler and water heater, as well as new fire protection and electrical systems.

On the interior, LLB worked with the town to redesign the space layout to better reflect how the town hall operates today, including the addition of much needed large and small conference rooms.

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.

Franklin Public Library Ground Breaking

December 16th, 2016

June 3, 2016 – The Franklin Public Library, established in 1790, is widely considered to be the nation’s first public library. The library collection was started with the donation of 116 books from Benjamin Franklin. The current library was built in 1904 and added onto in 1989. Faced with the need to make internal improvements and a shortage of the space needed to accommodate a record number of library visitors resulting from a surge in the Town’s population, the decision was made to move forward with the recommendations of a previously completed study.

LLB Architects, hired to design the historic restoration, renovation, and 6,000 square foot addition to existing 22,000 square foot building, worked closely with the library, town and community to develop a solution that would meet their goals. The project will increase the capacity of the general stacks, provide much needed meeting and community rooms, increase the size of the children’s room, and create a young adult room. Additionally, the building’s heating, air conditioning and sprinkler systems will be updated.

The ground breaking ceremony held today was the celebration of the start of a long anticipated project within the Town of Franklin.franklin-library-ground-breaking

Bryant University’s Physician Assistant Learning Center Holds Ribbon Cutting

May 11th, 2015


April 8, 2015 – Bryant University’s new Physician Assistant Learning Center held its Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening ceremony on March 2nd in the facility. The event featured speeches from Bryant’s President Ronald K. Machtley (center) and Jay Amrien (3rd from left) the Director of the Physician Assistant Program. Chris Ladds (4th from right), Kathy Bartels, and Jonathan Taylor attended the event on LLB’s behalf to celebrate the opening.

LLB designed the space working with Lavalle Brensinger Architects, specialists in healthcare design, to accommodate the programs unique needs. Working collaboratively with the university to program, plan the building that includes simulation laboratories, lecture classrooms, and office for faculty and staff.