EwingCole Completes First Design-Build Project for the United States Military Academy

West Point, NY (March 2012) – EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and interior design firms, is the Designer of Record for the recently completed $98,000,000 relocation of the US Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) from Fort Monmouth, NJ to the grounds of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point.
“The mission of USMAPS is to provide focused academic, military and physical instruction in a moral and ethical environment, and to prepare, motivate and inspire candidates for success at the USMA,” said John Capelli, AIA, principal and leader of EwingCole’s government practice. “The team developed design solutions that support this mission while leveraging the natural opportunities of the site.”
The 57-acre campus development includes the following:
• 73,000 sf classroom and administrative buildings
• 87,000 sf athletic and fitness space
• 14,000 sf dining and exchange facilities
• 246-bed student quarters
• 3 NCAA athletic fields
Site constraints led to the configuration of the building as a continuous ribbon stretched along the edge of a large, open plane on a steep hillside. This freed virtually the entire plane for athletic fields with little disturbance to the forested hillside, a primary amenity of the site. A gently curving drive leads to the center of the academic block – the heart of the school.
“The new campus seamlessly integrates comfortable dormitories and dining facility, modern classrooms, well-placed office space, and a state-of-the-art athletic complex into an extremely functional and aesthetically pleasing design,” said Col. Tyge Rugenstein, USMAPS Commandant, who took weekly walk-throughs of the site as construction progressed.
Phase I was completed […]

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Designing Energy-Efficient Archival Storage Facilities

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EwingCole Expands Museum Team

Washington, DC (November 2012) – EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms, is pleased to announce that museum designer Sarah Ghorbanian, LEED AP has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office.

“EwingCole’s ability to serve cultural institutions is enhanced with Sarah,” said Patrick Brunner, RA, managing principal of the DC office.  “Having her talent and skills on board enables us to expand the firm’s important work preserving, renovating and designing museums and cultural buildings.”

Ms. Ghorbanian will immediately join the EwingCole design teams for several Smithsonian Institution projects including the revitalization of the Anacostia Community Museum and the Education Center at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.  Formerly Design Lead for the Museums & Community Studio of the international design and contracting firm AECOM in Arlington, VA, Ms. Ghorbanian has worked with the National Museums of American History, Natural History, Health & Medicine, the Marine Corps, and Women in the Arts, in addition to several projects with the National Gallery of Art and other cultural institutions nationwide.

“Sarah’s years of experience, commitment to service and complementary expertise will continue our growth and presence in the cultural market,” said Jeff Hirsch, AIA, LEED AP, principal and Cultural Practice Leader.

Ms. Ghorbanian is a member of the US Green Building Council and Northern Virginia Chapter of the AIA, and is active with the American Alliance of Museums.  She earned a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The George Washington University, and an […]

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Construction Begins on EwingCole Designed Keller Army Community Hospital Addition

West Point, NY (February 2012) – EwingCole, an award-winning architecture and engineering firm based in Philadelphia, has designed a new $34 million addition to the Keller Army Community Hospital Clinic at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  The project is designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification and is expected to be completed by May of 2014.

“It was important to provide the West Point community with convenient medical care in an environment comparable to the very best private sector facilities,” said John Capelli, AIA, principal of EwingCole’s government practice. “Through a series of design charrettes with representatives of the US Army Corps and the hospital, we have created a project that enhances the outpatient experience with a modern entrance, lobby and a clear circulation path that allows access to daylight and views of the Academy.”

The 51,000 square foot addition will become the home for optometry, ophthalmology, physical therapy, and orthopedics clinics, as well as provide TRICARE office space. The clinic design can respond over time to changes in the mix of examination rooms, patient needs and physicianservices without the need for renovation. This provides unmatched flexibility for the Army and its patient population. The project will be phased to allow the hospital to remain open during construction.

“This project will significantly expand our capability to execute better our mission of providing world-class health care,” said Keller Army Community Hospital Clinic Commander Col. Beverly C. Land.  “It will prove to be a benefit to our patients to have many of our services that are currently […]