ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING

Our practice is committed to finding creative design solutions which meet the needs of the client and the community. We continually strive to improve and enhance the lives of the people who live and work in the environments we create. The projects below represent the broad range of services and experience which we offer to our clients.

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Forest House

Bronx, New York

Located in Bronx, NY, this Energy Star and LEED affordable housing complex contains 124 units within an 8-story, 108,000 square foot total precast concrete building structure. Interior and exterior load bearing precast panels support the 8" hollow-core floor and roof plank. There is also an underground parking garage beneath the rear courtyard.

Green features of the project include Energy Star fixtures and appliances, a co-generation system, programmable thermostats, occupancy sensors and low VOC paints and finishes. There is also a rainwater harvesting system that will supply water needs for irrigation and the rooftop greenhouse, which will be used to grow fresh vegetables for a local non-profit food cooperative. Equus collaborated with ABS Architects, Blue Sea Development Company and Oldcastle Precast in the design of the project.

Melrose V

Bronx, New York

The Melrose V project is a LEED Platinum certified development and winner of the 2009 Precast Concrete Institute Award for Best Sustainable Project. It is the first total precast, affordable housing development in New York State to receive a Platinum rating in LEED for Homes. Its green features include rooftop wind turbines, basement co-generation system, recycled construction products, 100% ENERGY STAR appliances and is constructed using a total precast building system. This five-story, 71,640 square foot affordable housing development includes 63 units, ranging from 620 square-foot one-bedrooms to 1,355-square-foot three-bedrooms. Included are community service areas such as a lobby and recreation room, and laundry and storage rooms on each floor. Off-street parking is also provided.

The building superstructure is built entirely of precast concrete components, utilizing load bearing exterior wall panels and an interior load bearing corridor wall. The floors and roof are 8" hollow-core plank and the stairwells, stairs, landings, roof penthouses and elevator shaft are all precast concrete. Equus collaborated with Danois Associates, Blue Sea Development Company and Oldcastle Precast in the design of the project.

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University of Scranton
Condron Hall

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Winner of a 2009 Project of Destinction Award from College Planning & Management Magazine, this new seven-story, 386-bed residence hall for the University of Scranton contains over 108,000 sq. ft. of living space. Constructed using a total precast concrete design, the building was erected in only fourteen weeks. This project utilized thin brick cast into concrete panels and custom formliners for the exterior facade. The total precast system uses a cross-wall building design constructed with interior load bearing precast wall panels. The project follows LEED principles for stormwater management, water conservation, energy efficiency, sustainable materials, and daylighting. Equus Design Group collaborated with Burkavage Design Associates, Quandel Enterprises, and Oldcastle Precast in the design of the building.

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The Juliana

Hoboken, New Jersey

This project is a 128-unit luxury condominium complex consisting of 2 buildings, each with three levels of residences above a first level garage. The exterior is constructed using load-bearing precast concrete panels with a stone formliner finish at the first level and cast-in thin brick veneer above. The bay windows are prefabricated metal enclosures. REMI Companies is the developer and general contractor, Oldcastle Building Systems is the manufacturer of the total precast concrete building system. Equus collaborated with Bodnar Associates, REMI Companies and Oldcastle Precast in the design of the building.

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Melrose Commons II Housing

Bronx, New York

The project, also known as Sunflower Way, includes 30 townhouses, each providing three apartments on separate levels, for a total of 90 units. Each unit features a ground-floor accessible duplex apartment and second- and third-floor flats. The buildings are constructed of precast concrete panels and plank. A brick facade is cast into the exterior wall panels, and precast concrete cornices, lintels, and other details are designed to complement the neighborhood brownstones. Winner of the national HUD Secretary's Platinum Award for Excellence, this project is also a recipient of a Northeast Residential Green Building Award sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). The project is also the first affordable housing development in New York State to receive an “Energy Star Homes” label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The homes were developed through the Partnership New Homes Program, jointly operated by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the NYC Housing Partnership. Equus collaborated with Danois Architects, Seavey Corporation and Oldcastle Precast in the design of the project.

155 West Street

Brooklyn, New York

Located adjacent to the East River waterfront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn this residential and commercial project is one of the first developments stimulated by New York City’s recent Waterfront Development Plan. This first phase of the overall development consists of 140 residential units, 10,000 sf of retail space, and structured internal parking within the building envelope. The development fronts three streets and is built to form a landscaped green courtyard. The project is currently under design and is targeting LEED Silver Certification. The design features a total precast building system with precast exterior wall panels and brick facing. The panels are designed to support an overall geometry that includes an applied tubular metal framing system. Equus Design Group, working with Ismael Leyva Architects, designed this phase of the project. Construction completion is scheduled for 2010.

Countryside Village Apartments

Marlborough, Massachusetts

This 118-unit family housing renovation project was designed by Equus Design Group for Trinity Financial Group. The new design called for a complete new facade over an existing precast concrete structure, adaptation of the entire complex to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, and upgrading of the mechanical and electrical systems. The buildings were occupied during design and construction, requiring careful coordination and phasing of the effort.

Habitat for Humanity Housing

Yonkers, New York

This project for Habitat for Humanity is the first residence constructed using CarbonCast™ concrete in the United States. The project consists of 3 duplex houses on 2 sites, one with a full basement and two with a crawl space. Each duplex consists of precast concrete exterior wall panels, precast floor and roof stem-deck systems, and a precast demising wall, all bearing on a precast concrete foundation system. Altus Group provided the building structure, including engineering design. Equus Design Group is the architect.

Suffolk County Jail

Boston, Massachusetts

Located on a prominent site overlooking the Charles River in Boston, this project provides 437 beds of general population housing including a women’s unit, a disciplinary detention unit and medical/psychiatric facilities. The seven-story jail employs the latest form of unit management, providing all essential services to inmates in the housing pods and minimizing movement through the institution. Seven separate outdoor recreation areas are provided; and indoor exercise facilities are included in each housing pod. The project is the winner of numerous awards and citations including an American Institute of Architects Regional Award. The Design/Build team included Stubbins Associates and Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith, Principal-in-Charge.

One Kendall Square

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Located in a rapidly developing high-technology district of Cambridge, this group of turn-of-the-century brick and concrete multi-story factory buildings was converted into mixed-use office, R&D, and retail space. It is the largest renovation project in the City’s history. Professional services to the owner, The Athenaeum Group, included master planning for the one million SF development and complete architectural design for the three building, 225,000 SF, first phase of the project. Clustered around a landscaped plaza, these three New England mill buildings house retail shops and restaurants on the ground floor to provide a lively focus for the entire development. Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith was Principal-in-Charge with Monacelli Associates.

Nestle Corporate Headquarters

Solon, Ohio

This corporate headquarters for Stouffer/Nestle Enterprises, Inc. is the first phase of a new three-building master plan which will eventually include 275,000 SF of space. The program for this first phase 125,000 SF building includes executive offices, a conference center, and cafeteria. The design and construction team included Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith as Principal-in-Charge with Monacelli Associates.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Cleveland, Ohio

This is the complete renovation of the historic Rose Building for the headquarters of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Northern Ohio. The renovation includes the programming and space planning of over 345,000 square feet of corporate office space. As part of the planning assignment, the building had to remain largely occupied during construction. Phasing plans were prepared as part of the programming process, and the project was successfully completed on time and under budget. Treatment of the exterior of the building included restoration of its original terra cotta and cast iron facade. The project team included Monacelli Associates, Equus’ Michael Smith, Principal-in-Charge.

Tripp Athletic Center
UMass Dartmouth

Dartmouth, Massachusetts

This project is a new athletic facility designed for the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. The 12,000 sf athletic facility contains a state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics studio, lounge, and locker rooms. A separate steam heating plant is also part of the project. Both buildings are designed using steel frame construction with tilt-up insulated exterior precast wall panels to match the concrete of the adjacent building and campus.

The Putnam School

Cambridge, Massachusetts

This nationally registered historic Victorian school building was successfully adapted to a combination of elderly, handicapped and congregate apartments. The major interior and exterior features of the original Queen Anne masonry structure were preserved, yet apartments were efficiently planned to accommodate the needs of the elderly. The project received a Presidential Design Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith was Principal-in-Charge with Monacelli Associates.

School Blocks System

Rehoboth, Massachusetts

Working closely with Oldcastle Precast, Equus Design Group designed a new prototype concrete school system using modular channel and panel components. The design takes advantage of the inherent strengths of precast concrete to provide an energy-efficient, acoustically superior, fire-  resistive and abuse-tolerant educational environment. Coupled with other precast concrete elements, the School Blocks System lends itself to a wide variety of applications from small school additions to entire campuses.

Norfolk Athletic Facility

Norfolk, Massachusetts

This athletic facility was designed for the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk. The building includes a regulation size basketball court, a volleyball court, a game room, interior and exterior handball courts, weightlifting and boxing, a classroom, and shower and locker facilities for visiting teams. A glazed surveillance booth at the center of the facility allows officers on duty a direct view of all activities in the main areas of the building. Activities in remote or closed areas are monitored by closed circuit cameras. Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith was Principal-in-Charge with Monacelli Architects.

New England Rare Coin Gallery

Boston, Massachusetts

This project is the design for the home office of one of the nation's largest coin galleries and auction houses.  Located on the ground level of an ornate turn-of-the-century commercial building in the heart of Boston's financial district, the unique two-story space of a former banking hall was restored for the gallery's use, and many of the original architectural features were preserved and enhanced.

Brass Mill Parking Garage

Waterbury, Connecticut

This project is a 620-space parking structure for the Brass Mill Shopping Center. The precast structure, cast in warm-tone concrete with exposed aggregate and red sand, was engineered by Engineers Design Group. Equus Design Group was the consulting architect for the project. General Growth Properties is the owner.

Quincy Upper School

Boston, Massachusetts

This project, built for the Boston School Department, is the first precast concrete modular school built in the United States. The design employs the use of the Oldcastle School Block precast system. The building contains six classrooms and an administrative wing and went from concept to completion in just 105 days. A second floor addition, built a year later, added six more classrooms, a science laboratory and faculty lounge. The entire building envelope is constructed of insulated concrete channels, wall panels and plank. Equus Design Group were architects. The project won a Performance Award from the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State
Medical Examiner

Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts State Medical Examiner’s Facility is a two-story 27,000 SF pre- engineered building designed for a site adjacent to the Boston City Hospital. The project consists of autopsy suites, pathologist offices, public reception, administration offices and other related functions. The project was ranked first for its design merit in a design/build competition for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Design/Build team included Perini Corporation, builder, and Monacelli Associates, Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith Principal-in-Charge, architects.

Home Savings Bank

Boston, Massachusetts

This is the complete renovation of an important building in Boston's historic North End.  The original granite and cast iron framing system was completely restored and a new window glazing system was designed to fully expose the historic elements.  The interior is designed to complement the orderly cadence of the exterior iron columns.  The sidewalk over the basement space was removed, new supporting structure was put in place and the original granite sidewalk was fully restored.

Taunton Recreation Center

Taunton, Massachusetts

This project is a new gymnasium for the Taunton State Hospital. This pre-engineered metal building was designed to complement the surrounding structures with its use of exterior split-face masonry and standing seam roof system. The gymnasium also functions as an assembly space with a full kitchen. Equus Design Group are the Architects. The Division of Capital Asset Management is the Owner and the Taunton State Hospital is the User Agency.

One Kendall Square

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Located in a rapidly developing high-technology district of Cambridge, this group of turn-of-the-century brick and concrete multi-story factory buildings was converted into mixed-use office, R&D, and retail space. It is the largest renovation project in the City’s history. Professional services to the owner, The Athenaeum Group, included master planning for the one million SF development and complete architectural design for the three building, 225,000 SF, first phase of the project. Clustered around a landscaped plaza, these three New England mill buildings house retail shops and restaurants on the ground floor to provide a lively focus for the entire development. Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith was Principal-in-Charge with Monacelli Associates.

Rowe Point Townhouses

Rockport, Massachusetts

This eighteen unit luxury townhouse condo- minium development complements the historic character of this New England fishing, artist and resort community. The cedar shingle exteriors and natural landscaping are designed to enhance the scenic Atlantic coastline of the prominent Rowe Point. The large condominium units, all with intimate harbor and expansive ocean views, are within a few minutes walk of Rockport’s town center. Joseph DiGiovanni is the developer/builder; Monacelli Assoc., with Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith, principal, were the architects and planners.

Morris School Housing

Springfield, Massachusetts

This turn-of-the-century school building was successfully converted to elderly housing for the Springfield Housing Authority. Funding was provided by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development. Adaptation of the building to its new use required significant modification of the original masonry exterior to create a residential scale. The interior of the building was modified for twenty apartments. Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith was Principal-in-Charge with Monacelli Associates.

The Cadmus Group

Watertown, Massachusetts

This renovation project was designed by Equus Design Group and converted 20,000 sf of manufacturing and storage space in an occupied building into a brightly lit open office space for The Cadmus Group, an environmental company. With strong concerns for environmental issues, high attention was paid towards possible contaminates and under-slab contaminates lead to air quality monitoring by EHE Consulting. New mechanical and electrical systems were designed for high efficiency, utilizing to the extent possible, Energy Star labeled equipment. Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act was also part of the contract. The Development Group were the developers.

Corning Biomedical Laboratory

Cambridge, Massachusetts

This biomedical research and testing laboratory facility for Corning Incorporated was designed to serve as a regional facility branch of their national examination program. The project includes clean rooms, general laboratory space, administrative offices, and conference rooms. A turn-of-the-century industrial mill building was adapted for reuse. Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith was Principal-in-Charge with Monacelli Associates.

Celtec Housing

Puerto Rico

This project is a precast concrete building system developed jointly by Equus Design Group (Architects and Planners), Oldcastle Precast (Manufacturer), and International Construction Solution (Developer and Contractor) as a high-quality, low-cost housing solution for housing in the Caribbean. The first project using this prototype is being constructed in Puerto Rico. The basic building module is a precast channel with concrete exterior walls and integral roof overhang. The system is designed for one, two, and three-bedroom housing units.

Memorial School Housing

Framingham, Massachusetts

This project is the adaptive reuse of the former Memorial School for sixty units of congregate elderly housing. Full architectural services were provided to the Framingham Housing Authority through funding provided by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Develop- ment. Significant elements of the historic building were retained during selective demolition and reused in the new design. Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith was Principal-in-Charge with Monacelli Associates.

Landerhaven Corporate Center

Mayfield Heights, Ohio

This master plan was prepared for the development of a prestigious corporate office center on the site of the existing Landerhaven golf course. When fully developed, the campus will include fourteen low-rise office buildings and a hotel conference center totaling over 1.5 million square feet. Intended to be developed over a ten year period, the plan for this 120 acre site includes parcelization plans, landscape plans, building site designs, and design guidelines. Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith was Principal-in-Charge with Monacelli Architects.

Brockton Trial Court

Brockton, Massachusetts

This is our design for the $30 million Brockton Trial Court. Equus Design Group were runners-up in this design/build competition sponsored by the Division of Capital Asset Management and the Massachusetts Trial Court. The basic program has thirteen courtrooms in four courts- District Court, Probate and Family Court, Juvenile Court, and Housing Court. The design includes all support spaces necessary for a comprehensive court facility-judicial suite, transaction offices, detainee holding areas, jury pool, district attorney, children’s center, etc. The design features a brick, limestone and granite exterior to enhance the civic presence of the building. DMJM was Associate Architect as well as mechanical, electrical and structural engineers.

Jubail Industrial Port City

Jubail, Saudi Arabia

This project is the first district of the new 3,100 acre industrial port community on the Arabian Gulf. Currently under construction, this district will house 50,000 of the planned 400,000 population. The master plan includes the district’s commercial centers, marinas, recreational facilities, residential neighborhoods, and roadway network. The client is the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu and the planning was prepared by Krueger, Monacelli Associates with Equus Design Group’s principal Michael Smith as Senior Urban Designer.

Falmouth Armory Trial Court

Falmouth, Massachusetts

This Trial Court is a 3000 sf facility consisting of courtroom, conference, judge’s chambers, and related functions within the renovated, former drill hall of the Falmouth National Guard Armory. The program also includes secure detainee holding cells outside the existing structure. This project was designed and built in a fast-track mode in response to an urgent need for more courtroom space in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Equus Design Group is the architect.