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Our principal and founder Stew Roberts’ Net Zero vacation home at Willis Point in Westport Island on the Maine coast is now featured in Maine Home + Design Magazine. Here is an excerpt: “Throughout the project, Roberts capitalized on the integrity of the carefully chosen materials and the simplicity of the overall scheme. ‘This house...
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Ground was broken on our expansion and renovation of the historic Tilton Library in Deerfield, MA. This project includes the removal of an 1990s addition, restoration of the 1916 original building, and a new 10,000 square foot addition to the rear. The original reading rooms will be restored and the new addition will be home...
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Here is the new video about the Greenfield Public Library. Our design for the new library responded to the community’s desire for an improved and expanded facility in a downtown location. The two-story building includes a children’s library with a dedicated story room, community meeting spaces, informal reading areas, a dedicated teen room and adult...
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Congratulations to the Concord Free Public Library on achieving sustainable certification through the Sustainable Libraries Initiative’s award-winning Sustainable Library Certification Program (SLCP). The CFPL is the first library in Massachusetts to successfully achieve this certification. We are very happy to have played a part in this important recognition. https://www.sustainablelibrariesinitiative.org/news/concord-library-certified-sustainable-press-release Here are some aspects of our...
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Big congratulations to JRA Associate Natalie Eringros for becoming a Phius Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)! Passive Building design and construction represent the pinnacle of energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and quality. It surpasses stringent regulations like the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code (Stretch Code). By integrating passive design strategies such as a high-performance building envelope (including...
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Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin was recently interviewed by CBS about her latest book. Some parts of the interview were filmed in the Concord Free Public Library — in the original library, which we renovated, and in the addition which we designed and completed in 2021, to connect the library with an adjacent historic house. She...
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John, one of our designers, recently brought in his copy of “Municipal Architecture in Boston.” Everyone really enjoyed examining this historic collection of Boston buildings. The designs presented in this book are those made by Mr. Edmund March Wheelwright, in the four years from 1891 to 1895, when he was City Architect for the City...
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Big congratulations to our talented designer Bojana Cemazar for earning her certification as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) from Phius! Passive Building design and construction represent the pinnacle of energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and quality. It surpasses stringent regulations like the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code (Stretch Code). By integrating passive design strategies such as...
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A few weeks ago JRA Principal Jeff Davis and Associate Michael Bellefeuille attended a NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) Pro Tour of Massachusetts’s first fully publicly funded, large scale, state-owned CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber) building, an urban infill project set at a prominent location on Main Street in downtown Brockton. Envisioned as a prototype for the...
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We had a great 2023. Here are a few of our accomplishments and notable events.
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We all had a great time at our annual Holiday Dinner Celebration at the famous Harvest restaurant in Harvard Square. The private Fireplace Room was beautiful and the meal was outstanding. After eating we had fun with a Yankee Swap to exchange gifts. JRA Leadership Team
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We’ve started having monthly Lunch+Movie sessions where we eat a catered meal together and watch an architecture-themed documentary. The first one we watched was on the multi-talented Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, and the most recent was about Philip Johnson (famous for The Glass House, and many other icons if modernity). This is a great way...
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Our Marketing Manager, Will, recently took a trip to Philadelphia. Here are some of the interesting buildings/designs he saw. It’s interesting for someone who lives in Boston to see the historic areas of Philadelphia, which are similar but have their own distinct styles. City Hall Macy’s (John Wanamaker Department Store) Macy’s (John Wanamaker Department Store)...
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We are happy to welcome Ruth Wang aboard as a Senior Designer. She is very talented and will be a great addition to our team! Ruth is an architectural designer pursuing licensure. Her experience is in commercial core and shell, workplace and hospitality interiors, and medical planning. Her project work spans locations on the east...
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We recently took an architectural boat tour in the Boston Harbor and then had lunch at a French restaurant in Cambridge. Despite the gloomy weather it was a very fun day!
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Congratulations to Kristen Sexton and Katherine Arnold, the 2023 recipients of our Karla S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship! We wish both of these talented women the best in their college and professional careers and are happy we could help them achieve their goals. Kirsten Sexton is in her third year of the Master in Architecture degree...
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We recently visited the Powder Magazine at Magazine Beach in Cambridge, where we restored the interior in 2018. It’s nice to see this beautiful, historic space being used by Mass Audubon. Originally constructed in 1818, the Magazine is the oldest standing building in the Charles River Basin.  First built to store gunpowder for public and...
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We have been chosen to help the DCR with a sustainability improvement project on Georges Island. This important project is one step towards the statewide goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. We’ve been committed to sustainable design since day one, and this project fits perfectly into our belief that green design...
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Here are some new shots of the recently-opened Greenfield Public Library. (Photos by Leigh Chodos, chodosinc.com)
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WWLP 22 News just released this video report about the Grand Opening of our new Greenfield Public Library. They point out that it was just announced that the project came in at $1,600,000 under budget!
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Last week we took a field trip to the Harvard Art Museums, and later had dinner on the roof deck of a nearby restaurant. We had a great time and the weather was perfect (which has been a rarity lately). Other museum visitors must have easily identified us as a group of architects and designers...
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On July 13th hundreds of excited members of the Greenfield, MA community showed up to celebrate the grand opening of the new Greenfield Public Library. Our sustainable design will save the city money and protect the environment. We are very proud of the completed project and hope it serves the community well for many years...
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This is a video of the beautiful library we designed in Springfield, MA. The East Forest Park Library is an energy-efficient, green building with spaces that combine modern functionality, abundant natural lightand eye-catching design.
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JRA founder and principal Stewart Roberts recently accompanied a group of North Carolina State University Architecture students on their Rome Immersion Program. The group toured ancient Roman Sites with archeologist and YouTube host Darius Aryia in the mornings and toured the Baroque work of Bernini and Borromini in the afternoons.
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Last Wednesday was a beautiful day to take the commuter boat from Boston to Hingham, MA to take some photographs of our renovation of the DCR’s historic Building 45 in the Hingham Shipyard.It is one of the last original buildings where ships were built during WWII.After the attack on Pearl Harbor:“In less than two years,...
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