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Principal Stew Roberts’ Net Zero House featured in Maine Home + Design Magazine

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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Tilton Library Groundbreaking

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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New Greenfield Public Library Video

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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Concord Free Public Library Designated as First Certified Sustainable in MA

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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JRA Associate Natalie Eringros is now a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

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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Doris Kearns Goodwin Interviewed at Concord Library

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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JRA Designer Brings in Historic Boston Architecture Book

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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JRA Designer Bojana Cemazar is now a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

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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NESEA Tour of CLT Building

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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JRA 2023 Highlights

We had a great 2023. Here are a few of our accomplishments and notable events.
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2023 JRA Holiday Dinner

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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LUNCHES+MOVIES

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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