Since the mid-1990s, GMS has been pleased to work with Centerbrook Architects and Planners on a host of ingenious and extraordinary projects. Over the years, our 25 collaborations have included academic and cultural institutions, athletic facilities and sports arenas, places of worship, and private residences. Today, our teamwork continues at Yale University’s Peabody Museum, Fairfield University’s new convocation center, and Greenwich Country Day School.
The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University is one of the oldest and most important scientific institutions in the nation. More than 130,000 visitors a year tour the exhibits and attend educational programs at the Peabody, which is one of Yale’s main conduits for sharing scientific knowledge with the general public. It has been the home of major discoveries and advances for over 150 years. The large team of design consultants led by Centerbrook is working to renovate and expand this three-story French Gothic brick and sandstone building, transforming the institution with the first major changes since it opened in 1925.
The project includes a four-story 65,000 sf infill addition to the existing museum consisting of a gateway terrace, galleries, study spaces, three story atrium, glass tower, and a new 4,400 sf loading pavilion with a planted green roof. Additionally, GMS will also work on smaller renovations to portions of the Kline Geology Building and the Environmental Science Center, and will be replacing a pedestrian bridge linking the museum to the Kline Geology Building. These improvements are planned to support the institution’s scientific progress for the next century and beyond.
“Remodeling and updating the Museum is the highest priority at this time. The foremost goal of the Peabody renovation is to greatly improve the connection between the Museum’s collections and staff with Yale’s teaching and research missions. The renovation and expansion of the Peabody’s facility will add new gallery space that will be constructed to foster more rapid turnover of exhibits. New object study classrooms will provide spaces dedicated to allowing for individuals to further encounter our collections and further work with and learn from our staff.” – Yale University
Just 25 miles to the southwest in Connecticut, Fairfield University is embarking on an expansion project of its own. This new 80,000 sf building is a 2-story convocation center containing a 3,750-seat basketball or volleyball arena and room for ancillary functions such as food service, offices, and lockers. The seating can be reconfigured to allow two practice courts, or infilled to create an event or dining space.
Another 25 miles further down the shore, Greenwich Country Day School has recently acquired a new upper school campus, formerly Stanwich School, which will undergo renovations and open in September 2019 as Greenwich Country Day High School. The merger will allow this co-educational independent day school serve Pre-K to 12th grade, and make it the largest of its kind in the state of the Connecticut. Over the next 20 months, the Day School expansion will include construction of a new Upper School Athletic Center and an Academic and Performing Arts Center Building.
The new Athletic Center will include two basketball courts, a multi-purpose field house, an indoor track, swimming pool, snack bar, lounge, and various athletic rooms and offices. The Academic and Performing Arts Center Building will consists of 3 levels, including a 525-seat auditorium, various studios, offices and display gallery space. The new facilities are set to be completed by late 2020, early 2021.
GMS embraces Centerbrook’s ethos of using structure and form as a method of storytelling and we welcome opportunities to devise structural solutions to achieve their complex visions. GMS is always excited to embark on new journeys with these talented architects!