First Friday: PBDW Architects

The firm opens its doors to League members for a First Friday event.

May 1, 2020
6:30 p.m.

PBDW Architects | Williams College, Center for Development Economics Residence Hall Williamstown, MA, 2019. Credit: Francis Dzikowski.

The League’s monthly First Friday events are informal social gatherings that allow members to visit the offices of leading design practices and see work on the boards.

PBDW Architects designs new buildings and transforms existing structures through restoration, renovation, additions, and adaptive reuse. In addition to architectural design, it practices planning, historic preservation, interior design, sustainable design, and zoning analysis.  According to the firm, the office “uses the power of design to create enduring and evocative spaces that connect people with place and time,” encouraging their clients “to challenge their assumptions about the capabilities of architecture.”

Current and past projects include:

  • Packer Collegiate Institute, a renovation and expansion of a historic townhouse to accommodate a student commons, interdisciplinary maker spaces, a robotics lab, and classrooms, as well as a garden master plan and redesign to create connections across the full campus.
  • Cooke School & Institute, a new four-story K–12 school for students with special needs located in East Harlem. The school’s design program includes traditional and specialty classrooms along with support therapy spaces and administrative offices.
  • 20 Times Square, prominently located in Times Square, the project included the renovation of an existing commercial building and construction of approximately 370,000 square feet of new space to create a multi-use development integrating a hotel with retail shopping and an entertainment destination. The project also incorporated distinctive large-scale LED signage.
  • Williams College, Center for Development Economics Residence Hall, built to house 30 master’s degree students, is the first net-zero energy building on the campus. Constructed from sustainable materials, the residence hall also incorporates photovoltaic roof panels, geothermal wells, VRF heat pumps, occupancy sensors, and LED lighting.

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