Hartford, Connecticut

Danbury, Connecticut
Rye Brook, New York

East Hartford, Connecticut
West Hartford, Connecticut
West Hartford, Connecticut

Amenta Emma is pleased to welcome Lauren R. Kushner to the Hartford office. Lauren is a graduate of the Interior Design program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY.

In her most recent position with Granoff Architects in Greenwich, she worked on corporate interiors where she further developed her design and technical skills.

Amenta Emma’s Pathways Academy of Technology and Design in East Hartford has been named the top magnet high school in the U.S. for 2014 by Magnet Schools of America, the non-profit organization for the nation’s 4,000 magnet and theme-based schools.
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Tony Amenta talks workplace architecture with John Dankosky on NPR’s Where We Live.
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Amenta Emma Architects has been engaged by senior living community Duncaster of Bloomfield to design additions to two complexes on their 40 acre campus. One addition will add twelve new independent living apartments to the main building complex at 40 Loeffler Road and will include a new elevator, parking, and storage for residents. A second will add a twelve-bed Memory Care wing to the south end of the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center at 10 Loeffler Road and will incorporate “small house project” concepts which offer a model for long-term care designed to look and feel like a real home. The additions are to be constructed simultaneously.

Amenta Emma welcomes Ryan F. Schicker and Marek K. Borzym to the Hartford office.

Ryan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and received his Master of Architecture from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He is the recipient of the Architectural Monogram Award from Morrisville State College, and was recently selected to participate as a juror for the Accessible Design Awards for the Boston Society of Architects. Ryan previously worked at EDM Architects in Unionville, CT, where he worked on Senior Living, Higher Education and Civic projects.

Marek is an Associate AIA member and LEED Accredited Professional with over 6 years of experience. He previously worked for M+W Group where his most recent projects included several large high performance technology data and research centers in the US and overseas. Marek received his Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

Following brisk sales of Thames Edge Phase 1 homes, Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut has directed Amenta Emma Architects to proceed with a second phase. Phase 2 of the project, known as Thames Edge, includes seventeen additional homes of single, double, and quad configurations in 9 buildings located along the new main entrance road and a spur road located immediately west of the existing Fairview buildings. The new homes terrace down the sloping hillside of the 70 acre campus which stretches along the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut. The Phase 2 homes, ranging from flats of 1,500 square feet to 3,800 square feet walkouts, are designed with enhancements such as wrap-around decks and corner glazing to maximize the view across the river and to the south all the way out to Long Island Sound. Construction on the second phase is expected to begin late summer 2014 as a continuous process with Phase 1. The multi-phased housing component at Fairview is being developed to provide seniors with the ability to continue to live in the beautiful greater Groton‐New London community in an independent capacity while, enjoying the benefits of community living and a guaranteed continuum of five-star care throughout their lives.

Phase 1, a new $13 million residential project, is currently under construction, includes 23 new independent living homes, a new 3,753 square‐foot recreation building with a seasonal pool, a small village green, and a main entrance and roadway off of Military Highway, and will be occupied in the second quarter of 2014.

Angela Raimondo, a graduate of the Interior Design program at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA brings to Amenta Emma over fifteen years of Corporate Interiors experience. With proven expertise and leadership in the industry, Angela excels in enhancing the quality of her clients’ environments and in guiding the overall design process. Prior to joining Amenta Emma, Angela was an interior designer in the Stamford office of Perkins Eastman where she worked on multiple projects for Fortune 500 companies.

Melissa A. Ragonese received her BFA in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where her design education included a semester at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Melissa also completed academic Interior Design internships at Amy Lau Design and Edward Kozanlian in Manhattan. With her design and management skills, Melissa will be a talented new member of the growing interior design team in Amenta Emma’s Stamford office.

Amenta Emma is pleased to announce the following promotions among its talented staff. Myles R. Brown, AIA, who has been an integral part of Amenta Emma’s architectural practice for over 19 years, has been promoted to Associate Principal. Named Associates in the Hartford office are Robert E. Larson, Christopher D. Legiadre, AIA, and Marc A. Moura. Named Associates in the Stamford office are John W. Budesa, RA, and Anne L. Russo.

Amenta Emma welcomes its newest employee, Rebekah Reid, to the Hartford office. Rebekah is a recent graduate of the interior design program at the University of Georgia, and studied abroad in Cortona, Italy, in 2012. She is a LEED Green Associate and has an interest in branding and sustainability.

Amenta Emma has been selected by the State of Connecticut Department of Construction Services to provide architectural design services for the renovation of the State Office Building at 165 Capitol Avenue in Hartford and construction of an adjacent new 900 (+) space parking structure. The $146 million construction project includes full renovation of the interior, replacement of all hvac, electrical, fire protection and elevator systems, restoration of the exterior limestone and complete window replacement to the historic 1931 building. The initial predesign phase will include programming of all state agencies located in the building and final positioning of the new parking structure.

Amenta Emma has been commissioned by SAS Institute to provide Architectural and MEP improvements for their Regional Office in New York City. Capitalizing on commanding views from their 47th floor skyscraper location, design improvements will focus primarily on elevator lobby, reception area, executive briefing room, conference suites, breakout area, training rooms and other customer orientated spaces. SAS is one of the world’s largest private software companies with more than 13,000 employees across more than 400 SAS offices worldwide.

Amenta Emma welcomes Kyle Cruz to the Hartford office. Kyle is a recent graduate of the Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Masters Program and is a former Amenta Emma intern.

Amenta Emma Architects, PC, welcomes Steffany J. O’Neill as Project Manager at the firm’s office in Stamford, Connecticut. Ms. O’Neill began her career at Perkins Eastman where she served as Job Captain to a team of six. In 2010, Ms. O’Neill chose to gain a different perspective on the industry and joined Reckson, a Division of SL Green Realty. Working in the Architecture department of one of the largest Real Estate owners in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, she handled the suburban portfolio of 20+ Buildings and 5.5 million square feet of Class A office space. Projects included tenant office development, capital improvement, acquisitions and building repositions.

Tony Amenta of Amenta Emma Architects recently moderated a panel discussion at the February REFA CT meeting held at the Society Room in Hartford. The topic was “The Downtown Hartford Housing Boom”. The panel featured three of seven multi-family developers with pending projects, as well as representatives from the City of Hartford and the CRDA, who spoke about their roles in this fascinating trend.
Founded in 1985 by Anthony J. Amenta and Robert A. Emma, Amenta Emma Architects is an award winning architectural firm with offices in Hartford and Stamford CT, and Cambridge, MA.

Your aspiration is our inspiration.

As creatives, we strive to delight our clients, their customers, employees, and ourselves with solutions that inspire. Our neo-modernist design approach is driven by the pursuit of simplicity in form and expression, the power of scale, massing and proportion. The result: a creative design uniquely responsive to your goals, your aspiration. It is honest in its form and expression. It fits, feels right now, and forevermore.

We approach every project with joy and precision, obsessing over both design and details. To us, selecting materials and systems is every bit as crucial as the overall design itself. We painstakingly research our selections to ensure their appropriateness and durability. Our construction documents provide an unparalleled attention to detail, producing more accurate construction bids — avoiding costly delays, budget overruns and design compromises.

On your side, on your site.

You’ll have Principal involvement at every level. We believe our insight during construction is paramount to your project’s ultimate success. Our advocacy continues throughout the process of construction, occupancy and beyond. We view your investment, and ours, as a joint commitment.
1985 1987 1997 1998 2003 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012 2013
Anthony Amenta and Robert Emma open office at 2 Wyllys Street, Hartford

Amenta Emma wins Emerging Architect Award, AIA CT
Thomas J. Quarticelli named Principal
Amenta Emma opens Cambridge, MA office

Morgan Street Garage wins International Design Award
Associate Architect of Record for the Connecticut Convention Center
Amenta Emma attains 100% LEED certified professionals

Robert E. Swain, Jr. named Principal
Amenta Emma converts to BIM technology

5th Largest Architectural Firm in the Hartford Region, Hartford Business Journal Book of Records
Amenta Emma opens Stamford, Connecticut office

Charles M. Cannizzaro named Principal

Amenta Emma transitions to the Cloud
Amenta Emma Hartford office moves to 242 Trumbull Street
Amenta Emma Architects provides a diverse range of services to commercial, institutional, and academic clients to increase their productivity, competitiveness, efficiency, and profitability. Our Services include:

Architectural Services
Interior Design
Planning Services
Code Compliance Reviews
Building Component Evaluation Services
Anthony J. Amenta  AIA, LEED AP

As Principal-in-Charge, Tony heads the Corporate, Mixed Use, and Civic Studios. Within the firm, he spearheads the firm’s New Business Development and its nationally recognized Marketing Program. In the professional community, Tony is a Trustee of REFA Connecticut, a member of the ICSC, CNU, the Construction Institute, and the AIA CT Design Committee. Former Appointments include Trustee for the West Hartford Housing Authority, and Chairman of the West Hartford Design Review Board. Specializing in Strategic and Physical planning, Tony has lectured regionally and nationally on Project Planning, with a special interest in the area of New Urbanism.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Notre Dame, and is a Registered Architect in the States of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Texas, North Carolina, and District of Columbia.
Robert A. Emma  AIA, LEED AP

Robert serves as Principal-in-Charge of the Senior Living / Multi-Family, and Education Studios. In an administrative role, he is the Principal-in-Charge of Finance, Operations, and Internal Management. He is the Chairperson of the Development Committee and Board Member of The Catholic Charities, a Corporator of the Hartford Public Library, and a member of the AIA Connecticut Professional Practice Committee.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame. Robert is the recipient of the Sullivan Award, the Francis Kervick Award, and the Graham Award - all for exceptional design and presentation. He is a Registered Architect in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Thomas J. Quarticelli  AIA, LEED AP

Thomas serves as Principal-in-Charge of the Retail and Mixed Use Studios. In an administrative role, he is Principal-in-Charge of office production and quality control and oversees the technology and IT departments. He is currently a member of the Construction Institute Technology Committee. With keen insight into website development and graphic design, Thomas coordinated the firm’s past website, which received national recognition.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of the Regent’s Scholarship and Honor and Challenge scholarship - both awarded for academic excellence. His residential design work has been featured in numerous publications including the Hartford Courant, PC Computer & Viking Studio's Home Office Guide.
Robert E. Swain, Jr.  AIA, LEED AP

Robert serves as Principal-in-Charge for the firm’s Education and Independent Schools Studio and Principal for the firm’s major Civic work. His primary focus is on the programming, planning and architectural development of higher education and secondary school projects. Internally, Robert is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the firm’s Strategic Plan as well as oversight of the firm’s sustainable design efforts. Robert has both lectured and participated in national and regional academic conferences for the Society of College and University Planning, NACUBO and APPA. He has served as a Teaching Assistant, is a regular guest architectural juror and serves on the Board for the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Catholic University of America and is a Registered Architect in the State of Connecticut.
Charles M. Cannizzaro  AIA, LEED AP

Charles serves as Managing Principal of our Stamford, Connecticut office. His focus is Corporate Interior Architecture, particularly workplace and branding. He believes that great interior design can not only transform a space, but transforms the lives of the people who work there.

For over 20 years, Charles has collaborated with some of the finest designers of our time, including Pritzker Prize-winning architect Aldo Rossi and internationally renowned architect Rafael Vinoly.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Catholic University of America and was a member of the Tau Sigma Delta National Architectural Honor Society. He is the recipient of a National Design Award from the Society of American Registered Architects and an Annual Design Competition Winner from the American Institute of Graphic Artists. He is also published in MM Magazine, and taught Architectural design classes at the Paier College of Art.
Myles Brown
Associate Principal
Rob Adams
Craig Battisto
Associate –
Director of Technical Production
Robert Larson
Chris Legiadre
Jenna McClure
Marc Moura
Anne Russo
Peter Bowman
Shannon Cole
NCIDQ No. 29316
Kyle Cruz
Beau Deprey
Dennis Faga
Emily Knipe
Associate IIDA, LEED AP
Laura Kochan
Rachana Ky
Steffany O'Neill
Andrew Ostrander
Melissa Ragonese
Angela Raimondo
Rebekah Reid
Ryan Schicker
Daniel Thibault
Kemal Zahirovic
Heather Bear
Finance & Business Management
Nicole Owens
Marketing Associate
Christina Blakemore
Graphic Designer
Lauren Kushner
The bi-product of great design is recognition. Amenta Emma is pleased to be recognized by our peers and the client community. We could fill a garage with awards, including our award-winning garage in Hartford. But these are just a
few we’re proud of.

Awarded #1 Magnet High School in the U.S. by Magnet Schools of America
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design
East Hartford, Connecticut

Best of BOMA Westchester Signature Award for Best Tenant Fit Out
Rye Brook, NY

International Parking Institute Design Award
The Morgan Street Garage
Hartford, Connecticut

CT AIA Business Architecture Award
Shipman and Goodwin Offices
Hartford, CT

Society for Marketing Professional Services Award
Website, National Small Firm Award

Society for Marketing Professional Services Award
Brochure, National Small Firm Award

Society for Marketing Professional Services Award
Direct Mail Campaign, National Small Firm Award

Society for Marketing Professional Services Award
Best Special Events Piece, Connecticut Chapter Small Firm Award

Hartford Architectural Conservancy Citation
South End Fleet Branch Bank
Hartford, Connecticut
Society of Interior Business Designers Award
Corporate Interiors - Credit Card Center
Fairfield, Connecticut

Connecticut Society of Architects Winner
Emerging Architects Program
Excellency in Design

BOMA Building of the Year Award
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, Connecticut
500,000 - 1,000,000 sf category

BOMA Building of the Year Award
95 Glastonbury Blvd.
Glastonbury, Connecticut
100,000 - 500,000 sf category

Connecticut Society of Architects Award
Residential Design Program
320 North Steele Road, West Hartford, Connecticut

BOMA Building of the Year Award
The Gold Building
Hartford, Connecticut
500,000 - 1,000,000 sf category
We are as committed to our community as we are to our clients. Giving back where we work and live is a deeply held value of Amenta Emma. We are immensely proud of our contributions, leadership and volunteer efforts. The following is only a partial list of organizations we are committed to.

Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, Hartford Public High School
ACE Mentoring Program
American Cancer Society
Blue Hills Civic Association
Bushnell Park Foundation
Catholic Charities
Circle of Mercy/Mercy Community Health
Dana Farber
Goodwin College
Help and Hope Breakfast
House of Bread
KMS Foundation
Maffe Foundation
Manchester Little League
March of Dimes
National Jewish Health
National MS Society
Our Lady of Calvary
Run for the Roses Domus
Soccer for Kids’ Sake
St. Patrick St. Anthony Church
The Annual Archbishop John F. Whealon Memorial Golf Tournament
The Hole in the Wall Gang
Westchester Coalition for the Hungry
Energy. Enthusiasm. Opportunity.

Amenta Emma is a thriving, creative environment in urban settings — a design-forward firm with a wide range of projects including civic, corporate, education, mixed use, retail, and senior living / multi family.

Candidates who possess a great attitude and the ability to participate in a highly energized, collaborative team environment will build a rewarding career. With a dedicated staff of 20+, we pay close attention to individual strengths and continually foster growth opportunities. We offer a comprehensive benefits program as well as regular profit distributions and 401k plan. Parking reimbursement is also provided.

Employment Opportunities:

Architect (5-10 yrs exp)
Architectural Intern (recent grad - 2 yrs exp)
BIM Manager (Click here for more information)
Project Manager

Architect (2-5 yrs exp)
Job Captain/CA (3-8 yrs exp)

Please email resume, cover letter and design samples.

Hartford, Connecticut

TVS, the nationally renowned Convention Center Architect was searching for an Associate Architect to help document and manage their 1,100,000 sf new project in Hartford, CT. Amenta Emma was hired to help create Contract Documents and perform Contract Administration services for the Convention Center and the associated 2,500 car parking garages. Our local presence, familiarity with the applicable codes and approval processes, and our hands on management team helped to make this complex urban infill project a great success.

Hartford, Connecticut

The City of Hartford held a competition for a state-of-the-art 2,300 car parking facility. Of paramount importance for the urban site selected was user safety. Additionally, budget and aesthetics were important considerations. The City envisioned the project to be one of the first steps in the long range plan to revitalize Hartford’s downtown district. Amenta Emma’s solution surpassed expectations. The eight-level precast garage spans two city blocks. Safety features include floor-to-ceiling glass stairwell walls and elevator banks, emergency call systems, column-free interior spaces and even, glare free, efficient lighting.

This project received the International Precast Institute Award.

Storrs, Connecticut

The University of Connecticut’s needed a one stop shop facility to house certain student services, as well as provide parking for 1,500 cars. The 60,000 sf Program and large parking structure had to conform to the University’s standards for Collegiate Gothic styling. Our solution provided for a two-story Co-op facility with space for the campus bookstore, retail bank, café, convenience store and outdoor gathering space. It is directly connected to the 1,500 car, six story parking structure, requiring the design to form a strong relationship between the two new structures. The structure’s strong traditional forms and mass met the University’s criteria that the building should be a major institutional structure with a public and civic presence. The more modern expressions of the glass curtain walls gave the building an inviting feel.

Hartford, Connecticut

Amenta Emma provided Master Planning and Full Architectural Services for a new Parish Urban Ministry Center located on a busy block in downtown Hartford. The project demanded thoughtful, careful design and construction to build a new 11,000 sf, two-story center between two existing buildings. The Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry includes over 2,500 sf of educational space, a parish/ community hall for 250 people, and enclosed parking for the Franciscan Friars. The new building successfully connects the functions of all three buildings and makes an architecturally unified statement along Church Street in Hartford. This was achieved by using materials sympathetic to the existing Church, Convent and Friary. The Architectural Brownstone loggia conceals the required handicap ramp while providing a place for an urban garden on this tight downtown site.

Rye Brook, New York

Xylem, a Fortune 500 global water technology company, selected Amenta Emma to provide architectural services for their 70,000 sf headquarters relocation to Rye Brook, NY. With approximately 130 employees, the project consisted of a full complement of services, from building selection through move-in, within 9 months. Inspired by Xylem’s passion for global water solutions, Amenta Emma incorporated their brand throughout the entire facility. The dense program included an innovation center, training room, heavy video conferencing, a communicating stair between the first and second floors, and CEO suite, all while achieving LEED Gold certification.

Winner of the Best of BOMA Westchester Signature Award for Best Tenant Fit Out

Stamford, Connecticut

For their 40,000 sf North American Headquarters, the American Institute for Foreign Study sought to exhibit their vibrant international culture while improving the functionality of their physical space. Voted “The Best Place to Work in Connecticut,” AIFS places a high value on the happiness of their employees, and undertook this renovation to improve their work environment. The program includes an Executive Suite, Conference Center, Central Gathering Hub, Corporate Services, two charitable foundations, a separate insurance business, as well as all core business departments. Functionally, all spaces revolve around the central heart. Aesthetically, the new space is designed to attract young talent and aid in retaining current talent. To this end, Amenta Emma designed a space reminiscent of the cafés of Europe, detailed with a chic modern aesthetic. Unique displays of branding and artwork also capture AIFS’s international flair and impressive history.

Hartford, Connecticut

Amenta Emma relocated within Downtown Hartford to a historic structure in the city center. Built in 1925 and repurposed in the late 1990's, the building offered abundant natural light through its twelve foot height "display windows," a vestige of the building's original intent as a mercantile use. The second floor glazing overlooks one of Hartford's liveliest streets. Amenta Emma stripped the interior back to its concrete encased street structure to take full advantage of the window glazings and tall floor to ceiling height. The light-filled new office provides a collaborative environment that promotes creativity and innovation. Private offices were eliminated in favor of an integrated studio setting. Formal conference spaces open to each other via 10' tall sliding felt partitions. The orange, white and grey color palette matches the company's new branded website and identity package. Featured elements include multiple flexible meeting areas for informal design reviews, adaptive work stations that allow staff expansion and full integration of state-of the-art technology for individual work areas and presentation spaces.

Bloomfield, Connecticut

This world-leading aerospace conglomerate locates all five of its Corporate Headquarters on one Connecticut Campus. The facilities are between 35 and 70 years of age and were in need of updating. Of paramount importance to the client was creating a contemporary environment reflective of the highly technical nature of Kaman’s business. Another important consideration was the establishment of standards between the operating companies. Amenta Emma was selected to Master Plan the Campus and renovate all five Headquarters. The Corporate Headquarters project involved 78,000 sf of space for corporate offices, the IT Department and a new corporate cafeteria. Our solutions incorporated materials expressed in a plane or folded plane that “fit” together reflecting the Client’s precision product line. Flush detailing and smooth finishes mimics the frictionless surfaces characteristic of aerospace competency. To unify the aesthetic, we used common materials in all five projects: stainless, glass and exotic woods, and a minimum color palette of white, silver and brown. Each Headquarters is distinguished by a subtle but different accent color and unique wood species. Branding was accomplished by a comprehensive Graphic Design program including the commissioning of artists to depict Corporate History, Product Development and Corporate Culture.

West Hartford, Connecticut

The Burgess Group, headquartered in Alexandria Virginia, selected Amenta Emma to design its new 7,000 sf office at Blue Back Square in West Hartford, CT. The company specializes in the development of Healthcare reimbursement software. Their project goal was for a Workplace that was beautiful, open, social and conducive to creative thinking. The new space delivers a simple and timeless aesthetic, incorporating exposed structure, open and collaborative work areas, natural materials and unobstructed views both within the space and to the exterior. The space encourages creativity and collaboration while affording employees privacy when required in shared conference rooms and meeting areas. A large training area provides the opportunity for expansion, company-wide meetings, and training.

New York, NY

The Amenta Emma team has now completed approximately 40,000 sf for this very exacting client. The CEO of this nine billion dollar company is directly involved in every aspect of each project, from initial programming through furniture design and punchlist follow-up. Their brand is meticulously executed to create a dramatic space for meetings with investors and a minimalist and efficient workplace for employees. Museum quality furniture, commissioned artwork, state-of-the-art Audio-Visual equipment, and cutting edge technology on the trading floor complete each space. All aspects of each project are overseen and coordinated by our team.

Wilton, Connecticut

With locations in Connecticut, New York City, Chicago and Minnesota, Amenta Emma collaborated with Mediaspace’s senior management to translate their new firm-wide re-branding into architecture. This branding initiative was rolled out as we assisted the 10,000 sf Connecticut office with full architectural services from pre-leasing through move-in and beyond. Through the programming study, we learned what was vital to the employees’ satisfaction. We then performed a comprehensive evaluation of 5 sites for possible relocation, assessing them for everything from efficiency to proximity to shops and restaurants. Tasked with not exceeding the landlord’s limiting construction allowance, this project met that challenge providing a functional, well designed Workplace highlighting the Company’s branding Program.

Stamford, Connecticut

Communication, transparency and flexibility were the focus of Oldendorff’s US Headquarters’ relocation to Stamford, CT. As a major international shipping company, Amenta Emma drew inspiration from their German heritage by creating an open concept and flexible floor plan. Branding played an important role in the aesthetic. The design refers to elements of their business, such as their namesake ship, ports, and piers; and subtly transforms them into architecture. Exposed ceilings, movable glass conference room walls, wide open trading floor equipped with adjustable height desks, and no enclosed offices allowed for the 3,000 sf floor plate to be fully accessible and multifunctional.

Bloomfield, Connecticut

Kaman Specialty Bearings and Engineered Products is one of five major divisions of Kaman, a $2 Billion aerospace company. The CEO needed their Global Headquarters’ renovation project to achieve three purposes. Executive Offices, Visitor Center and Sales Platform had to coexist in a small footprint while reflecting the quality and diversity of their products. Our solution featured a new glass, stainless and aluminum façade and building entry, designed to the exacting tolerances of their products. Inside, minimalist detailing and neutral colors set the backdrop for dramatic elements, showcasing the company’s history, product line and capabilities. Most visible is the 150 foot long graphic mural, commissioned to illustrator Bruce Morse. The film on glass piece portrays Kaman’s products as utilized in their application in modern aircraft and submersibles. The mural wall borders the Conference Rooms and the Executive offices. The Board Room doubles as a sales platform with video conferencing, display cases featuring finished product, and a large graphic depicting the company’s history, by illustrator Sean McCabe.

Bloomfield, Connecticut

Amenta Emma provides ongoing Architectural, Planning and Interior Design Services for the Bloomfield Campus of Kaman Corporation, a global Aerospace and industrial Distribution conglomerate. This project involved the relocation of their KIT Division to an abandoned 1970’s building of little distinction. As a Headquarters’ facility, KIT wanted to upgrade the interior and exterior to better reflect the size and reach of their company. Amenta Emma created a presence by replacing the dark glazing and frames with clear glass and aluminum storefront and whitewashing the exterior. The new entranceway with double height glazing and a contemporary canopy increased the building’s scale and sharpened its focus. Finally, a dramatic exterior lighting scheme brought further attention to the facility after hours. The lobby and interior spaces complimented this concept through the use of lighter woods, stainless steel and white walls.

Hartford, Connecticut

Amenta Emma provided programming, architectural and interior design services for the relocation of the corporate law firm Shipman & Goodwin to eleven floors of One Constitution Plaza in Hartford, CT. The law firm was expecting this 110,000 sf project to provide a wide range of functional and amenity spaces to support and enhance the business needs of this leading, multi-disciplinary firm. Features of the project include a bistro cafe with an outdoor rooftop terrace overlooking downtown Hartford and a centralized conference center which houses an open gathering space, catering kitchen, video-conferencing rooms and a mock courtroom. The overall interior design of the project juxtaposes traditional and modern materials and design elements to symbolize the progressive corporate culture of the firm.

The project received the CT AIA Business Architecture Award.

Simsbury, Connecticut

Amenta Emma provided for a complete interior renovation of The Hartford Life Insurance Group’s 600,000 sf Headquarters facility, located in Simsbury, CT. The client’s schedule and Program required a complete restack of 3500 workstations, new furniture, new signage, lighting and finishes, all to be in place within a thirteen month construction duration and accomplished while the building was fully occupied. Amenta Emma completed the design, selected the furniture and provided full Program Management and Construction Management services and met all deadlines. Additional new spaces include a 100 seat multi-media room with video-conferencing and new training rooms with break out areas and coffee bars.

Charlotte, NC

Amenta Emma completed the interior design of The Hartford’s 118,000 sf Southern Regional Center facility. The design features twelve-foot high ceiling heights, indirect lighting, a training center and a full service cafeteria. Effective use of the shell and core areas earned Amenta Emma the distinction of creating The Hartford’s most efficient office environment.

Danbury, Connecticut

With an established reputation as a leading public institution for arts education, the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT needed a performance and instructional facility that reflected the quality and talent of its academic programs, students and faculty in Music, Theater and Visual Arts. Serving as the overall Architect of Record, Amenta Emma teamed with the renowned performing arts design firm of Holzman Moss Bottino, to create an iconic new 135,000 sf academic arts building on the University’s Westside Campus. The project unifies the arts into one structure, addresses the University’s goal of providing a distinct identity to each academic department and anchors future implementation of the University’s Campus Master Plan. Scheduled for occupancy in the summer of 2014, the facility features a 350 seat proscenium theater, 350 seat concert hall, recording studio, art gallery and related state-of-the-art music, theater and visual arts instructional spaces.

East Hartford, Connecticut

Through a cooperative arrangement with Goodwin College, the new home for the City of Hartford’s Pathways Academy of Technology and Design is located adjacent to Route 2, at the future main entrance to the College campus. As a member of the National Academic Foundation, the 400-student high school maintains an Industry Advisory Board, which fosters student professional development and develops internships. Its location on the College campus affords opportunities for secondary education, as well as relationships with nearby manufacturing entities such as the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and UTC’s Pratt and Whitney.

Goodwin College was looking for a highly visible and transparent building which fit the unique and playful character of their campus, and the City of Hartford wanted a stylized building which broadcast the highly technical nature of the school’s theme. Amenta Emma’s Education studio defined a building which accomplishes these criteria, and establishes a visually exciting interior environment where all school functions center around a day lit atrium. The 81,000 sf four-story building provides a variety of interactive learning environments in magnet-themed spaces such as robotics, advanced energy and nanotechnology, physics/optics and photonics, video and music production, advanced design and virtual reality.

Awarded #1 Magnet High School in the U.S. by Magnet Schools of America.

Danielson, Connecticut

Located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT, Quinebaug Valley Middle College High School was founded as an alternative public high school with a mission to provide an innovative educational environment for non-traditional learners. This mission includes fully integrating the high school academic experience with the overall college community. Amenta Emma was hired to design and implement this vision through the creation of a 48,000 sf building addition to serve as the home to the high school during the standard school day and as academic and common space for the college during non-high school hours. While still referencing the scale and massing of the existing campus buildings, the design solution uses form, material and connections to the site to create an open, collaborative and distinct expression. Building features for this LEED Silver project include a terra cotta rain-screen exterior wall assembly and high performance glazing systems that provide visual connections through the building to exterior landscaped common spaces and the wooded site beyond. Additional enhancements to the overall campus include expansion of the library and a full renovation and expansion of the existing cafeteria into a student center type gathering space.

Hartford, Connecticut

The City of Hartford sought to redesign the 40-year-old Annie Fisher School to provide a “like new” theme-specific educational facility for two separate magnet programs and to add to the school to provide state-of-the-art shared public/assembly spaces. Annie Fisher Montessori and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Magnet Schools each operate independently. Amenta Emma’s Education studio combined small classrooms to provide the larger learning environments necessary for the Montessori program and converted larger classrooms into labs for the STEM program. The LEED Silver-equivalent project was executed as a phased, occupied renovation which included a full renovation of 102,000 sf and two new additions totaling 17,000 sf. The additions establish a new building frontage to the west along Mark Twain Drive and house a library/media center, cafeteria, kitchen and a four-classroom wing.

Waterbury, Connecticut

With rapid growth in its technology programs and overall student enrollment, Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT, needed a new campus academic building to house engineering spaces, manufacturing labs, general classrooms and a culinary program. Project site requirements included a freestanding academic greenhouse and a bridge connection between new construction and the existing adjacent building. The site also serves as a primary campus access point for students and needed to celebrate this arrival. Through the relationship of site geometry, interior functions, materials and form, Amenta Emma developed a solution for the 100,000 sf building which creates distinct identities for academic programs, state-of-the-art instructional space and establishes a campus “front door” organized by a central exterior terrace and two-level interior common space.

Storrs, Connecticut

The two-story Co-op facility provides space for several student service amenities including the campus bookstore, retail bank, cafe and outdoor gathering space. It is directly connected to the 1,500 car, six story parking structure, requiring the design to form a strong relationship between the two new structures. The design seeks to express the idea that the building, although a mercantile facility, is a major institutional structure and should have a public and civic presence on the exterior, interior and in the design of the outdoor space.

Bridgeport, Connecticut

The State of Connecticut Department of Construction Services awarded Amenta Emma architectural design services for a $30M addition and renovation to Lafayette Hall, the main campus building at Housatonic Community College in downtown Bridgeport. The scope of work includes expansion of the college’s main library and main cafeteria as well as additional new science labs, classrooms, computer labs, art studios and student support spaces. Prior to commencement of design, Amenta Emma completed full programming on the project along with a comprehensive study of alternative site locations for the building expansion.

Wethersfield, Connecticut

The Capitol Regional Educational Council (CREC) sought to renovate a former CL&P office building to provide a new home for the Discovery Academy, a new PK-5th Grade magnet school currently under operation in temporary quarters. The school’s magnet themes are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Arts and Literacy, with a focus on hands-on, project based learning. School Administrators and Teachers voiced the need for a bright, inviting and playful building which inspires creativity and projects a theme-inspired “wow factor” upon entry. Amenta Emma’s Education studio salvaged 48,000 sf of the existing building, removed sections of the concrete floors to carve out a three-story lobby to include a water feature, and replaced large areas of office glazing with a playful pattern of colored glass and shading devices to control heat gain and glare. The LEED Silver-equivalent project includes a 19,000 sf day lit addition that houses Art and Music Rooms, the Gymnasium, Stage, Cafeteria and Kitchen.


Windsor, Connecticut

Loomis Chaffee, an independent secondary school in Windsor, CT, had very specific goals in the expansion and renovation to the well utilized but aging first floor of its school library. Most important was to preserve the wide open public views of the school’s athletic fields and wooded site. Developed in a very collaborative process with the client, Amenta Emma’s design solution creates glass enclosed group study rooms, glass enclosed instructional spaces and a variety of open student seating environments that reflect the function of the modern academic library and maintain full transparency to the exterior. New ceiling planes with new lighting organize the central open area, new main circulation desk and perimeter spaces. New finishes and furnishings throughout enhance the detailing of the building’s original modern architecture and promote flexible use of the overall space.


Middletown, Connecticut

Middlesex Community College hired Amenta Emma to expand and upgrade their only on campus dining venue. The existing facility had low ceiling heights, minimum exposure to the expansive views and dated materials and finishes. Our scheme added the required Program space to the North. To take advantage of views the northern and eastern facades are fully glazed but protected by a massive roof overhang. Unappealing western views are mitigated through the precast concrete plank wall treatment. An expansive dining deck below the roof overhang provides an additional campus amenity.

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Amenta Emma provided full Architectural services for a new one story 5,500 sf Orthodontic building for Risinger Orthodontics in Glastonbury, CT. The interior is designed to cater to the patient & includes features such as an expansive glass wall in the Orthodontic bay for patient viewing and child friendly waiting area equipped with movie theater/video games areas. The building features the latest in Green design including super insulated walls and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Norwich, Connecticut

The new Southeast Mental Health Authority office building on the campus of the Uncas-on-the-Thames is a 56,000 sf facility, which includes administration, programs and case management, and acute crisis services. Scope included consolidating and moving nineteen different services and programs to an existing State Mental Hospital campus. Master Planning, Programming, Design, Construction and Move-In services for this DPW project were completed within a sixteen-month period. The building was designed using immediately available, in-stock components to allow for fast-track design and construction processes. Final color coding of the wings and corresponding floor patterns assist clients in wayfinding throughout the facility.

Canton, Connecticut

Amenta Emma has been selected to provide design and construction services for a new two story 17,000 sf medical office building for the UConn Health Center in Canton, CT, as part of a mixed -use development. Currently in the schematic design phase, the project consists of Urgent Care and Primary Care Clinics on the first floor, and a Mohs Surgery Center and Dermatology Practice on the second floor. The developer and the Town of Canton were looking for a building sympathetic to the rural character of the area. Amenta Emma designed traditional roof forms, punched window openings, wood shiplap and shingles for exterior materials to comply. The resulting building form, scale, and traditional color was very well received by the Town’s Design Review Board. Approvals are in place and construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014.

Farmington, Connecticut

Amenta Emma is providing full design and documentation services for the relocation of the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services in Farmington. The CARS project involves the complete renovation of an existing two story building of approximately 20,000 sf. The first floor houses the outpatient and laboratory functions, including an Operating Room, Transfer Room, PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), Cryogenic Storage, and Labs for IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), Endocrine, Andrology, Research and Phlebotomy. The second floor houses the clinical and administrative functions, and consists primarily of Exam Rooms, Offices and Administrative spaces. The estimated Construction Cost of the project is $4,000,000. Construction is expected to be complete by October 1, 2014. CARS will occupy the space in early January, as the sensitive nature of the Labs requires a three month period to stabilize the air quality environment.

West Hartford, Connecticut

Blue Back Square is a 550,000 sf mixed-use development located in the heart of historic West Hartford, Connecticut. This 150,000,000 dollar urban space is designed to complement the town’s character, fitting nicely into the principles of New Urbanism. The program included 100 residential lofts; 240,000 sf of fine retail space and 100,000 sf of Class A office space in seven new Mixed Use buildings. Of particular interest was that each retail storefront was to be uniquely designed. The result is a very organic streetscape, appearing as if it had been designed over decades. For this project, Amenta Emma provided tenant coordination, design and planning and review services to the landlord. In this role we were the architect for over forty unique retail stores and over 30,000 sf of commercial space, while overseeing all of the Landlord’s physical leasing considerations.

West Hartford, Connecticut

Developed in the 1960’s, Bishops Corner is a mixed use center with over 250,000 sf of retail and office space, originally constructed in the 1940’s. Over the decades many “facelifts” of varying scope and success were undertaken. Amenta Emma’s project scope involved a $18,000,000 repositioning of the Center, which included significant work to the facades at the retail level. Site improvements included the demolition of an existing parking deck, the development of a pad site, and improved pedestrian connections within the center and to the surrounding neighborhood. Building improvements included completely new facades, two new elevators and a new stair tower, new entry statement for the 70,000 sf of commercial office spaces, and a new signage program. The Center is now 100% leased, with a solid rent roll.

Simsbury, Connecticut

Konover Development wanted the proposed 60-acre River Oaks project in Simsbury, CT, to apply the principles of traditional neighborhood design to its 1,000,000 sf mixed-use development. Residences, shops and commercial office space needed to be well integrated in this new neighborhood at the base of Avon Mountain. Amenta Emma complied by matching the scale and character of the building to the mixture of residential, retail and commercial structures in close proximity to the site. Street width to building height was carefully considered, as well as the principles of Transects. Characteristically local brownstone and red asphalt roofing were used deliberately and deftly to be sympathetic to the local architecture.

East Hampton, Connecticut

Dream Developers wanted to pursue their vision of a mixed use development designed in accordance with New Urbanism principles. Their site is a 75 acre greenfield in rural Connecticut. We developed the design to reflect the context of the local architecture, while presenting itself as contemporary. Residential materials such as clapboard and board and batten were utilized to keep the scale of the larger multi use buildings in character with their predecessors in the local area. Mixed uses include seven Town Center buildings for retail, office and residential uses and several residential buildings with a variety of unit type, sizes and ownerships. Groundbreaking expected in 2013.

West Hartford, Connecticut

The Tombrock Corporation demolished an aging retail building on a busy intersection with the hopes of creating a larger center, with better income potential. Other than the square footage requirement and a reasonable budget, the developer entrusted Amenta Emma with free design license to create magnetic architecture. We provided design, entitlement, construction documents, and construction administration services for the 5,500 sf, building. We used contemporary materials, clean lines and large areas of clear glazing to give potential tenants great visibility. The building was fully leased prior to the completion of construction.

West Hartford, Connecticut

Blue Back Square is a 550,000 sf mixed-use development located in the heart of historic West Hartford, Connecticut. This 150,000,000 dollar urban space is designed to complement the town’s character, fitting nicely into the principles of New Urbanism. The program included 100 residential lofts; 240,000 sf of fine retail space and 100,000 sf of Class A office space in seven new Mixed Use buildings. Of particular interest was that each retail storefront was to be uniquely designed. The result is a very organic streetscape, appearing as if it had been designed over decades. For this project, Amenta Emma provided tenant coordination, design and planning and review services to the landlord. In this role we were the architect for over forty unique retail stores and over 30,000 sf of commercial space, while overseeing all of the Landlord’s physical leasing considerations.

West Hartford, Connecticut

Developed in the 1960’s, Bishops Corner is a mixed use center with over 250,000 sf of retail and office space, originally constructed in the 1940’s. Over the decades many “facelifts” of varying scope and success were undertaken. Amenta Emma’s project scope involved a $18,000,000 repositioning of the Center, which included significant work to the facades at the retail level. Site improvements included the demolition of an existing parking deck, the development of a pad site, and improved pedestrian connections within the center and to the surrounding neighborhood. Building improvements included completely new facades, two new elevators and a new stair tower, new entry statement for the 70,000 sf of commercial office spaces, and a new signage program. The Center is now 100% leased, with a solid rent roll.

Burlington, Massachusetts

When our client purchased this aging retail asset it was 60 % vacant. Relying on a full scale repositioning of the Center to help change these numbers, Edens hired Amenta Emma to assist in turning design ideas into reality. Amenta Emma provided facade design, construction documents and construction administration for the repositioning. The contemporary upscale facade treatments helped attract well known retailers and restaurants such as Nordstrom Rack, DSW, Burtons Grill, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and The Chateau. The center is now fully leased.

West Hartford, Connecticut

Our client was enticed by the potential of locating his upscale restaurant in an exciting historic structure with soaring 22’ ceiling heights, but was concerned the small footprint could not accommodate his desired seat count and full kitchen. Amenta Emma resolved this by inserting a mezzanine level over the kitchen for food storage, allowing the development of the remainder of the high bay space for a dramatic dining experience. An authentic South of the Border aesthetic was reinforced by the use of a fire treated eucalyptus log ceiling and recessed candle wall. Outdoors, South meets North with an al fresco dining terrace overlooking the New England Town Green.

West Hartford, Connecticut

Mercy Community Health looked to establish a highest and best use of their 58-acre campus in West Hartford and expand their senior living services to the full range of a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Placing a high priority on building character appropriate to the desirable West Hartford community, MCH engaged Amenta Emma to conduct a Master Plan, seek town approvals, and design a new apartment-style independent living building.

The 4 story 187,000 sf building known as Terrace at Mercyknoll houses 92 market-rate independent living apartments for older adults. The lower story of the building is an enclosed concrete parking garage for residents. The three stories atop are wood-framed construction and dedicated to apartments each with a full kitchen and laundry, some with options for a gas fireplace, and a balcony or enclosed sunporch. The building also includes a host of common amenities such as a Signature Room, small bistro with a commercial kitchen, billiards room, exercise room, and small meeting rooms.

Our design demonstrates sensitivity to the scale of the surrounding neighborhoods and takes cues from the housing typologies, creating a contemporary design with classic proportions which fit seamlessly into the neighborhood.

Hartford, Connecticut

The City of Hartford, seeking an adaptive reuse of a non-performing property in the city’s west end, selected Amenta/Emma Architects and Ginsburg Development Corporation from among five Design and Development Teams to renovate the fire-ravaged mansion and develop the surrounding parcel as a residential community. The Goodwin Estate, a 63-unit condominium community located on 17 acres formerly owned by the family of Walter Lipincott Goodwin is dominated by the 15,000 sf mansion, the home of the Goodwin family from 1900 to 1950. The mansion was severely damaged by a fire in 1997 which destroyed the interior wood-framed floor and wall structure and most of the roof. The building was left open to the weather for 4 years until the design team secured the project.

Amenta Emma Architects Multi-Family group proposed a concept with the historically restored mansion as a unique focal point for the community which includes 7 units in the restored mansion and 18 additional townhouse buildings of two and four units.

West Hartford, Connecticut

Eager to find an adaptive reuse for an abandoned, non-performing property, the Town of West Hartford embraced the proposal of Amenta Emma Architects and Ginsburg Development Corporation of Valhalla, New York for a new residential community. The success of Quaker Green has rejuvenated the Elmwood section of West Hartford and reinvigorated the adjacent retail establishments along New Britain Avenue. The community includes a historic restoration of the James Talcott School building to house 24 flat condominiums, and new construction of eleven 2½-story wood-framed buildings comprising 64 townhomes.

Amenta Emma’s overall architectural concept preserves the neighborhood’s residential and commercial character along Quaker Lane and progressively blends the design vocabulary with the residential character west of the community.


Groton, Connecticut

After 120 years of providing limited independent living and a large skilled nursing facility with comprehensive sub-acute, hospice and rehabilitation services, Fairview Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut aspired to expand its services to the full range of a Continuous Care Retirement Community. The Five-star rated facility is situated on 70-acre sloping parcel along the banks of the Thames River. Fairview engaged Amenta/Emma Architects to develop a Master Plan to determine the highest and best use and to guide the phased expansion. The plan includes adding some 69 new units of Active Senior Cottages and 197 Independent Living apartments as well as a 20-bed Memory Care Unit is known as Thames Edge.

Amenta Emma Architects Senior Living group also designed a first phase of the project, currently under construction, which includes a new main entrance from the west and a cottage community east of the existing buildings made up of 23 homes, a 3,500 SF Recreation Building with seasonal pool, and a village green.

Phase 2 is in design and will add another 17 homes with 180-degree views along the river.