Thursday, April 7, 2011

Stepping Stones Museum for Children and Beinfield Architecture Receive GOLD LEED Certification

Congratulations to the entire Project Team!  Stepping Stones Museum for Children has earned the coveted ranking of LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council! 

The Museum says they "garnered LEED Gold certification because of the solar panels, "green" roof, wind turbine, use of recycled materials throughout the building and [their] focus on related educational stewardship."  The design and program also include energy efficient lighting, storm water management, and a food court offering locally grown, organic produce.

Stepping Stones is now one of only 3 public buildings in the State of Connecticut to achieve the LEED Gold certification.  In case you didn't already know, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Beinfield Architecture is incredibly proud to be part of this groundbreaking project.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Simple New England Charm

One of the benefits of living and working in Connecticut, is living and working in Connecticut. New England is beautiful. And architecturally, it's history is rich with simple charm and functional beauty.

The materials for this inviting house were carefully chosen to evoke the farm buildings of New England: white clapboard, rustic fieldstone base and cedar roof.  The white-on-white sculptural starkness is most evident in the wide board window trim and articulated entry.

The interiors provide calm for the client by reflecting the casual nature of country living. Tons of light and clean white materials bathe the house with warmth and elegance.  We are thrilled with this house, and it's ability to satisfy our client's vision for a simple and charming New England retreat.