GUND's Holiday Cards Delight, Year after Year
GUND Partnership's Holiday Card is an annual tradition -- many of our clients and friends say they save them year after year. The cards are laser cut from a pearlescent card stock with a different design each year, done by one of our architects to capture the spirit of projects ongoing in the office at that time. The intricate filigree shows seasonal graphics and the cards are designed to transform from flat two-dimensional objects to three-dimensional objects suitable for use as tabletop holiday decoration or even as Christmas tree ornaments. GUND does the initial mock up in house and then passes it along to a company that has a specialized system to remove rapidly the "negative" space from the artwork. Over 1700 cards are produced each year. Enjoy!
A Lively and Informative Blog on Progress of HWS Performing Arts Center
A lively and informative blog is detailing the progress of the new Hobart and William Smith Colleges Performing Arts Center, designed by GUND Partnership. The blog HWS Home is designed for non-architects and explains key construction milestones in the project accompanied by on-site photography.
GUND Hosts Junior Achievement Event
GUND Staff mentor JA Students
More than a dozen Junior Achievement of Northern New England high school students from Blue Hills Technical School in Canton, MA recently attended an event entitled “JA Skills to Achieve: STEM Edition” at GUND's Cambridge, MA offices. GUND staff shared their own paths to becoming architects while giving the students insights into the progress of some of GUND’s latest work. Some of the comments from the students include:

“I found today helpful because I realized how much I love this work environment here…I want this career more than when we first walked in this building…People here were amazing role models.”

“Thank you for showing us what you do and what jobs are possible to get in the future in these fields.”

“I found today helpful because it inspired me to pursue this career. I can actually make a difference in the world. Thank you for showing us what you do.”
GUND's Sarah Roszler Presents to JA Students
The JA event is part of an ongoing program at GUND Partnership to mentor young talent and to host events that are of benefit to the entire design profession. The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Using hands-on experiences, JA helps to prepare young people for the real world by teaching skills in financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. Visit their website here.
Advancing James Madison University's Thriving Visual Arts Program
Front entrance of Duke Hall
Duke Hall reopened as a vibrant campus hub and unified home to the School of Art, Design and Art History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Duke Hall is a c. 1967 music and theatre building located adjacent to JMU's historic quadrangle. After leading a comprehensive study, GUND designed the renovation and expansion of Duke Hall that helped reorganize the university's visual arts programs and create safe and inspiring environments. The new and renovated spaces advance JMU's thriving visual arts program, which is only one of two university arts programs in the U.S. to boasts a computer-assisted loom. Art history, art education, fibers and sculpture classes moved into Duke Hall this semester, while ceramics, metals and jewelry, printmaking, student art, painting, drawing and gallery programs will all added to the building in the summer. Read more about GUND's design approach here.
Dan Rutledge, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Yoo Jin Chung LEED AP BD+C were key project leaders for the Duke Hall renovation. Contact Dan or Yoo Jin for more information.
Columbus Metropolitan Library selected GUND as Lead Designer for a major renovation to Main Library
Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Board of Trustees today unanimously approved the selection of architects for the design of the renovation of Main Library. GUND Partnership will be the Lead Design Firm, working closely with Schooley Caldwell, the Local Architect of Record. Main Library’s renovation is one of 10 projects to be completed by 2020 in the library’s aspirational building program.

Originally built in 1907 after a $200,000 gift from Andrew Carnegie, Main Library has had four additions to its original building, most recently in 1991. CML plans to begin construction on Main Library’s renovation in 2015 and complete construction in Summer/Fall 2016.
Main Library sits in the heart of the Discovery District in downtown Columbus, a vibrant urban core growing and changing to provide a better quality of urban life. The investment in – and commitment to – this downtown district is impressive and continues to grow and bring greater civic prominence.

Main Library awaits its own transition in this climate of positive growth. The major renovation and expansion of Main Library demands an innovative approach in order to realize its full potential as a vital center for learning and community activity in central Ohio.

The goals of renovating Main Library are to:

•   Increase public space and create safe, sustainable and vibrant environments that support community oriented, user-centered programs, technologies and services. Access to the Library’s extensive resources, up-to-date technology and exceptional staff, plus comfortable seating, quiet reading spaces, children’s and teen spaces, public meeting spaces, conference rooms and tutoring rooms are vital elements. All must be integrated in facilities that can be easily configured or reconfigured to adapt to community needs.

•   Connect to CML’s front urban plaza and the green space of Topiary Park.

•   Integrate technology and automation to provide customers and staff the latest digital advancements, utilizing them to serve customers’ needs in the most efficient ways possible, including self-service and personalized customer service.

•   Address the changing dynamics of the library service model, such as the growing influence of eBooks, digital learning and mobile devices as they pertain to customer behavior and expectations.

The renovated Main Library (as well as all the buildings in CML’s building program) will integrate new technology, providing customers and staff the opportunity to utilize the latest digital advancements.

Schooley Caldwell Associates of Columbus and GUND Partnership of Cambridge, Massachusetts, have teamed to design the renovation of Columbus’ iconic Main Library. Both firms share a highly responsive and sensitive approach to context and a commitment to strengthening communities. This commitment is reflected in the firms’ collaboration on the recently completed renovation and expansion of the award-winning William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library at The Ohio State University.
David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C will lead GUND's team for the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Contact David or Christine for more information.
GUND speaking with Lafayette College at the SCUP Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: Engagement for Value, Viability & Vitality March 23–25, 2014, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA Join Holly Miller, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate at GUND Partnership and project manager/ project architect for the Oechsle Center for Global Education at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. as she discusses with leaders from Lafayette College the process of creating a new collaborative, interdisciplinary center for global education. Collaborative Models for Global Education, Monday, March 24, 2014, 1:30 PM Mary J. S. Roth, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Provost for Academic Operations, Lafayette College Mary Wilford-Hunt, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction, Lafayette College Holly Miller, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, GUND Partnership Students are graduating into a complex and changing world. To better engage students in global issues, Lafayette College is building upon its historic strengths and is re-visioning its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to global issues. From idea to implementation, this facilitated discussion will show how multiple academic departments are coming together to create a new collaborative, interdisciplinary center for global education that sets a new standard for active learning on campus. Read more about GUND's design approach for the Oechsle Center for Global Education here.

Holly Miller AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a key project leader of the Oechsle Center for Global Education at Lafayette College. Contact Holly for more information.

Transforming Student Life at Indiana University Bloomington

Addressing larger campus master planning goals at Indiana University Bloomington, the Forest Dining Hall renovation and expansion transforms an underutilized campus district and improves student life. Faced with outdated dining facilities in the southeast quadrant of campus and increased competition from area restaurants, Indiana University Bloomington sought to improve its dining facilities serving the Forest and Read residential complex and tapped GUND Partnership to lead the design process for the renovation and expansion. With a range of micro-restaurant venues and seating environments, the Restaurants at Woodland has become a student magnet for dining and non-meal period socialization. Read more about the project here.

Holly Miller AIA, LEED AP BD+C was a key project leader in the Forest Dining Hall project at Indiana University Bloomington. Contact Holly for more information.

Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP and Perkins Grousbeck Center featured in New England Real Estate Journal

As part of the inaugural LEED Project Showcase sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter, GUND Associate Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP spoke with the New England Real Estate Journal about the Perkins Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology in Watertown, Mass. The LEED Silver-certified project opened in 2011 and incorporates a variety of innovative universal design concepts that appeal to all the senses and engage the diverse student body. Imagined as a place where visually impaired students can be brought into the vernacular of today’s culture, so heavily entrenched in technology, the new Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology is a vibrant campus hub that encourages innovation, communication and independence, and also expands the school’s teacher training programs and educational outreach. See Christine's interview here.

Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was the project manager and project architect for the Grousbeck Center. Contact Christine for more information.