Concord, New Hampshire


Ann Beha Architects was chosen to develop selected projects from the St. Paul’s School Master Plan. The projects emphasized community and the arts, focusing on renovation of existing 20th-century buildings, a strategy both sustainable and economical. The renovated Crumpacker Building provides a new home for the school’s art gallery, its permanent art collection, and new art studio classrooms. The gallery level includes a reception area, and an enlarged mezzanine unifies the space. The lower level contains studio classrooms and a collections storage area. The accessible collections continue the visual arts department’s innovative use of their existing works for research and study.

The renovated Fine Arts Building provides a new home for the visual arts on campus. The existing 11,500-square-foot structure was fully renovated and revitalized. A new 1,500-square-foot, steel-framed addition was constructed on the original building’s east side, creating eight new studio classrooms. The roof of the addition can be used as a sculpture terrace and outdoor teaching space. The lower level is primarily studios for 3D arts, including glassblowing, ceramics, and welding. A floor-to-ceiling curtain wall provides ample light for new studio spaces, and a radiant-heat floor offers comfort and low maintenance.

The St. Paul’s School Arts project received a 2019 AIA New Hampshire Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture.

Location: Concord, New Hampshire
Project Size: 20,610 sf

Sustainability: The project re-uses an existing structure with natural daylighting. A high-performance curtain wall improves thermal performance and ceramic fritted glass reduces solar heat gain. Permeable landscape pavers reduce rainwater run-off.

Project Team: Ann Beha FAIA, Jason Bowers AIA, Amber Ellett Penman AIA (ABA); LeMessurier Consultants (Structural); Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering (MEP); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics); Jensen Hughes (Code); Halvorson Design Partnership (Landscape); VHB (Civil); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Harvey Construction (Construction Management); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)