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.
Concord, New Hampshire
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)