Equally exciting was the design prize from Floor Focus for Trinity College’s Vernon Social. This was awarded for the creative use of flooring and how the flooring integrates with the overall space design. More project photos can be found here: www.visiondesignawards.com
Higher Altitudes Achieved
Better by Design, Better by Its People
Tecton Architects continues to add depth welcoming Barbara Joslin as Senior Project Manager. Described as both a nimble and well-rounded project manager, Joslin embodies a wealth of municipal experience with a special emphasis on library design. Her most recent work includes a 90,000 square foot, $30 million project, the Effat University Library and Cultural Center in Jeddah, Saud Arabia. Comments Tecton Chief Executive Officer Ted Cutler, “With over 25 years of experience, Barbara offers us the opportunity to continue to design better teams and build better client relationships”.
A previous design firm owner, Best-Joslin, and most recently as a Studio Director at JCJ Architecture, Joslin brings an expansive client base as well as a high level of respect within the industry both nationally and internationally. She is a Bachelor of Architecture graduate from Roger Williams University and claims her childhood dream was to be an Architect. Tecton’s positive work culture promises to be a good fit for such a driven design professional.
The addition of Joslin bolsters a continued growth plan at Tecton Architects set in motion with the successful second generation ownership transition in 2011. The firm offers architectural, interior design and master planning services to a wide array of major institutions within specialties in corporate, h
ealthcare, advanced technology, academia, and public service.
Better by Design, Better by Its People
Tecton Architects announces the promotion of Jeff McElravy to Principal. Nationally renowned in public safety design, McElravy carves out a key leadership role in providing focused expertise to clients.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University (Bachelor of Science in Architecture), McElravy’s 27+ years’ experience place him at the forefront of public safety planning and design. An extensive resume includes projects along the eastern coast from Maine to Florida. “I bring a collaborative process,” Jeff says regarding his philosophy, “and believe that when we break out of the norm, it opens the door for new and exciting opportunities.” The 3rd Patrol Police Facility in Norfolk, VA stands as testament to these principles as a groundbreaking structure built to withstand the tough realities of police facilities, while fostering an inviting public experience.
In addition to advancing the market since his hire in 2007, Jeff has mentored and promoted a transformative work culture at Tecton, extending his considerable skill set to workplace environments for corporate clients as well. Of the promotion Ted Cutler, Tecton’s Chief Executive Officer states, “Jeff’s credentials impressed us when he was with Kaestle Boos Associates. We were fortunate to have him join Tecton, and more so to have him in the leadership ranks. Better ideas, better people, better design.”
The promotion of McElravy bolsters a well-structured strategic plan at Tecton Architects set in motion in 2011 resulting in 10% growth annually. The firm offers architectural, interior design and master planning services to a wide array of major institutions within specialties in corporate, healthcare, advanced technology, academia, and public service.
Tecton came out to support two of our clients (who we already knew were best places to work), COCC and Goodwin College at Hartford Business Journal’s annual Best Places to Work dinner. Jeff McElravy took to the podium and helped the other sponsors hand out the awards. He’s pictured here with Rich Leone, President and CEO of Connecticut On Line Computing (COCC).
Posted by: Kathryn Mease, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C
After a little over a year of work on this major renovation, we are pleased to share photographs of the upper floors of COCC’s new office in Southington. This project is one of my favorites. The team, led by Jeff McElravy and including Tim Mailloux, Christopher Banker and myself, worked as a unit and really enjoyed the experience. While we had our fair share of challenges, like inherited building issues, we were fortunate to have a great client in COCC. Initially, they thought they wanted something with a more traditional style (after all, their clients are financial institutions). However, they were willing to do some exploration and truly kept an open mind. Over the course our collaborative design process, it became clear they were really looking for something with a more modern edge, something more reflective of their highly technical products and services. The upper three floors of this four story building are the ‘working floors’, consisting mainly of open workstations, private offices, conference rooms, and collaboration spaces. COCC’s main objectives for these spaces were to provide exterior views and sunlight to everyone, and to balance formal work spaces against open collaborative areas for ad hoc meetings and group work. They are thrilled with the results, which thrills us in return. (P.S. Stay tuned for first floor and exterior photos.)