PPS Festival of Historic Houses slated for June 13
KITE is proud to be a sponsor of the Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historic Houses on June 13, 2015. A long-standing annual tradition in Providence, this year it offers a glimpse into fascinating historic homes in Providence’s Fox Point neighborhood. To celebrate, we have gathered many of our projects to tell their unique and sometimes surprising preservation stories.
Parcel 8 Purchase & Sale Agreement Approved by I-195 Commission
KITE is pleased to be the architect for new construction proposed for one of the first parcels to be developed on land opened by the relocation of Interstate 195 in Providence. The mixed-use development will include 75,000 sf of office, retail, and residential space with phenomenal views of the Narragansett Bay and the Providence skyline. KITE’s intent is to set a precedent for design that respects and rebuilds Providence’s unique cityscape by reconnecting the waterfront neighborhood.
The Dean Hotel takes the Gold!
Once again, KITE Architects is thrilled to be recognized in RI Monthly’s Annual Design Competition, this time earning the Gold level award for their work to help create The Dean Hotel. The project also won a 2014 Rhody Award from Preserve RI and the RI Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, and will receive an award from the Providence Preservation Society. Click here for a great summary of the project and a link to the before and after slideshow.
Interiors for TRAC Builders’ Eco-office Completed
KITE is pleased to share new images of the fit-out of TRAC Builders’ “eco-office” in the Valley neighborhood of Providence. The interior design was designed to maximize the sense of interior space and light while creating highly functional office, conference, and break areas. Previously developed by John Jacobson, TRAC completed renovations in the summer of 2014.
KITE Architects earns MBE Certification
KITE Architects is proud to announce their certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) in the State of Rhode Island. A full guide to Rhode Island MBE regulations can be found at http://www.mbe.ri.gov/index.php.
Confirmed: The Dean Hotel is One of World’s Best New Hotels
KITE Architects – along with most of Providence – celebrated its latest triumph at the Grand Opening of The Dean Hotel on Fountain Street in Providence on April 4, 2014. Just opened, the hotel is attracting global attention, including Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Hot List of the world’s best new hotels in the “bargain” category in its most selective list to date, along with destinations in New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, and Panama City. As part of the recognition, the hotel was featured on CNN and NBC’s Today Show.
TRAC moves into Wolcott Ave with KITE’s help
KITE is proud to have helped TRAC Builders with interior design to retrofit the Eco-office at 28 Wolcott Avenue as their new headquarters.
NBC wins Infrastructure Project of the Year
KITE’s Narragansett Bay Commission Field’s Point Administration Building is part of the winning the 2014 Infrastructure Project of the Year from the Construction Management Association of the Year New England Chapter in the category for Projects Less than $100 Million. We’re excited and honored by the recognition!
The Dean Hotel Generates Early Buzz
Excitement is building for the launch of The Dean Hotel!
KITE Architects has moved! You can now find us at Pearl Street Lofts at 3 Central Street, Providence RI 02907.
FHLB Features Kingstown Crossings
The Federal Home Loan Bank has published a detailed article on KITE’s successful project with Crossroads Rhode Island to create 104 apartments for families facing homelessness at Kingstown Crossings in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The article covers the project beginnings, how the design features were developed, the development process, and how it is benefiting a large number of local families. Project 2 is complete as of August, 2013, with 17 buildings plus a central office building and maintenance facility.
KITE Principal Christine West, AIA appointed to State Board to Regulate Wind, Solar
The State of Rhode Island has recently formed a new board to regulate utility-purchase rates for solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources. Called the Board of Distributed Generation Contracts, the effort is part of a broader policy to increase the amount of power generated in Rhode Island by renewable sources and streamline their development and approval.
Online Interview with KITE Principal Christine West, AIA
KITE Principal Christine West, AIA was interviewed and featured as a “trender” in GoLocal Prov’s news website. Click here to see the full interview, which highlights her views on sustainable, community oriented design. KITE Principal Albert Garcia, AIA is responsible for the photography.
KITE Architects, Inc. is Official Name
KITE Architects, Inc. has become the official name of our firm. The change reflects the continuity of the legacy of founder William L. Kite, Jr., FAIA while acknowledging the larger group of professional architects that KITE has become. Principals Albert Garcia, AIA and Christine Malecki West, AIA and the rest of the staff intend to continue the strong sense of professional responsibility, quality design, and technical expertise that has been established over the last 40 years.
Christine West, AIA elected Chair of City Plan Commission
KITE Principal Christine Malecki West, AIA, was elected Chair of the Providence City Plan Commission. Having been appointed to the commission early in 2012, she succeeds Steve Durkee in the role of Chair.
Carter Center featured in Design New England magazine
William Morgan’s article about the Carter Center for Music Education (“Places: Sound Consolidation”) is featured in the January-February 2013 issue of Design New England magazine. (For those who prefer it in print, it can be found on the newsstands on pages 48-55.) Will captures nicely the creative and technical challenges that KITE and our team faced and resolved with this project.
Two KITE projects win AIAri Design Awards – NBC and Vedanta Society
KITE is once again honored to be recognized with multiple design awards at AIAri’s annual gala. The Vedanta Society won a Merit Award in the Interiors category, and the new Narragansett Bay Commission Operations Building in the shadow of the giant wind turbines on Field’s Point won in the Sustainable Design category.
Silver+Gold+Silver+Gold+Silver! 5 RI Monthly Design Awards go to KITE
We are very excited to have won a record number of Design Awards from RI Monthly for five separate projects in a variety of categories from commercial new construction to residential renovation.
World Landscape Architecture features Narragansett Bay Commission
The webzine World Landscape Architecture features the ‘landfill garden’ at Narragansett Bay Commission, highlighting the work of L+A Landscape Architecture with KITE on the newly completed Operations Center.
Christine West, AIA on ULI Boston Panel on NE Investment Opportunities
On September 12, 2012, KITE Principal Christine Malecki West, AIA will be one of the featured speakers at a special program by the Boston chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) entitled “Investment Opportunities in 5 New England Markets”, including the parcels cleared in Providence by the moving of I-195. Each of five cities will be represented by two speakers presenting perspectives from the public and private sectors. Also representing Providence will be Colin Kane, chair of the I-195 Commission as the public perspective, while Christine will speak from the private sector.