KITE Architects, in conjunction with Shawmut Design and Construction (SDC) as the design-builder, completed a major addition and technically demanding renovation of the relocated four-story historic Sharpe House to create a consolidated home for Brown University’s History Department.
The addition connects the building with the historic Peter Green House in a design that responds to the historic context of the building while creating new campus places both exterior and interior.
Many of the key moves were driven by a need to provide access to all levels and spaces, and includes a new grade-level loggia “connector”, internal elevator and stair core, and a two-story bridge.
Comprehensive upgrades to the interior meet current teaching needs and expand the number of faculty offices, graduate workspace, and enhanced common areas.
As an enabling project, KITE worked closely with SDC to prepare early-release design documents to allow the house to be relocated as the design and documents were being completed. KITE worked alongside SDC on extensive scope review and pricing exercises to ensure that decisions were value-driven and risks reduced.