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.
KITE Principal Christine Malecki West, AIA speaks on I-195 Opportunities at TEDxProvidence
TEDxProvidence was a fantastic success! With an eye toward the imminent opportunities in the parcels vacated by the I-195 relocation in Providence’s Jewelry District, KITE’s Christine Malecki West, AIA spoke about how we can appreciate the City’s unique sense of place and influence new development with a positive, constructive approach. Entitled “This is the Place”, the video presentation will be available shortly on YouTube.
KITE Nominated for Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award
KITE Architects is honored to have been nominated for consideration in the 2012 National Design Awards of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in the category of Architectural Design. The multidisciplinary design awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of quality of life, and are recognized in an awards ceremony and gala to be held in New York City at Pier 60 on October 20.
Kingstown Crossings earns LEED Gold Certification!
KITE is pleased to announce that the first phase of Kingstown Crossings Apartments has officially received certification through the LEED for Homes program administered by the US Green Building Council at the Gold level.
KITE’s Narragansett Bay Commission earns AIAri Design Award
KITE was thrilled to receive an Merit Award for their design for the Narragansett Bay Commission Operations Building at their annual AIAri Design Awards Gala at Ocean Cliff in Newport on December 2.
Carter Center Inspires Original Music
Premiering May 22, 2011 at the Providence Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, KITE Architects’ work to create the Carter Center of Music Education has helped inspire an original orchestral work “Credo”, by composer Roger Chichy and performed by the RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
PPS Awards 1577 Westminster Street with Neighborhood Revitalization Award
The Providence Preservation Society awarded the new building at 1577 Westminster Street designed by KITE Architects with a Neighborhood Revitalization Ceremony at their annual Preservation Awards on April 28, 2011.
Albert Garcia, AIA Speaks on AIAri Green Roof Panel
Albert Garcia, AIA appeared as an expert panelist at the March 24, 2011 seminar at AIAri headquarters on green roofs. Albert presented an in-depth case study on the extensive green roof systems now underway at the Narragansett Bay Commission, as well as the code issues affecting its installation in a high wind zone.
WBNA Honors KITE with Community Development Award
The West Broadway Neighborhood Association recognized the efforts of KITE to construct the new building at 1577 Westminster Street along with Barbara Sokoloff Associates at their annual meeting on January 11, 2011.
Carter Center for Music Education wins AIAri Design Award
KITE is thrilled that their design for the Carter Center for Music Education for the RI Philharmonic and Music School has won a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects Rhode Island Chapter in the Interiors category.
Torsion III Dedicated at URI’s Lippitt Hall
Peter Diepenbrock’s sculpture in front of the newly renovated Lippitt Hall at the University of Rhode Island was dedicated with a well-attended ceremony on April 26th. KITE’s renovations were completed in early 2009 and the sculpture was funded by RI’s public art program. Diepenbrock’s remarks at the event stressed how important the arts are for their ability to teach a process of establishing a vision, then setting goals and understanding one’s own capacity to reach them. As an example, he