9 | 23 | 2019Central Park Conservancy Unveils Design for New Harlem Meer Project

Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design, in collaboration with Mitchell Giurgola, is working with the Central Park Conservancy to re-imagine Central Park’s Lasker Pool and Rink. Located at the intersection of history, landscape, recreation, and the City, the design builds upon the historical framework envisioned by Olmsted and Vaux to re-open the Harlem Meer and surrounding community to the rest of the Park. The design calls for the demolition of the existing facility, construction of a new pool and rink, and the renewal of the surrounding landscape. Cut into the topography of the site, the integration of architecture and landscape comes together to create a new recreational experience that is integrated into the Park’s magnificent landscape and accessible to the public throughout the year. The project is the largest in Central Park Conservancy’s history and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2024.

Press Release

Central Park Conservancy

Architect’s Newspaper Article

New York Times Article

CBS New York Article


7 | 29 | 2019The Chewonki Foundation Announces Plans for Expansion

STR | A • D is designing cabins for the new Camp Chewonki for Girls, in Wiscasset, Maine. The design integrates the cabins into the site’s surrounding landscape and topography. The project is in collaboration with OPAL of Belfast, Maine. Construction will begin this fall for occupancy in summer 2020.

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Eastside Campus Expansion


7 | 22 | 2019The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine Opens a New Addition to Their Historic Building

A new addition to The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine opened in late spring, designed by Susan Rodriguez while a design partner at Ennead Architects.  The addition expands the first and second floors of the historic building including a new entry to the school, the expansion of the school’s dining facilities, a new maker space, media lab, and admissions offices. The project follows numerous renovations of the existing facility over the past ten years. Integrating old and new, the new design introduces a more open, accessible and daylit environment for teaching and learning.  It is the first addition to the building since it was completed in 1901.

5 | 24 | 2019College of the Atlantic Breaks Ground on Center for Human Ecology

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Center for Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic will be held on May 25th in the Gates Community Center. The new Center for Human Ecology, designed by Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design with OPAL (formerly GO Logic) of Belfast, ME, will form the new academic core of campus. Construction of the Center will follow the German Passive House standard for energy performance, representing an 80% reduction in energy use versus comparable code-compliant construction.

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Transformative Campus Project Set for COA

Groundbreaking Planned at COA

College of the Atlantic Magazine Spring 2019 (page 28-37)

5 | 20 | 2019Waterville Arts Center to Move Ahead

The Waterville Downtown Arts Center, now the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, will move into the next phase of design. A collaboration between Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design and OPAL (formerly GO Logic), the Center will be a beacon for the arts on Main Street.

Paul J. Schupf Commits Leadership Gift to Downtown Arts Center.

4 | 5 | 2019Groundbreaking Ceremony for IU Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon Held April 4th

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon at Indiana University was held on April 4th.  The design for the new Grand Carillon seeks to establish a symbol of the University’s bicentennial, a new focal point on campus and place of gathering.  65 bells weighing 88,000 pounds will be supported by 6 limestone and steel piers.  Horizontal steel rings will visually and structurally unify the tower.   “Large audiences will once again be able to enjoy regular concerts and recitals by faculty and students from IU’s renowned Jacobs School of Music on this magnificent instrument” IU President Michael McRobbie said. “In addition, the Jacobs School and the Bloomington campus will revive the tradition of inviting distinguished carillonneurs from around the world to perform on the instrument.”

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