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9 | 5 | 2018SUSAN T RODRIGUEZ | ARCHITECTURE • DESIGN AND MITCHELL GIURGOLA ARCHITECTS TO DESIGN NEW FACILITY AT LASKER POOL AND RINK IN CENTRAL PARK

Plans to transform the Lasker facility at the northern end of Central Park were announced in a July ceremony on the shore of the Harlem Meer. Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design with Mitchell Giurgola Architects, LLP are the architects for the new project. Lasker Pool & Rink has provided low cost ice skating, free swimming, and community programming to Harlem and East Harlem communities since it opened in 1963. Faced with the need for extensive and recurring repairs to the existing structure, Central Park Conservancy and the City of New York have partnered to reimagine the facility as one that is more aligned with the mission of the Park, returning the focus of the area to recreation and the experience of nature. The new design will establish a state-of-the-art facility that is integrated into the topography and accessible to all. The design incorporates a watercourse that will reconnect the Harlem Meer to the Ravine through Huddlestone Arch, creating increased opportunities for recreation and re-establishing a threshold to the North Woods.

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Central Park’s Lasker Pool will get a $150M renovation

Northern Section of Central Park and Public Pool to Get Major Redesign

Central Park’s Pool will get a $150M renovation

7 | 13 | 2018Vinalhaven Veterans Memorial Dedicated

The Vinalhaven Veterans Memorial was dedicated on July 7th – the culmination of a three-year design collaboration between Susan Rodriguez, island leaders, and volunteers. Crafted of local Vinalhaven granite, the memorial draws on local tradition, skills, and resources. The ceremony was attended by many island veterans, as well as representatives of the Maine State government.

The ceremony called attention to the notable civic dedication of the island community, which has heroically and selflessly served the country in times of need. The memorial was conceived and built largely through volunteered time, resources, and expertise, and is a testament to the continuing vitality and generosity of the community.

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7 | 2 | 2018Susan Rodriguez Leads Open House New York Tour of Staten Island Courthouse

The Staten Island Courthouse, designed by Susan Rodriguez while a design partner at Ennead, was the subject of a recent Open House New York tour as a part of their Spaces of Justice series.

The tour, led by Susan Rodriguez and Christopher Halloran of Ennead, allowed attendees to see the inner workings of the courthouse. Heralded as a model for an improved court system, the courthouse is equipped with meeting spaces for attorneys and clients, light-filled courtrooms, and comfortable waiting and deliberating areas for the jury. The transparency of the building symbolizes fairness and openness before the law.

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6 | 27 | 2018Groundbreaking Ceremony held for Harrisburg Federal Courthouse

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new United States Courthouse for the Middle District of Pennsylvania was held on June 25th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The groundbreaking comes after a nearly fifteen-year design process led by Susan Rodriguez as a design partner at Ennead.

The 250,000 square foot building will be located at a vital intersection in midtown Harrisburg. The design and siting of the courthouse embodies the important confluence of the Federal judiciary and the community it serves to create a striking civic landmark. The Honorable Christopher C. Conner, the chief judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, delivered the keynote address and summed up the principles that have guided the design of the building, saying “We will have a public building which will generate a strong sense of civic pride and reflect the dignity and stability of a fair and impartial judiciary.”

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5 | 17 | 2018Lycée Français de New York Addition Awarded SARA | NY Design Award

Lycée Français de New York has been awarded a 2018 SARA | NY Design Award for an addition to the main Lycée building. Both the main building, which was completed in 2003, and the 2016 addition were designed by Susan T. Rodriguez as Design Partner at Ennead Architects. The addition creates a new identity for the school on York Avenue, reinforcing its relationship to the neighborhood and city.   

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5 | 2 | 2018SUSAN T RODRIGUEZ | ARCHITECTURE • DESIGN CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN CHELSEA OFFICE

Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design moved into our office at 555 W 25th street a year ago yesterday. The sun-filled office is in a landmarked building built for Cornell Iron Works in 1891, making it the oldest building in the district. It’s been an incredible journey growing into the space over the past year — we’ve come a long way from three card tables, director’s chairs, and three outlets!

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3 | 15 | 2018NORTH TRANSEPT AT THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE NEARS COMPLETION, YEARS AFTER DAMAGING FIRE

A renovation and restoration effort at the North Transept of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is nearing completion, nearly 17 years after the structure was severely damaged by a five-alarm fire in December 2001. The work by Susan T. Rodriguez / Ennead Architects encloses the North Transept with a new roof, protecting the interior which had been open to the elements since the fire. Built on the historic walls of the Cathedral, the roof protects the original structure and paves the way for future work on the interior space.

Fire Damages St. John the Divine, Gutting Gift Shop and Scorching Art

History of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

3 | 13 | 2018VINALHAVEN VETERAN’S MEMORIAL TO BE DEDICATED JULY 7, 2018

The new Vinalhaven Veteran’s Memorial at the intersection of Main Street and High Street is set to open to the public on July 7, 2018. The new memorial will anchor annual Memorial Day and July 4th parades and creates a new public gathering space on Main Street.

Vinalhaven to honor World War II vets with new memorial

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3 | 5 | 2018COLBY COLLEGE AND WATERVILLE CREATES! ANNOUNCE FUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR PROPOSED FILM AND ART CENTER IN DOWNTOWN WATERVILLE

The plan for a new downtown arts and education center in Waterville, Maine was announced on March 2, 2018 by Colby College and Waterville Creates!. The design by Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design and GO Logic will transform and expand the historic building at the intersection of Main Street and Castonguay Square. The new building will establish a new center for the arts in downtown Waterville, incorporating spaces for the Colby College Museum of Art, The Maine International Film Festival, and the Waterville Opera House. A café and educational spaces are also included in the design. 

The project contributes to Colby College’s on-going effort to revitalize historic downtown Waterville through collaboration with the city, private donors, and other public groups.

Situated by the Kennebec River, Waterville was once a major hub of manufacturing and shipping. This history is still visible in the impressive brick buildings that make up much of Waterville’s downtown. The revitalization effort by Colby College has focused on creating links between campus and downtown, while also establishing Waterville as a destination city. Other projects include a new hotel and student housing.

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Central Maine, “Art, Film Center Envisioned for The Center in Downtown Waterville”

Maine Biz, “Colby, Waterville Creates! Collaborate on Downtown Arts Building Renovation”

Colby College, “Colby and Waterville Creates! Partner to Establish New Downtown Arts Center”

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