Say Hello to Pica's Pub & Grill

Pica's Pub & Grill was a labor of love for me.

After getting the the first call from Owner/ Head Chef Shane Bernard back in November 2016, I was excited to take on the ground-up construction of the new eatery. Little did I know, I would be joining the Bernard family on the journey to open their dream restaurant.

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From design concept through selecting finishes, this project was a pleasure to work on.  I am happy for the Bernard Family to finally open the doors. It's a bittersweet moment for me, akin to sending your child off to their first day of school.

I thank the amazing writing of Loop Weekly for capturing the story of Pica's and highlighting the imminent success and impact Pica's will have within the community.

So, if you can't find me at the office, I'll most likely be at Pica's taking in all it has to offer. Hope to see you there.

If You Come, They Will Build It

Last October, I unveiled images of the new pavilion for Salem NH's non-profit Field of Dreams Park and Playground.

This Sunday, August 13th, Field of Dreams will be hosting its 1st annual Family Fun Day from 11 am - 3pm to kick off the fundraising for the proposed pavilion. 

I recently spoke with LOOP Weekly about our Family Fun Day fundraising event and shared with them how the new pavilion is not only needed for bettering the park, but for the Greater Salem community.

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You can also check out the article on LOOP Weekly's site here.

 

Designing a New Chapter

Designing a new pub is great. Having community support and excitement is even better.

Methuen's new newspaper, Loop Weekly, features the transformation of the former Common Grounds Café to Pica's Pub & Grill.  

Common Grounds Café suffered an unfortunate fire (ironically on my birthday) and was subsequently demolished. In its place, the new Pica's Pub & Grill which will feature a custom bar nestled in warm colors and natural materials with a blend of lodge rustic and urban industrial.

Read more about the history of the family cafe and the design process of the soon -to- be everyone's favorite local pub here

 

 Common Grounds Café owner Wayne Bernard and I reviewing design documents.

Common Grounds Café owner Wayne Bernard and I reviewing design documents.

Salem's New Sleek Salon

 

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for my client, Fantastic Sam's.

Last summer, Fantastic Sam's approached me looking for assistance in getting their project built here in Salem. I'll admit, franchises can often limit an architect's design freedom; however, I quickly learned this salon is anything but cookie cutter.

The clean lines, introduction of bold color, unique lighting, and overall visual impact gives Fantastic Sam's its personality.

Hearing the customers' delight and awe with the space, and knowing the owners' are so proud, this is my motivation to do more great work. 

 

 

 

 

Color and Style Energizes New Headquarters

Often times business owners become too focused on technical detail of a renovation and miss the emotional connection and comfort of a space.

The HYPE Agency relocated their headquarters and did a complete renovation of the 2,184 sf space. The planning and design of the space comes to life through the color, material, and lighting selections.  This brings a whole new energy and inspiration to HYPE's workplace.

Check out pictures of their dynamic space below.

 

Read about how HYPE feels about their new office space here.

Conceptual Campground Pavilion

We've just finished the first round of preliminary images of the future Country Aire Campground pavilion in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

The 2-story, 30 x 100 ft pavilion will nestle into the sloping grade and complement the surroundings. The first floor will be open to the environment while the upper floor will be enclosed with large windows designed not to restrict the natural views.

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS - Additions & Renovation Residential Project in Winchester, MA

Nearly complete additions and renovations project in Winchester, MA includes a 24' x 28' Great Room addition, a Master Suite addition, new basement rec room, and an additional garage bay. 

Additions include over 2,100 square feet of construction of which 1,875 is livable square footage.

Utilizing a computer generated 3D model allowed my client the ability to visualize how their new additions would integrate with their existing home.

 

IMAGES UNVEILED - Field of Dreams, Salem, NH

Only June 22nd, at the first annual Movie Night at Field of Dreams, concept renderings were revealed to the public for the first time.  Robert William Hannon Architect PLLC has been working with the non-profit organization to develop a design for a new pavilion, replacing the 23 year old existing wood stage.

The goal of the design was to generate a contemporary facility that will esthetically fit within the naturally wooded site and be resistant to potential vandalism.  The Pavilion will be fully handicap accessible, an important feature the existing stage is lacking.  The proposed design includes a roof to protect equipment and performers in the case of threatening weather conditions.  In 2015, thirty percent of the concerts from the Summer Concert Series were cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Field of Dreams board is now actively in the fundraising stage.  To supplement current reserves, the board will be applying for grants and doing community outreach activities in the coming months.

Field of Dreams is a community park and playground located on Geremonty Drive in Salem, NH.  There is a playground with a dedicated toddler area, as well as areas for older children.  Other features of the park include a newly appointed fitness trail, walking/hiking trails, a volleyball court, picnic areas, and a stage for performances.  Field of Dreams also hosts the weekly Summer Concert Series and other community events throughout the year.  The park can be rented for parties and events.  More information about the park can be found on the official website, www.fieldofdreamsnh.org.

New Home for T-Rex

For the last year, RWH has been assisting an amazing non-profit organization with the design of a new dinosaur museum on Long Island, NY.  

On 9/28, I visited the Center for Science Teaching & Learning (CSTL) in Rockville Center, NY to attend the pre-construction meeting and meet the team of contractors that will be putting up the museum building.

The director of CSTL, Ray Ann Havasy, Ph.d, was a consulting scientist on the first Jurassic Park movie. At the end of filming, Director Steven Spielberg gave Ms. Havasy the props from the movie.

The 500lb T-Rex has been outside for a few years, while other skeletons and prehistoric props remained in storage.

This project will give the CSTL's expansive dinosaur collection a permanent home.

The team is set to construct the foundation and steel before the weather becomes too extreme. With the building closed in, mechanical, electrical, and fire protection systems can be installed during the winter months.  As soon as the ground thaws in the spring, the geothermal wells can be installed, providing the exhibit with a renewable energy source.

CSTL is projecting a grand opening mid 2017.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning, is situated within Tanglewood Preserve—a nature preserve in Rockville Centre, NY. Their mission is simple: to encourage science learning and literacy in everyone, children as well as adults. CSTL is a 501(C3) nonprofit organization that is operated by a passionate, intelligent, and highly qualified staff that includes scientists, certified teachers, former school administrators, and skilled artists and craftsman. These professionals are dedicated to incorporating each of the three basic core sciences—Life science, Physical science, and Earth science —into an experience in a way that engages people, making learning a real adventure.

I enjoyed my visit to CSTL and seeing all the exhibits and great learning activities.  When in the area, I highly encourage you to visit the CSTL as they always have something new going on. It makes for a great family day.  Don't miss the live animal exhibit.

Make sure you check out the CSTL Facebook page, as they post all the latest happenings.

RWH Appointed House Doctor to Lowell Housing Authority

Salem, NH architecture firm, Robert William Hannon Architect PLLC, has been awarded the Designer Services for Capital Projects contract from the Lowell Housing Authority.

Also referred to as House Doctor, work under this contract includes professional services including bid and construction document development, design and material specifications, cost estimates and field inspections.

“This opportunity captured my attention as I have a secret affinity for this growing city,” said the firm’s Principal Robert W. Hannon, AIA.

The firm has completed design projects within downtown Lowell including condominiums, bars, and restaurants.

The Lowell Housing Authority was founded in 1937 and works with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other government partners to provide housing and Social Service programs for those in need.

“This city has made great strides toward making Lowell a better place to live.  I once lived in Lowell myself and am excited to be part of the positive changes in this community,” says Hannon.

The contract term is for one year, with a possibility of extending to three years.

"The Lowell Housing Authority team, working in partnership with other housing providers, local Government and our residents, will strive to provide the highest level of housing and a variety of social service programs that will assist residents and employees in achieving the highest level of self-sufficiency". For more information, visit http://www.lowellhousingauthority.org.

For 20 years, Robert W. Hannon, AIA has been designing facilities for a broad range of clientele including commercial, corporate, government, residential, and education market sectors.

For more information on Robert William Hannon Architect PLLC please visit www.rwh-architect.com or contact Robert Hannon directly at rob@rwh-architect.com.

 

Happy Birthday to Mr. Frank Gehry.

In college I attended a live lecture with Frank Gehry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He told a story about why he designs the buildings the way that he does. His response was simple: "Because I think it's cool."

All these years this comment stuck with me because he wasn't over-concerned about fulling a greater purpose. What he thought was cool architecture was good enough.  Hearing that shaped my philosophy and ultimately my future projects.

With the help of Architectural Digest, celebrate this iconic architect with this inspiring slide show featuring classics like Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Dancing House, and Boston’s own Ray and Maria Stata Center.

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RWH Adds New Structure to Field of Dream’s Board Member Roster

I am pleased to announce that I am now a board member for Salem, NH’s local park and playground, Field of Dreams.

Since establishing my practice in the Greater Salem area, I had been wanting to join a non-profit.  After seeing how much the community values the park, and the passion of the fellow board members, I wanted to be part of the Field of Dreams mission.

For more than two decades, the Field of Dreams has been a beloved community landmark. Across from the Town Hall, and neighboring the High School, the public park and playground is located in the heart of Salem, NH on Geremonty Drive. Along with an expansive playground area, there are hiking trails, a fitness trail, a volleyball court, a performance stage, and several picnic areas. The park is also a highly active member of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce.

The Field of Dreams also hosts a weekly Summer Concert Series. Throughout the year the park attracts local residents for seasonal and fundraising activities. The park can also be rented for parties and events. More information about the park can be found on the official website.

I find it refreshing to be part of such an important community asset, and to be associated with an organization led by such motivated individuals. The enthusiasm of the board members and the community is inspiring. I’m excited to lend my industry expertise to the Field of Dream’s future plans, and hope to make a positive impact for many years to come.



Smokehouse Tavern

I was contacted again by the Smokehouse Tavern to help with renovations. Smokehouse Tavern is located in one of Lowell’s iconic Mill buildings. At 124 years old, the Institute Building has amazing character.

Smokehouse Tavern engaged my services as they needed to re-energize the front entry way; rethink an underutilized hostess station, and make room for some much needed billiard tables.

The original Village Smokehouse, now Smokehouse Tavern, was always a great bar. With the addition of the billiard tables, this place is going to be an even bigger downtown hot spot. 

Stop in to Smokehouse Tavern to see the changes.

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