This past December, we lost our friend and colleague Christine Borland following a brave and inspirational fight with a long term illness. Christine was a graduate of Roger Williams University and she joined KCG Architects in 2015. During her time with us, her contributions were invaluable across a wide variety of projects. She worked closely with NYC Landmarks to help get design approval for the historic facade at 246 Fifth Avenue, worked hard on details on the SETC South Florida drawings, assumed a leadership role on the successful Bistro and Xperience projects, and joined with our entire office in the design and construction team effort with our 2017 entry for Fashion Meets Finishes. Our office is one that is defined by teamwork and collaboration, and Christine’s skills and personality were a great fit and a real asset to everyone fortunate enough to have known and worked with her. We miss her strength, her humor and her boundless optimism, and take some consolation in remembering how the example of her life can be a continuing inspiration for our work and for our lives.
KCG Architects was a finalist in the Runway to Street Chic category at the 2017 Fashion Meets Finish "Battle of the Decades" event, held Thursday April 6th at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey. Fashion Meets Finish is an annual event sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) held to benefit design education. For Fashion Meets Finish, architecural and design offices are teamed with product vendors and asked to create a wearable outfit using only the available material finishes. KCG Architects was teamed with Nemo Tile (www.nemotile.com), chose the decade of the 1990s and a team name of "Yo!" as a starting point for the design. The outfit included a jacket made from Schluter Kerdi-Flex, MC Hammer pants made from Schluter Kerdi-Flex with Bostik BostiMat accents, a shirt with Bisazza Tiles and a boom box made Laticrete Strata Mat with Schluter Ditra-Heat speakers. Team Yo! was represented on the runway by KCG Architects' own Austin Mendez. Austin was a clear crowd favorite as danced to early 90s hits including "Jump Around," "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" and "U Can't Touch This."
SoFive is an indoor soccer facility located in Carlstadt, NJ. KCG Architects worked with SoFive to provide drawings for an expansion of their upper level lounge. The scope of work included adding an interior food prep area, bar, office and a enlarged lounge area which overlooks the indoor soccer fields below. New partitions, millwork, equipment and lighting fixtures were added to convert the space into a welcoming lounge area.
Construction proceeds at 159 Canal Street in New York City, on a site near the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. The scope of the project includes a new two story retail podium on the corner of Canal and Elizabeth Streets and a gut renovation of the five story Elizabeth Street component. KCG Architects continue to work closely with tenants and expeditor to reach completion and Certificate of Occupancy for the building.
KCG Architects announces the launch of our redesigned company website at www.KCG-Arch.com. The site features high resolution images of our work in a content rich format that is scalable to both desktop and mobile platforms. The site also includes a News section where you can catch up with the latest projects and developments at KCG Architects as well as links to all of our social media accounts.