SPG Architects Exceeds Client Expectations with Thoughtful, Well-Conceived Designs

Posted by Julie McClure on 8/12/13 10:50 AM  |  3 min read time

We're highlighting the great work of another Vectorworks user! In this new case study, learn how Founder Coty Sidnam, AIA, and Partner Eric A. Gartner, AIA, LEED AP+, have led SPG Architects to success for more than 20 years, gaining industry recognition along the way for strongly conceived and well-executed work. Today, this midsized firm operates out of New York City and embraces a diverse portfolio including homes and corporate interiors, interior renovations, and freestanding projects for retail and corporate clients.

SPG achieved a clean design throughout the Greenwich Village apartment by using airy materials, and lightly colored floors, cabinetry, and walls. Photo courtesy of Dan Levin.

The case study focuses on four projects, starting with the Greenwich Village Penthouse, for which the firm handled the architectural and interior design. “The ability to use color in our Vectorworks Architect drawings
 helped us represent our design intent,” adds Gartner. “We also used the tool that lets you change an object’s opacity, so we could represent translucent materials while still seeing objects in the distance beyond. Plus, having drawings that were really graphic in their representation helped us communicate more effectively with subcontractors.”

In the Asheville Leicester House, natural ventilation and large overhangs mitigate solar gain. Photo courtesy of Dan Levin.

The case study also features the award-winning Leicester House. Sited in the sophisticated, small city of Asheville, North Carolina, the home incorporates sustainable and environmentally responsible attributes. The firm’s interests in such issues led it to take on international projects and sustainable design in Latin America and Africa. Its first commissioned client was for a project along Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. The resulting solution was a house that is 100% off the grid and is self-sufficient in its use of power and water.

The last project featured in the story is located in the Banda region of Rwanda, Africa. The client for this project, which incorporates master planning, sustainable design, and eco-tourism, is Kageno Worldwide,
 an organization that identifies communities suffering from impoverishment, AIDS, genocide, and limited access to health care, clean water, and education. SGP's project goes beyond architectural sustainability, incorporating social and cultural viability into its mission. A community center, library, office, and kitchen anchor the site, with two branches reaching in a “V” with a health center and pharmacy serving 1,000 people monthly, four classrooms serving 300 children, a visitor’s center, and bungalows for visitors and permanent staff.

“The photos we see of adults and children enjoying the buildings and benefiting from the provided services are sources of great satisfaction and joy, and prove that with some careful, planned action, and great software like Vectorworks, we can work anywhere,” says Sidnam.

To read more about these projects and SPG Architects' use of Vectorworks software, click here.

Topics: Architecture, Eric Gartner, Firm Profile, Kageno Worldwide, SPG Architects, Success Story, Vectorworks Architect, Case Study, Coty Sidnam

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