“For the last three years, I have had the pleasure of working with Maura Newell Juan of seventy2architects in my role as Facilities Director at Greenwich Academy. We worked with this firm on three projects, each with outstanding results. I recommended them highly and without reservation.
In 2012, Maura designed a great solution to an ongoing problem at the upper school building. Without a vestibule at the entrance, occupants were uncomfortable in the winter and the entrance was a source of great energy loss. Maura designed a vestibule that was a perfect match to the existing architecture. Many have observed that the new vestibule looks like it has always been there.
In 2014, Maura helped us crate an amazing new fitness center by reconfiguring existing space in our athletic complex. This resulted in new office space, new locker rooms, a yoga studio, a spin and erg studio, and a fitness center. This project involved a lot of creativity to convert a brick veneer structure with very few windows into an attractive structure with numerous windows and a curtain wall system.
This year, Maura designed a residential renovation at a multi-family dwelling owned by the school. This involved a complete interior gutting and a completely new floor plan. The end result was a space with four beautiful apartments. The administrators at the school were impressed with how Maura was able to take advantage of every square inch of available space to make the floor plan so much more functional than before, without adding any new square feet.
In all these projects, Maura delivered professional presentations to various town agencies to assist us in obtaining the necessary zoning approvals for the projects. We are a repeat customer because of her professionalism, great designs, and efficient working relationship. I am pleased to be able to provide this recommendation for seventy2architects.