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The focus of the work of Smith Edwards McCoy Architects (SEMA) are the many civic buildings that comprise Connecticut’s cities and towns. These include schools and educational facilities, libraries, museums, performing arts facilities, fire houses, public spaces and streetscapes, housing of all types, and even parks and cemeteries. These buildings and places not only serve critical functions for the communities they serve, but they also reinforce and define the character of those particular communities.  This may be the renovation of a historically significant school such as the M.D. Fox Elementary School in Hartford, the repurposing of vacant industrial buildings into a vibrant downtown neighborhood such as New Haven’s Ninth Square, converting a decommissioned school into supportive housing in Waterbury, or a newly designed Montessori Magnet School at the Learning Corridor in Hartford. These are all examples of the work we do and do well to revitalize communities across Connecticut.

SEMA has also completed multiple projects over time for a variety of cultural institutions that has allowed these institutions to expand the services they provide to their community. For nearly 30 years we have provided architectural services to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Projects included extensive “envelope repairs” to their 5 campus buildings, major renovations to existing galleries as well as creating new gallery space, and way finding and accessibility improvements.

For Renbrook School in West Hartford we were hired to design a campus master plan and over a 12 year period fully implemented that plan by creating new science and technology classrooms, a new cafeteria and expanded auditorium, a gymnasium, and a new library/learning center. All these facilities were interconnected around two campus courtyards creating both functional and campus cohesion.

Similarly our restoration and renovation of Jarvis, Northam and Seabury halls along with associated site improvements has re-established the Long Walk as the center of campus life at Trinity College. The campus has been further enhanced by the work of SEMA with the performing arts spaces and faculty offices at the renovated Trinity Commons, and most recently a new rehearsal hall and recording studio addition to the Austin Arts Center.

In like fashion SEMA has designed multiple performing art spaces for the University of Hartford. These include the acoustically sophisticated Berkman Auditorium, and a sequenced renovation to the Fuller Building and Millard Auditorium. Most notable is the Handel Performing Arts Center that transformed a defunct and dilapidated former car dealership into a sparkling, light-filled and vibrant dance, theater and community dance program facility for the University of Hartford’s HARTT School.

In each case these facilities have enlivened and enhanced the particular community they serve.