Positioned to assist clients such as product manufacturers, ARCADIA designed a metal hardware solution, for Duratherm Windows, a division of Pella Windows. This product added a dependable product to the Duratherm's growing and modern line of wood windows.
The ModCast side latch designed by ARCADIA follows a simple geometry of two parallel rectangles: a mounting plate and finger paddle.
In addition to achieving Duratherm's goal of producing a stronger latch pawl, ARCADIA designers concealed the mounting plate fasteners and created a comfortable finger paddle with a sculpted underside node for the user to tactilely discover when engaging the latch.
Arcadia designworks was founded by architect-industrial designer Patric Santerre and planner-designer Celeste Bard in 2003.
Arcadia provides a variety of planning and design services, including challenge based creative thinking services to corporations, organizations and individuals who require services involving land, buildings and manufactured consumer goods.
On a daily basis, Patric, Celeste and their research, design and engineering consultants can be found working on plans for a multi-million dollar building or directing the development of a 3D printed model of a new product destined for manufacturing and commercial distribution.
Patric and Celeste's combined experience of planning, architecture and industrial design has enhanced their ability to look beyond conventional design solutions to progressive, smarter approaches for designing buildings and products respective of client's needs and budget and for the sustained health of our planet.
Often the story behind the making of a building is more meaningful than the creativity expressed by its architecture. ARCADIA's principal architect Patric Santerre was recently honored by the library's Board of Directors with the commission to redesign the building, one that he frequented regularly when growing up in Millinocket. Whether coincidence or fate, Patric's first architectural intern position in 1984 was with the architecture firm Wadsworth Boston the original architects and engineers who designed the building in 1963.
With tremendous support from the library's new director Matt DeLaney, the Friends of the Library who brought the library back to life after closing, and local community stakeholders, ARCADIA designworks is rethinking the idea of what a library is for a small rural community in the 21st Century. They are breathing new life into its spaces with a complimentary modern architecture, one that celebrates children in a room above ground, older patrons with a new memorial porch, while using locally produced building products and making great efforts in reducing the building's dependency on fossil fuels.
Anticipated construction Spring 2019
Assistance in rendered images designer Derek Smythe.
Sterling Rope is a major U.S. manufacturer of safety rope, cord, and hardware for customers like rock climbers, arborists, firefighters or radio tower technicians. By offering a simulation training space within their factory, companies and organizations arrive on-site for learning and teaching opportunities.
The new training center is the brainchild of Sterling's President and Founder, together with ARCADIA designworks, and Becker Structural Engineers.
ARCADIA's sustainable, reuse approach was used to renovate the windowless, 5,500 square feet maze-like, mezzanine space. Floor plans were scrutinized to take advantage of existing interior walls, while doors, frames and hardware were each itemized for reuse. Salvaged equipment and material substitutions where appropriate improved project efficiency, and maintained project costs.
To simulate on-the-job demands, users will find two angled walls for rock climbing, a free-standing 30 foot radio tower, and for firefighters specifically, a vertical wall with removable window and door plugs. A key component to the new facility is the center's addition of an adjacent classroom creating easy transition from formal lecture space to the hands-on equipment.
ARCADIA designworks' Millinocket Pool and Bathhouse is an excellent example of community youth-investment for a better future. Noted in 2008 by AIA judges as a "huge signpost for a small community," the project is a success for the young and old. Truly an oasis and an excellent example of small-town America's support of modern architecture.
ARCADIA's knowledge of the town's rich history of papermaking and timber harvesting was in part the inspiration to the bathhouses stunning canopied entrance and split log building forms. During a hot summer day, patrons are drawn to the shimmer of the water through a smaller human-scale gateway than the larger column framed gateway from which the first entered. And as they exit their view is of the children's playground with a view of Mount Katahdin above the trees.
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ARCADIA designworks is a multi-disciplined design consultancy providing architecture, industrial design, and challenge based creative thinking services to corporations, organizations and individuals.
On a daily basis, ARCADIA's team of creative people can be found working on the plans of a multi-million dollar commercial building or new products for manufacturing and commercial distribution. ARCADIA's broad cumulative experience as planners, licensed architects and industrial designers has enabled them to broaden their focus to look beyond conventional design solutions to progressive, smarter approaches of building and product design respective of the user, their clients needs and budget, and sustained health of our planet.
Every project is a combined, creative exploration of teamwork in which our firm Makes Our Imaginations.