We are always sad to see our Summer interns return to school, though we always hope to see our flock return in the future! This year we were grateful to have University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Masters of Architecture candidate, Maitri Savani, helping our team and learning a lot in the office and on job sites. It is always meaningful to know they get a lot out of the experience as well and we are thankful Maitri shared her thoughts:
"I am thrilled to reflect on an incredible summer spent as an intern at David Sisson Architecture. The journey has been both a tremendous learning experience and an absolute blast!
Throughout these months, I had the privilege of working alongside a brilliant team of architects and designers who were not only passionate about their craft but also incredibly supportive in guiding me through the intricacies of the field. Their mentorship has truly enriched my understanding of architecture and its real-world applications.
A special shoutout to Dave Sisson, Stephen Dargo, Abd Soufan and Karina Nurumova: your unwavering support and guidance have been instrumental in making this internship an unforgettable one. Your insights and willingness to share your expertise have greatly contributed to my growth during this time.
From collaborating on exciting projects to witnessing the architectural process firsthand, every day at David Sisson Architecture was a step forward in my professional journey. The dynamic environment, coupled with the team's camaraderie, made the experience not only educational but also immensely enjoyable.
As I wrap up this chapter and head back to my academic pursuits, I am grateful for the friendships formed, the knowledge gained, and the memories created. Here's to the countless sketches, design discussions, and laughter-filled lunch breaks that made this summer truly remarkable."
Thank you, Maitri! We hope to see you back with the team soon!
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Principal Architect David Sisson, AIA, LEED AP is excited to join the Board of Directors serving the ACE Mentor Program Rhode Island.
The ACE Mentor Program RI is one of over 75 affiliated national programs with the ACE Mentor Program of America. The organization seeks to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.
Visit www.ACEMentorRI.org to learn more about the program and get involved.
In the news: Woonsocket Middle School project and David Sisson Architecture featured in The Providence Journal
The buzz is growing about this exciting adaptive-reuse project in Woonsocket, RI! Check out this front page feature on The Providence Journal. Read the full article HERE.
On the Boards: Long Dormant Woonsocket Middle School Set to Serve Again with Luxury Mixed Use Development
WOONSOCKET, RI - Design work has commenced on another exciting adaptive reuse and multifamily housing project on our boards: the redevelopment of the Woonsocket Middle School building. This example of Classical Revival architecture was designed by a prominent local architect, Walter Fontaine, and built in 1914. Originally constructed as the local high school, it became the middle school in 1967 - the largest middle school in New England at the time.
The school was closed in 2009 when new smaller middle schools were built nearby. Now vacant since 2010, the city had been looking for a new owner and purpose when The Goldman Group learned about the building and developed a vision for its future, and purchased the property at the end of 2022.
Now tasked with designing the new development and helping realize our client's vision, the David Sisson Architecture team has hit the ground running. Historic preservation will again be an important factor for this project, as the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017. Working with approximately 200,000 square feet of space, we will aim to preserve the integrity of the original architecture, ensure the safety of the structure and all future occupants, redesign the interior for its new intended use while using space efficiently and maximizing the number of quality housing units this project will offer to the community. The project is expected to result in more than 150 apartments and an upscale community recreation center.
We look forward to sharing updates throughout the process!
David Sisson Architecture is excited to welcome Stephen Dargo, AIA to the firm as Senior Project Manager. A registered architect, Stephen brings over 20 years of experience practicing architecture in New York City, working on projects for clients including Uber, Time Inc, ABInbev, Warby Parker and MetLife as well as working on historic restoration projects for the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum. He has also been an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the New York City College of Technology since 2017.
Stephen will be applying his experience and skills first to several large historic adaptive reuse projects David Sisson Architecture is currently working on, including the redevelopment of the former Woonsocket Middle School, the Wyoming Mills and the Flint Mills in Fall River, MA.
On the Boards: Fall River's Abandoned Wyoming Thread Company Textile Mill Gets a New Lease on Life with Mixed-Use Development Plans
FALL RIVER, MA - We are thrilled to share the newest project on our boards: the redevelopment of the Wyoming Thread Company mill complex in Fall River. This historic site dates back to 1845 when it was the home of the Wyoming Thread Company, manufacturing cotton twine. At the turn of the century, the mill was taken over by the James Marshall & Bros. Hat Factory who then added the large brick building to the site and grew to be one of the largest hat manufacturers in the world, producing over 7,000 hats per day and employing around 1500 people.
By the 1920s the factory was taken over by the Elgin Silk Company - the only silk company in Fall River, producing linings and dress silks. The building was most recently operated by Duro Industries, a textile dyeing and finishing company and a division of Duro Textiles, LLC. Founded in 1947, Duro Industries was one of the country's largest dyers, printers, finishers and distrubutors of textiles and employed more than 1200 people, supplying camoflouge and other textiles to the US military, among many others. As the textile industry declined in the US, Duro went through several reorganizations, downsizing to try and stay afloat. They finally shuttered their doors for good in the Summer of 2016, abruptly ceasing operations and laying off about 150 remaining employees. Their properties were declared abandoned by the city and have since continued to fall into disrepair.
But the building will breathe new life! It is amazing how many lives these old New England structures can take on. It takes a commitment to preserving history and a vision for the future to take on a project of this size. We are excited to be a part of the team that will bring this historic site back to life. Our client's plans are to result in a mixed use development, with somewhere between 200-300 apartment units and commercial space and the design process is officially underway.
Stay tuned for future updates!
We are excited to share a documentary by local filmmaker Jason Allard featuring the history behind our redevelopment project at 357 Park Place in Woonsocket, RI, once the Woonsocket Senior and Junior High School before serving as the middle school before closing in 2009. We are currently working on designs that will repurpose the site into approximately 158 residential units and preserve the historic exterior, as the building was accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.
Learn more from this article featured in RI Monthly.
Watch the film here on Youtube.
Stay tuned for updates as this project continues to develop!
Architect David Sisson has officially began his initial 3-year term serving on the Historic Distric Commission in Pawtucket, RI.
The Historic District Commission (HDC) is resposible for reviewing all plans for new construction on any existing lots. Any construction, alteration, removal or demolition that affects the exterior appearance of any structure within a designated historic district must first be reviewed and approved by the HDC. The commission plays an important role in preserving the history of architecture, culture and society in Pawtucket, but there is more to be done according to David:
"I'm excited to use my experience in architecture and preservation to give back to the community. Preserving historic structures is an important piece of the puzzle, especially in a city aiming for considerable redevelopment and revival like Pawtucket. There is a lot that we can do to contribute, for example, I do think the ordinance in Pawtucket could be expanded to better protect landmark properties. Wonderful historic buildings can still be lost too easily."
We are always thrilled to share our completed projects and show property owners and investors what is possible, even in an area with some of the oldest housing stock. Learn more about this East Side Providence multifamily remodel in the latest Providence Monthly!
Touchdown Realty Group LLC and David Sisson Architecture have teamed up to bring new life to the historic Union Primary School building in Rumford, RI - a village of East Providence. The City has accepted the proposal in response to an RFP process that has taken years to turn into a suitable solution to the long vacant or underused property, and has officially agreed to sell the property for the new adaptive reuse.
Learn more about this exciting news in a full article featured on East Bay RI.
Stay tuned for updates as this project progresses!