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312 Park Rd Ste 202
West Hartford, Connecticut,06119
OakPark Architects, LLC is located in central Connecticut. It was formed in July 1984 as C. Peter Chow, Architects . We are a fully equipped "electronic" office. One hundred percent of our work is done with the assistance of computer based design, production... more.
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Recent Projects - Tootin' Hills Elementary School
#34Natural light is crucial for those two areas,#34 says design team member Mark Welch, AIA, of OakPark Architects, LLC, of West Hartford, Connecticut.For the two art rooms at the end of the Tootin#39 Hills addition, Welch took his cue from the Media Center and employed a similar strategy. #34We used Kalwall in a clerestory light well to offer natural daylight to both spaces all day.According to Welch, both the West Simsbury School District and its students are #34very pleased#34 with the way Kalwall brightens their school day.He calls Kalwall #34the correct product for the needs of the design.#34 OakPark#39s plan clearly pleased others as well, as it won awards including a National Art Education Association Facility Design Award for the art rooms. #34Without a doubt,#34 says Welch, #34Kalwall is a huge factor in the overall success of the Tootin#39 Hills Elementary School addition.#34
"Natural light is crucial for those two areas," says design team member Mark Welch, AIA, of OakPark Architects, LLC, of West Hartford.The firm created a Media Center with math and reading rooms, the computer lab, teachers prep and bookbinding rooms as well as the book stacks and reference areas found in a traditional school library."We wrapped the space with a translucent clerestory.The Kalwall panels bathe the Media Center in gentle, shadowless daylight that makes reading easier and cuts the glare off computer screens." For the two art rooms at the end of the Tootin' Hills addition, Welch took his cue from the Media Center and employed a similar strategy."Kalwall's glare-free light is ideal for art activities and the custom-designed display case between the rooms that features the students' work." As a year-round facility, the energy efficiency of the addition's HVAC systems was another factor in selecting Kalwall.During the manufacturing process, the panels can be infilled with various densities of specialized translucent insulation, greatly reducing heating and air conditioning costs.The HVAC problems inherent with glass are eliminated as the system controls solar heat transmission. "Schools are a huge expense for any community's taxpayers, yet they need to last a long time under very hard use," adds Welch."The Media Center is used by Tootin' Hills students as well as groups outside of the school. With the inclusion of natural daylight in Tootin' Hills' design, students benefit from a better quality of learning, a less tangible, too-often overlooked advantage that is nonetheless central to a school's mission.Along with optimal indoor air quality and temperature, many studies confirm natural daylight contributes to improved student health as well as test scores.return to top
Marc Welch, AIA
MARC WELCH, AIA Associate A native of New England, Marc Welch earned his Bachelors degree in Architecture from Cornell University. Welch joined Landry Design Group in 1991. He has been instrumental in the firm's growth as a leading architectural design firm. Welch's projects have gathered numerous awards, including Gold Nugget Grand Awards and a Builder's Choice Award. Welch and his team are currently working on projects ranging stylistically from modern to classic and geographically from California to Asia and the Middle East.
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Mark A. Welch, AIA
Principal MARK A. WELCH, AIA, LEED AP - e-mail