In combining a senior center with a youth and recreation center, Harwich was able to build broad-based support for the project from a multi-generational constituency. The joint facility provided cost efficiencies and amenities for each user that wouldn't have been possible with separate buildings.
While each group retains its identity, with separate entrances, reception, administration and meeting spaces, we were able to provide auditorium/multi-purpose, kitchen, exercise, childcare, game, and locker space and a high school-sized divisible gymnasium, available to all and administered by a Community Center manager from a central location. Through scheduling and the subdivision of larger spaces, flexibility and full utilization have been achieved. Instead of long institutional corridors, a sequence of spaces of varying widths encourages socializing, offering glimpses through interior windows of a variety of activities and enhancing the sense of community.
A central entrance courtyard separates the age groups while creating a visual connection and sense of one multi-generational village center. The architecture reflects the predominant Greek Revival character of the historic Cape Cod town, achieved with maintenance-free materials.
Strekalovsky Architecture has built a reputation for creativity, knowledge of construction, permitting skills and cost control for a wide variety of public and private clients for over 40 years. Projects include multi and single family housing, mixed use, commercial, civic, religious, medical, veterinary, educational, corporate, recreational, and “house doctor” services for a variety of town, county and State entities. We have received several awards from the Boston Society of Architects and are noted for buildings that fit well into their environment.
Our clients are as varied as they are demanding; Here are some of our abilities:
• Goals and Visioning Sessions
• Master Planning
• Program Analysis and Development
• Site Evaluation and Selection
• Project Budget Determination
• Physical Conditions Assessment
• Long Term Scheduling
• Permitting and Regulatory Approvals
• Community Forums
Harbor Bath House
Trustees of Hingham Bathing Beach
As someone who has worked in both construction and community planning and development for over forty years, I most appreciate architecture when it is tasteful and complementary to its setting. The projects designed by Strekalovsky Architecture always reflect this objective. Vcevy and Mark take the time to understand the context of the building or addition that they are designing and, as a result, their finished products, while being architecturally distinctive, still fit seamlessly into their settings.
Working with Vcevy and Mark at Strekalovsky Architecture was as much a partnership as we could have hoped for. They led us through plans and ideas that not only met our vision but improved upon them. Their ability to work with construction managers, contractors and various town departments saved time and money that was dearly needed.
CEO of Wellspring Multiservice Center
Director, Harwich Community Center
Unobtrusive and timeless, structural elements and the design work seamlessly and blend well, providing both contrast and connection so that together they form a unified, useable and amazing space. In short, Vcevy built the Community within the Harwich Community Center. I submit my highest recommendation. Vcevy’s work is mature, timeless and treasured. He is amazing with his construction management and collaborative skills and beyond a pleasure to work with.
Vcevy worked well with our building committee and the contractor, which resulted in an attractive building that fully met our needs. The new sanctuary that he designed is very beautiful.
S. Shore Baptist Church
Chairman, Building Committee
Falconeiri Construction, Inc.
Working with Vcevy and Mark is a pleasure. They are flexible and encourage dialogue that leads to effective decision-making through introduction of design and construction options – anticipating issues before they arise. I can state unequivocally they are real team players, bringing skill and professionalism to our projects and to public forums in which they participate.
Some of our accolades through the years;
Build Boston – Boston Society of Architects
Oxford High School, Oxford, MA
95 Tremont Street, Duxbury, MA, Medical Office Building
Whiting Lane Condominiums, Hingham, MA
Historic Preservation and Restoration
Medfield Town Hall, Medfield, MA
Masonry Institute – “Innovative Use of Masonry Materials”
Symphony Road Townhouses, Boston, MA
Vinyl Products Institute –
“Innovative Use of Maintenance Free Products”
Harwich Community Center, Harwich, MA
Boston Society of Architects
Gloucester Mill Housing, Gloucester, MA
Keystone Apartments, Boston, MA
Private Residence, Cohasset, MA
American Institute of Architects, Western Mass. Chapter
Clubhouse for Klondike Campground, Otis, MA
Housing Magazine Feature Article - “From Factory to Housing”
Keystone Apartments, Boston, MA
S. Shore Living Magazine Home Design Competition –
New Construction Over 3500 sf
Private Residence, Osterville, MA
Our Core Group of Architects and Managers
PresidentVcevy Strekalovsky received a BA from Middlebury College and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the era of Kahn, Venturi and Giurgola. Urban design expertise evolved at the University of Edinburgh and at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He served as Chairman of the Art and Architecture Committee at the Boston Society of Architects. In 1978 he formed his own firm in Hingham. His projects have included educational, civic, religious, mixed use and single and multifamily residential which won several design awards. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Project ArchitectMark Coughlin received a BS in Architectural Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined SAI in 2003 after fifteen years with Carlson Associates. He is experienced in education, corporate, retail, municipal, veterinary, medical, scientific, industrial, financial and critical facilities. He is a registered architect in New York.
Project ArchitectMichael Kim received a BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Diploma from the Architectural Association in London. He has been an associate with Moshe Safdie and has had his own firm, Michael Kim Associates, in Brookline. Experienced in housing, restaurant and commercial projects for which he has received many awards, he served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Designer Selection Board and on the Board of the Builders Association of Greater Boston. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts and New York.
ManagerWith degrees in both business administration and interior design, Susan has been utilizing her skills and abilities for over 16 years at SAI. Her career working with architectural firms and in the design field allows her creative freedom to assist wherever necessary and her business acumen and organizational skills keep everything running smoothly.
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