YARMOUTHPORT, MA – In conjunction with the celebration of its 50th year in business, Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects (BLF&R) is pleased to announce the firm will be changing its name to Catalyst Architecture / Interiors effective September 24th. 

“Our firm has always been client-driven, and now our new leadership team, announced in mid-2019, and our new name will reflect the creative synergy which drives our client partnerships and the design and construction process”, said Timothy Sawyer, company president.

Partners Timothy Sawyer, Kurt Raber and Todd Carson are recommitting to the firm’s core mission of partnering with their clients to provide a wide range of architectural, interior design and project management services across the commercial, civic and residential sectors.

As an inspired team of architects, interior designers and support staff; Catalyst will approach the next 50 years by continuing to provide superior service, creating strong partnerships with clients, enhancing our local communities, and continuing to be the catalyst in the creation of exceptional spaces and places.

BLF&R, now known as Catalyst has recently completed the new Cape Cod Five Banking Center in Hyannis, Cape Cod Village, a supportive residential community for autistic adults in Orleans, Amie Bakery in Osterville, Bank Newport in Johnston RI, and the redevelopment of Saquatucket Harbor with a new harbormaster’s building.  The firm has also recently broken ground this year on Terrapin Ridge, a new 30-unit residential community in Sandwich.

About BLF&R/Catalyst:

Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects, Inc. is a diversified architectural firm with an office located in Yarmouthport, MA. The Firm was founded in 1969 and provides comprehensive architectural and consulting services to a wide range of Commercial, Civic and Residential clients throughout Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts.  The Firm is currently owned by Partners, Timothy Sawyer, Kurt Raber, and Todd Carson who have a combined total of 50+ years in architectural design and construction. Their team of 16 staff members include professionals with backgrounds in architecture, interior design, CAD design, construction, engineering, marketing, accounting and management.

left to right: Todd Carson, Tim Sawyer, Rick Fenuccio & Kurt Raber

As we approach our 50 year anniversary, and look to continue and enhance our award-winning work for the next 50 years, BLF&R is expanding our leadership team. Please join us in welcoming two of our long-standing architects – Timothy Sawyer and Todd Carson – to their new leadership roles as principals and partners.

Incorporating Timothy and Todd into our management team will help ensure consistent leadership into the next 50 years under the third generation!

Timothy has been promoted to Partner & Principal and has also assumed the role of President of the firm. Mr. Sawyer holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a licensed architect with more than 20 years of architectural and project management experience, including over 15 years at BLF&R. His design and technical expertise with waterfront buildings and flood zone construction, as well as experience on a multitude of other project types, has launched him to the forefront of the firm. Most recently, he completed multiple buildings for the Town of Harwich at Saquatucket Harbor, the Town of Sandwich Harbormaster’s Building, and is also managing the Cape Cod Village housing development for autistic adults in Orleans, which is currently under construction. Mr. Sawyer lives in Sandwich with his wife and two daughters.

“Over my nearly 16 years with BLF&R Architects I have had the privilege of meeting and collaborating with many of the people who have had a hand in driving the continued evolution of many communities in southeastern New England. Many of our most rewarding projects are ones which can be pointed to as making a lasting contribution within our communities and the region. Looking into the future, my goal is to continue to closely collaborate with our clients to realize their unique visions,” says Timothy Sawyer, incoming President at BLF&R.

Todd has also been promoted to Partner & Principal. Mr. Carson holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College, and has more than 17 years of architectural and project management experience, including 5 years with BLF&R. His expertise is in commercial architecture with a focus on financial institutions, cultural facilities, and sustainable building design. He is a licensed architect in MA, CT and RI. Most recently, he has been directly involved in the design and construction management of the new Cape Cod Five Hyannis Banking Center as well as projects for Bristol County Savings Bank, and BankNewport. Mr. Carson lives in North Pembroke with his wife and two daughters.

“For decades, BLF&R has been the go-to firm for design excellence and expertise in the communities we serve. The long-term success of BLF&R is testimony not only to the dedication of our staff and leadership under Rick and Kurt, but also to the trust that our clients place in our ability to bring their projects to life with vision and passion. It is an honor to take part in this tradition and I look forward to the opportunities ahead”, says Todd Carson, new Principal and Partner.

Rick Fenuccio will remain with the firm as a Principal/ Project Architect & Project Manager providing his wealth of knowledge, leadership and guidance to the firms’ clients and to the new partners. Kurt Raber will remain as Vice-President and Principal, a position he has held for the past 17 years and will continue to play a critical role within the firm.

As an inspired team of architects and professionals, Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects Inc. will approach the next 50 years the same way, providing superior service, creating strong partnerships with clients, enhancing our local communities and continuing to be a catalyst in the creation of exceptional spaces and places.



left to right: Olivia Henry, Isaac Stearns

Catalyst is pleased to announce the arrival of two new staff members to their Yarmouthport office.  In early October, Olivia Henry joined the firm as the new Marketing Coordinator followed in mid-October by Isaac Stearns who is the firm’s new CAD Technician.

Olivia has over 2 years of professional marketing experience in the A/E/C industry. In her new role, she will lead Catalyst’s business development initiatives and strategies including outgoing proposal support, social media management and content, website, digital and print advertising. Henry graduated from Framingham State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. Originally from western Massachusetts, she currently resides in West Yarmouth. In Olivia’s spare time, she enjoys yoga, beach days and exploring all the Cape has to offer.

Isaac has over 7 years of professional architectural experience. His most recent work has concentrated in high end residential architecture but his experience also includes college & university campus housing, and commercial architecture.  Isaac has extensive experience with 3D visualization as well as schematic design, and development of construction drawings.  Isaac earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology. In his spare time he enjoys composing music and designing virtual reality games.  

Todd Carson’s article on Integrating Architecture and the Brand Experience just hit the newstands in the Sept_October edition of Banking New England.

2018 Sept_Oct Banking New England

BLF&R is pleased to announce the completion of three regional banking projects:

The complete office renovation of the Bristol County Savings Bank location at 851 County St in Taunton was led by Project Architect,Todd Carson

The new Downtown or “Down City” Branch of Bank Newport located on Dorrance St. Providence, RI was led by Project Manager and Designer Rod Topolewski

The site design and the exterior design of the new Citizens Bank Hyannis Airport Rotary location at 417 Barnstable Road was led by Project Architect and Principal Rick Fenuccio.

 

 

A wonderful documentary about the Sandwich Marina and Harbormaster project is now available for viewing.

The Sandwich Marina is one of the busiest marinas in Massachusetts and is home to a large commercial fishing fleet. The old pile-supported marina office frequently flooded during nor’easter storms, necessitating the need for a new facility. Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects, Inc. along with Coastal Engineering co., Builders Systems Inc., and a super team supported the town’s desperately needed improvements with a new top notch facility.

The new office and garage (Completed late 2016) are sited near Sandwich Marina boat ramp, allowing the Harbormaster a panoramic view from a second story office, while affording boaters convenient access to the Harbormaster facility. The marina playground that formerly occupied the building site was relocated closer to the canal. The parking lot was realigned and new walkways were added to provide full handicap accessibility to the facility. Because the building is located in a flood zone, it was designed to higher wind standards, elevated above flood elevation and properly secured to sustain hurricane force winds. Roof runoff is routed into dry wells for groundwater recharge on the site. 

We are thrilled with the final result, but take a look for yourself!

 

Special Thanks to Ksenia Pryme from Coastal Engineering Co. who filmed, and produced the documentary.

Rick Fenuccio, President of Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects, Inc. along with John Bologna, President of Coastal Engineering Co. participated in the 2017 Cape Housing Institute as presenters for the Institute’s Session 3: Zoning and Site Selection.

The Session included such topics as:

• What is Zoning?
• Visioning – What Housing Do We Want to See & Encourage!
• Current Zoning (Problems & Pitfalls)
• Housing Types Now and in the Future
• Zoning Options
• Site Selection, Infrastructure & the Importance of Feasibility Studies
as well as a includes a Real World Case Study with a Village Centered/Re-development Approach

The full session is available here for viewing, with a special thanks to Ksenia Pryme from Coastal Engineering Co.  for recording and providing the footage.

Cape Housing Institute is a collaborative effort between Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) and Community Development Partnership (CDP) to provide municipal officials with the resources needed to boost the production of affordable housing throughout the region.. These sessions, which ran from October 11th -Nov 16th, 2017 were designed for elected and appointed Town Officials and Town staff, and include information from tips for completing a Housing Production Plan to Financing 101 to Fair Housing Regulations.

Community leaders, including state and local officials, joined Cape Cod Five’s Trustees, Corporators, Senior Officers and building partners on Oct 31st 2017 to officially break ground on its new bank campus in Hyannis. The groundbreaking ceremony, which took place at the site on Route 132, marked the start of construction on the new campus, which is planned to be completed by mid-2019.

“The commencement of this $45 million construction project marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Bank,” said Dorothy A. Savarese, President and CEO of Cape Cod Five. “This campus will help the Bank support all five parts of its community commitment through the provision of a new Banking Center, office space that will consolidate approximately 300 employees who are currently working in multiple administrative offices, a new environmentally sensitive 78,000 square foot building that is designed to be energy efficient, the first parking structure on Cape Cod, designed to minimize land development, and space for financial education and community activities. Our goal is that it will be an economic generator, a community resource and a facility that will make the region proud.”

The project includes redeveloping the 8.64 acre Bank-owned property on Route 132 and Attucks Lane in Hyannis, which currently encompasses the former Ethan Allen furniture store and one of the Bank’s administrative offices, both of which will be demolished for the new building.

Speakers during the ceremony included: Dorothy A. Savarese, President and CEO of Cape Cod Five; John Chapman, Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Paul Niedzwiecki, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission; and Mark Ells, Barnstable Town Manager.

With shovels in hand, representatives from the Bank, its building partners and government officials ceremoniously broke ground during the ceremony. Participants included: Savarese; Chapman; Niedzwiecki; Ells; Thomas Evans, Vice Chairman of the Cape Cod Five Board of Trustees; Michael Fish, President and CEO of Dellbrook/JKS; Kurt Raber, Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects, Inc.; Andrew Singer, Law Offices of Singer & Singer; and Chris Raber, Chief Real Estate Officer of Cape Cod Five.

The new building on the site was designed by Yarmouth Port-based firm Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects, Inc. Other project team partners include the construction company Dellbrook/JKS; the site engineer VHB; and the Law Office of Singer & Singer, LLC.

 

It was a beautiful day for the official Ribbon Cutting for the Packet Landing Pavilion in Yarmouth.  BLF&R is proud to have served as the Project Architects for the new pavilion, which is a beautiful gateway into Yarmouth. The new pavilion offers a large deck overlooking Bass River, seasonal restroom facilities, and a covered deck for seating and functions. Rick Fenuccio served as the Project Architect, along side Kathryn Giardi  as the Project Manager/ and Designer.

Tom Kelley, a multi-generational Yarmouth resident was present at the dedication to cut the official ribbon and officially open the Pavilion. A large portion of the project was funded by the Town of Yarmouth taxpayers through the Community Preservation Fund, with additional funding also coming from the Town’s Tourism Revenue Preservation Fund.