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Martin Kravitt, Architects & Planners, located in Pawlet, Vermont providing architectural services throughout the northeastern United States was established in 1980. We are a general practice architectural firm, providing a full range of planning and design services including interior design and landscape architecture. Our workload includes both public and private sector projects for local governments, school districts, libraries, child care facilities, religious institutions and other organizations, recreational facilities and restaurants, as well as commercial and residential projects.

We stress attention to detail, and the personal involvement of a firm principal at every stage of the project. Our completed projects have been published locally and regionally in newspapers, including the New York Times, as well as nationally. In October, 1995, this office was the recipient of two awards from the American Institute of Architects in recognition of Architectural Excellence which enhances the physical environment of the communities in which these projects were completed, Spring Valley, New York, and Bedford, New York. In the first instance, the award was a First Honor, the highest category, for a multi-family affordable housing project, and in the second, an Honor Award, for adaptive reuse, historic restoration and civic enhancement of a commercial property in a central business district. Of a total of twelve awards issued that year, this office was the only multiple recipient. In 2003 we were the recipient of a Vermont Preservation Trust award for the Pawlet Village Library. This involved the conversion of a historic 1906 schoolhouse into the village library. Martin Kravitt, the firm principal has taught historic preservation at the post-graduate professional level for more than eight years at Pratt Institute Continuing Education Department in New York City to design professionals and preservationists.

A core of our practice has always been the single and multi-family residential projects, including new construction as well as renovation and alterations to older properties. We have worked on almost every style and period of home, spanning over 250 years. Projects have ranged from simple additions to total restorations of major estates and design of new homes. We work closely with our clients as well as the municipalities to achieve sensible and attractive designs that respect site, historic character, and budgets. We have a thorough understanding of older construction materials and techniques; however we recognize the impact of contemporary life and technology on family requirements

In addition to residential projects, work completed includes public sector design and construction management for local municipalities, libraries and school districts. We have provided a broad spectrum of planning, approvals and design services for a diverse base of institutional and commercial clients, including churches and temples, libraries, hospitality and restaurant facilities, retail and wholesale, commercial office space planning, recreation and golf facilities. Projects often involve complex approvals of planning, zoning, historical and environmental issues. We work closely with, and maintain good relationships with the various governmental agencies and boards having jurisdiction. In fact, our clientele includes many municipal governments, school boards, fire departments and others on a number of public sector projects ranging from facilities design through master planning.

Our projects often involve both restoration/rehab/retrofit of existing structures. Facilities upgrading and adoptive reuse have been undertaken for a wide range of projects, including civic, educational, and recreational facilities, fire departments, and major estate properties. We routinely work with buildings of diverse period and style, often working with county and state historic preservation agencies. Projects of this character, by their very nature, demand design excellence, which must be integrated to budgetary considerations. Our responsibilities normally include integration of all site design and engineering into the overall project. Planning for mixed occupancy, adaptive reuse projects have ranged up $25 million.

This office has also on numerous occasions provided consulting services to other design professionals. These services have included construction management and field services, consultation on historic preservation, design and production, and graphic presentation. We work closely with our associates to deliver in various media, including AutoCAD, Revit and BIM (Building Information Management). Additionally, we have full 3-D graphics in house.

Selective completed projects include the adaptive reuse of a 150 year old barn into the Indian Hill Gallery in Pawlet, Vermont, which is the largest gallery devoted solely to photography in New England. This facility combines state of the art contemporary design and lighting within the original barn framework. Other recent projects include the adaptive reuse of a one hundred year old schoolhouse into a new village library for Pawlet, Vermont, and the adaptive reuse of an historic bank building as the new village hall and police headquarters for the Village of Pleasantville, New York for which this office provided both architectural and construction management services. We were also selected on a competitive basis for the restoration and historic preservation of the Akin Hall Library and Museum in Pawling, New York. This structure is listed on the historic registry in New York State. Additionally, the Pawlet, Vermont Town Hall restoration, involving both historic preservation and adaptive reuse of a building on the state and national historic registry was carried through construction documents. We have also provided consulting services for the Dr. Constantine Frank Vineyards in Hammondsport, New York to create a new sales and tasting room, as well as shipping and storage facilities. This property is widely recognized as one of the pioneering vineyards in the development of the wine industry in the United States.

Services are individually scoped to meet the requirements of each specific project. We tend to work closely with our clients in developing design alternatives, budgets, and overall project planning. Clients include privately owned development groups as well as not-for-profit organizations. We have a long established working relationship with our principal engineering and allied design consultants, all of whom have extensive experience in their respective fields. Completed projects are located in Vermont and New England, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York State and the metropolitan New York area.



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