HARTFORD, Conn., April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- JCJ Architecture announced today it will relocate to the Coltsville East Armory Building – the historic former home to Colt Fire Arms. The firm will renovate and occupy an 18,000 square-foot loft in the 1887 structure, becoming one of the most significant tenants at the complex.
"In JCJ's long-standing history, Hartford has always been our first home," said Peter Stevens, President of JCJ Architecture. "Celebrating our 80th anniversary, we are now embarking on a move that embodies our core beliefs: reinventing and reimaging historic structures and neighborhoods and investing in our local community. Our Hartford office will showcase our commitment to bringing forward-looking design to our clients – locally and across the U.S."
Known for the depth and breadth of its design work on a national and regional level, JCJ is putting the firm's own skills to work in creating an open office that promotes collaboration and creativity among its employees. Located directly under the Colt Blue Onion Dome, the space will blend original materials and historic building features with contemporary design concepts and integrated technology.
Colt Gateway, the property's developer, and the State of Connecticut Department of Economic Development (DECD) have already helped a variety of residential, corporate and educational organizations make the complex their home.
"Samuel Colt and the Colt complex hold special historical significance for Hartford and all of Connecticut. That's why it is so important that we preserve it and put it back into a productive use again," said Catherine Smith, DECD commissioner. "Through a combination of brownfield and other economic development funds totaling $1.5 million, and $700,000 in historic tax credits, DECD helped get the East Armory cleaned up and ready for reuse. This ensures Coltsville can accommodate progressive companies like JCJ Architecture, spur economic activity and be a source of pride for residents."
JCJ's new office will also become a symbol for the firm's commitment to sustainable design and employee welfare. Not only is the headquarters expected to achieve LEED Silver status, but JCJ anticipates it will be the first WELL Certified interior space in all of New England.
"To get JCJ Architecture into the East Armory building is a win-win for Hartford, keeping a company that's long been part of the Hartford community while at the same time helping to launch the next phase of the Coltsville revitalization," said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. "Coltsville is quickly becoming a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood and commercial center, and we're grateful to the Governor and to the state Department of Economic and Community Development for their assistance."
JCJ's move is scheduled for later this month.
About JCJ Architecture
Founded in 1936, JCJ is headquartered in Hartford with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and San Diego. The firm is recognized nationally as one of the country's most respected architecture firms, providing clients with comprehensive planning, programming, architectural and interior design services. With a long standing reputation for creativity, project delivery excellence and a strong business acumen, JCJ Architecture works across a broad range of building types including civic, K-12, higher education, sports and recreation, hospitality and entertainment. For more information, visit www.jcj.com.
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