Awards Connecticut

JCJ Architecture Recognized

The Boys & Girls Club of Harford South End / Photo courtesy of Robert Benson Photography

Hartford, CT – JCJ Architecture announced it has received recognition for two community-focused projects in Hartford.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus received an Award of Merit from Preservation Connecticut. The program recognizes individual projects, long-term contributions, and professional achievements that demonstrate the many ways historic places contribute to the life and vitality of Connecticut communities. JCJ renovated and expanded the Collegiate Gothic building in Hartford’s North End. The comprehensive restoration preserved and reinstated many historic features and transformed the school into a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus / Photo courtesy of JCJ Architecture

The Boys & Girls Club of Hartford South End received the Community Impact Award at the CT CREW’s Blue Ribbon Award Showcase. The program recognizes projects that have a significant impact on the town/city, state, or region, with special focus paid to wellness and sustainable design features. Previously, there were no after-school programs serving the children in Hartford’s South End. The Boys & Girls Club of Hartford mounted a campaign to build a new club and engaged JCJ Architecture to design the new facility. The JCJ team worked closely with construction manager Bartlett Brainard Eacott and owner’s representative Construction Services Group, with all parties collectively embracing the mantra that “every dollar saved was a dollar that could be put toward serving another child.” The team focused on a value-oriented approach that would not diminish the quality of design or construction. This approach included incorporating passive sustainable design features, prioritizing healthy interior finishes, and controlling natural light. The collaborative process was successful and, at project completion, close to $1 million was turned back to the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford.