Portsmouth Firm Honored

Carey Cottage at Creek Farm / Photos by 16 Hoops

Portsmouth, NH – JSA Design is a member of the design and construction team receiving a 2021 Preservation Achievement Award from the NH Preservation Alliance for work on Carey Cottage at Creek Farm, a historic property in Portsmouth.

Carey Cottage was one of seven rescue, revitalization and rehabilitation projects spotlighted by the Preservation Alliance during its May 12 awards announcement.

Restoration included addressing structural needs, improving the building envelope, unobtrusively incorporating new mechanical systems and repairing windows and wooden finishes. Apartments on the second-floor were upgraded for continued residential use. First-floor rooms that had been converted into apartments became offices for nonprofit startups. Now owned by The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the cottage is home to several nonprofit organizations including GoodWork, a nonprofit incubator.

Carey Cottage at Creek Farm

JSA’s design work on Carey Cottage was also recognized with the 2021 Rick and Duffy Monahon Merit Award for Design Excellence in Architectural Restoration and Preservation from the American Institute of Architects, New Hampshire, and an 2020 Advocates Award from the Portsmouth Advocates, a local preservation group.

“The restoration of Carey Cottage has been an incredibly meaningful project for JSA,” says Tracy Kozak, JSA principal. “This historic building is a backbone of Portsmouth. Ensuring that the building’s safety, usefulness, and durability continue long into the future reinforces our commitment to community heritage and cultural resources.  We are so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this visionary team.”

JSA Design was also named 2021 Business of the Year in Construction Services by Business NH Magazine and the NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Businesses of the Year were named in 10 industry categories; winners were selected from a pool of applicants.

Businesses supporting JSA’s nomination cited the firm’s ongoing efforts to help the city of Portsmouth and its restaurants develop safe, accessible outdoor dining opportunities during the pandemic as well as create pop-up dining and entertainment venues downtown.

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