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Green Building. Green Architecture. Green Roofs.

Green Roof Cut Section of Danbury Proton Therapy by Russell and Dawson

Green Roof at new Danbury Proton Therapy Centre in Connecticut.

Green” anything these days is an intriguing matter and a trendy expression, sometimes wholeheartedly embraced, or politically charged, in some cases even scoffed at. However, the design adjective of any Architectural or Engineering Design firm ought to be acknowledged as a common-sense approach and a sign of regard for both our natural and built environments.

But what establishes “building green,” and what does sustainability mean in the context of building design? In the United States, the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive characterizes green structure as “the act of increasing the efficiency with which structures and their sites use energy, water, and materials, and lessening building impacts on human wellbeing and the environment, through better siting, plan, development, activity, maintenance, and expulsion, the complete building life cycle.”

Green rooftops are growing up increasingly more on structures around the world, from private homes and schools to recreational and commercial buildings. Made with assortments of succulents, grasses, wildflowers, and herbs on a few primary layers—including a waterproof membrane and levels for waste, protection, and filtration—these self-supporting living design elements can bring beauty to metropolitan structures or associate rural structures to their encompassing landscapes. The sky-high gardens additionally have a wide range of environmental advantages, like the ability to absorb carbon dioxide, lessen stormwater runoff, limit heat absorption, and provide habitats to insects, birds, and other wildlife. Factor in lower heating and cooling costs, extended roof life, and tax incentives (contingent upon the city). Thus, it is quite visible that the green roof trends are continuing to grow these days.

Green Roofs can:

  • Heat mitigation, Air quality improvement, erosion and Sedimentation control
  • Help purify the air and stormwater management;
  • Utilize local and reused materials;
  • Extend the existence of the roof;
  • Improve aesthetics;
  • Increased points in LEED rating system
  • Increased building marketability
  • Emerging synergy with solar power
  • Create greenspace for people and wildlife while giving a mental and physical break from urban surroundings
  • Wildlife habitat creation, conservation, and restoration
  • Economic benefits
  • Reduced Energy consumption and costs
  • Increased developable space
  • Reduced local impact fees and increased incentives
  • Appealing to Biophilia
  • Making employees happier
  • Fostering a sense of community

As Architectural designers, and local area and business pioneers, we can pick to mitigate the many adverse consequences of a structure’s footprints by incorporating various green design principles. As an option in contrast to forcing our constructed structures onto the land disregarding the capacity of under-utilized rooftop surfaces (beyond waterproofing), we can incorporate green roof engineering as a way of designing with nature to evoke displaced landscapes and re-establish a measure of green space.

Imagine seeing down from a plane with a 10,000-foot perspective. Instead of seeing immense regions of concrete or dark tar rooftops, you see moving stands of flowering, multi-hued plants.

These situations are technically possible, and green roofs do not require special high-tech designs. However, these are engineered frameworks comprising of different material layers which must work in tandem to perform effectively.

Green Roof Types: Extensive and Intensive

Extensive Green Roofs:

Extensive green roofs utilize less and more slender build-up layers and thus are lighter and more affordable. They are utilized when the owner primarily desires a biological rooftop cover with restricted or no entrance for recreation. Less growth media is utilized, and the proper plants are low-developing, solid Alpine types.

Plants for extensive green roofs should be tolerant to high heat, drought, wind, and snow. They should likewise be self-regenerative in nature and have low maintenance necessities overall.

Media depths range from one inch up to around six inches. A popular misconception is that a flat rooftop is great, however, they present drainage issues. Ideally, a rooftop ought to have a delicate incline of at minimum 1.5 – 2% to allow for regular drainage properties. For the most part, extensive green roofs can be installed on inclines of up to 30°, despite the fact that there are green roofs with 40° slopes. Reinforcement will be vital at more extreme pitches utilizing cross secures or underlying matrix designs to hold the plants and designed soil in place, as well as to manage wind shear.

Roofs with solid breeze elevate or with slants 15° and higher ought to be protected during foundation with an erosion control net as jute or other regular biodegradable fiber. The roofs are suitable for low-sloped residential roofs and retrofits. Mostly desert grasses and succulent plants are used which does not require watering after a year. The annual spring weeding of tree seedlings and weeds is bought in by birds and winds.

Intensive Green Roofs:

Intensive green roofs look more like a customary rooftop garden. They can incorporate a lot more extensive assortment of plants (like blooming bushes, vegetables, and even trees). Depths start at around six inches up to 15 feet.

The primary distinction between a rooftop garden and an escalated green roof is that a green roofing system is applied on top of the whole rooftop deck surface, allowing unrestricted drainage and weight distribution over the whole roof.

Architectural accents like cascades, lakes, seating regions, can be essential for a concentrated green roof framework. Such rooftops can provide recreation regions where individuals can associate with nature and with one another. These frameworks can utilize the neglected rooftop space by making dynamic regions for contemplation and play. The rooftops are fully landscaped and require regular maintenance similar to any garden.

Green Roofs_At Danbury Proton Therapy Center_Designed by Russell and Dawson

Russell and Dawson provided Green Roof plans for the new Danbury Proton Therapy in Connecticut with a 6” green roof fully adhered to TPO roofing membrane as shown in the image above.


With green roofs, we can make a choice to design with nature, instead of against her. Green roofs can assist with moderating a portion of our most pressing urban development issues, while likewise permitting us to receive financial rewards through reducing different structure-related expenses and advancing a growing design and construction industry. The natural green roof design can really help restore the health of the Earth’s environment.

Architectural Project Approach for Design-Bid-Build Project by Russell and Dawson
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Project Approach for Design-Bid-Build Public and Private Projects

Project Approach for Design-Bid-Build Project_By Russell and Dawson

Stage 1: Interview and starting conversations

The client interviews with typically three to four individual architects or Architectural Design Firms to figure out if it’s a solid match with each other. Sometimes based on recommendations and prior work experience, the clients skip the interview round and directly start with a particular arrangement they have in their mind. Usually, this happens in privately bid projects wherein the decision lies in the sole discretion of the client. For public projects, more emphasis is given on past experience and qualification of the applicant firm or individual to win the project.

Stage 2: Information gathering (Emphasis on Analysis)

The client’s objectives, necessities, and prerequisites are discussed before the start of any project. The architects visit the site to conduct an on-site examination of the project site determining the existing condition and take as-built measurements of the existing structure. A set of as-built plans are made and duplicates are given to the client for their records. These are basic floor plans and exterior elevations–an insignificant set appearance that presently exists nearby. A surveyor is usually contacted at this stage wherein they do a site survey which is eventually incorporated in the as-built documents. The architects visit the city/county building division to audit relevant records which may consist of as-built drawings of the existing structure, previous surveys, public records, and other details of a property. The architects assemble data from state and city offices in regards to explicit land use and construction law necessities just as pre-submittal and pre-license strategies. They also carry out an assessment of building code and zoning requirements/constraints for the approved site plan and floor plan. The architects additionally make a work schedule to determine what will be done and by when.

Stage 3: Schematic Design and Feasibility (Emphasis on Design)

The modelers create 2-3 preliminary plans using the information gathered in stage 2. At this stage, the architects are likewise bringing plan ideas to the table. Perhaps there was a particular site highlight that could be upgraded with the new architecture or opportunities within the project which was not examined previously. The designers investigate the sequence of how you approach the structure and travel through the structure. The focal point of the structure is identified and worked upon. The overall areas of the functions inside the structure are thought of and graphically addressed in chart structure. The designs, outlines, and illustrations are simply charts at this stage – it’s not engineering yet. Elements like windows might be added schematically. Simple plans and elevations are sketched to address connections among spaces and to get the fundamental envelope shape. Material alternatives begin to turn out to be important for the conversation and a target spending plan is set up/affirmed for the overall project. At this stage, the number of meetings held is the maximum wherein the owner/client has a discussion with the architect to finalize one plan from different schematic alternatives.

Stage 4: Design Development and Permit Documents (Emphasis on Decision Making)

As choices keep on being made, the architects form the schematic drawings into permit documents. The designs develop from graphs to real engineering at this progression. The drawings are refined with respect to subtleties and methods. Materials are settled on and the modelers sort out how everything fits together (how does the floor meet the wall: base trim, flush trim, no trim). Window openings are additionally characterized by mullions and opening areas. Data from different specialists like a structural engineer, MEP engineers, is created and facilitated with the plan drawings. Determinations for materials, installations/machines, gathering subtleties, and significant code data are incorporated into the project. Recommendations from suppliers, subcontractors, and manufacturers are added to the drawing set. The client keeps on settling on choices at a more explicit degree of detail.

After approval and acceptance of the schematic design, develop the design in greater detail. Create detailed plans for building elevations, material selections, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical / control systems. Prepare a final design plan based on the input received from the owner(s), stakeholders, and any applicable government agencies responsible for the project approvals. In this phase, usually, the following plans are delivered; floor plans with a proposed basis of design openings and plumbing fixtures; overall dimensions; structural grid dimensions; interior wall dimensions; exterior elevations with a proposed basis of design openings and finishes; additional building sections; wall sections at all typical conditions; additional details to establish basis of design products.

Stage 5: Construction Documents and Permit Acquisition

A bunch of permit drawings is a simplified version of the construction set. The permit documents are utilized to submit, arrange, and get the building permit from the city or region. The city/county/town doesn’t normally audit every single detail of a structure however they simply need to ensure your meeting state, city, and local codes and standards. It is normally an effective utilization of time to turn in a permit document set, covering the prerequisites, to get the ball rolling with the city while the architects keep on working at a more intensive drawing set needed for construction. These drawings keep on creating down to the absolute last subtleties.

Stage 6: Bidding and Selecting a Subcontractor

This stage is typical for a public project wherein after the architectural plans are made, the designers prepare the bidding documents and run background checks for the proposals received. The general contractors are interviewed and a good fit is established. However, for private projects, the clients usually have few subcontractors in mind to execute the plan.

Stage 7: Construction Administration

The documents and drawings for the projects are complete and construction begins. The architect is usually retained during the construction phase to answer the questions raised by the contractors. Architects are able to give clarifications and administer the revisions if necessary. The architect also reviews the costing and overall scheduling of the project.

The construction administration services includes the following activities such as observe construction, inform the progress of work to the owner(s); ensure that all contractor(s) have obtained necessary construction permits; guard the owner against defects and deficiencies; review and approve shop drawings, mockups, and other submittals; prepare change orders, if required; assure technical compliance of construction in accordance with design documents and specifications; review correspondence between the owner and the contractor and take action if required; assure conformance to project construction schedule; prepare certificates of payment; inspect construction punch list at the project completion; and review and handover all the construction documents to owner at the project completion.

Multi-Family Housing Project_Notting Hill Gate_RD
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Multi-Family Housing Project_Notting Hill Gate_Russell and Dawson

Developers who construct multi-family housing projects face a lot of obstacles: complex funding programs, costly labor and materials, cumbersome land-use guidelines, and, obviously, local community resistance. Adjoining inhabitants frequently worry that affordable housing will be ugly looking with cumbersome, square-shaped constructions with cheap facades. Although the developers have a limited budget, there are strategies that can be adopted to develop visually appealing and healthy houses, with comfort, conveniences, and safety within budget.

Below are the strategies or methodologies to save cost on three building components: exterior facade, interior, and services. Let us see how advancements in design and development can lessen the expenses of multifamily housing projects.

Methodology 1: Simplify exteriors along with creating large variations through large moves, tones, and materials.

The exterior facade of a structure is basically public identity, alluding to life behind the windows. The shell and design—including the structure’s exterior, windows, and entryways—address around 25% to 30% of all hard costs.

The exterior is the greatest thermal barrier in a structure, characterizing how air moves in and out and driving spending on HVAC systems playing an important environmental role. Moreover, there are hardly any excesses that could be reduced or eliminated from the shell and design to reduce cost. All things considered, focusing on the economy of form and choice of materials offers the best chances for adjusting expenses and executing targets.

Exterior materials should be strong, visually attractive, and steady of environmental impacts. Design guidelines frequently require a blend of materials or encourage bays and different types of facade manipulation to make variations. However, these elements often add construction costs since it adds length to the façade. (To put it plainly, more bays mean more corners where materials need to meet).

A more economical approach to make dynamic exteriors is to match simple, regular facades with a couple of large “moves” and a combination of high-and cheaper materials. An inviting passageway or an angled exterior wall makes it more visually appealing without increasing exterior intricacy and length. In certain projects, materials not generally connected with residential development (like corrugated metals) have saved costs. In other projects usually, a cheaper material is utilized for the majority of the facade area, while the ground floor or another key component has another material to distinguish it.

Methodology 2: Modular construction and new materials should be explored however they are not silver bullets

There has been a great buzz around off-site construction which is often termed modular housing and flat packed elements such as insulated panels. Modular construction often gives a great advantage in terms of reduced costs, shorter timelines, and high-quality construction; however, this methodology is not used much in multi-family housing projects in the US.

Apartment designers have pointed out few difficulties in utilizing this procedure. Firstly, adjusting and shifting to new methods from tried and tested ones is often difficult and the architects anticipate learning costs in their first project. Secondly, off-site construction work can only be given to local vendors, moving or sub-contracting it to distanced vendors is costly. Third, Modular construction is more significant for smaller units or studio apartments or dorms. Lastly, if an architect engages in modular construction, it is vital to figure out space for cranes at the construction site which is often difficult in urban areas.

In order to us the off-site construction method, there is likewise an increasing interest in utilizing alternative timber products like cross-laminated timber (CLT), which is an engineered wood product made by sticking a few perpendicular layers of timber sheets together. The 2021 version of the International Building Code is expected to extend the utilization of timber products to taller structures. Models from different nations propose that utilizing timber products could reduce the construction timelines since they can be pre-fabricated and decrease interior finish costs. Given current expenses, advancement in the market-rate housing sector might precede before huge utilization of timber products in market-rate multi-family housing projects.

Methodology 3: Design unit layout and measurements for adaptability and productivity

A progression of little changes can be consolidated to make more productive units. Regions inside the units that have various utilizations can supplant space committed to circulation. Studios and one-room units can be arranged without passage corridors or lobbies. Spaces ought to be adaptable—furnishings, as opposed to dividers, can be utilized to separate spaces. Kitchens and restrooms can adjust to a solitary “wet” wall where plumbing is concentrated. Doors and walls can be reserved for isolating spaces that require privacy, like washrooms and rooms. Whenever the situation allows, the number of interior corners can be decreased to streamline and speed up interior framing.

Deciding on the amenities to be provided inside the unit apartments depends on the local guidelines and local market conditions. For example, apartments in Manhattan have in-unit laundry facilities or even building laundry units since the space is too expensive. In more affordable urban areas, in-unit clothing is standard. In some housing facilities, some developers may be able to distinguish between the amenities to be provided in-unit and common areas. This allows a modest reduction in unit sizes.

Methodology 4: Reuse and rotate floor plans

Designers have a practice of using repeated layouts to make design and construction work easier. They believe that repetition gives uniformity and eases the work of contractors however developers and architects can collaborate and use repetitive units more creatively which provides more utilization of space and reduced complexity. Mirroring and rotating techniques can also be used to reduce variation and cost.

Methodology 5: Stack and Standardize

A building’s basic services such as lifts, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing—are unglamorous however fundamental. They are additionally costly. Engineering Design Firms can help to infuse best practices for plumbing, (for example, stacking and standardizing kitchens and restrooms), and creating building formats that utilize lifts productively can assist with controlling the expenses of administrations.

Choices of services have implications on capital expenses. Green building performance norms may at first be expensive however they can possibly decrease long-term working expenses. They additionally sway inhabitants’ wellbeing and personal satisfaction—significant results for mission-driven developers who build affordable housing. Choosing systems requires a tradeoff between cost, quality, and environmental execution. The challenge is to track down a suitable arrangement of systems given project expenses and needs.

Clinging to fundamentally accepted procedures for plumbing can assist with controlling expenses. When planning a unit, stacking “wet” walls for kitchens and washrooms back-to-back decreases plumbing intricacy and cost.

Lifts, as well, are a costly line items in a building project. Building codes and guidelines direct when lifts are required; ordinarily, structures higher than three stories as well as more than 12 units. Sometimes, the advantages of building a bigger building with lifts will justify the extra expenses. For some smaller buildings, it would be more feasible and budget-friendly to eliminate lift and still create an accessible building. For instance, in a single staircase building, four units circulating around a single staircase.

Methodology 6: Long-term investments by creating green buildings.

Many non-profit affordable housing developers want to invest in high-performance envelope, HVAC, and plumbing systems which reduce the long-term operating cost. Usually, state or government-funded buildings can encourage this. Developers are usually in a fix while deciding to go for a high-performance building or not. Building a high-performance structure usually increases the upfront cost by 3-5 percent however it reduces and sets off the operating cost in the long run. High-performance buildings are encouraged and have great economic benefits in the long run however the residents and the building managers have to behave differently.

Methodology 7: Making houses more affordable

Firstly, close coordination and collaboration across the project teams are necessary to reduce clashes and miscommunication. It reduces the project timelines and allows smooth flow of the project allowing everyone to be on the same page. Architecture Design Firms also have limited ability to improve affordable housing given the local codes and regulations that architects and engineers have to comply with. Requiring fewer off-street parking spaces allows for reducing construction costs. In cities where there is reliable public transportation, reducing parking requirements should be the top action item Local buildings and codes should allow zoning rules to make houses affordable. Usually constructing a 100-unit building is cheaper than building a 20 unit building as it distributes the fixed cost by each unit.

All these methodologies and strategies can be adopted to reduce the cost of affordable housing and making the construction, designing processes easier, cheaper, and affordable to residents.

Architecture and Engineering Design Services_By Russell and Dawson since 1965
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Architectural Design & Engineering Services Since 1965

Architecture, Design & Construction Trends in 2018_by Russell and Dawson

As per the recent insight shared by IE School of Architecture and Design, the urban population is expected to double in the next 40 years, forcing cities to undertake a holistic and sustainable transformation of their model. One of the most significant challenges in architecture is to optimize its current capacity for developing denser metropolitan cities and areas to offer residents a better quality of life.

Architectural and Engineering Design Firms typically work on many small and large number of projects with outcomes that are hard to predict. Frequent changes in the requirement disrupt the normal course of activities. The design teams must be able to align at all times. Optimizing the current design and engineer the model becomes difficult. Forcing teams to put in extra hours for finishing the deliverable.

Russell and Dawson is one of the longest-serving architectural and engineering firms in the history of Connecticut, USA. It has overcome the design optimization challenges by delivering customized services across various industries. Founded in 1965, we provide integrated architectural and engineering services in New England and the Northeast regions.  Our design and engineering services include structural, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing engineering; sustainable design, and interior design.

We follow multi-disciplinary, client-first approach that makes us the A&E firm of choice in the states where we practice, as proved by our higher than 90% client retention rate. RDAEP comprises of various experienced and expert teams covering in-house architects, engineers, consultants, and technicians. Making us the one-stop destination for different architectural and engineering services.

With the urban population expected to be double in next two decades, our team is ready to innovate the rapid, massive scale architect design changes. Many design firms have limitations in-terms of capability and team scalability for delivering A&E projects. RDAEP has overcome such barriers by gaining experience and delivering 10,000+ A&E solutions to industries and sectors like Hospitality, Community, Office, Retail, Residential, Industrial, and Planning.

RDAEP’s A&E services include Architecture Design, Construction Management, Engineering, Sustainable Design and Interior Design Services. RDAEP also offers quality centric design services in line with the industry standards using modern technical knowledge and deliver client-specific solutions.

RDAEP has successfully helped marquee clients like Hyatt, CBRE, Broward County, Marriott, Hilton, Starwood Hotels and more. Some of our A&E projects include:

  • HVAC by upgrading the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Terminal Chiller Plant. Including the addition of one chiller and one cooling tower plus replacement of two existing cooling towers while the airport continued to function.
  • Structural Design of South Regional Courthouse Parking Garage structural beam repairs. It included the restoration of 30 structural beams and Broward County Downtown 1200 Car and 350 Car Parking Garage.
  • Interior Design of City of Lauderhill Sadkin Community Center including 20,000 square feet of interior renovations and complete building exterior envelope repair.

We have been a reliable partner, helping esteemed clients to develop considerable value in architecture design and engineering. Speed up your delivery schedule with innovative designs and solutions to increase productivity and efficiency with RDAEP. Call us on (860) 289-1100 or Contact Us for your A&E needs.

5 Stages of Architectural Design Phases_Russell and Dawson
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5 Stages of Architectural Design Process

You might have wondered what are different stages while providing Architectural Design Services. Be it hotel, residential design architecture, commercial, warehouse, storage, industrial or retail, etc. In this article, we will explain all phases that are involved in a design-build of a new construction/development project.

There are typically 5 stages of architectural design involved in a design-build of any project.

These 5 phases/stages are


The first objective is to get-together with a client and determines overall project vision and goals. There are some key areas to discuss the project – scope, features, purpose, and functionality.


In this phase, we do series of rough sketches/drawings that illustrate the basic concepts of the design. Also, initial research of local compliance and regulations are completed at this time.


This phase involves finalizing the design and specifying items such as materials, window and door locations and general structural details.


By now we have a final design. We can begin preparing construction drawings/blueprints, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and permit application.


During this phase, we will build as per the design intent. Also if there are any changes, we discuss changes and options with the owner. It ensure that alterations are compatible with owner’s vision for the project.


    The first objective is to get-together with a client and determines overall project vision and goals. There are some key areas to discuss the project – scope, features, purpose, and functionality.


    In this phase, we do series of rough sketches/drawings that illustrate the basic concepts of the design. Also, initial research of local compliance and regulations are completed at this time.


    This phase involves finalizing the design and specifying items such as materials, window and door locations and general structural details.


    By now we have a final design. We can begin preparing construction drawings/blueprints, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and permit application.


    During this phase, we will build as per the design intent. Also if there are any changes, we discuss changes and options with the owner. It ensure that alterations are compatible with owner’s vision for the project.


The first objective is to get-together with a client and determines overall project vision and goals. Irrespective of the industry being residential, healthcare, industrial, hospitality etc., there are some key areas to discuss the project –  scope, features, purpose, and functionality.

In this phase, we carry out

  • Client consultation
  • Existing conditions survey and documentation
  • Photographs
  • Measurements
  • Compile existing drawings if any
  • Prepare high-level base drawings
  • Statement of probable build/construction cost
  • Programming space and use
  • Code review

This phase ends with owner’s decision to move forward with a project.


In this phase, we do series of rough sketches/drawings that illustrate the basic concepts of the design.  Also, initial research of local compliance and regulations are completed at this time.

At the end of this phase, we deliver

  • Floor plans of all levels with generic openings and plumbing fixtures
  • Exterior building elevations with representative openings and finishes
  • Building cross-section
  • Typical wall section

And we move to the next phase with the owner’s approval.


Design development collects the results from the schematic design phase and takes them one step further.

This phase involves finalizing the design and specifying items such as materials, window and door locations and general structural details.

At the end of this phase, we deliver

  • Floor plans with a proposed basis of design openings and plumbing fixtures
  • Overall dimensions
  • Structural grid dimensions
  • Interior wall dimensions
  • Exterior elevations with a proposed basis of design openings and finishes
  • Additional building sections
  • Wall sections at all typical conditions
  • Typical details
  • Additional details to establish a basis for design products

Now we have given shape to project ’s vision through drawings and written specifications.


By now we have a final design. We can begin preparing construction drawings/blueprints, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and permit application. Construction contractors will use these detailed drawings and specifications to prepare for the construction.

In this phase, we deliver

  • Floor plans fully annotated
  • All dimensions
  • Room, wall, door, and window identification
  • Section and detail indicators
  • General notes and detailed notes
  • Exterior elevations fully annotated
  • All building sections required for construction
  • Wall sections at all conditions
  • Details fully annotated
  • Structural plans, details, and notes
  • Plumbing plans, schedules, details, and notes
  • HVAC plans, schedules, details, and notes
  • Electrical power and lighting plans, schedules, details, and notes

And we move to the final phase


Construction Administration Services by Russell and Dawson for Hotel Development

Finally, the construction is underway.

During this phase, we will build as per the design intent. Also if there are any changes, we discuss changes and options with the owner. It ensure that alterations are compatible with owner’s vision for the project. This is the last phase and at the end of this phase, a project is ready for the use/occupancy.

Feel free to reach out to us on info@rdaep.com if you are planning a new construction project. Check out the latest Hotel construction trends in Northeast of USA.


Hartford, CT based Architecture Firm Russell and Dawson Wins “2018 Family Business Award”

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Hartford, Connecticut, October 24, 2018

Russell and Dawson, Hartford, CT based architecture, engineering and construction firm, has been honored with the “2018 Family Business Award” by the Hartford Business Journal (HBJ) under the category of “First Generation: 25-75 Full-time Employees” during the ceremony on October 17th, 2018 at the Farmington Gardens, Farmington. Here is an article about Russell and Dawson on the Hartford Business Journal‘s website.

HBJ hosted an award ceremony to recognize the outstanding achievements of city’s some of the best family-owned businesses. This annual family business award program received over 40 nominations under various categories. The jury of independent judges’ panel and HBJ evaluated nominations based on strong successes over the last 12 months: completing expansions, growing in the marketplace, fulfilling major projects and breaking new ground in the local and state business community.
“We are excited to be honored by the Hartford Business Journal and getting featured in the special supplement of HBJ. We would like to thank all our employees, customers, suppliers and business partners for putting their trust in us” said Chirag Thaker, president, Russell and Dawson commenting on the award. “This award really recognizes our dedication and commitment to what we do here every day” he added.
“We are glad to present Russell and Dawson with 2018 Family Business Award in the First Generation category. We recognized their strong successes through the creation of jobs, addition of construction service, and execution of A/E/C projects across various industries.” – said the editor Greg Bordonaro of HBJ.

Here are few recent projects by Russell and Dawson includes:

About Hartford Business Journal (https://www.hartfordbusiness.com)

The Hartford Business Journal is a growth-oriented business information company serving customers through multiple platforms across Greater Hartford and Connecticut. Hartford Business Journal is passionate about successful entrepreneurship and is the acknowledged leaders in catalyzing valued business connections for customers; both readers and advertisers.


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Expertise LLC selection was based upon five criterion – Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability & Professionalism

Hartford, Connecticut, December 23, 2019

Russell and Dawson is proud to be ranked among the “Best Architects in Hartford, 2019“by Expertise LLC which offers its customers with a resource for finding top qualified professionals curated by their stringent selection process.

According to Expertise LLC, they looked at over 42 architects serving in Hartford and picked the Top 18 by ranking architects on more than 25 variables across five criteria – Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability & Professionalism. They then analyzed results to give its customers a curated list of the best architects in Hartford, CT.

“We are delighted to be honored by the Expertise for getting featured in their ranking of top architects in Hartford for the year 2019. We would like to thank Expertise for this recognition” said Chirag Thaker, President, Russell and Dawson. “It recognizes our commitment to provide clients with exceptional design & professional services and validates for us that we have been doing things successfully”.

In year 2018, Hartford Business Journal recognized Russell and Dawson for the “Family Business Award” under the category of “First Generation: 25-75 Full-time Employees”.
Additional details and a complete list of 2019 Best Architects in Hartford winners can be found on the Expertise Website.

About Expertise LLC

Expertise LLC, based in Seattle, offers its customers with a resource for finding objectively quantified and qualified professionals hand-picked by their selection process. Their proprietary research and selection process identify the top service professionals in over 200 different industries across the top cities in the United States helping over 10 million customers every month to find the best qualified service professional for their needs. Till date, they’ve analyzed over 10 million companies and have generated $200 million in revenue for the local businesses featured on their site.

About Russell and Dawson

Russell and Dawson is a client-1st architectural design, engineering and construction services firm based out of Hartford, Connecticut. Since 1965, Russell and Dawson has created more than 100 million square feet of space with trust and creativity through the execution of more than 10,000 projects across various sectors.