Svigals + Partners designs a new lodge at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: NEREJ


Ashford, Connecticut For The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded in 1988 by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, national architecture, art and consultancy firm Svigals + Partners completed the new Young Adult Lodge, providing upgraded accommodations as well one program and one meeting space. .

Established in 1988 to provide year-round programs for critically ill children and their families, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp accommodations for young adults serving as leaders in training and in other roles needed be refreshed. Now completely redesigned by Svigals + Partners, the new facilities combine the rustic look of camp – a Western theme inspired by one of Newman’s great films – with a modern aesthetic for a touch of sophistication.

New buildings introduced provide dedicated program space to meet the needs of training leaders and staff.

“The new pavilion surrounds a central courtyard,” said Marissa Mead, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate Director and Director of Artistic Integration for Svigals + Partners, Mead, AIA. “The lodge needed to be designed to be flexible and accessible to serve a range of young adult programs. With a large common area including a kitchenette, dining area, plush seating, and fireplace on one side separated from a living room on the other, the space comfortably serves a variety of activities, including corporate get-togethers. board of directors and staff.

“Our goal was to incorporate a playful yet sophisticated aesthetic that would appeal to teenagers and younger staff members,” said Katherine Berger, Associate Director and Director of Interior Design.

The project team designed the site’s three single-storey replacement residential spaces to be low-maintenance and durable, yet distinctive with exposed wood features. Maintaining the original U-shaped configuration of seven shared rooms and five single rooms (up to 40 beds in total) in the previous space, the buildings are organized around a central courtyard and connected by a continuous exterior path with seating areas sheltered from rain and sun by an overhang.

The path and rooms are designed to be fully wheelchair accessible. For more privacy, the new bunk beds all have a private bathroom.

The company is also working on another project for the camp. “While construction of the lodge was underway, the camp’s arts and crafts building suffered a fire,” Mead said. “The 10,000 square foot replacement building is already underway and will include a woodworking area, camping store, cooking area and more. It should be finished later this year. »

“It is a pleasure and an honor to design and build for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp,” said AIA Partner Chris Bockstael. “They serve so many deserving young people who participate in the summer camp experience that many of us might take for granted, as well as other programs in hospitals and communities throughout the Northeast and Central of the Atlantic.”


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