A Year in Review

A Year in Review

As we head into 2023, AEL is feeling grateful for the opportunities we’ve been presented with and the contributions we’ve made to the community this past year. The architecture field is ever-changing and each year brings new challenges, excitement, and achievements. We’re taking a look back at 2022 and reminiscing on some of our favorite projects to-date: 

Cummings Project:

We have made a lot of progress on a residential project on Cape Cod this year, the Cummings property. Having a connection to the Cape is very important to us and we are glad to be able to continue building our bonds with the community on the Cape. We are well underway with the Cummings residential property and are grateful to be able to work with such wonderful clients, as well as for the kind words of happy customers: 

“Dreams really do come true. Thank you Shoreline Pools and Kevin Rothschild-Shea for giving us a master plan and of course Kevin Casey and Cranberry landscaping for pulling it all together as without you we wouldn’t be where we are today. Grateful for everyone who has helped get us this far.” 

-Colette Cummings

East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial:

Exciting progress has been made on the East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial this year! The committee has applied for numerous grants, solicited donations from local businesses, run successful fundraisers, secured the entire plot of land in front of the East Longmeadow Senior Center, and received positive feedback through every step in the process. 

This star-shaped memorial will fly nine flags, while one of the black granite stones will feature the medallions of each branch of the service. Each granite stone will be beveled on top at a 45 degree angle and will have the names, written in gold, of those who sacrificed their lives. The committee has been fortunate enough to receive large corporate donations from sponsors like Big Y, Westfield Bank, and Monson Savings Bank. They secured $500,000 from the town of East Longmeadow and materials for the build including flags and flag poles, pavers, and an electric system to light the memorial. This memorial will be a beautiful, reflective place to honor East Longmeadow Veterans. 

New Hires, Marco and Rose:

We’re thrilled to have added two new members to our team in 2022: Marco Crescentini and Rose Geist! Each member plays a prominent role in every project we get our hands on and we’re grateful to have added Marco and Rose into the mix. 

Shortly after joining AEL, Marco jumped right into a large-scale project working on the design for 33 affordable homeownership townhouse apartments, to be built on the former Gemini Factory site in the South End of Springfield, MA. His position has continued to entail design, development, and coordination throughout his time at AEL. 

Likewise, Rose took on a variety of responsibilities shortly after joining the team. She is constantly communicating and collaborating with Project Managers, clients and co-workers. She brings a sense of curiosity to her work as she’s always looking to sharpen her skill set and dive into the nitty gritty of each project.

We’re happy to have both Marco and Rose as a part of the AEL family! 

Chester Commons Project: 

This year, fifteen projects across the Commonwealth were awarded subsidy funding by the Baker-Polito Administration. These projects were designed to create or restore 697 units of rental housing, 479 of which are designated for low-income households and 150 for extremely low-income individuals or those transitioning from homelessness. 

Chester Commons is a $63 million dollar affordable housing project, an occupied 15-unit rehabilitation project located in Chester’s town center. The sponsor for this project is the non-profit Hilltown Community Development Corporation. Subsidy funds are being provided to support the historic rehabilitation of Chester Commons, with an emphasis on accessibility for tenants with disabilities. 

You can read the full article on the Chester Commons from the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation here.  

Kevin appears on the Minimalist CEO, National Podcast:

AEL President, Kevin Rothschild-Shea,  joined Nat Lindquist on The Minimalist CEO Podcast to chat about how AEL went from a one-person shop to a team of eight people and seven-figures.

During the segment, Kevin shared insights on his architecture journey, including the turning point, his philosophy on being supportive of others, the desire to accomplish something, do it and don’t listen to naysayers, and the importance of family support.

You can check out the interview here.

We have placed an increased emphasis on historic preservation and sustainability in our designs and builds in 2022. Sustainability comes in many forms as innovations are introduced every day in the architecture world. We look forward to continuing efforts to drive towards environmentally-responsible communities and are excited to see efforts put forth by the architecture community in 2023 to design and build with the community’s best interest at heart.