Purpose

Through active listening and advanced market sector knowledge, Vision 3 Architects combines creativity and strong technical execution to deliver thoughtful design solutions and form long-lasting relationships. We’ve made it our mission to create beautiful and functional spaces that serve our clients and achieve their visions.

We are responsive.

We provide principal involvement in every project.

We empower our employees to maximize their talents.

We collaborate with all team members to produce better results.

We promote sustainable qualities in all designs.

We optimize the use of technology for the benefit of our clients and their projects.

We design for our clients.

Employees

34

REGISTERED ARCHITECTS

14

LEED ACCREDITED

9

NCARB CERTIFIED

8

INTERIOR DESIGNERS

3

YEAR FOUNDED

1987

People

Studio

Our firm is devoted to creating a design studio environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, professional advancement, and fun.

CREATIVITY  We are a collection of enthusiastic architects and designers – each is creative. The scale of our studio is reflective of our design philosophy – to focus attention on every detail throughout a project, no matter how small.

COLLABORATION  We believe that our participatory atmosphere allows our studio to solve complex problems with innovative, pragmatic solutions. We encourage discussion, especially those that challenge convention.

PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT  We nurture the development of our team members’ individual abilities and aspirations through mentoring, continuing education, and support their involvement in professional organizations. We are as committed to our employees as we are to our clients.

FUN  We strive for balance. While we work hard, we also know how to have fun. We support team-building activities, organize social events, celebrate milestones and recognize achievements. We know that happy employees put forth our best work.

We firmly believe that people are the foundation to all of our projects.

Testimonials

“I have developed a trusting relationship with Vision 3 over the years through the development and design of several branch banks, and now with the completion of Coastway’s Corporate Headquarters. Vision 3 continually delivers exceptional service and with this project, provided us with designs incorporating the opportunity of future growth and additional tenant interests. Vision 3 enriches our workspace environment and corporate future.”

Bill White, President & CEO, COASTWAY COMMUNITY BANK

“Vision 3 has the ability to really get inside the client’s head, to figure out their needs, and turn around great ideas that not only meet the program and aesthetics, but are realistic in terms of the budget. They remain focused on the client and the client’s budget.

Shawmut has a long history working together with Vision 3. One of the aspects that attracts us to Vision 3, to use their services as a consumer as well as a partner in terms of design-build or construction, is their ability to look at things from a builder’s perspective. They are collaborative, responsive, and they definitely have a team approach. I think Vision 3 is capable of anything. It was not only a pleasure to have Vision 3 design our Providence office, but it was a pleasure for us to build it.”

Great design – great value. That sums up Vision 3 Architects.

Ron Simoneau, Director of Construction Operations, SHAWMUT DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

“Vision 3 visited the campus and spent time observing and experiencing the traffic during different times of the day, including peak hours. They truly listened to a mixed committee of people, such as, the Board Plan Manager, the Chef Manager, Senior Administration, and the students to understand their concerns and work together toward a solution. Even after Vision 3’s initial drawings, they still considered other options brought to their attention and had a real plug & play relationship. Vision 3 Architects was very easy to work with, flexible, helpful, and responded quickly when questions arose. From the start, we felt we could trust and collaborate with Vision 3’s design process and ability.”

Ingrid Bushwack, Director of Dining Services, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE

“Vision 3 Architects envisioned a way to keep the historical integrity of the Academy’s campus, while still providing a state-of-the-art space for the Arts.

Daniel Richard, Principal, SAINT RAPHAEL ACADEMY

“Vision 3 was very effective in identifying areas where different materials or design treatments could reduce cost while maintaining the vision that the tenant was looking for. The project involved an institutional tenant with many constituents and various visions for the project, and Vision 3 was able to marshal the tenant through the process and translate their needs into a design that would meet the overall requirements of the tenant while also meeting the schedule and budget needs of the project. Vision 3 was effective in managing the design process and the engineering/consultant team to quick resolution whenever questions arose, with little drama. They understood the challenges contractors face when dealing with actual conditions in the field, and worked collaboratively with the team versus questioning the issues that the contractor raised.”

Daniel McGrath, Vice President-Senior Asset Manager; Berkeley Investments, Inc. ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY, Downtown Providence Campus

“The New Cottage Micro-Community™” has its roots in our research based care model that uses environmental design as a platform from which we build the highest level of person centered care possible. It is carefully crafted from the ground up to create an enriching, culturally sensitive and safe assisted living environment. Vision 3 Architects incorporated this innovative model, making the facility an unparalleled Memory Care environment that is revolutionary in its design.

Akshay K. Talwar, CEO/Administrator, BRIARCLIFFE GARDENS

“Our new home reflects thoughtful planning geared toward the needs of our patients, families and staff. Our goals included creating a sustainable hospice environment that offers patients and family members comfort, peace and plenty of space for reflection and quiet time. With the creativity and guidance of Vision 3, we’ve achieved these goals and look forward to continuing our important role in the state’s health care scheme.”

Diana Franchitto, President & CEO, HOPE HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE OF RHODE ISLAND

“Their understanding of restaurant design is evident from their thorough construction drawings to the finished product. I feel that their ability to listen to our needs, and respond with quality design work, helped us achieve our construction, budget, and scheduling goals. Vision 3’s professional staff was an important part of our project team.”

Bruce Cartwright, Executive VP/CFO, LEGAL SEA FOODS

Awards

HEALTHCARE DESIGN MAGAZINE 2020 REMODEL/RENOVATION COMPETITION

GROW SMART RI, 2016 OUTSTANDING GROW SMART PROJECT AWARD

AIA RI DESIGN AWARDS, 2016 DESIGN AWARDS, HONOR AWARD, INTERIORS

RI MONTHLY, 2016 SILVER AWARD, COMMERCIAL, NEW CONSTRUCTION

Healthcare Design Magazin 2020 Remodel/Renovation Competition, Budget Friendly; Bronze Award
Thundermist Woonsocket

NACUFS The National Association of College & University Food Services
2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards; Gold Award, Residential Dining Concepts
University of Rhode Island, Butterfield Dining Hall

RI Monthly Magazine
2016 Design Awards; Silver Award, Commercial Renovation/New Construction
University of Rhode Island, Butterfield Dining Hall

Grow Smart Rhode Island
2016 Outstanding Smart Growth Project Award
Providence Community Health Centers, Prairie Avenue Health Center

AIAri
2016 Design Awards; Honor Award, Interiors
Pet Food Experts, Corporate Offices

AIAri
2016 Design Awards; People’s Choice Runner Up
New England Treatment Access (NETA), Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Northampton, MA

RI Monthly Magazine
2015 Design Awards; Bronze Award, Commercial Interior Design
Saint Raphael Academy, The Joseph & Blanche Coutu Theater

Armstrong World Industries’
2012 i2r (ideas 2 reality) National Design Competition
“Reality Winner”, Commercial Ceiling & Wall Systems
NaviNet, Corporate Offices

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
2010 Illumination Awards; Energy and Environmental Award of Merit
FM Global, Corporate Headquarters

In the News

Vision 3 Architects would like to congratulate Taylor Messier on being promoted to Job Captain. Taylor joined Vision 3 Architects as an Architectural Designer in 2018. Taylor’s role as Job Captain supports all phases of project development from design through construction administration.

CRANSTON, RI – The Rhode Island Attorney General Customer Service Center has achieved USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for New Construction. The project was originally designed with the goal of attaining LEED Silver certification, however, the actual building performance exceeded expectations.

The Rhode Island Attorney General Customer Service Center is a 26,000 square-feet modern state-of-the-art office building. Situated within the State of Rhode Island’s John O. Pastore Government Center, a campus containing more than 60 state buildings. The location is highly accessible via multiple modes of transportation. The site is short walking distance from bus stops serviced by two different RIPTA lines. To further promote sustainable connectivity, bike racks and dedicated parking spaces for low-emitting, fuel efficient vehicles were included.

The design team was conscientious in selecting low-emitting and recycled materials, as well as introducing natural light into as many locations as possible.  A raised clerestory was introduced in the center of the building to bring daylight into an office area that would have otherwise been completely cut off from the exterior.  Indoor air quality is improved compared to standard construction through increased outdoor air ventilation and an emphasis to specify materials that do not emit harmful compounds into the air.

Modern office buildings, with computers, televisions, and other necessary technologies require a large amount of

electricity to function. Energy performance has been optimized to improve performance by an estimated 35% compared to similar buildings. The building was designed with a high-performance exterior building envelope and careful selection of the mechanical system directly contributes to the enhanced energy performance. The system is composed of individual four-pipe fan coil units and an energy recovery unit at the fresh air intake combined with individual temperature controls in each space allowed for the design team to create a system the owner will be comfortable maintaining and one that is more efficient than a typical forced air HVAC system.  Additionally, a photovoltaic (PV) solar array is installed on the roof of the building, which produces approximately 20% of the total building energy.

The following are some other statistics attributing to the LEED Gold certification:

21% of the total building material content has been manufactured using recycled materials

39% of the building materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site

Building is designed to reduce 21% of potable water use.

The building was designed by Vision 3 Architects with MEP/FP Engineering by Creative Environment Corp., Civil Engineering by Pare Corporation and constructed by Bacon Construction. 

WALTHAM, MA – 81 Wyman Street has achieved USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard for Core and Shell. LEED Platinum is the highest, most prestigious ranking that a building can receive.

81 Wyman Street is a three-story commercial building with 80,000 square-feet of Class A office space. Originally built in 1989 the revitalized property underwent extensive renovations to reposition the building and attract high-caliber tenants. Renovations included removal and replacement of the entire, exterior skin and a full renovation of all interior construction. Architectural design began in 2016 and construction was completed in 2019. Hobbs Brook Management, LLC as the developer, the building core and shell was designed by Vision 3 Architects with MEP/FP Engineering by Cosentini Associates, and constructed by Columbia.  LEED administration was managed by Brian Salazar of Entegra Development & Investment, LLC.

Located at the heart of Waltham’s technology corridor, the property is situated within the Hobbs Brook Office Park less than 30 minutes from Boston. Offering alternative public transportation access including shuttle services to Alewife MBTA station and MBTA bus service to Watertown Square. The following are some of the highlights attributed to the LEED Platinum certification:

Energy cost savings of 79%

Large photovoltaic array covering the parking lots offsets 76% of the total energy costs

Reduced potable water use by 36% and reduced water used for irrigation by over 50%

93% of the on-site construction waste was diverted from landfills to recycling centers

Electric vehicle charging stations provided for 3.31% of the total parking capacity

21% of building material was sourced from within 500 miles to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust pollution

36% of all building material were manufactured from recycled content

70% of wood came from sustainable forests

Mechanical systems were designed to accommodate over 30% increased outside air for improved indoor air quality, while maintaining high levels of efficiency

Taylor Sutherland has been promoted to Job Captain of Vision 3 Architects. Taylor graduated from Roger Williams University (RWU) with a master of Architecture degree. He joined Vision 3 Architects as an Architectural Designer in 2018. Taylor’s role as Job Captain supports all phases of project development from design through construction administration. He leads internal project production and assists with the coordination of all consultants.

Keara Duffy has been promoted to Project Architect of Vision 3 Architects. Keara began work at Vision 3 as a summer intern and enjoyed her internship so much, she stayed on full time after graduation. Keara graduated second in her class from Roger Williams University with a Master’s Degree in Architecture. After seven years with the company she has advanced to Project Architect, where she is involved in all phases of project development, documentation, administration, and coordination with consultants.

Vision 3 Architects recently hired a new architectural designer, Deanna Vecchio. Deanna graduated from Roger Williams University with a Master of Architecture in December 2019, joining Vision 3 shortly after in January as an Architectural Designer. Deanna’s interest in architecture started in high school, where she took her first CAD drafting course. Her love of the digital environment lead her to design and how the digital could output to reality. Now she pushes to design architecture that serves the community, relating to their identity while improving their daily lives. This passion has encouraged Deanna to pursue licensure and is currently completing her experience hours.

Deanna was born and raised in South Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. Her Philadelphia pride shines through as she roots for her favorite hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers. When Deanna isn’t watching hockey, she’s trying out new restaurants with her friends, going for scenic drives, improving her craft in handmade ceramics, and planning her next trip to Florence, Italy.

Vision 3 Architects recently hired a new interior designer, Hannah Weiner. Hannah has joined Vision 3 Architects as an Interior Designer for the Education and Hospitality team. Hannah has experience in Hospitality, Corporate, and Healthcare, and is eager to contribute the knowledge she has obtained over the past four years while working in Massachusetts. Hannah is a Rhode Island native and is thrilled to be working in her home state. As an Interior Designer Hannah believes seeing the client’s vision come to life is an indescribable feeling, and loves to share in the excitement all the way from the initial concept to the final walkthrough.

Hannah is an awesome cat mom to Zooey AKA Zozo who is a black and white ragdoll, and Maxwell AKA buddy who is a black tabby. Hannah rescued both cats, Zooey is from PARL (Providence animal rescue league), and Max is from Pawswatch adoptable cats. In her free time she aspires to design /own a cat café so she can combine her love of rescuing cats, and design while providing them a safe place until they find their forever home. When Hannah is not with her furry babies, she is spending time with family or friends, dancing, drinking espresso martinis, watching true crime, going to the beach, or most likely at the casino.

Ryan Haggerty has been promoted to Associate Principal of Vision 3 Architects. Ryan started his career at Vision 3 Architects as an intern in 2005 while attending Roger Williams University (RWU). After graduating RWU with a Master’s Degree in Architecture, he remained with the firm until 2011, when he went on to pursue opportunities in facilities services and construction management. Prior to Ryan’s return to Vision 3 Architects in 2018, Ryan worked in the facilities management divisions of large public sector and private higher education institutions. Ryan has a decade and a half of experience as an architect and senior project manager, representing owners, property managers, contractors, and other partners to manage all aspects of the design and construction process. Ryan leverages his experience on both sides of the table to bring a collaborative and team-oriented spirit to every project.

Ryan currently serves as Board Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Rhode Island Board of Directors. He is Co-Chair of AIA Rhode Island’s Annual Golf Tournament which raises money to support college scholarships for students pursuing a career in architecture. Ryan also serves on Roger Williams University School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management (SECCM) Construction Management Advisory Board (CMPAB).

We’re proud to announce that Thundermist Health Center of Woonsocket received a national design award! Healthcare Design Magazine Annual Remodel/Renovation Competition, Budget-Friendly – Bronze Winner. A special thank you to a great client, Thundermist Health Center and design team, Creative Environment Corp., Consulting Engineers and Bowerman Associates Inc Healthcare Design Magazine December 2019 digital issue is now available here.

Paul Hauser has been promoted to Principal of Vision 3 Architects. Paul started his career at Vision 3 Architects as a summer intern in 2006 while attending Roger Williams University. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and nearly 14 years of dedication and commitment, Paul has grown professionally from an intern to a registered architect and now part owner of the firm.

Throughout Paul’s career, he has served as project manager on a number of exciting and groundbreaking projects including, the new Rhode Island Attorney General Customer Service Center and the first LEED certified healthcare project in the state of Rhode Island, HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center. Furthermore, Paul has been a part of the design and management of upwards of one million square feet of corporate office projects and has experience working in countless premier downtown Providence properties.

Paul currently serves as Vice President & President Elect (2020/President in 2021) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Rhode Island Board of Directors. He is Chairman of AIA Rhode Island, Annual Golf Tournament which raises money to support college scholarships for students pursuing a career in architecture. Vision 3 Architects is a nationally recognized architectural and interior design firm and ranked the largest architecture firm in the state of Rhode Island.

Jeff Caplan has been promoted to Associate of Vision 3 Architects. Jeff joined Vision 3 Architects in 2016 as a Senior Project Manager and has over 30 years of experience, having worked on a wide range of project types and sizes. Jeff’s strengths include his dedication to client services and inspired design grounded in his ability to successfully manage projects from conception to closeout. His broad background and strong work ethic have resulted in his development as a well-rounded professional. He serves as a resource and mentor to staff at all levels.

David Christie has been promoted to Project Architect of Vision 3 Architects. David joined Vision 3 Architects in 2016. He has advanced to his role as Project Architect on the Healthcare Team, working on a variety of healthcare related projects that include medical office buildings, imaging centers, surgical and dental suites, and community health centers. David is involved in all phases of project design, documentation and administration.

Stephanie Paolino has been promoted to Senior Associate of Vision 3 Architects. Stephanie joined Vision 3 Architects in 1999 as an Intern Architect, and has steadily grown with the firm advancing to Healthcare Team Leader. Stephanie’s unwavering commitment to the healthcare industry is deeply rooted in supporting patient needs. Over the course of her professional career Stephanie has provided comprehensive architectural design services for approximately 500,000 s.f. of healthcare facilities ranging from the renovation of medical office buildings to a new medical campus. Stephanie is dedicated to continuous learning and growth to better understand how design can have a beneficial impact on the business of healthcare while still providing supportive, welcoming, and functional spaces for patients.

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