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Jul 11, 2012 10:47 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Boston Architectural Firm Selected To Renovate Southampton Center Building

Jul 11, 2012 11:24 AM

Out of almost 30 architectural firms, Boston-based Machado and Silvetti Associates has been selected by the Southampton Village Planning Commission to renovate and restore the future home of the Southampton Center on Jobs Lane.

The firm is expected to present its plans to renovate the soon to be former Parrish Art 
Museum to the Village Board at a meeting on Thursday night at 6 p.m.

In a search for both local and regional firms, Machado and Silvetti Associates was selected based on its attention to historic detail and its visionary ideas.

“When I listened to their presentation, it was like they had read my mind,” said Village Mayor Mark Epley. “They understand the importance of restoring the building and the flow inside of the building.”

While no major changes will be made to the 17,000-square-foot building, Mayor Epley said Machado and Silvetti will make sure to fully upgrade the structure, increase the amount of usable space without changing the footprint of the building, and ensure the building is 100 percent ADA compliant, or handicap accessible.

“Machado and Silvetti fits the tasks perfectly,” said Village Planning Commission Chairman Siamak Samii. “It is an internationally renowned firm that has specialized in the work of transforming great historic buildings for 21st century uses.”

Mayor Epley said the renovation project will cost approximately $10 million when all is said and done and while renovation will begin only after the Parrish Art Museum moves to its new location in Water Mill at the end of this year, exactly when the work will be done depends upon the Founders Committee’s ability to raise funds. The committee is a group Mayor Epley set up to shape the property’s future in the absence of the Parrish.

“That’s why the pavilion is an important component,” he said, referring to an outdoor theater structure the Village Board OK’d last month. The pavilion, for outdoor performances and ice skating, is planned to be built on the northwest corner of the property. “We can’t afford to have that site dormant for any period of time while we raise money for the renovation.”

Machado and Silvetti will charge $32,000 for fundraising material, an “incredibly generous move” according to Mayor Epley.

“Most firms ask 10 times that number,” he said. “The choice of Machado and Silvetti means that the Southampton Village Community will have this important building restored to its original glory and ready for occupancy and modern day, year-round usage.”

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