3tArchitects Signed by D.A. Collins to Design Wilton Global Development Center

December 09, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
ALBANY, NY — 3tArchitects, a collaborative design group based in Downtown Albany, has been working with D.A Collins Construction Company, a leading Capital Region construction firm, to develop the master plan for the Wilton Global Development Center.

Located in the town of Wilton on property purchased from the state, D.A. Collins is planning to consolidate its business operations and employees from three subsidiary companies on the 138 acre site. The company also plans to attract other commercial tenants, as well as ancillary services including a day care, fitness center, meeting and conference center, food court and various retailers like a convenience store and coffee shop. In addition to renovating, updating and enhancing the current buildings, the company is developing plans to build an additional 150,000 sq feet of buildings beyond the existing 350,000 square feet.

“We are excited to move forward with our plans to develop this unique property,” said Dan Collins, Vice President of D.A. Collins. “In addition to serving as a base for our operations and accommodating our employees, we are designing a campus that will attract other successful companies to Wilton.”

3t is developing a master plan for the entire 138 acres that incorporates all the needs of a state-of-the-art mixed–use facility, combining the office space, amenities, outdoor spaces and trail network into an integrated campus plan. The LA Group, a landscape architecture & engineering firm based in Saratoga Springs, will continue to work with 3t and DA Collins on the project. 3t is also working on the design of the 40,000 sq foot D.A. Collins Headquarters. The DA Collins Companies will be the first tenant for the site. This project is an adaptive reuse of a former state run institution into a modern, energy efficient, and high tech facility.

“We are pleased to team with D.A. Collins on this exciting endeavor. They are correctly taking a forward thinking approach to ensure a successful revitalization of this long-dormant property,” said Scott Townsend, AIA LEED, principal of 3t. “Our collaboration will yield a very attractive, functional, energy efficient design culminating into a great place to work with amenities that rival any downtown location.”

D.A. Collins has been working closely with state and local officials to assist with redevelopment of this property. The company was recently awarded a NY Build-Now Grant, a competitive grant program administered through the Empire State Development (ESD) and the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform. This property also falls within an Empire Zone, which has many financial incentives for new and growing companies to relocate to this site.

“D.A. Collins’ decision to move forward on this important project is a further indication that Saratoga County is a great place to do business,” said Ken Green, President of Saratoga Economic Development Corporation. “Their plan puts them in a position to capitalize on the current successes in the county, as well as on other major developments, most notably AMD.”

NOTE TO EDITOR: High resolution renderings are available from 3t

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About 3tArchitects
3tArchitects is a collaborative design group that is committed to the creation of meaningful spaces, buildings and neighborhoods. 3tArchitects strives to create projects that feel correct, are stimulating emotionally and intellectually, function properly and efficiently, are sensitive to the environment, and have relevance throughout the structure or an area's life. 3t was created by Scott Townsend AIA LEED, the original founder of Townsend Associates – Architects PLLC and past Director of Architecture for Vollmer Associates. For more information: www.3tarchitects.com

About D.A. Collins
By bringing on board the most knowledgeable and experienced people in the industry, the D.A. Collins family of companies has today become a full service construction firm, providing superior industrial and infrastructure construction services and aggregate products to a variety of industrial, corporate and municipal clients throughout the Northeast. For more information: www.dacollins.com

About Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC)
SEDC is a private sector, non-profit, consulting firm, established in 1978, that works to create jobs in Saratoga County, New York. With a Board of successful businessmen, and a staff of experts that understand what it takes to go into business and stay in business, the corporation brings to the marketplace a degree of experience that sets it apart from other non-profit economic development organizations. For more information: www.SaratogaEDC.com

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3tArchitects Signed by D.A. Collins to Design Wilton Global Development Center