Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects Completes MetroWest YMCA Locker & Shower Room Renovation

Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects and Rubicon Builders recently completed a renovation to the MetroWest YMCA locker & shower rooms in Framingham, MA.

Located at 280 Old Connecticut Path, this main branch of the of Y houses a pool, fitness center, child-care facilities, as well as hosting classes in dance, gymnastics, youth & teen wellness programs, and many others. The YMCA is a cause driven charitable organization that is dedicated to providing programs and services that build a healthy mind, body, and spirit for all.

The men’s locker room received reconfigured & renovated shower areas, a new sauna, updated lighting fixtures, new floors, as well as a more modern, and comfortable locker room to enjoy. In addition, the women’s locker room now has reconfigured showers for more privacy, modern lighting fixtures, updated lockers, ADA accessibility improvements, and new floors. 

GRLA made these enhancements to modernize the YMCA of MetroWest’s locker rooms, bring them up to ADA current standards, and add a more contemporary look and feel, as well as increased privacy for all.



Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects Completes WCVB-TV News Room Re-Design

Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects recently completed an entire re-design of the WCVB-TV & Chronicle newsroom space. The 22,550 square foot channel 5 headquarters are located in Needham, MA and is home to the NewsCenter 5 Team, as well as the evening “insider’s guide” to New England show Chronicle.

GRLA was challenged to create a space that encouraged collaboration and productivity while still living within the existing footprint. They were also tasked with a need for natural daylighting as well as state of the art office systems, conference spaces, editing rooms as well as new and exciting locations to shoot breaking news stories outside of the regular TV studio spaces.

This was achieved with sleek fixtures and furniture, flat screens with live feeds of the news broadcast, and open work areas. It also features large "ribbons" of the Channel's signature red woven throughout the space for visual excitement.

The design solution centered on the main newsroom space which was phase one of about 14,000 SF of renovations and provided an open floor plate that had 4 main access routes. The GRLA Team developed these access routes representing the North, South, East and West winds to symbolize the fact that news is garnered from the 4 corners of the world and then focused the center of the space as the main information desk.

Gorman Richardson Lewis wanted to give the news team a vibrant, open and inspiring space that would make them excited to come to work and help them be more productive. The most fulfilling comment we heard from news anchor, Maria Stephanos is: “the new space just makes me happy to come to work every day”. To us, this was success right there.



First Quarter 2018 News


GRLA has just wrapped up a major renovation to WCVB-TV's newsroom and Chronicle program offices. The existing space was a dark, dated maze of offices and conference rooms with multiple floor levels and ramps connecting different areas.

GRLA's design team has created a bright, modern space within the existing footprint, with sleek fixtures and furniture, flat screens with live feeds of the news broadcast, open work areas, and large "ribbons" of the Channel's signature red woven throughout the space for visual excitement. The new design encourages collaboration and productivity.

Check out the video below for a glimpse at the new space!

GRLA Welcomes New Team Members!


Meghan Lacoche, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, has joined us as a Project Manager in the architecture studio. Meghan received her Bachelor of Architecture from the BAC, and has over a decade of experience focused on corporate and institutional projects for clients throughout Greater Boston. Meghan's expertise in all phases of design--from programming and space planning to overseeing the production of drawing sets and construction administration--is an important asset to our clients


Kevin Buckley has joined as Assistant Project Manager in the Building Envelope Sciences (BES) division. Kevin is experienced in all project phases, including building envelope investigations, production of drawings and details, bidding, and construction administration. Kevin is providing key production and project management support to our busy Building Envelope Sciences team. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Roger Williams University.


Sarah Krawiec as Building Envelope Sciences Technician. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Lowell, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Engineering Management. She supports our Building Envelope Project Managers on site and in the office. 


Project Spotlight: Cognex Lobby Renovation

We recently completed a major renovation for Cognex's 4-story lobby in Natick.  Check out the photos below!

GRLA Celebrates 40 Years in Business with 40 Ways of Giving Back

Hopkinton, MA—As Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects (GRLA) celebrates four decades in business, the firm is embarking on a special program of volunteering, pro bono design services, and charitable giving.   Called the 40 for 40 Commitment, GRLA is working on forty initiatives that contribute to the community in a meaningful way—one for each year that the firm has been in business.  At the firm’s 40th Year Celebration Gala on June 6, GRLA Principals Mike Gorman, Scott Richardson, and Steve Lewis announced the program, challenging the firm to work with 40 different Non-Profit Organizations over the course of the year, offering services, raising money, and volunteering time.

Currently, GRLA is working with the MetroWest YMCA on interior upgrades, as well as assisting the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest on relocation options, and The Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest for temporary heating options.  GRLA also contributed services to the United Way’s Wheat Café in Clinton for their recent relocation project.

Since 1976, GRLA has nurtured a company culture that emphasizes service to others and working with organizations that contribute to the broader community.  In addition to an extensive portfolio of corporate clients, GRLA is proud to have worked with the EcoTarium Museum, Danforth Museum of Art, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, SMOC, The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Chestnut Hill Foundation, Advocates, and many other not-for-profit organizations that positively impact life here in Massachusetts.