EcoTarium: Welcoming New Cats

GRLA is proud to share in the excitement of the public opening of the newly created Wild Cat Station at Worcester’s EcoTarium.

Two mountain lions and several native bird species are at the center of Wild Cat Station, a new spectacular outdoor exhibit. Through innovative design and re-purposing of the former polar bear habitat, the mountain lion habitat ranges across two stories in height, offering multiple viewing stations for guests. 

One of the largest mountain lion exhibits in the U.S. at 18,500 SF, the exhibit meets all accreditation standards and USDA requirements to house large carnivores. Comprised of grass, trees, logs, rocky alcoves, and outcroppings that allow the cats to utilize their natural abilities of climbing, scratching, and jumping, the new habitat was designed with all four seasons in mind and includes a conditioned space to house the cats inside at night and during inclement weather events.

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The newest inhabitants at the EcoTarium Museum: wild cat siblings.

The newest inhabitants at the EcoTarium Museum: wild cat siblings.

Multiple viewing stations offer visitors opportunities to enjoy the magnificent cats whose lives started out under less than ideal circumstances. The orphaned brother/sister pair were found emaciated and sickly in California; a team of wildlife keepers at the EcoTarium continue to nurse them back to health. The new enriching environment will allow for on-going behavioral training while providing guests an up-close perspective in a natural environment.

In addition to the two mountain lions, the exhibit will also include bird habitats and provide important educational information about rodenticide and the implications it has on a variety of species.

GRLA is a long-standing partner of the EcoTarium, having designed multiple projects for the last decade. Working with Cutler Associates to bring Wild Cat Station to fruition is truly a mission-accomplished.

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GRLA is now licensed in the states of New York & New Jersey


Scott Richardson, AIA LEED AP, Principal of Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects, Inc. of Hopkinton, MA has recently garnered architectural registrations in New York and New Jersey in addition to current registrations in all 6 New England states.  This expands GRLA’s opportunities for design and tenant fit-out projects as well as building envelope services.


GRLA Announces 2019 Promotions!

GRLA is very pleased to announce the promotion of the following staff members to Assistant Project Manager.


James Blattenberger joined GRLA in 2016 with over eight years of experience in the residential/small commercial sector.  Since joining the firm, he has worked in all phases of design to produce detailed sets of construction documents and provide construction phase services for multiple commercial and residential projects including The Shoppes and Residences at Simonds Park in Burlington, MA and O’Brien and Sons Corporate Office in Medway, MA. James will be focusing on current projects such as a new customer center for Solect Energy in Holliston, MA and renovations at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Sarah Krawiec is pursuing her Masters of Science in Engineering Management at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (expected May 2020). Ms. Krawiec performs evaluations of failed and deteriorated building envelope systems, diagnoses issues, designs repairs, and manages construction projects from design to completion. She has worked successfully with universities, corporate facilities, and condominium associations. She is also an active Board member of the Boston Building Enclosure Council.


Dina Soliman is a passionate designer who approaches projects from conceptual design to the last detail with a commitment to provide creative ideas at every step. She finds pleasure in connecting with clients and in working collaboratively with them towards successfully achieving their project goals.

Dina has over 10 years of experience in the design and construction industry. She is well versed in construction documents preparation, construction administration, and project management of various types of projects.


Ty Spencer has served as a Designer and Building Envelope Technician on a variety of projects since joining GRLA in 2015, Ty is a key member to the various testing services offered by GRLA, while also contributing to both BES and Architecture design and project efforts through all phases.


Jessica White earned her Interior Architecture / Design degree at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA and joined GRLA in 2012. Working extensively in each phase of the firm’s interior projects, Jessica is involved in design through construction. She has acquired many client relations over the years working on projects for Cognex, Duffy Properties, Subaru, WCVB, PerkinElmer, and more.

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. 


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.