Our Mission : Design for the Next 100 Years

Our firm was established in 1989 by Bruce Coldham specifically to practice green building. The early years were lean as the construction industry began to evolve towards environmentally responsible and high performance buildings. Tom Hartman joined the firm in 1999, and together they created Coldham & Hartman Architects. Bruce retired in 2015, and the firm has grown into its third phase with Jesse Selman and Garth Schwellenbach becoming partners in 2017. We practice throughout New England and New York, and strive to establish longstanding relationships of mutual trust with our clients and colleagues.

As changing building codes continue to improve standards for energy performance, our office has maintained its credentials as a leader in sustainable building through our commitment to creative problem solving and relentless attention to detail. Our deep understanding of complex building systems enables us to effectively integrate the elements that create a high performance enclosure. C&H has over two decades of experience finding solutions for difficult building science problems. We pride ourselves on our insistence that the results be elegant as well as innovative.

A durable building must be efficient and resilient, with the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of its users over time. C&H applies the full strength of our experience and expertise to careful programming and building planning, and integrates this process into the design of high quality spaces to promote living and working environments that are healthy and comfortable.

Whether the project is a Deep Energy Retrofit of an existing home, or New Construction on a college campus, we listen to our clients’ needs and make sure they are met in the spaces we create. Our diverse client profile includes non-profit committees, college boards, retiring couples, and growing families, among others. We are proud of the feedback we’ve received over the years – that working on a project with us is fun as well as productive. The best testament to our success is our high number of repeat clients and word-of-mouth referrals.

From our first meeting on a new project through the final blower door test, we are committed to high performance standards. Designing buildings and systems that are sustainable (for both the people who use them and the environment) is not an add-on to our service or a department at our firm; it’s the core of our practice. That’s why we at C&H feel it evokes our deepest principles when we say that we Design for the Next 100 Years.