Our Mission : Design for the Next 100 Years

Principal Emeritus Bruce Coldham, AIA, established his architectural practice in 1989. Ten years later, he was joined by Thomas Hartman, AIA, and together, they formed Coldham&Hartman Architects, with the goal of providing Architectural Services that push the envelope of sustainable building in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Jesse J W Selman, AIA, and Garth Schwellenbach, AIA joined as partners in 2017.

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 comfortable, healthy living and working environments.

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 functional. 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 blower door testing at substantial completion, designing buildings and systems that are sustainable for 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.