From those who should know, some kind words
Coldham and Hartman (C&H) under Tom’s leadership have been providing architectural and planning services on a diverse variety of projects for Amherst College for a number of years. In my role at the College I have worked closely with the firm on many of these projects and have found C&H to be one of our very best consultants. They are responsive and adept at finding creative, flexible and appropriate solutions for specific challenges.
Tom and Jesse were phenomenal as they rolled up their sleeves and jumped in the deep end with both feet! … They excelled in their communication skills with the building committee and exhibited amazing flexibility with the design process, as the program changed three times during the design phase. Coldham and Hartman rolled with the punches and still hit their deliverable dates allowing construction to commence as scheduled…
Tom and Jesse masterfully worked with the contractor and provided well-crafted construction administration in an expedient manner.
We [at Smith College] worked closely with C&H for almost three years through programming, design, construction, and LBC [Living Building Challenge] auditing. As a result of their dedication, expertise in sustainable architecture, passion, and perseverance we ended up with a building that entirely suits our needs that was also the 5th fully certified Living Building in the world. We could not be more pleased by the process and the outcome.
We selected Coldham & Hartman after a rigorous and highly competitive RFP and interview process, for which we received 13 proposals from highly qualified teams including several of the largest firms in Boston. Coldham and Hartman’s response was somewhat unorthodox in that they did not provide a fee proposal as requested in the RFP, but rather suggested a process by which we could refine the scope of work and arrive at a mutually agreeable cost structure.
As it turned out, their approach was far more useful and ultimately more cost-effective. This is just one example of Coldham and Hartman’s strong commitment to meeting their clients’ needs, and to their skills in communication and consensus-building (our development team includes two for-profit entities as well as ourselves, all of whom needed to agree on the scope and fee upfront; Coldham and Hartman navigated this process with grace, good humor and a clear understanding of our team dynamics).
Choosing an architect is a deeply personal as well as professional process that requires good chemistry, mutual respect, and shared values. We found that rare blend with Coldham and Hartman, and could not be more pleased with the results.
On the administration end, Coldham & Hartman Architects was by far the most efficient architect which I have ever worked with in processing the mountains of paper work which develop throughout the course of a job. The diligent and extremely accurate management of submittals, requests for information, change orders and requisitions greatly facilitated both the timely delivery of a great project for the owner and a profitable job for the contractor.
We had a perfect patio house day on Sunday this weekend, and were commenting out loud just how lovely the house is to live in now. All the doors were open, the two little kids were moving freely between the courtyards and the inside….it was wonderful.
We just wanted to let you know (again, maybe!) that we love the new house. We’ve felt so comfortable in the spaces from the first days. They really reflect the way we live. The windows bathe the rooms with light and surround them with spacious views. And the recessed LEDs and other LED fixtures are working great at night. The wood ceilings and trees bring a wonderful warmth and character. You had said you would design a house with as much character as our post and beam house, and you were right. It all feels comfortable, easy, and convenient.
The skill that Bruce and Tom bring to a project is amazing. From beginning to end they worked to bring out our needs and turn them into something that was better than we could have imagined.
Bruce’s design skills are terrific. He developed the plans for the dream homes of 28 families with very different visions all using just four basic designs. His use of color and the way he situated our homes give our community great visual interest with little extra cost.
Tom is an amazing project manager. He worked extremely well with our contractor to make sure we got incredibly well built and extremely energy efficient homes. Our home was given the highest energy star rating (5 stars plus). I was extremely impressed with his commitment to the job and his ability to work with the contractor to solve problems on the spot in a way that always improved the final product.