One of Cushman Design Group's significant philanthropic efforts has been the creation of an extensive 10 year master plan for the Vermont Studio Center. Crafted in collaboration with the VSC Board of Directors, this plan addresses current and future needs, assesses repairs or replacement of existing buildings, and provides for an up to date, sustainable and cohesive campus setting. CDG is responsible for the schematic design of multiple studio spaces and residences to preserve and enhance the 28 building campus. Many of these buildings require the design team to work closely with the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation to achieve permitting and to seamlessly fit within the Johnson, VT community.
The Kowalsky project encompasses the now completed 2017 addition to the 1896 house and preservation of the 1834 annex, as well as the future preservation of the 1896 house. Situated in Johnson, VT's historic village, the Kowalsky project presented the opportunity to preserve an existing building and to construct a new building that respects the village's architectural identity while meeting VSC's current and future programmatic needs. The new and preserved Kowalsky buildings have allowed VSC to increase accessibility, sustainability, and occupant comfort.