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Set in the idyllic Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, Mepal Spa is an adaptive re-use of a decommissioned elementary school; 6000 sf of treatment rooms, steam rooms, covered outdoor hot tub, yoga & Pilates studio, as well as a salon, and multiple relaxation areas. Located a few hundred meters away from the renowned 18th century Mepal Manor, a 12 room luxury retreat, the spa’s modern vernacular offers a unique counterpoint to the colonial architecture of the Manor.

Project Description:
 
Set in the idyllic Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, Mepal Spa is an adaptive re-use of a decommissioned elementary school. It houses 6000-square feet of treatment rooms, steam rooms, an covered outdoor hot tub, yoga and Pilates studio, as well as a salon and multiple relaxation areas. Located a few hundred meters away from the renowned 18th century Mepal Manor, a 12-room luxury retreat, the spa’s modern vernacular offers a unique counterpoint to the colonial architecture of the Manor.
My Roles: Project Designer, Job Captain, Detailing, Management of documentation and drawing set and design team, point person with owner and client.

Architect: Robert Edson Swain  http://www.bobswain.com

General Contractor: John Scapin

Location: New Marlborough, Birkshire's of Massachucetts

Size:  12,000 Square Feet +

Year: 2003  http://www.mepalspa.com
Retail Lobby:  the cast concrete floors have inlaid maple strips, a giant version of the logo, also serve as the expansion joints.
An inexpensive retail shelving system was used as a glass wall enclosure around the office.
Hot tub view across the old Manor House grounds.
The logo was developed from the iconic and graphic archway connecting the Cairrage House to the Manor House, now used as a luxury hotel.
Private Spa treatment huts which could also be used as unique guest accomodations are in the planning stage.
Landscape design for the future Spa Treatment Huts adjacent to the Mepal Spa and a short walk to the nearby Manor House.
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