Jordan Stickles Designs His Future

Nineteen-year-old Jordan Stickles, PDT’s winter intern and a sophomore at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, has the enviable distinction of knowing exactly what he wants to do and who he wants to work for. While many interns come to PDT to sample the profession, looking for direction, Jordan has been pursuing a very specific…

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62 Spring Street Approved for Low Income Tax Credits

In mid-December 2016, MaineHousing approved Anew Development’s 62 Spring St. project for 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits. A new 41-unit building in Auburn, ME, 62 Spring Street Apartments- by Auburn Housing, was awarded the highest number of points available. Construction will start in late spring of 2017 with a move-in goal of early 2018….

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Wood Works Seminar on Mass Timber Construction

Keegan Carmichael and David Webster attended the WoodWorks Seminar on Mass Timber Construction on December 6 and filed this report: Mass timber is best applied as a competitor to concrete construction.  Timber is lighter, offers carbon reductions, and can be erected faster than concrete. The typical weight of mass timber is 34 pounds per linear foot…

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PDT Site Visit to Portland Gastro/Maine Eye

Last week the PDT staff toured the 161 Marginal Way construction site. Two healthcare practices, each with an ambulatory surgery center, are transforming the former DHHS building in Portland. Each practice is taking two floors of the 4-story building, with shared core functions (elevator, stairs, delivery, storage). The intense utility requirements for medical practice triggered considerable…

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Preparing for an Urban Age: Alex Krieger lecture, October 25, 2016

On Tuesday night at the Portland High School auditorium, Alex Krieger discussed the migration habits of civilizations from cramped urban predefined centers to spacious undeveloped suburbs . . . and back. Krieger is an urban planner with NBBJ, though his work involving city trends, population migration, and local cultures seems more anthropological. A brief history…

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PDT volunteers with the ACE Mentor program

Alyssa Phanitdasack, Matt Pitzer, Keegan Carmichael, and Adam McKinnon of PDT Architects are volunteering with the ACE Mentor Program, an after-school program for high school students interested in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields. The students are exposed to the ACE fields and professions through entertaining and educational activities and firsthand tours of construction sites….

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Meeting House Lofts Wins 2016 Historic Preservation Award from Greater Portland Landmarks

  We are very proud that Meeting House Lofts–developer Ethan Boxer-Macomber’s condominium  project in South Portland–has won a 2016 Histiric Preservation Award from Greater Portland Landmarks in the Adaptive Reuse Category. The awards will be presented on September 28 at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. John Calvin Stevens designed the Roosevelt School, built in 1927-28, as…

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Move the Tables! Thornton Academy’s Scamman Science Building Addition

   Honors Chemistry teacher Teri Arenstam has arranged the long tables conference-style so she can start the class with a face-to-face explanation of the chemical reactions of their soap-making experiment. Once she’s gone through the steps and safety precautions (they’re using lye), the students disburse in teams to smaller work tables along the edge of the room,…

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