Passivehaus Maine Annual Meeting

Architects and Passive House affiliates from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine gathered at the Friends School of Portland for the annual meeting this past week. PDT joined Passivehaus Maine to help expand sustainable building practices and work towards net-zero buildings in New England. Architect Keegan Carmichael attended the meeting. Friends School tour: The school wanted the…

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Don’t miss spring vernal pool season

Spring in Maine means mud to some, the delightful advent of the peepers in the neighborhood pond to others, and the digging out of summer clothes one day—only to have to swap them again for parkas the next—for us all. For those of us in the business of selecting sites and determining limits of development…

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Maker Space Tour with RSU #39

Leland Caron, principal of Caribou Middle School, at AS220 in Providence, RI, last week as part of our tour of maker spaces, innovation centers, and project-based learning environments. Alan Kuniholm and Chelsea Lipham of PDT and a team from RSU #39 spent the better part of two days visiting schools and talking to educators about…

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Maureen Moran Celebrates 30 years at PDT Architects

PDT celebrated Maureen Moran’s 30th anniversary with the firm on March 17. Maureen, a graduate of Husson University, started her career in 1987 as an administrative assistant and now holds the title of office manager. Co-founder David Webster reminisced they were so impressed with Maureen’s word processing skills at the interview, they hired her right…

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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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