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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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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Passive House Not Only For Homes

On March 16th, Günter Lang, Austrian passivhaus expert, gave a presentation on the Passive House building standard. The term Passive House refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building. A project that follows Passive House principles results in an ultra-low energy building that requires little energy for space heating or cooling. Thermal…

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Healthy Materials

Pam Anderson, Joan Klein, Suzanne Morin, and Allison Zuchman of PDT attended the Healthy Materials Summit in Boston in November. The Healthy Materials Summit, the first to be held in New England, was a giant leap in broadening the dialogue about making a greater positive impact when choosing building materials and products. By requiring full…

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Passive House: Keeping it Simple

The North American Passive House Networks’ 2014 Conference and Expo was in Portland, Maine on September 22nd and 23rd. Brian Curley, Bob Curtis, Marilyn Leivian and Chelsea Lipham attended from PDT Architects. To say the least, this was a cool conference to have in Portland, Maine. A few highlights from the conference can be found…

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Getting Down to Business on Climate

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted “Getting Down to Business on Climate: A panel discussion with Senator Angus King” on Friday, June 6 in Portland. Senator King could not predict the outcome of what he expected to be “a helluva fight” in the Senate over new…

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Portland’s Disposable Bag and Foam Packaging Ordinances

June 17th Update: Portland council adopts fee for bags, bans foam containers (Portland Press Herald)  Portland city councilors voted late Monday night to charge consumers a nickel for every disposable shopping bag they get and to ban foam containers for food and beverages in an effort to reduce trash that pollutes waterways. Both ordinances are effective…

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ULI Strategies for a Resilient Portland Waterfront

Alan Kuniholm, PDT Principal and Portland Society for Architecture’s President, is participating in events this week that are part of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Service visit to Maine. ULI is here to advise Portland and South Portland on urban design and development practices that are more resilient and adaptable to the impact of climate change. PRESS…

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