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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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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Is your site where and what you think it is? Surprise!

As the owner or leader of the ownership entity, you may think you are pretty familiar with your site and the parcels that make up that site. When you’re thinking about new construction or an addition on your property–that is the time to do some thorough site investigation. If you furnish thorough, accurate site documentation…

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Photographing the Capital Judicial Center #1

Beautiful September Saturday morning, early, walking out over the Kennebec on the pedestrian walkway of Augusta’s Memorial Bridge. The bridge isn’t vibrating nearly as scarily as it had during the scouting trips. There’s a barrier between us and the cars and trucks, which is good because they’re whizzing by only a few feet away. I’ve explained to Sandy, the photographer, and Justin, her assistant, that we don’t have to use a ladder to shoot over the chainlink fence, and we don’t have to shoot through the holes. We can just shoot under the fence.

What is a Green School?

PDT recently led green schools presentations for each of our two newest school clients, RSU 39 in Caribou and MSAD 75 in Topsham. The presentations were educational, inspirational, participatory, and the beginning of our green schools goal setting process for each of the projects. What is a Green School? A green school is healthy, comfortable, energy efficient, material…

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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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