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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Design and Health Initiative

The AIA (American Institute of Architects) recently released two resources around their design and health initiative: the AIA Design and Health Research Consortium initiative and the document Design & Health Topics. AIA Design and Health Research Consortium The AIA Foundation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is establishing…

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Backpacker or Urban Condo-Dweller?

At the end of July, I attended the Sustainable Design Leaders’ Summit in Seattle with 50 sustainability directors from architecture firms across the country. The discussions varied from specific project tasks such as material choices, building performance analysis, and post-occupancy evaluations to overall firm sustainability strategies and the role of the architect in advocating for…

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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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