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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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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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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Complex floor at Freeport High School

Here’s the cast-in-place concrete floor being poured at the lower level of the Freeport High School addition. Workers are leveling the freshly placed concrete and performing various finishing activities. What might seem like a simple floor system actually has many components that work together. The yellow material being covered in concrete is the under-slab vapor…

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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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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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Green Education at the Courthouse

The Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, Maine, designed by PDT Architects, opened in March. The 4-story 120,000-sf courthouse combines superior and district courts with other court functions on a steeply sloping site adjacent to the historic Kennebec County Courthouse, to which it is linked by a second-floor bridge. The design observes ideal courthouse planning principles,…

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Hybrid Operating Room

Design was recently completed for a new 1,250-sf hybrid operating room and adjoining control room. A hybrid OR merges the surgical capability of a large-scale OR with the imaging advantages of a catheterization lab. It allows for less invasive, safer procedures, leading to an increase in positive outcomes and faster patient recovery. The hybrid operating…

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Mt. Blue Campus Case Study

PDT Architects presented a case study of the Mt. Blue Campus project at the USGBC Maine Chapter’s monthly Green Eggs event. The Mt. Blue Campus is a 225,000-sf school campus located in Farmington, Maine. The project was recently submitted for LEED Certification. In addition to LEED Certification, the key sustainability strategies and successes for the school…

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