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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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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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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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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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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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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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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