David C. Webster, AIA, LEED AP, president of PDT Architects, has been elected vice chair of the GrowSmart Maine Board of Directors. As an architect, small business owner, and avid runner, David is committed to smart land use practices, including landscape conservation, walkable neighborhoods, and urban density. David's architectural specialties are health care, strategic planning, and building science. In the office, he oversees work for the federal government. He co-chairs the GrowSmart Governance Committee and is a member of the Development and Executive Committees.
For more on GrowSmart Maine, click here.
Brian M. Curley, AIA, LEED AP, principal of PDT Architects, was presented with the annual President's Award at the MEREDA Forecast Conference on January 23. With only one paid staff member, MEREDA depends on the volunteer efforts of its board and members, and the President's Award honors people who have contributed significant time and energy throughout the year. MEREDA President Drew Sigfridson spoke of Brian's impressive preparation and willingness to assume responsibilities on the Legislative Affairs and Conference Committees.
For more on MEREDA and its annual Forecast Conference, click here.
For the second year in a row, Adam Holmes, AIA, Maine Licensed Architect, has placed third in the 2014 New Hampshire AIA Emerging Professionals Design Competition.
To see Adam's design for the Great Island Common in New Castle, NH, click here.
Principal Alan Kuniholm, AIA, LEED AP, has been attending classes and inviting students to the office as part of his work on the Casco Bay High School Expansion project.
For more on PDT's collaboration with Casco Bay, click here.
Lamb Block, Livermore Falls
The renovation of the Lamb Block in Livermore Falls, Maine, won a 2013 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award from Maine Preservation. Principal David Webster and Architect Becca Casey were at the ceremony to celebrate with Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative and other team members. We are very proud that this is PDT's sixth Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award.
For a description of the project: click here.
Principal Brian Curley will speak on December 5 as part of a MEREDA breakfast panel aimed at novice or aspiring developers.
With Tom Lea, senior vice president of People's United Bank and Vin Veroneau, president/CEO of J. B. Brown and Sons, Brian will offer "Real Estate Development 101: Plan Your Work-Work Your Plan: What You Need to Know."
This interactive session is expected to walk through a typical development process, with plenty of time for questions. To register, click here. To email Brian Curley, click here.
Principal Alan Kuniholm, president-elect of the Portland Society for Architecture, spoke to the press on October 23 in connection with PSA's upcoming Waterfront Visions program. PSA, with Catalysis Adaptation Partners, has just released a report that assesses Portland's vulnerability to increased water and storm damage as sea level rises. Read the executive summary here.
TV coverage of the press conference is here.
NEW HIRESAllison C. Zuchman, LEED AP BD+C, PDT's new sustainability director, will guide our sustainability initiatives through the course of each project. She is already involved in LEED certification, staff education, and project formation. Allison holds a bachelor's degree in design from the University of Florida and a master's degree in architecture from Rice University.
Jacob R. Beck, LEED AP, joins PDT as an architectural designer. Jake holds a bachelor's degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master's degree in architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Pearl Place II Awarded LEED Platinum:
Avesta Housing's Pearl Place II housing project has been awarded Platinum-level LEED certification.
Platinum is the highest level possible under the USGBC LEED for Homes-Midrise program and has been awarded to only a handful of Maine housing projects. The project opened in January 2013 and is already more than 95% occupied.
When Chelsea Lipham joined PDT a little more than a year ago, she was licensed to practice in New York, but we couldn't call her an architect in the State of Maine. Now she has finished her requirements and is henceforth a Maine Licensed Architect. Congratulations, Chelsea!
Topping Out Ceremony for the Augusta Courthouse:
A traditional ceremony to celebrate the placing of the last piece of structural steel, "topping out" involves signing the last beam and hoisting it, complete with a flag and a tree, to the top of the structure. Chief Justice Saufly called the courthouse "a beacon of justice." Construction is expected to be completed in January 2015.
Augusta Planning Board Approves Exterior Materials for Courthouse:
AUGUSTA -- Justice will be served within similar, if not quite the same shade, gray walls at the expanded Kennebec County Courthouse.
The Augusta Planning Board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the exterior colors and materials of the approximately $55 million new four-story, 120,000-square-foot courthouse, to be attached to the existing, historic county courthouse.
Planners actually approved the project in July but imposed conditions requiring the applicant to come back to the board within six months, with samples of materials and colors to be used on the exterior of the building.
Several board members asked, in July, that the building's colors blend in better with the existing courthouse, which was built in 1830.
Read the rest of the article here.
NEW HIRESAdam D. Holmes, AIA, is a Maine Licensed Architect who is primarily working on the Augusta Courthouse project. He is a graduate of the architecture program at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, and has worked for several architecture firms in the area.
Architectural designer Chelsea L. Lipham, a graduate of Hebron Academy, is working on VA healthcare projects. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and has moved back to Maine after three years with an architecture firm in New York City.
PDT Architects is very pleased to announce the promotion of Rebecca S. Casey to associate in the firm. A Maine Licensed Architect and native Mainer, Becca holds a master's degree in architecture from Tulane University and serves on the Planning Board of the Town of Falmouth. She is a founding member and former executive director of the Portland Society of Architects and a former president of the Downtown Portland Corporation. A PDT staff member since 2006, she specializes in planning and design for health care clients.
Principal Alan Kuniholm lined up with other dignitaries at the official groundbreaking of Avesta Housing's Adams School Redevelopment project on September 13. That's Al on the far right holding the S. PDT designed 16 units of affordably priced condominiums on the Munjoy Hill site.
Read More on the Avesta Housing web site.
PDT Architects is excited to be sponsoring the GrowSmart Maine Summit on October 23 in Augusta.
For more information on the Summit, click here.
Creative developers, building creative neighborhoods, for creative people
Creative people want interesting, walkable neighborhoods: that was the message at MEREDA's spring conference. PDT principal and MEREDA board member Brian Curley helped organize the conference, which made the economic and social case for higher-density cities with urban hubs and public transportation. LiveWork Portland covered the conference, and MEREDA's next event is a breakfast seminar on streetcars.
Read More at LiveWork Portland.
Visit the Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA) web site.