• PRESS RELEASE - Nov 24, 2015

    PDT Architects Wins International School Design Award for Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington

    PDT Architects has been awarded a 2015 Lee J. Brockway Award for school renovation/addition projects by the Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI, the Council for Educational Facility Planning International). The association's annual competition and exhibition of international school architectural design is described as "The world's largest juried exhibit recognizing exceptional planning and inspired architectural design of high quality learning environments." Lyndon D. Keck, AIA, LEED AP, founding principal of PDT Architects, was the principal-in-charge; Alan G. Kuniholm, AIA, LEED AP, also a principal with PDT, was the design principal.

    Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington is a combined academic and career technical high school for 950 students that underwent a 3-year renovation/addition makeover that opened in 2013. The design integrates academic and technical disciplines in 3 learning communities in one building, giving students flexibility to follow broad interests through the curriculum. Under the leadership of PDT, Superintendent Michael Cormier, and consultant Frank Locker, the Futures Team developed an educational vision with 3 cornerstones: an interdisciplinary organizational model, real-world educational experiences, and attention to individual students. Dr. Cormier was succeeded by Superintendent Dr. Thomas Ward shortly before construction was completed.

    The school district of 10 towns participated actively in planning and fundraising for the project, which was conceived as a community hub for civic meetings, performances, continuing education, displays, training, and athletic events. Public spaces in the school, including the Bjorn Auditorium, the Forum, the food court, the library, and the café, open off of a central "Main Street." The LEED for Schools-Certified building is extremely energy-efficient and takes advantage of its beautiful hilltop site to power solar and photovoltaic panels and 2 wind turbines. It is heated and cooled with a combination of geothermal heat pump and biomass boiler systems.

    Consultants on the project include Frank Locker Educational Planning, Lincoln/Haney Engineering Associates, Bennett Engineering, TabbTech, Cavanaugh-Tocci Associates, J & M Lighting Design, TJM Consulting, and then-DeLuca-Hoffman Associates (then FST, now Stantec). The building was built by Wright-Ryan Construction of Portland.

    For more information, see the competition slides here (pdf). And a photographic slideshow here.

  • Capital Judicial Center opens to praise from the governor and chief justice
    Members of three branches of Maine's government attend the gathering in Augusta.

    AUGUSTA - The Maine judicial and executive branches joined forces with a number of legislators Friday afternoon in a ceremonial grand opening of the Capital Judicial Center.

    While the new courthouse at 1 Court St. has been in use since March 2, the gathering had been delayed partly to allow the completion of renovation of the large courtroom in the 1830 Kennebec County Courthouse, which is reached through a series of raised glass walkways, and to complete the parking areas.

    Linda Conti, who represents Ward 1 on the Augusta City Council, said before the ceremony that she was particularly glad about the location and the connection to the older courthouse. "This is a safe, modern facility, and at the same time, our historic building is preserved," she said.

    Read the full article at Portland Press Herald here.

  • PDT Architects has hired Adam B. McKinnon, R.A., as a project manager for multi-family housing and K-12 school projects. Adam comes to PDT from Blackney Hayes Architects in Philadelphia, PA, where he was a project architect and technology manager. He received his B. Arch. from Drexel University in 2008 and has been an adjunct faculty member there since 2013, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in BIM/Revit software. He has also served on the AIA Philadelphia Housing committee and in the ACE Mentor Program for high school students interested in design, engineering, and construction.

  • Attending the opening on behalf of PDT were (Back row l-r) Shane Dunn, Marilyn Leivian, former employees Peter Anderson and Chris Porter, Alan Kuniholm, and (Front row l-r) Suzanne Morin, Maureen Moran, and Tod Donahue. Not pictured: Becca Casey, Susan Ransom
    PDT Architects and Principal Alan Kuniholm were recognized by Maine's Chief Justice Leigh Saufley at the Grand Opening of the Capital Judicial Center on Friday, September 18. As quoted in the Portland Press Herald: "It is built so everywhere the public goes, there is wonderful natural light and there is space and light," she said, praising PDT Architects and Consigli Construction Co. for their work. She said the new building offers a place where people "can safely get access to justice."

  • Brian M. Curley, AIA, LEED AP, principal of PDT Architects, has been elected vice president of MEREDA (Maine Real Estate and Development Association). He joined the MEREDA Board of Directors in 2011, is a member of the Legislative Committee and co-chair of the Conference Committee, has delivered several talks on construction from the architect's perspective for MEREDA's breakfast seminar series, and received its President's Award in 2014. Brian is PDT's team leader for corporate, housing, financial services, and interiors clients, with special expertise in historic reuse and energy retrofits.

    Brian's recent work includes workplace planning and renovations for UNUM; new and renovated TruChoice and Cumberland County Federal Credit Union branches; and MeetinghousLofts, a conversion of South Portland's Roosevelt School into condominiums. He is the recipient of several Statewide Historic Preservation Awards.

    To read the full press release from MEREDA click here to download the pdf.

  • Date set for official opening of the Capital Judicial Center
    Kennebec Journal -
    April 26, 2015

    The new courthouse in Augusta is still getting furniture, more parking, and a connector to the large courtroom in the county courthouse.

    AUGUSTA - A grand open house for the Capital Judicial Center has been postponed from its original May 1 date. It is now set for 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18.

    "It is being delayed due to the schedules of many elected officials, some of whom will be occupied with other business on the first," said Mary Ann Lynch, spokeswoman for the Maine court system.

    The 120,000-square-foot, four-story, glass-and-granite facade building, which houses the functions of Unified Criminal Docket, Augusta District Court, Kennebec County Superior Court and family court and holds six separate courtrooms of varying sizes, opened for business on March 2.

    Since then, members of the public and those involved in court cases have walked through the building, admiring the view of the Kennebec River and downtown Augusta as well as the art stationed throughout the building.

    "Hopefully the grand opening will coincide with the Supreme Court holding session in the refurbished courtroom in the old courthouse," said Joseph Jabar, an associate justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Jabar served as the liaison for the Maine Judicial Branch and chairman of the courthouse committee. He is one of seven judges who have their chambers in the Capital Judicial Center.

    "The building has been fantastic," Jabar said Saturday via email. "We've had a few items to deal with, but overall the punch list has not interfered with the functioning of the courts. The judges are very happy with courtrooms, the technology and the flow of the courthouse. We've had several jury trials, and the juries appear to be comfortable in the new courtrooms and jury deliberation rooms. The attorneys love the numerous conference rooms where they can meet with their clients, something that was not available in the old courtrooms."

    Chief Justice Leigh Saufley originally invited the public to view the Capital Judicial Center on May 1 when she addressed the Legislature earlier this year. However, the building is still getting some finishing touches. ...

    To read the full article on Central Maine click here.

  • 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.


    Allison C. Zuchman, LEED AP BD+C Allison 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, Architectural Designer 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.

  • Lipham Licensed:
    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.


    Adam D. Holmes, AIA Adam 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.

    Chelsea L. Lipham, Architectural Designer 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.

  • Rebecca S. Casey of PDT 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 of PDT at official groundbreaking of Avesta Housing's Adams School Redevelopment project. 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.

  • GrowSmart Maine PDT Architects is excited to be sponsoring the GrowSmart Maine Summit on October 23 in Augusta.
    For more information on the Summit, click here.

  • A proposed new development on West Commercial Street. These new buildings would be located on former railyards just west of downtown, adjacent to a planned off-street bicycling and walking path. 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.