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PDT Architects Promotes Staff in Portland
Adam McKinnon has been promoted to Design Technology Manager. Adam has worked in the architecture practice for 14 years and is a registered architect in Maine and Pennsylvania. He has a strong technology and design software background—as practitioner and former instructor—with an emphasis on building information modeling (BIM). He will integrate his firsthand experience with BIM technology and design to refine and apply new technological applications to PDT’s architectural practice. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University.
Ariana Melzer has assumed the role of Social Media Coordinator in addition to her current position as an interior designer at PDT. Ariana provides collaborative design for interiors and has coordinated large interior projects. She now will be responsible for strengthening PDT’s online presence. Ariana earned her M.A. in Interior Architecture from Suffolk University and received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Pamela Anderson has accepted the position of Office Leader. Pam will continue to work as one of PDT’s interior designers responsible for transforming clients’ budgets, timeframes, needs, and visions into workable plans and designs. As office leader, she will leverage her 31 years of experience to cultivate a collaborative and inventive working environment at PDT’s Portland office. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and completed the Interior Design/Project Management Program at Harvard University.
CHA Announces Subsidiary Rebranding
CHA subsidiary, Gryphon International Engineering Services, has rebranded as CHA Canada. Based in St. Catharines, Ontario, the award-winning thermal, power and energy engineering arm of CHA has also launched a new website at www.chacanada.com.
Gryphon International Engineering Services was acquired by CHA in 2011. The name change and rebranding is intended to clarify to the market the full-service capabilities CHA can now offer our Canadian clients. CHA Canada will serve its clients with the highly professional staff and excellent service they have come to expect as well as offer additional services to meet our clients’ many needs.
“Branding our Canadian team under CHA reaffirms our aspiration to elate our clients by offering them a truly one-stop-shop for all their engineering and environmental needs that CHA’s fully integrated team of professionals can bring to North America,” said Michael Carroll, CHA President and CEO. “Under our stronger, integrated brand in Canada and the United States, we will continue to responsibly improve the world we live in.”
PDT Architects Promotes Staff in Portland
Matthew Pitzer, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Practice Leader. Matt joined PDT in 2016 after spending almost fifteen years in Boston as a designer specializing in historic preservation. He is a registered architect, earning his Master of Architecture from Northeastern University, and most recently completed the design of the new Kate Furbish Elementary School, which will be built at the site of the former Jordan Acres School in Brunswick, Maine.
Kathy Kahill, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Studio Leader. Kathy is a graduate of Cornell University and has led many of PDT’s largest and most successful projects since joining the firm in 2010 after spending nine years designing in San Francisco. Most recently, she completed the design of Mt. Ararat High School, a 750-student replacement high school currently being constructed in Topsham, Maine.
Paul Nelson has been promoted to Constructability Leader. Paul joined PDT in 2008 as an architectural designer. He is a registered architect and has designed some of PDT’s most technically challenging projects including schools, health care facilities, multi-family housing, and courthouse projects. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver and holds a B.A from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Chad Reed Promoted to Operations Manager
Chad Reed has been promoted to the role of Operations Manager for PDT. In this new role, Chad will be responsible for overseeing PDT’s profit/loss, including staffing, project management, technical excellence and quality, as well as operational activities, helping to ensure the firm can function profitably and at an optimal level. Chad will also be responsible for the development of the firm’s staff, as well as the associated technical groups, to deliver timely, high quality projects, while adhering to PDT and CHA project management procedures.
Chad received his BArch from Norwich University and joined PDT in 1998. Prior to this promotion, Chad worked in a variety of project-related roles. He was the project manager for many major commercial and educational projects and has worked hard to balance the design aspirations of several projects while keeping a steady focus on the overall delivery.
PDT Steps out for American Heart Walk
To raise money in the fight against heart disease and stroke, PDT Architects, a CHA Company, had a team of walkers participate in the Southern Maine Heart Walk on Sunday, May 20. Walkers followed a 3.5-mile-long route around Back Cove Pathway in Portland, Maine, beginning from the AAA Northern New England celebration site. Donations raised from the event support the American Heart Association.
PDT Team Bowls a Strike at MEREDA Bowl-a-Thon
PDT Architects recently took on fellow design and construction firms and some commercial real estate colleagues at the Annual Mereda Bowl-a-thon at Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME. The PDT Bowling Team (The PDT Pinheads) included new and returning bowlers as well as a large cheering section.
This event supports scholarships for Maine students pursuing education in building trades, architecture, construction, engineering or a business program at a Maine Community College System, or the College of Science, Technology & Health at the University of Southern Maine.
PDT Architects Transforms a Press Room into an Inspirational Newsroom
PDT Architects partnered with Workplace Transformation Facilitation as the architect of record to relocate the Portland Press Herald’s newsroom and associated departments from One City Center to the former press hall on Gannett Drive in Scarborough, ME. However, before the press hall could be transformed into PDT’s elegant design and outfitted with accommodations befitting more than 100 employees, the former 3-story tall, 750-ton press had to be disassembled and removed, carving an open chasm where the press once stood.
Over the course of six months, the former press was removed, the press hall was renovated, and a new printing press was installed in a separate part of the building. Watch this video to learn more about this collaborative effort between PDT Architects, Workplace Transformation Facilitation, Wright-Ryan (Construction Manager), and the subcontractors to re-imagine this space as a state-of-the-art newsroom for Maine Today Media/Portland Press Herald.