Littleton Food Cooperative Expansion Now Open!

gbA Architecture & Planning strives to create spaces that enrich their communities and environments. gbA has designed many co-ops, and their emphasis on locally and sustainably sourced food that delivers socially responsible convenience for their community members represents a philosophy that our studio fully supports. The Littleton Food Cooperative expansion was the perfect opportunity to further these goals and help to grow an organization that we believe in.

The Littleton Co-Op serves the North Country of New Hampshire and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Its mission to support local growers and promote environmental sustainability locally, as well as its wide range of products and wonderful staff, have created an essential presence in the area. The Co-op has become so vital to the community, that it outgrew its space. This is where gbA came in.

We worked with the Co-op to design an expansion that will help to increase annual sales and local purchases, as well as to create up to 30 new jobs. The addition includes a cafe, a teaching kitchen, administrative offices, and a community meeting space, as well as an expansion of the existing receiving and retail spaces. We worked with the staff to ensure that the existing portion of the Co-op could remain open through the entire construction process, and we are thrilled that the expansion has now been completed.

— May 24th, 2017

gbA is Hiring an Architect/Project Manager!

Experience Level: 5-9 years

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Project Management experience in commercial scale projects
  • Experience in the development of Construction Documents
  • Proven proficiency with Autodesk Revit and Google Sketchup in a professional environment
  • Strong design, communication, and organization skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, but still able to thrive in an open office setting with an emphasis on a highly collaborative design process
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Owner interaction and consultant coordination relationship experience
  • Knowledge of International Building Codes and Energy Code Compliance
  • B.Arch or M.Arch degree or equivalent

gbA is a design-orientated architectural studio located in Montpelier, Vermont. We have a total staff of seven, including three principals, two registered architects, one architectural designer, and an office manager. We are a small studio that stresses 100 percent principal participation and a “hands-on” teamwork design process. We believe that Architecture is an art achieved by collaboration. Our designs are inspired by culture and place resulting in environments that are a joy to inhabit.

We offer a competitive salary with medical benefits, a 401k program with firm matching, training programs, and an energetic, cooperative office environment. If you would like to learn more, please send your resume, cover letter, work samples, and salary expectations to No phone calls please. Position will be open until filled by the right candidate.

— April 13th, 2017

Montpelier Senior Center featured in FE&S magazine

The Montpelier Senior Activity Center at 58 Barre Street was featured in this month’s Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine. Read the article here (pages 46-53)

— November 10th, 2016

Littleton Food Coop Expansion Published in Green Energy Times

Read about the latest news of the Littleton Food Cooperative expansion project courtesy of Green Energy Times.

— November 2nd, 2016

Littleton Food Coop Goundbreaking

The Littleton Food Co-op recently held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, August 8, 2016 at its store located at the intersection of Cottage Street and Route 302 (exit 41 off I-93) in Littleton, New Hampshire. The coop is adding over 9,500 sf to its existing building. The goals of the expansion are to increase annual sales, increase local purchases and create up to 30 new jobs. The addition will include a cafe, a teaching kitchen, administrative offices and a community meeting space as well as expanding the receiving and retail areas. The store will remain open regular hours during the expected 7 month construction period.

The member owned Littleton Consumer Cooperative Society, Inc. serves the North Country of New Hampshire and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The store provides high quality food products, bulk items, and a wide variety of organic, natural and conventional items. For more information or to become a member, please visit in person or at

— August 18th, 2016

VSECU Waterbury & St. Johnsbury Branch’s honored at 2015 Vermont’s Going Green Award

The Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) recognizes the most energy efficient buildings in Vermont and holds a competition that honors residential and commercial buildings that meet the highest standard of demonstrated building energy performance. The gala was held on March 31, 2016.

VSECU’s Waterbury branch received the 2015 Vermont’s Going Green Commercial Building award. It had a proven annual Energy Use Intensity of 46.8 kBtu/sf/yr. VSECU – St. Johnsbury Branch received an Honorable Mention, with a proven annual Energy Use Intensity of 50.5 kBtu/s/yr.

The median annual Energy Use Intensity of branch banks was 266 kBtu/sf/yr according to this 2015 study

Energy Star Study

That puts both branch banks in the top 5 percentile of energy efficiency nationwide using less than 100 kBty/sf/yr.

Starting in 2009, the Vermont State Employees Credit Union embarked on a campaign to improve the environmental performance of their buildings. In December of 2011, VSECU’s Rutland Branch became Vermont’s first financial institution branch to achieve LEED Gold certification.

— June 23rd, 2016

Come Celebrate 25 Years with Us!

gbA is excited to invite you to come and celebrate with us on June 16th, 2016 from 4pm to 7pm-ish.

We are celebrating gba turning 25 and Diantha Korzun, AIA joining as our newest partner.

Join us over food and drinks and fun conversation.

— April 14th, 2016

gbA Announces Diantha Korzun as New Partner

gbA is delighted to announce a new partner of its architectural design and planning firm. Diantha Korzun, AIA, LEED AP has worked on dozens of award-winning projects here in Vermont, across the country and around the world. We will celebrate this pivotal moment in our design practice that coincides with our 25th anniversary at gbA’s offices in Montpelier on June 16, 2016.

Founding partners Tom Bachman, AIA and Gregg Gossens, AIA are excited about continuing gbA’s people centered design mission with contributions and guidance of a new partner whom brings a unique perspective and years of experience.

Diantha has worked as an architect in firms in Washington, Wyoming, Colorado and Vermont for the past 20 years. She has a commitment to socially conscious projects and sustainable buildings that are suited to the place. She believes that architects can create positive change in communities through both collaborative an thoughtful design. Diantha has been an active member of AIA serving as the AIA Vermont Chapter President in 2012 and was the AIA New England Chapter President in 2015.

— March 22nd, 2016

NSB Operations Center honored with “Best of the Best” Efficiency Vermont Award

The new NSB Operations Center, located in Berlin, VT was honored with a “Best of the Best” Efficiency Vermont Award.

Vermont Digger Article

— February 5th, 2016


Co-op Plaza Redevelopment honored with AIAVT Design Excellence Award

The Co-op Plaza Redevelopment has been honored with a 2015 AIAVT Design Excellence Award. The award was presented on December 10, 2015 at the Middlebury Inn. The judges commented “The materials, colors and composition of the facade acknowledge the existing context and break down the scale of the new intervention. Its a modest project to remediate an urban condition, the urban gesture is subtle and effective”. This is the projects third award after receiving the national EPA Smart Growth Award and AIA/HUD Secretary’s National Award for Creating Community Connection.

The project is a unique private-public partnership between the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Housing Vermont and Windsor Windham Housing Trust in the revitalization of a key edge of downtown Brattleboro. The building is a model of energy efficiency utilizing both conventional and innovative systems. The Main Street location provides healthy food, new jobs, and housing within walkable distances of downtown businesses and public transit.

— December 11th, 2015