gbA ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING AND McLEOD KREDELL ARCHITECTS TO FORM ALLIANCE
Montpelier, VT and Middlebury, VT (May 15, 2019) – We are pleased to announce the formation of an alliance between our two award-winning firms. This move recognizes our longtime respect for one another’s practices, and our shared commitment to creating the best possible architectural design. The collaboration will involve jointly pursuing and executing projects when appropriate. The two firms will support one another as needed with our collective experience, skills, research, and staffing resources. Steve Kredell will join gbA partners Gregg Gossens, Tom Bachman, and Diantha Korzun in the Montpelier firm. John McLeod will continue to run the Middlebury firm he founded in 2008. The alliance of the two practices will bring together gbA’s expertise in library, school, housing, and downtown redevelopment design with Kredell’s and McLeod’s experience with college and university facilities and residential design. Both firms have a longstanding commitment to community work, affordable housing, sustainable design, and teaching, and all five partners have served on the board of AIA-Vermont. We look forward to our alliance best serving our clients, the community, and the built and natural environments.
Red Clover Commons Affordable Housing Complex Now Open
One of gbA’s latest affordable housing projects has just celebrated its grand opening. Red Clover Commons, in Brattleboro, Vermont, built by Brattleboro Housing Partnerships and Housing Vermont, is in apartment complex for low-income elderly or disabled members of the community. This complex was a labor of love for all involved, as the apartments were designed partially in response to the flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Irene caused immense damage to Melrose Terrace, another Brattleboro Housing Partnerships site, and while those units have now been repaired and reoccupied, the organization decided that a safer area was needed for its most vulnerable residents.
gbA has been designing and building affordable housing communities for years, and we are deeply dedicated to the mission of these types of homes. We are inspired daily by the communities in which we live and work, and in all of our projects we attempt to build sites that will better their communities. Affordable housing projects are an incredibly necessary part of this goal. Nothing is more essential than a safe, affordable place to call home, and we are honored to be able to help provide that for our fellow Vermonters.
Despite the emphasis on affordability, we do not feel that it is necessary, or acceptable, to cut corners on our designs. We want these apartments to be places that people want, not just need, to call home. Creating a sense of community was imperative, so we placed open lounges on each floor of the complex. Additionally, there is a larger gathering space on the first floor of the building, and an activity room for exercise programs and other events on the third floor. The apartments themselves have spacious kitchens and bathrooms, as well as large windows, welcoming in lots of natural light. The building is heated and cooled by a geothermal system which will drastically reduce heating costs for residents.
The difficulties faced by seniors and people with disabilities were also a key consideration for our design. The building features railings along the walls on all of the floors, as well as different colors and themes for each floor – to help keep the residents from becoming confused or disoriented. Every aspect of this design was deliberated over with great care to ensure that the residents have all of the necessary safety amenities while keeping the apartments feeling like homes.
We were thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Housing Vermont, Brattleboro Housing Partnerships, and Trumbull-Nelson Construction, the contractor for the project, and look forward to the opportunity to build safe, affordable homes for many more New Englanders.
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.
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 littletoncoop.com
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
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.
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.