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

VSECU Earns Energy Star for Two More Branches

VSECU Waterbury and St. Johnsbury have recently received Energy Star Ratings. VSECU Rutland received the designation in 2013. These buildings have to perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nation wide to receive this designation.

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— October 20th, 2015


Co-op Plaza Redevelopment wins National Award

The Co-op Plaza Redevelopment has been honored with 2015 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Housing and Community Design Award for Creating Community Connection. The award was presented on May 15, 2015 at the AIA National Convention and Design Expo. One of only two awards presented this year, this national award recognizes excellence in design for projects that incorporate housing with other community amenities for the purpose of revitalization or planned growth. This is the second national award for the project having received the 2013 EPA Award for Smart Growth.

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.

— June 3rd, 2015

gbA Presents at ACX 2015

Jessie Baker, Assistant City Manager of Montpelier and gbA’s Gregg Gossens, AIA were presenters at the ACX 2015 – Vermont’s Architecture & Construction Expo. Their presentation, “Building an Energy Independent & Resilient Community”, featured the recently completed Capitol District Power Plant project.

The City of Montpelier in partnership with the State of Vermont, developed a central bio-mass fueled district power plant, providing a energy source for all Capital Complex state buildings and the entire downtown Montpelier district. The plant is located in the heart of the State Capitol Complex at the edge of the historic downtown and the district energy piping system runs throughout the entire downtown. It is anticipated that this new central facility will reduce state/city emissions by 11 tons per year and decrease oil usage by 300,000 gallons per year. The main goal of the district energy system is to make The City of Montpelier, and State Office Complex energy independent by utilizing locally sourced renewable resources. This goal is a primary resiliency attribute as well as setting up a micro-distribution grid and eliminating many individual heating sources all of which are located in a flood zone. Alex Wilson, the Director of the Resilient Design Institute states the following in regard to bio-mass district energy:”From a standpoint of resilience, a shift to this sort of renewables-based energy system will create a more resilient, distributed power grid with more diverse generation sources”. This district energy system is also an integral part of Montpelier’s goal of becoming the nations first net zero capital city.

— May 22nd, 2015

One Taylor Street Receives a 2014 Public Open Space Award

One Taylor Street has been honored by The Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects with a 2014 Public Open Space Award. The award was presented to Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture at the State House in Montpelier on March 19, 2015.

This awards program honors Vermont’s public spaces and recognizes special exterior or interior spaces, accessible to the public, which have been defined or enriched by design or planning, and to recognize regulations, studies, plans or policies which promote positive, active uses of Vermont’s public spaces.

The process of uniting context, form and materials provides the basis for Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture’s approach, crafting modern sculptural landscapes expressing the essential inherent beauty of natural materials.

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— March 16th, 2015

U-32 Wins National recognition for Energy Efficiency

U-32 has been named a Vermont ENERGY STAR® school. This achievement signifies that the school’s efficiency is in the top 25% of schools in the country and that it meets stringent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for healthy ventilation, year-round comfort, and lighting quality.

U-32 will be recognized at a public award ceremony at U-32 on February 20th . The ceremony will celebrate the continued success of Project Green School, an initiative that aims to put all Vermont schools on the path toward ENERGY STAR designation by 2020.

“This achievement reflects the commitment of the U-32 staff, faculty, students, administrators, and the entire community to have a positive impact on the natural environment. The U-32 learning community cultivates passionate, creative, and empowered learners who contribute to their local and global community. We see this award as a step to forge a better school, lower overhead costs and walk the walk of environmental stewardship in service to the U-32 communities and the citizens of Vermont” – Liz Gamache, Director of Efficiency Vermont.

U-32 School Project

— February 19th, 2015

Montpelier District Heat Plant wins Design Award

AIA Vermont presented a 2014 design excellence award for the Montpelier District Heat Plant. This unique public-private partnership created a central bio-mass fueled power plant, providing a heat source for all state buildings and the entire Montpelier City Downtown District. The architecture of the plant is a direct response to the technical needs of the advanced equipment. It’s design aims to create a contemporary example of a power plant, offering the community transparent views of its energy production while protecting the visibility of the Statehouse. One jury commented that this project had “raised the bar for buildings like this”. The project was completed this past summer and constructed by Engelberth Construction.

District Heat Plant Project

— January 2nd, 2015

Capstone Community Actions is Honored with AIAVT Design Award

Capstone Community Action received design excellence awards from the Vermont Chapter of American Institute of Architects. The award was presented at AIAVT’s annual meeting at the Statehouse on December 4, 2014. This community development corporation provides a number of programs and services for low to moderate income Vermonters. The non-profit consolidated its services that had been scattered throughout Vermont. The new 23,650-square-foot facility (12,350 new; 11,300 renovated) located in Barre, was designed to promote collaboration and interaction and had many sustainable features. The General Contractor, E.F. Wall & Associates, Inc. also received the AGCVT Best Builders Award for this project in 2013.

Capstone Community Action Project

— December 30th, 2014