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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
gbA welcomes Daniel Wheeler to our design team.
gbA is pleased to announce that Daniel Wheeler have joined our design team.
Daniel is currently in his 4th year enrolled at Norwich Universities School of Architecture + Art. In 2003 Daniel received his BA of Philosophy from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. In the past he has worked as a builder and carpenter and recently was Clerk of the Works for nationally recognized Archistream Design Build Studio where he lead third + forth year students in the design and renovation Airstream trailer creating a mobile architecture gallery. Daniel has been an invited lecturer and student panelist at Norwich University and has been honored with the AIAVT Hanne N. Williams Award for Design Excellence in 2012 + 2013.
gbA welcomes Diantha Korzun, AIA, LEED AP to our team.
gbA is pleased to announce that Diantha S. Korzun, AIA, LEED AP has joined our design team.
Diantha has worked as an architect in firms in Washington, Wyoming, Colorado and Vermont for the past 18 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. She has been an active member of AIA serving as the AIA Vermont Chapter President in 2012 and will be the AIA New England Chapter President in 2015.
gbA Welcomes Charlie Willner to its Design Team
Gossens Bachman Architects is pleased to announce that Charlie Willner has joined their design team. Charlie has experience on both sides of the construction industry and brings a wide range of experiences with him when designing. Charlie received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and his Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
In the past, Charlie has worked as a carpenter, starting as a plywood shucker and working his way through lead carpenter, project manager and eventually running his own residential remodeling business. After received his Masters of Architecture, Charlie started focusing more on the design side of the construction industry. Charlie has been involved in a variety of projects that range from single family homes to commercial buildings. This experience allows him to find unique, yet practical design solutions to our clients needs.
Charlies role will be focused on designing, documenting, and delivering projects as well as being gbA’s Revit Meister.
VSECU Rutland Branch Receives Efficiency Vermont Honor Award
Announced at the Better Buildings by Design Conference, VSECU’s newly constructed Rutland Branch received the Honor Award in the Best of Commercial Building Design & Construction under 15,000 sq. ft. category.
VSECU’s Rutland Branch is the first LEED Gold rated banking institution in the State of Vermont.
Some of the energy efficient design features include: Extremely tight building envelope, high performance R7.1 windows, low flow faucets and dual flush toilets, daylighting, and individual temperature controlled zones. The total energy performance was reduced by 39% in comparison to the baseline building performance standard.
Some of the environmentally conscious construction methods include: Native plantings on the site, reduced pollution entering river with high quality treatment of storm water runoff, 1/3 of the construction materials were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of Rutland, low VOC certified materials, and use of recycled products.
Efficiency Vermont design awards recognize innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings.