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.
Co-op Plaza Redevelopment receives National Award for Smart Growth
The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the Co-op Plaza Redevelopment project, located in Brattleboro, VT, won the Main Street Revitalization category for their development of a new, energy efficient building for the Co-op with 24 apartments on the upper stories. Vermont Housing Conservation Board (VHCB) and Gossens Bachman Architects (GBA), of Montpelier, were part of the development team that included the Brattleboro Food Co-op, the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust and Housing Vermont.
The collaborative design process led by Gossens Bachman Architects, and committed owners & stakeholders, was a critical factor in making the project a model for responsible building practice and smart growth. The design incorporated as many green & regenerative strategies as the budget would allow. Notable energy efficiency was gained through active, passive, and innovative systems. Heat generated by the Co-op’s refrigerators is recycled to heat the store, apartments and provide hot water. The construction materials include locally harvested and milled flooring donated by the Vermont Land Trust and slate siding manufactured in Vermont. The apartments have continuous fresh air ventilation with heat recovery and the Co-op utilizes a solar photovoltaic system to generate electricity. Storm water runoff is treated and filtered by a green roof, permeable surfaces in the parking lot and a 20-foot buffer strip in the new public park created along the Whetstone Brook.
The project was selected from among 47 applicants from 25 states. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said “The 2012 winners of the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement are taking innovative steps to realize a vision of American communities that are clean, healthy, environmentally responsible, and economically resilient.” The EPA recognized the winning organizations at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on December 5.
Jessica Thyme Speaks at VBSR Fall Conference
GBA Architectural designer Jessica Thyme, LEED AP, spoke at the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility 2012 Fall Conference at a workshop organized by moderator Steve Frey of Arocordis Design and with co-speakers Chris DesRoches of Casella Waste Systems, Tim Shea of National Life Group and Dan Woodworth of Office Environments. The discussion topic focused on workplace design strategies that enhance brand, embody mission, and facilitate organizational values. Jessica highlighted two GBA projects, the Brattleboro Food Coop and CVCAC’s Barre Campus who’s collaborative design process encouraged participation from all interested parties and resulted in a sense of pride and ownership from the buildings end users.
The Offices of Gossens Bachman Architects Receives AIA New England Design Award
Gossens Bachman Architects (GBA) was honored on Saturday, Oct. 20 with a 2012 AIA New England Design Award for the design of its own office.
The award was presented at the annual AIA New England Conference held in Burlington, Vermont. The project was selected from among 225 entries from around New England, and the jury included a distinguished panel led by Patricia Patkau of Patkau Architects, Vancouver, British Columbia. The Jury commented “Really liked the studio spaces……good small, modest office space…..liked the recycled wood.”
Gregg Gossens Speaks at the Second Annual Slow Living Summit
The Second Annual Slow Living Summit was held in Brattleboro, Vermont May 30- June 1, 2012. Gregg was part of a panel discussion and tour of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Building. Scheduled to open in June, 2012, the Brattleboro Food Co-op is a model for food coops nationwide looking to put shared ownership to work nourishing the community in new ways.
Slow living can be defined as the intention to build a more reflective, balanced future respecting each other and our life-sustaining natural environment – seeking common solutions for the common good.
Gregg spoke alongside Alex Wilson, founder, BuildingGreen, Inc., Alex Gyori, general manager, Brattleboro Food Coop and Bob Stevens, president of Stevens & Associates.