Tom Bachman Named AIA VT President-Elect

Tom Bachman, founding partner of GBA, has recently accepted the position of President-Elect for AIA Vermont. Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors as AIA VT Treasurer.

AIA Vermont, the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is an organization of architectural design professionals dedicated to enhancing the quality of our built environment, and thereby the quality of life. The Chapter endeavors to bring together and serve all who are interested in the art and science of architecture. AIA Vermont aspires to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of the architectural profession, expand the knowledge of all participating in the architectural process and improve the quality of services provided by architectural professionals.

— March 31st, 2012

GBA Receives 2012 Efficiency Vermont Design Award for the NAMCO Block

Gossens Bachman Architects received the honor at the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design Conference.

Some of the energy efficient design features include:

Extremely tight building envelope, replacement of 684 historically accurate windows and all exterior doors, a light colored membrane was used on the roof to reduce solar gain, green planted strips located between the parking area and the building to reduce heat gain, new boiler plant that reduced BTU’s from six million to less than two million, Energy Star lighting, exhaust fans, and appliances throughout building, basement was set up to allow for future wood pellet system to be installed, use of 97% recycled carpet, 90% of the demolition waste was recycled, use of water saving fixtures and low flow toilets, removed 95 cubic yards of contaminated soil from site, use of low VOC paints, no urea formaldehyde, etc.

Energy Efficient benefits include:

Lower tenant operating cost – on average savings is about $400 per year, lower maintenance costs, reduced need for air conditioning with paddle fans throughout, reduced Town of Windsor’s water and sewage treatment by 30%, reduced oil consumption by 40,000 gallons per year, high indoor air quality, reduced pollution entering river with high quality treatment of storm water runoff.

— March 28th, 2012

2012 is International Year of the Co-operatives

GBA would like to recognize the International Year of the Co-operatives. As design professionals, our philosophy of community, social responsibility, collaboration and sustainability have much in common with the seven principles of co-operatives. Having served on boards, volunteered and designed several co-ops, we would like to recognize all the individuals whose efforts create a thriving co-op.

The seven principles of Co-operatives:

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Member Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community

— February 1st, 2012

NAMCO Block recognized at a gala held for recipients of the John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing

The NAMCO Block was recognized alongside five other projects from around the country. See what the judges had to say:

The John M Clancy Award Website 2011 Winners

— January 24th, 2012

Gile Community Housing Wins AIA VT Excellence in Architecture Award

GBA is recognized by AIA Vermont for design excellence in the mixed-income community of Gile Hill in Hanover, NH. This LEED Gold certified project illustrates our commitment to well-designed affordable housing and communities.

— January 14th, 2012


GBA launches a new website

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— September 1st, 2011

LEED AP Professional

Jessica Thyme is now GBA’s LEED AP for Building Design and Construction. The U.S. Green Building Council started LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design as a rating system for “Green buildings”. The program has changed the industry through introducing basic rules to all levels of the building industry and continues to raise standards from the building blocks up.

— July 15th, 2011

NAMCO Block earns 2011 Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing

“Gossens Bachman Architects was recently recognized by the John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing for the transformation of Union Square Apartments in Windsor.
The John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing, established in 2004 by the principals of Boston architecture firm Goody Clancy, recognizes and honors the decades of creative commitment John Clancy FAIA brought to the planning, design and construction of multifamily housing for diverse populations at all income levels.”- Housing Vermont Newsletter

— July 11th, 2011

VSECU Breaks Ground

VSECU’s Rutland Branch breaks ground. The new credit union is designed with the community and environment in mind. The project has a goal of LEED Gold, includes a community room, new drive up teller, and 24-hour atm.

— June 16th, 2011

2010 AIA Design Awards

This year, GBA received three Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects.

The Honor Award, the competition’s highest honor, was awarded for the renovation of the existing NAMCO Block in Windsor, Vermont. An 85,000-square-foot structure originally built in the 1920s for the NAMCO Factory’s worker-housing. One jury member said, “It’s tough to make an aesthetic project, while engaging exceptional performance, on a tight budget.” The jury felt the project had done just that, while also “hitting all the bases” in terms of “historic preservation, ecology and affordability.”

GBA also received a Merit Award for their “Riverfront Office Building,” the firm’s own workspace. The jury praised the “simple and exciting resolution” that was achieved on a modest budget. The diversity of the design and construction materials was felt to create an inspirational working environment.

The final award was for their “Hillside House”, a private residence in Windsor County. The panel described the project as having a “simple, elegant and inventive plan with an engaging building form.”

These awards are a testament to GBA’s belief that Architecture is the art of collaboration between Owner, Design Team, and Contractor.

— December 17th, 2010