march volume 170
Maine News The Maine Chapter of The American Institute of Architects
AIA Maine Member Successes
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2012 was a big year for AIA Maine and for its members. As an organization we celebrated our centennial and presented the 2012 Maine Design Awards. Meanwhile, our members were busy creating award-winning designs of their own. Scott Simons, AIA, chair of the Design Committee, reached out to members to compile a list of their achievements from the past year. The list was presented at the Annual Meeting in December. For the complete list of acknowledgments presented at the Annual Meeting see pages 4-5.
Kaplan Thompson’s Flying Point House: LEED Platinum.
Inside: Upcoming Events / 2 AIA Maine Welcomes / 3
In the News / 6 The Green Column / 9 UMA Architecture / 13 Snapshots / 16
G-OLogic’s TerraHaus: AIA New England Design Award, Citation for Excellence and USGBC, Award for Residential Project of the Year
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The Maine QBS Program / 6
Carol Wilson’s Beach Pavilion: AIA Maine Design Awards, Merit Award and AIA New England Design Awards, Merit Award for Excellence
Maine Officers Judy L. Johnson, AIA President Robert C. Tilllotson, AIA Vice President John Charette, AIA Secretary John D. Morris II, AIA Treasurer The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the AIA Maine Board of Directors.
Maine Staff Susan C. Koch Executive Director 8 Ferry Road Scarborough, ME 04074 tel/fax 207.885.8888 email@example.com Jeannette A. Schram Communications Director 71 Beckett Street Portland, ME 04101 tel 207.838.6313 firstname.lastname@example.org
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President’s Report by Judy Johnson, AIA As we begin 2013, I must first thank Scott Brown for his effort and dedication over the past two years as president of AIA Maine. Scott’s guidance has left AIA Maine poised for leadership in the design and construction industry. I am humbled to think that I will be able to fill his shoes and continue the work that he championed for the past two years. It is also with deep gratitude that we wish longtime board member Carol Gillis farewell. Carol served on the board for six years and had many accomplishments. In addition to serving as President for two years, she led the program committee and set the groundwork for many initiatives. It is with the utmost sincerity that we thank her for all her efforts and contributions to AIA Maine. With Carol’s departure, we had a spot to fill on our board. We are excited to welcome Joe Hemes to fill that opening. With Joe’s experience as an architect and artist, I believe we have a board that represents the diverse nature of practicing architecture in Maine. The Maine chapter of the AIA is small in comparison to others but it accomplishes a great deal. With our six extremely active committees we are poised to do even more. I invite you to become active by joining one of our committees which are briefly described below. Legislative Affairs - We alone advocate for architects in front of the Maine Legislature so your help and your voices are needed to express our views and interests. Steve Rich leads the legislative affairs committee and over the course of this legislative session will be asking for your help in testifying over the next six months. Design - Good design is our product. Scott Simons, chair of the design committee, is working to publicly highlight the benefits of good design to the general public. Working with the communications committee we are hopeful that architecture will be more in the forefront of public discourse. Programs - The chair of our programs committee, Kay Stevens Rosa, is developing an exciting program of tours to highlight the amazing body of work that the architects of Maine have designed. She is working hard to develop programs that will benefit our membership throughout the state.
Committee on the Environment - The COTE committee, under the leadership of Gunnar Hubbard, will continue to focus on bringing high-quality educational programs to the architects of Maine. These programs are designed to give us the tools and insight to be leaders in sustainable design as well as good stewards of
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March 20th – 23rd AIA Grassroots 2013 Washington DC
March 13th AIA Maine Board Meeting, 3pm-5pm
April 12, 2013 +2030 Professional Series, 8:30am – 12:30pm Jewett Hall UMA Augusta, ME
March 20th Legislative Breakfast Governor Hill Mansion
our planet. Emerging Professionals - We recognize the importance of mentoring the future architects of Maine. As chair of this committee, Kim Tuttle is leading the efforts to help intern architects pass the ARE and is also reaching out to Maine high schools, providing education to students about the profession. Communications - We have formed a new communications committee, chaired by John Charette. This committee will work to strengthen our commitment to keeping our membership informed and involved. As for me, one of my first responsibilities as President is to attend the AIA Grass Roots convention in March. I will be meeting with our Maine representatives in both Congress and the Senate and I will join representatives from AIA chapters around the country to advocate for the AIA’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill. AIA National has five priorities, which we as architects and a nation need to invest in: • • • • •
Help small businesses create jobs Repair and strengthen our buildings Build sustainable, resilient and vibrant communities Reform government to build better with less Invest in the next generation of design leaders
AIA Maine Welcomes... Rebecca S Casey AIA PDT Architects Portland Rebecca Day-Dillon AIA Gawron Turgeon Architects Scarborough Adam D Holmes AIA PDT Architects Portland
More detail about the agenda can be found at www.aia.org/advocacy/federal/ AIAB097271
Marilyn E Leivian AIA PDT Architects Portland
I will also be attending the AIA New England board meeting in March with Susan Koch, our executive director. Susan continues to be our rock and keeps us focused on our initiatives.
Hans O Breaux Assoc. AIA Merriam Architects Rockland
Our voice is heard at the state, regional and national levels of our government as well as the AIA so please contact me if you have any concerns that you would like to bring forward. I am honored to represent the architects of Maine. I welcome your comments and suggestions but above all, I ask that you be involved. There is plenty of opportunity and your voice is needed to make AIA Maine a strong organization that serves our membership. I look forward to hearing from you.
Ryan Scipione AIA MJM+A architects Portland William S. Van Benthuysen AIA Oak Point Associates Biddeford
“Our voice is heard at the state, regional and national levels of our government as well as the AIA so please contact me if you have any concerns that you would like to bring forward.”
2013 Officers and Board of Directors At the 2012 Annual Meeting AIA Maine voted in this new slate of officers and directors: President: Judy L. Johnson, AIA Vice President: Robert C. Tilllotson, AIA; Secretary: John C. Charette, AIA Treasurer: John D. Morris II, AIA; Immediate Past President: Scott E. Brown, AIA. Directors: Stephen J. Blatt, AIA; Joseph Hemes, AIA; Gunnar Hubbard, AIA; Stephen B. Rich, AIA; Scott R. Simons, AIA; Kathleen Stevens-Rosa, AIA; James Jesse Thompson, AIA; Kimberly R. Tuttle, Associate AIA. Ex-Officio | UMA AIAS Chapter Members: Jaimee Lee Anderson and Brittany Leigh Carter The board expressed their gratitude for the service of retiring board member Carol Gillis, AIA while welcoming new member Joe Hemes, AIA. (For a profile on Joe see page 4.)
AIA Maine President, Judy Johnson thanks immediate past president, Scott E. Brown for his dedication and work. Maine News
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Member Successes (continued from Page 1)
DESIGN AWARDS AIA NEW ENGLAND DESIGN AWARDS Elliot and Elliot, Citation for Excellence Award for Pond House G-OLogic, Citation for Excellence Award for TerraHaus Carol Wilson, Merit Award for Excellence for Beach House AIA MAINE DESIGN AWARDS Bernhard Priestley, Honor Award for Number 32 Residence Scott Simons Architects, Honor Award for Portland Public Library Elliot and Elliot, Honor Award for Pond House Kaplan Thompson, Merit Award for White Mountain House Carol Wilson Architecture, Merit Award for Beach House Kaplan Thompson, Merit Award for Ranch Revival House Carol Wilson Architecture, Merit Award for Mere Point Kaplan Thompson, Merit Award for Miyake Restaurant Will Winkelman Architects, Honorable Mention for Boat House
Scott Simons Architects, Portland Public Library
AIA VERMONT DESIGN AWARDS Elliot and Elliot, People’s Choice Award for Pond House Scott Simons Architects, w/ Maclay Architects, Citation Award for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens AIA D.C. DESIGN AWARDS AMEC w/ Gensler, Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design for Portland International Jetport Expansion BRICK IN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS SMRT, Silver Award for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center CSI MAINE AWARDS SMRT, Award for Innovation in the Construction Industry for Maine General Medical Center
BOSTON GLOBE AWARDS A4Architects, “Best Modern House” for Oak Point Residence USGBC AWARDS G-OLogic, Residential Project of the Year Award for TerraHaus
SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS LEED PLATINUM CWS, Oak Street Lofts, Portland, Maine’s 1st LEED Platinum Affordable Housing Project Kaplan Thompson, Flying Point House LEED GOLD CWS, Coca-Cola Atlanta Syrup Plant Harriman Associates, Submarine Component Facility for Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard SMRT, Armed Forces Reserve Center, Puerto Rico (Member Successes...continued onto page 5)
Joe Hemes Joins the Board We are pleased to introduce our newest Board Member, Joe Hemes, AIA. Joe Hemes of HEMESphereDESIGN LLC in South Portland has a unique perspective as both a Maine licensed architect and an artist, enabling him to design creative buildings and sculptures with imagination and light. He received a Masters of Architecture from Montana State University, studied craft at Haystack School, and has been widely exhibited. He has won awards as a LEED architect and a photographer. He has received commissions for sculpture, as well as an Individual Fellowship Grant from the Maine Arts Commission. His team won a National Competition for the Wyoming Evocation, a full scale sculpture of the famous sixmasted schooner commissioned by the Maine Maritime Museum. As an artist, one of his focuses is the manipulation of light to create a mystical experience. As an architect, he concentrates on daylighting, passive solar, renewable energy and the creative use of materials to design wonderful buildings.
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SMRT Inc., St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Elliott + Elliott Architecture, Pond House
MAINE PRESERVATION CWS, Honor Award for Maine Hall, Bangor
COMMUNITY AWARDS and HONORS
(Member Successes...continued from page 4) LEED SILVER CWS, Maine Hall, Bangor, Maine’s 1st LEED Silver Historic Preservation Affordable Housing Project Oak Point Associates, Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School Oak Point, Cottages at Great Pond Outdoor Adventure Center Port City Architecture, Saco Central Fire Station, Maine’s 1st LEED Silver Fire Station NET-ZERO CERTIFIED Scott Simons Architects w/ Maclay Architects, Education Center @ Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT Scott Simons Architects, Freeport Community Center
SPECIAL RECOGNITION CWS Oak Street Lofts, NEREJ: Green Building Project of the Month (7/12), LEED for Homes Outstanding Developer Award
“PULSE OF THE ECONOMY” ACKNOWLEDGMENTS David Matero Architecture, Hired first employee Caleb Johnson Architects, Hired 4 new employees + moved to new office Whitten Architects, Hired a new intern + busiest we’ve been in five years
David Matero Architecture, Town Hall Place/Cool As A Moose Store: Award of Excellence Brunswick Downtown Association Gavin Engler, Carol Wilson Architects, Forty Under Forty, Maine Today Media, Inc.
“This list highlights the many ways our members are positively impacting their communities.” – Scott Simons, AIA Design Committee Chair
No ve m be r/ D e ce mb e r 2 0 1 1
Proud to be the Champions and Supporters of Architecture in Maine.
by Richard Eustis, PE, FCSI, CCCA Maine QBS Facilitator
An Opportunity to look at QBS
As we all know, the last several months have seen limited activity in the procurement of professional services by public entities. Even though there has not been much activity, it may be a good time to remind ourselves of the basic issues behind “Qualification Based Selection” (QBS). In the simplest terms, the intent of QBS is to match the qualifications of the professional service provider with the requirements of a public client in need of a professional service. The QBS Process is not intended to disrupt existing, ongoing relationships nor is the intent to force a public client into an unnecessary procedure. The intent of QBS is to help public clients understand that a through examination of a service provider’s qualifications is necessary in the procurement of a professional service. It is also intended to help public clients understand that it may be extremely difficult to adequately estimate the time required to perform a professional service without extensive communication. Communication will allow both parties to develop an appreciation of the extent of services necessary to meet the requirements. The QBS Process has now been in existence for over 40 years and is integral in nearly all federal projects or projects funded with federal funds. Many times a requirement to use QBS can be found in the “fine-print” of a federal grant that includes any type of construction. Because of the long history of successful use and a careful review by the American Bar Association, QBS has become the recommended procedure for governmental units and agencies when procuring professional services. Time and legal review has clearly shown that QBS can be used when public agencies are required to seek proposals for professional services.
In the News... Thornton Tomasetti, has acquired Simon & Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized sustainability consulting firm located in San Francisco. Gunnar Hubbard, AIA, LEED Fellow, Principal at the Portland office said, “Having a highly respected firm such as Simon & Associates join us significantly strengthens our leadership in the sustainability field.”
Lynn N. Simon and Gunnar Hubbard
In April, Princeton Architectural Press will publish Houses of Maine by AIA Member firm Elliott + Elliott Architecture. Houses of Maine offers an in-depth look at six houses, from the celebrated House on Casco Bay (a modern update to a nineteenthcentury Cape Cod) to Pond House (a Mount Desert Island summer cottage inspired by local fishing shacks).
All parties to a procurement process must understand that the fees paid for the actual project design are extremely small in comparison to the lifetime maintenance and operating costs for any facility. This ongoing cost is just one of the many factors that should be considered in the design of any new facility or renovation to an existing facility. Small investments in new construction that result in long term savings or carefully matching the public client’s needs with available products will pay long-term benefits. These services may require some investment in time or professional fees but unless the public client understands this, it may be difficult to achieve the benefits. In the long run, we are all taxpayers and we all want our tax dollars spent responsibly. QBS is our best way to ensure that the people involved in the procurement of professional services use a successful process. For that reason, we all need to be promoting the use of QBS when it is appropriate. For more information about the Maine QBS Program, visit the QBS website at www.meqbs.org or contact the Maine QBS Facilitator Dick Eustis, PE, 35 Pride Street, Old Town, ME 04468 (telephone 207.827.2238 or email email@example.com).
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Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, which opened a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art science and education campus on the East Boothbay waterfront last month, has achieved confirmation of LEED Platinum status. The integrated design and construction team included: WBRC Architects/Engineers, Perkins+Will, Terrence J. DeWan & Associates, Thornton Tomasetti, and Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
wooden sailing ship ever built in the United States. Six 120-foot tall “masts” representing the masts of the schooner will be erected to join the bow and stern of the structures currently in place on the Museum campus.
MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health, an architecture firm committed solely to the planning and design of healthcare facilities announces the promotion of four new partners: Jennifer Arbuckle, Jason Carney, Thomas Morris, and Dale Taglienti. Morris Switzer is based in Williston, VT with integrated offices in Boston, MA and Portland, ME.
Gawron Turgeon Architects is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Established in 1983, the firm – which started with just two employees drawing by hand – now has 16 professionals consisting of architects, landscape architects and interior designers including LEED Accredited Professionals and Building
Kaplan Thompson Architects recently hired Abigail Cram as an Architectural Designer.
The Maine Maritime Museum announced that funding has been secured to complete the final phase of the Wyoming Evocation sculpture on their campus. The sculpture, designed by Joe Hemes, AIA and Andreas von Heune, is a full-scale abstraction of the schooner Wyoming, the largest
Wyoming Evocation and Historic Photo of the Wyoming.
Information Modeling designers. Deane Rykerson, AIA was elected in November to the Maine State House representing District 151 (Kittery). As a citizen legislator, his firm, Rykerson Architecture, will continue working to preserve the natural and built environment.
On January 31st John Gordon, AIA and his daughter Jessica were featured on PBS’s This Old House. The program is currently exploring Universal Design and Jessica’s Bucksport home provided host Norm Abram the perfect example of an accessible home in action. Go to www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tv/ video/0%2C%2C20668868%2C00. htm to view the episode. Look for John and Jessica at around the 12-minute mark.
John Gordon, AIA sits with his daughter Jessica and This Old House host Norm Abram in Jessica’s Bucksport home.
Photo courtesy of Joe Hemes, AIA.
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The Green Column by John P. Gordon, AIA
10x2+1 Lately, most of my non-fiction reading has been focused on the aesthetics of sustainable design. Too often, I find myself bemoaning the seeming supremacy of technology over design. The relentless number-crunching of sustainable design has prioritized science - building science, to be specific. And, why not? We architects have been doing a pretty good job of prioritizing aesthetics over science for a while (too long?) leaving a broad wake of questionably performing buildings. If you’re not sure you agree, then Joe Lstiburek will help you understand the failure of the architecture profession in regard to building science! The secondary intent of my ongoing reading on this topic has been to yield a thoughtful Green Column that presents some of my findings and musings. So, here it is! The presentation of my thoughts is two ten item lists and one excerpt. As I struggled to craft this piece (trust me, it’s always a struggle when it comes to writing for me!), I found myself constantly returning to two lists of ten principles, Dieter Rams’ “The Ten Principles of Good Design” and Lance Hosey’s “A Beauty Manifesto - Ten Principles”. The final excerpt is from Robert Geddes’ new book, “FIT: an architect’s manifesto.” THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF GOOD DESIGN, Dieter Rams.
Dieter Rams is one of the most influential product designers of the twentieth century. You may not immediately recognize the name, but you have used one of the radios, clocks, juicers, lighters or hundreds of other products he designed, mostly for Braun. His list addresses product design. For a direct translation to architecture, you can substitute the word “building” for the word “product”.
1. Good Design Is Innovative - The possibilities for innovation are not by any means,
exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.
2. Good Design Makes A Product Useful - A product is bought to be used.
It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.
A BEAUTY MANIFESTO, Lance Hosey.
Lance Hosey is a nationally recognized architect, designer and writer. He is President & CEO of GreenBlue, a nonprofit that works to make products more sustainable. He is a former Director with William McDonough + Partners.
1. Bridge the divide between “good design” and “green design”. 2. Turn beauty and sustainability into the same thing. 3. Erase the distinction between how things look and how things work. 4. Break down the walls between the arts and sciences. 5. Adopt the three principles:
Conserve: Shape things to respect resources. Attract: Shape things to be easy to use and deeply satisfying. Connect: Shape things to embrace place.
6. Start with the napkin sketch, not the technical manual. 7. Develop a scientific method for design. 8. Strengthen the ties between form and performance, between image and endurance. 9. Make things to work as well and to last as long as they should. 10. Make things better. Excerpted from “The Shape Of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology and Design” by Lance Hovey. Island Press. 2012.
3. Good Design Is Aesthetic
- The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only wellexecuted objects can be beautiful.
4. Good Design Makes A Product Understandable - It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.
5. Good Design Is Honest - It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or
valuable than it really it is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
6. Good Design Is Unobtrusive - Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools.
They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.
7. Good Design Is Long-lasting - It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears
antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years - even in today’s throwaway society.
8. Good Design Is Thorough Down To The Last Detail - Nothing must be arbitrary or
FIT, Robert Geddes. Robert Geddes is an architect, urbanist and teacher. He is dean emeritus of the Princeton School of Architecture. The AIA honored his professional firm for its “design quality, respect for the environment and social concern.” We need a more inclusive architecture. It must fit the here and now. It must be fit for future possibilities. It must fit. What does it mean, “fit the here and now”? It is the opposite of “architecture for its own sake.” It is engaged with social and environmental conditions. It is profoundly political. It is connected to arts and humanities. It works with sciences and technologies. It means architecture that is fit for the purpose and fit for the place.
left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.
9. Good Design Is Environmentally Friendly - Good design makes an important
contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
10. Good Design Is As Little Design As Possible - Less but better - because it
concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with inessentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity!
Excerpted from “FIT: an architect’s manifesto” by Robert Geddes. Princeton University Press. 2013.
Excerpted from “Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible” by Sophie Lovell. Phaidon Press Ltd. 2011
Programs Committee by Kathleen Stevens-Rosa, AIA 2013 is already off to a busy start for Maine architects! The +2030 Program continues for those that have enrolled in this invaluable program. The last four events in the series are scheduled for March 8th, April 12th, May 10th and June 14th. Registration is now open for AIA Grassroots 2013, taking place in Washington DC March 20th-23rd. This is a great professional development resource! More information can be found on the AIA National website. AIA Convention is in Denver this year, from June 20th-22nd. There is a considerable savings if you take advantage of the Early Bird registration until April 10th, or the Advanced Rate if you register by May 22nd! If you can’t make it to Denver this year, you can take advantage of some of the programs online through AIA Virtual Convention, providing 10 hours of live Continuing Education opportunities and 30 hours of on-demand archived programming. Registration is easy at http://convention.aia.org/event/registration.aspx We are looking forward to Architalx, with interesting presentations each Thursday in April.
Design Committee by Scott R. Simons, AIA 2012 was a year of change for the Deign Committee. We developed the 100/100/100 concept for the Design Awards last May, with new electronic submissions, greater participation, and a very well attended banquet at the Portland Museum of Art. We also featured the many accomplishments in 2012 of all our members at the Annual Meeting in December. It was a remarkable list of achievements, and served to highlight the many ways our members are positively impacting their communities. Because of the success of this new initiative, and the increased visibility it afforded our members, we will plan to do this every year going forward. The Design Committee will be reforming and meeting in March to plan for opportunities to continue to promote the work of our members in the coming year. On the Design Awards front, Jesse Thompson has agreed to Chair the 2014 Design Awards Committee and will start organizing the committee for that effort in the coming weeks. The early decisions will center around where to have the event, the choice of jury, and how to increase participation. We welcome your thoughts and feedback.
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Emerging Professionals by Kimberly R. Tuttle, Assoc. AIA The Emerging Professionals Committee was recently revamped and combined with the ARE/IDP Success Teams. We will now be more focused on all aspects of the Young Professional and are looking to have more group events/meet & greets. We will develop a system of mentoring, where students, interns and YAFs can meet with experienced architects allowing them to ask questions and receive advice. We are looking for two candidates to help chair this committee; one from the Bangor area and one from the Portland area. This person will be responsible for coordinating and assisting in group events and will assist the chair of the committee. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. And as always, we are looking to compile a statewide list of interns/young architects in Maine. Please be in contact with me (see address above). I promise I will not bombard your inbox with emails but if there’s something important or helpful for you on your journey, I’d like to be able to let you all know!
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Legislative Affairs Committee by Stephen B. Rich, AIA The First Regular Session of the 126th Maine Legislature is underway. November’s elections shifted power alignment and brought House and Senate majorities to the Democrats, so a colorful dialogue is developing with the Republicans “on the Second Floor” and in the Blaine House. The recession continues to demand a tempo of urgency as the entire State seeks balance and advancement for our economic climate, our business climate, our natural and urban resources, and our special “sense of place.” The work before the 126th between now and June is daunting. Actual printed LDs are coming forward very slowly, so specifics for most legislative proposals are not yet defined. Looming topics include “MUBEC Revisited” (one bill will look for full restoration, another will look for full repeal, and two others will navigate the space between). School Construction Funding is a topic garnering attention and Bonding for capital expenditure investment is out there as “a third rail.” Our Architects and Engineers Task Force reorganized over the summer. For reasons too complex to detail, ACEC of Maine and ASCE Maine Section decided to go their own individual ways so our engineering focus is diminished; on a bright note, the USGBC Maine Chapter has joined our group! That means that we are working on a new name and that our focus is broadened from just architects and engineers to a more inclusive “built environment” perspective…. more to come soon! As a final note, our joint industry “Legislative Breakfast” with AGC of Maine is taking shape. It will be the morning of Wednesday, March 20 at the Governor Hill Mansion (a John Calvin Steven’s gem designer in 1902) at 136 State Street. Details will be provided on our website and distributed via email as soon as they become available. Maine News
UMA Architecture by Eric Stark, Associate Professor of Architecture University of Maine at Augusta, uma.edu/barch
together for the betterment of all. All of this is put forward under the belief that architecture can and should strive to make positive differences in our respective communities and organizations.
The following is the first article in a series covering the three meaningfully unique parts that make up UMA Architecture’s character and pedagogy: Community, Collaboration, and Design.
We Engage Community. This is our mission and our cause. At UMA Architecture we have put our collaboration with community groups and non-profits at the center of our pedagogy, developing 30 “real project” collaborations over the past six years. These vary in scale from master planning for Lewiston’s Mill Island, to the design of an 800 square foot greenhouse for our own University. And while varied, three explored themes repeat. First, our students learn unique lessons about the power of architecture; second, community members discover a wealth of possibility in their projects; and finally that by working together to create understanding, a discussion can be facilitated which brings people
Getting students outside the classroom is key. When you put a student faceto-face with a client – someone with a need – they begin to understand that architectural practice fundamentally deals with people. Unlike the classroom, it is no longer theoretical, or solely conceptual. Rather, the act of shaping one’s built environment becomes essential to the betterment of all. When a student understands the power of their chosen profession a light goes on. You can actually see it. One of my
favorite moments happened during a project done with the Bread of Life Ministries, a local Augusta soup kitchen and homeless shelter. About halfway through a project to redesign their soup kitchen, we were having a meeting with the leaders of the organization. As I prepared to get up to lead the meeting I was stopped as my students, without any encouragement, got up and began leading the meeting themselves. In that moment they took responsibility, not just of the meeting and project, but also of the very process itself. This willing acceptance of responsibility is perhaps the primary lesson that our students gain through this community work. On the other side of the table, the communities and nonprofits that work with our students are exposed to the process of design discovery. They experience the process and language of design, working with ideas of space, scale, and light. Their issues and ideas become organized. Many see their projects worthy of discussion for the first time; worthy of the effort to find a design solution that not only solves the (UMA Architecture...continued on page 13)
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“problem” but promotes a resolution that raises their collective communities up. This simple act of being listened and responded to often changes the very paradigm by which these communities or nonprofits have been working under. After collaborating with our students, clients see their own problems in a whole new light. Instead of being encumbered with budgetary limitations or a lack of consensus, they see the myriad of possibilities that good design can bring to their issues.
the problems and the solutions of the clients project through the creation of diagrams expressing essential ideas. By reducing the discussion down to simple digestible ideas, both the designer and the client can discuss ideas from a common standpoint. Through this process understanding occurs, and this inherently leads to better communication and more fruitful discussion. In the end the client may not decide to do what the students have put forth, but it will not be
for a lack of understanding. Through our community projects we aim to give our students the tools to create and foster relationships with their communities. UMA’s new Bachelor of Architecture degree strengthens this mission, and helps to educate a new wave of architectural professionals who see “giving back” as central to their architectural practice.
When we put our students across the table from possible clients, we tell them not to try to get the client to like their design work; that this is almost always a losing battle. The idea of “like” (something we actively work against in the Design Studio as a reason for making design decisions) is simply too subjective a concept to work towards; it is impossible to aim for this evermoving target. Rather, we instruct our students to work toward understanding; that if somebody understands an idea they are much more liable to like it. Our students grapple with both Digital image of the unused garage located next to Bread of Life’s homeless shelter to be used as meeting and child care space; project is currently under construction. UMA Architecture Students: Justin Morgan, Wade Plummer, Brittany Carter, Katie Mickool, Shannon Gebo
Communications Committee Report by John Charette, AIA AIA Maine’s newly formed Communications Committee has a very important first message to all members: We want to hear from you, better yet, join this committee. We are in the middle of a rapidly changing market and communication is a key element of success. We are redeveloping our web site to better aid in communication and soon, AIA Maine will develop a Facebook page, a LinkedIn presence and increased print and editorial opportunities for our members. We want to increase member’s visibility in the community as well as let our members know what AIA Maine is doing for you. But we are missing some valuable input. Architects: We need to know what you are doing. We need to define our value and position and communicate
it. What do member Architects want to say about our profession? Is a Maine Architect a brand? What does the public want to say to or about architects? Are we considered thoughtful leaders? These are not simple questions. In answering questions such as these, we may end up articulating a value proposition that architects’ skills are a vital resource and universally beneficial to projects of all scales. Next thing you know, we’ll be called at project inception, 70% of the time, not 35% as it currently the case. (Yes, I just said if we can communicate better, we’ll all get more work.) So, let this committee be clear: Your communications committee will seek to shift the focus from the architect and his or her process to the value that architecture has to clients and to society at large. The value can generally be expressed in terms of problemsolving and/or “good design.” Each quarter this committee will focus on getting the word out about how Maine AIA Architects are making a positive
impact in various market segments. In between, we’ll start tweeting and sharing and liking all the cool stuff our members do, from that awesome design award you just received to that new non-profit board position you just accepted. But first, we need to hear from you. Agree? Disagree? Add your voice, contact John Charette at email@example.com or attend the next meeting March 28th, 4:30, contact me for a location.
“Your communications committee will seek to shift the focus from the architect and his or her process to the value that architecture has to clients and to society at large.”
Architalx Celebrates 25 Years by Ann Lundquist, Architalx board member In honor of Architalx’s 25th anniversary, Architalx has created a thought-provoking, experiential exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art titled Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx. Voices of Design showcases the power of design through an interactive exhibition featuring the work of some of the world’s leading architects and designers including: Glenn Murcutt, Rafael Moneo, Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Peter Bohlin, Jim Cutler, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Ada Karmi-Melamede, Samuel Mockbee, Brian MacKay-Lyons, Brigitte Shim, Merrill Elam and Henry N. Cobb, among others.
Architalx Lecture Series
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The 17-foot-tall tower features three levels of images that alternately reveal themselves and disappear. The visitors’ touch causes a rippling response of images which are connected to 12 architectural themes: Nature, Place, Expression, Material, Process, Responsibility, Light, Structure, Space, Craft, Optimism, and Culture. On either side of the tower are two 10-foot-tall sound portals with thematic audio clips from the Architalx lecture series. Voices of Design is on view through May 19, 2013, at the Portland Museum of Art.
April 4th: Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP is founding principal of ISA, an architectural design and research office. He has extensive experience with a wide range of building scales, urban design, master planning and speculative work. ISA has won numerous design awards including a 2011 AIA National Housing Award. Phillips is the recipient of a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. April 11th: Florian Idenburg is founder of SO–IL. Her previous work includes eight years of experience at the practice of Pritzker laureates Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. Idenburg is a recognized voice in academia and has held teaching positions at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and the University of Kentucky. Idenburg holds a MSc. in Architecture from Delft University of Technology. April 18th: Janna Levitt, B.A., B. Arch., OAA, FRAIC, is a co-founder of Levitt Goodman Architects. In addition to her work as a practicing architect, Levitt participates in ‘theoretical’ architecture/art-based projects. These have included installations at the Eye Review Gallery, the Union Station Gallery, the ‘House/Home’ exhibition at the Photo Eclipse Gallery, the Stellar Living Exhibition at Mercer Union and, most recently, ‘Sacred Space’ at the new Architecture Gallery at Harbourfront Centre for the Arts. April 25th: Matthias Hollwich, SBA, is a registered European Architect, and cofounder and principal of Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and cofounder of Architizer. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging, held in the fall of 2010 at UPENN. HWKN is an architecture and design office whose projects span the worlds of architecture, branding and development and focus on global cultural projects, brand-enhancing interventions and architecture for our aging society. Lectures begin at 6:00pm at the Portland Museum of Art. Tickets available at www.architalx.org
Accessible Design Compliance in Maine
State Fire Marshal, and Maine Building Officials and Inspectors Association reviewed the additional procedural safeguards that are unique to Maine for accessibility compliance as part of the Maine Human Rights Act.
by Jill S. Johanning, AIA Existing facilities in Maine have an ongoing obligation for barrier removal when it is readily achievable. What is readily achievable is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Many designers of public accommodations in Maine are familiar with the barrier-free permit project requirements for plan review by the State Fire Marshal; however other public accommodations that do not require a plan review but are over $75,000 still need to submit to the State Fire Marshal certification by the design professional that the project is in compliance with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act has existed for over 20 years, the Department of Justice’s view is that more things will be readily achievable for barrier removal. At a recent ADA training in Augusta, representatives of the Maine Human Rights Commission,
ACE of Maine After the start of the school year, Portland High School ACE students toured the construction site of the Cumberland County Civic Center in the early stages of the renovation’s first phase. Prior to the construction site tour students had a job site safety training lead by a Cianbro safety director. Students not only learned the requirements for a safe job site, but also the various career opportunities in construction related to safety. While the students look forward to
As more educational school models develop in Maine, this year’s student project is to design a residence hall for PHS students located close to the school campus. ACE students will have a chance to create their own unique take on living away from home with their peers. Incorporating a small urban site near the school for the project gave students the chance to experience in person the existing grades, infrastructure, and context that impact the site analysis for a project design. Mentors were also able to show students first hand the scale, and the design opportunities that urban sites create when working with a client’s program.
Photo ©Jill Johanning
Photo ©Jill Johanning
Students visiting Cumberland County Civic Center construction site.
As designers discuss projects with the local building officials, please review with them the compliance requirements to make sure everyone is fulfilling their responsibilities for providing accessible design in Maine.
returning to the Civic Center to see the construction progress, they have started working on their own design projects.
by Jill S. Johanning, AIA
Portland High School students at Cianbro safety training.
If there is a barrier-free permit/ certification for the project, or the town inspects for other building standards, the town must inspect the building for accessibility compliance before an occupancy permit is issued. Town building officials are not copied on documents that have been reviewed by the State Fire Marshal unless extra copies are coordinated by the design team.
Due to the lack of interest in the greater Bangor area by students, there unfortunately is no mentoring this school year in northern Maine. If you are interested in attending the final design presentations by the PHS ACE students please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Maine News
Snapshots: 2012 Annual Meeting The AIA Maine Annual Meeting took place at the Abromsom Center on the University of Southern Maine campus. Following the meeting Earl G. Shettleworth, Jr. gave a lecture entitled “When Modernism Came to Maine.” The lecture focused on the period from the 1930’s through the 1960’s, when such major modernists as George Howe, Wallace Harrison, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Phillip Johnson, and Edward Barnes designed homes in Maine. In-state architects such as John Calvin Stevens II and Eaton Tarbell made significant contributions to modernism as well.
A group gathers with Earle Shettleworth, Jr. following his presentation.
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AIA Maine Raises $58,000 for the Centenary Scholarship Fund In celebration of AIA Maine’s 100th anniversary, the organization endowed an AIA Maine Centenary Scholarship Fund to benefit Maine students attending the School of Architecture at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). The campaign asked every AIA Maine member to contribute $100 to help establish the fund. The gifts – combined with a $15,000 grant from the AIA Maine treasury and supplemented with gifts from Maine architectural firms and others in Maine’s construction industry – surpassed the initial funding goal. Due to the generous support of AIA Members and supporters the total raised was over $58,000. After this initial funding, UMA now takes over solicitation of contributions to sustain and grow this fund. AIA Maine’s Anniversary Committee Co-chairs John Morris, AIA and Paul Stevens, AIA led the wonderfully successful campaign. Joyce Blanchard and Staci Warren of UMA’s Office of University Advancement directed the coordination of the campaign and subsequent celebration. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! thank you for your generosity.
CENTENARY SCHOLARSHIP FUND GIFTS $5000 - plus
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The gifts surpassed the initial funding goal. Due to the generous support of AIA Members and supporters the total raised was over $58,000.
Members of AIA Maine Centenary Committee presenting its scholarship fund to UMA’s Architecture Program. (Top right) The plaque that will be placed outside of the UMA Gannett Gallery
$1000 - $4999 Scott E. Brown, AIA Cianbro Harriman
Judith Whitten Harvie, Hon. AIA John D. Morris, II, AIA PDT Architects
SMRT Robert C. Tillotson, AIA WBRC Architects / Engineers
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Ellen Belknap, AIA Richard Bernhard, AIA Stephen Blatt, AIA Stewart Brecher, AIA E. Wastler Bruno, AIA Mark G. Carter, AIA Malcolm Collins, AIA Patrick Costin, AIA Kristen Damuth, AIA Martin B. Dassa, AIA Christopher Delano, AIA Joseph DiDonato, AIA Matthew Elliott, AIA James Gauthier, AIA Carol Gillis, AIA John Gordon, AIA
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