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Maine News The Maine Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

AIA Maine’s +2030 Professional Series Concludes


by Judy Johnson, AIA

• Buildings Consume More Energy Than Any Other Sector

On June 14th, AIA Maine will present the final session of its +2030 Professional Series at Gilsland Farm, Maine Audubon in Falmouth.

• Buildings are the Largest Contributor to Climate Change

We are fortunate that Vincent Martinez from Architecture 2030 will be one of the presenters at our final session, “Putting it All Together: Achieving 2030 Goals on the Project and at the Office.” This session will revisit the integrated design and target creating process as well as look outward to contextualize the architect in the larger environment of the project and—equally important—the firm. Key to the success of the 2030 Challenge is movement from learning to action. This session will examine the movement from in-class exercise to on-site implementation. Additionally, the session will provide tools to help your firm institutionalize the creation of high-performance buildings and become a change agent within your community.

• The Health of the Economy is Tied to the Building Sector

The Hope • By the year 2035, approximately 75% of the built environment will be either new or renovated. • This transformation over the next 25 years represents a historic opportunity for the architecture and building community to avoid dangerous climate change.

The Goal • Carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.

Bringing the +2030 Professional Series to Maine was a culmination of the efforts of AIA Maine’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) team, led by Judy Johnson and Gunnar Hubbard. Back in 2011, the team decided that in order to truly help Maine architects positively impact their environment and create buildings that meet the energy efficient goals of the 2030 Challenge they would need access to relevant training. The +2030 Professional Series gives design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings—and provides firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace. This series was made possible with the hard work and support of architectural firms throughout the state. AIA Maine’s COTE committee is extremely grateful to the following firms for their support and contribution to the series: • • • •

Thorton Tomasetti SMRT Harriman Scott Simons Architects

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AMEC Design Group Collaborative WBRC Architects/Engineers Oak Point Associates

We would also like to thank Allied Cook Construction, our Platinum Sponsor.

Inside: Upcoming Events / 2 In the News / 6 The Green Column / 11

* The information and charts presented above are from 2030, Inc./ Architecture 2030. More information can be found at their site: www.

As well as our Gold Sponsors, SMRT and Mechanical Services, Inc.

Committee Reports / 12 + 16 UMA Architecture / 14 Snapshots / 17

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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 Jeannette A. Schram Communications Director 71 Beckett Street Portland, ME 04101 tel 207.838.6313

President’s Report by Judy Johnson, AIA In March, Rob Tillotson and I had the privilege of representing AIA Maine at the AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington DC. This is an annual gathering for AIA leaders and is an essential professional development resource for AIA chapters throughout the country. It is a great event that prepares and certainly expects participants to be a bit political. As part of the conference, Rob and I met with members of our entire delegation including Susan Collins, Chellie Pengree and staff for Angus King and Mike Michaud to discuss and advocate for AIA. There were four main talking points that we focused on: • •

Maine News Jeannette A. Schram Editor

Simplify Taxes, Protect Small Businesses – Congress should protect small businesses as it debates tax reform. Cave Energy, Create Jobs: In order to encourage new construction and renovations, and support small businesses that do this work, Congress should extend and make modest improvements to the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (179D). Invest in the Next Generation of Leaders – Architecture students are willing and able to contribute their design abilities to help their communities in exchange for student loan assistance, but they need Congress’ help to make that happen. Improve government procurement to Help the Economy – Sharp cuts to design and construction budgets make it more important than ever that procurement laws ensure small businesses have fair access to the federal marketplace.

Our delegation was most interested in what is happening here in Maine. In fact, they offered to meet with us sometime when they are in Maine. This is something that we are also interested in doing as well. These meetings certainly took me way out of my comfort zone and I was honored to represent AIA Maine. There was also a focus on leadership and repositioning the AIA to be more supportive of the architects and the profession. While the AIA is a legacy institution, a new vision is needed and a series of recommendations were made by consultants LaPlaca Cohen and Pentagram to help the AIA move forward. The bottom line is the AIA is looking for ways to promote architects and the profession so that we are more accessible to the public. For more information about the repositioning please see the article on the following page. (President’s Report...continued to page 3)

Upcoming Events June 4th 2013+2030 Professional Series, 8:30am – 12:30pm Putting it All Together: Achieving 2030 Goals on the Project and at the Office Maine Audubon Falmouth, ME

June 20th-22nd 2013 AIA Convention Building Leaders Denver, CO September 11th AIA Maine Board Meeting, 3pm-5pm Location To Be Announced

October 5th 2013 AIA New England Convention and Design Awards Worcester, MA

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In addition to the legislative and leadership focus there was a time for celebration at the Howard Theater where the following awards were given: • • •

2013 AIA Young Architects Award (15 recipients) 2013 Associates Award (3 recipients) The Gold Medal presented to Thom Mayne

It was truly a celebration and although none of the recipients were from Maine it got us to thinking that perhaps we should be more aware of awards and honors like these on the national level. To that end, we are focusing on how we can help our members find opportunities to be recognized at the national level. AIA Maine’s first step towards this endeavor is the creation of a Fellows Committee which is chaired by Vice-President Rob Tillotson and includes recent Past Presidents of AIA Maine. Rob and others will be attending a Fellows Committee meeting in Boston in mid June where the process will be explained in more detail. While we are still in the discovery phase, AIA Maine wants to help and support our members who are interested in seeking this honor. Maine has many talented architects and a rich architectural history and I am confident that once we understand the process we will soon have more FAIA members in the State.

“...we are focusing on how we can help our members find opportunities to be recognized at the national level.” In the meantime, I ask that if you are interested in being more involved with AIA Maine to join one of our committees. We have many committees that are seeking members which you can read about in other sections of this newsletter. I encourage you to contact me at or call me at 775-0053 to discuss the various opportunities.

AIA Creates $250,000 Repositioning Innovation Fund by Jeannette Schram Over a year ago, AIA began working with consultants LaPlaca Cohen and Pentagram to help the AIA rediscover its purpose. This effort, now known as the AIA Repositioning, places emphasis on members as the core of its purpose. In its effort to empower members, the AIA has developed the Repositioning Innovation Fund. With this Fund, AIA has committed $250,000 to encourage AIA Local and State Components to create or share innovative programs that address the recommendations from the Repositioning. The Fund supports programs that can be replicated by other Components, are innovative, address one of the ten areas identified in the Repositioning, and serve the member and/or advance the architecture profession. Submissions are due by July 10, 2013. To view the application visit These videos (which you can link to below) provide more detail about the Repositioning and what it means to be an AIA architect. More information is also available at

A new video that debuted at the March 21st Grassroots General Session explores what it means to be an architect.

Live from AIA Grassroots 2013! Watch the entire March 21st General Session featuring a repositioning update from Arthur Cohen of LaPlaca Cohen and Michael Bierut of Pentagram. Maine News




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Through the efforts of these firms and sponsors we were able to bring speakers from around the country to inform Maine architects, engineers and contractors on design methodologies for meeting the 2030 Challenge. The speakers brought the subject matter to life and included case studies and exercises as well as very informative lectures. The program began at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and then alternated locations between Augusta and Falmouth. It has been a very exciting and informative series and has brought invaluable insight to the attendees.

AIA Maine’s +2030 Series Overview Session I: The 2030 Challenge: Setting + Achieving Energy Goals with Integrated Design • William Reed, AIA • Gunnar Hubbard, AIA Practice Leader for the Building Sustainability Group at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. Session II: Getting to 60: The Power of Targets + Load Reduction • Andrew Shapiro, President of Energy Balance Inc. Session III: Accentuate the Positive: Climate Responsive Design • Erik L. Olsen, PE Director of Transsolar Climate Engineering, New York • Michael Pulaski, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, Associate Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Session VI: Illuminating Savings: Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Strategies • Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, IALD, LC, LEED AP, is founder and President of Clanton & Associates • Larry Bartlett, PE AIA, President of Bartlett Design, Inc Session VII: Right-sized: Equipment and Controls for Super-efficient Building System • Christopher Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow, is founder and principal of The Green Engineer, LLP • Vincent Grassi PE, Mechanical Engineer, AMEC • Alissa McCulley, Architectural Designer, AMEC Session VIII: Site Power: Renewable Energy Opportunities

Session IV: Skins: The Importance of The Thermal Envelope • Wagdy Anis, FAIA, LEED-AP, Principal with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc. • Jesse Thompson,AA LEED AP BD+C, Certified Passive House Consultant, Principal Kaplan Thompson • Peter Troast Founder and CEO of Energy Circle • Austin Smith, AIA, RLA, LEED AP, Scott Simons Architects Session V: Aggressively Passive: Employing Passive Systems for Load Reduction • Gunnar Hubbard, AIA, Practice Leader for the Building Sustainability Group at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. • Connor Jansen, PE, Built Ecology

• Fortunat Mueller, Partner at ReVision Energy • Andrew Rudnicki, PE LEED AP, Mechanical Engineer, WBRC Session IX: The Hand-off + Staying in Shape: Operations, Maintenance + Education • Peter Bell, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CxA Sparhawk Group • Joe Lloyd, PE LEED AP BD+C, Sparhawk Group • Keisha Payson, Sustainability Coordinator for Bowdoin College • Doug Biggs, Area Sales manager for Siemens • John Nolan, PE, Titan Mechanical • Paul Ureneck, CBRE the Boulos Company • Cordelia Pitman, RA, LEED AP

Session X: Putting It All Together: Achieving 2030 Goals On The Project and At The Office • Vincent Martinez, Director of Research and Operations, Architecture 2030 • Amy Hattan, Corporate Sustainability Officer for Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. • Phil Kaplan, AIA LEED AP, Principal Kaplan Thompson • Judy Johnson, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Principal Harriman Maine News




In the News... The MorrisSwitzer~Environmentsdesigned Tupper Lake Medical Office Building received the Adirondack Park Excellence in Building Design award. The first-place award was given in the “new residential/commercial building” category. The building is located in Tupper Lake, New York. MorrisSwitzer~Environments has recently finished the design of the Pediatric Oncology & Infusion department at Eastern Maine Medical Center and has created a fresh and inviting look for their new space. The Pediatric Oncology unit is wellequipped to provide a cheerful setting for patients, staff, and families. Lewis & Malm Architecture of Bucksport won EDC Magazine’s Excellence in Design Award 2013 in the category of Educational Renovation for their 66,000 square foot addition and renovation of the Woolwich Central School. The architects’ vision was to make the school more green, energy efficient and learning-friendly.

Kaplan Thompson Architects’ Flying Point project won the Fine Homebuilding 2013 Houses award for Best Energy-Smart Home. The award recognizes a project that best incorporates a climate- and site-specific approach to energy efficiency that respects the lifestyle needs and budget constraints of the homeowners.

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Borsarge Family Education Center received the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) 2013 Zero Net Energy Building Award. Thornton Tomasetti served as the project’s green building consultant. Scott Simons Architects and Maclay Architects from Waitsfield, Vermont designed the building.

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Kaplan Thompson Architects with Portland Housing Development Corporation, Avesta Housing, WrightRyan Construction, and the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition are one of four finalists in the Lowering the Cost of Housing Competition. Their project, Bayside Anchor, is a proposal for prefab, multifamily housing in Portland. For more information visit

DESIGN New England’s April/May edition featured Carol A. Wilson Architect’s Mere Point in “Merely Modern: Maine Architect Carol A. Wilson maximizes a coastal site with her signature minimalist style.”

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Borsarge Family Education Center © Tim Greenway.

Oak Street Lofts, a LEED Platinumcertified affordable housing community in Portland, has been named the winner of the 19th Annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the category of Green Housing. Thornton Tomasetti served as the sustainability consultant for this project and CWS Architects served as the architect.

For more information on the EDC Excellence in Design Awards, view the video at

Kaplan Thompson Architects’ Ranch Revival was featured on the cover of Eco-Home magazine.

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Carol A. Wilson Architect’s Beach Pavilion was featured on AmericanArchitects online “Building of the Week, 50x50 - 50 States in 50 Weeks” feature. Every week one recent project from each state is presented. Beach Pavilion represented Maine. Read the article at

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Oak Street Lofts © Sandy Agrafiotis

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Martin B Dassa, AIA, NCARB was selected to present his “The Role of Models in Architecture BC (before computers, calculators and copiers)” at the May 2013 PechaKucha Portland. Foreside Architects recently welcomed Julie Hellstrom NCIDQ as an interior designer. She brings with her 30 years of experience in interior design and office planning. Foreside Architects has designed a 38room addition to Seaside Rehabilitation on Baxter Boulevard in Portland. It is currently under construction by Ledgewood Construction with a completion date of November. Eric Beckstrom, AIA is working on a feature documentary about slum architecture and the designers who build them.

University of Maine celebrated the groundbreaking of the Emera Astronomy Center & Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory at the university’s Orono campus on April 29. The $5.2-million center, which comprises two buildings - a planetarium and observatory, is expected to further reinforce the university’s role as a leader in science and technology education in northern New England. Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle officially broke ground on its Rodney Smith Wellness Center and The Akeley Student Center on May 14. WBRC Architects ∙ Engineers is designer and engineer for both projects.

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Rendering of WBRC Project at Northern Maine Community College.

WBRC Architects ∙ Engineers and Harriman will co-host Compass Healthcare Facilities Symposium 2013 at The Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit, Maine, on September 19th. This annual symposium, now in its third year, gathers C-level healthcare executives and facilities managers in a relaxed setting to hear from thought leaders from across the country. The theme this year is “What’s Next? Preparing for the Unexpected.” Details at

WBRC Architects ∙ Engineers recently announced two strategic hires. Justin Risher, architectural intern, will assist the firm’s Florida office as it expands its role in the region. In Maine, Andy Buck has been hired as project representative for Northern Maine Community College’s Rodney Smith Wellness Center and The Akeley Student Center projects in Presque Isle.

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Maine Historical Society and Vintage Maine Images: A Resource for Architects by Dani Fazio, MHS Image Services Coordinator The Maine Historical Society (MHS) is pleased to announce the redesign of their Vintage Maine Images (VMI) website, accessible online at www. VMI is an online shopping source for reproductions of more than 21,000 historical Maine images. VMI sells reproduction prints, digital files, and creative use licenses for commercial and non-profit use.

35-37 Carroll Street, West End, Portland, 1924.

Among the digital collections are images relevant to Maine architects: photographs of historical homes, buildings, and gardens, architectural sketches and presentation drawings, elevation plans, the 1924 City of Portland Tax Records, and much more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or if you are in need of a custom scan, the Image Services Department is happy to mine the collections and consult with you on your project.

In addition, the Brown Library at MHS is a valuable asset to architects statewide. A collecting organization since 1822, the library has impressive holdings that include more than 4,700 architectural commissions across the state. Housed within are the John Calvin Stevens firm of Portland, the Coombs firm of Lewiston, Eaton Tarbell of Bangor and more than a dozen other firms representing Maine architects practicing from the mid-19th to the late 20th Century. The Images Service Department consults on all reproduction requests of architectural, engineering, photographic, and map material. The Brown Library is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Research for members it at no charge. Architectural drawings and special collections require an appointment; please call ahead 207-774-1822. For more information contact Dani Fazio, MHS Image Services Coordinator at

Vintage Maine Images item #37517: Plan for Westbrook Junior College, Portland, 1937. Collection 209, John Calvin Stevens.

Vintage Maine Images item #62538: Plan for Western Promenade, Portland, 1905. Olmsted Brothers, Map FF 723.

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This brings us back to the competitive bid issue where any bidders must fully understand the “scope” of the work on which to base the bid. In the 10/1/10 2:22 PM great majority of projects where I have seen a competitive bid requirement, the “scope” of required services was understated; primarily because of the clients lack of understanding of what would be required to accomplish the intended service. If the Scope of Services is not a complete statement of required services or does not include services that must be provided by the designer to accomplish the intended project, the designer has a serious problem in the preparation of any competitive bid. Should the bid be based on the understated “scope” or should it be the best estimate of the cost of the required services? The resulting bids received by the client may turn out to be a mix, based on various interpretations of the Scope of Services and the extent the designer is willing to gamble on the outcome.


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Socially Sustainable Opportunities by Jill S. Johanning, AIA An aspect of sustainable design that is often overlooked in checklists and in conversations are the people. More inclusive sustainable design should incorporate and function for as many people as possible through the whole spectrum of life, and respond to people’s physical needs changing over time. Variation in ability is normal, and affects most of us for at least part of our lives.

In a socially sustainable way, design has the opportunity to create places that accommodate: growing children, pregnancy, temporary illness or injury, elder members of communities, in addition to people with disabilities. People with disabilities are the one minority group that anyone can become a member of at anytime. Maine’s aging population, the oldest in the country, calls for a commitment to human centered design to maintain value. There are many Maine residents that are on waiting lists to find accessible housing or to get funding to renovate their home to meet their accessibility needs. Their independence and quality of life is

more restricted when they cannot afford to make the physical changes to their living environment or have limited choices where to live. Home renovations for accessibility create another source of construction material waste that could be reduced in the future if homes were built to accommodate differing abilities while incorporating sustainable building systems. Smart development that balances the concepts of human-centered and ecologically sustainable design can benefit the protection of the environment, economic growth, and social equity. 

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The opportunity to provide students with scholarships for continuing to study their interests of architecture, engineering, or construction in higher education would not be possible

This fall ACE welcomes new mentors to join the teams with their experience and knowledge that they can share with students interested in our professions.  Photo captions from top: ACE mentor scholarship winners and participants recognition following final presentations. Alan Kuniholm from Team PDT at Strikes for Scholars. Team PDT, including ACE Mentors, cheer teammates at MEREDA’s Strikes for Scholars fundraiser.

photo credit: Shane Dunn, AAIA

The mentors would like to recognize the scholarship winners. First place was awarded to junior, Finn Bradenday and second place was awarded to senior, Bobby Parent. ACE also congratulates all of the participating students for their efforts and participation over the course of the year. Thanks also go to the jurors for their time, and the ongoing support for the program by Portland High School’s mentoring program.

without generous donations. A special thank you to MEREDA for their successful Strike for Scholars bowling event held in Portland that raised money for future ACE student scholarships. It was great to see community businesses come out to support ACE and have a fun evening of competition.

Photo credit Jill Johanning, AIA

ACE mentoring has completed another successful year with Maine students interested in studying architecture, construction, and engineering. The Portland High School students completed their urban design projects for a high school residence hall close to the high school campus. ACE students studied plans of similar project types, reviewed program requirements, and developed their own design solutions using computer modeling or hand drawings to present their final projects.

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by Jill S. Johanning, AIA

The Green Column: Sustainable Design Sunset by John P. Gordon, AIA On the “cover” of the January 25, 2013 issue of AIArchitect (AIA’s email newsletter), you may have noticed the following sidebar text: “The AIA is mainstreaming its sustainable design continuing education credit requirements, a sign that green design is rapidly becoming indistinguishable from good design.” Note: “mainstreaming” = eliminating - Sustainable Design (SD) Learning Units (LU’s) will now be considered as part of Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) LU’s. I didn’t discover this change until about a month later when the topic was being fiercely kicked around in the online COTE Digest (discussion board). I found my discovery to be surprising for two reasons. First, I was pleased to learn that sustainable design had now become mainstream. Second, I was more pleased to learn that green design is becoming indistinguishable from good design. If you’re thinking these two sentences might contain a bit of sarcasm, you might be right. As I was reading (and enduring!) the lively discussion board comments, I found many that echoed my thoughts and emotions. So, I saved a few as fodder for this column. About 80% of the board comments were opposed to sunsetting the SD continuing education credit requirement. Some of my favorite saved comments (pro and con) follow. The authors remain anonymous. • “Architecture in general and the AIA have yet to begin to address the potential for true sustainability, not to mention basic ‘limiting the damage’ and energy neutrality.” • “The AIA’s decision to create separate SD requirements in the first place was a mistake. It was driven by buzz, hype, fashion, and political correctness.” • “Requiring the SD emphasis is the ONLY way many of our members....the ones who most need it....get some of this info.” • “If the ‘sustainable design requirement’ is dropped, does our profession/the Institute really offer a service of value for a society/world facing the climate of the future?” • “We aren’t done. We have a long way to go to fully integrate sustainable design into the profession. Creating the SD CEU requirement was a step in the right direction, sunsetting it is not.” And, one last excerpt (two paragraphs) from the vocal minority: • “SD is just one aspect of Architecture. I found the Nanny State mentality of the AIA and this committee to set aside a special requirement to be very intrusive. Why are the thoughts and goals of this committee so much more important than any other Knowledge Community? The discussion in this thread has also been very insulting and condescending. So many of you assume that those of us who don’t begin and end our day worshiping at the altar of SD are irresponsible intellectual Neanderthals. Grow up, pull your head out of the sand and begin to create meaningful work that serves your clients and society in all ways possible, including sustainability.” Another lengthy comment informed readers how AIA Florida eliminated COTE funding based upon the elimination of the SD continuing education credit requirement. So, what to make of all of this? How do we as practitioners (specifically, those who value sustainable design) march on? How can we sort through the emotion (exhibited by commenters on both sides) of this issue? What does it really mean? Will it really affect what I do? These are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself for the past few months. As I continue to seek answers, I find myself returning to two thoughts. One, sustainable design was around for a long time (in practice, but maybe not-so-much in name) before the SD continuing education requirement was initiated in 2008. And, two, the only constant is change. Then, recently, I stumbled upon the following article at the AIA website - not surprising, I suppose, since this topic is entirely propagated by our national organization. I recommend that you read the article entitled Sustainability Now: As Green Grows into the Mainstream, a Multitude of Ways for Architects to Ensure a Sustainable Tomorrow Take Root by Jessyca Henderson AIA, Managing Director, Policy and Community Relations. In spite of its none-too-brief title (hey, helps with my word count!), this piece does an admirable job of laying out the brief history of sustainable design continuing education within the AIA and looking to the future without it. I did not find answers to all of my above questions, but I think Jessica has done an adequate job of helping me (and, hopefully others, too) find my way to letting go of the SD continuing education credit requirement. The lasting thought for me is the first sentence of her last paragraph, “There’s a lot of work going on in sustainability, and when we step back and take a look at just a few initiatives, they span across the practice of architecture.” If we accept this as fact, then maybe sustainable design has been mainstreamed? However, please forgive me if I remain skeptical on the “green design being indistinguishable from good design” posit.  Maine News




Legislative Affairs Committee by Stephen B. Rich, AIA The 126th Legislative Session has been interesting, with a new trend: 1) Wait until the last minute to submit your bill if it is at all controversial; 2) Submit only a concept draft to delay detail debate; 3) Set the public hearing ASAP after the bill is submitted, again to minimize public debate; 4) Set the work session ASAP after your public hearing, again to minimize public debate; 5) Hope the end product is close to what you were looking for…. Our Legislative Affairs Committee has identified 28 bills to either Monitor, Support or Oppose.

receive a divided report out of Committee, so results are uncertain). 4. LD 1235 – An Act Regarding School Construction (voted out of Committee “Ought to Pass as Amended”, so passage is likely). 5. LD ??? – An Act to Provide Funding for Priority School Capital Improvement Projects (bill is not submitted yet, so no action so far).

“As you can see, we have made progress with MUBEC “restoration,” but our work isn’t done until the Session is over and the veto wand is dormant.”

The 5 Bills we selected to Support are: 1. LD 91 – An Act to Raise the School Construction Bond Cap (Passed as P.L CH.44…. became law w/o the Governor’s signature). 2. LD 322 – Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 61: State Board of Education Rules for Major Capital School Construction Projects, a Major Substantive Rule of the State Board of Education” (Passed as amended). 3. LD 977 - An Act To Restore Uniformity to the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) (likely to

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The 3 Bills we selected to Oppose are: 1. LD 1041 – An Act To Modify the Mandatory Enforcement of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code for a Municipality without a Building Code History (voted out of Committee “Ought Not to Pass” = DEAD). 2. LD 1420 – An Act To Return to Building Code Requirements in Effect Prior to the Adoption of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (voted out of Committee “Ought Not to Pass” = DEAD). 3. LD 1496 - An Act To Modernize and Simplify the Tax Code (a Concept Bill was submitted in early May; Public Hearing of Concept Draft was May 10; Work Sessions were May 17, 21 (still in Concept Draft), May 21, May 24, May30 and June 5. A new 39-page draft bill was reported to be circulating, but as of yet a copy isn’t listed on the State Website. On June 5 the Committee voted unanimously “ONTP”. The bill might be Dead, it might be resurrected in some other form during the budget wrangling, or it may be carried over to the next session. As you can see, we have made progress with MUBEC “restoration,” but our work isn’t done until the Session is over and the veto wand is dormant. The other big item for us is LD 1496. It contains the start of a Tax on Professional Services, something that lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers have long opposed. AIA National has been helpful providing talking points and data about attempts and failures in other states, but the mood for tax reform and enhanced revenue is very strong. We are making strong and rational arguments for exclusion, but the jury is still out. The June 5 unanimous “Ought Not to Pass” typically kills a bill, but word under the Dome this week indicates supporters are keeping the concept alive as a potential solution for the Legislature’s budget impasse. I guess it ain’t over until the fat lady sings……. For current status of these or any other bills, go to www.maine. gov/legis and use the LD locator at the upper right corner.

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by Eric Stark, Associate Professor of Architecture University of Maine at Augusta

Architecture is, by its very nature, collaborative. Anyone practicing architecture today lives this reality. However, architecture as taught in the classroom all too often overlooks this essential dynamic. UMA Architecture is committed to engaging our students in collaboration, its benefits and its challenges. As a Bachelor of Architecture program we are growing and fostering collaboration on three levels: with the community, in the classroom, and together with the design profession. In last quarter’s newsletter (Part 1 of this three part series) we spoke about efforts with the community. Here we share some of the work of our UMA/ARC collaboration in the classroom and with the profession. Collaborative Coursework A new innovation on the UMA campus, “Cluster Courses” are six to twelve credit courses that combine different disciplines in order to bring about cross-discipline collaboration within the institution. These courses create an atmosphere primed for unique discovery for our students. The UMA Department of Architecture was at the forefront of the development of the first of these types of crossdisciplinary classes. In our course we partnered with the Departments of Art and Philosophy, along with the Bread of Life Ministries – an Augusta-based non-profit that runs a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter and 80-plus units of transitional housing. Through this “cluster” we immersed our students in a shared experience resulting in design rooted in the collective environment. The results of this first “cluster course” were extraordinary, culminating in the redesign of Bread of Life’s soup kitchen so that

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The following is the second article in a series covering the three meaningfully unique parts that make up UMA Architecture’s character and pedagogy: Community, Collaboration, and Design. UMA students engage stakeholders from the Bread of Life Ministries in a day-long programming exercise.

it now doubles as an art gallery, thereby blurring the preconception of what a soup kitchen is and whom it serves. The class also tackled the programming and renovation design of an existing but unused residence owned by Bread of Life, transforming it into emergency shelter housing as well as a Day Center for Life Skills. This newly conceived facility is now open and serving a wide-ranging constituency, from homeless veterans to needy children. It is important to note that our classroom collaboration is not limited to our own campus. In the fall of 2009, we worked with the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Policy building on their study of the East Bayside Neighborhood of Portland – this work resulted in an AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) grant. ( gateway-to-franklin-ar terial.html) And we currently offer coursework in support of USM’s Bachelor of Construction Management degree. These cross-campus initiatives engage our students with other architecturerelated disciplines, better preparing them for the profession. Collaboration with the Profession We want to grow UMA Architecture into a central hub for architecture discussion. In line with our desire for greater collaboration, we continue to bring students, professionals, and communities together to learn and discuss issues facing our region and state. In April of 2012 UMA/ARC cohosted Capitalizing on the Creative Economy, a multi-faceted forum chaired by Senator Libby Mitchell.

This terrific event was kicked-off by a panel of professional architects speaking about the value of an Architectural education given today’s “new economy.” The discussion was lively, engaging, and raised some very important questions. As the only professional architecture degree in Maine, we see connection to the professional community as essential to our success. Maine is a small state, and as such one’s network is doubly important, especially for UMA/ARC students. To this end, a number of our students, current and alumni, volunteer with industryrelated organizations, and serve or have served on the boards of AIA Maine, the Maine Chapter of the US Green Building Council, and the Portland Society for Architecture. Already our program has close ties with AIA Maine, perhaps best evidenced by the wonderfully successful campaign that funded a $58,000 scholarship fund in conjunction with AIA Maine’s Centenary celebration last year. We continue to grow this relationship while looking for additional partners who see our B.Arch program as integral to the long-term growth and success of our collective design community. At UMA Architecture we believe that through collaborative effort great change can take place. Through collaboration, working on multiple levels and with a wide range of partners, we strive to be an integral part of Maine’s design community.

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Portland Museum of Art Welcomes Architect Henry H. Cobb In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Charles Shipman Payson Building, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) welcomes the building’s architect Henry N. Cobb as the 2013 Bernard A. Osher Lecturer. In this illustrated lecture entitled, “The Streets of Falmouth Neck: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” Cobb will discuss Portland’s streets and squares and the ongoing dialogue between the memory of the city’s past, preoccupation with its present, and dream of its future. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15/$10 for PMA Members and can be purchased online at or by telephone at (207) 775-6148. One of three founding principals of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Cobb’s architectural practice has embraced a wide variety of building types in cities across North America and around the world, including: the John Hancock Tower, Boston (1976); the John Joseph Payson Façade: Charles Shipman Payson Building, Portland Museum of Art, view Moakley United States Courthouse, Boston (1998); and the Center from Congress Square. Photo by Craig Becker. for Government and International Studies, Harvard University (2005). Cobb is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, academician of the National Academy of Design, and President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, and an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College. The annual Bernard A. Osher Lecture is made possible by the Bernard A. Osher Lecture Fund at the Portland Museum of Art. Maine News




Design Committee

Programs Committee

by Scott R. Simons, AIA

by Kathleen Stevens-Rosa, AIA

The Design Committee would like to welcome new members John Priesley, Gavin Engler, and Steve Malcolm, an allied member from the Knickerbocker Group. Current members include Paul Lewandowski, Jesse Thompson, Susan Koch and Scott Simons. Our primary task this year will be to plan the Design Awards program for 2014. Jesse Thompson is the Chair of the DA2014 Committee and has three meetings planned this spring to organize the committee for this important undertaking. 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.

As warm weather finally makes its way to Maine, so do opportunities to get out of our offices and experience/learn new things!

“Our primary task this year will be to plan the Design Awards program for 2014.” Other work of the committee includes further refinement of the electronic submission progress that was developed for last year’s design awards program. We will also be exploring the idea of developing it for use by other AIA chapters, as a possible revenue source for AIA Maine.

Emerging Professionals by Kimberly R. Tuttle, Assoc. AIA he Emerging Professionals Committee would like to T know if anyone is interested in a specialized study course presented by Funkaar Studios ( Funkaar would travel to Maine and hold a seminar over the topic of choice, over the course of the weekend, from 9am4:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The cost would be $475 per person, and we need 20 people to sign up. Spots are filling up, so if there is interest in a Structures review, or another topic, please let us know as soon as possible. You can email kimberly.r.tuttle@gmail. com for more information.

In April, we were fortunate to have the Maine Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and the Messler Gallery open their facilities up to Maine AIA members to share their "Designing Benches" exhibit and give us a tour of the school. See the Snapshots section on page 17 for photos and more information about this exciting tour. AIA Convention is in Denver this year, from June 20-22. There is still time to sign up! 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 You may have received a "save the date" card for the AIA New England Convention and Design Awards that will be held in Worcester Massachusetts on October 5th. The event promises many opportunities for fun and CEUs. Check out for details. This summer, the Program Committee hopes to organize tours of some of our own award-winning design work, showcasing the winners of our recent Design Awards. Stay tuned for dates and details! In addition to these projects, we are accepting nominations for tours of Maine member’s current or recent work around the state. This is a fun way to get together and share what we’ve been doing. If you have a project you’d like to share with fellow AIA Maine members, please contact me at kay@ or Susan Koch at AIA Maine.

“...we are accepting nominations for tours of Maine member’s current or recent work around the state.” The Committee is still seeking new members to help plan upcoming events as well as the Annual Meeting on December 4th. Any members, including Allied, Associate and Student members are welcome. Please contact me or Susan if you are willing to volunteer or if you have any suggestions for programs that you feel would be beneficial to explore.

Snapshots: Designing Benches by Kathleen Stevens-Rosa, AIA On April 3rd, a group of AIA Maine members earned Learning Units while touring the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport. The exhibit featured the top 15 entries in a design competition co-sponsored by the Farnsworth Museum of Art and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. The challenge for the designers was to design new gallery benches for the Farnsworth. A call for entries went out to all Maine artists and artisans in July 2012. The result is a richly diverse collection of interpretations, some very architectural, and all very beautiful. Center Director Peter Korn presented the work as AIA members sat on, studied and admired the pieces, which were creatively surrounded by colorful paintings of chairs and benches. Peter’s presentation continued into the various studios that were buzzing with craftspeople, ranging from emerging artisans to fellows. The quality and range of work was impressive, and it was edifying to see the creative process behind the finished pieces. Thank you to Peter and to gallery manager Vicrtoria Allport for sharing this great show and tour with our members.

Morris Hancock and Richard Bernhard. Photo credit: Susan Koch.

AIA members testing benches. Photo credit: Susan Koch.

Peter Korn, Executive Director, Center For Furniture Craftsmanship . Photo credit: Susan Koch. Maine News




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Vol 171 AIA Maine News June 2013  

AIA Maine Newsletter for Members. June 2013