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Techniques to Flood Proof Buildings

Please join Bob Stevens, P.E. as he presents “Techniques to Flood Proof Buildings” at the 2015 Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference in Burlington, VT on June 5th.

This presentation will review the risks, regulations and insurance requirements for buildings in flood prone areas. Engineering strategies for protecting existing historic structures will be presented as well as several case studies. In addition, take away practical tips for flood proofing your building that won’t break the bank.

Stevens & Associates Welcomes Sabrina Duk as Project Structural Engineer

sabrina dukStevens & Associates is excited to welcome their new team member, Sabrina Duk as Project Structural Engineer.  Sabrina values a holistic approach to design believing it is possible to create a sustainable and positive impact on the world through nurturing ideas that promote longevity and encourage responsible management of resources.

After receiving an Architectural Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University, she began her career working for a boutique firm in Connecticut specializing in high-end residential, institutional, and timber frame projects throughout New England.  Sabrina moved onto a medium-sized engineering firm in Silicon Valley where she worked on mission critical facility and data center projects to expand her seismic design capabilities.  Recently returning from the San Francisco Bay area, she is currently completing her California engineering license.

2015 ACEC Award – The Brooks House

Stevens & Associates Wins Award For The Historic Brooks House

BRATTLEBORO, VT, March  2015 — Stevens & Associates, P.C. received an award in this year’s Engineering Excellence Awards Competition by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Vermont. The Awards recognize outstanding examples of engineering excellence in projects recently completed within Vermont. The architectural design and engineering firm received the competition’s highest honors, the Grand Prize Award, for its work in renovating and rehabilitating the historic Brooks House located in downtown Brattleboro.   Stevens & Associates accepts this award and acknowledges Hardy Structural Engineering, LLC of Colchester, VT for their collaborative structural engineering effort on this project.

After a devastating fire in 2011, the Brooks House was in need of significant structural and architectural design.  Bob Stevens, founder and principal of Stevens & Associates partnered with several members of the community to develop a plan which would enhance the building and the economic growth of Brattleboro.  The building was reframed from the basement to the tower in order to address years of settlement and accommodate the new layout.  In addition, the project required a complex financing package of historic and new market tax credits, public and private loans, and private investments.

The $24 million renovation was completed in 2014.  This endeavor has rebuilt a cornerstone of downtown Brattleboro offering the community academic space for 2 colleges and a progressive K-8 independent school, 23 residential units, restaurants, retail shops, and a spacious atrium showcasing local artistic talent.  Stevens & Associates has won similar awards for projects in the past, including the Dot’s Restaurant in Wilmington, Brattleboro Transportation Center, the Wilder Building renovation, and the renovation of its own offices in the Cutler Block in downtown Brattleboro.

Brooks House on the Chronicle

A few months ago, Chronicle reporter Ted Reinstein interviewed Bob Stevens to discuss The Brooks House for a segment called Main Streets and Back Roads: Brattleboro, Vermont.  This piece features the Chelsea Royal Diner, the Brattleboro Ski Jump, and provides a glimpse at what is currently happening at Rudyard Kipling’s old home. The segment airs tonight on WCVB at 7:30.

Here are the links if you missed it:

Brooks House:

1.) http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/rescued-a-grande-dame/31486692

Duo Restaurant:

2.) http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/brattleboro-native-surprised-to-be-back/31486934

Archer  Mayor:

3.) http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/vermont-writers-muse/31486978

NY Taxi Cab in VT:

4.) http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/anyone-call-a-cab-from-new-york/31487736

VT Development Conference in Burlington, VT

Back in December we attended the Vermont Development Conference in Burlington, VT to see what else is going on in the great state of Vermont.  Included at the conference were lots of great presenters discussing development strategy, financing packages, key stakeholders, design, and successful projects around the state.  And one of those projects was the Brooks House presented by Bob Stevens. A big thanks to White + Burke for putting it on. Here’s one of a few videos from the key speakers:

 

Hilltop Arts Barn

Hilltop Arts Barn Exterior

Stevens & Associates’ latest project, an arts barn at Hilltop Montessori School, is complete.

The school approached us wanting arts space, a gymnasium, and a multi-use function space. There was an old barn on the property that was a candidate for these needs. After looking at various options, the design team and client decided to save about half the barn with a gut renovation and add on to increase the square footage.

Hilltop Montessori Gymnasium

The result is a building that saves the best features of the historic barn and offers highly functional space for the school. Barn doors pay homage to the original use of the building, and clean, bright finishes inside connect the space with the rest of the school.

Hilltop Arts Barn Exterior 2

Classrooms are in use for music and art classes, and the gymnasium will be a great addition for play time in the winter months. A function space (and theater) just off the gymnasium takes advantage of the spectacular views on the site, and opens onto the gymasium for bigger events.