The SCADpad: Adaptive Reuse of a Different Sort

What to do with an underused parking garage in Atlanta? If you’re a student at SCAD (the Savannah College of Art and Design), you turn it into a village of three, 135-square-foot microhomes called SCADpads, then have students, faculty, and guests live in them.   Like a lot of design school projects, the SCADpads are …

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Wetland Functions: Education, Erosion, and Water Quality

We’re rounding up our Wetlands series with the final four functions of a wetland. It’s important to remember that wetlands affect all development projects, not just rural development. Wetland areas exist in downtowns, too, or adjacent to them. They also protect our downtowns from damage during storm and flood events. Exemplary Natural Community: Essentially, this …

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Wetland Services: Habitat and Recreation

We spend a lot of time in this office figuring out how to work around and protect wetlands during construction projects, for good reason: wetlands provide a host of services that are valuable to both animals and humans. The Vermont Wetlands Program recognizes 10 functions and values for wetlands. This blog looks at the first …

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Why Care About Wetlands?

One of the first things we do when we start designing a site (whether for a building, parking lot, or green space) is determine if there are wetlands on the property. If we think there might be, we hire a wetlands consultant to tell us exactly where the wetlands are and what kind they are. …

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The Retreat Farm: Playing With Conceptual Design

When the Windham Foundation approached Stevens & Associates about coming up with concepts for redeveloping the Retreat Farm property out on Route 30, we knew if would be a fun project. At this stage of design, which you could call the “dream” stage, there are few limits to what you can explore. We keep budgets …

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Pedestrian Safety is Good for Business

Smart Growth American and the National Complete Streets Coalition have issued a report, entitled “Dangerous By Design 2014,” looking at the causes and frequency of pedestrian deaths and injuries on the nation’s roadways. It’s worth a look, especially in light of recent pedestrian accidents in the Brattleboro area. Many of the hallmarks of “dangerous design” …

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Welcoming Ham Hodgman

We’d like to welcome Ham Hodgman to the team here at Stevens & Associates. Ham worked for us quite some time ago, and then moved away down South. But now he’s back, bringing his civil engineering expertise with him. To quote his resume: “Hamilton (Ham) Hodgman has worked as a civil engineer in Vermont, North …

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Historic Preservation is Green

While the greenest building may be the one that’s never built, the next greenest may be the historic one that’s being rehabbed. A couple of years ago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released a study quantifying the environmental benefits of rehabilitating old buildings instead of construction new ones. The study concluded that it can …

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