Vermont Life Magazine – Autumn 2015 Cover Page: Miracle on Main Street, How Brattleboro Saved Itself
Read “TOO BIG TO FAIL, Brattleboro saves the Brooks House” for more information on the reconstruction and preservation of a Brattleboro landmark, and its role in the revitalization of the downtown.
Smart Growth America – Walkable real estate development projects and places are on the rise nationwide. LOCUS has looked at how these trends are playing out in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Boston. They are excited to unveil the fourth report in our WalkUP Wake-Up Call series.
Stevens & Associates is excited to welcome Martha Ratcliffe to their team as an assistant project manager. Martha brings with her over 25 years of professional experience including over 10 years coordinating and managing projects. The team looks forward to incorporating her research and analytical skills as well as her abilities to manage projects. In addition to the renovation of the Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, Martha’s past experience includes multi-family housing projects, grants management, small commercial and light industrial projects. She is currently assisting with a project for an industrial facility, an interactive educational & agricultural development and permitting for an historic façade renovation.
Stevens & Associates, P.C. congratulates Sabrina Duk, P.E., LEED AP – BD + C for earning her license to practice as a professional structural engineer in the state of California.
Sabrina has over five years of experience in design, construction and special inspections. She additionally has ten years of experience working with Building Information Modeling Systems (BIM) primarily using Revit Structure. With a background in Architectural Engineering, Sabrina has an appreciation for architecture which lends itself to her attention to detail and coordination efforts. Her responsibilities at Stevens & Associates include project management, structural analysis, construction document production, structural investigations and construction administration. Sabrina’s prior professional experience ranges from working for a large construction management firm to a small boutique engineering firm. After taking a position in California to improve her technical abilities and obtain her professional engineering license, she has returned to New England to work for Stevens & Associates. Sabrina has worked on a variety of building projects which include high-end residential, commercial & mixed-use, institutional and mission critical. She has additionally worked with a wide range of building materials – including cast-in-place & precast concrete, structural steel, masonry and heavy timber.
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.
The Brooks House is named as a finalist in the NDC Academy Awards for Community Development.
Read more about Vermont Rural Ventures and the historic Brooks House of Brattleboro, VT
Stevens & 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.
Stevens & Associates will collaborate with Bread Loaf Corporation to present “The Resiliency of Brooks House” at ACX15 – Vermont’s Architecture & Construction Expo on Thursday May 21st.
Expo Dates: May 20th & 21st, 2015
Location: Hilton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center
VBSR member Stevens & Associates, P.C. is co-sponsoring the VBSR Networking Get-Together event.
Date: Wednesday Apr 15th, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Brooks House Atrium
Address: 120-136 Main St Brattleboro, Vermont
Cost: Free and open to the public
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.