S&A welcomes Mark Westa, ASLA as Team Leader  to the Landscape Architecture Team.

Mark has over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture, with a focus on creating vibrant, functional and livable places.  He has substantial work experience in the areas of community planning, campus planning, and urban design – as well as the design and construction of streets, plazas and parks. Mark earned degrees in landscape architecture from Cornell University and Harvard University.

As a landscape architect in Saratoga Springs and Buffalo, NY, Mark lead projects ranging from regional planning to campus planning to detailed site design and construction administration. Most recently he was a faculty member in the Program of Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut, where he taught courses in urban planning, site design, site construction and computer applications.  While at UConn, Mark also spent time working for the Office of University Planning, Design and Construction managing several important planning studies related to campus function and appearance as well as the site design and construction of critical projects in the campus core.

 

Resistance Drills & Structural Assessments

Ben Harwood, EI uses a resistance drill as part of a structural assessment for the historic Ashfield, MA Town Hall Steeple project. S&A is pleased to offer clients this service when conducting structural assessments for historic and non-historic buildings with wood frame construction. Resistance drills, more commonly used by the forestry industry, are becoming a useful and reliable tool for structural engineers to determine the condition of historic, heavy timber and wood frame buildings.

S&A welcomes Taylor Shulda, Landscape Architect Designer and Arelis Quinone, Architectural Designer to the team.

S&A welcomes Taylor Shulda, Landscape Architect Designer and Arelis Quinone, Architectural Designer to the team.

From a very early age, Arelis Quinones was introduced to art, culture and architectural design igniting her passion for design within different cultures and historic preservation. She broadened her interests by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico. These interests led her on a journey to Keene State College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. During her time at Keene State, the Thorne Sagendorph Art Gallery displayed one of her collaborative artwork pieces. Arelis brings to the S&A architectural team a multicultural perspective formed by her love for art, culture and architecture, as well as her knowledge of sustainable design and architectural history.

Taylor Shulda, Landscape Architect Designer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  His studies included freshwater ecology, landscape patterns and process, site engineering, and construction technology.  During his design studios at  UMass, Taylor explored large-scale design work utilizing new urbanism and sustainable design practices.  He has experience working on small-scale design work and portfolio-building projects working in the field building and installing hardscapes.  Taylor is currently working toward his licensure, and is blending his studio with his field skills to create designs that ensure a strong, clear communication between architect and contractor.

Don’t Look Down!

Thankfully S&A professional engineer, Ham Hodgman, PE is not afraid of heights. Read more about this great project in the Times Argus.

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Staff Photo Hamilton Hodgman, an architect with Stevens & Associates in Brattleboro, assesses the windows Wednesday of a state-owned building in Montpelier. Many of the building’s windows are nearly…
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An Exciting New Project At New England Youth Theatre

S&A is grateful for another opportunity to work with great people on a meaningful downtown community project for the New England Youth Theatre.

To read more visit: https://lnkd.in/duvgFEY

L to R: Taylor Shulda – S&A landscape designer, Stephen Sterns – NEYT founder, Susan McMahan – associate director at Windham Regional Commission, Ham Hodgman – S&A civil engineer, Naomi Shafer – NEYT arts campus project manager, and Cory Frehsee, S&A principal and civil engineer.

 

CNU New England Meet Up: Western New England – April 10th

 

S&A is excited to co-sponsor an evening of learning and networking with DevelopSpringfield, M&S Development, and CNU New England. Please join us April 10th for the following presentation:  TRANSFORMING DOWNTOWNS – Combining urban design with economic strategies to rebuild downtowns, and a *bonus* workshop: PROJECT PRO FORMA WORKSHOP.

For more information visit: https://lnkd.in/dfg-RMC

 

Ham Hodgman, PE presents at IBC Training on January 24th

Hamilton (Ham) Hodgman, PE and Project Manager for Stevens & Associates will be presenting at IBC Training January 24.  This seminar will focus on IBC Chapter 17 Special Inspections in Vermont.   Ham’s session will cover the areas of Reinforced Concrete, Structural Steel, and Fire Proofing for primary building systems.

http://www.buildsafevt.org/NewsBriefs/ibc-training-january-24-2018

 

 

Brattleboro Area Middle School Invites S&A Architects and Engineers to Connect with Students

The Brattleboro Area Middle School (BAMS) invited professionals from Stevens & Associates, P.C. (S&A) to connect with 8th grade students participating in the Technology & Design exploratory program. In light of recent natural disasters and the refugee crisis, the students were challenged to consider the question: How might we design safe and sustainable shelters for displaced families to live well? Students used the design thinking process to imagine, plan and create their projects to address issues such as: flooding, access to safe drinking water, excessive heat and safety. Throughout the process, students practiced their problem-solving skills using everyday materials and continuously improved upon their designs. After the models were completed, the students hosted a Shelter Design Showcase sharing their designs and experiences with peers, school staff and community members.

The architects and engineers from S&A were very impressed by each student’s display and enjoyed meeting them to evaluate the structures. Diane Abate, an architect at S&A stated, “Students took into account real-life environmental, social and economic challenges as they thought about what materials to use, what renewable or reusable resources were available, and considered how and where their structures would be built.” While engaging with the students, the S&A team encouraged each one to embrace design difficulties and explore options leading to alternative solutions. One student reflected, “When I started I was just going to use a regular flat roof, but then I realized water would just build up on the roof. I created a dome shape top to drain the water off of the house, so the roof does not cave in.”

S&A believes in the value of relationship building with local schools and supports STEM programs that introduce science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to students. BAMS Technical Education Teacher, Daisy Frederick is looking forward to continuing this important connection and even expanding the experience for next semester. “I am truly inspired by the creativity and imagination of my students and am so excited to be able to expose them to career opportunities in our local community,” Frederick explained. In addition to evaluating and discussing each student’s model, the architects and engineers answered questions and shared stories about their own educational and professional journey.

Proud to Sponsor ~ 2017 Vermont Development Conference

Stevens & Associates and M&S Development are proud sponsors of the 2017 Vermont Development Conference.  On November 14th, please join us along with over 275 design, development and real estate professionals for a full day of networking, seminars, and workshops.    Tickets are going fast.

For more information visit –  http://whiteandburke.com/resources/vermont-development-conference/  

 

S&A welcomes Erin Fajans, EI as an Associate Engineer to the team.

 

Erin Fajans has returned to her native southern Vermont to continue her career as an engineer. She received a Master of Civil Engineering Degree from Norwich University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from Vermont Technical College.  In addition, Erin was the recipient of the Vermont Technical College Student of the Year and Architectural Engineering Technician of the Year awards.  Her previous experience as a mechanical designer and structural engineer included analyzing existing structural framing systems, new platform and foundation designs, as well as modifications to repurpose existing warehouses within the food processing industry.  She is currently focusing her efforts on the structural design of commercial and residential projects, and looks forward to applying her experience in commercial construction to her interest of historic preservation and reuse projects within downtown communities.

CNU New England Meetup: Western New England ~ Fall Event

On October 10th, Stevens & Associates, M&S Development and DevelopSpringfield will co-sponsor an evening for design, planning and development professionals to meet up and learn about the principles of New Urbanism.  The goal is to discover how we can rebuild the fabric of place in New England one project at a time.

Guest Speaker: Mark Westa, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut will present – A Seated Tour of Downtown Springfield: A case study of urban design – The good, the bad and the other

Please visit HERE for registration and program information.

 

S&A welcomes Gabrielle Ciuffreda as a Project Coordinator to the team.

Gabrielle received her A.B. in Mathematics and Biology from Bryn Mawr College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  In New York City, she honed her skills as a litigator for nearly a decade at a large national firm where she worked on high-stakes complex civil cases, specializing in patent litigation.  Since moving to Vermont, Gabby has worked for local non-profit organizations as a Real Estate & Environmental Compliance Manager and Director of Finance & Administration.  She currently lives in Guilford, where she is a member of the Select Board.  Gabby is excited to apply her knowledge and experience with project management & permitting, budgetary controls, contracts & corporate documents, grant management, and legal relationships to her projects at Stevens & Associates and for M&S Development.

Catalyst of the Climate Economy National Innovation Summit – Sept. 6th

Join Bob Stevens for the Catalyst of the Climate Economy event on September 6th as he moderates the panel discussion for “Building of the Future: Low Carbon Solutions in our Built Environment”.

Posted by Christopher Norris on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Serenity Wolf earns a Professional Engineering License

Stevens & Associates congratulates Serenity Wolf, P.E. for earning her license to practice as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Vermont.  Serenity approaches each project with a drive to provide sound solutions that not only meet local and state requirements, but include an outlook of social responsibility and create a sense of place for businesses, residents and visitors.  Her continual motivation comes from a desire to apply her technical proficiency, leadership experience and love for community to every aspect of her life.  S&A is proud to have Serenity on their team.

Stevens & Associates work to support STEM programs

S&A recognizes the value of relationship building with local schools and supports STEM programs that introduce science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to students.  The staff at S&A is proud to dedicate time and offer the Career Shadowing Program to students considering a career in the disciplines of architecture, civil & structural engineering, as well as landscape architecture and design.

Read more in the Brattleboro Reformer: http://www.reformer.com/stories/stevens-associates-work-to-support-stem-programs,509596?

 

 

 

 

CNU New England Meet Up – Western New England

Stevens & Associates, M&S Development and DevelopSpringfield are co-sponsoring an evening for design, planning and development professionals to meet up and learn about the principles of New Urbanism.  The goal is to discover how we can rebuild the fabric of place in New England one project at a time.

http://www.cnunewengland.org/calendar/2017/6/6/cnu-new-england-meetup-western-new-England